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- 3Guide to what to consider before buying
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Finding the best washing machine in South Africa
If you are looking for a new washing machine we are here to help! We have gathered 5 of the top washing machines available in South Africa to help make the choice easy. The washing machines have been assessed by us based on experts’ reviews, prices, and recommendations. We will also answer some common questions you might have when looking for a washing machine and give you a list of our best picks.
Things to consider before you buy a washing machine.
Washing machines are a staple that are found in every household, and as demand grows, more and more options become available. It can be overwhelming trying to understand which washing machine will be the best fit for you, and which features and specifications will have an impact on what type of washing machine you’ll need.
When member organisations test washing machines, they them assess them against certain criteria: for example it could be how well a drum handles a heavy load of laundry, how much water it uses, ease of use, and so forth. We’ve made it easy for you to compare different criteria by compiling a list of the top washing machines and listing their specifications and their performance.
Since there is such a wide variety to choose from, we shall start by answering some important and common questions:
What type of washing machine do I need?
There are a few different types of washing machines – front loaders, top loaders, and combination washers and dryers – each does something different and has its own pros and cons. The primary difference between top and front load washing machines is the location of the door.
Top loading washing machines have the door on the top of the machine. The door opens upwards and out, and you lift it like you would a lid to simply drop your clothes in. The front load has the door on the front of the washing machine. The door comes out towards you and opens either to the right or left; you open the door to the washing machine as you would a door in your house. A combined washer and dryer is exactly that: a two-in-one one appliance that washes your clothes then starts the drying cycle straight after.
Below we’ve listed the three main types of washing machines with a more in depth look at what each type of washing machine can do, and the pros and cons of each appliance.
Front loading washing machines
Front loading washing machines are found all over the world, but used predominantly in European and Asian countries. They are increasing in popularity amongst Americans and Canadians as well. They come in a variety of sizes and are designed to be space-saving and more eco-friendly. All front loader washing machines typically work the same way by using gravity to wash clothes in a tumbling motion, whilst being designed to handle unbalanced loads.
The pros – a front loading washing machine:
- Is stackable with a dryer – allowing you to save space and have a washing ‘column’
- Often uses less water than a top loader
- Uses less detergent than a top loader
- Reduces carbon emissions
- Is gentler on clothes than a top loader
- Saves electricity and can help lower utility bills
- Usually comes with a host of options for customised washing programmes
- Is durable and able to take larger loads of laundry without affecting the wash quality
- Has a high spinning capability, so clothes often have less moisture in them at the end of a cycle.
The disadvantages – a front loading washing machine:
- Can harbour mould, bacteria and grime in the rubber sealant and detergent tray, which may cause a smell if not cleaned regularly
- Is not as convenient for disabled or elderly people because of the bending required to put or pull clothes out of the wash
- Can be noisy
- Often has a longer wash cycle
- Can be more expensive
- May require more maintenance than top loaders.
Top loading washing machines
Top loaders are not very common across Europe; they often are more common in North America and Canada. In fact in America it’s estimated that 76% of Americans use top loaders. They are often used in houses, but aren’t recommended for smaller homes. Top loading washing machines come in a variety of options and styles. They can also come in a portable design making them easy for apartments, camping trips, or other uses. Top loaders do not use gravity like front loading washing machines – instead they use a lot more water to float your clothes with either an agitator or an impeller to wash them.
- Agitators are a large corkscrew shaped device in the centre of the drum which sticks straight up. The agitator spins and twists to move clothes around. It can be rough on clothes but removes dirt quickly.
- Impellers are a raised disc on the bottom of the drum with ridges creating turbulence in your wash water as it spins. This can cause your clothes to become tangled, and can cause your washing machine to go off balance. They also use more water than traditional agitators, but take up less room.
The pros – a top loading washing machine:
- Can usually be cheaper than traditional front load washers, without sacrificing efficiency
- Are often more reliable; they have been around for a long time
- Are easier to clean: there are no worries about mould and mildew build-up because the rubber seal doesn’t regularly come into contact with water
- Are easier to have repaired
- Can come in portable sizes
- Can be stopped anytime during the cycle to add more clothes.
