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
2. 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
3. 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
4. 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
5. 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
Samsung WF70F5E5P4W: 800mm
Hoover OPH 716DF: 60mm
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. has a child lock
A child lock enables adults to prevent or restrict children’s use of the device.
64% have it
11. 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
12. 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
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. front loading machine
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.