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Indesit Prestige Line OMEGA 1000
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Post# 564678   12/22/2011 at 17:11 (2,490 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        

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Presenting my new washer.

Post# 564679 , Reply# 1   12/22/2011 at 17:14 (2,490 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        

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Spoilt for choice when it comes to the option buttons.

Post# 564680 , Reply# 2   12/22/2011 at 17:17 (2,490 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        

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Love this drum design.

Post# 564682 , Reply# 3   12/22/2011 at 17:24 (2,490 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        

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Drum lifter.

Post# 564684 , Reply# 4   12/22/2011 at 17:29 (2,490 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        

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Lid off.

Post# 564685 , Reply# 5   12/22/2011 at 17:32 (2,490 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        

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A very complex wiring set up.

Post# 564686 , Reply# 6   12/22/2011 at 17:36 (2,490 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        

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Option buttons wiring.

Post# 564687 , Reply# 7   12/22/2011 at 17:43 (2,490 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        

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Wiring diagram which was under the lid.

Post# 564688 , Reply# 8   12/22/2011 at 17:46 (2,490 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        

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Timer dial.

Post# 564689 , Reply# 9   12/22/2011 at 17:49 (2,490 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        

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High rinse water level with the option of a low level rinse.

Post# 564691 , Reply# 10   12/22/2011 at 17:56 (2,490 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        

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Well can anyone put a date on when it was made. Hope you enjoyed the pics. The last pic of the night, after the final 1000rpm spin.

Post# 564812 , Reply# 11   12/23/2011 at 12:00 (2,489 days old) by paulc (Edinburgh, Scotland)        

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Couldn't guess the year but a nice machine. An ex of mine had the same machine in a rental flat but the facia on his was grey.

Post# 564833 , Reply# 12   12/23/2011 at 13:47 (2,489 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        

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It's a fantastic & quiet washer. First of all it's great to be able to spin just one item without the time consuming fussy balancing control it just gets on with it 500,800 then 1000rpm all done in 5 minutes. The suspension on this machine is excellent it just stays in place even with a severe unbalanced load. 5 Full rinses with 500rpm spins on the cotton cycles at high or low water levels, low level is more than adequate to rinse perfectly. Just wish i had a instruction book for it because with all the option buttons on it i'm not quite sure which ones are compatible with certain programmes. Half load & the spin reduction buttons work on all the wash programmes but i'm not sure about the other ones. They is also no wash guide on the control panel i have worked out the cotton ones NO-1 pre wash & 95deg. NO-2 95deg . NO-3 60deg. NO-4 40deg. NO-5 cold wash. NO-6 rinses. N0-7 fab cond & 1000rpm final spin. Been thinking about the age of it & i keep coming up with 1990.

Post# 564837 , Reply# 13   12/23/2011 at 13:54 (2,489 days old) by newwave1 (Lincoln, United Kingdom)        

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That is gorgeous I am extremely jealous and it is definately older than 1990!

My friend had a slightly older model with door release it with variable temp and spin dials! I love old brown facia machines!

Thanks for posting!


Post# 564840 , Reply# 14   12/23/2011 at 14:01 (2,489 days old) by HotpointFan (United Kingdom)        
Oh wow!

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I would definately say late eighties, there is a video dated from 1989 with a slightly less top of line model reccomending Ariel.

Please can you put your machines in your profile?



Post# 564845 , Reply# 15   12/23/2011 at 14:22 (2,489 days old) by Hoover1100 (U.K.)        

I grew up with the more basic model, with programme and temp dial, 3 buttons and an 800rpm spin.

That one was bought in the summer of '88, so this will be late 80s.

Hope you enjoy it!


Post# 564853 , Reply# 16   12/23/2011 at 14:47 (2,489 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        

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I picked it up yesterday a customer came into our shop wanting to buy a new tumble dryer because her old Bendix compact had set on fire. She then decided on buying a Hoover washer/dryer. They is nothing what so ever wrong with it. It's great having a hot & cold feed washer back & the quiet sound of the pump makes me realise how noisy pumps are nowadays.

Post# 564859 , Reply# 17   12/23/2011 at 15:05 (2,489 days old) by AquaCycle (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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very nice find!
A friend of mine's grandparents have one of these. It's a nice, reliable machine but it does spend more time with the clothes just sitting around in water rather than actually tumbling. Still, a darn sight better than anything Indesit are churning out these days!