The disadvantages – a top loading washing machine:
- Cannot be stacked
- Contains more moisture due to less spinning ability
- Has less capacity for clothes.
Combined washing machines and dryers
Combined washer dryers are exactly what they sound like – the ultimate two-in-one – combining both a washer and a dryer together, whilst remaining the same size as your average stand-alone washer. They are typically eco-friendly and are available in top loading and front loading styles. They work the same as a conventional washing machine, but as they are more complicated in their design, they can be expensive to repair.
The pros – a combined washer dryer:
- Is space efficient: there is no hassle involved in stacking or storing two machines
- Is time-saving: the two-in-one design eliminates the step of moving wet laundry to a dryer
- Is often cheaper than buying both a washer and a dryer separately
- Can be set to use the two separate functions when needed.
The disadvantages – a combined washer dryer:
- Has a lower drying capacity than washing capacity
- Is more time consuming
- Is known as the least reliable option.
What should you look for in a washing machine?
Washing machines can vary in load capacity from 5kg to over 18kg for an extensive load. Your family size, and how often you soil/need to wash your clothing, should be the main two factors to consider when deciding what capacity you best need. On average, users only fill their washing machines to about half of their ability.
What’s most important is to buy a washing machine that’s big enough so that you don’t overfill it. When you fill the drum entirely, you leave no space for your clothes to tumble, or for water to not fill correctly in a top loader. When you overload the machine, you can risk mechanical failure at worst, and, at best, your clothes won’t come out as clean as you would like.
- A medium or regular sized load of laundry is around 3 kg (which could consist of 6 men’s t-shirts, a pair of socks, two skirts, one women’s sweater, one men’s sweater, three pairs of pants, three pairs of underwear).
- A large load of laundry weighs around 5 kg (which could consist of 12 men’s t shirts, six pairs of socks, three skirts, one women’s sweater, one men’s sweater, five pairs of pants, 4 pairs of underwear).
- An extra-large load of laundry weighs about 9.5 kg (which could consist of 12 men’s t-shirts, 12 pairs of socks, six skirts, eight women’s sweaters, seven men’s sweaters, six pairs of pants and six pairs of underwear).
Based on these examples, you can take into account what capacity would be the ultimate fit for you or your family, and you will have no trouble finding the best washing machine for your household.
We all want products that we can trust, so it’s important to know how long an average washer lasts. There are some factors that make it difficult to predict which include:
- if the machine is properly installed
- where the machine was installed (for example, if placed in a garage, it could not last as long due to no heating)
- over loading the washing machine
- how often you wash your clothes
- and how much and what kind of detergent you use.
According to Nachi, a washing machine can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years, but warranties for these products are usually only given for up to 5 years. In this article we also have some tips for extending your washing machine’s life cycle.
This is about how it feels to use the washer. Is it easily readable? Does it seem cohesive, and are the cycles to your liking? Does the door open wide enough? Questions like these are important to ask yourself.
Time is essential, and some of us have less time than others to do our domestic chores. It can be hard to try to get the washing done, and if it takes hours to even go through a washing cycle, it can be frustrating. There is a positive to longer wash times, and although it makes you want to pull your hair out, it can be good for the planet, saving water, energy, and money in your wallet.
The average cycle for a front loader is a lot longer than a top loader. On average, the cycle time of a front loader is 144 minutes; at best, it can be 71 minutes, and at worst, it can take up to over 270 minutes. Times may vary depending on your load size, and there are usually quick wash settings on most machines. It’s a give-and-take because your time is rewarded with a better, cleaner load of laundry.
The average cycle for a top loader comes in at almost an hour less, at 59 minutes. The times for wash cycles can vary anywhere between 40 minutes all the way up to 98 minutes. Top loaders use a lot more water but are harsher and do not wash as well as front loaders. Times may vary due to the size of the load.
