- The gradual reduction in water usage over the last 10 years
- The introduction of the energy labels causing manufacturers to focus closely on using less electricity and even less water
- To lesser extent cold water only washing machines but as my article points out, in the UK most people's wash times wouldn't be significantly affected by losing the hot water valve - Should I buy a cold fill washing machine or hot and cold fill?
In theory, modern washing machines should wash much better as a result, and the better quality washing machines should be able to wash the quickest. The quickest washing machine I knew was the Dyson CR01 with its contra-rotating drum. Mrs Washerhelp loves this washing machine as it did 40 a degree cotton wash in 45 minutes. It was able to achieve this because of the better agitation using the contra-rotating drum. Unfortunately though, the Dyson is no longer being made, plus it was too expensive for many people (which is probably why it's no longer made).
TIP: If most washing machines are taking too long to wash, one way of counteracting this is to buy a washing machine with a larger drum capacity which will at least enabe you to wash fewer times.