Out to get a new washing machine? Or is it your first time to buy one? Whether you’re upgrading or just planning on getting, this guide will help you understand the different washers available.
Just like TVs and refrigerators, there’s a number of factors to consider in purchasing the right washing machine.
Types of Washers
- Semi-Automatic – The most affordable type and cheap to operate. It has separate tubs for washing and spinning, thus you have to manually transfer the clothes during wash cycles.
- Fully Auto Top Load – This is ideal for those who want an automated washer that doesn’t cost too much. However, it needs a continuous water supply to run.
- Fully Auto Front Load – It’s better at conserving water and electricity with every wash cycle. It’s more expensive than others, but it’s gentler on clothes with its tumbling motion.
- Combo Washer – The best of both worlds. It has the power of a premium washer and a heating dryer in one. It saves a lot of space; however, it can be very expensive.
How many are you in the household? That’s the main question when determining how big your washer should be.
If you’re just living alone or with a partner, a decent washer with 7kg drum capacity will do. Of course, if you’re living with kids and other members of the family, consider getting a larger washer so you can do the laundry in just one cycle.
Automated washers have multiple wash programs. Each caters to your washing needs and they remove the guesswork in identifying the right treatment for your clothes.
Some washers only have common programs that are okay for the general types of clothes. But, some require special care, while some only need a quick wash. Here are a few of the special wash programs:
- Speed Washing — Ideal when you’re in a hurry and needs a quick refresh for your clothes. It usually lasts around 15 minutes only.
- Easy Care — Designed for non-cotton garments such as polyester or silk. It’s a delicate wash mode to avoid any damage to the clothes.
- Temperature Program – Lets you choose between a hot or cold wash. Perfect when clothes have a stubborn stain.
- Pre-Soak – Prepares your clothes by soaking it for a specified period after which the wash cycle begins automatically.
Like any appliance, washers also have special features on top of their basic functions. These features, of course, add a premium to the price tag, but they’ll come in handy for those who want and need them.
- Inverter – Lowers your electricity bill while still being able to wash kilos of clothes. Plus, it helps in keeping the machine quieter than standard models.
- Self-Diagnosis — Lets you know what is wrong with the unit to help with repair services.
- Built-in WiFi – Makes your washer smarter by connecting it to the internet and it’ll let you program and monitor your wash cycles via an app.
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