Post# 564861 , Reply# 18   12/23/2011 at 15:19 (2,489 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        

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I guess they must use the wool cycle alot then because this one doesn't sit around much it tumbles very well.

Post# 564925 , Reply# 19   12/23/2011 at 22:49 (2,489 days old) by FL1012 ()        

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Post# 564928 , Reply# 21   12/23/2011 at 23:00 (2,489 days old) by FL1012 ()        

Love this machine. My Parents had the later version Omega from 1995, which had pretty much the same options. Think the only difference was Half Load was replaced by Eco Sence, which essentially halved the water intake during the rinse cycle so was effectively the same as Half Load.

It had the same five indicator lights too. Plenty to watch!

On our machine, Rapid Wash turned the heater off on the Synthetics & Wool 40c cycles - on your machine i think these would be 11 & 15. On ours they were 10 (Delicates) & 14 (Wool). Stain Removal worked on at least the Cottons 90c & 60c cycle (programs 2 & 3) & it cut-out the hot water filling so that the water heated gradually from cold, therefore activating the enzymes in the detergent more gradually, thus removing stains better. If you press it you should notice the HOT FILLING light go out during filling for programs 2 & 3, possibly other cycles too.

Can't remember what Hand Wash did but i think it was effective on the Wool cycle (Program 15). If the machine does what ours did, it will hold for a couple of minutes after the Conditioner Rinse on the Synthetics & Wool cycles, then move on automatically to spin. Pressing Anti-Crease should make the machine hold permanently & to get it to spin you'd need to de-select Anti-Crease, at which point the timer would start clicking & after a couple of minutes the spin would start. I can't remember about Energy Saver unfortunately, but i think it was effective only on the Cottons cycles.

Ours was a good machine, except the motor used to arc all the time. Initially we called the engineer to which he said 'it'll be fine but just don't put it on carpet', which wasn't quite the response we expected, but it never seemed to do any harm on our vinyl kitchen floor. We had the machine 5 years & then my Mums work had it a further 3 years before the concrete block broke & i think the bearings started going too. My Gran has an early 90's Prestige Line 1000 (at that point it was either Prestige Line OR Omega, rather than both names combined) which is still working today, some 20 years after she bought it :-)

Because my Gran's newer design machine is very early 90s, yours must be about 1988/1989 as the other guys have said. Can't believe the customer swapped it for a Hoover - i know you don't mind them but you'll probably be able to sell the Indesit back to her in 18 months. I'd have replaced the dryer with a White Knight/Zanussi & left the Indesit washer well alone. Oh well!


Post# 565042 , Reply# 22   12/24/2011 at 11:42 (2,488 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        

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Thanks Liam for the information on the option buttons. I used the energy save last night & it reduces the temperature down on the boil wash to 60deg. I'm gonna try it now on the cottons 60 wash to see if it reduces it down to 40 but i think it could just possibly work on the boil wash, i will let you know.

Post# 565054 , Reply# 23   12/24/2011 at 14:12 (2,488 days old) by dubstar85 ()        

On our 1993 omega the hand wash button reduces the woollens cycle to 25 degrees and gives a gentler wash action. I'm guessing it was pretty much the same.

We had the ecosense button as well. It would reduce water intake on most cycles. It would top up 10 times or so for the initial fill so I would wait for the machine to fill to its traditional level then press the ecosense button. It would save a bit of time anyway!


Post# 565099 , Reply# 24   12/24/2011 at 18:58 (2,488 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        

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Found out that the energy save button reduces the temperature by 10deg on all the wash programmes. Very handy for the number 3 Fast coloured programme down to 50deg.

Post# 565594 , Reply# 25   12/28/2011 at 17:16 (2,484 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        
Hand wash button

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This button is very strange for a hand wash feature. What it does is that on all the wash programmes apart from the 95 & 60 deg which only fill with hot water, it activates both the hot & cold water solenoid valves so you get a warm wash without the heating element coming on & it fills with a mixture of hot & cold water when rinsing. I've never come across that on a uk machine.

Post# 566715 , Reply# 26   1/3/2012 at 16:32 (2,478 days old) by FL1012 ()        
Thermal Shock....

Maybe the warm rinses with 'Hand Wash' is to prevent thermal shock to the delicate items likely to be washed with Hand Wash selected?

