Best Washing Machine Buying Guide Singapore
When investing in a new washing machine, there's a lot more at play than how well it cleans. First, you'll consider the type of machine you want — a traditional top loader, a top loader without an agitator, or a front loader. Budget, of course, is another concern (a full-size machine can cost anywhere from $400 to over $1,700). And which special cleaning features might be super-helpful to you?
What factors are most important to consider before I buy?Evaluate your laundry needs and how many loads of laundry you wash a week. If you have a large family, or if you're a planning a family in the near future, consider a big washer that can handle large loads. Larger interior dimensions will give you more flexibility and can also handle oversized household items, like comforters and sleeping bags.
If you wear a lot of delicate fabrics, consider a machine with cycles that simulate hand-washing.
If you wash lots of heavy items, a unit that offers an extended spin (for wringing water from towels and comforters) and extra rinse cycles (for rinsing out excess detergent) is great.
Do you often have heavily soiled clothes such as sports uniforms? A machine that provides extra-long wash and presoaking cycles will get them clean. In contrast, if you tend to have slightly soiled garments, a washer with a quick-wash option may be best for you.
Fully-automatic or semi-automaticWashing machines come in two variants – fully-automatic, which does everything for you at the touch of a button, and semi-automatic, which can come with two tubs. If you use a twin tub semi-automatic washing machine, this means you may need to move your clothes from one tub to the other during the washing process. These machines can also use less water and allow you to pause between cycles. However, if you’re after a convenient wash, a fully-automatic washing machine will do everything for you.
What's the best way to judge tub capacity?Most washer tubs range in size from about 2.45 cubic feet to 3.3 cubic feet. Don't try to compare numbers or industry terminology for tub capacity. Manufacturers use different methods to calculate tub size and a variety of terms, such as "extra-large," "super-capacity" and "super-capacity plus." Although many top-loading washers with agitators claim to be "super-capacity," some are really too small to handle 12-pound loads. If you tend to save up your laundry or have a large family, look for a washing machine with the "plus" label. It will likely wash up to 15 pounds at a time. Or, consider a large-size front loader or top loader without an agitator.
Are there any safety features in clothes washers?Yes. Although all washers stop spinning during the spin cycle when the lid is open, some have safety locks. This feature prevents children from opening the lid during the spin cycle.
What are the pros and cons of dials vs. push buttons vs. touchpads?No doubt, touchpad controls are more sleekly designed and easier to clean than dials and push buttons —- though the cleanup of laundry appliances isn't a big deal. The real benefit of buying an electronic touchpad control is that it gives you instant feedback, with icons, cycle time readouts and lights that can be seen from across a room.
Temperature controlIf the washer has an in-built heater, this feature will help adjust the temperature of the water. This can prove useful in winter. Besides, hot water cleans clothes better. Some of the machines have steam setting, which helps fight dirt and stains well.
What should I know about delivery and installation?Before you buy a clothes washer, think about how it will be installed. Do you want your old washer hauled away, or does your town allow curbside pickup of appliances? If you're rearranging or building a new laundry room, do you need water or electric hooked up? Who will be home to accept the delivery of your clothes washer? Do you need to take a day off of work because the place you bought it from doesn't deliver on weekends? And if you plan to install your washer in a basement, make sure you measured the entrance way to ensure the unit can fit in your home.
What kind of warranty do manufacturers typically offer?You generally get a one- or two-year parts-and-labor warranty included in the sticker price. Certain parts, like the motor and the tub, are covered for longer periods, depending on the brand, with limited warranties.
Automatic dispensers: These release the bleach, detergent or fabric softener automatically at an appropriate time during the wash cycle.
Extra rinse cycle: As the name suggests, it rinses the laundry for an additional cycle and is beneficial for people who are sensitive to detergent residue.
Air dry: When the drum rotates, this feature allows it to suck in air and blast it out on the clothes. This results in a more effective and faster drying of clothes, leaving them free of bad odour and bacteria.
- Contractor Ram