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How to buy a washing machine, a few tips of mine
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Member Name: alnilam
General Comments / Advice
Advantages: many if you buy the right one
Disadvantages: many if you buy the wrong one
I have been through the experience of buying two Washing machines and with these two I think I have gained some tips on how to choose and buy them. I was also around snooping when friends were buying them.
Sounds silly when you have so many technical details when it comes to washing machines but I do think look is still one of the most important aspects, especially if you will keep your machine in a visible place. There is nothing worse than hating what you bought (for a long period of time), if the machine totally breaks you will probably buy a new one but if it is just plain ugly and works well you will have to look at it for ages. Choose something you are comfortable with even if that means paying a bit more. I think this is the first steep you have to do when buying it, browse through them and find a selection of ones you like.
Always buy something in your price range (logically), also keep in mind what you need the machine for. We were buying a machine for one of our rented (uni) apartments so logically we bought the cheapest one possible, it was totally rubbish but for the time we were needing it (2 years) it was more than perfect. Keep in mind that high prices do not guarantee high quality. Do a list of the ones that you can afford and do more investigation on the models. Thankfully sites such as Dooyoo will be more than helpful to provide you with information needed to help you decide.
Another thing you should check before buying, it will do you no good if you have an amazing looking pricey washing machine and there is no one to help you if it breaks down. Check if there are any local repair services for the brand. Getting a spare part for a brand that is not local, or God forbid not national can be a real pain.
Since we are both economical and eco friendly a washing machine that uses less energy is more than desired, check the label and although the more economical washing machines can be pricier the money saved on electricity will soon make it even or even give you profit.
If you are not a tech person find someone that can assist you here, preferably someone who can operate a washing machine not just be a smart mouth to help you determine what kind of washing machine you actually use, it is logical that a single person needs less washing capacities than a family with 4 children.
***Use the salesman***
There is a chance that the salesman is a honest person not just wanting to persuade you to just buy anything (or something he/she gets more profit from) so there is no harm in getting information from them, ask which washing machines get sold the most or if people have complained with some...
***The shopping act***
If you have a wife/husband that has nothing to do with laundry leave him/her at home. Nothing more annoying when someone who knows nothing about these things tries to persuade you what is the best for you :).
There these are my little tips to buying a washing machine, the last one being "humorous" (or not), hope they will make your shopping easier.
Summary: Tips on buying washing machines
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