Quick washes are usually always available on modern washing machines, are made for light loads and can be done as quickly as 15 minutes!
Space in your home
It’s essential to have a washing machine that will seamlessly fit in your home without the hassle of moving things around. A few questions you could ask yourself are: how much space do I need to open the lid or door of the machine? Can I move comfortably with a full basket of laundry and open and close the door to the washing space? Do I have the necessary access needed for electricity, water that is hot and cold, or gas? Where in my home will my appliance best fit?
Make sure you measure your intended space before buying a washing machine and save yourself some hassle. If your area is restricted, a better option for you might be a combined washer and dryer; if you have ample space, you might consider a top loader and dryer, or if you only have room for a washer, you might want a front loader that will stack. Front loaders can also easily fit in cabinet spaces and may work in your kitchen.
A lot of people don’t consider noise when buying a washing machine. If you have kids and you put them down for a nap, long enough for you to take care of some washing up or tidying around the house, the last thing you want is for the washing machine to wake them up! You might want to consider a top loader if you want something a little quieter. Front loaders are louder and produce a higher pitched sound than other types, so consider your placement if you have your heart set on a front loader. Make sure you place them away from the living room or children’s rooms.
These are another great option to consider if you have children in your home. Some appliances offer child lock features, and this can either be for the program of the cycle (to not allow changes when washing), or a lock on the door or lid of the washer (so that it cannot be opened mid cycle). When we live with children or even the smartest of pets, it’s best for their safety – and the safety of your clothes and floors – to keep a child lock on.
Accessibility is important, and it’s often forgotten about. Whether you’re in a wheelchair, elderly, or just on the shorter side, there are options that are easier for you. It’s rare that people enjoy chores, and when you’re purchasing a washing machine, it’s important to have an appliance that works smartly for you, so you don’t have to work harder yourself. Some options to consider for the best accessibility is for your washer to have:
- controls at the front of the machine, rather than the back
- a door that opens 180 degrees with a wide opening and shallow drum, so loading and unloading are a little easier
- a self-cleaning function on the washer, so it’s easier to maintain
- clear, large buttons, dials and labelling which will benefit those with cognitive or visual impairment
- sounds, beeps, or words, and back-lit LCD lighting, to know exactly what stage your programme is at
- a large handle, a lightweight door, and easy-to-push buttons which will help those with physical impairments
- the ability to raise or mount a front loading washing machine so that it is easier to pull the laundry out and doesn’t require you to bend down or strain if you are in a wheelchair
- a combination of washer and dryer, so you don’t have to exert yourself on loading and unloading between programmes.
Ease of use
Ease of use is something that is necessary to make your chores go more smoothly. You want the best washing machine for you. Complicated machines will leave you feeling frustrated, and if they’re not easy to follow, you could accidentally damage your items when washing. Some questions to consider when you’re shopping for a new appliance are:
- Are the controls straightforward and easy to understand?
- Does it have the features I want or need?
- Will I actually use the features of a higher-end model?
- Is it easy to clean and maintain?
- Are the dispensers and filters easy to use?
- Does the door or lip open far enough?
- Is the opening of the door or lid wide enough?
What features are available on a washing machine?
Auto sensing water level
This feature is designed to help you save water and time, as well as energy. The machine will automatically adjust the water load for the size of the load or the fabric type.
This setting is designed to make your clothes have fewer wrinkles. There are a few ways a washer can do this: for example, by rinse holding or not draining the last rinse; not spinning the clothes after the last rinse is drained (or spin hold); continuously tumbling the load even after the cycle is done; and gradually reducing temperatures of water after a warm or hot wash cycle.
This feature is used to detect and redistribute an out-of-balance load, which can make your washer noisier, or interrupt a cycle midway through. If you’re concerned about high water usage, it is best to consider a machine with this feature. As stated previously in the article, a front loader will usually be better at balancing than a top loader.
