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Old 14th June 2019, 09:57 AM
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Am I right in thinking that Spanish washing machines only use cold water, and the machine heats it to the required temperature, but British ones have both hot and cold inputs?

Also bear in mind that detergents in Spain are "bio" and work at low temperatures. I do most of my washes at 30º or 40º. There's a special "activador" for whites, which you add to the regular detergent, and they come out sparkling even at these temperatures.
I don't know, we only ever wash at 30/40 setting anyway and I wear white shirts most of the time and they look fine even after 10 years.

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White goods are virtually universal worldwide. as long as it is designed for 230V AC you'll be fine.

I brought a dishwasher with me from Thailand and have bought spares in Spain with no problem. (But I had to work out that the brand under which it is sold in Thailand is not the same brand that is sold under in Spain... )

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I bought a spanish washing machine when I arrived, the cost of bringing my UK one over was not worth the effort.
They all work the same to me, add clothes, add detergent and softener and press go (well its worked so far).
My worry is will I need a tumble dryer in the winter, I have been told it will require my electricty potencia to be increased, is this correct?

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Having grown up in U.K. in the age before even washing machines my opinion maybe different from younger people


However, I have lived in spain just over 30 years, never had a tumble dryer nor had any robjems with drying clothes. That said I have always been able to have an outside clothes line.

Whether you would need to increase your potential of you used a dryer Deleon’s on what potential you have. So impossible to give an answer on the info you have supplied. Of course even if you have a potential problem, you should be able to adjust the amount of power you are using at any one time.

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I bought a spanish washing machine when I arrived, the cost of bringing my UK one over was not worth the effort.
They all work the same to me, add clothes, add detergent and softener and press go (well its worked so far).
My worry is will I need a tumble dryer in the winter, I have been told it will require my electricty potencia to be increased, is this correct?
We moved to Spain in 2006 and found no need to have a tumble dryer until the very wet winter of 2009/10 when it hardly stopped raining for about 5 months. We did have a covered area we could hang clothes to dry, but the atmosphere was so damp things just never seemed to feel properly dry, so we bought a dryer. We were on 3.3kw potencia at the time and it wasn't a problem, but you do need to be careful about not switching on other electricial items (especially those which use a lot of power like electric kettles or hairdryers) at the same time.

I was glad to have the dryer at the time but after that winter it was only used on a handful of occasions. We left it behind when we moved house in 2017 and the dryer was like new. I haven't regretted not having one for the last two winters since we moved, but if we ever get another exceptionally wet winter I might well do!

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We have a heated drying rack which works very well. We only use it during the winter on days when we can't dry outside (we have a whirly-gig type drier on the patio.) If you decide to get one from Lakeland get the cover as well, since this keeps in the heat and makes drying much more effective.
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This only takes 300w electricity so no increase in Pontencia necessary
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Have to agree with Baldi about using your local people but alas some of these people can just not compete with the likes of Worten,Media Mkt,Carrefour.You only have to look on their sites to see what offers they have got on so I would say shop around for your best deal.As for guarantees after being here for well over 24years never ever had a problem and your guarantees are usually for 2years with the option to take out extra warranty and if your Spanish is limited you will always find in the bigger stores somebody who speaks En glish.
Over the last three years I have bought a fridge-freezer, a dishwasher and various other electrical goods from a privately owned shop in Alcoy. Each time I took a print-out of the MediaMarkt web page showing the items I wanted and the shop matched their total price (ie they added €20 for the larger items which would have been the delivery charge made by MediaMarkt because the nearest store is 60km away). Also to bear in mind, I would have had to wait up to two weeks for delivery with MediaMarkt whereas the local shop delivered and installed within an hour at no extra charge.
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Never had or needed a tumble dryer. The heated rack is very useful, or you can stand an ordinary clothes-horse over an electric radiator (but leave the window open or it will steam up and cause condensation).

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Washing machines are rated not just for how much energy they use washing but also on how dry they get the clothes at the end of the spin cycle. If you're buying a new machine the information should be in the specs. But a simple rule of thumb is the faster the spin cycle the more water the machine gets out of the clothing.

If you have an older washer and are thinking you need a dryer it might make more sense to upgrade the washer to a new high efficiency washer first. Then decide if you need a dryer.
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