PERFORMANCE AND SPIN SPEED RATINGS
When you’re buying a new washing machine, you’ll see a variety of ratings on the label or in the specification. These include wash and spin performance ratings, and the spin speed of the machine. But what do they really mean?
Spin speed is measured in Revolutions Per Minute (RPM), and refers to the speed at which the drum rotates during a spin cycle. These speeds commonly range between 400 and 1800 RPM.
When buying a washing machine, look for a model with a high RPM. The faster the spin of your machine, the more water is squeezed out of your laundry and the quicker it will dry.
Some models allow you to alter the spin speed to suit the type of load better. Delicates and silks, for example, could get damaged at high speeds. Lowering the spin speed can also help to reduce creasing.
Models with higher spin speeds tend to be more expensive, and it has been said that the difference in the amount of water extracted at the top end of the range isn’t that noticeable. However, if you dry your clothes in a tumble dryer, a higher spin means the dryer has less work to do, saving you energy and money.
Lowering the spin speed can help to reduce creasing.
As well as stating the spin speed, washing machines also get a spin performance rating from A to G.
Most models sold score at least a C, so although this is useful for comparing different models, the actual speed in RPM is often a better measurement to look at.
The washing performance rating is based on how well the washing machine cleans the load during a cycle.
These theoretically range from A to G, although in recent years all machines are required to have an A rating. This rating is also only measured on the appliance’s 60°C wash which you may not use the most frequently. That means this information isn’t as useful any more unless you’re comparing with an older model.
Wash performance ratings theoretically range from A to G, although in recent years all machines are required to have an A rating.