I received this washing machine in order to conduct this review. I have been using it for about two months to ensure I got to grips with it and to give a fair opinion on it.
The machine has a 10kg load and whilst I very rarely got up to this amount of laundry for a load, I feel the large drum does give the clothes plenty of room to move and tumble. This may account for the clothes coming out feeling soft without the addition of fabric softener. It is energy rated as A+++. We found it not to impact on our electric costs even though the eco wash times average about 4 hours for the cotton washes that we used most. All our white goods are AEG (washing machine, tumble dryer, tall fridge, tall freezer, oven and steam oven), and averaging about a wash a day to dried as well, our electric use for the day comes to about £1 in total.
The machine in use very quiet, and apart from the noise of the laundry sloshing in the water we did not notice hardly any noise coming from the machine even when it was doing the final spin. A friend came around and even commented how impressed she was with the quietness of it.
With the addition of fabric softener and the Soft Plus option selected, it is noticeable how much softer the clothes are compared to it not being used. Especially on my little toddlers cotton clothes.
Wash times range from 20 minutes for a quick light wash to 5 hours. The length depends how Eco you want, for us time didn’t matter as we had it going while we were at work or on over night.
Even though we were conducting the review during the summer months we managed to do a few woollen washes, and our clothes came out as if done by hand but without the effort of it.
The anti-allergy setting is a good one to use for a antibacterial wash. We used it for bedding, towels and cloths. Handy if you have a pet that likes to sleep on your bed too.
Similar to my old AEG washing machine, it weighs the laundry. But it uses this information to adjust wash times. We couldn’t adjust the detergent quantity with the information like the old one as it does this during the wash cycle and not before, a feature my wife missed.
It was very simple to install. The only fiddly part was sticking on the noise reduction rubber seals that sit between the feet of the machine. One cold feed, an outlet hose and power lead.
It is an excellent washing machine, perfect for a family. If it gave me the detergent amount similar to my old machine, I would give this 5 stars, but with everything there is always something that can be improved upon, so 4.5 stars is my verdict on this machine. A joy to use, as much as a washing machine can be I suppose.
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