Updated: Jan 10
A washing machine is a machine used for washing clothes and removing the hassle from washing your clothes. Washing machines are time savers and save you from the boring chore of washing clothes.
Washing machine usage in Nigeria is not rampant. But we want to guide our shoppers to making the best choice when buying a washing machine. If you are reading this, it is obvious you are considering buying your washing machine and this article can act as your companion guide to getting the best.
What should I look for when buying a washing machine?
So before you go out to bring home a washer, few things you need to know about the machine.
No. of people at home
Load Capacity (Avl from 3.5kgs till 15kgs)
Type of washing machine
Space Available with Water outlet
Here we look at the type. Is it a semi-automatic or fully-automatic machine? This will depend on what your needs and budget restrictions are.
It contains two tubs (drums), one for washing and the other for drying. Unlike a fully automatic washing machine, in a semi-automatic washing machine you have to put the washed clothes in the drying tub for the drying cycle after the washing cycle is completed.
They are the cheapest washing machines available. They basically require you to perform most tasks manually. Such tasks include filling the tub with water, emptying it later, removing clothes from the washing tub and placing them in the drying tub, and so on.
Some advantages of Semi-automatic machines are: – they consume less power, gives you control over the amount of water needed, allows you to add or remove clothes in the middle of a wash cycle.
This is capable of doing both spinning (for drying) as well as washing the clothes. It does all the work by itself with no manual intervention required.
There’s no need to pour water manually or switch compartments for drying. Fully-automatic washing machines however are more expensive and heavy(bulky). They also consume more electricity and require a continuous supply of water.
The fully automatic also comes in two categories
These washing machines are fed clothes from the top by lifting the lid. They are connected to a continuous water supply, and use water as and when due in the washing cycle. It has a single tub for washing as well as drying.
With top-load washing machines, you don’t need to bend down when putting in your clothes which is ideal for aged people or those who have back problems. You can also add clothes in the middle of a washing cycle. Also it takes up less space because it opens at the top. You don’t have to pause it.
Despite these advantages, the Top-load washing machine has a smaller space in the drum because of the agitator in the middle of the barrel. This means you have to do several rounds of washes if you have a large load.
They have an opening in front where the clothes are fed into the machine. These machines have a single tub for washing and drying.
They are designed to be strong and hefty in nature and offer a large number of wash programs.
Some basic advantages it has over top-load washing machines are:
They're gentler on fabrics.
They use the least water.
Dryer time is often shorter. (The front-loader uses less water and extracts more of it, saving energy.)
Most can be stacked with their matching dryer to save space.
They are less noisy, and offer the best wash quality among all washing machine types. They need to be loaded and unloaded from the front. They consume less water and electricity than top-load machines.
Their disadvantages include a hefty weight that makes them difficult to move around, inability to remove clothes once the wash program has started (available only on select machines) and expensive prices. Wash times are long. Some transmit vibrations to the floor.
A washing machine’s drum capacity is the weight of dry clothing you can safely wash in one cycle. This is usually a bit less than the amount you could physically fit into the drum.
To decide upon the capacity of your new washing machine, you need to consider the number of people in your family/home, and the frequency with which you’ll be washing clothes.
5 kg washing machine : 25 t-shirts normally used: (clothes) 2 pairs of adult jeans; 2 shirts and (household items) 1 bed sheet; 2 pillowcases; 2 dish towels; and 2 small towels.
7kg washing machine : 35 t-shirts normally used: (clothes) 2 pairs of adult jeans; 1 pair of children’s jeans; 3 shirts and (household items)2 bed sheets; 2 pillowcases; 3 dish towels; and 3 small towels.
8kg washing machine : 40 t-shirts normally used: (clothes) 3 pairs of adult jeans; 3 shirts; and (household) 2 bed sheets; 3 pillowcases; 4 dish cloths; and 4 small towels.
10kg washing machine : 50 t-shirts normally used: (clothes) 3 pairs of adult jeans; 4 shirts; and (household) 3 bed sheets; 6 pillowcases; 4 dish cloths; and 3 small towels.
The ideal size for a three or four-member family is 7kgs. For a family of five or six members, an 8kg machine is suitable, while a larger family demands you get a washing machine with a capacity of 10kg or more.
Space can be considered before you buy a washing machine. Buy a compact washing machine if space is limited in your home. Bigger machines need more space.
Power consumption can be factored into your decision. You need to know the power of the washing machine so as to determine if you will connect it directly to available power source in your home or to use dedicated power points which will involve you getting an electrician to install for you.
Budget is key in deciding what to buy. You can only spend according to the money you have. You will buy a washing machine within your budget. The size of your pocket can decide the type of washing machine you will buy.
Here are more features to consider:
Low Noise Level
Number of Cycles (wash programs
Energy Star Rating
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