19 facts in comparison
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.
Machines which use less water are good for the environment and can save you money in utility bills.
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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.
You can adjust the height of the machine which means that if the floor is uneven you can level it out.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.