We also go on to enlighten you more on types of washing machines, factors you should consider when buying washing machines, and lots of other details that will help you choose the best washing machine for you. Read on to get the full information.
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Buying a washing machine in Nigeria: Things you need to know
If you really want to make your life much easier as a Nigerian, a washing machine is one of the home appliances you need to buy. With one in your home, you’ll eliminate the pain of having to handwash clothes, which sometimes leads to nursing blisters on your hands for days or weeks. More importantly, you’ll also be able to wash many clothes at a time, and still do other things at the same time. Yes, it could be that interesting!
What you should consider when buying a washing machine in Nigeria
Even though the links listed above will lead you to pages showing the current prices of washing machines in Nigeria, we strongly believe that there is more to buying a washing machine than knowing the price.
In other words, the price of a washing machine is just one of the many factors you need to consider when buying a washing machine here in Nigeria. After all, price isn’t a reliable measure of quality. With that in mind, let’s now look at some of the things you need to consider about washing machines.
Type: Fully automatic vs. semi-automatic
You need to figure out the two major types of washing machines, so you can decide which option is better for you. A fully automatic washing machine, as its name implies does your laundry with very little input from you.
This type of washing machine combines a washer and spinner in a single compartment, and it controls its own intake and drainage of water and detergent. So, all you have to do is load in your dirty clothes, press the right button, and watch the machine do its magic.
Note that you must have connected the machine to a water system and filled its detergent compartment with the recommended type. Just sit back for some minutes, and the machine would have washed and spin-dried your clothes.
A semi-automatic washing machine, on the other hand, requires some significant input from you. You’ll have to fill it with water and detergent. The machine works with whatever amount you fill in, whether adequate or not.
So, if you fill in less-than-adequate amounts of water or detergent, don’t expect satisfactory results. In addition, depending on whether it has a single tub or two, you’ll have to transfer the washed clothes from the washer compartment to the spinner compartment.
While both types of washing machine can give satisfactory results, they are different in a number of ways. Firstly, fully automatic washing machines are usually more expensive than their semi-automatic counterparts.
Sometimes, the difference in price can be really much. Secondly, semi-automatic machines are cheaper and much easier to maintain; they can work with any type of soap or detergent, unlike fully automatic ones that use only special detergents that can be expensive. Another difference lies in the availability of spare parts and repair expertise here in Nigeria.
For semi-automatic washing machines, you can easily find repairers or spare parts when the need arises for either. Furthermore, fully automatic washing machines generally produce cleaner washes and are more gentle on clothes than semi-automatic ones, which also make up for that deficit by washing faster than fully automatic ones.
Build: Front-loaders vs. top-loaders
For semi-automatic washing machines, this isn’t a major consideration because most of them are top-loaders. But fully automatic washing machines are available as top-loaders and front-loaders. And as one would expect, each has its pros and cons.
A top-loader washing machine makes for easy loading of clothes while you’re in the standing position, unlike the front loader, which requires you to squat in order to load your clothes into it.
A smart way around this however, is to place the front-loader on a height, such as a small table. This is the major difference. But there are also some concerns over the possibility of leakages after long-term use.
In such situations, front-loaders are more likely to spill water because their washers open to the side, unlike top-loaders whose washers have blind sides and bottom.
Size: 5kg, 6kg, 7.5kg, 10kg, 13kg, etc.
Another factor you want to consider is the weight capacity of your washing machine, which ultimately dictates its price. The weight capacity is the maximum weight of clothes that your machine can hold at a time.
So, if a washing machine is labelled as 5kg, this means it should be able to hold 5kg of dry cotton clothes at a time. If you stuff it with more clothes than that, you won’t get satisfactory washes from the machine.
Note also that the weight of your capacity will determine how much space it will take up in your home. A 13kg washing machine is therefore expected to be significantly bigger than a 5kg washing machine. So, if you don’t have luxury of space in your home, you should go with the smaller weight capacity options.
Brand: LG, Haier Thermocool, Scanfrost, Midea, Qasa, Nexus, etc.
Popularity sometimes speaks volumes about quality. And this particularly runs true for washing machines in Nigeria. From empirical evidence, the more popular brands of washing machine in Nigeria such as LG and Haier Thermocool tend to offer better performance and last longer than those by the less popular brands. So, if you’re confused as to which brand of washing machine to go for, you won’t go wrong with any of the brands that are popular in Nigeria.
Since electricity supply in Nigeria is still nothing to write home about, it’s only smart to power consumption into consideration when buying your washing machine.
While the power rating varies from machine to machine, fully automatic washing machines usually consume more power than their semi-automatic counterparts.
So, if your alternate source of power supply is a small generator, you may want to consider buying a semi-automatic washing machine. Only go for a fully automatic washing machine if you use a bigger capacity generator or inverter, or if you plan to use the machine only when PHCN makes power supply available.
Other fancy features
If you like getting more from your appliances than the basic stuff they’re made for, then that’s another point to keep in mind when buying a washing machine. Note, however, that the presence of absence of additional fancy features varies from one washing machine to another.
For example, some fully automatic LG models come with steam option for deeper and better cleaning, gorgeous digital display that tells you what the machine is doing at any time, and a tub cleaning option to remove mold or mildew smells. Other fancy features available in some models include vibration and noise reduction, child locks for added safety, touchscreen controls, and spin speed adjustment.
How to get the best results from semi-automatic washing machines
Because their operations are not fully automatic, semi-automatic washing machines can sometimes product unsatisfactory results due to factors that you can easily control. Here are some tips on how to get satisfactory washes from semi-automatic washing machines.
- Always add enough water to your clothes when washing. If the water isn’t enough, the machine’s agitator won’t be able to turn the clothes around freely during washing. Sometimes, the agitator will be unable to move, resulting in an awkward “grumbling” sound.
- Always add enough detergent to your clothes. It goes without saying, but if the detergent or soap isn’t enough, the machine won’t be able to achieve thorough cleaning.
- Be careful with very dirty clothes. Note that washing machines aren’t fastidious with dirt. If the dirts on your clothes are too heavy, the machine might not remove them completely no matter how long it takes to wash them. For very dirty clothing, your best bet is to soak them with enough detergent for few hours before washing them. You can do the soaking right there in the washing machine. Doing this will help you achieve cleaner washes.
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