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            Washing Machine Buying Guide

            Whether you are in a small home or have a busy family life, it is important to choose the right laundry equipment to cope with the demands of your household. In this washing machine guide, we run through what devices are available, what features to look out for, and considerations you and your trade professional need to make before buying and installing a model.

            What are the different types?

            What are the different drum sizes?

            Planning considerations

            Features to look out for

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            Quick wash

            Rapid wash settings help get clothes and linen clean faster, offering shorter spins that are great for small loads in a hurry. This setting also uses less power and water than a full cycle.

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            Eco programme

            Eco settings usually adjust spin speed, water temperature, and running time to minimise energy without compromising the washing cycle. This makes it a sustainable choice, that saves on household bills.

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            Load detection

            A modern and high-tech solution, automated detection means that only the right amount of water and the correct cycle time is used for each wash based on the load amount. 

            Start Delay

            Start delay

            This function means you can time washing to suit your schedule, such as setting cycles for when you know you will be home. It can also be useful to set laundry to start at times of the day when energy costs are lower. 

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            Fabric cycles

            Not all types of fabric should be washed the same way. Dedicated fabric cycles ensure the right temperature, spin duration, and spin speed are selected for certain materials, like cooler and slower settings for delicates.

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            If you regularly keep on top of your laundry, or are in a single household and often wash smaller amounts, then a half-load function can be very useful. This cycle runs for a shorter time and uses less water.

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            Extra rinse

            An extra rinse feature gives clothes and linen another quick wash through, without detergent. This is a great way to combat allergies or for those with sensitive skin, as it can remove excess detergent or softener.

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            Add wash

            A modern addition found with high-end machines, this function allows you to add items after a cycle has started. This means you can include stray items forgotten at the bottom of your basket.

            Brands to explore


            Lamona machines are supplied exclusively by our Howdens depots. Our collection includes a large variety of innovative features, integrated and freestanding options, and a choice of sizes.

            Choose Lamona washing machines


            Miele are a premium choice for any home, with a range of drum sizes, features, and speeds. This makes it easy to find the right fit for your home, while ensuring your device includes cutting-edge features.

            View Miele washing machines


            Bosch are one the most recognised and trusted brands when it comes to cleaning equipment. Their machines offer versatility, with a wide range of features to suit all types of washing.

            Browse Bosch washing machines


            With a highly energy-efficient design and choice of compact models, Beko machines are an affordable choice. There are also freestanding options that make for a quick and fuss-free installation.

            Explore Beko washing machines

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