What To Look For In A Washing Machine
Most of us don’t realize just how much we rely on our washing machines until it breaks down. It doesn’t take long before it becomes very clear just how important a working washing machine is to the successful running of a household. Before you head out to the store to buy a new one, however, there are a few things you should consider.
First, you should get an understanding of the types of washers that are available and what type might be best for your family’s needs. There are three basic categories of washing machines: high-efficiency top loading machines, high-efficiency front loading machines and standard top loading machines. Speaking generally, high-efficiency top loading machines are more energy efficient and feature more load capacity than front loading machines do, so they are typically a better choice for bigger families who have lots of laundry. Top loading machines do not contain an agitator, which leaves more room on the interior for bigger loads and larger items such as blankets or winter coats. In the plus column for traditional machines is the fact that they are usually at a more affordable price point than high-efficiency models.
Load capacity is one of the biggest considerations when it comes to choosing a washer. This is not only a consideration of how many items you can wash at once, but also about how much your loads weigh. A standard washer can hold about 12-15 pounds of laundry per load. Larger-capacity washers can holder significantly more – upwards of 20 lbs. There is also what’s referred to as “mega capacity” machines (such as the LG™ WM8000HVA) that offer the biggest load capacity on the market if that’s something your family needs. When choosing a type of washer, it’s important to consider how much laundry you do and whether you require a washer that can handle more of a workout. If you frequently wash heavy loads (jeans, bedding) or if you do laundry less often and end up having large loads to do, you might want to opt for a larger-capacity machine. If you rarely wash big loads and are only drawn to the larger capacity for washing the occasional sleeping bag or blanket, you could consider purchasing a standard-capacity machine and heading to the local Laundromat to wash the bigger items as necessary.
Finally, consider the space that you have for your washer and dryer. If your laundry area is small you may want to consider stackable front-loading machines. If space is not at a premium, you can opt for bigger machines that offer more freedom of choice and more options in terms of capacity and size. No matter which one you choose, always be sure to measure the space in which it needs to fit before you make your purchase. There’s nothing worse than buying a machine and getting it home, only to find out that it doesn’t fit where you need it to go!
Choosing a washing machine isn’t about choosing the “right” machine. There is no one right solution for every household. It’s about choosing the machine that fits your family’s lifestyle, space, and budget.