How to choose your washing machine?

the market is (very) vast. Here are some indications that should allow you to see more clearly in your choice.


What is the first use of the washing machine? Clean clothes as much as possible, removing stubborn stains, and without the need to scrub by hand for long minutes, or use ten tons of detergent: it is good for the wallet nor for the planet.

Here, there is no secret: only user reviews can tell you about the performance of the machine you have located.

The washing capacity

Do you live alone or in a relationship? A washing machine with a washing capacity of 5 kg is sufficient.

On the other hand, with one or two children in the home, it should be 7 to 8 kg.

As for large families, they have an interest in choosing a model with a capacity greater than 9 kg. It is also for this type of model that you should opt if you plan to clean regularly imposing pieces like duvets.


Expressed in revolutions per minute, the spinning speed of the washing machine is decisive in the choice of the appliance: the higher it is, the faster the laundry dries, both in the dryer and on the wire (since the laundry will come out less humid).


The quality of rinsing is important, especially for people with sensitive skin, because well-rinsed clothes limit the risk of irritation.

Water and electricity consumption

Washing machine models consume more or less water and energy. So as much as possible, opt for an economic model: even if it is a little more expensive to buy than its competitors, its extra cost is largely profitable in the long term. At the same time, we do our BA by helping to better preserve the environment.

And contrary to popular belief, a machine that is greedy for water and energy is not necessarily more efficient!


On this point, everyone has their priorities: some users have space constraints and need a washing machine of small width or with vertical loading; others appreciate that the machine washes clothes quickly or that it has a multitude of programs.

Do not rely on the arguments of manufacturers who praise their hyper-intelligent machines with super multi jet jet options: the essential thing is not to have a device capable of doing a lot of things you do not want to do. will never serve, but rather to buy a model adapted to your needs and powerful to properly perform the task you assign.

Some special programs, however, have a real utility, such as the delayed start or the eco program for lightly soiled laundry.

The noise

The level of acceptability of the noise generated by a washing machine depends essentially on the configuration of the dwelling in which it is installed: if your washing machine is in the basement of an independent pavilion, you will see less inconvenience to what it sounds like a Boeing 747 take off when it spins laundry than if you’re staying in a studio.

And it will be even more true if your neighbor is a real nuisance and your schedule does not allow you to launch your laundry before 22 hours.


Of course it is tempting, when you have to buy a new washing machine, to invest in the latest ultra-modern model … But it’s forgetting that we do not have reliable data on the value over time of this device.

The world of best washing machine is not as sharp as that of computers, for example, where the market is constantly renewing and where the last model released is the next day deemed obsolete (I exaggerate barely). Feel free to invest in a model that already has the bottle and for which user feedback is good over time.

Because even if some brands are usually pledges of good quality (I think especially here in Miele), one is never safe from falling on a failed model.