Types of washing machines

If you're looking for a new washing machine, you probably have a certain type in mind. You can distinguish between washing machines based on many different features. We'll go through all of them today.

Types of washing machines



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Different types of washing machines

There are many different types of washing machines, as everyone has a preference for different specifications and features. Some people need extra high fill weight, while others find it more important that their washing machine is extra quiet or energy efficient. To help you understand all the different types of washing machines, we’ve listed them all here. Do you already know which washing machine you want? If so, you can click straight through to the one that you want.

Front loading washer

Front loaders have the door on the front to accommodate your dryer.

Top loading washers

Those with top loading drawers are taller, narrower and open at the top so you don’t have to bend down as much.

Energy efficient washers

The best low energy washing machines have energy label A or B.

Quiet washing machines

The noise level of these units does not exceed 73 dB.

Wash-Dry Combinations

A washer-dryer combo is perfect if you want your washer and dryer in one.

Underpriced washing machine

Washers that offer great value for money.

Washers by family size

Many people look for a washing machine that fits the size of their household. If you live alone or as a couple, you will naturally not choose the same washing machine as a family with three children. This is mainly due to the amount of fill weight of the washing machine, in other words; how much laundry fits in the machine. The bigger your household, the more space you need in the drum. These are all the types of washing machines for different family sizes.

Washing machine for a single or couple

A household of one or two people will often need a 6 or 7kg fill weight.

Washing machine for a family with one or two children

Small families will need a washing machine with an 8kg fill weight.

Washmachine for a family with three or more children

For large families, we recommend a load of at least 9 kg.

Washmachines by Filling Weight

How much laundry you can fit in the drum per wash is an important criteria for many people when choosing a particular washing machine. How much fill weight your new washing machine needs is largely determined by the size of your household. But there are more aspects that play a role. A household that does a lot of laundry will benefit from more water weight. And there are many good reasons why you might want to wash your clothes more often – for example, because you suffer from an allergy or you exercise a lot. Find out more about machines by fill weight here.

Washers 6 or 7kg load

These small machines are suitable for single or double households that don’t want to wash too much

Washers 8kg load

These are made for small families, but are also perfect for singles or couples who exercise a lot.

Washers 9 or 10 kg fill weight

For a household of 5 people or more. Especially nice if you have a lot of bedding to wash.

Washers by RPM

RPM is another important feature of a washing machine – it determines how dry your laundry comes out of the machine. This number indicates how many rounds the drum spins during the spin cycle. The higher your spin speed, the drier your laundry will be. High spin washing allows you to hang your laundry out to dry for a short period of time without having to put it in the dryer – which also saves you energy. Please note that we are talking about maximum rpm here, which is usually only used in cotton laundry programmes. More delicate wash programs will spin at a slower rate.

Washers 1600 rpm

When your washer runs at 1600 rpm, it will get your laundry as dry as possible (44% residual moisture percentage)

Washers 1400 rpm

Washers 1400 rpm

Washers 1600 rpm will get your laundry as dry as possible.A 1400 rpm machine, is often enough for shirts and pants (50% residual moisture)

Washers 1200 rpm

Perfect for families who don’t care about the rpm, for example because they have a dryer.

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