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Post# 527886   6/30/2011 at 14:46 (4,534 days old) by laundromat (Hilo, Hawaii)        

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One of the best things I like about my Miele is that it isn't as sensitive to unbalanced loads like the Affinities and LGs.I washed two pillows that had acquired mildew. One is foam rubber and one is down feathers. I first washed them in the Affinity. It would not spin at all. I put them in the Miele and set it for drain and spin max rpms and it was revving up in less than 2 minutes.It spins a whopping 1600 rpms and really got the pillows well spun out. It also unlocks the door as soon as the drum stops.No 2 or 3 minute wait.

Post# 528276 , Reply# 1   7/2/2011 at 11:46 (4,532 days old) by AZREOspecialist ()        

The maximum spin speed of the W484X is 1,400 RPM, not 1,600 RPM. Also, its spin balancing system is not nearly as sophisticated as what's available in Samsung, Electrolux or even Euro-size Asko machines. With that said, I own a W4842 and it's the best machine I've ever had. The build quality is absolutely fantastic - it's built like a truck, seriously. I have high confidence the machine will give me many years of trouble free service.

Be advised that this machine will vibrate sometimes when it spins, probably because it spins when other machines won't. This is not a suitable machine for an upstairs laundry room unless your floors are very well reinforced. The best way to avoid un unbalanced load in any machine is by ensuring every load has items of varying size. This will go a long way towards ensuring the machine can properly balance the load. For instance, when washing two large pillows, you should also throw in some washcloths and socks to ensure the smaller items land on the lighter side of the drum when the machine balances.

Post# 528295 , Reply# 2   7/2/2011 at 14:56 (4,532 days old) by mrx ()        

In general Miele machines don't need to be as fussy about spin balancing because they're built like a tank.

They've a huge cast iron weight around a stainless steel outer tub and they have much better suspensions and shock absorbers than any other non-commercial machine on the market.

Other machines need all that very fussy spin balancing because an out of balance load would quite likely do serious damage to the machine. Your typical Miele on the other hand will just plough through the spin and at worst reduce the speed a bit.

I agree though, they should really not be installed on a suspended wooden floor. They're far better on a solid concrete floor, as area all washers.

If you are installing a Miele on a wooden floor, there are specific installation requirements which really should be followed.

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