For many families, a washing machine is much more than a convenience, it’s an essential part of their weekly routine. This means that finding the right one will take some thought and careful consideration.
One of the biggest concerns that people have when shopping for a new washing machine is the issue of size. Not everyone has the space to allow installation of a full-sized washer and dryer. Fortunately, a little thought into what your exact requirements are, and you can narrow down your options smoothly…
Measure Your Space
Before you decide on a new washing machine, make sure you know where you are going to install it. You’ll need to carefully measure how much room you have to place the appliance. When you are measuring, make sure to allow a few extra inches above and in front of the unit. You’ll need to allow some room for plugging it into to a power outlet, as well as some room for opening and loading the washer.
If you’re short on space, consider a front-loading model. They’re a bit more expensive but they are stackable and can save you a significant amount of space.
Estimate Your Usage
The size of a washing machine is directly related to its capacity, or how much it can wash at a time. Are you purchasing a washing machine to use for yourself or do you have a spouse, roommates or children?
Washing machines can range from the small, efficient 5.5 kg models up to large 16 kg models. To estimate how much of capacity you’ll need, a good rule is that 1 kg can wash one outfit (shirt, pants and undergarments). So, if you’re a single adult, one cycle in a 5.5 kg machine can wash all of your work clothes for the week. However, if you have several children or roommates, an 8 or 9 kg machine might be a better choice.
Consider Your Bills
You’ll also need to think about how the size of your washer affects your utility costs. Front-loading models cost more initially, but the use far less water and electricity. This can help you save on your monthly bills. Make sure to check the energy rating on a new washer model to estimate how much it will cost you in the long run.
Can help you find the right choice.