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Anyone familiar with my recent reviews will know that I have recently moved into a new home and amongst the chaos of decorating and buying furniture I have had the task of buying brand new kitchen appliances. One of the first things I bought along with a Tumble Dryer was a Washing Machine, specifically this one; Beko's WM5100 and having put it through its paces for a good 5-6 weeks now I thought it was time to share my experiences of it and write a review - so, was it a good buy?
My criteria when looking at Washing Machines was short, I wanted something that was easy to operate, offering a 'quick wash' programme if possible and to be priced at under £200.00. The WM5100 from Beko was one of a few that caught my eye and what sold this one to me in the end was it's no-nonsense appearance and the fact that it looked incredibly easy to operate. It's a standard sized washing machine measuring 85cm in height, just under 60cm in width and 48cm in depth and slotted into the space I had in my kitchen for a washer with no problems whatsoever. It's a white appliance, rated A for energy efficiency and can handle a maximum load weight of 5kg's. Unlike other machines which to my eye look overly complicated with various dials, buttons and flashing lights the WM5100 features a single programme dial located in the middle of the top panel, an on/off button, detergent draw and just 4 illuminating buttons which display the stage your washing is at. There are 16 programmes to choose from including various temperature controlled cotton washes, wool mix cycles and delicate item wash and most importantly for me and the thing that sold it to me in the first place, a 30 minute quick wash. Selecting a programme is as easy as turning a dial and the easy-to-read cycle names are displayed clearly so you can chose which programme you want to use. A full instruction book is provided a long with a shorter, 2 page 'programme definition' guide which gives advice and tips on what types of washing loads suit each programme and the times of each cycle is given so you know how long your washing will take to do.
The WM5100 is incredibly easy to operate, once my washing is in the machine and my detergent and fabric softener added it's just a case of selecting the programme from the dial, closing the door and pressing the "On" switch, it really is as simple as that. Because I generally over ever need to do a light wash of underwear and cotton mix t-shirts I find that I only need to use the quick wash setting although for towels and bedding I do use the longer cycles from time to time. In use the machine is quiet and efficient and even on a 30 minute wash my clothes come out looking and smelling fresh and clean, I always spin my washing for a second time once a wash has completed just to try and get as much water out of my clothing as I can and there is an extra spin selectable programme which does this for me. Although only a 1000 rpm maximum spin speed this is still powerful enough to remove a lot of the excess water from my washing and I find that my drying time is cut down by giving my clothes an extra spin.
There are the usual safety features you would expect to find with any washing machine included on the WM5100, a child lock prevents the machine being opened during a programme and the door catch feels strong enough to withstand every day use and all in all I have been very impressed with my purchase from Beko and consider this washing machine to be a great buy.
There's nothing to criticise as far as I'm concerned with the Beko WM5100, the brand might offer low cost appliances which many people may be dubious about but in my experience with them they have always been reliable. My old fridge freezer was a Beko brand and lasted me a number of years and I expect the same to be the case with this washing machine, admittedly I live alone so it wont get a lot of use from me as I only tend to do 1 or 2 loads a week so can't comment on how robust this model would be for a busy family and it's 5kg capacity may be a little low for larger families but for anyone living alone or in a couple then I think it's perfect.
For anyone setting up a home with a limited budget then this should definitely be a model to consider, it's simplicity was a major plus point for me as I didn't want anything too complicated to operate and anything that had too many buttons and dials would have been wasted on me. If you're looking for something quietly efficient that just does what it was designed to do then this washing machine delivers and it's on that basis that I would recommend this model from Beko.
I paid £169.99 for my WM5100 from Co-op electricals and looking online I've noticed that it tends to retail anywhere from £160.00 up to around £200.00. I wanted something cheap and reliable and that's what I got with this and as far as I'm concerned it gets a five star rating, thanks for reading my review.
I hunted around for a few weeks trying to find a decent machine for under £200, and this model kept popping up. The reduced price, and a free delivery from Dixons on a Sunday sealed the deal. I initially had some problems getting it to spin and drain, but this was down to a basic error on my part, and was quickly sorted. By the time I had worked this out, the backlog of laundry was piling up, so the new machine had a baptism of fire and I had the chance to test out 3 different cycle options. The 'Mini 30' is perhaps my favourite - fast and effective for smaller loads.
Definitely a good deal if you're starting out - and it's worth shopping around before you buy as I picked it up for £169 in the end. (Costs are higher if you want it installed and/or an old machine taken away.)
This is a no frills washing machine, pretty much the cheapest I could find at the time (which was about two and a half years ago), and it is still going great guns now.
The drum is for up to 5kg loads, which is fine for single people or couples. Larger families may want to look elsewhere.
Where this machine really comes in to its own is the plethora of washing options it has. There are settings for various fabrics and delicates. There is a quick half load option, which is done in about half an hour, along with energy saving washes and hand wash cycles.
It has an AA energy rating, although results will vary depending on the cycle you use.
This model does not have a drier, however I find that running an extra spin cycle after the main wash helps things dry quicker.
Installation was easy, and the machine is lighter than expected. Unfortunately this means that it is prone to a bit of bouncing around on some of the heavier cycles. I also find that the outlet from the drawer can get clogged quite easily, causing water not to drain from it properly, although it is easy enough to remove the drawer and give it a wash - this could be down to what I am using and the water in my area, so i can't mark it down for that.
Short name: Beko WMA5100W