Choosing the Right Washing Machine
A washing machine is a household appliance that we can
hardly imagine living without. A well-thought-out purchase can equip you with a
washing machine that will be a faithful household assistant to you for many
years to come!
Look beyond the price tag
Do not let price be your only criterion when you are buying a washing machine.
Thinking along these lines will only lead you to purchase the most inexpensive
appliance – at least at first glance. In the long run, however, it could
carry much higher and unforeseen costs, as well as cause you a fair bit of
frustration. For example, the lowest-cost models can consume considerably more
water and electricity, and their programmes are longer and less efficient. And
when not only the price – but the quality – is low, the odds of an
untimely failure increase dramatically. If your inexpensive washing machine is
no longer under warranty, repairing it usually does not make sense either
because the relative costs would simply be too high.
Before making the purchase, it is therefore wise to
acquire as much information on washing machine features as possible. Then, of course, you compare which
features fit your household needs (available space, frequency of laundering,
estimated financial investment, etc.) and make an informed decisionabout the best possible appliance to purchase.
Capacity: Queen among the selection criteria
When choosing a washing machine, load capacity is
surely one of the most obvious criteria. Even a high-end washing machine
otherwise perfectly suited to your household can cause constant frustration if
you fail to take into account its load capacity. Innumerable features and
technological add-ons will never change the fact that you must deal with a drum
size that is either too large or too small.
For an average household, the ideal capacity
usually ranges from 7 to 8 kg. Even if many people do gravitate
towards choosing a larger washing machine, it is not necessarily the best idea.
A 7 kg capacity is more than enough because we still tend to launder some
smaller loads using programmes with shorter cycles at lower temperatures.
When it comes to larger households, choosing a larger
capacity drum is, of course, a good idea. The WS168LNST washing machine offers up to a 10 kg load capacity
and is an excellent choice for large families.
What are the different types of washing machines?
- FRONT-LOADING WASHING MACHINES
Front-loading machines are the bestsellingand also most widespread (more on these conventional washing machines below).
- TOP-LOADING WASHING MACHINES
These machines are typically smaller and,
therefore, suitable for smaller spaces. They retain similar drum capacities
while their external dimensions are usually significantly smaller. Loading and
unloading top-loaders is easier than with conventional front-loading washing
machines, which makes them a great choice for people of advanced age and
anyone who finds front-loaders impractical. Their additional advantage is that
the door does not heat up. A superb choice among top-loading washing machines
is the WT72122 model. With A+++ energy class, 7 kg load capacity and the
AquaStop safety feature that protects your home from flooding, the WR72122
model is a real winner in its category.
- WASHING-DRYING MACHINES
If you live in a small apartment or do not
have a suitable space for drying laundry, a washer dryer is probably the perfect choice. These
machines combine both functions: washing and drying.
Ten criteria for purchasing a washing machine
Now that we have settled on the right load capacity of
our washing machine, what comes next? Purchasing a new household appliance is
often a bothersome task for many people because they feel intimidated about its
complex operation. But, in reality, you are the one person that truly knows
your needs when it comes to doing laundry and, with some helpful tips, choosing
the right appliance should be a walk in the park.
Check your preferred purchase against the following
- PreWash:Does your preferred
washing machine offer this feature? Especially if you have small children,
PreWash can take the hassle out of removing the most stubborn of stains.
- Washing machine noise: Average noise levels of a washing machine
are measured in decibels. The higher the decibels, the louder the operation of
the washing machine. Everything under 60 dB is essentially silent
operation. Gorenje washing machines excel at silent operation by offering inverter
PowerDrive motor, which makes sure noise levels never rise above 54 dB.
- Energy class: Machines are classified into energy classes from A to
G (A being the lowest energy consumption). An additional plus (+) following the
class means around a further 10% reduction in consumed energy compared to the
nominally rated class. The WS947LN model with IonTech technology and A+++ (–20%) energy
class is definitely one of the most efficient washing machines on the market.
It is also equipped with an easy-to-read EcoEye indicator that gives you real
time feedback on how efficient your chosen programme is, helping you save water
- Display screen: Most newer washing machines have a screen somewhere
on the front that displays the remaining
time of the wash cycle and other information.
- Protection from flooding: Some machines have an in-built safety
system that automatically and mechanically shuts off the water supply in case
of damage to the hose to prevent flooding.
- AquaStop: a system that guarantees complete protection. You can
leave your washing machine to operate unsupervised, with no fear of flooding.
