Do you really need to buy a new washing machine?

Manufacture of any item, including a new washing machine, requires environmental resources. Buying a new machine also means getting rid of your old one, which contributes to landfill.















What capacity washing machine do you need?
Washing machine capacity is in kilograms, which refers to the weight of the dry wash load that it can hold. Capacity ranges from small (4-5.5 kg) to medium (6-7 kg) to large (7.5-10 kg).



What type of machine: front loader or top loader?

After capacity, the choice is about a washing machine that washes well and is economical. There are two main types of washers: top loaders and front loaders.




In general, front loaders:

  • are gentler on clothes

  • use less water

  • are easier to reach into

  • save space

  • have higher spin speeds (get more water out of wash load)

In general, top loaders:

  • have shorter cycles

  • have better rinse performance

  • have a greater range of large-capacity models

  • are less expensive

A third category of “High Efficiency” (HE) machines are becoming more popular and available in the Australian market. They look like top loaders but have some of the advantages usually associated with front-loaders. You might want to do some research about these options.