A washing machine is an essential appliance , but buying one means taking into consideration a wide range of factors such as energy efficiency, size, features, price and the ongoing debate between front loaders and top loaders. As a result, we’ve compiled a comprehensive washing machine buying guide to help you make the best purchase decision for your home and family. But before tackling the machines themselves, let’s take a look at what you’ll need to know before you buy…
Size and loading options
This might sound obvious, but getting a washing machine that doesn't fit in the space allocated for it is not a good idea. Measure the space carefully, paying particular attention to the height and width.
Most washing machines are at least 59 cm wide, and 85 cm tall. Add in a centimetre or so for clearance on each side, or getting the machine in place could mean taking the rest of the kitchen to pieces.
The depth of the machine - how far out it sticks - is important too, but less crucial than the other two measurements.
For example, people with narrow galley kitchens or a corner space might find they can't open the washing machine door fully if the whole machine is already protruding into the available space.
So ideally, find one that fits as close to flush with counters and other fittings - as well as being able to open the door fully, it'll help prevent bashed hips and make cleaning a bit…