The bottom of the washing machine is sealed; thus the water stays inside. A
special sensor is installed at the bottom of the washing machine to detect
water and closes the water supply with the help of an electric valve. The pump
automatically pumps out the remaining water from the drum through the discharge
- Inverter-type electric motor for silent
operation: On top of
silent operation, the advantage of such an electric motor is its longer
lifespan and lower maintenance.
- Efficiency of the spin cycle: A washing machine’s effectiveness at
ridding water from your clothes depends on the number of revolutions per
minute. The most recommended washing machines spin higher than 1,200.
- Adapting to the quantity and type of
laundry: Washing machines with this function
auto-manage several parameters of the cycle. In addition to adapting the water
consumption, they adjust the duration of washing, rinsing and spinning to the
quantity of laundry.
- Variety of programmes: The majority of washing machines offer
basic programmes for various types of laundry, while some of them also provide
more specific programmes, such as hand-washing, washing children’s clothes,
less soiled laundry, activewear, shoes, etc. Gorenje appliances also offer the
AutoWash programme that automatically chooses the best programme for your load,
so there is nothing else for you to do but sit back and relax.
Features unmatched by any other
By using the latest and most advanced technologies,
Gorenje appliances guarantee the best possible user experience. The
traditional nuisances that we used to associate with doing the laundry are now
a thing of the past. You don’t believe us? Let us dispel any of your remaining
doubts by presenting some of the washing machine features offered by Gorenje.
- SteamTech: Forget softener! Additional steam treatment at the end of the selected programme significantly reduces wrinkles, odours
- Drum illumination: LEDs light up the drum. Yes, this does
give a very sleek appearance, but it primarily makes it easy to use. No more
rummaging blindly for socks!
- SterilTub: Do you often
wash laundry at lower temperatures? SterilTub prevents the spread of bacteria
inside the drum, also getting rid of any unpleasant odours and making sure that
your laundry will always smell as fresh as new.
- Four different depths: You can choose up to four different depths
from the WaveActive washing machine range. This allows you to adapt your
purchase to the allocated space, making this machine especially suited to
- Speed 20':This quick wash feature allows you to wash T-shirts or other less soiled
laundry in no more than 20 minutes. It is ideal to help avoid washing too
frequently, as well as saving time, energy and money.
- StopAddGo: Did you forget
to throw in an item or two? The StopAddGo function allows you to simply stop
the washing cycle and add the (almost) forgotten garment to the drum.
- IonWash 59':
This programme can quickly and gently remove up to 30% more stains than a
This technology automatically removes up to 36 different persistent stains with
a unique combination of temperature, time and water settings. Stains ranging
from fruit, grease, butter, eggs and grass to tea, yoghurt and even make-up
- DoseAid:The most economical and skin-friendly use of detergent! The DoseAid system
assists you in always figuring the right dose of detergent, regardless of how
much laundry you load into the machine.
Washing-drying machines: Two birds with one stone
Washer dryers are the best choice for small spaces. And how do you choose a washer dryer that will withstand the test of time as well as run quietly and efficiently?
According to research, the washer dryer is the most suitable appliance for one- to two-person households. For larger families, separate appliances are a better option because they can save substantial amounts of time and energy.
The two main advantages of washer dryers:
- SPACE: Probably the best thing about these types of appliances is that they combine two machines in just one. This optimises space, perfect for people who live in small houses and apartments or who simply do not like to own too many large appliances.
- ORIGINAL PRICE: By purchasing a washer dryer, you save a considerable amount of money compared to buying two separate appliances. It is true, however, that the costs of maintenance can be higher. Furthermore, the drying cycle uses much more energy than a similar cycle in a separate tumble dryer.
This stems from the often-overlooked fact that washer dryers usually have less drying capacity than conventional tumble dryers. It takes much more space to efficiently dry the same volume of laundry than to wash it. This means that relative washing capacity is usually greater compared to drying capacity.
So when you are buying a washer dryer, bear in mind
the following criteria:
speed – The higher
the spinning speed, the faster and more efficient the drying.
- Warranty –Since this is one
appliance performing double-duty compared to separate machines, the warranty is
that much more important.
efficiency – We
already mentioned that washer dryers are pricier to use and maintain. You can
substantially decrease this cost by choosing an energy-efficient WD10514 Gorenje washing-drying machine.
of programmes – Check
if the washer dryer offers a good variety of different washing programmes, for
- PowerDrive motor – The Gorenje PowerDrive motor is incredibly
efficient, silent and powerful. It delivers optimal use of energy and can also
handle large loads of laundry.
Satisfying the above criteria also means
that your appliance will have a longer lifespan.
The correct use of a washing machine
With the help of experts in the field, you made your purchase of just the right washing machine for your household. What now?