I guess if you were washing by hand then many people rinse using warm water too, so it kind of makes sence.


Post# 566719 , Reply# 27   1/3/2012 at 17:01 (2,478 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        

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Yes that's just what i thought Liam, but it also does this when selected on the cotton cycles, just imagine the cost when it's filling & doing 5 high level rinses in warm water. it just doesn't make sense, & i still dont understand the rapid wash button. This machine is exciting & i love a challenge so it's my day off work tomorrow so i will try & get my head around the rapid wash button.

Post# 566725 , Reply# 28   1/3/2012 at 17:24 (2,478 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        

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Just been viewing the AEG03 New Zanussi thread & Liam i agree with you the one thing i hate is a static fill machine & luckily this machine fills & tumbles at the same time & it really makes a difference.

Post# 567553 , Reply# 29   1/7/2012 at 06:19 (2,474 days old) by Billywhizz ()        
Omega 1000 circa 1989.

Fascinating! I thought I was the only one with one of these washers. I bought mine along with the matching dryer in June 1989 from a local store called Rumbellows (remember them anyone?)I also still have the original instruction manual, albeit a tad used and one or two pages have stuck together due to getting damp. I can probably scan/photograph it and E-mail if you require any more info/specs etc.
I came across your thread whilst trying to find spares for mine (Bottom plastic cover)been meaning to sort it but never really bothered me until recently updating my kitchen. I've also considered replacing it with a new one but only to realise that the new machine would need to be just as reliable. So I'm looking at the likes of Siemens/Miele etc. So for now it stays until it breaks down completely. And importantly was actually made in the Italian factory, not in the far East like today's machines.
Let me know if you want a copy of the manual.

Post# 567641 , Reply# 30   1/7/2012 at 14:27 (2,474 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        
OMEGA Instruction Book

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I've been searching all over for a instruction book. Is it possible for you to scan the pages about the option buttons & post it on here, because i can't work out what programmes work with the rapid wash & the hand wash buttons. Great to know that you have the same or a similar machine. They are awesome machines that were built to last.

Many Thanks Craig

Post# 568301 , Reply# 31   1/10/2012 at 14:08 (2,471 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        

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Final Rinse Releasing Comfort Blue.

Post# 568330 , Reply# 32   1/10/2012 at 17:23 (2,471 days old) by Billywhizz ()        
Omega 100 instruction booklet

Hi Craig.
I will scan the manual for you as soon as I can when new cartridges arrive for my printer/scanner. (Typical Epson. ie. no ink? printer not ready so scanner won't work) Don't you just love it. Should be here soon. If no good (manual is very wrinkly)then I'll photograph the pages through clear glass and see if that does the trick. Either way I'll get it to you somehow.I might post some piccs of mine soon. I painted it to match the kitchen doors using kitchen cupboard paint. Turned out ok too.... I think. If you know of any spares being available I'd appreciate any info you might have. In particular the brown plastic plinth that covers the water pump outlet filter.

Post# 568444 , Reply# 33   1/11/2012 at 07:15 (2,470 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        

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Our printer at work is a Epson & that wont let you scan unless you have ink in it even though ink isn't required for scanning. It would be great to see your Omega on here, i wonder if its the same model or maybe a different spin speed. I will check on line to see if any of our suppliers have any brown plinths because mine is missing but i doubt very much that any will be available. Looking forward to the pics!

Post# 568458 , Reply# 34   1/11/2012 at 09:57 (2,470 days old) by mrboilwash (Munich,Germany)        

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Hi there, and congratulations on your find !
I had a very similar looking Indesit bought in 1988, it was the first washing machine I had on my own.
It was a more basic model with a grey fascia, a second dial for infinite temperature and only three buttons (ON/OFF, Half Load, 500/1000). It also was a cold fill only. The numbers on the timer, detergent drawer, drum etc. were 100% identical.
One thing was totally different. My washer had a VERY noisy brush type motor. I assume yours must be an induction motor, otherwise you wouldn`t have said it was a silent washer. On mine one could also hear the belt slip at the commence of each tumble unless it was running almost empty and it also spent a lot of time just sitting around and doing nothing. So I guess they came with different motors.
I had also trouble with the door seal, it was getting sticky like chewing gum, so I got rid of it when warranty had expired.

