Washing machine for a family

A washing machine with an 8 or 9kg load is perfect for a family. The fill weight determines how many kilograms of clothes can be washed in the drum per wash. Do you have children who play sports, so that you need to wash more clothes? Then choose a washing machine with a higher load. Curious about the best washing machines for a family of 2023? Then take a look below!

Washing machine for a family




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Which washing machine suits my family

A washing machine for a family is not a luxury but a necessity nowadays. To keep the household running, a washing machine full of laundry has to be started and unloaded several times a week. To make this household chore as easy as possible, washing machines on the market today have several features.

The washing machines are becoming more and more user friendly. For example, a number of washing machines can be controlled remotely and you can use an app to check how far the washing machine has progressed in its programme. And with the AddWash washing machine, you can add that one pair of trousers that was dirty when the washing machine was turned on. This is very convenient for busy families!

Best washing machines for a family in 2023


Best washing machine for a family

The Electrolux EFLS627UTT front load washer has a capacity of 4.4 cubic feet, large enough for a growing family like yours. With compact measurements of 32 in (depth) by 38 in (height) and 27 in (width) at 237 lb., plus a reversible washer door, it fits perfectly in many places. It’s also stackable so you can save even more space. With a stainless-steel drum, you can be assured that it’s durable and low maintenance. This amazing washing machine features Electronic LED controls that also displays the Cycle Status for easy operation. Delay Start allows you to start your wash cycle at your most convenient time while the End-Of-Cycle Signal alerts you when your load is done. Because Luxury-Design Lighting illuminates the inside of your washer, it’s easier to find any article of clothing. Additionally, it’s economical with an Energy Efficiency rating of Tier II, and an energy consumption of 85kWH/year. With a Spin Speed of 1300 RPM, minimize the amount of time your clothes spend drying on the line. With 10 wash cycles including Delicates, Hand washable, Heavy Duty, Rinse & Spin, Speed Wash, and Whites, you have the option to choose the perfect setting for your laundry. This Electrolux EFLS627UTT Front Load washer is not only chic with its gorgeous color options of titanium or white, but also packed with many incredible features. The Special Steam technology releases heat from the bottom up, so dirt is gently lifted from fabric. The SmartBoost feature premixes your preferred detergent and water before a wash cycle, maximizing the cleaning power and allowing it to clean your clothes more effectively. To remove tougher dirt, StainSoak combines the detergent, water and stain remover solution. What’s more is it’s also eco-friendly with Automatic Water Level Adjustment, ensuring there is as little water waster as possible. The Electrolux EFLS627UTT pairs with the optional pedestal storage drawer (Model #EPWD257UTT) to create additional height and extra laundry storage space. Power cord included.
The Electrolux ELFW7637AW is a front-load washer with a total capacity of 4.5 cubic feet. It’s stackable, so you can pair it with your favorite Electrolux dryer, too. This washer measures 32 inches deep, 38 inches high, and 27 inches wide at just 237 lbs. A standard size that will allow your washer to fit in many different rooms. The steel washer door is reversible, for even more flexible placement. This washer has Tier II Energy Efficiency Rating, and an energy consumption of just 85kWh/year. Economical, but quite powerful too! The maximum spin speed of 1300 RPM dries your clothes well, so time spent on the clothesline is minimized. You have a world of options with 10 wash cycles including Delicates, Handwashable, Heavy Duty, Rinse & Spin, Speed Wash and Whites. Choose freely according to your needs. Check out these exclusive features. SmartBoost combines the detergent and water before each wash cycle, to give it the most excellent cleaning power. The Optic Whites cycle keeps your whites, white, even better than bleach does. Remove detergent residues and strong fragrances with the Pure Rinse function. In a rush? Well, this washer has the 15-minute Fast Wash feature! Electrolux’s special LuxCare Plus Wash System thoroughly cleans your laundry by evenly distributing the detergent and other additives, improved wash actions, temperature control and smart load sensing. The Stain Soak option eliminates the need for a pre-treat, saving you time. Get rid of germs and bacteria with the Sanitize setting or remove irritants with the Allergens function. Electrolux’s Adaptive Dispenser gives you the option to use any detergent type: powder, liquid or pods, your choice! Perfect Steam gently lifts dirt from the bottom up while Solid Soil effectively cleans on caked on stains. This washer has everything you need. The Electrolux ELFW7637AW does not come with accessories.
