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Super machine worth every penny of the £299.00 we paid for it. We got on line from John Lewis and their delivery and collection service was faultless. Some guy rang the day after we'd placed the order to confirm the delivery and collection of the old machine, and to agree a time that was convenient to us.
The dashboard on the WAE24126 is really user friendly with a really good reduced ironing feature, and there's an audio alarm to let you know when the wash is complete.
After moving into my first non-student house in June, it was time to by my own washing machine. There were so many options - should I buy online, or from a high street retailer, for example. When I did venture into my local Comet, there was machine after machine to choose from, and it was all rather confusing.
I'd remembered seeing a Bosch machine at a relative's house, a remembered it looking rather sleek and well designed. I investigated further, and was impressed by the look of all the Bosch machines on the market. The basic models didn't have LCD displays, but they had what seemed to be a full range of programmes, as well as extra settings.
I chose this model for several reasons. Firstly, it's rated A+ for energy, which not only saves me money on my electricity, but makes it more environmentally friendly than other, cheaper machines that were rated B or C. It's also rated A for Wash Grade, which made me confident that it would produce good results on all my laundry. It had a good load capacity of 6kg (ample room for a small family) and spins to 1200rpm - not massively fast, but still efficient.
I bought the machine from Comet.co.uk, at a cost of £250.00. This was the cheapest price I could find online, and was £30 cheaper than the instore price. It also came with free delivery, providing I was willing to wait nearly a week for it to arrive. When it did arrive, the installation was simple - consisting of the removal of four bolts (which help keep the drum steady during transit) and then the attaching of hose and water pipes. The machine is a cold water fill, which was simple enough.
I was very impressed with the range of programmes available - 15 altogether. There were cotton cycles for up to 6kg loads, at 40c, 60c, 60c + stain removal, and 90c; there's also an "easy care" cycle, at 30c, 40c, and 60c, which is for loads up to 3kg. These programmes also act as a "quick wash" - around 30 minutes. The machine also has cycles for delicates, woolens, and a "freshen up / rinse" cycle, which is handy for clothes that have been stored for some time and just need a quick rinse.
Finally, there are four extra options: "prewash", for stains; "wash plus" for the cottons cycle, which increases the wash time of a cycle to concentrate on heavy loads; "reduced ironing" which lowers the spin speed, and provides a gentle rinse to reduce creases; and also an "aqua plus" cycle, which provides an extra rinse. The spin speed can be altered for any cycle, at 200rpm intervals, and a four part display shows which part of the cycle the washing is currently at: wash, rinse, spin, and end.
The only down side I've found to this machine is that, once a cycle has finished, the machine emmits three long beeps, rather like a microwave. It does this every 30 seconds for about 3 minutes, which means that if you're within hearing distance but can't get to the machine to turn it off, then it's a real nusience. This option can, I think, be turned off, but I've not yet figured out how.
On the whole, an excellent machine which offers good performance and efficiency.
Front Load Drum Washer / Efficiency: A+AB / 13.23 lb / load / Features: Dial Controls / End-of-Cycle Signal / Time Remaining Indicator / Short name: Bosch WAE24162