We were given this machine free of charge by AEG on the condition that we undertook an honest review after using it for a reasonable period. We already had an AEG washing machine of smaller load capacity, which we had had for nearly four years and with which we were very pleased.
The new L89499FL is a versatile machine with a larger capacity (9kg). It is capable of washing large items such as duvets and blankets. It is heavier than our previous AEG washing machine, although it has the same external dimensions and takes up no more space.
The new machine is exceptionally quiet, even with a 1400 rpm spin speed, and has a wide range of features that we have found very useful. The 1400 spin speed produces washing that is significantly drier than our previous 1200 spin speed.
The machine has a wide range of programmes including a large choice of spin speeds. In particular, we have found the wool programme to be very gentle, allowing woollen items that we have previously washed by hand to be successfully washed without harm. Indeed the results suggest that the wool cycle is as gentle, if not more so, than hand washing. We held our breath when washing some very delicate woollen items, but our concerns were unwarranted. My wife has also washed a number of dresses, which were marked as hand wash only. By choosing a suitable programme, the machine has produced excellent results, with little or no need for ironing.
The machine includes a steam function that allows items to be refreshed that have only been worn once. It is claimed that this cycle removes creases, and reduces wear and tear on clothes by reducing the number of times that items need to be washed. Again we found these claims to be true. The cycle reduced creases and the amount of ironing needed. In many cases, ironing was not required at all.
The machine is very efficient in terms of energy, water use and time. The Opti sense system weighs the amount of washing and minimises the cycle time and water used, thereby avoiding over-washing.
The control panel clearly indicates the amount of time remaining to complete a washing cycle. Moreover, there are a range of options allowing the user to select washing temperature, washing time, spins speeds etc..
The OKO mix system allows the detergent to be premixed with the washing water enabling a more even distribution of washing powder or liquid. A similar premix system applies to any softeners added. AEG claims that this produces a more efficient wash enabling a 30 degree wash to be as effective as a 40 degree wash. Although we cannot confirm this precisely, we have found the 30 degree washes to be effective and a higher temperature has been unnecessary.
The only negative feature we have found is that the, albeit attractive, metal control panel, can reflect light so that the dial control cannot be easily read if strong light, such as sunlight is shining and reflecting off the surface. My wife has had to use glasses to set the dial, which was not necessary with the white painted control panel on our previous machine.
However, this is a minor matter, which we are already used to, and we have no hesitation in recommending this superb machine. It is clearly well made, and has an excellent range of useful features that result in efficient washing on a wide range of articles. This is by far the best washing machine we have used.
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