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Washing machines explained
With so many programs and features it can sometimes feel like you have been thrown in
at the deep end when it comes to choosing a washing machine. Before buying decide if
you want a washer and dryer separately or a washer dryer as one unit. A washer, dryer is
the perfect space saving solution and is extremely functional. If you buy a washer and
dryer separately you can buy them so that they sit perfectly on top of each other. The
choice is personal and with so many different makes and models you need to find one that
is the most reliable for you. To help you we have put together a guide that makes sense
of all those special features so that you buy with confidence.
Types of loading - Washers come with either a front load or top load. Front load
washers are more common in the UK than top loaders. Front load washing machines are great
for space saving as you can place them directly under a work surface. Top loading washing
machines cannot be fixed so when considering which one to choose consider your space and
Loading capacity - It is important consider the load capacity. Below is a guide
that shows the recommended capacity based on the number of people in your household.
To get the best results from your washing machine it is essential that you do not overload
All our appliances carry an energy symbol that gives you a guide on the energy efficiency and performance of your appliances. Energy Efficiency is rated using A through to G where A is rated as the most efficient and G being the least efficient. To find out more details simply click onto the energy saving website.www.energysavingtrust.org.uk
Cost of consumption
Electricity on washing machines is measure in KWh/cycle and is based on the appliance being used in standard conditions. To work
out he average annual cost simply multiply KWh consumption figure by the average unit price of electricity for an approximate energy costing. Savings will depend on the actual consumption used and your electricity supplier.
The performance of your appliance is based on the types of wash cycles and spin efficiency. By opting for a more expensive model you can take advantage of the energy–saving features including a time delay that set the wash during the night when electricity is cheaper. Temperature and load controls can also help with the running of your appliance and these can be set to suit each wash load.
Most machines come complete with advanced electronic technology known as 'fuzzy logic' which monitors the wash and automatically makes
adjustments for high performance cleaning using controlled energy. Fuzzy Logic machines carry AA or AAA energy efficiency gradings.
There are two types of tumble dryers:
Vented - These use a hose that will need to be fixed through an outside wall or
hung out of a window so that the damp air created when drying is easily extracted.
Condensers - collects damp air created by drying and turns it into water so that
it can be re-used elsewhere around the house.
Load capacity - Capacities range from 3-6KG. The larger the drying load the larger
Drying load - This is based on the drum capacity of your dryer, for instance the
larger the machine drum the more drying you can do.
Spin speed - The higher the spin speed, the quicker water will be extracted from
your wash, and the dryer your clothes will be at the end of the spin cycle and a result
reduces the drying time of your clothes. Spin speeds generally range from 1000-1600RPM.
1000RPM is the most efficient speed.
Eurolabel classification is an alphabetical classification instituted by the European
Union. The letters go from A-G with A being the best. It allows you to compare
and evaluate the performances of various makes and models of your washing machine.
In order to compare the performances of the various models, we use the Eurolabel, an
alphabetical classification going from A to G. A being the top marks the
washer can receive. This classification instituted by the European Union, which makes it
possible to evaluate the quality of your washing machine.
Running costs will depend on how much time the machine is drying for and how hard it has to work. Dryers cost more to run than washing machines but you can help to keep costs down by ensuring that you don't overload the machine, dry similar fabrics together,
and spin dry your washload at the highest spin speed as possible before loading the dryer.
Some machines will have a timer delay so you can use the machine overnight on a cheaper electricity tariff. Others have sensors which tell them when the washing is dry and then shut off the heater, saving energy and preventing over-drying; you'll pay a bit more but will save on running costs.
Fuzzy Logic and similar terms refer to top of the range machines which use microprocessors and sensors to vary the drying programme to ensure best results for an individual load; the machine does the thinking for you and is highly energy–efficient.
Digital display - A screen that shows you digital information.
Dryer capacity - The quantity or load of a tumble dryer.
Drying type - The various drying settings that you can adjust depending on your drying needs.
Energy class - Is the energy classification found on appliances.
A being rated as the most efficient and G the least efficient. Also see Energy Efficiency.
Energy consumption - Shown as KWH used during each wash cycle. (Based on standard test results
for 60° cotton cycle). Actual consumption varies with how much you use the machine.
– An energy symbol that gives you a guide on the energy efficiency
and performance of your appliances. Energy Efficiency is rated using A
through to G where A is rated as the most efficient and G
being the least efficient. To find out more details simply click onto the energy efficient
Final cool cycle – Is the end setting of your appliance that dries your load.
Heat settings – Are the settings that you can adjust to vary the heat temperatures.
Load capacity – Is the amount of clothes an appliance can hold in one load.
Removable filter – This can be removed so it can be cleaned to prevent blockages.
Reverse action – Are two setting that allows you to dry a load on a high heat or cool temperature.
Sensor drying – This sets the degree of dryness you want. The machine senses the correct level and stops automatically,
saving energy and prevents over drying.
Timer – Allows you to set washing and drying times according to your needs.
Water consumption – The number of litres of water used in a wash cycle.