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I bought this washing machine in the winter 2007. It was one of the cheaper machines on the market and I paid around £180 for it.
It couldn't be simpler to use. Theres a dial that you can set to either Synthetics, Cottons, A class 40 degrees, Mini 30 degrees, Handwash, and woolens. With another 2 options for spin/drain and rinse.
Theres 5 buttons next to the dial, the on/off button, extra rinse, rinse hold, prewash, and start/pause or cancel.
The draw has 3 containers, one for washing detergent, one for conditioner and one for prewash (which comes in really handy for stains)
It washes very well too. I have washed curry stained shirts in ordinary detergent and they come out stain free. I think it makes good use of the detergent, the clothes always come out smelling very strongly of the detergent/conditioner I have used and stain free, even with very tough stains they come out on the second wash.
So on the whole I am impressed with it's performance and its easy to use functions. But it does have a few minor down sides. Very occasionally (I'd say once every couple of months) it appears to 'spin' and 'drain' but the washing still comes out very wet, so I have to put it one for another spin. The other down side is that it can be a noisy bugger, the washing machine is in the kitchen, if we are watching television we have to shut the kitchen door to drown out the noise of it spin. It rattles, shakes and hums it's way through.
Having said that, I only paid £180 for it and that was nearly 4 years ago. It's still going strong and washing several loads a day.
Over-all this is a good washing machine, if you but one, you won't be dissapointed.
I brought this washer in Dec 08 mainly on the basis of a favorable Which review and because in truth it was also pretty cheap and with my old washer dead in the water I needed a replacement fast!
They do say 'buy cheap, buy twice' don't they? however thankfully this has proved not to be the case with this washer.
The washer was easy to fit and install and while obviously heavy not that difficult to maneuver into position. Its cold fill like most modern washers which is perfectly fine by me though I know some people aren't so keen.
In use it was easy to get to grips with helped by a useful product manual and has most of the usual wash programmes you would expect to find (its also AA rated). It includes an extra rinse option which I always use since I have sensitive skin though this does add to the overall wash time and uses more water (the Which review actually said this was unnecessary saying it rinsed clothes well enough without it).
Wash times are perhaps the only bugbear with this washer since they are pretty long (2 1/2 hrs or so for a 40 degree cotton wash) however not a major problem per se unless you are doing multiple loads and there is a quick wash programme that lasts just 30 mins.
Its also worth noting that it only spins at 1000rpm pretty slow by modern standards however in my experience washing still comes out reasonably well wrung and the slower spin probably helps re the mechanical longevity of the washer as well. Its also at 5kg capacity (for cottons, lower on other wash programmes) perhaps not suitable to families who may be better off with a 7kg or even larger capacity washer, its fine for my needs however.
Finally I've also read elsewhere comments about the machine been noisy well again in my experience its no worse than my old machine in that regard and you expect a washer to make some noise don't you?
All in I am happy with this washer, clothes come out clean, well rinsed and reasonably wrung out, so a good buy at the price.
My old washing machine 'died' just before christmas, so made a trip to Curry's in search of a new one. With not having much money to spare, I was looking for the cheapest one they had,and I found this one. So I bought it, and when I got it home, was keen to get it up and running, as I had a big load of washing to do.
It was easy enough to install. It just has the one pipe to fit, the cold water one and the drainage hose, and that was me ready to go.
Had a look through the instruction manual at the different program selections, and that's when I realised that it takes a long time for your clothes to wash. The program I would usually use, cottons 40 wash, takes over two and a half hours, which is a long time compared to my old one. The is a mini wash that takes just half an hour, but that only holds 2.5 kgs of clothes compared to 5 kgs on the main wash programs.
The machine itself, looks the part in the kitchen. It's simple to use, and it isn't particularly noisy when spinning.
I guess you get what you pay for, and if I'd known at the time, that the main washes took nearly three hours, I would have looked at another machine.
After having a really excellent Candy Washing Machine,it finally gave up the ghost and had to buy a new one, much to my disgust.After searching and comparing prices I settled for the Beko WMA510W,which apparently was energy efficient according to the rating on the front of the washer.I was a little dismayed that all of the washing machines I looked at,all were cold fill only.Apparently,this is the way things are unless you want to spend hundreds of pounds which we couldn't afford.On receiving the Machine,like a child with a new toy,I gathered up a a load to do that had accumulated whist awaiting my new delivery.Placing 5 Bath towels and a couple of Tea Towels into the drum,decided to do a 60 degree wash.What a huge mistake.3 hours later the cycle still hadn't finished and in all it took 3 hours and 40 minutes to complete.On opening the door the towels were wringing wet still,and had to re-spin half and then half again.I am willing this washing machine to die,but it still carries on regardless of my hatred of the cheap nasty item.When this finally goes to the scrap yard,I will be tempted to buy a washboard and a mangle which is more reliable and economical,and the only energy they will use will be mine!
Short name: Beko WMA510W