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.
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.
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.
The more power per year a device consumes, the less energy efficient it is, making it more costly over time.
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.
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.
An interior light helps you to see inside the machine.
The slightly sculptured surface structure of the honeycomb drum creates a thin film of water or air which gently cushions and protects your laundry.
The device is designed a specific way so that it can be built into a cupboard.
You can adjust the height of the machine which means that if the floor is uneven you can level it out.
A faster spin speed means you can get things cleaner with a lower temperature of the water. Using a fast spin also extracts water, meaning that the clothes come out nearly dry. Generally, anything over 1,000 rpm is very good.
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.
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.
With a wider range of programs to choose from you can be more specific and choose the best, most economic program for your needs.
With a bigger drum you can fit in larger items such as duvets, or do a big load at once.
This is the maximum amount of time you can set the machine to begin in the future.
With a sanitize option the machine uses high temperatures in order to kill bacteria.
Some things are too delicate for mechanical drying, so with this shelf you can dry things like sports shoes.
You can select the temperature manually if you want more precision and override the preset programmes.
A two way tumbler spins in two directions. This is good for efficient drying and for untangling the load.
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Condenser dryers extract the water from the damp air in the dryer and store it in a container. They are good because they can be put anywhere in the home whereas vented dryers should be next to an outside wall.
The machine is linked up to a monitoring centre using WiFi. If the machine has any faults the centre will respond by contacting you and helping you to fix the problem.
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.
A child lock enables adults to prevent or restrict children’s use of the device.
The detergent drawer is washed automatically to prevent a build up of old detergent.