“ Brand: Zanussi / Washing Capacity: 6Kg / Drying Capacity: 4Kg / Washer Type: All-in-One Washer / Dryer / Load Type: Front Load / Wash Presets: 21 Wash Presets / Energy Consumption per Wash: 1.02 kWHrs / Water Consumption per Wash: 14.26 Gal. / Energy Efficiency: C / Washing Performance: A / Drying Programms: 2 / Dryness Levels: 3 „
Washing machines...a must-have for a busy home, but unless you have a separate utility room, or can afford a nifty built-in 'washing-machine-in-a-cupboard', they are, quite frankly, an eyesore, in my view! So I was quite pleasantly surprised with the look of this Zanussi washer dryer. There is nothing flashy about it, it is just a clean-looking, tidy, fairly compact thing, that curves outwards slightly at the front.
~ Price and Availability ~
We replaced our previous non-drying washer with this one about a year ago simply because our old one had become too noisy and was going to be too expensive to fix. We actually were not looking for a washer-dryer, but this one was in a sale and was cheaper than the washer we had been looking at buying. I recall paying around £250 for it, and I believe you can pick one up now for around £350-400. I couldn't find a whole lot of Internet sites selling this model, but did note a few second-hand retailers selling them for around £100.
~ Description ~
This is a front loading washer dryer. The door is quite attractive as the glass doesn't quite sit centrally (the door rim is larger towards the bottom). Along the top front of the machine are the powder/softener tray (top left), the main programme selection knob (centre), and three 'fine-tuning' buttons that allow you to refine the programme options (right). Also at the top right is an alarm-clock style display, the timer control for the dryer and the start/pause button.
~ Operation ~
The machine is operated by first selecting the programme by turning the knob to the required point. It has a host of washing settings:
- Cottons at 90, 60, and 40 degrees, plus 60 and 40 degrees 'Eco' (apparently, lower temperature but take an hour longer)
- Synthetics at 50 and 40 degrees, plus 40 degrees 'easy iron' (hmmm, as far as I can tell this just takes 35 minutes longer)
- Delicates at 40 and 30 degrees
- Wool at 40 and 30 degrees
- Hand wash at 30 degrees or cold
- A 'mini 30' wash (which takes 30 minutes and is great if you just want to freshen up a small amount of clothes)
- Silk at 30 degrees
- Cotton/synthetic drying only (for when you just need to dry something)
Once you have chosen your programme, you can use the fine tuning buttons to specify the spin speed (1200, 900, 700, no spin), and whether you want a prewash, intensive wash, super quick wash or extra rinse.
If you want the dryer to come on immediately after the wash, you use the 'drying time' button to set the time in 5 minute increments. The display screen tells how long the whole wash/dry will take, and you then just hit the play button and away it goes.
~ My Views ~
Starting at the top, I really quite like the ease with which the powder/softener tray glides in and out, and how clean it keeps itself. Not sure how, but it looks as good as new after a year of very heavy use.
The dryer is a condensing dryer, so there is no need to vent externally, and you can set it to dry straight after the wash. It also tells you how long is left on a cycle.
I really like the variety of programmes available. I find that a 'super quick' 40 degree wash is sufficient for typically soiled washing, and this takes 40 minutes (washing only), so is quick enough to do a wash in the morning to hang up before going to work. The hand wash setting is very delicate indeed, and I have never had a problem with any of my delicates being damaged during a wash. The wool settings I find are quite lengthy. It has a child lock function.
Another good feature is the ability to pause the cycle at any point. You might wonder why this would be necessary, but I find it handy if someone comes to the door or you are on the phone, or you just want a bit of piece and quiet for 5 minutes.
Which brings me nicely on to the negatives. The noise!! When we first bought this, it seemed really quite compared to our old one, but after hearing other people's machines, I'm afraid that this washing machine is booming by comparison. It also has a rather persistent beep to let you know a cycle has finished, which continues for about a minute or so. I would suggest deactivating this by pressing and holding down the two left-hand 'fine tuning' buttons, otherwise it will drive you mad.
Then there is the energy rating, which is a C, and the water consumption, which is about 60 litres per wash. Not one to buy if you are looking for Eco features
~ Summary ~
Washes really well and has a good selection of programmes. Also really good for when you need to put a wash on before going to work but need it dry by the time you get home. But noisy, not energy efficient, and not water efficient. I wouldn't recommend this.
We bought the Zanussi ZWD 12270 W1 Washer Dryer from John Lewis as our washing machine had broken and we really needed a tumble dryer, but didn't have room for both. We also needed one that was quite small - not compact but some of the washer dryers we looked at were quite deep and as we were replacing an integrated washer we needed one that wouldn't stick out further than the cabinets - the ZWD 12270 W1 fitted the bill.
Overall we've been very pleased with the performance of the machine. It washes well and has lots of different settings including delicates and wool. The selectable spin options are useful - particularly for woollen items and the spin is quiet enough too.
Like many washer dryers the drying function isn't as good as a stand alone dryer and it can take a while for things to dry (never try and put a full load into dry - it'll take you forever!) but so long as you bear this in mind it's not a problem.
We also did some research into which manufacturers were most reliable and Zanussi came our as one of the top.
Probably the only down side is the annoying repetitive beep that sounds to let you know it's come to the end of the cycle - once would be fine for me Mr Zanussi.
Short name: Zanussi ZWD 12270 W1