Fast or quick wash
This feature is made for small or lightly soiled clothing. All it does is reduce the length of the selected program, or can be a cycle in itself that can reduce the time that a normal cycle can take. Some quick wash programs can take less than 15 minutes, and if you’re looking to get a stain out, try soaking the stain beforehand to ensure it’s removed.
Delicate or hand wash setting
This setting is used to keep your delicates, intimates, and other garments made of silk, wool, or cashmere, safe in the wash. The machine usually slows down the spin cycle and lowers temperatures to help preserve your clothes and limit the damage.
Having the option to choose your own spin speed can make life a lot easier. When you decide to run a wash cycle with higher spin speeds, the washer will extract more water from your clothes, reducing drying times and giving you the option to skip the dryer. Be wary, though; the higher the spin speed, the more likely your clothes will turn out wrinkly, so stick to a low spin speed for delicates and garments that easily crease.
The extra rinse can be an essential; if your washer hasn’t removed all the detergent, or you used too much softener you can add an extra rinse to your wash cycle. It can also be used by itself as an independent cycle after washing. There are spray rinses and seep rinses which can be helpful for those with sensitive skins and allergies to help reduce residual chemicals left on clothes from the main wash cycle.
Preferred or favourite program
Some washers have a setting to allow you to program your favourite wash cycle. That way, you can simply hit a button without fiddling with the settings and have the washing machine do the work for you.
Lint filters are usually found on top loaders more often than front loaders. They are used to prevent particles from being stuck on your clothes after the wash cycle. Front loaders typically don’t need lint filters because they are much gentler on your garments. This is not a necessary requirement and is more a personal preference.
Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity
These days, many high-end washing machines come with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity, usually, with an app that is easily installed on your phone. It means that you can monitor the progress of your wash cycle and receive helpful notifications when the washing machine is finished its cycle. This is more useful if your washer and dryer are located on another floor or in your garage or basement, where it might be hard to hear the beeps of the washer.
Washing Machines have a label that shows their energy rating. In South Africa, this is given in a letter grade from ‘G’ (the lowest rating) to ‘A’ (the highest rating). This rating is to ensure that consumers are informed about the energy efficiency of the appliance before they decide to buy it. It’s been designed to provide consumers with comparable and accurate information about the appliances, so they can make an educated choice of what appliance best suits their needs.
How much money can I expect to spend on a washing machine?
Buying a washer online is the best bet at finding deals and well-reviewed appliances. You can spend anywhere from a few thousand rands to tens of thousands of rands, depending on the quality, type, and features you want from your washing machine. It is always worthwhile to spend time researching and reading reviews to find the best washing machine.
What signs to look for when your washing machine needs to be replaced
Everything has an expiration date, even your washing machine. There are some common issues that can simply be fixed, or there can be terminal problems that can’t. When these problems start it can give plenty of warning to start saving towards a new washing machine. You can always call a professional to provide you with an estimate on how much longer your machine will last.
Either way, if you’ve had your washer for a while, it might be time to start looking for a new one.
If your machine is old, it probably uses the same amount of water for every sized load you put in. A leaking washing machine is usually the result of too much water, a cracked tub, or a loose connection. It can be caused by overstuffing the machine, and should be handled by a technician to determine if the problem is caused by a part that can be easily tightened or if you need a new machine.
Ready to lift off
When your washing machine is starting to sound more and more like a helicopter, it’s probably unbalanced. With newer machines, there are settings to balance the machine automatically. At worst, you can have loose motor mounts or a loose drum. Alternatively, if your washing machine is swaying side to side and moving across the floor, the feet of the washing machine could be uneven. If your washer is still swaying it can spill water outside of the unit and ruin your floors or cause mildew and mould build up.
The Drum isn’t turning as well as before
This is a common problem with age and can mean the belts are not working as well as they should be. This is a simple enough fix for any technician; however, it could also be the lid switch, which can sometimes cost just as much, if not more, than a new washer.
