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Magic Chef MCSTCW16S4

$311.98

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QHow much is a kilogram of laundry when measuring capacity?
A1kg of washing equates to approximately a single change of clothes (for example top, jeans, underwear, socks). Therefore an 8kg washing machine will be able to hold clothing approximate to 8 'outfits'
QWhat is the average noise of a washing machine?
AOn average, washing machines make between 50-60db of noise. This means the are fairly quiet - nothing that will disrupt daily life.
QWhat is the benefit of faster spin speed?
AFaster spin speeds mean that the water will be removed from the clothing faster and more efficiently, meaning they are less damp at the end of the cycle.
QWhat is a load balancing system?
AA load balancing system helps to spread the clothes evenly around the drum of the washing machine, rather than have them all bunch in a single place. This helps keep the machine more stable while in the spin cycle.

Washing Machine Buying Guide

Washing machines come in 2 different forms - top loading or front loading. While these two forms largely do the same thing, there are some small advantages and differences between them:

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Top Loading

These washing machines tend to be older, and don’t have quite as much power, but because of this they are quieter and cheaper. Clothes are loaded into a hatch in the top of the machine - because of this they require less bending to load, which may be a boon for elderly people or those with back problems. The top-loading means that it can’t be stacked under other white goods, since you’ll need access to the top of the machine.

Front Loading

These comprise of the majority of washing machines. Clothes are loaded into a hole in the front of the machine. These machines generally are newer and have more power than top loading machines, though are also more expensive. This extra power comes with increased noise and vibration, which may be detrimental depending on where you’re going to be installing the machine. Finally, some brands of front loading machines can be stacked on top of each other, saving valuable space in flats and smaller utility rooms.

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Additionally, some washing machines come as integrated - meaning they are altered to look like a cupboard or part of the work surface. These types of machines generally cost more than a standalone model, but may be worth the expense to gain a more streamlined and design-focussed kitchen.

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Spin Speed, Noise & Vibration

Most modern washing machines will have a spin cycle that can run at the end of the wash, to remove excess water and mean the clothes dry faster. Higher spin speeds mean the clothes dry faster and more efficiently, but there is a tradeoff: higher spin speeds mean more noise and vibration from the machine while it is running.

Noise levels for washing machines are measures in Db - most washing machines fall between 60-70Db, which is generally equivalent to the noise of a vacuum cleaner running.

Vibration is harder to measure, but generally speaking the faster the spin speed, the more the machine will move around when you use it. Newer models have special technology to reduce the amount of vibration given off by the spin cycle - look for these machines if you want quieter washing cycles.

Capacity & Size Of Machine

The capacity of the drum in your washing machine will determine how many clothes you can fit in a single wash. Drum capacity is measured in Kg, with a single Kg being equivalent to a single outfit. Bigger washing machines have bigger capacities, which may be necessary for families - single people and couples may find it far cheaper and more energy efficient to buy a smaller machine.

Programs

Modern washing machines come with a variety of different programs to handle different types of clothing, levels of dirt, etc. Most machines will include programs for white and coloured washing, as well as delicates and quick cycles. More advanced machines may also have more specialist programs, with cycles catering specifically to the safe washing of woollen jumpers, pillows, jeans and even shoes. While not all of these programs may be necessary, more programs is generally a good sign of a higher-end and more capable washing machine.

All washing machines are graded on their energy efficiency. The higher the grade, the less energy will be used per wash, and the cheaper the washing machine will be to run. Look for a machine graded at A++ or above for the best efficiency in daily use.

Washing Machine Retailers, Prices and Features

Washing Machine Prices

The price range of washing machines is from $311 to $2,331 and in total we found prices for 40 washing machines. A new washing machine costs on average $908 and 80% of washing machines are priced between $565 and $1,389. The most expensive washing machine that we found is the LG WM4370HKA at $2,330, and the cheapest is the Magic Chef MCSTCW16S4 at only $312.

Washing Machine Brands - Price Range

The highest average washing machine price out of all brands is LG washing machines with an average price of $1,077. LG washing machines range in price from $679 to $2,330.

The average price of Bosch washing machines is $1,001 which is the second highest average price of all washing machine brands. Bosch washing machines range in price from $611 to $1,968.

Samsung washing machines range in price from $599 to $1,399, and the average price of Samsung washing machines is $983 which is the third highest average price of all washing machine brands.

Washing Machine Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 99 expert reviews and 26,711 user reviews for washing machines and used this information to evaluate the average rating for each brand of washing machine. The top rated washing machine brand is Bush with an average rating of 93%. The second best brand is Hisense with 93% and the third best brand is Candy with 92%.

Biggest Washing Machine Retailers

We found 28 current offers for washing machines from eBay making it the biggest washing machine retailer. That is much bigger than the second biggest retailer, Appliances Connection for whom we found 18 current offers for washing machines. The third biggest retailer is A J Madison with 13 current washing machine offers.

When Are Most New Washing Machines Released?

We looked at the release dates for new washing machines over the last 3 years, but couldn't see any noticeable pattern. In March 2018, 94 new washing machines were released making it the biggest month that year for new washing machine releases. In 2017 most new washing machines were released in October, with 174 new washing machines released that month. August was the biggest month in 2016 for new washing machines, with 304 new washing machines released that month.

How Fast Do Washing Machine Prices Drop After Release?

On average washing machines drop in price by 9% in the first 6 months after release. On a typical new washing machine costing $908, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average $81.

Drum Capacities

The drum capacity refers to the amount of clothes that the washing machine drum can hold, measured in kilograms.

Comparing all washing machines, the drum capacities range from 1.5kg to 45kg. The drum capacities of most washing machines range from 8kg to 9kg. The Magic Chef MCSTCW16S4, which is on sale for $311.98, has the biggest drum capacity and is a 45kg capacity washing machine. The washing machine with the smallest drum capacity is the Haier HLPW028AXW, which is a 5kg capacity washing machine and currently retails for $544.99.

A bigger drum capacity means that the washing machine can hold more clothes at once.

Noise Levels

How much noise the washing machine makes when it's in use, measures in decibels (dB).

Across the range of washing machines, the noise levels range from 39dB to 86dB. The noise levels of most washing machines range from 48dB to 54dB. The Bosch WAK282E1, which is priced at $685.23, has the loudest noise level and is a 73dB noise level washing machine. The washing machine with the quietest noise level is the Bosch WAW32541, which is a 47dB noise level washing machine and is available at $1,027.28.

Less noise makes for a nicer atmosphere while your wash is running, and means the machine is less likely to disturb and annoy people.

Maximum Spin Speeds

The maximum spin speed in the quickest that the washing machine can spin, measured in revolutions per minute (RPM).

Across the range of washing machines, the maximum spin speeds range from 100 RPM to 2,800 RPM. The maximum spin speeds of the majority of washing machines range from 1,400 RPM to 1,500 RPM. The washing machine with the fastest maximum spin speed is the Bosch WAW32541, which is a 1,600 RPM maximum spin speed washing machine and sells for $1,027.28. The washing machine with the slowest maximum spin speed is the Siemens WP10R156, which is a 100 RPM maximum spin speed washing machine and can be purchased for $600.65.

A faster spin speed means the clothes will have water spun out of them faster and more efficiently - making the overall wash time shorter.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Washing Machines?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying washing machines. For each retailer it shows the total number of washing machines where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying washing machines. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was eBay. 26 of their washing machine prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Washing Machines for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for washing machines by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of washing machine prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's washing machine prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was eBay. 92.9% of their washing machine prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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