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Buying Guide - Wash & Dryer

Smart Electrical Buying Guide - Wash & Dryer

For a machine that washes clothes, there sure are plenty of complexities and functions that make choosing the right wash & dryer quite a confusing task. This buying guide will show you the different appliances and their special features so you can choose the correct model on your first shop.

Type

At present, there are two types of washing machines which are the Top Loader and the Front Loader.

A Top Loader washing machine is further classified into two:

  • Agitator - The clothes are moved around the drum by a central rotating pole.
  • Impeller - Uses a propeller-like device located at the bottom that moves the water and in turn moving the clothes.

This type of washing machine has a lower initial cost. It can accommodate a larger laundry load and has faster wash cycles which is good for large families that tend to do laundry regularly. You can also pause the operation and open the washer to add in or remove clothes if needed.

Front Loader washing machines usually have more advanced settings to adjust to the type of clothes that’s loaded on it. It has a smaller form factor and is also stackable, making it ideal for homes with lesser space. It is generally gentler on clothes and offer faster drying times. In the long run, this type of washing machine is also cheaper since it has more water and is energy efficient.

LG offers a specific front loader washer and dryer combo machine that has the Truesteam® feature. The truesteam is great as it makes cleaning clothes quicker. For example, if you have a shirt, a blouse or any clothing you would want to wear again but don’t want to put it through a full wash, just put it in the steam refresh cycle and you’re good to go.

Another feature that could be great for your potential washer is LG’s Smart Diagnosis system. If you’ve ever experienced your machine breaking down but you had no idea how to troubleshoot it, now with just a simple app, the washer can “talk for itself” and find a solution - costing you less than when you utilize call-outs.

Water and Energy Efficiency

A good appliance should be able to fully optimise resources being spent on it. For washing machines, water and energy are two used resources and there are indicators for you to know just how efficient the machine is in handling them.

For energy, you can look at the Energy Star Rating label which is in the form of a score out of 10, while specific numbers that show the consumption figure is measured in kilowatt hours per year.

For water, you may refer to Australia’s Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme (WELS) to know how much water is used per cycle. The rating system is between 0 and 6 stars, with 6 stars indicating the most efficiency. It will also show you how many litres per cycle are required (which is also called the water consumption flow).

Load Capacity

Size is a big factor in determining which product you’ll buy. Average washing machines usually do 6 to 7 kg of load per cycle which is the average for families of 4. Note that since washing machines typically last for years, you should reconsider if your family size would be larger in the future.

Settings

The more settings made available to you, the more confusing it is to operate, but knowing what to do when using a wash & dryer will allow better care for your clothing.

Faster speeds mean that clothes are generally dryer at the end of the cycle which is useful for heavier clothing but may damage lighter ones.

There are also specific settings for whites, delicate fabrics, and woollen clothing, as well as for quick wash clothing. The choice of setting always depends on the amount of load, the dirtiness, and the material of the clothes.

Higher end models sometimes have sensor technology that automatically detects these factors and chooses the appropriate setting so you don’t have to hassle yourself with configuration anymore.

Other Factors to Consider

Check if the machine has an auto lock function to prevent the door from opening mid-cycle. Touchpad controls are also sought-after in washing machines. Check the materials, because although the body is commonly made of plastic, the tubs should be made of steel for better durability. Also see if the unit has auto spin balancing and dampeners for noise reduction.