|Speed Queen TR5003WN 26" Top Load Washer with 3.2 cu. ft. Capacity, 840 RPM Max Spin Speed, Knob Control, Stainless Steel Tub, in White||Electrolux EFLS627UTT 27 Inch Front Load Washer with 4.4 cu. ft. Capacity, in Titanium||LG WM3488HW 24" Washer/Dryer Combo with 2.3 cu. ft. Capacity, Stainless Steel Drum in White|
|Front or top load?||Top||Front||Front|
|Capacity||3.2 cbf||4.5 cbf||8 kg/0.28 cbf|
|Energy efficiency||82 kwh/y||85 kwh/y||137 kwh/y|
|Max spin speed||710 rpm||1300 rpm||1400 rpm|
|No. of programmes||6||11||10|
|Read our Review||Read our Review||Read our Review
|Buy on Amazon||Buy on Amazon||Buy on Amazon|
Finding the perfect washing machine can be hard. You want a machine that provides amazing quality, whilst not wasting energy. Something that provides the settings you want without having unnecessary and costly features. But how do you decide? How do you pick? The Cleaning King team is here to help.
When it comes to purchasing a new washing machine, this can seem like a daunting task. The incredibly large variety of brands and models makes it seem like a minefield when it comes to deciding which is best for you. We at Cleaning King are dedicated to helping you find the best washing machine for you. Our buyers guide will point to key features and things to take into consideration, as well as providing you with a comparison between three well known brands.
When looking at size, keep in mind if you are limited by dimensions within your house. Bigger doesn’t always mean better. When measuring your house, take into account that the measurement may not include the pipe and house. Perhaps more importantly is the capacity of the machine. Depending on your needs, you may require a larger capacity. On average, medium machines hold around 7kg, this seeming to be adequate for an average household. However, some machines can hold a capacity of up to 12kg.
Energy efficiency may not be something on your list, but it is worth considering. Picking a more energy efficient machine doesn’t just help the environment but can lower your bills. By picking a machine that consumes less energy, you will save money on your energy bills, meaning you can get more washes for your money.
Many washing machines claim to have fancy features, some of which may be unnecessary. One think to look at is that maximum spin speed. Faster spins can add cost and noise; however, it does depend on what you need it for. You want the spin to remove most of the water.
When it comes to washing machines, one of the most common complaints is the noise. A washing machine in the spin cycle can produce a lot of unwanted noise and can often become irritating. Many new washing machines are designed with this in mind, however it’s worth looking into whether any quality is sacrificed. Generally, if the spin speed is higher, the machine is more likely to make more noise. Getting a washer with levelling legs, or a balancing system, is something worth looking into if this is a concern of yours.
There are different types of washing machines, freestanding or integrated, top or front loading and washer dryer combinations. The most common is a freestanding washing machine. These can be placed anywhere that you have access to a drain and a plug. Ranging in size, from 3kg to 12kg in capacity, free standing machines often offer a wider range of capacities across different machines. An integrated machine, on the other hand, can blend in with your home better, sitting behind a cupboard door and looking smarter. However, these are often more expensive, and you may be limited on some models. Similar to this, the front-loading washer is the most common, allowing easy access to the contents, integration within the home and things to be placed on top. Top-loading washers are narrower so may be a good option if you are limited on space but can sometimes be noisier. Alternatively, if you are limited by space, a combination washer dryer is a great option, however, may be more expensive.
As with many electronic devices out there, there is a large variation on cost depending on the brand and where you purchase the machine from. Cheaper models range somewhere between £200-£400, with top machines including fancy feature starting from £900 and up.
Speed Queen is an American brand that has been producing dependable washers and dryers since 1908, becoming known for its high-quality products. The TC5003WN has been built to last, made using heavy-duty components and is made specifically for large wash performances. Created with a large motor, this Speed Queen model is built for power and balance, the motor being 710 RPM, for a high maximum spin speed.
This Speed Queen washer offers many differing settings, with six different cycles: normal, perm press, heavy-duty, bulky/sheets, spin and delicates. There are also four temperature settings on offer, rated cold, cool, warm and hot. There is also options for extra rinse, heavy soil or pre-soak meaning you can set any wash to specific settings, allowing you to get the exact wash you require. With a fast wash cycle of under 28 minutes and a deep-fill option, the TC5003WN provides many settings, ranging from small, delicate loads to large, tough loads. With a capacity of 3.2 cubic feet, this model is ideal for large loads and almost industrial sized washes.
