8 things to consider before buying a new washing machine


Choosing to buy a new washing machine will ask you to ask many questions, because the technology and features of a machine have changed a lot.

Technology

Even washing machines today have applied AI (artificial intelligence) technology. Depending on the model you buy, AI technology helps you wash your clothes faster and more efficiently while using less water and detergent. For example, models with Smart AI calculate the weight of clothes, how dirty the clothes are, and even dispense the appropriate amount of water and detergent completely automatically. This product line, with its tumble dryer, also has a sensor that monitors the drying cycle and adjusts the drying time to prevent overheating and damage to the clothes.

Choose a top- or a front-loading machine

The top door type is a vertical cage, while the front door type is a horizontal cage. Each type has its own advantages.

Upper door: Convenient operation, compact area, can put clothes in the middle of the washing process, cheaper price. However, clothes are easily damaged by twisting.

Front door: Smooth, limited vibration, clothes squeezed dry more and not twisted. However, the machine area is large, the price is high, the washing time is long…

According to experts, inverter technology in front-loading washing machines will help you optimize the speed of the drum based on the current load. The inverter motor turns the drum without the need for a belt and pulley system, where electricity is transmitted directly from the motor to the drum. This ensures lower energy consumption and improved efficiency.

Material of washing tub

Two common materials for making washing tubs are plastic and stainless steel. The plastic drum type is often used with top-loading machines. This material is light, making the machine easy to move, and the price is softer.

The drum of the washing machine is made of stainless steel which has a higher washing performance than the plastic or enameled drum. The stainless steel cage is durable due to its corrosion resistance, more heat resistance and higher spin speed.

Should you choose a washing machine with a drying function?

The washing machine’s 2-in-1 function, which includes washing and drying, is a great choice for homeowners who want to save time.

If you choose a fully automatic washing machine, all you need to do is press a start button, then the machine will automatically wash and dry the product (the degree of drying depends on the type of drying technology you choose). heatpump or vent).

If you choose a semi-automatic machine, after the washing machine is done, you will have to take the clothes from the drum, transfer to another drum (also located in the machine) to dry.

Of course, compared to a normal washing machine, a washing machine with a drying function costs about half to twice as much.

Size

If you find that with an old washing machine, you often have to cram clothes for a full batch, then when buying a new machine, you should choose a larger one. Upgrading the size of the washing machine helps to run the machine less, saving electricity and water significantly.

Families with children who have to wash a lot of clothes daily should choose a washing machine with a larger capacity. Meanwhile, smaller capacity machines that use less water and energy can be useful for singles and elderly couples or without children. Experts recommend that you buy a 7-8 kg type for a family of 1-2 people, a 9-10 kg type for 3-4 people and an 11-14 kg machine for a family of more than 4 people.

Convenient modes suitable for families

Instead of being overwhelmed by confusing features you may never use, look for features that work in your daily life.

If it’s your habit to occasionally put clothes in the middle of a wash cycle, buy one with the AddWash feature.

Some brands of washing machines also offer steam washing and hot water washing functions, which effectively deal with stains.

If you have a lot of items that need to be washed lightly, such as sportswear or hand wash, you should pay attention to choose a machine with these features. If your clothes often smell, choose a machine with technology to remove bacteria and odors (for example, a washing machine with the Plasmacluster function).

Energy efficiency

Energy efficient machines are usually more expensive, but in the long run, they are useful. At first, you may have to pay a higher cost than another machine without energy saving features, but after that, your electricity bills will go down.

Calculations by the Energy Rating Calculator, Australia, it will cost you about 122 USD a year to run a 7 kg washing machine with a 3-star energy rating, if the machine washes once a day. Meanwhile, with a 4-star machine, this cost drops to $89. For a machine with a 5-star energy label, the cost is $65. Over time, the money you save is substantial.

Form

Washing machines are getting more and more beautiful, due to many design revolutions. Strolling around the market, you can find sleek black models with minimalist control panels and LED screens and countless improvements over the product you bought decades ago. It is important to choose a product that suits your home.

Thuy Linh (According to Finder)

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