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 hot water connection
A hot water connection means that you can provide the machine with hot water from your main hot water supply. This can be faster than an internal heater and can save money if you have a cheap and efficient water heater.
13% have it
6. 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
7. 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
8. 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
Samsung WF70F5E5P4W: 800mm
10. 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
Hoover OPH 716DF: 60mm
12. noise level spin
During a spin, machines can get quite noisy. With less noise the machine is not as distracting and you won't be restricted to using it at certain times.
Haier MS1050A: 45dB
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. Has a steam option
Steam is a quick way to freshen up items that have only been worn for a few hours, or items that smell like food or smoke.
12% have it
17. water consumption annual
Machines which use less water are good for the environment and can save you money in utility bills.
Hotpoint WMFG 8337G: 1091l
18. has a child lock
A child lock enables adults to prevent or restrict children’s use of the device.
64% have it
19. has cupboard integration capability
The device is designed a specific way so that it can be built into a cupboard.
4% have it
20. 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
21. 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
22. maximum delay start
This is the maximum amount of time you can set the machine to begin in the future.
IFB AW7201RB: 48hrs
23. top loading machine
Top loading machines are good because you can load and unload without bending down. In general they have less problems with mold accumulating and on average a wash takes less time. In general they are cheaper to buy and are a good space saving option.
15% have it
24. has a reversible door
A reversible door is useful if the machine is in a corner, so you can make it open more conveniently. It also means the door is easy to remove and can be replaced if needed.
0% have it
25. has self cleaning detergent drawer
The detergent drawer is washed automatically to prevent a build up of old detergent.