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Washing machine buying guide: things to consider to choose the right one

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Load capacity, size, and types are key things to consider but what else? Explore our comprehensive selection guide to gain invaluable insights into what to prioritize before making a purchase.

1. Washing machine capacity guide

What does washing machine capacity mean?

When it comes to selecting the perfect washing machine for your household, understanding the concept of washing machine capacity and how it is determined is crucial. To make an informed decision about the most suitable washer for your family, it is essential to grasp the concept of washing machine capacity and how it is defined.

The capacity in kgs of a washing machine simply refers to the maximum amount of clothes can be washed in one cycle. The washing machine’s load capacity is always measured by the weight of the dry laundry. For example, if yours is a 7kg washing machine, you can load up to 7kg of dry clothes in each cycle.

Choosing a washing machine by family size

Now that you have an idea of what washing capacity is, here is a washing machine capacity selection guide according to family size:

Family size

Washing machine capacity (kg)

Singles or couples

6-7kg washing machines

2-3 members

7-8kg washing machines

3-5 members

8-9kg washing machines

5+ members

10+ kg washing machines

While this capacity guide is easy to follow, you may find yourself wondering, "What if I have a small family of two, but we typically have heavy-duty loads for each cycle?" Let's explore our solution in the upcoming section.

Choosing a washing machine by average laundry load

Another effective way in determining the appropriate load capacity of the washer for your home is to weigh the average load of clothes you usually wash in each cycle. This might sound obscure to some, yet it’s practical in helping you select a washing machine with a suitable load capacity.

Traditionally, it is recommended to opt for the minimum washing capacity for your needs. However, as many modern automatic washing machines come with intelligent sensor technology that adjusts water levels, you can confidently opt for a higher capacity without having to sacrifice efficiency.

2. Washing machine load size chart (or load capacity)

Now that you know how to choose the right washer based on washing capacity, it’s time to talk about load capacity. Load capacity is basically about how many pieces of clothes you can put in your washing machine in each cycle.

Here is a washing machine load size chart noted for each cycle for your reference:

Washing machine capacity

How many clothes

6-7kg washing machines

20 clothes

7-8kg washing machines

30-35 clothes

8-9kg washing machines

40 clothes

10+ kg washing machines

50 clothes

To give you a more itemized idea, here is a breakdown of what various load sizes might look like:

Load capacity

How it might look like

20 clothes

2 shirts, 2 trousers, 2 bath towels, 2 hand towels, 2 pillow covers, 1 large bedsheet

30-35 clothes

2 shirts, 2 pairs of denims, 2 pairs of children’s jeans, 2 bath towels, 2 pillow covers, 2 bedsheets

40 clothes

3 shirts, 3 pairs of adult denims, 3 small towels, 3 pillow covers, 3 bath towels, 2 bedsheets

50 clothes

4 shirt, 4 pairs of adult denims, 4 small towels, 4 bath towels, 4 pillow covers, 3 bedsheets

3. Sizes of washing machines (dimensions)

Besides washing capacity and load capacity, you must also consider the size of the washing machine. The washing machine you choose must accurately fit within the allocated space.

To select the ideal washing machine for your home, be sure to follow these steps:

  • Measure the space where you intend to place the washer.
  • Take note of the dimensions.
  • Choose a washer that fits within that space.

Here is a washing machine size chart showing common dimension ranges of a normal washing machine:

Washing machine type




Top load washing machine

540 to 600 mm

850 to 960 mm

540 to 606 mm

Front load washing machine

565 to 600 mm

840 to 850 mm

400 to 615 mm

Small washing machine

385 to 430 mm

575 to 840 mm

366 to 465 mm

Important notes:

  • Remember to leave a gap of approximately 25 mm on both sides of the washing machine. This extra space facilitates proper ventilation and minimizes overheating and vibration.
  • Allocate an additional 150 mm of space behind the washer for hoses and venting purposes.
  • Allow for at least 500 mm of extra depth for front-loading washers or height for top-loading washers to ensure there is enough space when the lid is open.

