6 Things To Look Out For When Buying A Washing Machine

March 4, 2019 • The Team

A washing machine is a household essential, and when it comes to buying a new washing machine it can be a tricky decision. Often when you’re looking for a washing machine it’s because the old one has broken down, which can leave you in a soapy mess as well as a financial one.

That’s why we work closely with our supplier Whirlpool to make sure that you can get the washing machine you need, at a price you can afford. But before you commit to buying a washing machine, take a look at our handy guide on the top things to look out for when buying a washing machine.

The Size

When buying any household appliance, thinking about the dimensions is crucial. You need to know where the washing machine will fit in your kitchen or utility room and buy a washing machine that fits the space. Washing machines are pretty big appliances and can really stick out and cause an issue if they’re too large for the space they’re in. You don’t want to purchase your dream washing machine only to realise that it’s too big for your space, so check it out before you buy.

The Drum Size

The size of the drum is also important. The larger the drum is, the more washing you’ll be able to put on in one go. This can be important information, especially for those who have big families and need to turn around large loads of washing quickly.

However, a fully loaded washing machine is less energy efficient and can work out more costly in the long run. It’s important for that reason to understand how much energy your washing machine will consume, so that you can choose the best drum size for you.

The Energy Rating

The energy rating on your washing machine is an EU standard at present and ranges between A to G. For the most economical washing machine possible, you’ll want to choose a Cat A washing machine. G is the least economical. The rating is based on efficiency, so how quickly it can spin and clean your washing with the least amount of energy. If you want to be really energy savvy, look for the A+ to A+++ rating that can be found on more modern washing machines.

The High Spin Capability

A washing machine with high spin capability can be a life saver. The washing machine spin refers to the speed that the washing spins when it’s finished. When the cycle is complete, the washing machine will drain the water from the clothes and spin them to wring out any excess water. This is ideal for colder weather, as it reduces the drying time.

However, it’s also important to consider whether you want a washing machine that has a drying capability. This is called a washer dryer, and alternatively to the high spin, it dries your clothes fully for you.

The Dryer Capability

If you found yourself reading the last section and thinking ‘I need something that dries my clothes too’ then a washer dryer could be perfect for you. A washer dryer does it all on one, and means that you can put a wash on and forget about having to take it out and dry it.

If you want something that is completely convenient, then it’s worth asking yourself whether a washer dryer is a better option for you. Take a look at the selection of washer dryers available from Fair For You.


Thinking about how long your washing machine is going to last is of utmost importance. If you have a family, you need something sturdy and reliable that will stand the test of time. The average washing machine lives around six years before it needs replacing, so it’s important to remember that you get what you pay for with a washing machine. The cheaper models are unlikely to last as long as a more expensive one, which is why finance can be such a great option.

If you thought you can’t afford the high quality washing machine that you need, then think again. With a Fair For You washing machines on finance you can invest in a quality washing machine at a price you can afford.

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