Your search for the perfect washing machine is finished with the Electrolux ELFW7637AT 4.5 cu. ft. front load washer. Measuring 32 inches deep, 38 inches high and 27 inches wide, it’s the perfect size for your home. At just 217 lbs., it’s lighter than many washers its size. Pair it with your favorite Electrolux dryer, because it’s stackable. With a reversible round door, you have more freedom to place it in more locations. With interior lighting, finding articles of clothing is easier than ever. The low maintenance stainless steel drum does not rust and will keep your laundry safe from snags. Now let’s talk about how this washer can save you money with an Energy Efficiency Rating of Tier II, consuming just 85 kWh/year! With an impressive maximum spin speed of 1300 revolutions per minute (RPM), your clothes come out drier, cutting down the time your laundry needs to spend on the clothing line. If you're in a hurry, the 15-minute fast wash option is handy. The 11 wash cycle choices include Active Wear, Allergen, Colors, Delicates, Extra Rinse, Handwashable, Heavy Duty, Normal, Rinse & Spin, Sanitize, Soak, Speed Wash, Towels and Sheets, Tub Clean and Whites. Choose the best one according to your washing needs. This washer features many of Electrolux’s wonderful technology. SmartBoost premixes the detergent and water before each wash cycle allowing it to have the maximum cleaning power. The LuxCare Plus Wash System ensures tough but gentle cleaning of your laundry. The Stain Soak option eliminates the need for a pre-treat. Remove 95% of allergens from your clothing, towels and bedding with our NSF-certified Allergen option. Perfect Steam gently lifts dirt from the bottom up and Solid Soil works on tougher, caked on dirt. You have the option to use any detergent type you like with the world’s first Adaptative Dispenser: powder, liquid and even pods. Discover more when you take the Electrolux ELFW7637AT home. Power cord is included.
General Electronics present GE GFW550SSNWW, a brand-new front load washer featuring an extra-large total capacity of 4.8 cu. ft., just for you and your growing family. Because it has a reversible glass door, you can place it in many different locations and layout configurations. This stackable washing machine measures 32 inches deep, 39.75 inches high and 27 inches wide at just 246 lbs. The standard 27-inch width allows it to fit in many homes with no additional installation space required. Its Energy Efficiency Rating is an impressive Tier I, consuming a reasonable 158kWH/yr. Because the maximum spin speed is 1300 revolutions per minute (RPM), the cycle finishes with less moisture on your clothes and therefore less drying time. The generous 10 wash cycle options mean you have many choices to choose from. Even without a steam feature, the GE GFW550SSNWW is packed with a load of incredible features! The UltraFresh Vent System with OdorBlock that eliminates excess moisture to help prevent odors and keep your washer fresh and clean. The Microban antimicrobial technology is built into components including the gasket, dispenser and draining system, keeping your washer clean and hygienic. Keep your family safe with Sanitize with Oxi which removes 99% of bacteria with a dedicated cycle that uses an Oxi additive to maximize your detergent’s cleaning properties. GE’s patented Dynamic Balancing Technology (dBT™) not only saves you time by sensing and rebalancing uneven loads during the spin cycle, but also keeps your machine quieter than ever. If you’re in a hurry, the 20-minute Quick Wash Cycle can save the day. What’s more to love? Aside from these exclusive GE washing machine features, you also enjoy standard features like adaptive fill, add garment (pause), automatic temperature control, control lock, delay start, end-of-cycle signal and more. The GE GFW550SSNWW does not come with any accessories.
Your search for the perfect new washing machine is done with the GE GFW850SPNRS front load washer. Let’s start with the impressive 5.0 cu. ft. maximum capacity that will allow you to wash more laundry at once. With measurements of 34 inches deep, 39.75 inches high and 28 inches wide at 246 lbs., you can pair this washing machine with your favorite GE dryer because it is stackable. Have more even space saving options and freedom to place your brand-new washing machine wherever you want with its reversible glass door. Spoil yourself with 12 wash cycles, including Active Wear, Allergen, Bedding, Bulky Items, Cold, Delicates, Drain & Spin, Extra Rinse, Normal, Prewash, Rinse & Spin, Sanitize, Time Saving, Towels & Sheets, and Whites. This baby is jam-packed with All-American GE technology. The UltraFresh vent system with OdorBlock eliminates excess moisture to help prevent odors ensuring your washer stays fresh and clean. The Microban antimicrobial technology is built into parts including the gasket, dispenser and draining system, delivering protection that lives on load after load. With SmartDispense Technology, you can save time and make laundry effortless with an intelligent dispenser that holds up to 32 loads of detergent that automatically dispenses the right amount each time. 1 Step Wash + Dry allows you wash a small load in your washer, removing the need to transfer clothes into the dryer. Sanitize + Allergen kills 99% of common bacteria and irritants such as dust mites. Dynamic Balancing Technology (dBT™) is our patented, time saving technology that senses and rebalances uneven loads during the spin cycle, providing a quieter wash. PowerSteam safely penetrates deep into fabric fibers, loosening stains to deliver enhanced cleaning performance. Sanitize Cycle allows you to sterilize clothing with elevated temperatures designed to kill common household bacteria. The GE GFW850SPNRS comes with a power cord.