Known for their classic, old-fashioned quality, Speed Queen has stuck to their tried and tested design, using tactile knobs instead of opting for a touch screen. Their washer uses the power of an agitator to move the clothes through the water to provide a maximising clean wash. This top load washer can be paired with any gas or electric dryer with its automatic moisture sensors. The washer is also energy efficient, using an estimate of 82 kilowatt hours a year, based on a six load a week average. With a three to seven-year average warranty, depending on where you purchase it from, you are guaranteed performance throughout, the warranty providing you with that extra assurance of its quality.
However, despite its amazing performance for large loads, there are complaints of its noise, reaching a level of 43 decibels. This seems to be one of the only downsides when it comes to the washer, however, some users say they have problems with the drainage, the drum maintaining water and their clothes remaining too wet after the cycle has finished.
Producing washers and dryers since 1919, Electrolux has established itself as a well-known brand within the electronics community, providing machines of great quality. The ELFW7637AT is no exception to this rule. With an exceptional 4.5 cubic feet capacity, this washer is able to hold large amounts of washing, allowing for fewer loads and thus, saving energy throughout the year. This washer provides 11 different wash cycles, with five temperature options and five spin settings for maximum control over your washes. With a 15-minute fast wash, time isn’t an issue with this model. Electrolux has created with washing machine with a Smart Boost wash which premixes the water and detergent, maximising the cleaning power of the detergent and giving your clothes a longer life span. In addition, there is a sanitising option, certified to kill 99% of bacteria, and an allergen option that is NSF certified to remove 95% of all allergens. Other settings include perfect steam, stain soak and optic white, for whiter washers without the need for bleach. And if all this wasn’t enough, this model has the Lux Care Plus wash system, designed for a thorough clean with even distribution of detergent. With improved wash action, temperature controls and smart load sensing, it is perfect for minimising energy consumption and maximising washing power.
This model holds a 1300 RPM motor for amazingly fast spin speed and yet, only uses an average of 85 kilowatt-hours a year. With levelling legs to prevent movement and noise, this Electrolux model seems to cover all bases.
However, with all its cunning features, it lacks an interior light, something many customers feel is a missing feature that should be included. Furthermore, during the spin cycle, due to its high-speed motor, it can vibrate and shake quite violently, creating some unwanted noise. However, with a one-year warranty period, these problems can be easily fixed by the customer service team.
LG has been a long-standing brand within the electronics world, setting itself apart for its quality and low prices. The F4MT08W maintains these high standards, with an outstanding 1400 RPM motor and six motion settings. Designed with noise reduction in mind, this machine reaches 53 decibels when washing, reaching a maximum of 75 decibels when spinning, loud and clunky washing machines becoming something of the past. Built with a direct drive system, the electromagnetic motor reduces the noise of the machine and increases the durability.
This freestanding, front load machine has ten different programs including pre-wash, a quick wash which completes in 30 minutes, delicate setting and a sports wash designed to kill all remaining bacteria. Despite it’s consumption of 137 kilowatt hours a year on average, this model has received an A+++ energy efficiency rating, placing it amongst some of the most efficient and eco-friendly machines out there.
On the other hand, various complaints have risen with this machine, the main one being the lack of a stand alone spin cycle. The programme doesn’t allow this, spin having to be accompanied by a rinse setting, preventing quick drying of clothes. In addition, the display is said to be lacking in information, not always including the temperature or duration of the wash. As well as this, the touch screen display is commented to be oversensitive. Just brushing past the machine can alter it and the implemented child lock can very easily be turned off, defeating the point of this feature.
In conclusion, there seems to be a clear winner when it comes to these three washing machines. Although it can seem flashy, with its 11 programmes, the Electrolux ELFW7637AT has excellent reviews. With an exceptionally capacity of 4.5 cubic feet and a low energy consumption of approximately 85 kilowatt hours a year, it seems to be amongst the most efficient washers out there. Although its powerful motor can cause some unwanted noise, the many different settings provide a large variety of choice.
However, it does depend what you are looking for. For durability, Speed Queen claims to be amongst the best. Yet, with a lower capacity, lower spin speed and accompanying limitations from the top load design, the TC5003WN struggles to compete with others in the market.
LG’s F4MT08W does create tough competition for the Electrolux model. With a higher spin speed the question of noise does arise, yet LG has tackled this with an electromagnetic motor to reduce the noise created during fast spin cycles. With the only downside appearing to be the lack of a spin cycle and display, LG have create an energy efficient and high-quality machine.
Directly comparing LG and Electrolux, Electrolux reigns supreme when it comes to capacity, energy efficiency and the number of settings available. It allows specifically for allergen and sanitizing washes, as well as a pure spin setting, something the LG model lacks. Yet, LG maintains their superiority when it comes to the reduction of noise; the implementation of a direct drive system purposefully removing unwanted noise. Therefore, both LG and Electrolux would make excellent additions to the home, it simply depends on what is more important, capacity and energy efficiency or noise reduction.