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Washers Buying Guide – FAQ

A washer is an investment in your home and lifestyle, so you want to make sure you get the most for your money.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What size washing machine should I buy?

Capacity is an important feature to base your choice on when buying a washing machine. Since a new washer is likely to last you 10 to 15 years, it's important to consider your family's future needs. Children generally produce more dirty clothes than adults, and as they grow, their activities can produce more laundry. You should also consider your laundry habits – do you prefer to do smaller more frequent loads, or larger infrequent ones – choose what size suits you best.


Should I use more detergent for dirtier loads?

Read the directions on the detergent container and follow the manufacturer's recommendations. Generally, heavily soiled items and bigger loads need more detergent. If the water is hard, you may also need to use more detergent.


Can I buy a washing machine that uses less water?

Front loading machines tend to use less water than the traditional top loader. Buying a front loader will save water and the energy required to heat the water. Some newer models of top loaders are designed to use less water. Water temperatures are also monitored and adjusted so hot water is not wasted on these resource saver models.


Is there a benefit to buying a machine with an automatic detergent and bleach dispenser?

Yes. The big benefit to an automatic dispenser is that bleach and fabric softener are added to the wash cycle at just the right time when they are most effective.


How can I avoid laundry mishaps?

Always sort your laundry by colour, and if you can, by fabric type and soil level. This will ensure you get the cleanest clothes as possible.


Don’t overload your washer or dryer. Clothes need room to be properly cleaned and dried.


A sudsy wash doesn’t mean your clothes are getting cleaner. Most detergents today make minimum suds but are just as effective at cleaning fabrics.


High-efficiency washers use less water, so therefore they require special detergent. HE detergents are low-sudsing so the rinse cycle can be effective. The machine can be front or top loading, but it is essential to use the correct detergent to avoid a bubbly mess.