Looking for a new washing machine? Here are 7 key features to keep in mind.
We’ll let you in on a little secret: laundry is our favourite part of doing household chores. There’s just something sublimely satisfying about seeing dirty clothes transform into clean, fragrant ones. However, the quest for the perfect laundry results doesn’t come without some hiccups along the way. Here’s how to pick the perfect washing machine for guaranteed results, every single time.
1. Find the best balance of detergent and softener
This is a tricky one. Using too little detergent for heavily soiled laundry won’t adequately remove all the stains and odours. But using too much detergent results in an overly soapy load. Save yourself the headache by picking a washing machine with integrated sensors — which measure load volume, fabric type, soiling amount and more — to dispense the optimal dose.
2. Remove extra detergent residue
Too much detergent can result in residual suds left behind on your clothes. This poses a problem for individuals with sensitive skin, resulting in allergy outbursts. To cover all your bases, find a washing machine with a setting that utilises a higher washing temperature and a longer rinse cycle.
3. It’s all about convenience
Manual estimation and error when dispensing detergent and softener can be a real pain — we totally get it. Did you know that some washing machines now have separate chambers that can store large amounts of each, and automatically dispense the correct amounts for every load? Long story short, you’ll only need to fill up these chambers when they run out, eliminating the need to top up for each wash.
4. Customise your wash
Every laundry load is different. To suit your needs, get a washing machine that allows you to add different cleaning agents. For example, look for one that lets you add bleach to keep your whites sparkly clean, or wool detergent for your woolly delicates.
5. Go easy on the environment
With global warming on the rise, every bit to save the environment counts. Find yourself a washing machine that saves water — and yes, this can even amount to thousands of litres of water saved every year. The best part? It’ll significantly reduce your utility bills, too.
6. Keep it silent
Picture this: you’re having an important Zoom meeting, but you just can’t block out the droning sound of your washing machine in the background. Get one with a quieter operation — you can thank us later.
7. Save valuable time
Who doesn’t want to get their laundry done in a jiffy? Get a washing machine that gives you a perfectly clean load in a shorter amount of time to save yourself the hassle of waiting.
Need some washing machine recommendations?
Take it from us, Bosch hits the nail right on the head – its Serie 6 washing machines (both front-load 10kg and 9kg) give us exactly what we’re looking for, making our laundry process that much quicker and way more efficient.
How’s this for size: the two washing machines have an i-DOS automatic dosing system that magically dispenses the precise amount of detergent and softener for each load. The AllergyPlus programme is also a godsend for individuals with allergies and sensitive skin, ensuring that no excess detergent residue is left behind. It even has a SpeedPerfect programme, which gets your laundry done 65% quicker. That’s not all: the EcoSilence drive makes the whole process gratifyingly silent. Imagine that!
Perk alert: get the Bosch i-DOS 9kg front-load washing machine (WGG244A0SG) at $1,399 (U.P. $2,899) and the Bosch i-DOS 10kg one at $1,599 (U.P. $4,199); and receive two Persil odour eliminators 2.7L (U.P. $12.55) and two Persil antibacterial refills 1.5L (U.P. $6.75) thrown into the bundle.
Intrigued? Snag one of these Bosch washing machines for yourself now.
This post is in partnership with Bosch.