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New flat - New appliances
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Post# 962359   10/13/2017 at 20:01 (374 days old) by henene4 (Germany)        

I moved into my new shared house (which actually is an old farmhouse, way up north in the west of Germany) about 2 weeks ago and with that, I got to use some new appliances.

The washer is a slimline Gorenje with 6kg, 1400rpm and A+++ rating.

The tub is relativley small, certanly not suitable for more then 2 persons laundry at once. But thats fine for its use here.
There is a bra wire stuck behind the drum which annoys the fuck out of me, but I can't remove and I don't want to take the machine appart.
Cycletimes are relativley long-ish, but the cycles are impressive.
Great waterlevels, thorough wash action, good rinsing.
Great options: Water Plus adds plenty rinsing water and (for what ever reason) actually drops the time on some cycles. The Allergy option changes the wash and rinses, but haven't figured that out yet.
Balancing can take some time, but all loads emerged well spun.

The dryer is an older Eco Avantixx 6 Bosch heatpump dryer.

The condenser was (who would belive it) clogged up, and for what ever reason the filter in the drawer was missing.
Reordered that filter, stuck my hand down to the condenser and removed several hands full of lint.

Dries beautifully, gentle and verry evenly for the most part.

The dishwasher is a freestanding Bosch build under, with a plastic tank bottom.

The bottom rack had only 1 wheel, so I replaced these. Cleaned the filter up, refilled salt and rinse aid, let it run a hot cycle empty.

As long as I load it properly (which nobody else in this flatshare manages), it cleans really well. Could be a little more silent, and the dial to select the cycle is kind of awkward, even though we basicly only use the Auto cycle.

All in all I can say that this setup is certanly workable for student. No bigger problems, but - of course - not glamourus.

Post# 962367 , Reply# 1   10/13/2017 at 20:54 (374 days old) by johnrk (BP TX)        

Congratulations on your new home! That bra wire is exactly the type of thing that would drive me nuts, too.

I've seen and heard before that often, German apartments will come without appliances, that people will buy their own and take them when they move. This is the opposite here in the US.

With laundry appliances, do most apartments and/or homes come with laundry appliances? Do Germans have and use 'builder grade' appliances like are so often furnished in our apartments and subdivision homes?

Post# 962378 , Reply# 2   10/13/2017 at 21:43 (374 days old) by henene4 (Germany)        
Builder grade

No, not really. Most flats come basicly 100% empty, sometimes a kitchen with appliances might be included, but even that is rare.

There is no specific builder grade. There are 4 basic price categories here in Germany, and if something comes preequippt, it usually is on the lower end of the scale.
There are super cheap machines (below 300), cheap machines (300-500), MOL (500-800) and premium (800 or more). All machines are basicly the same, no matter who they are sold to.
But a lot of people who do not furnish flats for renting out buy into the cheaper categories as well, simply because cheap and well performing (though not that durable) machines are out there.

The closest to builder grade are kitchens that come with appliances. Those come usually with the verry bottom of the line appliances by name brands which lack basic functions a lot of people have come used to.
You could buy those alone, but as the markup for way more speced out appliances is usually less then 50 bucks or so, it isn't really appealing to most.

However, most of these "Wohngemeinschaften" as they are called in German, where several people share a flat (often studens like me), come with all they typical shared things in a household as inventory.
Things like kitchen with appliances, laundry equipment, furnished bathrooms etc. usually have a basic, but ok standar.
You only have to furnish your private room(s) with a bed, storage, work place etc.

Keeping the appliances up an running if something major should break is the job of the person who rents the flat out in that case.

Post# 962434 , Reply# 3   10/14/2017 at 08:51 (373 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Far from Flensburg?

Ever been to Sylt?

Post# 962461 , Reply# 4   10/14/2017 at 10:17 (373 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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Congratulations on the new housing. Sounds like the appliances are not too bad for a rental. I suppose the owner wanted to install good enough appliances so he wouldn't have problems with them all the time.

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