What is washing machine spin speed?

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This guide covers everything you need to know about the spin speed setting on your washing machine. 

What it is, when should I change it, and what should I change it to? Read on to find the answers...

What is spin speed?

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Spin speed refers to how many times your washing machine’s drum spins round in a minute. 

It’s measured in revolutions per minute (rpm) - so a setting of 1200rpm means the drum will spin all the way round 1200 times every minute. 

Generally, a higher spin speed is used to remove water at the end of a cycle. 

When should I change it?

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Most of the time, you don’t need to worry about spin speed. Your washing machine will automatically set it and adjust it depending what’s needed. 

However, occasionally you might want to adjust it or set a maximum spin speed to protect delicate clothes. 

What spin speed should I use?

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If your washing machine lets you choose the spin speed, the speeds below are a good indicator of what to use for a normal wash:

  • Cotton: 1400 rpm
  • Wool: 1200 rpm
  • Denim: 900 rpm
  • Dress shirts: 600 rpm
  • Delicates: 600 rpm
  • Silk: 400 rpm

Most of the time, it’s best to just choose the most appropriate wash setting for your load and let the washer sort it out. 

That’s everything you need to know about spin speed. But if there’s anything you want to speak to us about, you can contact us here.

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