Why washing machine spin speed is important

Your washing machine's 'spin speed' is how many times the drum spins round in a minute. The speeds are given in 'rpm', and most washers will go from as little as 600rpm up to 1600rpm. Most of the time, you won't need to worry about it - your washer will change the spin speed depending on what wash cycle you've chosen.

There might be times though when you want to adjust the spin speed for certain clothes, so here's the general rules for the different speeds:

  • Running at a faster rpm will get more water out of the clothes.
  • A faster rpm will put more creases in clothes, and can damage delicate clothes.
  • Spinning at a faster rpm can put more stress on the parts inside your washer. Most manufacturers have worked around this though, offering up to 10 year warranties.

For everyday washing, leaving the rpm at its normal speed will be just fine. The only times you might want to change it is if you're running a wash of just delicates, or clothes you don't want lots of creases in.

Your washer user manual normally gives you some advice on the best cycles and spin speeds for different types of clothes. If you can't find yours, have a look on our website here to find your user manual. We've also listed a general guide to some common types of washes below.

  • Cottons: 1400 rpm
  • Minimum iron: 1200 rpm
  • Woollens: 1200 rpm
  • Denim: 900 rpm
  • Shirts: 600 rpm
  • Delicates: 600 rpm
  • Silks: 400 rpm


Hopefully that's everything you need to know, but if you need any extra help, you can get in touch with our Team Knowhow Experts here.

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