How to choose the ideal washing machine for you – Woman Tips
It is indisputable: the washing machine has become an indispensable appliance in the lives of most families who value the convenience and / or do not have much time to wash a piece of clothing by hand.
Thinking about it, there are currently numerous options washers on the market - from the simplest to the most complete (for example, that in addition to washing also dry the pieces). The goal is to meet the different needs of each family.
However, choosing the ideal washing machine for a home, unlike what most people think, is not easy!
This is because the consumer should think far beyond the value issue: should research every detail of the product taking into account the family's particularities, the available space in the laundry, among others.
Different types of washing machines
Below you good guidelines on how to choose the right washing machine for your home. But before that, it is essential to know the different types of products available on the market as well as its advantages and disadvantages:
automatic washing machine Brastemp Activate! by R $ 1,259, in 10 Magazine Luiza
Automatic washing machine clothing allow the programming cycle altogether: from the water filling machine until centrifugation. "Some models even dosam the amount of detergent and fabric softener according to the amount of laundry," says Fábio Marques, Engineering Services Manager at Whirlpool Latin America.
Advantage and indication: They are practical and easy to use. For all that, they are well suited for people who have the day to day running.
Disadvantage: automatic washers are more expensive compared to semi-automatic machines.
Latin semiautomatic washer for $ 348 at Walmart
Fábio Marques explains that the semi-automatic machines have a manual level selection, which must be adjusted according to the volume of clothes.
Advantage and indication: semi-automatic washing machines are on average cheaper. So are great option for people who have some time to monitor the wash. Moreover, they are more economical in consumption of water and energy.
Disadvantage: semi-automatic washing machines require more attention, as do all the work themselves (as in the case of automatic washers).
Tanquinho Colormaq by R $ 220 in the New World
The tanquinhos are similar to semi-automatic machines, but often come with a scrubber similar to traditional tanks of the service area, explains Fábio Marques.
Advantage and indication: the tanquinhos are of lower value products. Thus it is for people / families who do not want to spend a lot at the time of purchase and have some time to follow the washing of clothes.
Disadvantage: the tanquinhos are of less value products because they generally require consumer intervention to open and / or close the tap for the water inlet and drain at the end of the wash, and usually do not have the centrifugation process.
4. Wash and dry
Washer Wash and Dry LG for $ 2,969 in Magazine Luiza
Fábio Marques points out that Lava and Dry machines can be used both for washing clothes and to dry them. "They usually offer various functions to meet different requirements regarding the amount and type of piece," he adds.
Advantage and indication: Lava and Dry machine is ideal for smaller laundries, being a product "two in one" and save space. So good option for people who live in small apartments, for example. The Wash and Dry machines are still practical because there is no need to strip the basket of the washing machine and transfer it to the basket of the dryer. Moreover, they usually have advanced technology that saves energy and avoid wasting water.
Disadvantage: the Wash and Dry washers are among the most expensive in the market. Also, being machines with the latest technology, have digital controls that require at least some familiarity with technology.
Dryer for $ 1,885 in Ponto Frio
Fábio Marques explains that the dryers perform the function of accelerating the process of drying the pieces by means of hot or cold air.
"Cold air is little known, but in addition to being used to perform the drying of heat-sensitive items can be used at the end of hot air drying for 10 minutes, leaving the soft tissues and pleasant to the touch," adds Engineering Services manager at Whirlpool.
Fabio also points out that there are dryers that use gas to heat the air will dry the clothes; already other models use electrical resistance. "Gas dryers are larger products and suitable for large families and a good space in the laundry room," he says.
Advantage and indication: depending on the tissue, some clothes do not need to be ironed after drying. The dryers gas, more particularly, are large and suitable for families.
Disadvantage: to the dryer installation, you need a service area with space, since the consumer that has still need to rely on another product - the washer in the case.
Centrifuge Suggar for R $ 299.90 in Berlanda
Fabio explains that centrifuge is a product with high turn your basket and may have a spin up to three times greater than that of a washer.
Advantage and indication: the clothes come out with very little moisture and drying time decreases a lot. The centrifuge is a very useful product especially for those who live in apartments and have little space in the laundry room for drying clothes.
Disadvantage: within the centrifuge fit a few pieces of clothing at a time, so it's not such a product suitable for large families and / or use / mess many clothes.
