I have had this machine now for about 3 months. I have to say that I LOVE IT. This is a serious piece of kit, excellent sturdy build quality, no flimsy plastic to be found here. The confidence in the quality of the machine is reflected in the 5 year warranty.
It is a 10kg machine and the drum is huge. We are a busy family of 7 and this is a godsend. I can fit in my Kingsize duvet, or two single (4.5tog) duvets in a single wash. Haven’t washed the winter duvets yet to comment on fit. The machine displays the weight of the washing as you put it in, which is great to prevent overloading, but to be fair most of the time I would have the washing machine ¾ full and it still weigh less than 10kg. I personally like to leave a little extra space in the drum to make sure everything has space to move around. The time it takes for the wash to complete seems to be calculated on the wet weight of the wash, so the complete cycle time can change. Generally my clothes washes take approximately 2 hours. If I decide to fill the drum with loads of towels which hold a lot of water, the wash time is extended. Very clever.
The spin is unbelievably quiet and you would hardly know the wash is on, actually have to check if drum is turning. I like the way I can tweak wash programs, change wash temperatures and spin speed, add extra time for stains, great for dealing with toddler messes.
Another nice feature is when I start the wash, 20 seconds later, I spot a sock or something that I had dropped or forgotten. By pressing the pause button, the door unlocks after a few seconds and allows me to put in the forgotten item, to be washed with the rest.
Delay button is great. Delays in increments of 30 minutes. Can load the washer the night before and can have it set to start in the morning.
My biggest annoyance with this machine is the position of the filter, at the bottom of the machine. Now, only have to clean it every month or so, but I find it is too low to the ground and cannot get a shallow enough dish that will hold the quantity of water that comes out. I just end up with a puddle on the floor.
Dryer function: I think the best thing about the drying is that I do not have to empty any water from the dryer, it just goes out the water waste pipe. No more water spills trying to get the water container to the sink. The dryer does make a quiet sort of chugging noise as it pumps out the water. Have a choice of functions here, you can manually select the length of drying or can use the auto function.
Auto drying - this had me stumped for a while. It will give you a really long drying time, then after a minute or so turning the washing it will weigh the wet washing and adjust the time accordingly, much less than what it displayed at the start. You can select from iron dry (slightly damp), cupboard dry and outside dry(sunny symbol). I tend to use the cupboard dry, but found that when the timer went off, the washing continued to turn in the drum. I was able to remove the washing at this time, but it was seriously crumpled. After contact with AEG (customer service very helpful), I was informed that if I let the machine be, it would continue for a further 20minutes for cooling. Found this did reduce the crumpling a little, then noticed the “anti-crease” button. Dried laundry now comes out great, ready to be folded and put away.
There is an OKO program which is an all in one wash and dry. Love this program but have to make sure that there is nothing going in to that wash that cannot handle the heat of the dryer. I have destroyed a few plastic backed baby bibs that have sneaked in to the wash. It’s great coming home after being out all day and your washing is washed and dried.
After drying have to make sure to remember to give the drum, door and rubber seal a quick wipe with a damp cloth to remove any fluff. The drying function seems a little long, but it appears to be very gentle on the clothes as very little fluff comes off compared to conventional dryers. But if you forget to wipe and do a dark wash, washing comes out all speckly, only make that mistake once.
It is a 10kg washing machine with a 6kg dryer capacity, seemingly a common feature of washer dryers. I tend to pull out all the washing in to washing basket, remove anything that will not appreciate a tumble dry, and reload the machine under a wash cycle which will weigh the laundry, then set on to dry function. This preventing overloading. No real big deal here, as I would remove the laundry anyway. But it would be handy if the dryer function would display the weight of the wet washing also.
Cons: Lack of a quick wash program for very small quantities
Manual a little vague in places
Lack of weighing function in drying setting
Filter at bottom of machine awkward for draining.
Pros: So many couldn’t possibly list them all, would be here all day.
A great time saver
Helpful customer service
Top quality machine, thank you AEG.
Anita251 recommends This Product