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Unlike most households, we have two washing machines. When we moved into the house we are currently in there was an already a washing machine and a dryer - but a year or so earlier my girlfriend needed a washing machine for her old house, so bought one.
When we moved in she decided we move the washing machine already sitting in the lean-to and relegate it to 'spare' (who needs a spare washing machine, I ask you) and we promote hers to the one we primarily use as she insisted it was a great washer.
So after installing it its been our washing machine for the past 2 or so years and she was right, it is a great washer. Anyway, first thing was installation.
I have very few skills, let alone man DIY skills - more specifically I have no plumbing skills - so we were lucky this was a) easy to fit and b) we had someone to help. I say easy to fit, I'm talking about the plugging of pipes in and so, a simple case of connecting the pipes from the old washer to the new one. That bit was easy - what was not so easy was getting it into place, this thing is heavy. Now, that will come to no surprise to you - washing machines are generally heavy, but this is a dead weight and it has no way of actually holding it. One day, will some put wheels and a handle on a washing machine? Something for Dragons Den maybe. (feel free to correct me if this already exists) That said and done, with the help of a couple of people it was in place and plugged in. My girlfriend still had instructions, keeping hold of instructions being something of a rarity in this house, but never-the-less a flick through them when we installed in gave much more in depth instructions that would have helped even me if I were doing this alone.
---------EASE OF USE--------
I love things nice and easy to use, not too limited in functionality but I don't like fuss. In terms of ease to use this has the balance bang on, with 6 clickable and pushable buttons on the front and its totally absent of a fiddly digital display - something I welcome. On an old, newer washed I had in an old house, it had a digital panel I found impossible to figure out half of the time - so a good old fashioned turn this and click that was ideal for me. Its not that I'm not techy, its just I find panels on things such as washers of microwaves a pain to use.
If you had never used a washing machine, you will find setting this really easy. An on/off button - step one, set the temp/cycle and then click on anything extra. Its a really easy 3 step process I doubt many would struggle with. Another bug bear I had with an old washer was the markings on the front panel started to fade and rub off, but luckily with this they have lasted 2 years without moving a bit. Its a small plus, but a plus non-the-less.
The selection you have in terms of temperature and cycle its more than met my needs - being able to handle a good range. From cottons, synthetics to wool and then rinse, drain and spin - all with different temps. I like this simplicity, and although not unusual for washing machines to have settings set out like this - the BEKO sticking to tradition is welcome.
One you have set the temperature set you have a few other options via the buttons adjacent to the dial. You can add an extra rinse, a rinse hold or a prewash - and from here you can also pause the cycle. Above the buttons are little lights indicating what extra you have added, and below are three more lights displaying what part of the cycle you are at. This is hand, if like me you find yourself putting washing in at odd time you can see how much later you have to sit up watching repeats of Have I Got News For You on Dave until its ready to unload.
So, all in all this is a very simple to use machine - anyone can get going with it right away with minimal problems.
Loading with powder is also simple with a draw that pulls out and has what should go in each one clearly marked. Again, another problem with an older one was it didn't have any markings meaning most of the time it was just a guess.
It seems like the place to mention the size and speed - its 5lt in size and spins upto 1000rpm. Now, to me these seem like random numbers as I'm not much of a washing machine aficionado - but comparing against other machines these seem slightly above average. Some machines go up to about 1200 and most hold the same if not a little less - meaning size and speed wise it seems decent enough.
For me, how easy to use is the big question for me, but some other things come into play. Its a fairly energy efficient machine with a wash grade of A, energy rating of A+ but falling short on spin efficiency at only a C - so its a fairly friendly machine environment wise. On top of this is the kind of noise it makes and this shines here - being oddly quiet. It might just be I've had noisy machines in the past but this one seems silent in comparison, only really making a louder noise on the final stage. Its also a nice quick washer, with a full 60 degree wash taking just over an hour and half and a quick wash just half an hour - so fairly quick. In terms of how well it cleans - it cleans well, and as someone with lots of dirty uniform to wash everyday - its impressive. Even on a 40 degree wash it gets a pair of kitchen uniform spotless after a tough 14 hour day. The door opens nice and wide, meaning filling and emptying is not a pain like with some washing machines, and if you only put in a small load it will adjust to this and use less water - a handy little feature.
------VALUE FOR MONEY------
I didn't buy this, but doing a price check it reveals the real clincher - only £199 new this is a great buy. In the 2 years I've used this (and the year of so before that) its worked well 2/3 times a week and had not really shown many signs of use, let alone broken down. I can say, if you want a washer that will suit a small house hold that does well at its intended function, keep your eye on this.
Summary: A great washer that is excellent value for money
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