Choosing the right sized appliance to meet your needs AND budget can be tricky.

With the multitude of options available, you could be forgiven for ending up renting a kitchen appliance better suited to a family of six, when you’re a single gal living with another single flatmate!

Choosing the wrong sized appliance not only impacts the aesthetics of the room it’s situated in, it can also hit you in the hip pocket and take its toll on the environment. So what size appliance do you really need?

Here’s some tips for choosing the best washing machine to rent to suit your needs.

How big is your space?

The first thing to consider when choosing an appliance for rent is how big your space is. Are you sharing a two bedroom apartment with a modest, enclosed kitchen?

Chances are, you’re not going to need a 350L family sized fridge!

Where is your rental appliance going to go?

Do you have a specific space allocated for your appliance for rent (ie, a cupboard for the fridge or brackets already assembled for a clothes dryer)?

If so, make sure you take accurate measurements just to be safe. If you don’t have an allocated space, deciding exactly where your rental appliance will be installed is key.

You can mark out the space with tape to ensure accurate measurements … and a whole lot less stress than your appliance arriving and not fitting!

How many people are using the rental appliance?

The number of people living in your household is one of the best ways to determine what size appliance for rent you actually need. A two person household is going to need far less fridge storage space and clothes washing capacity than a four person family.

Home Entertainment Express can advise you on models available to suit your needs and friendly customer service to answer any questions and help you choose the right appliance.

Could a smaller, more energy efficient model do the same job?

Household appliances account for almost one-third of energy consumption and about 45% of greenhouse gas emissions.

A larger appliance with the same star rating as a smaller one still uses more energy and generates more greenhouse gas.

Choosing the most energy efficient appliance for rent for your household is not only the best way to help the environment, it can also save you money as you won’t be paying to run something that’s not being fully utilised.

What’s the best functionality and layout of the appliance for rent?

Do you need more fridge or freezer space? Would a top or front loader suit your laundry better?

What about left or right hand opening doors for your fridge? Working out exactly what you need from your rental appliance can help you determine which size would best suit your needs.