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CDA Buying Advice – Washing Machines: Spin Explained

The spin cycle works to extract moisture from your clothes at the end of the wash cycle. The higher the ‘RPM’ the drier the clothes are, reducing additional drying time in either the tumble dryer or by hanging outside. Aside from the uses for a high speed spin, the ‘anti-crease’ function on washing machines works by turning the drum slowly every few seconds, preventing any ‘set-in’ creases from forming on your clothes; this also reduced ironing time.

Spin cycles

As a rule, the higher the specification of washing machine you go for, the more spin speeds that are available for you to choose from. Ideally, you need to select the highest spin speed that is suitable for the type of wash load that you are cleaning. This will remove the most amount of water possible without damaging your clothes.

The spin speeds can be selected by using the control on the front of your machine, next to your programme dial. You should always select a spin speed as without this your clothes will be dripping wet when the cycle has finished. If your spin is not working you should contact our Customer Helpline.

As a rule, lower spin settings are perfect for delicate fabrics and to prevent items such as sleeves getting tangled. A fast spin speed is perfect for towels or heavy fabrics like denim.

The spin is measured in ‘revolutions per min’ or RPM. This literally means the number of times the drum rotates in that time.

If your spin cycle is noisy, check that it is balanced correctly and avoid overloading the machine.

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