If you are looking to make sure you always have a fresh shirt ready to go then you’ll want to buy a washing machine that will actually keep your clothes clean.
With so many features available it can sometimes be difficult to know exactly what you need from a washing machine. All too often, companies will include features that don’t really make too much of a difference to the overall wash.
One of the most important features is the drum size. If you have a large family or often wash larger items like duvets, curtains and sheets then you’ll want to have the biggest drum you can afford.
The larger the drum , the more energy efficient each wash is. That’s why if you are a family who wash a lot of clothes on a weekly basis it is sensible to buy a washing machine with the biggest drum possible. Some of the bigger brands like HotPoint and Panasonic have drums that hold 10kg of clothing. The average household currently has a 6-7kg drum.
Generally, if you do more than five washes per week you will want to opt for a bigger drum. Of course, you won’t necessarily fill up a whole drum when you wash your clothes. Most people will usually only fill up around 80% of the drum.
Of course, if you buy a larger capacity washing machine but fail to fill it up on a regular basis then any energy savings are wasted. Therefore, you only save money on water and electricity if you make sure to fill up the washing machine with each wash. If you are a single person or in a couple having a large drum washing machine could actually be the wrong choice. Don’t just think that the most expensive is necessarily the best choice.
A couple or a single person will usually only need to wash their clothes a few times a week (unless you have a huge wardrobe which you wear regularly). Don’t rush out and buy the washing machine with the biggest load as you very well may not need it. Instead, it is a good idea to write down how many washes you put on each week. Monitor this for a month to 6 weeks and then use this data to make your purchasing choice. You’ll end up making a much more informed choice if you monitor how often you use your current washing machine.