When buying a new washing machine it’s easy to feel slightly overwhelmed with all the options available. Spin speeds, special cycles, capacities & drum sizes, it all can get a bit confusing. When it comes to buying, you might be wondering what’s the best spin speed and how it will affect your clothing. Read on to find out what the best spin speed is for you, and to hear the hard and honest truth about spin speed! All to make buying your washing machines a little easier…
What is a Spin Speed? What does Spin Speed do?
Spin speed is how many revolutions (rpm) a minute your washing machine does. The higher the revolutions, the faster your washing machine drum spins your clothes around. We have a range of spin speeds in our washing machines to cover a range of fabrics. They can range anywhere from 400 rpm to 2000 rpm.
The higher the rpm, the more water is extracted out of your laundry. This means less time drying after, whether that is in the tumble dryer or on the washing line. A lower rpm means your clothes will take longer to dry.
The spin speed also effects the type of fabrics you put in your washer. A higher spin speed is suitable for more robust fabrics, such as cotton and synthetics. A lower spin speed is better for delicate fabrics such as silks and dress shirts.
When you select your wash cycle, such as Quick Wash or Woolens, your washing machine will automatically choose the appropriate spin speed. This means you just have to know the type of fabric you’re putting into the load.
Spin Speed Myths:
Myth: Higher spin speeds will ruin your clothes!
Busted: No! Higher spin speeds will not ruin your clothes when you use the appropriate settings. High spin speeds are ideal for cottons, and bulky items such as towels and bedding and denim. These types of clothes can handle the power of the top speeds. If you’re machine is maintained to a good standard you shouldn’t see any damage to your laundry at all.
However, it’s worth knowing that when you mix heavier clothes with delicates, and put it on a high spin speed cycle, you probably won’t enjoy the outcome. Make sure you read the manufacturers care label on your clothes to be sure exactly how it should be washed.
Myth: Machines with higher spin speeds are prone to breakdowns!
Busted: Washing machines with a higher rpm are just as reliable as ones with lower speeds. Many people believe that a high spin cycle increases the stress on the internal parts of the appliance. And when you’re machine is making a big racket on the maximum spin speed, it certainly sounds like it. But modern washing machines are the most reliable they’ve ever been.
The washing machine manufacturers are really focusing on keeping noise levels as low as possible, at whatever spin speed. That’s why they’re using innovative technology to get your laundry extra clean, whilst not disturbing you with extra loud wash cycles.
Brushless invertor motors, Direct Drive technology and shock absorbing drums are just some of the creative ways manufacturers make higher spin speeds more effective. By removing unnecessary belts and pulleys and using magnetic power, the inside parts are more streamlined making them some of the most reliable washers around. Some manufactures trust the motors so much, that they come with a whopping 10 year warranty.
Myth: The higher the spin speed the better!
Busted: You’d be mistaken if you thought that a high spin speed is good every time you do a load of laundry. It’s as simple as separating all your clothes into different colours. You need to think about your lifestyle.
For example, if you like to wear a lot of delicate fabrics such as silks, wool, linen or lace, a high spin speed washing machine might not be for you. If the majority of your clothes are cotton, a higher rpm machine will potentially save you a lot of time.
Read the next section for more on delicate wash loads and lower spin speeds.
Myth: High spin speeds are great for delicates!
Busted: False! Delicate items are more likely to be damaged when you’re using the maximum spin speed. Fabric such as wools, silks and lace are going to get more wear and tear when spun at 1600rpm, or when put on a quick wash cycle. It’s easy enough to select ‘delicates’ on your washer, rather than to just whack washing in on any old spin cycle.
Myth: A higher spin speed shrinks clothes!
Busted: Well, it’s half true! We recommend that you always read the care label as to avoid damage or shrinking on your clothes. Putting things such as wool on a high spin speed wash will certainly shrink your clothes. However, if you’re using your regular cotton shirts and bedding on a high spin speed, there should be no shrinkage.
Generally, the longer you have your clothes in the machine, the more likely your clothes will get agitated and potentially shrink.
Myth: If my washing appliance is loud, the spin speed is too high!
Busted: A loud washing machine or washer dryer is a symptom of an unbalanced load or problem with the machine itself. You need to make sure that you untangle your garments before putting them in the drum. They’ll all get clumped together and cause an uneven balance in the drum, which as the drum turns, causes the annoying trademark banging noise that the neighbors are used to.
Most washing machines have a decibel range between 67 and 80dB. However, our lowest decibel washing machine is a Bosch machine that sits at a silent 66dB. It’s sure to be easy on your ears and your delicates.
If you didn’t know about spin speeds before, you definitely do now! They’re incredibly important when it comes to getting the right clothes dry and clean, without any big headaches. When it comes to buying the right laundry appliance, knowing spin speeds helps you save time and potentially money.
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