4. Types of washing machines

In the previous section, we mentioned the common size ranges of washing machines. However, it is also important to consider the different types of washing machines and determine which type best suits your needs. Here is a guide to help you understand the various available options.

Washing machines are typically categorized into two types based on the number of functions and the level of manual work involved:

Semi-Automatic washing machine

Semi-automatic washing machines, also known as twin tub washers in some markets, normally come with two tubs, one for washing and another for drying.

With this structure, a semi-automatic washing machine requires a lot of manual labour as you have to put your clothes in the washing-tub first, and then manually move the washed laundry to the drying-tub.

Semi-automatic washing machines, also known as twin tub washers in certain markets, typically consist of two tubs—one for washing and another for drying.

This configuration requires a significant manual labour, as you need to place your clothes in the washing tub first and then manually transfer the washed laundry to the drying tub.

Fully automatic washing machine

In contrast, fully automatic washing machines automate the entire washing process, requiring minimal human intervention. As the name implies, this type of washing machine features a single tub for both washing and drying. In some regions, it is also referred to as a single-tub washing machine.

Depending on where clothes are loaded, fully automatic washing machines are divided into two types as follow:

  • Top load washing machine: Washing tub sits vertically in the machine and laundry is loaded from the top.
  • Front loading washing machine: The drum sits vertically in the machine and laundry is loaded from the front.

Compared to top loaders, front loaders are equipped with more advanced features such as a function to pre-soak and distribute laundry items evenly, a sensor technology to automatically adjust water levels based on actual washing load, and an advanced child lock. You can refer to our post on key differences between top load vs front load washing machines for more information.

5. Set your budget

Many people believe that choosing a basic top-load washing machine is a suitable option for those constrained by budgetary considerations. This perception holds some truth, given that top loaders often come with affordable price tags and sufficient features to fulfil their purpose.

In contrast, front loaders generally have higher upfront costs. However, the initial investment in a front load washer can quickly be offset by long-term savings due to their superior energy and water efficiency.

Explore our collection of Electrolux front load washing machines, which are available at affordable prices and incorporate the latest washing technologies to ensure high energy efficiency:

  • Eco TimeManager allows less energy, more time
  • Extra-large opening for easy loading and unloading
  • Gentler than traditional hand-washing
  • UltraCare pre-mixes detergent & softener perfectly before touching clothes
  • SteamCare reduces wrinkles by 30%
  • UltraWash cleans at lower temperatures for less energy
  • SensiCare protects clothes from over-washing
  • Fuzzy logic technology optimizes settings for less energy
  • Inverter motor for higher performance & silent working

6. Material of washing tub or drum

The washing tub or drum is commonly made of stainless steel, plastic, or porcelain-enamel. Among these, stainless steel washing machine tubs are the best simply because they can withstand high spin speeds and they are also the most long-lasting. Of the other two, plastic washing tubs last longer than enamel which can chip and rust.

7. Spin speed or RPM (rounds per minute)

The washing tub or drum is typically constructed from stainless steel, plastic, or porcelain-enamel materials. Among these options, stainless steel washing machine tubs are considered the best choice due to their ability to withstand high spin speeds and their durability. Regarding the other two, plastic washing tubs have a longer lifespan compared to enamel tubs, which can be susceptible to chipping and rusting.

If you are wondering which RPM is good for each type of washing machine, here is a brief rule of thumb:

  • For front load washing machines, anything above 1000 RPM is considered good.
  • For top load washing machines, anything above 850 RPM is considered good.

Below is a table that provides a breakdown of the ideal operating RPM for different types of fabric:


Front load washing machine

Top load washing machine

Frail clothes

400 – 600 RPM

300 – 400 RPM

Wool items

700 – 900 RPM

400 – 500 RPM

Synthetic items

800 – 1000 RPM

500 – 600 RPM

Jeans & thick items

900 – 1200 RPM

600 – 1000 RPM

>>> Related post: Clothing care tips to make your clothes last longer

8. Energy efficiency index (EEI)

It's important to select a washing machine that consumes less power and water as this will result in long-term cost savings.

