Having a washing machine at home means no more trips to the launderette with stacks of silver coins and magazines to read while you wait for your cycle to complete. Built for speed and convenience, home washing machines are simple to use and compact in size. In fact, some of the newer designs are so fast and silent you may forget your washing machine's even there.
You'll find a selection of new and used appliances from leading brands including Bosch, Samsung, AEG, Hotpoint, Zanussi, Miele and Indesit. Here are two key questions to ask yourself when searching for your new washing machine.
Freestanding or Integrated?
One of the main questions you'll need to ask yourself is whether you'd like your washing machine to be built into a kitchen unit or freestanding. Integrating your washing machine will hide its appearance and is useful where a washing machine is located in the kitchen or another space that's frequently used.
On the other hand, the beauty of a freestanding unit is that you can move it around with relative ease and it's just as at home in a kitchen, garage or laundry room. You also have the option of selecting a front loading or top loading washing machine, whereas an integrated washing machine has to be front loading.
If your washing machine is freestanding and on display, matching its colour to your décor becomes far more important. Choose from popular white, black and silver colourways or opt for bold red and blue.
How Much Space Do You Need?
The amount of available space in your home will have a direct impact on the size of washing machine you can opt for. If you have a relatively spacious kitchen or laundry room and tend to do big loads of washing, a large capacity drum of up to 11kg may be the best option.
If you're tight on space, compact washing machines are relatively small with a capacity of around 5kg. Other options include standard sized 7kg washing machines and portable versions that can be taken away on holiday.