If you’re buying a new washing machine, you should really read this first.
If you’re in the market for a new washing machine, you will no doubt be overwhelmed by all of the options, settings, and features now available. From smart connectivity to steam sanitization, washing machines are capable of more than ever before. And while more versatility is no bad thing, this does make it more difficult to decide which model will best suit your laundry room.
That’s why we’ve pulled together this comprehensive guide — to break down exactly what you should be looking at when choosing a new washer. We will cover everything from the types of machines on offer to the basic specs you should consider, not to mention design features that could make your laundry day a little easier.
1. Front load or top load
This is the first thing you really need to decide before shopping for a new washing machine. Washing machines are available in front load and top load designs and there are pros and cons to each. While each type of washer achieves the same outcome, they actually suit entirely different audiences.
Front-load washers generally offer better cleaning results, plus they can be more economical on space if they’re stackable. The tumbling action as it cleans is actually gentler on the clothes as well. However, top-load washers are more comfortable and convenient to load because you don’t have to bend down. The cycles tend to be faster as well, plus you can pre-soak with this design which is useful. Whichever you choose will depend on your specific preferences.