How much should I pay for a new washing machine?
That question is just like asking how long is a piece of string, almost impossible to answer.You should first of all:
- Set your budget – and try to stick to it.
- Do some research to try to limit the amount of washing machines that you go to look at. If you look at too many you will find it much harder to make a good decision
- Know the size of machine you need, although to be honest, they are all fairly standard
- Select your colour choice – this is getting more important as most people still have their washing machine in the kitchen, and all your appliances should at least blend in, if not matching completely. This may limit your choice of manufacturers, as not all manufacturers offer a good range of colours.
- Even if you have decided to purchase on line, it is time well spent to actually go to a retailer to have a good look at the machines first before your make your decision. It may surprise you to know you may get as good a deal on the High Street as you will get on line. It just depends.
The average range for washing machines is from about £300 up to £1000 plus – quite a choice.
If your budget is towards the lower end of this range, you will still find quite a difference in quality and reliability, which is why it is so important to do your homework first, so you know which ones to avoid. The same point goes for those machines at the top of the range, some of which are too complicated for their own good and can cause as many issues as the poorer quality machines at the lower end of the market.
You should take into account the number of people in your household, therefore, the number and variety of programmes that you will need and the number of washes a week. It stands to reason that if there are more people to use the machine, there is probably a greater mix of materials etc. which will require more programme options. If this is the case, you will need to select a more robust machine – this does not necessarily mean a much more expensive machine, but it will probably rule out the lowest price models.
Budgets are still extremely tight, but if you do not buy a machine that is able to stand up to the needs of the household, you may find that it will be liable to break down and you may even have to replace it within a year or two. It is definitely worth a second thought.
If you have a small household it may be you are looking for a more simple machine with just a few programmes. Again this type of machine is available across the range and you should select the most appropriate machine for your use, regardless of price, within limits.
Another good tip is to look for a manufacturer who is happy to give you a two year Warranty with their machines, as this shows confidence in their product.
To ensure your new machine gives you a good service and lasts for a long time, it is essential you follow the manufacturer’s advice on how to use the machine, including both operation and installation.. If you have a problem with your machine during the Warranty period, please bear in mind that if you have damaged the machine by ill-use, such as overloading or poor installation, you may become liable both for the call out and repair costs.