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How to select the right washing machine

July 23, 2019

Choosing a washing machine is a big investment and for many, it’s not easy to know which is the right one. When you’re faced with a daunting array of washing machines with different features and designs, how do you find the appliance that suits your laundry needs?

To help in your selection, here’s a simple checklist Electrolux UltimateCare shared with The Manila Times that gives a run through of the factors to consider when buying washing machine.

The size of the washing machine needed should depend on the number of people in the household.

✔ Family size and washing habits

The size of the washing machine you get can depend on the number of people in your household. For homes with one or two people, a 5kg washing machine could work. Families with 3 to 4 members can move up to 5 to 7 kg while those with five people or more, would be better off with a capacity of 8 kg or more. These refer to the weight of the laundry load that a washing machine can comfortably or efficiently clean. For perspective, 1 kg of laundry is equal to 5 shirts, a pair of jeans or two bath towels.

Be careful not to overload your washing machine as they will consume more water and electricity to clean your clothes. Instead, consider doing smaller loads more frequently and opt for a machine that has an inverter motor for better energy efficiency.

Front load washing machines are one of the most common in the market today.

✔ Front load or twin tub?

Another crucial factor to consider is which type of washing machine to get. Among the common types of washing machines are front load washing machines, which open at the front, and twin tubs, which have two tubs to wash clothes — the one typically on the left is where clothes can wash, rinse or soak while the one on the right is used to spin moisture out of your clothes for less time drying on the line.

To decide which one you want to buy, take a closer look at their cleaning performance and other factors like water and energy efficiency.

– Cleaning Performance and Operation

When it comes to cleaning performance, front load washing machines give clothes a more thorough clean and are gentler on clothes than twin tubs. Front load cleans using a gentle tumbling action, using gravity to pick up clothes to lightly drop them in the water. This is different from twin tub models, which use pulsators to rotate clothes, allowing water and detergent to go through fabrics to remove dirt quickly but may result in tangling and early wear and tear. Given this, it’s better to rely on front load for washing delicate fabrics.

Using a twin tub is also more labor intensive vs. a front load washing machine — given their design of having one tub for washing and another to spin dry, you have to manually move clothes from one tub to another. Many twin tubs require you to manually fill it and drain it with water, usually by connecting it to a hose, while front load washing machines are connected to your water supply and draws water automatically.

– Eco-friendly and energy-efficient

Both washing machines are water efficient. Front load washing machines use less water as they don’t need clothes to be fully submerged in water for effective washing — instead, clothes are washed by repeatedly picking them up and dropping them into the wash water. Meanwhile, twin tubs allows you to control your water usage and recycle your wash water, for re-use in another cycle or to water your garden.

Front load washing machines are also energy-efficient as it uses inverter technology in its motors, which consumes power depending on the load of the machine.

Consider the available space in your home, can it fit a bigger washing machine?

✔ Size and space

Deciding on what machine to get also depends on the available space in your home. Twin tub washing machine usually takes up more space vs. a front load washing machine, which works as a single unit as a compact washer dryer or a stackable separate washer and dryer. So, if you have limited space, a front load washing machine may work better for you.

✓ Cost

When it comes to price, twin tub washing machines are usually less expensive. While front load washing machines may cost more upfront, it also gives clothes more quality clean with features that are specifically designed for different types of fabrics and are more energy and water efficient so you may end up saving on the long run.

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