Find it amazing they are still out there in good working condition.
Thanks for bringing back the memory!

Post# 568500 , Reply# 35   1/11/2012 at 14:39 (2,470 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        

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There is no induction motor on this, it has a ceset brush motor but to me it's much quieter than todays brush motors. I think your the second person that has said that it just sits around doing nothing this is just not true it goes through stages of maybe 5 long then 5 short tumbles which i find produces a far better wash performance also the distribution speed just short of sticking the laundry to the sides of the drum seem a far better way of balancing the load when going into spin compared to lets say a Hotpoint 95 series machine.

Post# 569296 , Reply# 36   1/15/2012 at 15:54 (2,466 days old) by billywhizz ()        
User manual Omega 1000

Hi Craig.
One new black cartridge and hey presto! the scanner is now Here's the manual scanned for you. The final 2 pages are not here due to being stuck together for several years thanks to getting wet, though the rest is here though some pages are also not 100% complete but I don't think this will affect its use. Hope this helps. The all important "programmes chart" fortunately is intact. now lets see if I can get it on here.

Post# 569297 , Reply# 37   1/15/2012 at 15:56 (2,466 days old) by billywhizz ()        
user manual

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User manual Omega 1000

Page 3 Unfortunately one of the few pages that are damaged. a portion of page 5 is showing through the torn area. i have used a blank sheet behind the rest of the damaged ones.

Post# 569300 , Reply# 39   1/15/2012 at 16:02 (2,466 days old) by billywhizz ()        
Omega 1000 instruction booklet

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Omega 1000 instruction booklet

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Omega 1000 instruction booklet

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Omega 1000 instruction booklet

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Omega 1000 instruction booklet

page 8....nearly done

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Omega 1000 instruction booklet

page 9...only 4 more

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Omega 1000 instruction booklet

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Omega 1000 instruction booklet

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Omega 1000 instruction booklet

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Omega 1000 instruction booklet

and the final page.....the last two only had some trouble shooting solutions and the guarantee details etc. Hope this helps.

Post# 569355 , Reply# 49   1/15/2012 at 19:25 (2,466 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        
Omega 1000

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Thank you so very much for scanning the instruction book. Now i finally get to know what programmes work with the option buttons Hand wash & rapid wash. I have tried so hard to find a brown plinth but with no success. Would love to see a picture of your machine. Once again many thanks Craig.

Post# 569534 , Reply# 50   1/16/2012 at 15:57 (2,465 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        
Indesit 1000

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After the Final Spin

Post# 870339 , Reply# 51   3/3/2016 at 15:38 (957 days old) by ServisChris (The Laundry Centre, Hampshire, UK)        
I got an old Indesit!

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Hello, I know this was ages ago but hey, this is the only reference to these machines I can find on the net!I've got a W822R, it came from a house clearance place where a few of my machines have come from now. It works fine, it's cleaned up well bar the door seal which will be replaced (Litterally just ordered it). These machines are far better than I thought they'd be!

Anyway, here's mine.


Post# 871318 , Reply# 52   3/8/2016 at 14:49 (952 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        
Prestige Line

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Well done on getting your hands on this super looking W822R. Still got my Omega version, aren't they a great performing Washer.

Post# 982615 , Reply# 53   2/13/2018 at 11:20 (245 days old) by bashfulbadger (sidcup)        
cleaning the filter/pump

Hi there, I have an INDESIT PRESTIGE OMEGA 1000. Lovely machine but I wondered if anyone knew how to unscrew the pump and extract the filter? I've got the plinth off and pump is on lefthand side. But I've not been able to get any further. Is this just a case of unscrewing the central screw? Machine not draining at moment. Thanks.

Post# 984416 , Reply# 54   2/26/2018 at 10:54 (232 days old) by bashfulbadger (sidcup)        
Omega 1000 has spun its final load

The machine did drain again. I'd cleaned out the filter. But now it's not spinning so I'm afraid it's sayonara, old friend. If she is useful to anyone for parts, please let me know. I am in Sidcup, southeast London.

Post# 984551 , Reply# 55   2/27/2018 at 07:36 (231 days old) by wft2800 (Leatherhead, Surrey)        

Non-spinning issues can usually be resolved, we've had a few such cases posted here in recent months... talk to people here before you break it! A new thread might help...

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