If you’re moving or want to redesign your kitchen and currently have an integrated washing machine, you may be wondering whether you can use it as a freestanding one.
This is a hotly debated washing machine topic with varying opinions, and we’re here to let you know that you can use an integrated washing machine in place of a freestanding one.
What’s the Difference Between Integrated and Freestanding Washing Machines?
The only real difference between integrated and freestanding washing machines is that an integrated model has places for hinges to attach. You can then add a door that matches your existing kitchen cupboards, and the washing machine is hidden.
If you remove this door, it is simply a washing machine that looks and functions exactly the same as a freestanding model, other than the holes for the hinges to attach to.
Most models also have holes on the opposite side of the hinges. This is so the door can be hung and opened from the left or right.
When an integrated washing machine has a door connected, these holes are filled with pads to protect the machine from the door.
Can You Use an Integrated Washing Machine as a Freestanding One?
There are some considerations to make when using an integrated washing machine in place of a freestanding one.
One is that the washing machine will look a bit unsightly due to holes in the front. It looks as though there is a panel missing from the front.
Some integrated washing machines do actually come supplied with a front panel. So, you may be able to source one, or you may still have the front panel for your integrated washing machine.
Pop this on, and you’ll never know that the washing machine was ever an integrated one.
Some integrated washing machines are also very slightly different in dimensions than freestanding models. This will hardly be noticeable for the most part, as they are often only about 3 cm shorter and less than a centimetre different in width and depth. However, it’s still worth taking note of.
You can absolutely use an integrated washing machine as a freestanding one. Just ensure that the washing machine is nice and level.
If you have a front panel for your integrated washing machine, it will look just like a freestanding one. If you don’t, the machine will function exactly the same, but it will be a bit unsightly.
Still, if you’re saving up for a new washing machine and only have an integrated one for now, it will still work perfectly fine for you.
We hope this look at using an integrated washing machine in place of a freestanding one has helped you.
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