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How to choose the best new washing machine

Washing machine buyers guide

A washing machine has become an essential household appliance, but how do you find the right one for you? This guide provides some tips to help you choose the perfect washing machine to suit your home and family’s needs.

What kind of washing machine do you need?

Freestanding washing machine

If you want a machine that sits on its own, a freestanding washing machine is a great option. You can place a freestanding machine anywhere there is space and a connection.

Integrated washing machine

An integrated washing machine is one that sits under the counter behind a cabinet door. They are a great choice if you want to hide away your washing machine and have something that matches your kitchen or laundry room counters.

Washer dryer

A washer dryer combines the benefits of a washing machine and tumble dryer all in one appliance. This option comes in either freestanding or integrated. They are a great choice if you are looking to save space and don’t have enough room for two separate appliances.

Choosing your drum size

Washing machines usually come in a standard height and width, but the size of the drum often varies.washing-machine drum


This is one of the smallest drum capacities available and is ideal if you prefer to wash little and often. It’s the perfect size for a one or two-person household and can hold a single-sized duvet if needed.


This size would probably fit a double duvet in. It is great for a medium-size family and is probably the most popular option for many families.


This drum would fit a king-size duvet in it. If you have a large family or need to wash larger items on a regular basis, this size is the best for you.

Common washing machine features

Spin speed

The spin cycle removes water from your clothes at the end of the wash. Look out for a higher spin speed if you prefer not to wait so long for your clothes to dry. A higher spin speed can be more noisy though so remember to think about this when choosing your machine.

Energy rating

The energy rating of a washing machine will tell you how much electricity and water the appliance uses. Ratings range from A-G, with A being the best rating. If you choose a washing machine with a better rating, you may pay more initially but will save money on your energy bills in the long run.

Quick wash

If you need to do some last-minute laundry then this is a great option to have. This setting means you can complete a wash in 15-30 minutes if needed. While they can be a great time-saver, they’re best suited to smaller wash loads without stains. A longer wash setting is a must when it comes to cleaning soiled clothing.


Some washing machines have a steam setting which allows the appliance to get very hot to get rid of bacteria and freshen up your clothes.


A smart appliance allows you to connect your washing machine with your phone or tablet through wifi. So if you want to turn on your machine while sitting on the sofa, you can. You can also check the progress of your wash with just a click of a button on your device.

Quiet motor

Some washing machines can be quite loud. If you’d prefer an appliance that doesn’t make such a racket, look out for one with a quieter motor.

Installation and delivery

Our helpful team here at Knees will advise you on the installation and delivery of your new machine.

If you would like your old appliance removed and recycled, just get in touch and we can do this for you too.

Shop for washing machines at Knees Home & Electrical

We stock a wide variety of washing machines from top brands you know and trust, including Siemens, Bosch, Hoover and LG, so you’re sure to find something to suit your budget.

We have two stores in Wiltshire; one in Trowbridge and one in Malmesbury. We have a range of washing machines on display in-store, so you can take a look before you buy.

But you don’t have to live locally to buy your washing machine from us. We deliver across mainland UK using our delivery partner, and you can see and buy our entire range online.

If you need any help or advice, our helpful customer service team will be happy to assist you.


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