On average a washing machine will go through its cycle 230 times a year. So it’s really important to make the right choice and that’s where we come in.
My name is Bill McCorly from Which, in the next few minutes, I am going to give you the ‘load down’ so you don’t get yourself in a spin.
Washing machines our day have all the mod cons in them so it’s something that looks nice. It tells the length of time of the wash is going to take. If I put half the load in it cuts the energy and water it uses automatically.
I am delighted to be joined by Liz Edwards. Liz and her team have been testing 100’s of washing machines, so they really are the leading authorityin this particular field.
Most manufacturers will have drums that are 6 kg but some manufacturers will make drums up to 10 kg.
What should I be looking for when buying a washing machine? We did a survey and found that the average usage is 1 and a 1/2 kilos less than 6kg.
So a 6kg drum is more than enough for the average user.
If you know you are going to use larger loads, it makes sense to buy a machine with a larger drum. It’s important to put as much clothes as you can leaving a 20% gap in the top of the drum for air. Otherwise you are going to be using unnecessary energy and water.
Some machines have half load settings, so if you know you are going to need those settings look out for it when purchasing your machine.
We test for energy efficiency. Variable spin speed is a useful item if you have clothes that are prone to wrinkling, you can put it in on a slower spin speed and put the clothes on the a line and the weight of the clothes will causes the creases to drop out.
Rinse hold can be used before you go to work and finish when you get home. The extra rinse is useful for people who have allergies as most machines do not wash out the soap on the first.
Some machines come with a digital display which is handy so you can see how long your wash has to go. What are your final tips; I would say you should go to Which.co.uk. When you go to the shops to buy your machine to make sure that you space for your machine, check that the machine has a lint filter once a month.