Aesthetics and matching decor now play a major role in choosing any appliance. People are now concerned about how their kitchen looks and how the different appliances can fit in aesthetically. Designers are specifically employed to make a layout of the kitchen, where the different appliances, cabinets and worktops will be fitted. In any modern decor, Integrated appliances are preferred as they blend into the kitchen environment. Among the appliances, a washing machine which has now become a necessity in modern homes, is quite large, and an Integrated washing machine would fit perfectly into the latest kitchen decor.
The main difference between the integrated washing machine and a free-standing one is that its door is flush mounted. The dimensions of these machines also confirm to a standard area available under a regular kitchen top. The integrated washing machine will have a dimension that is similar to the regular cabinets fitted in kitchens. The depth of the kitchen cabinet is usually between 56 to 57 cms., and the integrated washing machine models have approximately this same depth so that they fit snugly with the other cabinets. The controls of these machines are also made in a way to accommodate a panel which needs to be fitted for easy visibility and integration.
People now like their appliances to be hidden from view in the kitchen, and many prefer to have only the panel doors of cabinets in plain sight. This gives a neat look to the kitchen and also there is less of clutter with devices, like an integrated washing machine.
Most of the integrated washing machine models available are front loading, as it will be inconvenient to integrate a top loading machine among kitchen cabinets. Accessing the machine also will be a problem, as you will have to open up the kitchen top, to load the clothes.
The integrated washing machine, although fits very nicely in the kitchen, its capacity will be a little less than the free standing variety and also a bit more expensive. The cost goes up while manufacturing an integrated washing machine, as a flush door has to be fitted, and also the size has to confirm to certain dimensions. The free standing models do not have any constraints regarding their dimensions and also no additional panel doors or special control panels are needed.
One of the well known brands among integrated washing machines is Neff. This appliance has provisions to fit the hinges of the outside cabinet door, on either side of the machine loading area. The direction of the main porthole loading door cannot be changed, although the outer door can be fitted to one’s convenience, to swing to the right or left.
This Neff integrated washing machine, comes with a superior washing technology, which is gentle on the fabrics but hard on the dirt. The drum inside is designed to give a more powerful and efficient flow of water so that the clothes get a thorough rinse without any damage to the fabric.