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Choosing the Best Type of Washing Machine for You

Laundry is a part of life, so it's important you choose the washing machine that suits you and your family best! This guide will help you make a decision.

Key Steps:

Before choosing a washing machine, consider the following questions:

  • How much space you have
  • How often it will be used
  • How much laundry you do on a weekly basis
  • How much money you are willing to spend

From energy saving to front-loading, there are lots of things to consider when deciding which washing machine is best. Follow our simple guide to the most common appliance features and their benefits.

Which Washing Machine is Best For You?

When you’re choosing the best washing machine to buy, there are so many factors you need to take into account. For example; the size of your living space, how many people you’re washing for, eco-friendly credentials and – of course – your budget. Here we look at some of those key considerations so that when the time comes to make a decision, you’ll be able to make an informed one.

Front Loader or Top Loader?

You’ll need to factor in your household requirements to work out which is the best washing machine to buy. The best front load washing machines generally take up less space, are gentler on clothes, use less water, and tend to have higher spin speeds (which means less drying time). Traditionally, top loading machines are bulkier but cheaper and have a larger capacity than front loaders. The best top load washing machines on the market offer better rinse efficiency and tend to have shorter wash cycles, too.


When it comes to choosing the best washing machine brand, always check out the water and energy efficiency rating – the higher the rating, the more money you’ll save on your utility bills. Watch out for the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) Star Rating, which gives a mark out of five stars for energy consumption.


In order to get the very best out of your washing machine, it’s wise to have a good understanding of the appliance’s programmes. These days, the best washing machine brands usually feature a range of pre-programed settings, including hand wash, bulky loads, and cycles for specific materials (such as wools or silks). Higher end models may also feature steam cycles, no-iron settings, adjustable spin speeds, and germ-busting cycles for baby clothes and washable diapers.


The most expensive option isn’t always the best washing machine to buy. If you avoid bright colours and chromes in favour of traditional white models, you might be able to save some dollars along the way. An energy efficient model may cost more initially, but may save you money in the long run. The latest budget models on the market can offer a similar wash quality to more expensive models – but without some of the pre-programed settings. Read online user reviews to find out what other consumers think.

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Boost the efficiency of your washing machine by using a quality laundry detergent, such as Surf excel, which will tackle even the toughest stains.