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Washing Machine Buying Guide

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Washing Machine Buying Guide

Washing machines are an essential home appliance for busy families, making light work of heavy laundry loads. But when it comes to buying a new washing machine, knowing what to look for can be difficult – after all, there are plenty of options out there! You should factor in size and capacity, and consider which features you’re going to benefit from, to ensure you get a washing machine that suits your needs. Compare washing machines with our guide, and find out which type is right for you.

Understanding Washing Machine Capacity

Washing machine capacity is given in kilograms; it refers to the maximum load weight a particular model can hold. The larger the capacity, the more items you’ll be able to wash at any one time. It’s worth remembering that this usually refers to cotton programs only; the usable capacity for other cycles may differ.

Washing Machine Sizes and Measuring Advice

Washing machine dimensions can 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 too; washing machines require a gap of at least 50mm at the back and 25mm at either side, to accommodate piping. Stacking kits can be used to fit washers and dryers on top of one another if space is at a premium in your home. These are designed for specific models, so you’ll need to make sure you buy one that’s compatible with both appliances.

White washing machine dimensions of depth, width, height

Should I Buy a Washer Dryer?

Combined washer dryers are ideal for smaller homes, since you only need the one appliance. They’re a popular option for those living in flats, or more compact houses without a separate utility area or the outdoor space to hang laundry to dry.

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.

The clothes are being washed inside the washing machine.

Features to Look Out For

Modern washing machines come with lots of additional features that are designed to make the laundry process easier.

Modern family kitchen designed with white Samsung washing machine.

Energy Efficiency

Washing machines are rated according to their energy efficiency, with the most efficient appliances achieving A+++. You can also wash at lower temperatures or select Eco Wash programs to reduce energy consumption whenever you do your laundry. Samsung’s Ecobubble™ technology also washes clothes at lower temperatures, helping you to launder more sustainably – and cut down on your energy bills. And because it can reduce washing time by up to 50%*, Samsung’s QuickDrive™ technology saves energy too.

* Samsung QuickDrive™ WW8800M vs Samsung WW8500K (5kg 40°C Cotton wash).

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.

  • Don’t leave damp laundry in your machine; this can lead to a build-up of moisture and mould.

  • 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

You should clean the drum regularly to stop 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), run this once in every 40 washes to remove detergent residue and build-up. If your machine doesn’t have a cleaning cycle, wipe the drum down with a cloth and set a hot wash (minus the clothes!).

  • 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 the detergent drawer every so often, to get rid of any soap residue or mildew.

  • You should clean your washing machine filters to avoid drainage and water problems. Mesh filters – which are located at the water supply – should be cleaned once or twice a year. You should clean your debris filter 5-6 times annually.

Whether you’re after a large capacity washing machine, a space-saving washer dryer or a handy new tumble dryer, Samsung’s range of washers will have your laundry squeaky clean in no time.