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      24.06.2011 17:57
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      Does the job and does it well!

      I needed a cheap washing machine when I moved into my new place, and my funds were limited. I used the launderette for a few weeks before settling on this. Someone was selling this on Gumtree for £80 and the condition was pretty good, apart from the detergent drawer which had become really grubby. This was soon remedied with a bit of elbow grease. Being second hand, it did not come with anything, I had to download the manual from the Beko website. The person said that they had been using it for a few years and not had any problems with it, I've had it now for over a year as well.

      It is very straight forward to install though, it takes about 5 minutes, for power it plugs into a regular plug socket, and for water it plugs into the hot and cold water pipes. The exhaust pipe just connects to the drain below the sink, although i found this to be a little short. It was next to the sink so that didn't really matter much. If i wanted to move it in the future though i would probably need to buy longer pipes.

      Looks wise, it looks quite stylish, the drum is nice and big, and the buttons are easy to understand and use. You basically turn it on, select the program, and press start. You get the option of a high spin speed, or a low one. Depending on the program selected, its usually 1200 for high and 600 for low. This makes all the difference if you are washing wool, you do not want to rip the wool by using a high spin speed, stick to the slow speed for wool. Most of the time I leave it on the Daily wash program which washes it at 30 Degrees and is done in about an hour. You get programs for different materials but I normally have a mixed load so i tend to leave it on the daily wash program. You also get extra options such as Prewash, Rinse Hold, Extra Rinse which are all self explanatory.

      Noise wise, it is not too bad but during a high spin cycle it can become quite noisy, only for a short burst though. The door locks itself shut whilst the machine is running, they call this the child lock function, but i think it comes as standard on every washing machine. My clothes come out nice and clean, and smell fresh, although in the past i have had the clothes come out soapy a few times.

      Overall, for 80 quid, I've got good use out of this machine, and will probably continue getting good use out of it, as it does what i want of a washing machine. Being on a water meter I pay for all the water that I use which does come with some drawbacks but this machine is quite economical with water and my bills are roughly around £30. Its not too bad on the electric either.

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    Short name: Beko WM6123