Front Load Washing Machines

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How do I calculate load capacity?

Washing machines come in a variety of sizes. The size is measured in kilograms, and this refers to the maximum weight of dry clothes that can be loaded in. By simply weighing some of your clothes you can get a good idea of what sort of load will work for your machine. Overfilling your machine can be dangerous and can cause it to stop working or even break down.

Explain spinning and drying speed?

Spinning and drying speed refers to how fast the machine rotates its barrel during the spin cycle. The spin cycle is a process at the end of a wash, which is used to help get the clothes ready to dry. It spins the barrel of the machine around extremely fast, in order to shake out as much water as possible. The speed is usually measured in RPM, which stands for revolutions per minute.

How can I work out what programs I need?

Washing machines come with a variety of different programs and generally the more expensive the machine, the more features it has. The programs are generally named in a clear fashion, for example the 'Delicate Cycle' is for delicate items. Think about what sort of clothes you regularly wash, and buy a machine that has appropriate cycles.

What difference do dials vs buttons make?

The difference between buttons and dials is quite a small one. Most users will be comfortable using either type of control. Dials use a combination of mechanical and electrical action, while buttons are electronic. The difference is minimal and really comes down to personal preference.

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Andrew Kliem

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