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pro's + cons of intergrated washing machines?

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hi, can anyone explain the pros + cons of intergrated washing machines compared to normal ones?

thanks

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  • MarkyMarkD
    MarkyMarkD Posts: 9,912 Forumite
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    That's an easy one!

    Pros of integrated - they "supposedly" look nicer as they look like the rest of your kitchen units.

    Cons of integrated - for some mysterious reason they are always more expensive than non-integrated.
  • rosekitten
    rosekitten Posts: 1,812 Forumite
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    plus you have a lot more choice with
    a freestanding machine,for what you
    may pay for a good intergrated machine
    you could buy a top spec Miele that will
    last for you for years,why not buy a regular
    machine and have it stood inside one of the
    base units in your kitchen
    :j:j:j
  • premkit
    premkit Posts: 244 Forumite
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    unless you buy a neff/siemens/bosch/miele etc. i would always go for a free standing. the integrated are to unstable, the legs are set back to accomadate the plinth.
    there is a special hinge to put a door on the next unit, but you have to get the machine further back, so move the waste and inlet pipe so it wont foul behind.
  • mahoney
    mahoney Posts: 377 Forumite
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    I have been pondering this myself lately as I will be buying a new kitchen soon. They do look nicer when integrated. What I need to ask, is if they are integrated and you want to change model, or the present one breaks, what happens then??
  • Greenr
    Greenr Posts: 286 Forumite
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    integrated washing machines are slightly smaller so the drum is smaller therfore smaller washing loads. They can also be very noisy as they fit so closly to the neighbouring cupboards and the kichen door actually fits to the front of the washing machine (not sure if all fit like this). i know someone who had a kitchen fitted, the washing machine arrived at a later date and so the owner had to fit the washing maching, and door themselves. Apparantly fitting the wasching machine to the kitchen cupboard door is tricky!
  • Meepster
    Meepster Posts: 5,955 Forumite
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    Cons - more expensive, smaller drum, reduced efficiency

    Pros - you don't see it

    I don't sell many integrated washing machines, unless the person buying the kitchen, HAS to have one, otherwise, I sell them a freestanding...
    If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands

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