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Best Washing Machine Brand Features

Types of Wash Cycles, Load Size, Spin Speed, and Energy Consumption are Key

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An LG WT5001CW high efficiency large capacity washing machine; photo © Kelly Smith

This article was updated on 07/22/19. Happy Rat Catcher’s Day!

One of the appliances used most frequently in most households is the washing machine, and even Amazon sells them.

All washing machines have their own take on what they deem to be key marketing features, and the “best” brand is the one which includes all of the specifications that you need to make up the ideal machine for your needs.

Before choosing a new appliance, it makes sense to take a minute to consider the minimum set of enhanced functions you need your washing machine to provide to you. It will help to write them down.

Do You Need Advanced Wash Features?

Which features you need depends on what you use the machine for. If you run a basic wash ninety-five percent of the time then you don’t need fifteen extra wash settings.

But for anyone who washes a variety of things, from school uniforms to office wear, towels, bedding, delicate items, and more, it might be worth considering a washer that offers all the wash cycles that you need for your particular situation.

Many machines even include a “hand wash” function for the more delicate items which eliminates the need to wash some garments at the sink.

Focus on Spin Speed

Spin speed is important, particularly if you do a lot of washing. The spin speed defines how dry washed items are when they come out of the machine. The more water extracted, the less hard tour dryer will have to work. We must always strive to maximize our home’s energy efficiency.

would be Clothes that will be line dried during the day are fine with a low spin speed. However, if you have a lot of washing to get dry or use a tumble drier, you don’t want dripping clothes coming out of the washing machine.

In other words, a very fast spin extracts more moisture and allows your clothes drier to be much more green and frugal by minimizing electricity or natural gas consumption.

The other side of the spin speed coin is that having a selection of spin speeds makes it easier to wash the more delicate and easily creased items.

Optimize Your Load Size

If you live alone and only do a few wash loads a week, a 9kg wash size might be considered overkill when a 3kg one does the job just as well. Understandably, occasionally there are times when paying for overkill just doesn’t make good sense.

If your family contends with a large amount of bedding, towels, school wear, home wear, and more to get washed often, a larger load size should be a feature to look for.

It’s worth considering the size of your tumble drier in comparison to your washing machine as well. Washing 9kg at a time is great but not if your tumble drier only holds 6kg.

Energy Rating—Look for the Energy Star Label

Energy ratings are important, not only because of the impact a better rated washing machine has on the environment but also because a washing machine with a more energy efficient rating will cost you less on your energy bill.

This is another point to consider when choosing which brand is best for you. Paying a little more for an Energy Star rated appliance like the LG WT5001CW high efficiency large capacity washer pictured at the top of this article pays off in the long run.

Shop for the Right Price

One of the most important points to consider when buying a new washing machine is your budget. Big box stores offer a wide range of appliances to suit everyone which makes the choice much easier. Watch for sales

Also, keep in mind that in today’s competitive market, it is easier than ever to secure a favorable credit rate if you don’t want to pay the full cash price up front.

One final thought: some washers sense the size off the load and use the correct amount of water accordingly. This water saving really adds up over time and, of course, saves you money and resources. Take it a step further and take up Rainwater Harvesting for your lawn, shrubs, and trees.

I hope this article on the best washing machine brand features helped you make an informed decision. Did it guide you in the right direction? If you can answer yes to that question, please share the link with friends and social media. And if you have some related ideas please share them with our readers in the comment section below. Thanks for visiting; remember, we’re all in this together!

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Photo of Kelly R. SmithKelly R. Smith was a commercial carpenter for 20 years before returning to night school at the University of Houston where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. After working at NASA for a few years, he went on to develop software for the transportation and financial and energy trading industries. He has been writing, in one capacity or another, since he could hold a pencil. As a freelance writer now, he specializes in producing articles and blog content for a variety of clients. His personal blog is at I Can Fix Up My Home Blog where he muses on many different topics.

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