Washing machine buying guide


From size and capacity, to energy rating and spin speed, buying laundry appliances can seem like a bit of a minefield. That’s why we’ve created these straightforward buying guides containing all the info you need to make the right choice for your family, home and lifestyle.

Look out for the ‘Our Experts Love’ range to find washing machines, tumble dryers and washer-dryers that showcase the most exciting and useful features.

And of course, if you want to see what’s on offer for yourself, come down to one of our stores and we’ll be happy to help find the right appliances for you.

Standard features

Before buying a washer dryer these are the key features to consider.

What capacity washing machine do I need?
What spin speed should I go for?
How short is a quick wash?
How noisy is a washing machine?
How energy efficient are washing machines?
What's the difference between a freestanding and an integrated washing machine?

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Money saving features

There are lots of ways to save money from choosing economy wash options to looking out for sensor drying.

What if I don' always want to fill my washing machine to full capacity?
Are there washing machines that choose the right program for me?
How else can I economise on the wash?
How can I be sure to use the correct amount of detergent?

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Most machines have standard programmes such as cotton, synthetics and quick wash but some have special cycles to help with different types of loads.

What do you use steam for in a washing machine?
What should I look for to help with tough stains?
My family are really sporty, so I wash a lot of dirty kit
Some of my family have sensitive skin, how can I ensure all the detergent is removed in the wash?
I want to do less hand washing but I have lots of delicates - what can I do?

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There are different ways to control your washing machine from simple dials to voice activation.

What types of control panels are there?
What is a smart washing machine and what can it be used for?
How can I add an item in after the wash has started?
How can I set my washing to run at a time I want?
How can I stop my child opening the washing machine door?

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Don't forget

From delivery to installation and recycling, once you've chosen your new washing machine, we can help with all the extras.

What space does a washing machine need?
Why are all washing machines cold fill only?
What do I need to get my machine up and running?
WhaWhat warranty does my washing machine come with?

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Washing tips

To get the most out of your machine here are a few helpful tips..

What is the difference between biological and non-biological detergents?
How can I stop the washing from creasing if it's left in the washing machine for too long?
How do I change the temperature of a program?
How do I keep the drum clean?
How can I keep my detergent drawer clean?
How can I change the spin speed of a program?

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Jargon buster
Spin speed
Energy rating
Quick wash

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