What Types of Washing Machines Are There? A Handy Guide

What Types of Washing Machines Are There? A Handy Guide


Whether you’re a first-time washing machine buyer or looking for a replacement, the number of options available can make it a difficult decision. Here, we look at the different types of washing machines to help you to make the right choice for you. 



Freestanding washing machines are those that can be easily moved around and simply require a power source and connection to a drain to be able to work. This type of washing machine is a popular option as you can choose from a range of models, drum sizes, and even colours!  


Integrated washing machines are those that seamlessly fit into a kitchen cupboard so that they can be hidden when not in use.


Integrated appliances have become more popular as people seek out a sleek look for their kitchens, but there are limited options available and they’re often more expensive than freestanding machines too. 

Cold fill

A cold fill washing machine heats the water in the machine rather than using hot water from your boiler. This makes them a more efficient option as they only heat the water that they use rather than using excess amounts of pre-heated water.


You’ll typically find that all modern washing machines are cold fill as they’re preferred by manufacturers due to being cheaper to make. 

Front loading

Most UK washing machines are front loading, which is where you load clothes through a door in the front of the machine. The other option is a top loading machine which has a door at the top – often seen in American homes.


One benefit of a front-loading machine is that you can stack two machines, or a washing machine and a tumble dryer, on top of each other. This is a great space-saving option but you must ensure that they’re secure. 


A washer-dryer combines both washing machine and tumble dryer functions, creating another fantastic space-saving option. Buying a washer-dryer can be cheaper than buying two separate machines too, but it can be tricky to find one that performs both washing and drying functions really well. 

If you need help maintaining your washing machine, contact the CB Domestics team today to discuss your requirements.