Washing machine payload against persons

The number of people in a family determines the desired fill weight, also known as the load capacity. This is the amount of laundry in kilograms that can fit into the drum, washing it to a good quality. For a family of 3, we recommend a load weight of 7kg. For a family of 4-5, we recommend a load weight of 8-9 kilograms. For a family of more than 5 persons, we recommend a fill weight of 10-12 kilos. It is not always the right choice to go higher than recommended. A half-full washing machine will consume unnecessary energy per wash. If a washing machine has a load sensor, and the wash programs are adjusted to the fill weight, this is less important. However, it is advisable to buy a washing machine that is suitable for the number of people in your household, because then you will wash the most energy-efficiently.

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What to look out for when buying a washing machine

Washing machines come in many shapes and sizes. If you are not an expert in this area, it can be difficult to know what to look for. Because you are buying a washing machine for a number of years (preferably as long as possible), you want to make sure you choose a suitable and user-friendly model. Features of the washing machine that you should look for are: fill weight, energy consumption, ease of use, washing preferences, wash quality, build quality, wash programmes and possibly the noise level and even brand specific extra features. We take a closer look at the different parts and what you can look for.

  1. Energy class: The energy class of a washing machine varies from A+ to A+++. The higher the percentage, the more economical. This can make a considerable difference in energy costs. A more expensive but environmentally friendly model can therefore pay for itself by saving energy, especially if you look at the savings over the life years of the washing machine.
  2. Filling weight: If you choose a washing machine for a family, then you are assuming 3 or more people. For 3 to 4 people, 8 kilograms is enough, but for 5 or more people, 9 kilograms is more appropriate. Taking the right number of people into account is useful to avoid using unnecessary energy. Too high a load results in unnecessarily empty washing drums, which can lead to wasted energy and water if there is no load sensor. A too small fill weight leads to unnecessarily many washes, which can also lead to wasted water and energy, and to user dissatisfaction. These guidelines are there to help you choose the right size, you can of course always deviate from them.
  3. Ease of use: The ease of use is determined by various specifications, such as a residual timer, delayed start, adding wash in between, load sensor, operation via an app, automatic detergent dosing, steam function, self-cleaning detergent drawer, clothes protector, drum lighting and automatic switch-off. Which specifications a washing machine has depends on the model. Depending on your own preference you can choose for these conveniences or not. Of course, the more conveniences, the more expensive the washing machine.
  4. Washing preferences: A washing machine can have features that allow it to satisfy certain washing preferences, such as delicate fabrics, sensitive skin, sports clothes, extra fast (<60 minutes), water and energy efficient, reduced wear. If you are interested in any of these preferences, select them in the search.
  5. Washing quality: The washing quality of a family washing machine is divided into basic, medium and top classes. Laundry quality is determined by the following features: wash result A, automatic detergent dosage, load sensor, steam function, extra rinse function, clothes protector, self-cleaning detergent drawer and drum cleaning. A washing machine is considered top-of-the-range if it has at least 75% of these features. If the washing machine has between 50 and 70% of the features, it is a middle-range model. A basic class model has less than half of the features mentioned. A washing machine is available in every class. We recommend that you choose a middle or top-of-the-range washing machine.
  6. Build quality: The build quality can also be divided into three classes: basic class, middle class and top class. Build quality is determined by the presence of: metal housing with enamel, stainless steel drum, stainless steel tub, brushless motor, balance system, self-cleaning detergent drawer, 3 types of water protection and drum cleaning. If a washing machine has more than 70% of the above features, then it is a top class model. A 1400 rpm washing machine with 50 to 70% of the features is in the middle class. If it has less than 50% of the features, it is a basic class machine. We recommend buying a top of the range washing machine, this promises to be a more durable model. These washing machines are often a bit more expensive to buy because of their features, but they often pay for themselves because of their durability.
  7. Noise Level: The noise level of the washing machine varies and is on average 74 to 76 dB. A quiet washing machine has 73 dB or less and can be ideal if you run laundry mainly at night or near a child’s room. A normal washing machine has a noise level of 74 to 77 dB and a loud washing machine has a noise level of 78 dB or higher. Almost every 1400 rpm washing machine has a noise level within the ‘normal’ or ‘quiet’ category.
  8. Washing programmes: There are several different wash programs. As well as a short and ecological programme, there are also programmes for specific purposes, garments, types of clothing or fabrics: allergies, jeans, sportswear, outdoor clothes, sports shoes, silk, down, shirts, baby clothes, dark wash, mixed wash, bedding, curtains, impregnation and stains.
  9. Brand-specific additional features: Washing machines also have brand-specific features, which are linked to the brand of the washing machine itself. These features often have a distinctive name and generally make using the washing machine even easier. For example, you can add extra laundry in between washes, use the steam function or automatically dose the amount of detergent.
  10. Price: The price of a washing machine for the family ranges from €400 to €1500. The more expensive the washing machine, the more options it has and the greater the ease of use. In addition, a more expensive washing machine is often more durable, resulting in a longer lifespan, less wear and tear and fewer breakdowns or repairs. However, this depends on many factors and is certainly not a linear relationship. It’s worth checking whether you’re really getting more for the extra money, as this can more than pay for itself over the years, especially in the case of a more environmentally friendly model.

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