Cheap or not so cheap Many modern washing machines are cheap to acquire, many manufactures take the notion of build them cheap sell them quick, often the build quality is of a poor standard, often they don’t last as long as you would hope and the cost of spare parts and repair is surprisingly not cheap would you believe.
If you pay more do you get a better wash?
The short answer to that is maybe, but let me explain what I mean. If you buy the budget brand and then you buy the budget model from that brand, then as the saying goes you get what you pay for. Some brands are better then others, budget companies save money by building with cheap parts that, when you need to replace that part it turns out to be quite expensive.
If you look at a more mainstream manufacturer and compare there middle of the road model with their top of the line model you will see that a lot of the same parts go into both machines what you are paying for in the top model is more features that most of the time you are not going to use. So buying a middle of the road model from a better manufacture could end up giving you a better deal in the long run.
As with most things in life a washing machine needs to be thought about before, you part with your hard-earned cash. It has been shown that spending a little more on the purchase of a better brand can save you money later on down the road. The cost of repair of some brands can be as much as 75% of the initial purchase cost now in my mind, that does seem false economy.
What features should you look for when buying a washing machine?
The features you need in a washing machine depend on how it's going to be used, drum size for example should be considered important if you have a large family, a single person is not going to need a huge capacity drum just for him or her. Spin speed is quite important the faster the spin the less time you will need in the tumble dryer. Water usage some brands now can wash using a smaller amount of water , less water means less energy needed to heat the water.
The basic principle of a washing machine is a drum containing the water and detergent agitates the cloths within it, lifting them out of the water then plunging them back in. almost all front loading washing machines work on this principle. Washing machines as of many household appliances are all variations of a main theme. what you should consider when purchasing is how long it is going to last you and if it does go wrong how much is it going to cost you to repair. Many manufactures will tell you there machines wash better then the others that is not what I've found from my experience . It is easy to get a good wash from most machines if you follow the basic rules. Use a good quality washing powder, if clothes are very dirty use more detergent and a stain remover and a longer wash and do not over fill the machine if you follow the basic guidelines you should find that your washes will always be bright.
Steve Morris runs gogiddy.co.uk http://gogiddy.co.uk for Washing Machines search gogiddy