Integrated vs Freestanding Washing Machines

What’s the difference between a freestanding washing machine and an integrated washing machine? A freestanding machine can be placed anywhere, has a larger load capacity and higher spin speed. An integrated washing machine is designed to hide in a cupboard, to make that possible it has to be designed smaller. A smaller base to facilitate the smooth line of the plinth on the cupboards and less depth to stop from protruding into the room. 

By making the integrated machine smaller, it is necessary to lose some functionality, smaller wash loads and lower spin speeds are the main  casualties but they do fit into a small space and keep everything neat and tidy.

Integrated Washing Machines Are:

  • Able To Fit Into A Fitted Kitchen
    Integrated washing machines are designed to sit behind the door of a standard kitchen cupboard. This keeps the kitchen looking uniform with sleek lines and uniform designs.
  • Quieter Than Freestanding Washing Machines
    As integrated machines are smaller, they are quieter by design, having a closed cupboard door and a cupboard encasing them dampens the sound down even further.
  • Allows A Uniform Floor Space In The Kitchen
    As they are designed to fit into the cupboard the machine will not protrude into the room and take up floor space.
SaleBestseller No. 1
Indesit Integrated BIWMIL71252UKN 7kg 1200RPM Washing Machine - White
  • 7kg Drum Capacity - Great for medium sized households
  • Push&Go - One push for clean laundry in just 45 minutes
Bestseller No. 2
Hoover HBWS 48D1W4-80 Integrated Washing Machine, 8kg Load, 1400rpm, White - B Rated
  • KG Mode is the function that weighs the laundry within the first 4 minutes of the program, adapting the water, energy consumption and time of cycle with a scientific precision
  • The Allergy Care Cycle is designed to remove allergens and bacteria by increasing the washing temperature up to 60° C for a prolonged time and by extending the rinsing phase; it is the ideal program to sanitize baby clothes, ensuring the best hygiene for you and your family
Bestseller No. 3
Hisense 3 Series WF3M741BWI Intergrated 7 KG Front Load Washing Machine - Durable Inverter | Quick Wash Baby Care | Wool - 14 Washing Programs 1400 RPM White- Energy Rating A
  • 7kg drum capacity - great for medium households
  • 15 Programmes - We are focused on creating premium washingmachines, with superior cleaning and ease of useat the forefront of our minds.This product endorsessuperb functions such as baby care ,quick washand drum clean.

What’s Better Integrated Or Freestanding?

This depends on your preference, the size of your home, and to some extent your budget. If you live in a small flat, studio flat, bedsit, or small apartment and space is at a premium, an integrated washing machine will probably be the best choice for you. If you have more space then you’ll probably be better off with a freestanding machine. Let’s look at the comparisons between the 2 and take it from there.

There is really no contest here, freestanding washing machines win on every comparison test. Let’s look at the advantages of a Freestanding washing machine. 

Freestanding Washing Machines Are:

  • Cheaper To Buy
    We have found that the average freestanding machine is about £120 cheaper than an integrated model on average.
  • Hold More Washing
    The largest capacity integrated machine is around 8 kg, whereas freestanding models have a capacity of around 12 kg.
  • Easier To Install
    It is far easier to access the pipe work on a freestanding machine than on an integrated model.
  • Easily Transported
    If you were to move it is easier to remove a freestanding machine and take it with you, than scrabbling around in a kitchen cupboard feeling for pipes etc.
  • Much More Choice
    There are 80% more freestanding models available than integrated machines. Most companies make 1 or 2 integrated washing machines but those same companies will make 5 or sometimes upto 8 freestanding models.
SaleBestseller No. 1
SaleBestseller No. 2
Samsung Series 5 WW70TA046TE/EU with ecobubble™ Freestanding Washing Machine, 7 kg 1400 rpm, White, B Rated
  • Ecobubble - Make laundry less of a chore. ecobubble technology mixes air, water and detergent to create bubbles that wash your clothes at cooler temperatures.
  • Hygiene Steam - The Hygiene Steam cycle on your Samsung washing machine releases hot steam, eliminating 99.9% of bacteria and inactivating allergens.
SaleBestseller No. 3
Beko WTL72051W 7kg 1200rpm Freestanding Washing Machine - White
  • H:840mm x W:600mm x D:490mm
  • 7kg Drum Capacity

With all that said, if it’s integrated or nothing, then an integrated machine will do the job.

Some people prefer the fact that everything is hidden from view and so even if they had the space they would still go for an integrated machine.

Ultimately the choice is yours unless your apartment is too small to house a freestanding washing machine.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are integrated appliances a good idea?

Integrated appliances are a good idea if space is at a premium or if you prefer a minimalist lifestyle.

How do I stop my integrated washing machine moving?

Be sure the floor and the washing machine are level if they are, try adding non-slip anti-vibration pads to the feet of the machine.

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