“ Brand: Bosch / Weight Capacity: 5.99 Kg / Washer Type: Washer / Load Type: Front Load / Wash Presets: 15 Wash Presets, including: Delicates, Hand Wash, Mixed Colors, Wool / Extra Settings: Quick Wash / Spin Speeds: max. 1400 rpm / Washing Method: Drum / Control Features: End-of-Cycle Signal / Control Features: Delayed Start Timer / Control Features: Time Remaining Indicator / Additional Features: Quiet Operation / Annual Energy Consumption: 8941.13 kWHrs / Energy Consumption per Wash: 1.02 kWHrs / Water Consumption per Wash: 11.89 Gal. / Energy Efficiency: A+ / Wash Efficiency: A / Spin Drying Efficiency: B / Exterior Color: White / Overall Depth: 59 cm / Overall Height: 84.71 cm / Overall Width: 59.99 cm „
We've owned 4 washing machines in the last 25 years and all Hotpoint yet all have died for one reason or another. I'm sure white goods aren't made to last these days as my late Mum had a Hotpoint which lasted her 30 years...
Hubby decided to go for a Bosch last year which cost around £400 and I remember him saying he got a great deal on this WAE28363GB from his friend who owns a family business.
It took 2 men 5 minutes to install this smart white washer and, to date, it has never let me down. I can't remember a single wash over the last 9 months which I haven't been pleased with. Although there are only 3 of us at home now I still do a full load of washing either each/ every other day so I can say that it's been well used.
The machine itself is-approximately 59cm in depth, height is 84.71cm whilst the width is around 60cm which slotted neatly between the sink and tumble drier in the utility room.
The washer is front loading and I like the fact that the opening to the drum only protrudes a little way so I don't find myself scraping my legs when I walk past it.
The weight capacity is 5.99kg which isn't the largest I've seen around but it suits our family and hold quite a substantial amount of family clothing and bedding in my opinion.
Initially I was worried that the machine might be too complicated to get to grips with but I needn't have worried. The 15 wash pre-sets on the front looked confusing but it only took me a couple of days to get my head round it plus there's a really informative instruction book which guides you through - in words and pictures- how to use & when to use the different settings.
The pre-sets include delicates, handwash, mixed colours, wool etc as well as a quick was which is brilliant as it only takes 40 minutes as opposed to 1 hour 20 for a 'normal' wash. Although I've had no need to use all these settings I have tried quite a few and have been pleased with how clean the clothes have been.
I like the ease of use but there are two things I especially like about this washer namely the quiet operation and the fact it tells you not only how long you need to wait until the washing cycle is finished but it beeps when it's ready so I can switch it off and save a little electricity.
However, there are two things I don't like about it - the button you press to start the machine is very sensitive so, although it lights up immediately thus fooling you into thinking it's started it's job, it actually hasn't so I have to press a few times to make sure. The other thing is that, although it's built like a tank, the handle has to be used very carefully as it doesn't seem (to me) to be quite strong enough so I'm worried, over time, it may crack or split. Otherwise I think the machine is built like a Volzwagon lol.
For those of you you who like to know more detail I'll give you the following information -
- also has various spin speeds
- energy consumption wash 1.02kwHrs
- water consumption - 11.89 gallons (good to know if you're on a water meter)
- maximum spin speed 1400rpm
Given the choice I think I'd prefer a washing machine that is more energy efficient and had a stronger opening to the drum but this Bosch is the one I own and I have to say that I'm pleased with the results, the look and the overall design.
Short name: Bosch WAE28363GB