WASHER DRYER PROGRAMMES
Modern washer dryers come with a wide range of programmes and settings, especially higher-end models.
The range of washing programmes available with your washer dryer will vary, depending on the model and brand.
Many machines have around 16 different modes to choose from, and most have some or all of the following:
Variable time and temperature settings: These let you customise a wash programme to suit your laundry, save energy, or kill germs.
Different spin speeds: The more times the drum spins per minute in the wash, the quicker the drying. You can increase the speed to suit heavy towels or lower it for your delicates. It’s worth checking the capabilities before you buy, so you can get a model that does what you need for when you need it.
Quick wash: This programme lets you wash small loads in as little as 15 minutes – ideal if you’re in a rush.
Woollens: Wool clothing can sometimes become damaged and shrink in the wash. A woollen programme prevents this from happening by using a low temperature and little drum rotation.
Many machines have around 16 different modes.
Synthetic: This suits synthetic fabrics such as polyester/cotton blend, nylon and polyester, and is often about 50-60°C.
Cottons: A cycle provided to give extra care to your cottons.
Handwash/Delicates/Silk: Some washer dryers offer gentle wash programmes, while others have individual programmes for separate clothing types. They’re designed to deal with items such as underwear, embellished and beaded clothing, or delicate fabrics like silk and cashmere so they don’t snag, matt, shrink or bobble.
Sportswear: This programme takes care of all your microfibre sportswear. It’s tough on sweat marks, odours and mud. Some models have trainer washing modes too.
Jeans: A programme tailored to wash jeans and denim items. This ensures the colour doesn’t run, and that your clothing doesn’t shrink or fade.
Easy iron: Perfect for when you’re washing shirts or other items that wrinkle frequently. An easy iron programme often lowers the spin speed or shortens the spin cycle to help prevent creasing.
Eco-mode: This function can make other programmes more energy efficient.
Freshen up: If you’ve got clothes that aren’t dirty but could do with freshening up, this programme is ideal. It gives them a quick rinse to get rid of any odours, ensuring you can wear them again in half the time.
Extra rinse/Anti-allergy: An extra rinse programme is helpful if someone in your family has sensitive skin or allergies, removing as many detergent and irritant particles as possible. It’s also handy if you’re washing lots of towels which absorb some of the detergent.
Pre-wash: For items that are heavily soiled or stained, a pre-wash programme starts the cleaning process before the standard cycle even begins.
Baby wash: Designed to tackle tough stains such as fruit juice, yoghurt, baby food, mud, grease, vomit and dribble, leaving your baby’s clothes fresh and super soft. It can also include multiple rinses to get rid of excess detergent.
Cleaning cycle: This programme helps to keep the drum in top condition by flushing out any detergent or fabric softener residue, removing odours and killing germs.
Steam: Look out for appliances which use steam in their programmes. For example, LG’s Steam Refresh cleans your clothes quickly without wrinkles, and their Steam Softener makes your load feel extra soft.
Make sure everything in your load is suitable for both programmes if you use the continuous cycle.
There are generally fewer drying options, but you’ll still have plenty of choices.
Most washer dryers accommodate for different fabrics such as cottons and synthetics, like they do for the wash.
You can also find wash through dry programmes, which let you wash and dry in one continuous cycle to save precious time. But, make sure everything in your load is suitable for both programmes first. A final cool tumble turns off the heating element during the last ten minutes, so fabrics go back to room temperature, reducing creases. And, you can usually enjoy quick options for when you need items in a hurry.
Sensor Drying is one of the more recent additions to modern washer dryers.
Most brands have their own version, such as Hotpoint’s Set & Forget. Sensors in the drum are used to monitor moisture and temperature levels, so the machine can turn off the programme when your clothes are dry. This saves energy while avoiding shrinking and damage.
Sensor washer dryers often have numerous drying levels, including damp dry, iron dry, hanger dry and ready to wear. Iron dry clothes are left slightly damp to make ironing easier, while ready-to-wear clothes will be dry enough to put on right away.
Sensor washer dryers often have numerous drying levels.