Your washer is turning 9 years old
If your washer is getting up to the double digits in age, you have increased chances of having issues and needing repairs. Often times when an older model is no longer being manufactured, replacement parts can be harder to find and cost you a pretty penny. After a certain amount of time, it makes sense to invest money in a new washing machine that will save you more on energy and water than your previous model, making it a smarter investment for the future.
Cleaning and maintenance of different washing machines
Maintenance and cleaning of your appliances is a great way to get the most use and extend the lifespan of the appliance. When you finally find the best washing machine, it’s important to give it the proper care it deserves, so it doesn’t end up breaking down or start inefficiently cleaning your clothes, which will cost you more money in the long run.
A top loading washing machine may seem intimidating to clean, but it’s relatively simple. First, make sure the machine and dispensers don’t contain any leftover detergent. Then you can start to fill up the washing machine with the hottest and longest wash cycle to ensure any bacteria, dirt, mildew or mould will be lifted in the cleaning process. You can also add white vinegar, or a washing machine cleaner, then restart the wash cycle so that it is left to fully clean the drum and wash away any residual debris that wasn’t cleaned with the first cycle.
If you use a cleaning product or vinegar, it is best to run the washing machine cycle once more to get rid of any chemicals or lingering smells. You then can use a cloth or bristle brush to wipe down the buttons, panels, and sides of the machine. You should aim to clean your top load washing machine at least four times a year, or even up to once a month, depending on whether you live in a hard water area or not.
Cleaning a front loading washing machine is similar to a top loader; you can add cleaner or white vinegar to the detergent tray or directly into the drum, then wash on the hottest cycle to clean the washing machine. Top load washers are easier to clean and are less likely to grow mould and mildew.
The front load washing machine has a rubber seal around the door to prevent any leakage during the washing cycles. Unfortunately, this seal allows detergent and water to get stuck inside during the washing cycles, which creates a moist and dark area for bacteria to thrive in. Therefore front loaders need to be cleaned more frequently, and carefully, compared to top loaders. You can wipe down the rubber seal and leave the door open to help prevent smells and build-up of mildew or mould after every wash cycle.
There are a few simple tips that can keep your washer running smoothly and increase the longevity of the appliance. Keep the machine level by making sure the feet are all firmly planted on the floor. This will prevent your machine from unbalancing and vibrating. Making sure your washer is not directly against a wall will help prevent the water hoses from getting kinks in them. Routinely cleaning the lint filter to remove build-up will make your clothes cleaner.
Measure your detergent and read the manual of your washing machine to make sure you’re using the recommended type, and amount, for your appliance. Soap residue can cause extra and unnecessary wear and tear on your machine. Make sure to not overload your machine. Split your laundry into smaller loads so you’re not causing distress on the drum, which can throw it off balance. Having a professional install your washing machine can prevent accidents from happening in the future. The placement of your washing machine matters as well – for example, if you install your washing machine in your garage, you might cause damage to the machine if it gets too cold.
Adhering to the manufacturer’s recommendations for your washer – for detergent uses, installation, and placement of your washing machine – will all help to make your washer last a little bit longer.
Common mistakes to avoid when buying or using a washing machine:
- Make sure everything is removed from the pockets of garments – receipts, coins, keys, or tissues – can damage clothes and your washing machine.
- Don’t put softener directly onto your laundry, as it can stain – always put it in the appropriate softener compartment or drawer.
- Don’t leave wet clothes in the washer for extended periods of time; this can cause mould build-up in the drum and on clothes too.
- Washing machines can be dangerous, so don’t attempt to repair them yourself as plumbing and electrical repairs should be carried out by a professional.
- Always choose a cycle appropriate for your clothing – look at the care labels to make sure your clothes can go in the washing machine, handle the machine’s temperature and/or spin cycle.
- Always separate your clothing to prevent colours from running together.
The difference between deep cleaning, sanitising and disinfecting:
- Deep cleaning removes day to day build-up, soils and dirt on laundry, and should be done approximately once a month.
- Sanitising and disinfecting of laundry should be done when someone is ill or if laundry is contaminated with bodily fluids.
