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Washing machine buying guide: Tips for beginners

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Electrolux’s washing machine buying guide will help you choose the unit you need for your clothing, towels and bedding. Size, capacity, laundry habits, special programs and safety features are key things to consider, so let this buying guide help make the right choice simple for you.

Washing machine physical size


Physical size and household size are two things to consider. Firstly, precisely measure where you want the washing machine to fit, also considering space for opening the door or lid, and power and hose connections. Some can be wall mounted if your laundry area is limited, or a washer dryer combo purchased. Then consider your household size and washing frequency for the load capacity. Here’s a guide. 

  • 4 - 6kg: On the smaller side
  • 7 - 8kg: Average in size
  • 9+ kg: On the larger side

Washing machine capacity


Is it just the two of you or do you have a family of 15? Electrolux washing machines range from five to 10 kilograms for dry clothes (a washing machine with eight-kilogram capacity can take up to 40 shirts at a time). With clever features like our direct spray washing technology, which adjusts water and energy consumption according to the size of your load, you can rest assured that there will be no energy or water wastage. 

  • 1 - 2 people 

A 4-6.5kg washing machine suits single or small households fitting around 5 outfits or 5 towels per load. 

  • 3 - 4 people 

A 7kg-8.5kg washing machine suits medium households, fitting around 7 outfits or 7 towels per load.  

  • 5+ people 

A 9kg or bigger washing machine suits large households, fitting 8+ outfits or 8+ towels per load. 

Types of washing machines 


1. Top load washing machines 


Top load washing machine is designed with a door on the top of the machine. With this layout, you don’t necessarily need to bend over while doing laundry since you load from above. And especially, you are free to add or remove items in the middle of the cycle. 

  • Removes wrinkles and ordours by Vapour Refresh
  • Inverter motor – quiet, less vibration and energy saving
  • Safely wash woollen garments without risk of shrinkage
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  • Removes wrinkles and ordours by Vapour Refresh
  • Inverter motor – quiet, less vibration and energy saving
  • 40% less colour fading after 52 washes with UltraMix™ technology
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  • Removes microorganisms by Vapour
  • Adjust washing time by Time Manager
  • Safely wash woollen garments without risk of shrinkage
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2. Front load washing machines 


Unlike top load washing machines, front load washing machines come with a door at the front which opens one side of the drum into which washing is placed. 


In most regions of the world, high-end washers are often of this type. Most commercial and industrial clothes washing machines worldwide are of the horizontal-axis design as well. 

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  • Inverter motor uses 22% less energy
  • Wash woollen garments without risk of shrinkage
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Washing machine installation considerations 


Once considering the precise space requirements of your unit, including power supply, and door or lid openings, you’ll also need access to hot and cold water and adequate drainage, either a sink or standpipe for installation. 

How to clean and maintain your washing machine


To maintain the performance of your washing machine, run a self-clean function regularly. Otherwise, you can manually clean your unit by running a hot cycle with vinegar, scrubbing the drum to remove residue and cleaning the coin trap and drainpipe. To prevent mould and prolong the life of the door or lid seals, leave them open between washes.

Helpful washing machine features & settings


1. A comprehensive clean 


With our UltraMix technology, you are now worry-free about detergent stains on your dark fabrics, since detergent and softener will be thoroughly dissolved before it enters the drum. You can now say goodbye to visible detergent residues and forget rewashing chores.

2. Everyday clothing reinvigorated


Electrolux’s VapourRefresh cycle
not only reduces crinkles and crumpling by 30%, meaning less ironing, more living, but can also refresh clothes through its innovative odour absorption function. 

3. 99.9% allergens removed


The VapourCare
option finishes the wash cycle with a soft spray of vapors to remove allergens and germs. Vapours are at just 40°C, so it is gentler on your fabrics, whilst also saving energy. 

4. Wool washing machine done for you


Entrust Electrolux washing machines with the independently tested Woolmark Blue certification to replicate hand washing for your wool items, ensuring no shrinkage or misshaping. 

5. Automatically detects dirt and residue for perfect cleaning


Electrolux washing machine will help you to cleanse all kinds of stubborn stains with ease, saving your time for pre-treatments. Our SensorWash technology is innovative in detecting dirt and soil levels with the usage of AI sensors, and then it will adjust the cycle time accordingly. This technology makes it possible for our washers to effortlessly remove 49 different visible stains, including oil, red wine, mud and chocolate.

6. Add clothes during the cycle


Have you ever realized that you've left a sock in your laundry basket only when you started a wash cycle? The AddClothes function lets you pause the wash to add forgotten items up to 15 minutes after the beginning of the cycle.

7. Fast, Flexible cycles 


The Quick 15 Program
offers an efficient, 15-minute wash cycle suitable for single items or a small amount of clothes. Electrolux washing machines also delivers the Daily 39 program which is ideal for your soiled daily loads. 

8. Wifi connected for care advice, on demand


A smart laundry is only one push away with the Electrolux Life App. Connect your laundry appliances to your phone for convenient customised care. 

FAQs about how to choose a washing machine


Our Frequently Asked Questions are here to help you know all you need to about the use, maintenance and care of your Electrolux appliances.

  • Question 1: How do I choose the correct washing machine settings?

    Most washing machines have similar features as follows:

    Regular/Normal Cycle: Advisable for whites, sportswear, underwear, socks and T-shirts. Though efficiently removing stains, Normal Cycle may cause coloured clothes to fade due to strong agitation speeds and hot water.

    Delicates: For lightweight and delicate clothes. Make sure to check the labels as some delicate clothes are “dry-clean only”. This feature is advisable for cotton blend sweaters, linen shirts and dri-fit sportswear.

    Heavy Duty: This is recommended for heavily soiled clothing and muddy items. Heavy duty cycles offer longer, warmer washes and high-speed tumbling to make sure all the dirt is flushed out and removed.

  • Question 2: What’s the difference between front-load washers and top-load washers?

    Key difference lies in the door design. While front loaders have a door and laundry is placed inside the drum from the front, top loaders have a lid on top and laundry is added from above.

    Front loading washers are becoming more popular since they not only save space but are also more economical because they consume less water, electricity and detergent.

  • Question 3: Can I add clothes to the front loader washing machine after the cycle has started?
    It is now possible to add clothes mid-cycle with ‘Pause and Add Clothes’ function which is available on most Electrolux washing machines. After pressing the button, wait for the door to unlock, add your items and press ’Start/Pause’ to recommence the wash cycle.

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