- Do you want a top loader or a front loader?
- How much laundry do you wash each week?
- Generally, what type of fabrics do you wash the most?
- How much space do you have to install your new machine?
- Do you have a specific requirement to save energy or water?
- Do you have a certain colour, design or functionality in mind?
- Do you want the integrated drying facility?
- What is your budget?
After answering the questions above, you will be in a better position to understand your requirements, which will help to narrow down the available options.
Depending on the space available, you should decide whether you want a top or front loader. An American style top loader consumes more water and energy but has more capacity. For those who wash a lot of laundry each week, you might want to consider this option, whereas, if you wash a normal amount of laundry with a mix of fabrics, then a full-size machine is more suitable. However, if you do not have enough space then either a compact or front loader machine will be a more practical option.
If you have a large family which creates a substantial amount of laundry then you can install a separate tumbler dryer, vented machine or condenser dryer. However, for someone with a small family, washer dryers are a better option as you can use the same machine to wash and dry. Washer dryers are also energy efficient, which will appeal to those concerned about reducing their energy consumption.
If you want additional features such as, fuzzy logic, energy ratings, automated updating facilities etc, you can opt for an expensive machine but you should not buy a machine with special features if you are not going to use it.
If you are looking to buy a new washing machine, tumble dryer or a washer dryer then take a look at John Lewis's online store. Here you can find a huge variety of products in different colours and styles. John Lewis offer free disposal of your old machine, express delivery and a 5 year guarantee at no extra cost.