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When our Hotpoint washing machine broke down I wasn't happy. It was *just* out of guarantee; I have four children (plus a mucky fella!) and do over fourteen loads of washing a week - I couldn't hang around while Hotpoint wrung their hands and tried to bargain with me on their idea of a goodwill gesture. One day, after a particularly mind numbing phone call with their repairs department, I just said 'stuff it' (or words to that effect) and swore I would never purchase Hotpoint again. So the hunt was on for a new washing machine. I needed one very quickly as the laundry was piling up to the point where I was risking losing the youngest two children underneath it, so we popped along to Currys to see what they had available for immediate collection. Not a lot as it turned out, so eventually I opted for this Beko WME7247W model as it had a large 7kg capacity and all the various programmes I would need to keep my brood in clean clothes.
The machine is available in white or silver, I chose the silver because it would match my fridge freezer (also Beko) and also due to the fact that it was the same price as the white machine - usually the silver versions of large appliances are significantly higher in price, which I always find bizarre considering it's just different coloured plastic! Aesthetically it's a good looking machine with barely a variance of shade in the front of the machine and the top, also the detergent drawer is pretty spot on to the silver of the rest of it - something I was pleased about as my mum's silver washing machine has a much darker drawer and for me that spoils the look of it.
The door is wide so I can chuck my armful of washing in straight away without having to sort it into 'snakes' of fabric, this width is also useful when I come to unload the washing as I can pull it out in one large damp bundle ready for hanging on the line (or, more usually, bunging in the dryer). The rubber is securely attached to the inner rim and I never feel like I'm going to pull it away from the machine while dragging the wet washing out, obviously I'm a little bit more careful than I sound but I like the fact that I don't feel I have to treat this machine with kid gloves in order to keep it in good condition. To retain the good looks of the Beko I simply wipe around the exterior every few days using a baby wipe (paying particular attention to the small display panel where dirt seems to collect) and run a hot wash cycle each week to keep the inside fresh and clean.
There are twelve programmes to choose from (plus four mini programme options), I've used all of them now and somewhat surprisingly they all work as they should and you can tell from the sound of the machine that the cycles are all very different and (presumably) designed to do their best for the fabrics they were developed for. The main one I use is for 'mixed fabrics' as this is the type of washing I do most often, I do make use of the Daily Quick programme however as this will wash a full load of lightly soiled clothing in just 39 minutes. As a very busy mum I like to get my laundry done as quickly as possible so this faster programme is ideal for when the kids need their uniforms washing for school the following day, they don't really get 'dirty' as such so I've never had a problem with anything not coming clean even when using the quick cycle. The only problem I've found is that when using this short wash programme the spin isn't as good, while clothes don't come out wringing wet they are still slightly too damp for my tumble dryer to cope with. The other programmes vary in length from 1 hour 24 minutes (the mixed fabric option) up to well over two hours if I go for the 'Classic 40' wash which, as it's name would suggest, is a 40 degree wash suitable for anything (within reason).
I love the bright orange display as it shows exactly how my wash cycle is going, as well as allowing me to see how long each programme will take as I turn the dial. The time taken depends not only on the programme you choose, but also the temperature you select and the RPM of the spin. Not all temperatures are available for every programme but you can't go wrong as it simply won't display the unavailable temperatures; a good example is the Classic 40 which only has an available temperature option of 40 degrees, whereas the Cottons setting can be set to anything from 30 to 90 degrees depending on the dirtiness of your wash. You can also adjust the spin level to a degree for each programme; the lowest you can go is 600 RPM on the more delicate cycles but certain programmes go up to 1400 RPM which leaves the clothes almost dry by the time they come out of the machine. All of this is clearly marked on the display; I like the way it counts down the time that's left on the cycle as it can make plans easier if I know what time the machine is going to finish, I hate to leave washing sitting in the drum as when you do as much washing as I do it can quickly make the machine smell musty.
I use the timer much more regularly than I thought I would, it's handy if I know I'm going to be out during the day as I can set it to finish as I'm coming home - again preventing wet washing being left in the drum for too long. I'm not sure that I'd ever need to set it 24 hours into the future, but that's your generous maximum timer limit - in fact my machine is never off that long for that sort of delay to be needed! It's very easy to set the timer using simple up and down buttons, every aspect of the Beko WME7247W is straightforward and uncomplicated actually and that's the thing I love the most about it! The versatility and ease of use make it a really wonderful product in a busy household like mine - jeeez, even thirteen year old Alice can use it if we're totally pushed for time!
Of course, the most important thing is how well does it wash and care for the clothes - and it does an admirable job. I always use a good quality detergent and find things generally come up very well - you can hear from the sloshing when the wash cycle is in progress that it's agitating the wet washing vigorously, it definitely removes marks that I know my previous machine (Hotpoint) would have left behind and leaves everything feeling good too. There's an anti-crease option, but you don't need it - the drain and spin cycles are so well timed that most things will come out just needing a quick shake before pegging them out, thankfully for me as I detest ironing! I make use of the majority of programmes to help lengthen the life of them through careful washing; unlike other machines I'm confident they the programmes are all useful rather than just being shoved onto the dial to make it look more full! I use the three hour 'Intensive' wash more than I thought I would and it's been a great help with a sickly toddler (the actual law states that milky toddler sick must be washed away within thirty seconds of said vomit appearing due to it being the most obnoxious smell on the whole planet) and more usually for the much more fragrant task of washing the bedding and towels. Everything, I repeat, everything, comes out of the machine clean and fresh smelling with nothing to make me think this particular washing machine is doing anything less than a fabulous job.
