Investing in a New Washing Machine

Used day-in day-out, month after month, year after year, the washing machine is easily one of the most important appliances in the house. Which is why, when it’s time for an upgrade, choosing a replacement can be pretty stressful indeed. Washing machines need to be durable, lasting years, if not decades, if the right model is chosen. They also need to be tough enough to withstand wear and tear from hundreds of washes each year, while also offering the functionality to deal with various types of washes. There is certainly a lot to think about before making this – usually quite expensive – purchase.

Choosing a Washing Machine

One of the first things to think about when choosing a washing machine is how it will be used. Traditional washing machines sit side-by-side with dryers, but there are washer-dryer combinations to choose from as well. For buyers who opt for the traditional washing machine, there is the front loader or top loader to consider. A top loader can be cheaper to buy, with fewer breakdowns and repairs. It can also offer faster normal wash cycles, and is easier to add to once a cycle has started. However, a top loader can be harsher on clothes, while using more water, more detergent and more energy on warm and hot washes.

On the other hand, a front loader is gentler on clothes, saving money by using less water, detergent and energy to run it. But, whether choosing a top loader or a front loader, there are some general features to look for. Think about capacity (the load size it offers), about timing (the length of washing cycles), about size (how much space it will take up), and about how noisy it is. Look at star ratings and ease-of-use, functionality and features, by comparing all the options right here. One big decision made easy with eBay!