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We bought this Bosch model after our previous Hotpoint suffered a broken motor after several years and because it was a Which Magazine best buy brand. I had to weigh up the pros and cons of spending a bit more on a well-recommended brand in the hope that it would last longer and be more efficient.
At first sight it seemed a lot more complex than our previous one and filled up with water when all you wanted was a spin and it does have quite loud beeps which can mean 'I've finished washing', 'I've now finished spinning', 'A child has leant on one of the buttons' or 'Him indoors has just turned the dial randomly to stop the noise'!
I usually use the 40 degree easy care wash, although separating whites and colours is advisable after a green t-shirt stained the whites which was a bit of a nightmare! With the other machine this wasn't necessary but is maybe evidence of the superior washing capabilities of the Bosch!
There are options for the length of spin, Speed Perfect which takes off about 45 minutes and Eco Perfect which adds on 15! There is a 15 degree wash and a button which I should have used to indicate a mixed load!
There is also a separate rinse/spin button which needs to be pressed at the end of the wash. This can be a bit annoying as some machines obviously spin automatically and I do find myself jumping up to turn the dial just to stop the beeping! There is an option to rinse again but by pressing the Aqua Plus button it only spins.
The Bosch is a good all round washing machine and my whites are definitely whiter, now the green tinge is fading! The spin is effective and washing at higher temperatures is fine too. It may just be what happens to washing machines after a while but it does seem to be getting a little louder on the spin cycle and trying to escape from its confines. Altogether a good washing machine but just a little more hands on than I was used to!
Our old machine was an Indesit, it was a great machine but we had it for about 10 years and eventually just gave up the ghost. We looked carefully for a new machine and decided, on recommendation from a family member, to go for a Bosch. Despite the higher price tag than average machine, I always feel that Bosch is a top brand because its products are efficient and reliable (well, they are German...).
We chose this machine as we wanted something with a large capacity as we have a small child who generates a lot of laundry as any parent will know! So the capacity of 8kg is excellent, it can cope with large loads of towels, bed sheets, etc as well as smaller loads of lighter items.
What I like best about this machine is the variety of settings you can choose from - the one we use most frequently is the 15 minute quick wash - we find this effectively washes even really dirty clothes. Each setting has its own default temperature (from 0 degress to 90 in 30 degree increments) and spin speed (from 800 up to 1400 in increments of 400) but you can change this as you like. Not all settings allow all temperature options and spin speeds (e.g. the 15 minut quick wash is default 30 degrees and spin speed of 1200, you can only go up to 40 degrees and spin of 1200 is maximum) but you can usually fiddle around to find a setting to suit you. So it almost feels bespoke!
In terms of how long it takes to do a load, this is where this machine comes into it own. Again, each setting has a default time, and if you change the temperature or spin speed, this can increase or decrease the time it takes to do the wash. Washing on the quick wash at 40 degrees increases the time to 20 minutes, so hardly a staggering difference in this case. Some of the cycles have very long wash times - the longest is 3 hours I think. However, you have the option of pressing Time Perfect which makes the wash happen in the fastest time possible - this makes a 2h 45 min cottons wash done in 1 h 6 mins.
The additional features it has are an Eco Perfect button which makes the wash as eco friendly as possible and also uses less energy thus making your bills cheaper. This does have the effect of making the wash time significantly longer (which doesn't seem logical to me but there you have it).
You can choose Aqua Plus if you want more water in your wash - might be useful if you have a heavy load of towels or something, I have not used this setting.
Finally you can chooseEasy Iron which has a lower spin speed so your clothes are not as dry when they come out but are then easier to iron. I haven't used this setting either.
The ONLY two things I find are not so great about this machine are: when the load is done, the beep the machine makes is SO LOUD and it keeps going every minute or so until you switch it off. So if you were to put a load on and then go to bed, it will wake you up! Also, the buttons are almost flush against the machine, it sometimes takes a few presses to get them to work. Neither of these things are deal breakers for me, we have the machine out in the garage, if it was in the kitchen the beep would annoy me!!
