Washing-machines Buying Guide

Samsung white washing machine

Washing Machine Buying Guide

Washing machines are an essential home appliance for busy families. But when it comes to buying a washing machine, you need to make sure you’ve done your homework. With so many models available, knowing what to look for when buying a washing machine can be difficult – how do you even begin to compare? Our washing machine buying guide will help you make an informed decision, so that you know you’re getting the right type of washing machine to suit your needs and budget.

Types of Washing Machine:
What are Your Options?

Fully Automatic Washing Machines

What is a Fully Automatic Washing Machine?

Fully automatic washing machines, as the name suggests, complete the laundry process from start to finish, at the touch of a button. You don’t need to manually transfer your laundry into a separate dryer, so these machines make washing your clothes much simpler. In fact, once you’ve filled the drum, added the soap, and chosen your wash cycle, you only need to take your laundry out once it’s cleaned. Fully automatic machines are ideal if you’re generally pushed for time and need to streamline the laundry process. However, they’re usually more expensive to buy, so if you’re on a budget and won’t benefit from the speed and simplicity they offer, you may be better choosing a semi-automatic model. There are two types of fully automatic washing machines: front load and top load.

Front Load vs Top Load Washing Machines

Samsung white front load washing machine
Front Load Washing Machines

When using a front-loading washing machine, your laundry goes into the drum at the front of the machine, rather than through the top. These types are becoming extremely popular, offering a variety of wash programs and good cleaning capabilities. Usually, they use less water and are gentler on the clothes too. Front load washing machines can be fitted neatly under worktops in kitchens or utility areas, making them look part of the design at best or inconspicuous at worst. They can be more expensive than their top-loading counterparts, so factor this in. However, front load machines usually offer a wider range of wash programs and can be quieter too.

Samsung silver top load washing machine
Top Load Washing Machines

Top load washing machines are more traditional types and are a good option for those who have a separate utility room in their home. Because you load these at the top – and therefore don’t need to bend over to fill the drum – they’re a better option for anyone with mobility issues. These machines are usually cheaper to buy than front-loading types too. Generally, these models are larger in size; if space isn’t an issue, or if you have a bigger family, consider a top-loading machine.

What is a Semi-Automatic Washing Machine?

Semi-automatic washing machines require more manual work. These models usually contain two separate tubs; one for washing, and one for drying. You’ll need to fill the water, add the soap, drain the dirty water, unload your wet laundry and put it in the dryer. Although this can be more time consuming, semi-automatic models are energy efficient, because they use less water and electricity.

Washing Machine Capacity

Washing machine capacity is given in kilograms, which refers to the maximum load weight a particular model can hold. The larger the capacity, the more clothes your machine can wash at any one time.

Washing Machine Sizes and Measuring Advice

Standard washing machine dimensions vary; you should always double check the width, height, and depth of your washing machine against the space that’s available, to make sure you don’t end up buying something that just won’t fit.
Remember to factor in clearance space at the back too; washing machines require a gap of at least 15.24 cm (around 150mm) to accommodate piping. You should also leave an inch (25mm) between your washing machine and dryer, if they’re going to be placed next to each other. Stackable front-loading washers and dryers are available for smaller spaces.

Samsung silver washing machine dimensions of depth, width and height.

Washing Machine Programs Explained

It might sound obvious, but it’s worth getting to grips with the different wash programs out there to ensure you’re running the best cycle for your load.

White Samsung washing machine. Laundry room in family home with sleeping cat in foreground.

Additional Features to Look Out For

Modern washing machines come with lots of additional features, designed to make the laundry process easier. It’s worth knowing what each of these do, to make sure you choose a machine that suits your needs.

The clothes are being washed inside the washing machine.

Features to Look for on Fully Automatic Front Load Washing Machines

Features to Look for on Fully Automatic Top Load Washing Machines

Features to Look for in Semi-Automatic Washing Machines

Washing Machine Maintenance

Follow these simple tips to get the most out of your new appliance for many years to come.

Cleaning washing machine

Washing Machine Maintenance Tips

  • Don’t overload your washing machine; doing so can impact the drum movement and cause damage to the motor, leading to a breakdown.

  • Use the right kind of detergent for your machine type – many modern appliances require a soap that’s not too sudsy.

  • Check the hosing every month or so to make sure there are no cracks, blockages or leaks.

Water cleaning of inner washing machine

How to Clean a Washing Machine

Cleaning your washing machine regularly is also considered basic maintenance; it’s a simple way to ensure your machine continues to perform efficiently. You should clean the drum every month or so, to keep it in a good condition. Doing this will prevent it from smelling musty, and ensure your next laundry load is free from any residue.

  • If your washing machine comes with a clean cycle (such as Eco Tub Clean, Clean Tub or ECO Drum Clean), simply select the cleaning program.

  • If your machine doesn’t have a cleaning cycle, wipe the drum down with a cloth and set a hot cycle (minus the clothes!).

It’s important to look after the detergent drawer too. If your appliance doesn’t have a StayClean Drawer – a drawer rinsing setting that does this for you – you’ll need to remove and clean it every so often, to get rid of any soap residue or mildew.
Whether you fancy a front loading washing machine, have your eyes on a top load model, or want a semi-automatic appliance, Samsung’s range of washers will ensure spotless laundry every time.