Sep 15, 2020

What should I look for when buying a used washing machine?
 

Shifted or planning to move to Riyadh? While some apartments are semi-furnished and come with appliances, many don’t.

And one of the essential ones is a washing machine. Hiring domestic workers in Riyadh is not easy. The average salary for domestic help is about SAR 1,200 per month.

A new washing machine can burn a hole in your pocket. However, a used one can meet your requirements and be pocket-friendly too.

Especially if you’re unsure about how long you’ll be staying in Riyadh!

Here are some critical aspects to consider when buying a used washing machine:

Common differentiating factors

Some differentiating factors can impact the prices & your decision to buy a used washing machine. These are:

•           Fully automatic or semi-automatic - No manual intervention is required for fully automatic ones. With a semi-automatic, you have to manually do some procedures, which can be cumbersome and time-consuming.
•           Front-load or top-load - Top-loading machines are rougher on clothes as compared to front-load ones. Front-load also uses less water, saves energy & cleans clothes better.
•           Does it have an in-built dryer - Considering Riyadh is not very rainy a dryer is not needed. But if you are getting an in-built one, why not! 
•           What is the capacity of the machine - ideally 6-7 kgs is sufficient for a family of four.
•           Hot wash/temperature control - The hot wash aids thermal disinfection of about 65°C for 10 minutes. Again, with a sunny climate like Riyadh - not really important.
•           What are the wash settings - Different settings for delicates, longer cycles for curtains, sheets, etc. are an added advantage? This usually comes with most machines.
•           The material of the drum/tub - The tub is usually made of plastic, stainless steel or even porcelain enamel. Steel is more expensive but highly durable, and the enamel is the cheapest but very less durable.
•           Time setting - With this setting, you can delay the wash cycle.
 

Working condition of the machine

Don’t just go by looks. Internal functions are essential, especially the technical aspects. If possible, ask for a test or a run where you can check for:

•           Technical snags, loud or unusual sounds
•           Spinning speed during the cycle
•           Any sign of rust on the machine
•           Leakage
•           Poor motor performance
•           Damage to the body

Manufacture, Warranty & Guarantee

Do check the date of manufacture. There’s a chance the warranty period is over. But do check for guarantee/warranty documentation, which can be useful for future maintenance & repairs.

Brand name

Reputation builds or breaks the brand. Do check for reviews of the particular brand. Samsung, Bosch, Panasonic & LG are top-market players in Riyadh. 

Check seller authenticity

Ensure that the website where you purchase a used machine is authentic. More importantly, check the reviews & rating of the seller. Look for expats who are moving out or shifting. You can get a practically new machine for a great price.

Official dealers for new washing machines-

Samsung dealers: ALHaddad

Bosch: AH Al Sayyed & Sons Trading Co.

Panasonic: Aleysai

LG: Naghi Group

You must check the above factors to make an informed decision. A used washing machine can last you a good 3-4 years, depending on its condition. And all this for a fraction of the price of a new one!

You can also find more of used washing machine at https://www.zeaara.com/classifieds/electronics-appliances.html

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