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Gorenje WA72145BK Washer & D72325BK Dryer review
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Post# 491621   1/26/2011 at 10:39 (4,700 days old) by confused ()        

Ok for the moment i can only really review the washer as I am waiting for the Uk instructions and power adapter for the dryer

The machines are from here - so not the most expensive to most people

BUT I am a Yorkshireman so this was a painful amount to spend, for the non-UK readers it is a national stereotype that people from Yorkshire are notoriously tight fisted - the battle cry of a Yorkshireman is "Ow much?!?! you've got to be kidding lad thats outrageous" - basically we will argue over a penny and these machines cost me more than i got in trade in for my previous car so you can imagine how painful it was spending this much

Yes ok its not a big thing but if like me they are sat in the kitchen then they need to look good, sat next to each other in black the machines may look a bit severe but the control panels are mirror images so they are designed to be close to each other, however in my kitchen a Hotpoint Graphite coloured dishwasher sits between them. The dryer even though it looks like it is in the same chassis as the washer looks shorter and fatter, im guessing that is just down to the solid black door unlike the washer that has a glass door.
In regards to fitting into kitchens the machines look like they will match most kitchen styles, unfortunately my kitchen is from the late 80's so has the old mock style wood cabinets make to look like victorian fittings but the machines still fit and not look out of place
One little niggle is they give you a black washing machine with a black facia BUT the actual drawer is still white, its a little niggle i know

Build quality
Annoyingly the build quality of these machines feels better than the build quality of the car im driving round in while mine is sat in the bodyshop being played with
The doors shut with a nice thud and the dials feel solid. The dryer door is quite a clever thing - no latch to pull on - just push the door and it opens, push it agian to close, it looks like they designed the door for people who have an armful of wet washing

Washing machine details
once the machine was plumbed in I set it on an empty 95degree cycle to clean it out, the waterlevel unloaded came up to the indent in the glass so its not shy of some water, admittedly on a normal cycle when loaded with towels the water was not visible but what do you expect with a full load of towels.

In regards to rinsing from what i have seen it will rinse with high water levels and seems to spin fine - bit of vibration but not enough to annoy me

The machine seems to have some intelligence because when it was unloaded the recirculation pump only runs briefly but when full of towels it ran almost continually
The wash action on normal cycles looks pretty vigorous and on the empty cycle whipped up a heck of a lot of suds from just a small amount of powder
The machine has a 17min cycle and on testing it is a 17min wash cycle (yes i timed it) but i was over-ambitious and tried to use it to freshen up new towel i bought so i had to re-rinse and spin but to freshen up work shirts etc then it would be ideal

Its reasonably quiet apart from when it is in full speed spin but that is expected, the other noises are the recirculation pump running but that is not loud - just a different noise

Ive not had chance to use it a huge amount and as i said not used the dryer at all as i cant plug it in at the moment but as it hard to find info about Gorenje machines i figured some of you guys may be interested and i will update this thread once i get the dryer running

Post# 492199 , Reply# 1   1/28/2011 at 18:47 (4,698 days old) by Rolls_rapide (.)        
Foreign plug

Shouldn't that be cut off, and a proper British Standard 1363 plug be wired on instead?

Appliance manufacturers usually forbid the use of adapters on whitegoods, due to high current consumption and earthing issues.

Post# 492391 , Reply# 2   1/29/2011 at 12:07 (4,697 days old) by dyson2drums (United Kingdom)        

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Hiya fellow yorkshireman :)

Glad to know that your getting on well with the gorenje washing machine. Didn't know about the 17 mins express wash, can imagine that being handy for a quick refresh.

Haha... being tight fisted, it almost sounds like my dad, but me and mum win him over by making him loosen up to our needs :P

Hope the dryer goes equally well

Take care

Post# 492412 , Reply# 3   1/29/2011 at 14:39 (4,697 days old) by AquaCycle (West Yorkshire, UK)        
"Ow much?!?! you've got to be kidding lad thats outr

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Now that sounds like my Dad when I told him how much I paid for my Miele washer lol.
Glad to hear you are happy with your purchase, and of course, bought from the BEST washing machine website ;).

FYI, Yorkshire is the place to be!

Post# 496317 , Reply# 4   2/13/2011 at 21:49 (4,681 days old) by confused ()        

Thought I would update this after living with the set for a bit

Unfortunately I am not using the washer/dryer that much as they are in a house i am renovating but here is my thoughts on them so far

I got the adapter for the Euro-plug to make it a propper British plug - this has the side effect of making the plug quite deep when it is plugged in so this could be an issue if your socket is wedged under a work-surface or something.
The tumble dryer is a condenser dryer so does not need to be vented - however the air intake is on the front and the exhaust is on the back of the machine - this means you cant really shove it in a confined space where the back cant breath, this is not an issue for me as it pretty much just sat with air surrounding it

In regards to noise, its not super silent but its not loud either - you know its on but its not bad enough that you dont want to be in the same room either

The dryer seems quite quick, it took 2 big bath-sheets and two hand towels straight from the washer and dried them within about an hour so reasonably quick

The only downside with the dryer is where the condensing reservoir is - it is at the top of the machine so it uses a pump to pump water from a reservoir at the bottom to the top of the machine or straight down the drain if you plum it in, its the Yorkshireman in me again that thinks its just something to go wrong, I personally would prefer the reservoir at the bottom so it did not need a pump but I am in the minority

The washer
after a painting error i desperately had to rinse and spin my jeans,the machine spin them at full speed without a huge amount of playing about - i did run the cycle empty afterwards and it did about the same amount of playing about - im guess that is the machine trying to work out the weight/load

the 17minute cycle, it is good to freshen up items of clothing but dont try and use anything very absorbent (towels etc) as they just dont rinse well enough but thats not what the cycle is designed for

The rinse and spin only cycle is a bit odd, it will do the rinses and do a good job of them but it will only ever spin at 800rpm - to get the fullspeed you have to select the spin cycle after it has finished, im sure that this is logical as most people use the rinse and spin for hand wash items that perhaps cannot be spun at high speed but from the mindset of more speed=good its a bit odd

Overall they are a good pair of machines and i would not hesitate to recommend the make/machines to people if they need a mid-range washer

Post# 496349 , Reply# 5   2/14/2011 at 03:19 (4,681 days old) by favorit ()        
the meaning of that pump in the dryer is this :

those who don't "enjoy" to empty the reservoir have the otion to hook the dryer to a sink or to a wall drain, as if it were a washer

Also in BSH dryers - Bosch, Siemens, Neff and Balay - this water is also used to spray away lint from the self cleaning condenser, so the pump is mandatory to have the self cleaning feature

Post# 497628 , Reply# 6   2/19/2011 at 11:34 (4,676 days old) by confused ()        

Yep i know that the pump is on the dryer to automatically drain it but i prefer things a bit more old skool, that is just me

In regards to the machines - still running fine and easy to use, the motor in the washer during the wash is louder than the motor in my mothers Hotpoint/Arison thing BUT it is far quieter when it is on spin than my mothers Hotpoint. When the water recirculation pump kicks in you hear a slight hum from the machine but again its ignorable

The only niggle I have and this is something that affects all machines with static program labels on a rotating dial to select them, if you are tall you struggle to see what is below the dial but according to my other half I am FREAKISHLY tall

I am loving being able to open the door on the dryer by just pushing it with my knee though - very handy when you have an armful of washing

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