In short, we love this machine, you can get all your washing done so quickly and efficiently. We find 1200 spin speed is pretty good, 1400 is noticeably more but some delicates items can't handle such speeds and come out looking a bit worn out! The 1400 is best for towels, bedsheets and items like this which you want to get dry quickly.
The Bosch WAQ28461GB in my opinion is a middle of the road machine. The main benefits are a A+++ rating, a large range of programmable settings and manual settings and a clever system where the machine weighs the washing and ensures it uses an appropriate level of water. On the negative side the wool wash seems a bit ineffective. The timer which counts down the duration of the wash can change mid cycle. It also emits a high pitch beep reminder once a cycle is finished which can be a bit annoying.
My testing found the machine does a reasonable wash. It has what the company call a wave drum design which is apparently good for delicate washing. It has a clever setting where it weighs the washing you put in and adds the right amount of washing for the load- this seems like a great innovation and really good feature for keeping water bills down. I also like that you can open the door mid wash and put more in etc.
The machine has a number of programmed settings for different types of clothes. This is really good- and if you don't like spin cycle or temperature or other features of the wash you can change them very easily on the easy to use display screen. For each program the display shows the time left to complete the cycle - this is a really useful setting. However on the machine I tested the time left changed during the course of the cycle so if I were in a hurry I might not be able to rely on it finishing at the time I thought it would.
Most of the time the machine does a good job although we found that sometimes it was a little too delicate for some of our washing and could have done with being a bit more vigorous in its washing. One wash we found this to be particularly the case was on the wool wash. The machine sloshed our jumpers gently right and left- so gently in fact that the gel fabric liquid didn't dissolve into the water and one of the jumpers still had a dry patch on it. Next time we used a more vigorous on a cool temperature program and found this worked perfectly.
The machine emits a high pitch beep for something like 6 seconds when the cycle is finished. If you don't turn the machine off this is repeated a couple of times after an interval each time. This is quite useful for feature for letting you know the machine is ready to refill. But it can be a bit annoying if you are busy with something else and can't get to it to turn it off. At the time of testing the machine I couldn't see a way to turn this setting off.
Me and my partner recently bought this after our previous washers shook itself to death.
Initially when we were looking in to models I rather naively thought they we all the same and did exactly the same thing and as such wanted to get as cheap a model as possible. However after much discussion and a bit of sale pitch from the guy in John Lewis we opted for this Bosch model.
Overall I am very, very pleased with it. I must admit I only occassionally get involved with the washing duties and leave it mainly to my partner but on the odd occassion I do get involved I find it a pleasant experience.
The machines has 15 or so settings, which you can then further adjust yourself to creat your own bespoke wash programmes. This was initially a bit daunting but machine has a user friendly interface and is pretty self explainatory, unlike some I have come across.
It can accommodate a 8 kg load and spins at 1400rpm, which is more than my previous model. However the machine is very, very quiet even at full whack and we barely notice it even when in close proximaty to the machine.
For those with an environmental consience a standard loads consumes 40L, which I understand is quite low.
All in all, I would recommend it very highly. Its very easy to use, it infinitely adaptable in terms of settings. Its rates very highly on official wash & spin performance figures. Plus it is very quiet.
Mine also came with a 2 year guarantee, which we extended to 5 for an additional £129 through John Lewis
/ Must Know Information / Dimensions (H x W x D) (cm) / 84.8 x 59.8 x 55.0 / Noise Level (dB) / 54 / 76 / Annual Water Consumption / 8700L/Year / Colour / White / Annual Energy Consumption (kWh) / 179kWh / Energy Rating / / Performance / Wash Performance / A / Spin Performance / B / Spin Speed / 1400 / Wash Load (Kg) / 8 / Features / Safety Lock / Yes / Delay Timer / Yes / No. of Programmes / 7 / Programs / Dark Wash / Sports Wear / Super Quick 15 / Hand Wash Wool / Wool / Delicate / Silk /