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.
Hoover OPH 716DF
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.
Machines which use less water are good for the environment and can save you money in utility bills.
Hotpoint WMFG 8337G
Whirlpool AWE 8840
Stackable machines are ideal if you have limited space as you could stack a tumble dryer on top of a washing machine.
Whirlpool Duet WFW70HEBW
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.
Dot matrix displays can show important text or graphics using a matrix of lights or mechanical indicators like the display on a calculator.
With a transparent door you can look inside the machine and see what laundry is inside.
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.
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.
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 wider range of programs to choose from you can be more specific and choose the best, most economic program for your needs.
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.
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.
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 child lock enables adults to prevent or restrict children’s use of the device.
The machine will let you know when it is finished with an alarm or even by playing a tune.
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.