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If there’s one modern convenience we couldn’t live without, it’s got to be a washing machine. Gone are the days of metal washboards and hard bars of soap paired with buckets of hot water. And, good riddance too. But buying the washing machine that’s right for you is no easy task. The stress that comes with making such an expensive purchase and the pressure to make sure it’s perfect is enough to drive anyone a bit crazy. Well, you can relax as we’ve done the research so that you don’t have to.
With an ever expanding market for washing machines, it can be overwhelming simply trying to figure out where to start looking. In order to determine which is best suited to your lifestyle, you’ll need to ask yourself a few important questions:
There are several things that you’ll need to consider before purchasing the washing machine that’s perfectly suited to your lifestyle. We’ll take you through all of the primary decisions and make some of the best recommendations out there to help you decide!
Washing machines are designed differently for different lifestyles. Size, brand and settings are all important factors that need to be considered before choosing your washing machine. So, let’s explore the best washing machines the market offers for different scenarios.
The best washing machine brand for both customer satisfaction and reliability is Miele. If you’re going to buy a washing machine, you’ll be considering it an investment and thus reliability is key, so we’d definitely recommend opting for a Miele washer. Miele has a range of different washing machines that would be suited to different people; the size of your usual washing load would affect which one would be suited to you. A great choice would be the Miele WKR 770 WPS 8kg Washing Machine W1. This front-loading washing machine features an 8kg Soft Steam drum, SteamCare, TwinDos, PowerWash and Cap Dosing technology that is said to revolutionise cleanliness and results in 50% less ironing. Bonus.
You won’t find a Miele washing machine for under $1,000, but a close second brand that’s hard to beat on customer satisfaction and reliability is Bosch. That said, we’d recommend the Bosch Series 4, 7kg Front Load Washing Machine that comes in at just $880. It’s got plenty of handy features that make this an excellent choice:
“Families” tends to mean more washing, and thus the bigger the load allowance the better. That is why we’d recommend the Miele WMV 960 WPS 9kg Washing Machine. This front-loading washing machine features a 9kg Soft Steam drum and offers brilliant cleaning performance every time with TwinDos, PowerWash and Cap Dosing features, as well as LED drum lighting and an enormous 26 wash programs to suit all levels of soiling – perfect for families with little ones as they tend to magnetise dirt.
Pesky pet hair can be the bane of a pet owner's existence. It gets everywhere, especially on clothes, which can be a pain when it comes to washing machines. If you’re looking for a washing machine that can perform where pet hair is concerned, we’d recommend the Miele 8kg Front Load Washing Machine as it’s been tried and tested by pet owners who are very pleased with its performance.
Its features include:
Another handy tip for pet owners is to add a half-cup of white vinegar to the machine's rinse cycle as vinegar is a natural fabric softener that helps relax fabric and loosen the pet hair.
If you’re considering purchasing a combi as a space saving solution then Miele has got you covered. WT 2780 WPM Washer-Dryer is a washer-dryer with a stains option that offers optimum results and maximum convenience. This machine includes 18 wash and drying programs, and also features steam care and Thermo spin to save time and cut back on electricity.
For top loading washing machines, we’ll turn to Fisher & Paykel. It ranks closely in third place when it comes to overall customer satisfaction and reliability, so if you’re looking for a top loader, then it’s the best option.
Fisher & Paykel WA8560P1 FabricSmart™ 8.5kg Top Load Washing Machine is a great choice. It’s a generous 8.5kg washer that focuses on fabric care. There’s a choice of 12 cycles and a SmartTouch control dial for ease of use. It also uses Eco-Active Wash Technology to ensure energy efficiency.
For under $500, there’s not much on the market, but we have found one washing machine that we can recommend. The Samsung WA65F5S2URW 6.5kg Top Load Washing Machine comes in at just $419. Samsung isn’t at the top of the customer satisfaction and reliability tables, but it’s nowhere near the bottom either. This Samsung washing machine is a top-seller with most customers giving it a five-star review and it's very affordably priced.
Unfortunately, there are some common complaints with washing machines that we should address.
Washing machines can become unbalanced, which can cause it to shake or bounce during cycles. You can balance the load of clothes by opening the lid, and checking whether there is a lot more on one side than the other, and if this is the problem, move them around, close the lid, restart the spin cycle and check the results. If the machine is brand new and started behaving this way from its first use, then it could be that the shipping bolts have not been removed from the back of the machine. You can check this by opening the door on the front-loader washing machine and pushing down on the drum. If the shipping bolts are still fixed to the machine, the drum will not move vertically at all. If they have been removed then the drum should sink slightly under the pressure of your hand and then spring back up when released. Another thing causing the wobble could be the adjustment screws on the machine's base. They may not be set correctly, or if you have an older machine, the threads may be stripped which would cause them to fail.
If your washing machine has problems filling or draining water, it could be an indication that something has become stuck in the drain pump, so check the filter. And don't panic if the washing machine is full of water and refuses to drain. The hardest part is getting the machine into a position where you can drain it. The easiest way to drain a washing machine that’s full of water is to pull it out and then drop the drain hose into a basin, and allow gravity to do the rest. Seek manufacturer advice as (providing your machine is still under warranty) this should be covered.
Leaking is another common complaint with washing machines. Don’t worry, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to run out and buy another one. Leaks can develop in numerous locations, but the most common source of under-the-washer leaks is in the pump. If you find that this is the source of your leak, it is important to replace the pump before you use your washing machine again in order to prevent water from leaking onto the motor, which would mean you’d need to rush out and replace the entire machine.
Spin problems are common too. There are a number of things that can cause this. Worn brushes, belt problem, faulty motor or faulty motor controller could be an issue and that will take a further investigation to determine. If your washing machine is still under warranty, call your manufacturer on this one.
Sometimes washing machines make excessive or strange noises and usually this is caused by one of three factors:
Another annoyance could be that your machine stops mid-cycle or does not complete cycles. Ordinarily this would indicate the failure of a component. This means that the best thing to do would be to contact your machine’s manufacturer and let the professional diagnose the problem.
|Model||Price||Load type||WELS water rating||Energy rating||Capacity|
|Miele WKR 770 WPS 8kg Washing Machine W1||$3,499||Front load||4.5||4.5||8kg|
|Bosch Series 4, 7kg Front Load Washing Machine||$880||Front load||4||4||7kg|
|Miele WMV 960 WPS 9kg Washing Machine||$4,499||Front load||5||5||9kg|
|Miele 8kg Front Load Washing Machine||$2,599||Front load||4.5||4.5||8kg|
|WT 2780 WPM Washer-Dryer||$3,699||Front load||4||4||5.5kg|
|Fisher & Paykel WA8560P1 FabricSmart™ 8.5kg Top Load Washing Machine||$990||Top load||3.5||4||8.5kg|
|Samsung WA65F5S2URW 6.5kg Top Load Washing Machine||$419||Top load||4||2||6.5kg|
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