The appliance is either Energy Star Certified, or has an EU energy efficiency rating of A++ or A+++. This means it consumes around 20-30% less energy than is required by the minimum local standards for energy efficiency.
75% have it
2. Has a load sensor
Machines with a load sensor can weigh the load and adjust settings accordingly. This means you don't have to feel as guilty about doing a smaller load as the machine will use less water.
35% have it
3. maximum spin speed
A faster spin speed means you can get things cleaner with a lower temperature of water. Using a fast spin also extracts water, meaning that the clothes come out nearly dry. Generally, anything over 1000 rpm is very good.
Asko W6884ECO: 1800rpm
4. number of cycle programs
With a wider range of programs to choose from you can be more specific and choose the best, most economic program for your needs.
Gorenje W9865E: 31
5. has a pause option
This means you can stop the machine if you want to add something you forgot, or get something out that you need urgently.
33% have it
Hoover OPH 716DF: 60mm
Samsung WF70F5E5P4W: 800mm
8. laundry capacity
More weight capacity helps if you want to wash something heavy like curtains. A traditional household machine can hold around 6kg, so with a machine much bigger you may waste energy using it when only half full.
Samsung WF405ATPASU: 17kg
9. annual power consumption
The more power per year a device consumes, the less energy efficient it is, making it more costly over time.
Kenmore 41573: 87kWh
10. noise level wash
With a lower noise level for washing you can worry less about disruption and may be able to do a wash at night or while reading.
Asko W6984Fi: 41dB
11. drum volume
With a bigger drum you can fit in larger items such as duvets, or do a big load at once.
Kenmore 31522: 1330.8l
12. has aqua stop
Aqua stop machines have a special mechanical system which cuts off the water flow into the tub if a fault occurs with the inlet pipe.
20% have it
13. has a dot matrix display
Dot matrix displays can show important text or graphics using a matrix of lights or mechanical indicators like the display on a calculator.
87% have it
14. Has a transparent door
With a transparent door you can look inside the machine and see what laundry is inside.
Front loading machines are good as you can use the space above and sometimes stack a dryer on top. In general front loading machines use less energy, using less water by only partly filling the drum and obtaining higher spin speeds which clean without requiring as much heat.
85% have it
16. maximum delay start
This is the maximum amount of time you can set the machine to begin in the future.
IFB AW7201RB: 48hrs
Whirlpool AWE 8840: 400mm
18. door diameter
With a larger door it is easier to load or unload the machine especially with something big like a duvet or a winter coat.
LG F1255FD: 43cm
19. has delay start option
With a delay start option you can schedule the machine to begin at a later time. You can also set the machine to wash at night if your electricity is cheaper outside of peak times.
79% have it
20. Has an eco cold wash option
With an eco wash option, you can help the environment while saving on water heating costs. With this option, the machine utilizes cold water and a fast spin for effective cleaning.
0% have it
21. has an end of cycle signal
The machine will let you know when it is finished with an alarm or even by playing a tune.