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We have had the Beko WMA510 for a little over 3 years now and only ever had 2 problems.
The first was the paddles inside the drum had snapped off, not sure if this was from general wear and tear or we had overloaded it. Replacement parts were easy to come by for £15 and actually replacing the paddles was a doddle. (1st year)
The second problem was a little weird, woke up one morning to find the glass door smashed all over the kitchen floor, was told this might have something to do with a sudden fluctuation of temperature. Again, a new glass door was easy to come by for £25. Replacing the glass was a little trickery than the paddles but still pretty simple, all you need is a screwdriver. (3rd year)
Apart from that it has worked a treat, use it nearly every day off the week more than once. There is no 30c cycle and some of the other cycles do tend be quite long.
Parts obtained from Partmaster.
Beko WMA 510 is excellent Value for money. It is easy to use and comes with a manual that explains each operation in detail and plain english, not double dutch.
The best thing about it is their is a child lock button on there so no little fingers can change the cycle half way through a load. The drum will take a fair amount of clothes, don't overload though or it is horrendously noisy and doesn't clean that well. Powder dispenser tray is really easy to remove and clean, press one button and out it comes. The pause button is another handy little feature, i find it really handy if i am on the phone in the kitchen i can pause the washing maching and still hear myself think.
In total there are 16 wash cycles which include 30 minute cycle, Hand Wash, Delicates, Synthetics (temperatures range from cold - 90) and Cottons (temperates again range from cold - 90). There is a prewash button, handy for deep cleaning and an Extra Rinse button, you get 4 rinse cycles instead of 3, ideal for making sure the fabric conditioner and washing powder is removed.
Only one water inlet hose is needed as it fills with cold water alone. The maximum water consumption is 60 litres which is on the Woollens cycle. The least water consumption is 40 litres which is on the 30 minute quick wash. The longest wash cycle is the Cottons 90 and will take approximately 155 minutes, again the shortest is the 30 minute quick wash.
The WMA 510W is AA Class and has a spin speed of 1000rpm.
The installation manual clearly provides contact numbers for servicing and repairs whilst under guarantee and a telephone number for if you have any problems getting an engineer to service the machine once the guarantee expires. As with all electrical products an extended guarantee can be purchased. Very helpful.
This washing machine can be bought via Argos, Freemans, Amazon and many more, prices vary from different outlet stores.
If you had read the review of my last washing machine you will remember that it was total rubbish.It is now literally rubbish and lies forlorn in the back yard. I bits. I had to dismantle it ti make it light enough to get in the boot before its final trip to the tip in the Zafira Hearse. As a final act of defiance, it is making our yard look like a gypsy camp with the drum lying alongside the wire-strewn cabinet and concrete blocks. Still, I hated the bugger so I hope it tips down on it and causes corrosion. God I have a mean streak.
The replacement, due to lack of funds is about as cheap as you can get. £170, cold-water intake only and a mingy 1000rpm spin. BUT AT LEAST IT WORKS!!! The washing smells nice and the handle is still attached. And it's silver too. Cheap is good.
Wrapped in clingfilm, like a huge packed lunch. I was warned to remove the holding bolts that stop the drum rattling around in transit or the whole thing would disintegrate the first time it was started. I thought this might be fun but resisted the temptation. It was then a case of screwing on the water-pipe thingy (cold inlet only), shoving the waste-pipe thingy down the wotsit and plugging it in. It took 5 minutes before we had a wash on!
Start button, pre-wash, extra rinse and a start/pause/cancel. Nothing too hard there. I guess the pause button is there because if the phone rang when you were watching the washing going round at a really interesting bit and you didn't want to miss it, you could pause it and come back to it later. Good idea Beko. Simple but life-changing.
The control dial lets you select a wide range of the usual washes by fabric and temperature as well as having a handwash setting. There is also an energy saving setting for light loads and soiling. The word soiling makes me think of poo-poo but thats because I'm childish.
The instruction manual is clear and easy to understand. Probably. I'm a man so I haven't read it. Well, that's a slight lie. I had a peek (to my shame) just to check what something meant and it said things like
Press the on/off button.
And I thought bugger that and pressed the buttons till it did what I wanted.
My wife has been moaning for ages because she is awake. No. Not really. Because the washing stinks. Now I think -my feet reek, go figure- but she hasn't twigged so the washing machine has been getting what for. She was made up at the delicious aroma emanating from the washing this evening. Positively purring. In my mind, this washing machine could lead to sex. I'm very shallow.
The spin cycle was pretty quiet but I did notice the machine shaking quite a lot and I was worried at one point it might escape and attack a child. Specifically the naughty little 4 year old I'd strapped to the floor in front of it. Unfortunately the spin stopped before this happened but I will try again tomorrow.
I suppose the measly 1000rpm would be less vociferous and so it proved to be. I did think it was quite long though and the clothes came out as dry as the last 1500rpm we had
The clothes came out clean but, hey, what do you expect really. We have a terrible habit of overloading the drum with football kits and er....boots. This will be the real test. I'll update and let you know.
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It has an energy rating of 'A'. This is good
Well, it's early days but this seems to be a really good machine. Quiet. Energy efficient. Doesn't leave your washing smelling of sewer. It could prove to be bargain of the century if it carries on like this.
Short name: Beko WMA510