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Post# 196583   3/11/2007 at 12:41 (4,397 days old) by chrisbsuk (Bristol, uk)        

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I have just subscribed to the Which Magazine, for the washing machine report! They have tested 77 of the UK models available, and the results are really interesting.
Their best buys for 2007 were:

All the Miele models they tested
All the LG models they tested
A Tricity Bendix model
A large capacaity Bosch
A Beko model (!)
A Zanussi model

The machine they are saying to avoid
The Hotpoint Aqualtis (i have one of these.....)
An Indesit Machine

Let me know if you have a specific model that you want info on and ill copy and paste the report for you all onto this site


Post# 196598 , Reply# 1   3/11/2007 at 13:48 (4,397 days old) by samsungfl (United Kingdom/London )        

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Hi there!! :)

Would be very intresting if you could paste the report for the Zanussi I have ( ZWF1431 ) if it was tested lol


Richard :)

Post# 196627 , Reply# 2   3/11/2007 at 14:45 (4,397 days old) by robm (Buxted)        

Hi Chris

It would be nice to see the Aqualtis report, interesting they think it's rubbish, I'm quite pleased with mine. What do you think of it now you've had it a while?


Post# 196652 , Reply# 3   3/11/2007 at 16:49 (4,396 days old) by chrisbsuk (Bristol, uk)        
Zanussi Report......

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they didnt have the model you wanted, so i have copied two that might be similar to yours
"The large 7kg drum on this Best Buy means you can wash roughly six small towels, two pillow cases, 14 t-shirts, two sheets, three pairs of jeans and 14 socks.

This Zanussi-Electrolux machine cleans well on cotton, easy-care and short programs. Its 1400rpm spin speed should save time and energy, as it removes more water from your clothes, reducing tumble drying time. It also lowers drying time on the washing line.

Extra programs include a delay start option and a handwash program. However, the handwash cycle was real let down - it didn't clean well and it shrunk the handwash only items we washed.

Rinsing isn’t on a par with other Best Buys and adding an extra rinse to a wash cycle does increase detergent removal, but overall rinsing is poor.

Water and energy consumption are low making this model cheap to run. The control panel is simple to use and Zanussi-Electrolux have average reliability in our latest survey.

Pros: Good cleaning, Good feedback during washes, Cheap to run, Easy to use.

Cons: Poor rinsing, Noisy."

2) ZWF1451
"This Zanussi-Electrolux Best Buy is packed full of useful features and provides a great cotton wash, and good cleaning across the board.

Extra programs include easy-iron, wool, handwash and extra rinse. The clever memory function can be set to remember your favourite programs, so that you can call them up quickly and easily.

We liked the large user-friendly monitor that shows the actual end time of a wash rather than just the number of minutes remaining in a cycle.

This machine has an AAB energy efficiency rating. Zanussi-Electrolux’s brand reliability is average.

Available in white.

Pros: Excellent cotton wash. Memory function. Large display.

Cons: Slow cotton wash. Poor rinsing"

.......both were best buys
hope this helps

Post# 196653 , Reply# 4   3/11/2007 at 16:51 (4,396 days old) by chrisbsuk (Bristol, uk)        

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Hi Rob, getting on OK with the machine, dont know why Which said it was the worst on test! how are you finding yours? here is their write up (it scored 31%)
"From the Aqualtis range, this model has a large 7.5kg drum capacity. However, we weren't impressed by this model’s cleaning. Both cotton and easy care programs are poor.

It comes in white with a choice of door colour – ice or silver. The large distinctive door on the Aqualtis range opens like a book and as result the detergent drawer is hidden. This produces a clean and smooth feel. Other plus points include child proof lock for the control panel and electronic display which shows wash progress and time remaining.

The handwash program was one of the best we’ve tested. Rinsing is poor, but if you have sensitive skin you can add an extra rinse. We found this boosted detergent removal to an acceptable level. Generally energy and water use is low, but small objects such as loose coins tended to disappear in the machine. This could cause problems – if they rust they may taint pale wash loads, or if they get caught in the wrong place they may even damage the machine.

In our annual survey Hotpoint has poor reliability.

Pros: Electronic display, 7.5kg drum capacity, Child lock, clean design

Cons: Poor brand reliability, Poor cleaning"

Post# 196659 , Reply# 5   3/11/2007 at 17:30 (4,396 days old) by samsungfl (United Kingdom/London )        

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Thanx Very much for that!! it is very intresting to see if you've got your monies worth out of a machine when they do tests such as these!

Thanx again



Post# 196667 , Reply# 6   3/11/2007 at 18:20 (4,396 days old) by liberator1509 (Ireland)        
Which on Maytag

Hi there

Has Which reviewed the Maytag-Asko European style front loaders - the Adamas 1800 spin range and so forth - if they have I wonder how they rated them?

Post# 196773 , Reply# 7   3/12/2007 at 03:10 (4,396 days old) by jwilson00 ()        

i've always been un-sure of the which reports i noticed that on one of the hotpoint machines it said that using the extra rinse button it used an extra 48 litres of water which may be true but i find hard to believe, i have the hotpoint WT865A and its standard for it to only rinse twice and the extra rinse just adds in a third which i thought was only around 14 litres.
I would like to know however if some of bosch are best buys how much extra water do they use with the new "aqua plus" selected, or are these models with this option still to be tested?
Does the wash times they have stated for the aqualtis match? or are they basing everything on using the time saver button?

Post# 196798 , Reply# 8   3/12/2007 at 07:35 (4,396 days old) by dascot (Scotland)        

Which? test using the standard cycles, and then do a test on the quick wash cycle as well. They don't test using the EU graded cycles, but using the commonest used cycles - hence 40* cotton cycles rather than 60* etc.

I don't see any Beko rated as a best buy, not on the online version anyway.

The 48 litre thing could have been a typo from 18, or it could be that whatever machine it was used an extra 48 litres in topping up other rinses and adding extra ones.

They've not tested any Maytag-Asko washers yet, but have tested the dryers and dishwashers. I don't think they were terribly impressed.

Post# 196817 , Reply# 9   3/12/2007 at 09:42 (4,396 days old) by rolls_rapide (0)        
UK Maytag (Asko) Dishwasher

When my parents were looking for a new dishwasher, they looked at the Maytag and were alarmed at the plastic control panel flexing as you opened the door. I saw it too. It really was shoddy quality.

I gather that the Merloni brother that owns Servis also owns Asko...'nuff said...!

Post# 196937 , Reply# 10   3/12/2007 at 17:20 (4,395 days old) by chrisbsuk (Bristol, uk)        
bosch models/hotpoint rinses

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Hi there, i also dont believe that a extra rinse uses 48 litres of water -the whole cycle on my aqualtis uses 70!! must be a miss print

the large capacity bosch, WFX2868 and the WFR2869 all got best busys... let me know if u want more info


Post# 196938 , Reply# 11   3/12/2007 at 17:21 (4,395 days old) by chrisbsuk (Bristol, uk)        

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nope, which didnt test these sadly

Post# 197060 , Reply# 12   3/13/2007 at 07:32 (4,395 days old) by tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

I have been impressed with the attention that Which has paid, over the decades, to the rinsing ability of washers. Going back 30 years, they were saying that, often about the whole batch of machines that they tested.

Post# 197964 , Reply# 13   3/17/2007 at 03:53 (4,391 days old) by robm (Buxted)        
Thank you

Hi Chris

Thanks for typing that up for me. It's a shame the Aqualtis got such a bad review, I quite like mine. I will say however, that it could do with an extra rinse and because it fills up so deep (especially on shirts) that you do have to add extra detergent because it dilutes too much.


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