This article is a pros and cons summary for my more in depth article asking – washer-dryer or separate washing machine and dryer – which is the best? The contents of this article were originally squeezed into the side bar of the first article because it was too big to fit in the main section, but I’ve now moved it here to make it more prominent and easier to read.
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It’s hard to believe that anyone could make a washing machine these days that didn’t wash laundry properly. I can well understand how they might make one that’s just poor quality and unreliable, but surely it’s very simple to make them at least wash laundry properly during their short life? It’s not rocket science, they just fill up with water, heat it, swish it around with detergent until clean – then rinse and spin. There can’t be anything remotely hard about that.
The short answer is that some models are, but according to Which? at least one is not. Samsung have created a new technology for washing machines called EcoBubble, which they claim, “improves wash performance, reduces energy consumption and saves money”.
How much value do the eco labels have? If you only compare washing machines using these labels you may make a poor choice. When first introduced, the eco labels were an eye opener and showed up big differences in performance and energy usage between various makes of washing machine. However, after being in operation for just a few years almost every washing machine now has a good wash rating, and even the worst washing machine I can think of can boast a top rating.
Part 4 of my in depth look at what all the different ratings on washing machine eco labels mean (Links to the other parts at the bottom of this article). This article covers the last three sections on the labels, spin drying performance, water consumption & Noise levels.