Since 2010, a new EU energy rating system has been introduced which utilises the energy efficiency index (EEI) to classify washing machines. The ratings range from A-30% (or A+++) to D, with A-30% representing the highest efficiency and D being the least efficient. It is advisable to purchase a washing machine with an EEI of at least A-10% (or A+) to ensure optimal energy efficiency.

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Good news: All Electrolux washing machines are energy efficient, boasting ratings of A-30% and higher. For example, some Electrolux energy efficient front load washing machines are even rated at an impressive A-50% in terms of energy efficiency.

9. Pick your top 3 favourite brands

Consider well established home appliance brands known for their high-quality products, those that align with your sustainability values, like Electrolux Arabia. Visit their websites and physical stores to deepen your understanding. Afterwards, lock in on your top three favourites, and carefully compare each one according to your own criteria.

Most forget the importance of having an easily accessible customer service centre or hotline. Always make this a non-negotiable. It adds to your peace of mind when you can easily run to someone for repairs and warranties.

The choice of the best washing machine to buy should depend on your laundry habits, budget, and personal needs. However, when you opt for an Electrolux washing machine, you can be confident that you are investing in an automatic laundry machine that will reliably serve your family for years to come.

10. What features to look for

The latest washing machine technologies are designed to provide optimal cleaning performance and make your life easier. If your top priorities are maximum convenience and achieving the best possible clean, here are some key features to look for when buying a washing machine:

Pre-soak feature

This function pre-soaks and distributes clothing items evenly. Rest assured that every fibre is reached and every item feels soft and smells fresh for longer.

Delicate care program

This is a specialised program to protect your treasured garments, using a reverse cradle action, for a reduced wrinkle wash.

Automatic mixing of detergent and softener

This function is designed to protect every fibre by optimally blending water, detergent, and softener before entering the drum, conserving the life of your clothes.

Automatically-tailored washing programme

This feature automatically optimises the programme for the actual laundry load to save resources and avoid over washing. Smart sensors save the time, water and energy used, while ensuring even small loads are washed with precision.

Vapour spray to soften fabrics

This technology adds a gentle spray of vapour to soften fabrics at the end of each cycle. Water vapour combined with a high-performance wash programme helps to remove bacteria from garments gently yet effectively.

Self-cleaning feature

Self-clean function helps to maintain the performance of your washing machine if run on a regular basis.

If the above feature checklist has left you feeling confused, allow Electrolux to provide some recommendations. Our washing machines are equipped with the latest technologies, boasting standout features such as SoftPlus, Gentle Care drum program, UltraMix, SensiCare system, and Vapour Care Technology.

  • SteamCare System reduces wrinkles by 30%
  • SensiCare System automatically opimizes settings to adapt the load
  • Eco TimeManager allows less energy, more time
  • SteamCare System reduces wrinkles by 30%
  • SoftPlus Option pre-soaks and distributes clothing evenly
  • A quiet washer for a calm and comfortable environment
  • SteamCare System reduces wrinkles by 30%
  • SoftPlus Option pre-soaks and distributes clothing evenly
  • Smart sensors reduce the time, water and energy used

>>> Find below our expert tips for washing machine owners:

11. Consult reviews and ratings

One of the most valuable tools for assessing a washing machine, or any other products, is unbiased, firsthand accounts from other customers, allowing you to gauge its performance, strengths, and authenticity of claims.

Seek out in-depth reviews, including articles and videos, that thoroughly evaluate each aspect of the washing machine. As a reference, Electrolux Arabia offers a selection of washing machines with numerous reviews and high ratings.

Some of our most highly rated washing machines are the 10kg front load washing machine EW7F3846HS and the 10kg front load washing machine EW8F1168MS.

Make the most of our Store locator tool to find the nearest stores in your area where you can purchase Electrolux washing machines. By visiting these stores, you will have the opportunity to view our washing machines and other high-quality home appliances in person, receive expert and personalised advice, make an informed purchase, and much more.

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