- Depending on your activity level at your job, most every day clothing and outerwear can be run through traditional cycles with cold water.
- Underwear, athletic clothing, towels, socks and sheets may need 40 degrees Celsius wash, or higher, for a better clean.
When sanitising laundry:
- Always wash off any excess fluids using warm water and begin washing the clothes immediately.
- Wash the items at the highest temperature setting according to the label – this will destroy bacteria.
- Add a disinfectant with your detergent, making sure it is safe to use with your model of washer.
- Don’t be afraid to repeat the wash cycles if it is still not clean after the first wash or still stained.
- Dry items entirely – this should be done on the highest heat cycle according to the item’s care label.
- Bear in mind that to effectively sanitise laundry, the wash cycle must reach a temperature of 65 degrees Celsius.
How to wash laundry when someone has Covid-19 or another contagious illness
- Make sure to wear disposable gloves when handling the dirty laundry of the person who is sick (it does not have to be separated and can still be washed with other household members’ laundry).
- Do not agitate or shake out the dirty laundry.
- Make sure to clean and disinfect baskets and anything else touched by the laundry, whilst wearing disposable gloves.
- Make sure you dispose of your gloves properly and wash your hands thoroughly.
How can I save time when doing laundry?
Despite what machine you have, washing clothes is not a quick task. There are a few things you can do to save some time and get those clothes back into your wardrobe as quickly as you are able!
- Stop stains with a soak. Treating stains with a pre-soak, dish soap, or stain remover before putting them in the laundry, gives you the best chance at removing them with the shortest cycle. This means that you only have to wash your clothes once, and harsher programme settings (that are at risk of making your clothes tear and stretch more) can be avoided.
- Use the best suited program. Don’t bother running a full length cycle if you’ve only got a few dirty shirts. You can use a shorter and more suitable program to save you time; some machines even come with a ‘5 shirts’ setting, which is meant for small loads.
- Higher Spin Speeds. These will help your clothes get dryer faster but won’t necessarily speed up wash time. Be wary about what garments you use with this setting as it can damage certain items like delicates.
- Use the timer to your advantage. If your washing machine comes with a built in timer, set the timer to run early in the morning so your laundry can be switched on as soon as you wake up.
- Make sure your washing machine is up to date. In some higher end models, washing machines connect through Wi-Fi with apps on your mobile devices. Downloading updates and new programs can help the washing machine run more smoothly.
Find answers to the questions that usually arise when buying a Washing Machine
What type of washing machines are there?
There are a few different types of washing machines: front loaders, top loaders, and combination washers and dryers. The primary difference between top and front load washing machines is the location of the door on the washing machine. Top loading washing machines have a lid on the top of the machine. This lid opens upwards and you simply drop your clothes in. A front loading machine has the door on the front of the washing machine, and the door comes out towards you and to the right or left. A combined washer and dryer is just that: a two-in-one one appliance that washes your clothes then starts the drying cycle straight after.
How much does a washing machine cost?
You can spend anywhere from a few thousand rands to tens of thousands of rands, depending on the quality, type, and features you want from your washing machine.
How can I save time when doing laundry?
By using programmed settings like ‘quick wash’, features like ‘delayed start’, and pre-soaking clothing to prevent longer wash cycles due to soiling.
What can I do to extend my washing machine's life expectancy?
There are a lot of things that you can do to keep your washer running smoothly and increase the longevity of the appliance. For example: adhering to your manufacturer’s recommendations for detergent uses, and ensuring your washing machine is correctly placed and professionally installed – these factors will all help make your washer last a little bit longer.
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They test and assess things like:
- Washing Performance
- Energy Efficiency
- Water Efficiency
- Predicted Reliability
- Consumer Satisfaction
- Cycle Time
It requires an account to view the testing, and you can join with a monthly membership.
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They test and assess things like:
- Spin Drying
- Energy Use
- Programme Time
- Ease of Use
It requires an account to view the complete testing, and you can join with a monthly membership.
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