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
2. 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
3. has top energy efficiency rating
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
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
Samsung WF70F5E5P4W: 800mm
Hoover OPH 716DF: 60mm
7. Is stackable
Stackable machines are ideal if you have limited space as you could stack a tumble dryer on top of a washing machine.
11% have it
8. 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
9. 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
10. 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.
85% have it
11. Has a transparent door
With a transparent door you can look inside the machine and see what laundry is inside.
87% have it
12. has a direct drive motor
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.
19% 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.
The slightly sculptured surface structure of the honeycomb drum creates a thin film of water or air which gently cushions and protects your laundry.
10% have it
16. 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
Whirlpool AWE 8840: 400mm
18. has an eco cold wash option
With an eco wash option you can help the environment and save on warm water costs by using cold water and a fast spin to get laundry clean.
0% have it
19. 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.