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It's not as fast as the old one

Updated: Jun 14, 2019

Why does my new washing machine take longer than my old one?

This is the most common question I get asked in store, so I thought I would write up a blog to discuss the above question, enjoy.

In today’s modern society energy efficiency is pretty much king in relation to most products. We want more efficient machines as they cost less to run and are better for the environment, but does this come at a cost of one of life’s other valuable commodities…Time?

The honest answer is there is always a pay off between one of the following, time, energy efficiency or quality of wash/amount that can be washed. The best way to explain this is with an analogy I often use in store as many people can relate to it.

A journey between Rugby and Great Yarmouth takes around 2 hours 45 minutes obeying all speed limits and running the engine at a normal state etc, therefore I will consume the optimum amount of petrol.

If I exceed a speed limit I may get there in 2 hours but I will be running the engine of the car at a higher state and therefore consuming more petrol.

If I drive below the speed limit it will take longer to get there but I will be running the engine at a more economic state and therefore consume less petrol.

It is the exact same for washing machines.

The majority of machines do a 15-30 minute load but these are either for lower loads e.g. 2kg or 3.5kg or are only for very lightly soiled clothes. Most machines have a faster wash option to speed up the program but these do cost more to run, as the machine has to bring the element up to temperate a lot faster e.g. on a 60 degree wash 0-20-40-60.

Many modern machines have an Eco–Wash function which uses even less energy but the wash cycle is longer. If the machine was doing an eco wash it would do it as 0-5-10-15-20-25-30-35-40 and so on until it reaches temperature. The machine has to draw less power making it more energy efficient.

This is why newer machines often take longer than older ones as they are doing it in a more economic way. However, new machines have some fantastic features that mean you have more options as to when to run them. Inverter or eco silence drives these make the machines quieter so they can run through the night without disturbing your sleep!

Want to know more or find a quiet washing machine? Why not come in and ask a member of staff for advice, we’d love to help!


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