Coloured washing machines were once very fashionable. All types of appliance were available in green, blue, black and even red. White or silver are by far the most common these days but fashions are usually cyclical. You can still buy coloured appliances, but they are very much in the minority. I have to say I do like coloured appliances. I just think there are potential downsides that should be considered.
Are coloured washing machines a good idea?
I recently heard about an engineer who was called out to repair a blue coloured washing machine. It had a repair limit of Â£125 because was under an extended warranty. The machine was declared beyond economical repair (very common these days – what you need to know about appliance extended warranties). So they scrapped it. Here’s what the engineer said –
This customers kitchen is all blue. Blue fridge, freezer, kettle, toaster need I go on? The manufacturer no longer makes a blue machine and the insurer only supplies replacements in white. Fashion, don’t you just love it! ”
So the first thing to consider is that you might find you can’t replace your appliance in the colour you need because the colour is no longer available. This shows how impractical it can be – particularly with flamboyant or bold colours. Appliances don’t last anywhere near as long as a kitchen and some can be scrap after just several years these days.
Spare parts for coloured appliances
Manufacturers can refuse to supply certain spare parts in the same colour they originally made them in. Control panels and doors, door handles and control knobs could be affected. This could force an ugly colour clash. I’ve had to fit parts that the manufacturer refused to supply in the correct colour. Instead they placed a leaflet in with the part saying it was considered a “suitable replacement”. Colours are only cosmetic they said. As long as they supply a replacement part that fits and functions they are (presumably?) meeting their legal requirements to supply spare parts for a reasonable period of time. I remember once when Hoover only supplied brown coloured parts to fit on appliances that were all red, green or blue.
White appliances are best choice
Strongly coloured appliances can look great. Any colour but white is likely to fall in and out of fashion. Silver is a good alternative. If you really love a brightly coloured appliance though it might be worth risking it.