How to choose a washing machine?
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The washing machine is probably the best assistant of the modern hostess, which means that it should be in every home. In this article we will tell you how to choose a washing machine that will serve you for a long time and properly, and also be comfortable in operation.
Currently, there are two types of washing machines: front and vertical. Front-mounted washing machines are classics, in which laundry is loaded through a round glass door located on the side. There is also located, as a rule, the “instrument panel” of the machine.
Vertical washing machines are not so common, in them the laundry is laid through the top cover.
How to choose a car - vertical or frontal - depends only on your taste preferences, because the location of the lid does not affect the quality of washing.
Russian apartments are rarely distinguished by large bathrooms, and therefore the issue of placing a washing machine is almost always a problem.Fortunately, the manufacturers of washing machines, realizing this problem, began to produce small-sized machines on the market. Today you can find cars with a width of 40 cm and a depth of 32 cm, however, the height is always standard - 85 cm. Before choosing a machine size, of course, you need to find the space for it and measure it.
Modern washing machines have a load range of 3 to 7 kg. Of course, if you purchase a small-sized machine, you don’t have to choose here, as a rule, in this case the load does not exceed 3 kg. However, in fact, if the family consists of 2-3 people, this volume is quite enough. Although, of course, if space allows, it is worth thinking about a larger washing machine, which makes it possible to wash a couple of sets of clothes at once.
The material of the tank is a very important parameter; an illiterate choice on this characteristic can lead to damage to the laundry. The tank can be made of stainless steel, enamelled steel or plastic. Clearly, stainless steel is the best material, but the cost of a washing machine with such a tank is quite high.If you are counting on a budget option, purchase a machine with a plastic tank. Modern plastic is resistant to corrosion, perfectly tolerates the effects of detergents, temperature drops, and in addition, provides good absorption of vibration.
The washing machine has a number of important characteristics, which are very important to pay special attention when choosing:
- washing class - this parameter characterizes the overall quality of washing;
- spin class, indicating the degree of caring for linen;
- energy class that characterizes the efficiency of the machine.
The class is designated by letters from A to G, where A is the highest class, G is the lowest.
The number of programs for washing
Manufacturers often try to “stuff” their cars with a bunch of modes, this is a marketing move that makes the customer think that the product has almost supernatural abilities. However, for proper care of linen, only 5-7 modes are required - cotton, wool, synthetics, delicate fabrics, hand-washing, a combination-wash, intensive washing.
Wash program management
It is very important that the program panel of the washing machine has a clear interface, this is especially important if the machine is purchased for an elderly person. Of course, in this case it is better to purchase a washing machine with a minimum number of modes and other marketing gadgets that interfere with operation more than help.
One of the rather important additional functions of washing machines, which not all models support, is the possibility of drying the laundry directly in a typewriter. In fact, it is difficult to call this option superfluous, because, as we said above, the bathrooms in Russian apartments are small, and it’s quite difficult to arrange a good place to dry clothes there. It is necessary, however, to understand that the drying function will increase the price of the machine by 20-30%.
Modern manufacturers of home appliances have a wide range of products, but each company has its own strengths and weaknesses. Some manufacturer makes mixers of the highest quality, but its washing machines leave much to be desired.
In general, all washing machines can be divided into four price ranges, and in each of them highlight the leaders of quality:
- elite class - Miele, AEG;
- high class - Candy, Bosch, Siemens, Electrolux, Whirlpool;
- middle class - Ardo, Ariston, Beko, Indesit, LG, Samsung;
- budget models - Vyatka, Baby, Oka, Atlant.
Here, perhaps, the main points that you need to pay attention to when choosing a washing machine-machine. If you pay attention to all these criteria, the machine not only fits perfectly into your interior, but will also be happy for a long time with quality work.