A direct drive motor has no belt and pulley. This means it wastes less power in friction, are less prone to breakdowns and have longer lifetimes in general. They are able to operate more quietly and with less vibration.
How much power the device consumes when shut down but still plugged in.
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.
The more power per year a device consumes, the less energy efficient it is, making it more costly over time.
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With a transparent door you can look inside the machine and see what laundry is inside.
Dot matrix displays can show important text or graphics using a matrix of lights or mechanical indicators like the display on a calculator.
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.
With a door that opens wide it is easier to load or unload the machine without the door becoming an obstacle.
With a larger door it is easier to load or unload the machine especially with something big like a duvet or a winter coat.
You can adjust the height of the machine which means that if the floor is uneven you can level it out.
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.
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.
With a wider range of programs to choose from you can be more specific and choose the best, most economic program for your needs.
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.
With a bigger drum you can fit in larger items such as duvets, or do a big load at once.
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.
You can select the temperature manually if you want more precision and override the preset programmes.
The machine will let you know when it is finished with an alarm or even by playing a tune.
A child lock enables adults to prevent or restrict children’s use of the device.
Any faults with your machine can be detected and diagnosed at an early stage with a smartphone. The machine will send a signal indicating what is wrong and how to fix it, without you having to call for help.