There are a couple of problems - niggles really, nothing serious. The first is the large on/off power button which is recessed into the casing of the machine - you have to press the damned thing so far in that if you have long nails you'll have to operate this button with your knuckle! Very annoying! The other one is a bit more 'eugh' and is the banging and whizzing noise it makes against the stone tile floor when the spin cycle comes on. Arrggghhhhh! It doesn't always do it, or even often to be fair, but when it decides to start being vocal the machine is amazingly loud! I've noticed it's worse if I have the spin set to higher than 1000 RPM, as it sounds like an 'uneven' crashing around I've had my partner check that the legs are all positioned correctly - they are so I'm now presuming my floor is uneven instead!
Now, the Beko WME7247W is sold as a 'green' appliance - and with an A+ energy rating I think that's a label well earned. I didn't buy it because it's green so have no idea if the 1.19 kWh energy consumption is impressive or not, Mark reckons the fact that it has an annual consumption of 238 kWh is excellent news so I don't want to burst his bubble and let him know that this will obviously rise for people like us who use our washing machine to borderline excessive levels. Water consumption is 52 litres and the machine has a feature which will automatically recognise when you only put half a load in and so uses less water, this is good when you're washing a load of new clothes and have to separate them into miniature piles to check for colour runs. There is a child lock incorporated into the door, but it's very basic and not a huge deterrent. My twenty one month old son can open the door and has done on several occasions, not a problem for us as I always switch the machine off at the wall when not in use but you still need to watch what the little ones are doing when they're faffing with the large appliances!
Overall, I'm really happy with this Beko washing machine and think we made the right decision. I recall we paid £335 for it and I think it's been money well spent, you could probably find it cheaper now it's a model that has been out for a while - as with anything shop around and see whether there's a bargain to be had.
After a our current washing machine broke, we had to get a replacement fast, we saw this and thought it was a cheap easy replacement, for the time being, we would use it, however, it turned out to be much more than a replacement, it was more like a luxury washer!! The dials where so easy to move, the screen provided a simple layout, and most importantly, my clothes felt like they had been dry cleaned, they where so soft!!
Self installation was so easy, and we didnt have to pay a fee for someone to install it for us!! Clothes can be left in the drum after they have been washed, and they dont smell a few hours after!! Perfect for people who set up a wash, and go out to work, they can be simple moved out of the drum after they get back!! overall this washing machine has the quality of one double its price, and looks good in any modern kitchen!
We had just moved into our new place from a fully furnished apartment and my son was 2 months old so the piles of dirty linen were starting to gain on us thankfully I needn't have worried as the washing machine was delivered the following day. I purchased the white version of this washing machine and cosmetically speaking it's quite a beauty and really looks the business in our modern kitchen. Once the delivery guys delivered it I connected it up myself which was a total doddle - why do people pay £20 for someone to unscrew bolts to release the drum, hook up the cold to the inlet and then hook up the machine to the water outlet??? unless you're bodily unable that is.
Well once the machine was ready to go I performed an empty test drive and then a test drive with 2 old towels on the cotton setting at 40 degrees celsius which took about 2 hours. When it came to removing the towels they were pretty much bone dry which was thanks to the impressive 1400rpm spin which is rated as a performance B so i was more than chuffed. I then decided to face the baby clothing mountain and started piling in the clothes and thanks to the large drum which could manage 7Kg washing we managed to catch up after 3 washes and the items were dry after a day thanks the efficient spin. I have since tried the quick wash which is what I generally use with lightly soiled clothing with the additional rinse option and this programme takes 52 minutes at 40 degrees celsius although the quick wash at 30 degrees without the additional rinse takes only 39 minutes which is pretty darn quick and yes the clothing is clean and almost dry.
Washing machine Info:
Energy efficiency - A+
Washing Performance - A
Spin Performance - B
Cold water fill
Max load 7Kg
With 12 programmes to choose from
additional information can be found on http://www.beko.co.uk/
When trying to decide on a washing machine price was a major factor and this machine is nearly always on offer in Argos or Laskys and would recommend it highly as there is not a negative thing that I have come across with this machine - I even prefer it to the Bosch machine we used to use as it is quieter, quicker and cheaper.
This Washing Machine is excellent value for money and is a fantastic price.
I purchased the machine after reading some excellent reviews though I was worried that the low price might reflect in a poor quality machine. How wrong I was though.
The Clock looks fantastic and the dials are incredibly easy to use. There are several different washes that you can pick out and I absolutely love the delay feature on it so that I can ensure that when I get home from work my clothes would have just finished rather than sit in the machine all day. It also provides a very useful countdown clock
The washes seem much improved over my last Hotpoint washing machine. The clothes come out smelling great. The washes are quick which surprises me as it only uses a cold water input (about 1 hour 40 mins for a normal wash). However when I stayed at a friends house he had a machine for a similar value which tool 2 hours 30 mins for a normal wash and up to 3+ hours for some other washes!
I have had the machine for several months now and had no problems. If you are worried about the make, Beko have a very good record for providing reliable machines and as with any purchase you can opt for a long guarantee.
Overall I think for the money you can not find a better machine on the market. Buy it and you will not be disappointed
Short name: Beko WME7247