Using the ‘quick’ cycle on your washing machine could be a waste of time and money – because consumer watchdogs say they are only half as effective.
Experts from Which? said the quick washes on modern machines fall well short on cleaning, rinsing and spinning compared to a standard cycle.
Which? tested cycles on ten popular appliances but while standard programmes got an average of four stars for performance, the quick cycles got two stars.
Experts said quick cycles are only good for laundry without tough stains or lingering smells
Rinsing dropped from an average three stars to two stars, while spinning went from an average five stars on a standard wash to three stars on a quick wash.
This means that quick washes are only really suited to laundry without tough stains or lingering smells, such as a few shirts worn for only a day.
The researchers said the faster cycles use an average of 2.1 litres less water than a standard wash cycle and average energy use was less too.
However, they said ‘as quick washes are generally for smaller loads, consumers might not end up saving’.
A spokesman for Which? added: ‘As quick washes don’t spin your clothes as thoroughly as a full wash, it will take longer