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  • What is a front-loading washer?

    As opposed to top-loading washers, these washers have a door on the front and boast superior wash capacities. In addition, front-loading washers also have a number of extra features like steam cleaning.

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How much does a new washer cost?

A standard top-loading washer will cost around $500. However, a high efficiency washer will cost more than $600.

Is it cheaper to buy a washer in store or online?

It is often cheaper to purchase a washing machine online. In addition, shopping online gives you access to a greater range of washers.

Is it worth getting a washer-dryer as opposed to buying a separate washer and tumble dryer?

While washer-dryers are effective washers, they are quite substandard tumble dryers and can be awkward to operate. As a result, you are often better off investing in two units.

What is a top-loading washer?

Top-loading washers use a large agitator and a tub which rotates vertically. These washers are usually narrower than front-loading washing machines but they are often noisier and use more energy.

What capacity washer do I need?

This depends entirely on how much washing you need to do. The average washer holds around 15 pounds of laundry and will be spacious enough for small households. If you have a large household, look out for large capacity models which can wash up to 20 poun

What washing machine spin speed is best?

Washer speeds range from 1,000 to 1,600 revolutions per minute. The more revolutions per minute, the dryer your clothes will be when you take them out. For optimum efficiency, aim for a model with between 1,400 and 1,500 revolutions per minute.

What type of washing machines are the quietest?

Typically, washers range from 45 decibels to 61 decibels. If you plan on doing lot of late-night washing or you have an open-plan kitchen, aim for a noise level less than 50 decibels as this is a similar volume to a refrigerator humming.

Which is more reliable: washer-dryers or washers?

Washers are more reliable than washer-dryers as only a 10% need repairs in their first 6 years. Conversely, 20% of washer-dryers need repairs in their first 6 years.

What are integrated washers?

These are a style of washer which can be hidden behind a cupboard door.