How to buy a washing machine

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What to consider before buying a washing machine

washing machine buying guide


Size is an important factor to consider when buying a washing machine. In this regard for nonprofessional use, the number of occupants should determine the size and hence the capacity of the machine. Also the frequency of washing determines the washing load which in turn informs the size (capacity of the washing machine). Therefore an individual or a household that washes frequently may actually make do with a smaller capacity washing machine. So the trick in selecting a washing machine is first to determine your natural frequency of washing, and super impose this on the number of individuals in the household to make an informed decision. Each washing load is calculated in terms of the weight (kg) of the total items to be washed at a time.


Power Consumption

The older top-loader washing machines predominantly use more water and energy. This is why more modern and energy efficient designs are front loaders. A washing machine will use 400 to 1300 watts, with modern Energy Star rated models using about 500 watts.

Modern front loading washing machines use over 50% to 60% less water. Consequently it is advised to upgrade if you are still using a top loader machine. An upgrade will save you both electricity and water bills in the long run.

So buyers are advised to look out for energy star and front loader machine machines.

Warranty and Maintenance

You should generally avoid buying washing machines that do not have a service center within the area of your domain. This could lead to multiple, maybe inexperienced hands tampering or handling your washing machine, which could lead to damage and effectively shorten the useful lifespan of the machine.

Always remember to check for warranty. The duration of the warranty determines the confidence the manufacturer has in the product. Therefore the longer the warranty, the more confident the manufacturer is that the product is durable. Never buy an appliance with no warranty! Finally, you should buy from an authorized dealer to ensure that the warranty is valid.


There are many washing machine brands in the market. Always check for the SONCAP and the warranty certificates (as said above). Finally you can tell us your experience with your appliance, or as your questions, in the comments section below.

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