Mini clothes washer Brastemp Eggo by R $ 476 in Magazine Luiza
"The minilavadoras as Brastemp Eggo, example, are suitable for washing underwear and / or delicate clothes, have the capacity to around 1 kg of clothes and can be installed even in the bathroom. It has low water and energy, "explains Fábio Marques.
Advantage and indication: They are great for washing intimate and / or delicate clothes and take up little space, so, good option for those who live in small apartment. They also allow saving water and energy.
Disadvantage: the minilavadoras are a type of washing machine with reduced capacity, usually between 1 kg and 3 kg, therefore, are not suitable for large families and for those who do not usually have a lot of clothes to wash.
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The machines in which the laundry is placed on top, also known as "top load" or simply because they contain the upper opening function by agitamento system or turbulence (in the case of models without agitator).
Advantages of machines with top opening: They provide the ability to stop rinsing at any time for them to be placed more pieces of clothes.
Since the front opening machines work by tipping system - washing takes place by means of friction between the clothes being tumbled by moving the basket.
Advantages of the machines front opening: They have greater durability and less aggressive clothes. However, they require more space in the laundry since its opening is the front. Furthermore, the system can not be stopped in the middle of washing.
What consider when choosing the washing machine?
Fábio Marques highlights some points that should be considered when buying a washing machine:
- Consumers should consider the amount of residents of the house to get an idea of the amount of clothes that need washing;
- You should also consider the type of clothing that more will be washed (towels and duvets, for example, require greater capacity);
- The frequency to be used the machine (once or twice weekly, for example);
- The features that the product offers and can help you accomplish this task.
"For families with up to 3 people, for example, a washer up to 9 kg is sufficient. If the family is large, usually wash large parts or too much clothing, consider the more than 10kg, "explains Fabio.
In addition, other factors are considered when choosing, even according to the Engineering Services Manager at Whirlpool. "Who has children or perform activities very dirty clothes, for example, can choose models with water heating, facilitating the removal of some types of dirt," he said.
Beyond the question of capacity and functionality of the washing machine, other points may be considered to help in choosing. Watch:
Value: and to think about how can / are willing to spend on the washing machine. But of course, remember that not always the cheapest option is the best for you. Choice, first, a type of machine to go meet the needs of your home and then make a good research to see the issue of price.
Consumption of water and energy: no use save a lot on the purchase amount of the washing machine and forget that it will consume water and energy. Thus, it is very important also researching models that are more economical in this regard.
Procel: make sure that the chosen product has the Procel seal, the letter "A" is the one that ensures greater economy. The seal is intended to guide the consumer upon purchase, indicating the products with the best energy efficiency levels within each category, thus providing savings in electricity bills.
Reuse of water: some washers already have the function of "Dry Economy" that enables the reuse of water used in the washing machine for use on other household chores. This is another interesting point to be considered when choosing the product.
Sterilization: currently there are washing machines with sterilization technology, this can be a good option for those with children at home (and wash frequently baby clothes), for example.
Washing programs: There are machines that offer different programs that ensure the most suitable wash for each type of clothing such as, jeans, bed and bath, blanket, underwear etc. Consider whether this factor is important to you.
10 options of washing machines
Check out some machines options to be aware of the prices charged by the market and to know the main models available:
Electrolux washer clothes for R $ 829.90 in the US
Clothes washer Brastemp Activate by R $ 1199.90 in US
Clothes washer Consul 8kg for R $ 959 in Colombo
Washer Latin Semiautomatic Clothes for R $ 304.20 at Walmart
Semiautomatic washer Colormaq for R $ 403.20 at Walmart
Tanquinho Libell Premium for $ 197.10 in Magazine Luiza
Lava & Dry Brastemp Activate for $ 3049.90 in US
Clothes Dryer Front Load 10.4Kg Samsung for $ 1798.19 at Walmart
Centrifuge Britain Clothes for R $ 299 in the submarine
Clothing mini clothes washer Praxis Petit for $ 313.20 at Walmart
Now you know: options abound washing machines on the market. The issue of price is important, but it's not the only one that should be taken into account. Capacity, product quality, space it will occupy in the laundry etc. They are also very important.
So, search well before buying and so will be sure that you choose a machine that really meet your needs.