Washing Machine Glossary



Anti Crease Program:

This program enables your washing machine to continue spinning after the cycle. This allows the washing in the machine to move and become untangled. This reduces creasing and helps to speed up your ironing time.


Audible end of program:

When the washing machine has finished its cycle; it will make a sound to alert you that your program is complete and that the wash load is ready to be emptied.


Built In/Integrated:

This type of washing machine fits into or behind you cupboard doors. A built in washing machine is out of the way and will not alter the current layout of your kitchen


Child-safety lock:

With this safety feature children cannot open the washing machine when it is locked.


Control Panel Type:

This is the type of display that will appear on the washing machine’s control panel.


Delicate wash:

This gentle wash feature is designed to take great care when washing your clothing; this means you do not have to hand wash them.


Delay Timer:

This feature allows you to delay the start of your wash load to a time that suits you.


Drum Capacity:

The size of the load your machine can carry; this is measured in liters.


Energy consumption:

The amount of energy consumed during one wash cycle.

Energy Rating:

The ranking/rating awarded to a washing machine for its energy efficiency. A++ is currently the highest energy rating that can be awarded to a washing machine. The better the energy ranking the better your machine is for the environment, this will also be better for your electricity bills.


Energy Recommended: A washing machine that has been recommended by the Energy Saving Trust is ‘energy recommended’. This means it is better for the environment than machines that are not recommended



Front Loading:

This type of washing machine is the most popular. Laundry load is placed in the machine from the portal that is at the front of the appliance



The front of the appliance is visible. This type of washing machine can be placed under a work surface or it can stand independently.


Fuzzy Logic:

An intelligent technology that measures how much dirt is in the load. Using this information the machine then alters the proportions of detergent, water and energy used during the cycle to guarantee the best possible results.


Half Load Function:

This function adjusts the amount of water used in a washing machine cycle. This is beneficial as it saves time, money and energy


Hand Wash:

Clothing with a ‘hand wash’ label can be washed safely on this cycle. This cycle is extremely gentle on your clothing so does not damage delicate items


Intensive Wash:

A thorough wash which is ideal for very dirty clothing.



The position of the portal on the washing machine. You will load your washing into this door.


Memory Function:

A feature that remembers your favorite or most commonly selected programs.


Noise Level (dB):

The amplified level of undesired background noise. A lower noise level from your washing machine will mean that a cycle will be less intrusive and noisy in your kitchen.


Number of Programs:

The amount of wash options available on the washing machine.



The hole or door used when loading a front-loading washing machine.



This feature is recommended for items that are very dirty, a pre wash feature makes sure that your clothing will come out clean after a main cycle.




Quick Wash:

A rapid wash feature, this is great for clothing that is only slightly dirty or when you are in a hurry to get your wash done.


Rinse Hold:

Rinse hold helps to reduce the creasing and odors formed when leaving damp clothes in the drum after the cycle has finished. The clothes remain in the water from the final rinse until it is convenient for you to select the spin program that finishes off the cycle.



Revolutions per Minute


Silk Wash:

Makes sure your silk items are correctly cared for whilst also reducing creases. The spin cycle is gentle with your clothing and takes the hassle out of washing by hand.


Spin performance:

The rating that is given to a washing machine based on how well it extracts water from your laundry.


Spin Speed (RPM):

This is the speed with which the washing machine will spin during the cycle. The higher the spin speed the more water will be expelled during a cycle.


Super Silent:

A washing machine that is extremely quiet. This decreases undesired background noise in your home.


Super/Extra Rinse:

Used when you need an additional rinse for loads that require more attention


Timer Delay:

A programmable feature that allows the washing machine cycle to start at a future time. The user can determine the timer delay.


Time to End Cycle:

A timer display that shows the amount of time remaining until the washing cycle ends. This is ideal for planning your washing times more efficiently.


Variable Spin: A variable spin speed allows you to adjust the amount of revolutions per minute (RPM) of a wash load.


Variable Temperature:

The ability to vary the temperature of the cycle; this gives you the ability to customize your wash programs.



Wash Load (kg):

This is the amount of laundry that can be washed during one cycle. A washing machine with a larger wash load can reduce creasing.


Wash Performance:

This is the rating given to a washing machine in order to indicate how well it cleans during a cycle.


Water Consumption:

The amount of water used during the washing machines cycle.


Wide Opening Door:

A wide door opening allows you easily load and unload your laundry.


Wool Program:

A wool cycle reduces the speed in which the drum spins; this ensures clothing is not stretched. During a wool program clothing is constantly moving in the water; the gentleness of this washing machine cycle means hand washing is no longer required