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With the vanishing of laundrettes, a washing machine is pretty much an essential item for families nowadays. In our case, with three kids who seem to manage to get throughn clean clothes at a huge rate, we are using it almost every day.
It's for this reason that we went for a Bosch with their rating for reliability - the last thing you want is for it to break down. We also looked for an energy efficient model with a large capacity, and this machine fitted the bill. And although the bill was quite large, it is worth it! It has an A++ energy efficiency rating which I assume is the highest possible, so should save you money in the long run. It works just from the cold tap so is straightforward to plumb in.
As is normal in these machines, there's a drawer into which you put your washing powder (divided into two compartments, I've never worked out what the second one is for); then there is a display telling you what's going on; finally a dial from which you select the appropriate programme. There's quite a variety of these, with options including water saving, doing it more quickly (as low as 15 minutes if you're really in a hurry), different materials and so on. We tend to use one programme all the time but it's reassuring to know there are options, and the symbols are quite clear.
It can carry a good big load (very useful indeed) but can cope with smaller loads if you are desperate to do just a few items. In operation it is surprisingly quiet - or at least not noisy - even when spinning at full speed (1200 rpm). It has a slight tendency to walk forwards over time, but this is probably because our floor is quite uneven rather than a design flaw, and in any event it's easy to push it back into position. There's a child lock, useful for those with inquisitive smaller children.
All in all, a good bet for a family wanting a large, efficient washing machine which hopefully will give many years of service.
1200rpm MAXX7 Washing Machine 7kg Load White