Styles of Washing Machine
Washing machines are traditionally white, but that doesn’t mean they have to all look the same. Modern designs feature large porthole doors, contrasting surrounds and high-tech control panels. You’ll even find designs in alternative colours like silver and black.
What style is right for you? Is it worth spending more on a model for the appearance? This section of our washing machine buyers guide will help you decide.
It’s well known that the majority of washing machines are white. It’s a colour that fits in with any décor and looks clean and fresh. But there are also other options available.
Shades of silver and grey are popular and give a sophisticated, high-tech finish. Graphite is another colour to look for, as it’s a term often used by manufacturers.
A range of other colours are also available, although for some more unusual options you may have to pick a lesser known or more expensive brand. Black, red and cream can sometimes be found as an alternative colour.
A range of other colours are available, although for some more unusual options you may have to pick a lesser known or more expensive brand.
Many of the washing machines on sale today look fantastic. As a general rule, the most attractive machines are typically more expensive, but it isn’t always the case.
Large porthole doors are a great design feature that allows you to get your washing in and out more easily, and they also look stunning. Some models use dark or blue glass to create a dramatic effect too. Several brands also feature lights in the interior of the machine which gives you better visibility when loading and unloading.
Selected models even have contrasting door trims in black or chrome, shiny displays, or exceptionally well-designed control panels.
SHOULD I THINK ABOUT THE DESIGN?
Whether the colour and style of your washing machine is worth considering is mainly affected by where you plan to put it.
If you want a functional machine for a utility or laundry room, the look of the appliance probably isn’t that important. However, if you want it to be the centrepiece of your new kitchen, choosing a stylish model is more essential.
A NOTE ON BUILT-IN MODELS
You might decide that you like the look of your kitchen so much that you don’t want to see your washing machine at all.
In that case, you should pick a built-in or integrated model. These are installed within your kitchen units and hidden behind a cupboard door.
If you don’t want to see your washing machine, buy an integrated version to hide it from view.