We all think of ourselves as experts at doing laundry and that our new washing machine is not much different from the old one. You should, however, keep in mind that the first thing to do after the purchase is to read the instructions on use and check the features and programmes of your new appliance. By doing so you will make sure that doing laundry will be as effective and simple as possible.
Another general consideration when doing laundry is the quantity of clothes and other textiles, as well as how soiled they are, when adding the correct dosage of washing detergent and softener. If you add too much detergent, the washed laundry will be sticky, whereas adding too little will not sufficiently remove the stains.
Also, do not load too many items into the drum because the detergents, softener and water will not be able to reach and penetrate all of them.
Before washing, sort the laundry according to materials and colours. Different materials should be washed at different temperatures. If you wash certain textiles at temperatures that are either too high or too low, you will achieve less than satisfying results and possibly damage them. We can wash items made from cotton at higher temperatures, while synthetics should be washed at lower temperatures.
Some washing machines also feature pre-washing, mostly
at higher temperatures, which is particularly useful for very soiled laundry.
When selecting a programme with pre-wash, we should put the right amount of
detergent in the dedicated compartment of the detergent dispenser. The
instructions for using detergent are usually printed on its packaging, and some
of them also include a cup to measure the correct dosage.
Laundry detergents and products
There are many types of the various laundry detergents
DETERGENTS: These are
generally intended for washing laundry at 30 to 90 °C.
DETERGENTS: These are
suitable for washing at temperatures of 30 to no more than 60 °C. There is
a wide array of detergents available, and they are dedicated to various types
and colours of fabrics (darks, lights, coloureds, etc.).
PODS: These simplify the
getting the right dosage of detergent because one pod is suitable for one load
and is added straight into the drum. Some combine detergent and softener in one
WASHING BALLS: The “eco
balls” are intended for washing laundry without adding detergent.
CATCHERS: These allow you
to wash differently coloured textiles because they catch loose dyes that seep
into the water during washes and prevent them from bleeding onto your other
- SOFTENERS: Fabric softeners soften and pleasantly
scent your laundry.
Tips for ecologically friendly laundry
In recent years, countries all around the
globe have been stepping up their efforts to protect the environment. The
so-called fast fashion is one of the main factors that negatively impact the
state and future of our planet. Fast fashion refers to clothing and
accessories that reflect the latest trends yet carry a low-price tag. This
invites the consumer to fall into the trap of ceaselessly buying new garments.
Due to our often thoughtless and voracious
appetite for buying clothes, which we then discard within a few years or even
months, unnecessary waste is piling up in landfills around the world. In
addition to buying less clothes, we can also lower our footprint on the
environment by laundering them in a smart, ecologically friendly manner.
Careless washing can lead to damaging our clothes and can make them look worn,
hastening the time we discard them. Experts recommend that by adopting a smart
approach to doing laundry, we can significantly extend the lifespan of our
clothes. Studies show that as many as 9 out of 10 garments end up in landfills
much sooner than they should. And what is the reason for this? Reckless
shopping and too frequent or improper washing that leads to shrunken and
shapeless garments with faded colours.
Below, we have collected some tips for
doing your laundry responsibly:
- Less frequent washing: You will save time and money, as well as
contribute to protecting the environment. Naturally, you should wash some
textile products, such as underwear and socks, after every use, but this is not
true for all types of laundry. We
can wear products that are not in direct contact with the skin (e.g. jackets,
sweaters, loose jeans) more than 5 times before we need to wash them.
- Choose gentle detergents: Washing detergents and products often
contain sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) and optical brighteners. These can
irritate the skin as well as leak dangerous toxins into the environment because
they are made of petrochemicals (acquired from oil or natural gas). Whenever
you can, choose gentle, environmentally friendly detergents without SLS and
- Avoid dry cleaning: Dry cleaners often use toxins which, despite being
efficient at removing stains, are not only harmful to the skin but also to the
Do you want to know how often you should
wash certain types of laundry? Refer to the table below!
After every wear: underwear, socks, activewear and swimming
After 1 to 2 wears: T-shirts, dresses and leggings.
After 3 to 4 wears: pyjamas and bras.
After more than 5 wears: jackets, blazers, coats and jeans.
So, let us conclude with an interesting bit
of information: Numerous studies confirm that taking care of our home, making
sure it is clean and tidy, and washing our laundry is supposed to positively
affect our well-being! These activities reduce stress and give us
satisfaction. They even reduce feelings of anxiety.
We wish that washing your laundry with Gorenje
washing machines will infuse you and your home with joy one load at a time!