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Bosch that wash
Member Name: historywitch
Advantages: sturdy, reputable manufacturer, extremely easy to use and install.
Disadvantages: some design flaws
The Bosch WAE24366GB is also known as the Advantixx 6 VarioPerfect. Bosch makes four different types of machine; the Classixx is the basic model, then the Advantixx model which has a digital display and more settings, then the Exxcel which has an improved digital display and even more settings and finally the Logixx which has all of the above plus more settings, an 8 kg capacity and special technology which makes it much quieter. Each machine is correspondingly more expensive e.g we paid £419 for the Advantixx, but could have bought a Classix for £100 less or a Logixx for £200 more. Admittedly we did pay a premium for buying with John Lewis, but we wanted a stress free transaction and were prepared to pay more for this (plus we got a free Bosch iron).
Bosch as a manufacturer have one several prestigious awards including 'Best Domestic Appliance 2009' from Which and an international design award from the International Forum (2009), all of which increased our confidence in the brand. The machine comes with a two year guarantee.
The instructions that came with the machine were very clear and easy to understand, and had it not been for the fact that our fill pipes run behind the dishwasher in limited space then without a doubt this is a machine that I could have plumbed in alone. However my anatomy meant that I couldn't squeeze myself into the space and my husband did it alone, no doubt in half the time it would have taken me. Just two pipes needed to be connected, the cold fill and the waste pipe and they quickly and easily connected to our existing pipes. The machine was plugged in and we were ready to slide it under the counter. The adjustable legs meant that this was a doddle and we could adjust it easily to our slightly uneven floors.
**Ease of use**
Simplicity is what we were after in a machine and this is certainly very simple! There is a sturdy dial to set the wash cycle, a start/stop button, a timer button to delay start, a button to adjust the spin speed and four buttons to choose extra settings:
Speed Perfect- Up to 60% quicker wash time
Eco Perfect- Longer wash but more water efficient
Reduced Ironing- Speaks for itself
Aqua Plus- Adds more water to the rinse cycle.
Speed Perfect and Eco Perfect are the Varioperfect system which allows you to vary 'speed or energy efficiency with perfect wash performance every time'
All of the buttons are touch sensitive and have a small light next to them that indicates when they have been selected. My five year old has already worked out how to use them and can put on a wash herself as the whole system is so simple.
The machine comes with an instruction booklet explaining the settings and functions and how much laundry you can put in with each setting. Only one 'set' of settings enable you to put the full 6kg in at a time; and as a serial overloader of washing machines it was very useful to have the weight limits clearly laid out for each setting.
My previous machine had the function to choose the temperature and spin speed of each wash, but that would have cost more with the Bosch brand so we have a range of spins up to 1200 and a rinse hold setting, plus a set range of temperatures. The settings are clearly laid out around the dial:
Cottons - 30, 40, 40 prewash, 60 and 90 degrees
Mixed Load - 40 degrees
Superquick 15 - 30 degrees
Easy Care - 30, 40, 60 degrees
Delicates- 30 degrees
Hand wash - cold
Wool - 30 degrees
Drain (to drain the machine if you need to)
I have reached the ripe old age of 28 but I still couldn't tell you the difference really between some of these and generally use the Cottons setting. I am disappointed the 60 degree cycle doesn't have the prewash option, the only time I prefer to use this setting is with a heavily soiled load of baby clothes to make sure things are extra clean, so I usually opt for the Aqua Plus setting to send more water through the clothes. Most cycles take about 2 to 3 hours, longer by about 30 minutes if you choose the Eco perfect button. However by pressing the Speed Perfect button you can do a proper 60 degree wash in 1 hour and 6 minutes - I havent noticed any cleaning difference between this and a longer cycle for medium to lightly soiled clothes.
I like the addition of a 15 minute cycle, which enables to me to freshen up clothes that have been stored away or have got dusty etc quickly and without having to run a whole cycle on the machine. The spin cycle seems to be very efficient, with the majority of the water spun out during this process. Although it is quieter than my old machine you are still aware that it is there and working away, especially during the spin cycle which may be a problem for people who have a more open plan living space, whereas we can simply shut the door between the kitchen and the lounge when it gets to that portion of the cycle.
However, it has one function that I absolutely love and has made my life so much easier - you can stop the machine during the wash part of the cycle to add in forgotten laundry. I was forever loading my old machine, starting it off and turning around to see one lone sock sitting forlornly on the sofa or on the stairs. Now I can just press the Start button once and the display flashes NO and then YES before releasing the door lock so I can add that lost item to the load.
The machine also seems to very efficiently deposit any foreign objects and 'gunk' into the door seal to be easily removed, and here again the ability to access the machine during the wash comes into its own when you hear that ominous clunk that suggests one of your little darlings has placed a toy/mobile phone/remote control/handful of stones into the machine unnoticed. When once a handful of grass was added helpfully to my wash I was able to open it up, clear out the wads of grass that had collected on the glass and in the seal before continuing with the washload. I also removed a disintegrating tissue before it contaminated the whole wash when I spotted a flash of white appearing amongst my washing. This has made my life so much easier.
Sadly there are negatives to this machine that I have discovered over the last three months. The soap drawer feels quite cheap and plasticy compared to the obvious superior build of the rest of the machine, it rattles a little as you pull it out. The touch sensitive buttons have the obvious disadvantage of altering things as you brush past them (or if an inquisitive toddler discovers the delightful 'BEEEEP' you get whenever you press one). There is a childlock, you just have to hold the Start button down for a few seconds after you have started the wash. However you have to remember to turn it off again at the end of the cycle, as whilst you can open the door once the cycle has finished you can't use any of the buttons. It adds an extra few seconds to the whole process which is annoying when you are in a rush. Also all the buttons still make the 'BEEEP' sound when pressed even when the child locks are on, so whilst you child cannot change any of the settings they can still be fascinated - which leads to endless beeping coming out of the kitchen.
The machine also emits a series of beeps at the end of a cycle to notify you that the cycle has finished. Not just one set of beeps however, no no no, but four with a several minute gap between each set.. This is incredibly irritating and luckily generally I have an eager five year old who is dispatched into the kitchen to turn the machine off ASAP, but if we are having a glass of wine in front of the TV its an annoying disturbance. The manual does give instructions to turn it off but its complicated and neither of us have managed it yet.
As I mentioned we paid £419 for this machine (which included delivery) and overall I am very happy with our purchase. The machine feels very solid and well made (apart from the soap drawer) and I think we are going to have a very happy machine-owner relationship with minimal swearing!
**Technical stuff (from the Bosch website)**
- A energy, A wash and B spin class
- Energy efficiency class: A - 10%: 10% more
energy efficient than energy class A
- Energy 1.02 kwh, Water 45 litres
- 6 kg washing capacity
- Drum volume: 53 litres
- Spin speed selection 1400 to 600 rpm
- Noise level washing (dB): 57
Noise level spinning (dB): 77
Key features - VarioPerfect: speed or energy efficiency
with perfect wash performance every time
- AquaSpa wash system
- Reload facility
- Safeguard monitoring system adjusts load
distribution and programme settings to
Dimensions (H X W X D): 84.7 x 60 x 59 cm
I note this machine is currently available at around £350.
Summary: A quality machine.
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