Types of Washing Machines
There is a vast range of washing machines available. We’ll explain the differences of each type, from front loading models to cold fill. Choosing between them is simple as some types are much more common than others, especially in the UK.
The most important decision to make is generally freestanding vs. integrated.
The most common type of washing machine is freestanding. It’s not built into your kitchen units, so it can be placed anywhere as long as it’s connected to a drain and electrical socket.
This flexibility is useful if you don’t have much space in your kitchen or if you have a laundry room. And, if you move house often, a freestanding design may be more suitable as it’s easier to remove and transport.
If you have a gap in your kitchen where your old washing machine was, you can easily slot this style into the space. However, you’ll need to make sure there’s plenty of space on all sides. Freestanding models aren’t fixed as securely in place as built-in versions, so vibrations can transfer into the surrounding area. This could then damage your kitchen units and any nearby built-in appliances.
As freestanding models are the most common, you’ll get the largest choice of drum capacities, spin speeds, and colours.
This style gives you the largest choice of drum capacities, spin speeds, and colours.
If you’re looking for a washing machine that blends in with your kitchen, you should consider an integrated model. Sometimes known as a built-in, this type can be placed behind a cupboard door as part of a kitchen unit. Hiding the machine helps to maintain the look and flow of the room.
The integrated design aids in reducing vibration noises too, as it’s fitted securely. Plus, the cupboard door helps to muffle any sound that’s produced. This style often features a lower spin speed to reduce the machine’s movement and vibration.
Integrated machines can be more difficult to install and remove than freestanding models. This is because the cupboard door has to be lined up correctly and drill holes made. The machine also needs to be well levelled and secured into place properly. It’s possible to install a built-in machine yourself, but you’ll probably want to ask your retailer about installation costs.
Integrated or built-in washing machines are hidden from view behind a cupboard door. This helps maintain the look and flow of the room.
The majority of washing machines in the UK are front loading, in that the door faces forward. This style has several benefits over American top-loading models.
These machines can be stacked with another washing machine or a tumble dryer as the doors won’t be blocked. If you have limited floor space or have a large family, then this is a really helpful feature, although you may need a kit to ensure the machines are secure.
Research shows that front loaders give better cleaning results compared to toploader models. They are also more energy efficient as they use less water in a wash cycle. Many front-loading machines have features that adjust the water level to the exact needs of the wash, so water isn’t wasted.
Front-loaders often have high spin speeds which extract more of the water from your laundry, so drying times are shorter. Several models also have a large capacity, so you can do fewer washes and can easily fit in bulky items like towels, bed sheets or duvets.
Front-loaders often have high spin speeds which extract more of the water from your laundry, so drying times are shorter.
All modern washing machines in the UK are cold fill. This means they heat the water inside the machine rather than using hot water from your boiler.
Manufacturers prefer cold fill machines as are they are cheaper to make, which then reduces the price.
The main advantage of cold fill machines is their efficiency. Instead of using large amounts of pre-heated water from a boiler, these machines only use the exact amount of water needed for a wash and heat it within the drum.
This type of washing machine is easy to install and cheap to maintain.
Manufacturers prefer cold fill machines as they are cheaper to make, which then reduces the price.