Beko washing machine

Washing Machine Buying Guide

Washing machines are proof that we’ve come a long way since the early days of the scrubbing board and the hand-powered wooden spinning tubs.

Washing machines now come equipped with all manner of impressive and useful technology, whether it’s automatically detecting the amount of water needed for your wash or high spin settings to reduce drying time, so whatever your washing requirement needs, there’s a Beko model to suit you.

Choosing your machine: Questions to bear in mind

Washing machines are an integral part of the home, and with so many options and varieties to choose from, we created this guide to help you find the best model for your household.

Beko has a fantastic range of built-in models which blend seamlessly with the rest of your kitchen columns – ideal if you are trying to optimise floor space. If you have more room however, freestanding models can be slotted in easily for hassle-free installation.

When it comes to purchasing a new washing machine, it’s good to bear the following questions in mind…

  1. Does it suit my needs?
  2. Is it in my budget?
  3. Does it have the latest technology?

Does it suit my needs?

A high-performance washing machine can help take the hassle out of doing your laundry, with special programmes to ensure your garments are thoroughly cleaned and cared for in the right way and making life easier in the process!

A+ and A++ Energy rated Beko washing machine

Choosing the right sized drum

Selecting the size of drum depends completely on how large your household is. With the average capacity for most washing machines typically being 7kg, if you’re an individual or live as a couple, choosing a smaller model – such as a slim depth 5kg or 6kg model can bring benefits such as taking up less space and using less water and energy.

Alternatively, there are 8kg and 9kg models with a large drum size to consider and you can even select 10kg or 11kg models for bulk laundry loads. these large capacity washing machines also feature special programmes for bigger items such as duvets – perfect for large families and bigger households.

To help you get a rough idea on the size of model you would need for an average wash, we’ve included a guide below:

Laundry typeWeight (g)
Duvet Cover700
Bed Sheet500
Hand Towel100
Evening gown200
Men's overalls600
Men's shirt200
Men's pyjamas500

Special Features

Together with different types of wash available, the pre-wash (ideal for heavily soiled laundry), extra rinse (works to remove more detergent – ideal for those with sensitive skin), rinse hold (prevents creases from forming, quieter programme) and anti-crease (prevents creasing in damp clothes) functions offer extra flexibility when programming the type of wash you require.

If you have animals at home, a pet hair reduction function can solve the problem of removing excess fur from your clothes and sofa covers by adding a pre-wash and additional rinsing steps to the normal cycle.

A child safety lock disables the buttons once the wash has started, preventing little ones from accidentally changing the wash cycle so you can always have peace of mind that your wash won’t be tampered with.

Remembering when your laundry will be ready is impossible when you lead a busy life, so our time remaining display is a useful way of keeping tabs on your wash cycle, so you can know exactly when your laundry will be read and won’t have to waste time continually checking.

range of washing programmes

Washing Machine Programmes

Programmes will generally vary on different types of model, but normally you will find different cycles for cottons, synthetics, dark colours and delicates. There is also a time-delay function for those who want their laundry just washed for when they return home from work, or who want to take advantage of cheaper electricity by running their machine at night time. Choosing a model with these programmes will mean your laundry can fit around your schedule, instead of you fitting your life around your washing routine.

With a variety of models to choose from, washing machines come with different spin speeds, often ranging from 1000rpm to 1600rpm. By offering a range of spin speeds, some clothing materials will benefit better from a lower spin speed such as silk, and others higher, for example cottons. This ensures that your clothing stays in good condition, so there is always a spin speed to suit your garments.

If you need clean shirts in an instant but don’t have the luxury of waiting hours for your clothing, all washing machines include quick programmes so gone are the days where you had to wait hours for your wash cycle to end. Whether it’s a programme for a full big load in 39 minutes or under, or a small load in 14 minutes, quick programmes are a perfect choice for daily worn clothes and ideal when in a hurry. You don’t have to slow down your day to wait for your washing anymore!

A hand wash programme is perfect for delicate garments such as lingerie and delicate fabrics using minimal water and a gentle spin setting to prevent items shrinking or tearing.

A baby and toddler programme is designed for those with sensitive skin by extending the washing time and applying extra rinsing at the end of the wash.

And, investing in a washing machine with built-in steam programme can help reduce creasing and ironing by up to 28% - so you can spend less time ironing and more doing the things you always wanted to do!

Pairing Washing Machines and Tumble Dryers

If you’re planning on buying an accompanying tumble dryer, or already have one – it’s good to bear in mind that both models should have the same capacity at least, and ideally the washing machine should be larger. By doing this, you will be able to dry all your laundry in one cycle, which is a more energy and time efficient process than needing two separate cycles.

Is it in my budget?

To save money and cut your annual energy bills, investing in an EcoSmart model with energy ratings of A++ and above is an ideal method of protecting both your wallet and the environment.

Similarly, the smaller the washing machine, the cheaper it will be – so whether you are opting for a slim depth in-built or a 10kg freestanding washing machine, Beko has a model to meet your laundry requirements.

Does it have the latest technology?

Many models come with special Aquafusion technology which uses a floating ball to seal the tub outlet during the wash cycle until the final rinse, to prevent detergent from being drained away, ensuring it can work effectively while giving a better washing performance and all Beko washing machines automatically reduce water levels during cycles so you won’t waste energy or water.

Aquawave drum is less abrasive on garments and linen

Larger capacity washing machines feature the Aquawave Drum – thanks to the specially designed pattern, it gently spins the laundry away like a wave from the drum, which makes it less abrasive on your garments and linen, whilst creating enough friction to ensure your laundry is cleaned sufficiently.

Some models come with ProSmart Inverter – a motor which delivers improved energy efficiency, reduced noise levels, and is more reliable when compared to standard motors. What’s more it comes with 10 year warranty for added peace of mind.

energy efficient and energy saving washing machine programmes

Energy Efficiency + Energy Saving

  • Every washing machine receives an energy efficiency grading ranging from A+++ to D (A+++ being the most efficient) and offer a brief idea of how much energy each machine typically uses.
  • A washing machine's energy-efficiency rating is calculated by measuring kilowatt hours (kWh) used annually by the machine, based on its performance on full and partial 60°C cotton loads and a 40°C partial cotton load.
  • Beko’s Eco Smart washing machines are rated A++ and A+++ and can offer significant energy saving in comparison to competitive ‘A’ rated models.
  • If you are on a water meter, you may be interested in the water consumption levels of your machine and because many Beko models automatically reduce water levels for half or small loads – you can rest assured that your machine is an energy efficient addition to your household.
  • Choosing a high spin cycle of up to 1600rpm will take more water out of the clothes and will as a result reduce the time spent on the line or in the tumble dryer. To save even more energy, many models offer shorter cycles (e.g. 1hr, 30 mins) for lightly soiled laundry and smaller loads.
washing machine care and tips

Washing Machine Care

  • Never place your washing machine on a carpet as the lack of ventilation underneath the appliance will cause it to overheat.
  • Don’t overload the washing machine as this can damage the drum and garments won’t get cleaned/rinsed properly.
  • Do not try to turn on your appliance if the power cable/plug is damaged, or if it has any other type of failure. Call an authorised service agent instead.
  • Get a qualified electrician to connect a 16-Ampere fuse to a grounded outlet.
  • To prevent leakages and flooding, ensure the hoses are securely fastened.
  • Beko recommends that delicate garment should be washed on lower spin speeds to ensure the quality of your clothing remains high.

Discover Beko’s wide range of washing machines and choose a model that’s perfect for your household’s needs!

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