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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The slightly sculptured surface structure of the honeycomb drum creates a thin film of water or air which gently cushions and protects your laundry.
Miele W 693 F WPM
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.
You can adjust the height of the machine which means that if the floor is uneven you can level it out.
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.
This means you can stop the machine if you want to add something you forgot, or get something out that you need urgently.
With a bigger drum you can fit in larger items such as duvets, or do a big load at once.
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.
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.