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Can you advise as to whether it will in any way prolong the life of a machine if you don't use the maximum possible spin speed...ie if you buy a 1400 but only use it on 1000 will that machine in general last longer than buying one with a max spin of 1000 and using that one at it's highest spin speed of 1000.


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Basically yes, although how much is unknown. The slower the spin the less strain on everything. I have an article on spin speeds here - Are spin speeds a con? At the end of the day though spin speeds are only one part of the complicated equation. The problem is (as with everything) you can sometimes save something in one area but lose out somewhere else. One example of this is if you use a dryer it will wear that out more because it will take longer to dry and it will cost more in electricity too.

Basically the slower the spin the better, but too slow a spin isn't much good. 1200 - 1400 should be fast enough unless you do a lot of tumble drying.


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Not quite answering your question but we all probably use our machines in that way as the maximum spin speed may not be an available option on the programs we use most. Our machine is 1400 max but only available on cotton or express wash the regularly used programs are 1200 or less.

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Not quite answering your question but we all probably use our machines in that way as the maximum spin speed may not be an available option on the programs we use most. Our machine is 1400 max but only available on cotton or express wash the regularly used programs are 1200 or less.

Good point, although a significant amount of people put virtually everything on the cotton wash. I know Mrs. Washerhelp puts almost everything on 40 degree cottons with full spin.


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So in reality if I had bought a machine with a top spin of 1000 and used it on that speed it would in theory last the same time as a 1400 one used only at 1000 is that correct? My husband wanted us to go for a higher speed and use it on the lower option as he believes if we had bought a 1000 model and used it on the 1000 it would have worn out more quickly than using the higher spec on 1000 instead of the 1400! Personally I would have gone for the 1000 option and saved money but as it was we got the 1400 at a lower price anyway as on special offer.

I have a 1400 new Beko and have been using it at 1000 and to be honest the clothes comes out almost dry and I would imagine would be too dry for ironing easily if used any higher!


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I suspect your husband's logic is based on an assumption that the 1400 spin machine would be a better build quality than the 1000 spin washing machine to cope with the faster spin speed. That is how it should be but it isn't. Most washing machines are the same quality throughout the range regardless of the spin speed. They even often have exactly the same motor and the final top spin speed is controlled by the pcb.

However, the chances are if you bought a washing machine with a maximum 1000 spin speed it would be a budget washing machine (these days) or at least the most basic washing machine the manufacturer produces. As such it would probably have other features missing too, some of which you may have really wanted.

(Related: Is a more expensive washing machine a better washing machine?)


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