Choosing a New Washing Machine – Tips and Advice
Are you looking for a new washing machine? Not sure which to buy? Do you want to know which are the most reliable? My own Zanussi washer/dryer is now almost 20 years old but I am not sure how much longer it will last. I found it by reading the Which Magazine guide to the best appliances at the time and it came with a free portable television which sadly did not last very long. In this article we are concentrating on washing machines and not washer/dryers, these are not covered in this article but watch this space!
What is the Best Time to Buy a Washing Machine
The best time to buy a washing machine is in September, October and January when shops want to get rid of last year’s stock so that they are able to advertise the new models - so if you can hold out until those months it may be worth it.
Most washing machines have the Energy rating A or above, such as A+, A++ or A+++. The EU regulations that came out in 2012 now make it illegal for anyone to sell a new one which is C or below. The A ratings mean that the machine uses less electricity and water than the old ones used to.
A quiet spin cycle is often near the top of a washing machine buyer’s list. Some spin cycles are so loud that nothing can be heard above the spin cycle noise, so it is always a good idea to search for a quiet spin cycle in the reviews if this is your priority.
Some washing machines today can be badly built and unreliable so we have trawled through shopping sites for customer’s reviews and looked for washing machines which have been given 4+/5, 8+/10 or the maximum number of stars for reliability.
Some of the Best Washing Machines to Choose From
Here is a list of some of those washing machines that have those excellent reviews:
Zanussi Lindo 300 ZWF01483 WR 10 Kg Washing machine Under £300
Miele WKG20 8 KG 1600 rpm Under £1000
Hotpoint Ultima S-Line RPD10477DD -Under £400
Siemens iQ700 WM14Y891 GB/37 9kg 1400 rpm – Under £900
Samsung WF70F5EOW4W 7kg 1400 rpm - Under £350
Grundig GWN 5945 7 kg 1400 rpm – Under £500
Hotpoint WMA0863P 8 Kg 1600 rpm Under £300
Bosch Series 6 Titan Edition WAQ28470GB 8 Kg Washing Machine with 1400 rpm Under £400
Bosch WAN28100GB 7 Kg 1400 spin Under £400
AEG Lavamat L73483FL 8Kg 1400 rpm Under £400
I hope that you find this list helpful. It can be a good idea to ask your friends and family about their washing machines and why they like/dislike their own washing machine. A washing machine that doesn’t suit all your needs can be a source of irritation for many years so it is a good idea to check as much out as you can before you spend your hard-earned money on one. It's also worth making sure that whatever you choose fits into any tight spaces.
The list above is only for guidance, it makes sense to read reviews yourself and make your own mind up. Some recommended places to look for reviews are; amazon, which.co.uk, goodhousekeeping.com and Currys to name a few,