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
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. 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
4. has a pause option
This means you can stop the machine if you want to add something you forgot, or get something out that you need urgently.
33% have it
5. has a hot water connection
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.
13% have it
6. annual power consumption
The more power per year a device consumes, the less energy efficient it is, making it more costly over time.
Kenmore 41573: 87kWh
Hoover OPH 716DF: 60mm
Samsung WF70F5E5P4W: 800mm
9. 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
10. 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
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 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.
87% have it
13. 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
14. 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.