BOSCH 2471 model
I had a bout of having to replace washing machines every year or so, I just could not find a good model that would last and I got so fed up of having to get engineers out and paying exorbitant charges for repairs.
I decided to do a bit of investigating and find a reliable make so after trawling the internet I decided on a Bosch model.
This was three years ago and I bought the 2471 model for 249.00 from Comet and I decided to take out the five year insurance to cover breakdowns for 149.50 just to give me peace of mind.
It was delivered within a week and they even took my old one away at a cost of 10.00.
It is white with a front loading door and above the door is a detergent and softener draw then three easy to push buttons one to start the machine the middle one for extra rinsing if required and then the rinse hold button. I must admit I never use the rinse buttons because I am happy with this machine washing on its normal cycles.
There are three lights that go on during a cycle to show you how far on it is, for example washing rinsing and spinning then the spinner light flashes on and off to let you know that it is finished.
The programme selector dial is very easy to understand, there is a choice of woollens, delicates, easy care, cottons and linens and a boil and prewash cycle.
The adjustable feet are easy to turn when you are installing the machine it is important that you get it sitting level before use otherwise it would damage the drum but that is common sense but thought I would just mention it.
There is a cold fill hose that needs to be connected and an outlet hose so it is not rocket science to get it all up and running.
Care and maintenance.
There is a plate right at the base of the machine that is easy to remove using a coin to turn the plastic screws and here you can clean the pump or remove any foreign objects if necessary I have only cleaned it twice in three years and did find a lot of fluff and a few coins so it is quite handy.
The detergent drawer is easy to remove for cleaning it is amazing how they can get grotty and sticky after a few weeks and slimy soap is certainly one of my pet hates.
This depends on the programme selected for delicates it is 800rpm and goes up to 1200rpm for hotter washes.
Length of cycles.
For a heavy duty wash it takes 118 minutes, but to be quite honest the washing detergents on the market today are that good it is very rare that anyone needs to boil clothes and it does take rather a long time in this machine.
I normally wash at either 30 or 40 degrees and this takes 50 minutes, less than half the time and the results are more than satisfactory.
Over all view.
This is a good sturdy machine that has never let me down in three years and I know that I will still be using it for a good few years yet having purchased insurance for the five years.
I did have to get an engineer out after three months because I noticed a hairline crack in the door lever but after a phone call they came around and put a complete new door on so I couldn't complain.
It is a smart looking machine easy to keep clean, very energy efficient holds up to 5kg of laundry, does a very good wash and of course it is extremely reliable.
If you are contemplating buying a washer I can highly recommend this Bosch model.
Short name: Bosch WFD 2471