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A Buyer's guide to Washing Machines

Shopping for a new washing machine can be nothing short of overwhelming, and with an innumerable amount of options, load capabilities, wash time and all manner of other things it’s easy to see why. This guide will tell you about what you should be looking for when purchasing a washing machine and how you can make a saving.

Making a saving on your washing machine
Shopping online and paying for delivery
Shopping online is the most suitable for finding a washing machine that will net you a big saving. You do however need to bear in mind that delivery charges and times differ drastically from provider to provider, so be sure to check out delivery terms prior to choosing your washing machine.

Using Google Shopping
The perfect place to start your search is with Google Shopping. Using their shopping tab you can view thousands of washing machines in a list, narrowing down your search by brand name and budget. This will give you a good initial idea of how much you’re looking at paying.

Washing Machine Warranties
When purchasing a new washing machine it will come with a warranty. When looking at the warranty you’ll need to check how long it lasts for and what it covers. Invariably such warranties last for at least 12 months and cover all major mechanical parts, however others may differ so be sure to read any warranty thoroughly.

The trouble with purchasing Washing Machines second hand
Whilst you may feel like purchasing second hand washing machine through auction websites or other similar places you need to bear in mind that purchasing an electrical item where you have no idea of its previous history may be nothing short of a danger. Even where the item may have been PAT tested (an electrical test to ensure an item is safe to use) you will still have no idea as to how long your item may last. Buying secondhand is almost always a false economy and may see you out of pocket and with an even bigger pile of washing than you previously had.

Other considerations when purchasing a Washing Machine
Efficiency and load capabilities
Whilst you may find a washing machine that looks like it’s a great deal you need to consider its efficiency and load capabilities. A small washing machine that is inefficient in its electrical usage will undoubtedly run your bills up as well as requiring you to put on more loads than would be necessary with a medium sized washing machine.

In relation to energy consumption washing machines now come with energy stickers as standard that give you an idea of its efficiency. These include A+++ (most energy efficient), A++, A+ and A (least energy efficient).