5 things to think about before buying a new washing machine
What size drum do I need? Are muddy stains an everyday occurrence? Do I crave laundry days as quiet as a humming fridge? You washing machine questions answered…
1. What drum size do I need?
This all depends on how much washing you have and how many washes you do a week. If you’ve just moved into your first home, a 5-7kg drum is big enough for lighter loads – keeping your gym stuff and work clothes fresh.
If you need a machine that can cater for the whole family, an 8-9kg drum can make that mountain of dirty school uniforms disappear in no time.
A selection of washing programs can help you manage lots of different materials and temperatures. This Hotpoint WMAO 963P <link> has 16 programmes, including Eco Wash, Time Saver, Super Wash and Reduced Creases to save time and money on utilities. It’s also got a large 9kg drum and a fantastic A+++ energy efficiency rating.
What size drum suits your lifestyle? Find out with our washing machine capacity guide
2. Can I have a fast spin cycle without waking the little ones?
No one wants a washing machine that sounds like a helicopter taking off. Especially if you’ve put the kids to bed but need to put a load on.
Our washing machines range from 45 to 61 decibels during a wash cycle. Anything under 50 decibels is about the same as a refrigerator humming, so this really can make a difference in your home.
The noise level on the Hotpoint WMAO 963P is 53 decibels, so it won’t wake the little ones. Plus, it’s got a Baby Cycle feature which can wash bulky loads of bedding and towels in less than two hours.
3. I want serious stain-busting, even at low temperatures
Better washing machine tech nowadays means that eco washing has the same cleaning abilities as hot washes. This is great for your clothes and the environment.
Lower temperatures mean less water needs to be heated, reducing both your electricity and water bills – washing at 30º instead of 40º or 60º uses 40% less energy.
Hotpoint’s Direct Injection technology and Samsung’s ecobubble both boost cleaning power by premixing water and detergent. This means the detergent meets your clothes ready-frothed, soaking into the fibres much faster and easily shifting stubborn stains.
Look out for the Hotpoint Eco Tech icon on washing machines. This is given to energy-efficient machines with an A+ energy rating and Eco Cycles or Eco Wash functions. Find it on the Hotpoint WMAO 963P, as well as Woolmark Green certification, to show it saves water and energy.
4. Is your wardrobe full of designer delicates?
Laundering your clothes shouldn’t wear them out. Your favourite sweater should look as good as the day you bought it, whether you wash it once or 50 times.
AEG SoftWater™ Technology gets rid of harsh minerals from your mains water before entering the drum, so the water is much purer. A little black dress washed 50 times saw no colour fading or wear.
You can be sure your woollens are kept in tip-top condition by choosing a machine with Woolmark approval. Handwash-only sweaters can be safely laundered with the Woolmark Green label on the Hotpoint WMAO 963P.
5. What’s the latest washing machine tech?
You can now buy ‘smart’ washing machines. Like other smart tech, these appliances use your home Wi-Fi and an app.
Unfortunately, they don’t load and unload themselves, but they do have some super-helpful features, such as revealing the time left on a wash, notifications when a cycle ends, and troubleshooting for any problems.
Another incredibly useful new bit of tech is Samsung AddWash. These machines feature a handy second door that can be opened and items added to mid-cycle – perfect for the sock or T-shirt that got away.
Ready to choose your machine? Check our full laundry range