1. Measuring Up
Generally speaking, the most significant pain you’re likely to experience when purchasing a washing machine is figuring out what size of device fits in your allocated space.
In typical scenarios, the average washing machine will measure around 85cm in height, 60cm in width, and anywhere between 40-70cm in height.
If those dimensions aren’t much help, don’t worry, you’re not alone in thinking that. The truth is that every washing machine varies in size across all of those dimensions depending on a whole variety of factors, such as drum size, load size, and additional functions.
As a result, we advise grabbing a tape measure and figuring out your space’s size thoroughly before you even go to the store. Then, once there, be sure to compare the size of your machine to your area, allowing for a few centimeters of space to make sure you have some wiggle room.
2. From Front to Top
The eternal question surrounding every washing machine purchase is whether to go for a front-load or top-load machine. But, unfortunately, the reality is that there isn’t a definite answer to whether one is better than the other, so it’s more of a personal preference.
There are tons of details to this that we go into in this blog. Still, the brief version is this: Top-loads consume less energy but use more water and have agitators, which can damage delicate clothing. In comparison, front-loads consume less water and more energy and don’t have agitators.
Note: Washing Machines have an average lifespan of between 8-12 years on average, though this can be extended with proper care and the right anti-bacterial cleaner.
3. Size Matters
Size is an underestimated aspect of the washing machine experience. Sure, it often feels like having a larger capacity will always be better, but having a larger capacity usually means occupying more space and consuming more energy with every load. Hence, it pays to find a sweet spot.
Generally speaking, one or two people will not need more than a 7kg capacity machine. However, 4-5 people will need between 7-9kgs, and larger families will often require 10-13kg capacity machines.
Naturally, this all depends on how often you’re comfortable with washing clothes. The smaller the machine, the more frequently you’ll be putting it to work. On the other hand, if you’re someone that dislikes a daily laundry routine, it might be worth it to purchase a more giant washing machine.
Tip: Regardless of what you purchase, the best way to maintain a healthy machine is to clean your drum using an effective non-toxic cleaner regularly.