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      10.09.2011 15:56
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      I won't be running out of clean knickers whilst this is going

      Having recently moved into a new flat, we have gained the washing machine installed by our helpful landlord, this is the Bosch WFK2801.

      **Cost**
      Having scouted round on the internet it doesn't appear to be available to buy anymore!! So I don't know how much this would cost to purchase, rather worryingly when you type in Bosch WFK2801 into Google then a LOT of spares sites come up. Clicking on these spares range from £10 to £60, which don't appear to me to be too bad, however with the DIY gene lacking in our house I would get a man in to fix it for me (or get onto the landlord to do it!)

      **Cycles**
      This machine has 4 main cycle selections and 7 "special programs"

      Cottons/Coloured
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      This is generally my main everyday use cycle, it can be used at 30, 40, 60 and 90 degrees, the main variant in the different temperatures (other than the temperature!) is the length of the cycle, with the hotter temperatures taking longer. I have found tnhat this washes my clothes well and effectively at 40 degrees provided that they aren't too heavily soiled or stained. At this point they tend to need a couple of washes (with vanish) to remove the stains

      Easy-Care
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      For washing cotton, linen, polyester, nylon or other synthetic fabrics. Again a variation of temperatures, 15, 30, 40, 50 and 60. I don't very often use this cycle as I prefer to use the cottons/coloured as I find it produces a better quality wash.

      Delicates
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      For washing curtains and silks (according to my instructions!) available in 15, 30 and 40 - though I cannot comment on what the wash cycle is like as I've not actually got any delicates to wash!

      Woollens
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      For washing woollen and handwash only items. I love this feature as it saves me having to do the handwashing over the bath! Available at 15, 30 and 40. This gets your handwash clothes much cleaner than I could by hand, yet is gentle, I have not been left crying over pieces of material in the machine! On my old machine taking out clothes after a handwash cycle generally meant they were sopping wet, not so the case with this Bosch - they are damper than they would be on a normal cycle but you wouldn't leave drip marks all over your floor!

      "Special Programs"
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      Out of the special programs, 4 of them are the spin cycle for each of the categories mentioned above! Others include, starching, soaking and pumping. I can honestly say I have never used these options and to be honest wouldn't have a clue where to start. To me the function of the washing machine is stick your clothes in, put it on, take them out, dry them and wear them!!


      **Buttons on the machine**
      So actually using the machine and the buttons - what do they do?! Firstly the buttons are easy to push, you don't actually "push" them in, you simply press the bottom and hear a click.

      1. On/Off - fairly obvious, this switches the machine on and off!
      2. Start - again, obvious, this will start the cycle you choose
      3. Pre-wash - to be selected if you want to include a pre-wash on your cycle
      4. Short Wash - this is always selected as standard, for the quickest wash on the cycle chosen (better for your bills!!)
      5. Higher Water Level - allows for an extra rinse cycle
      5. Intensive Stains - for those heavily soiled clothes
      6. Start in h - a timer on a washing machine!! Good if you want to set this to be on whilst you are out to be just finished when you get in, no noisy washing machine whilst you are in and no clothes sat around all day!

      The other features on the front of this machine is a timer to how long you cycle will take and how long it has left - I love this feature! It means I can plan my day and know when my washing will be done, something I only ever guesstimated before!


      **Actually Using**
      I personally do not put washing powder into the drawer tray as I find it sticks in there and you end up with mould, I use the washing gels thats go in the actually drum. Quickly opening the drawer on my machine I have just been assualted with a mouldy damp smell, so now, thanks to this review, one of my jobs today is to clean the washing machine drawer!

      I find that my clothes come out clean and smelling fresh, even though the machine is obviously quite old, there are portions where you can see that mould would form (if you weren't keeping on top of cleaning) and this is generally round the seal of the drum, a quick wipe and this quickly goes and I am not finding that it impedes the performance of the machine.

      The machine isn't very noisy until it hits the spin cycle, and even then it doesn't drown out everything in the room and sound as though its trying to make a break for it across the kitchen, we quite happily put this on whilst we are watching television next door.

      At the end of the cycle the machine also, very helpful beeps (and beeps and beeps!) to announce that it is done!


      All in all, it does the job, it may be getting on a bit in years but my clothes are still smelling fresh! Top performance!

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        24.11.2000 16:44

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        We’ve had our Bosch washing machine for 3 years now and it has been superb. It has the usual selection of programs most of which we ignore. The delay timer is good for nighttime washes and it is quiet enough not to disturb anyone even when spinning at its max 1400rpm. The cleaning is excellent and basically everything is done on a short wash 62 min. It gets used most days and so far the only blemish has been a hairgrip blocking the draining pump. This did require a nice man to come out and fix it to the tune of £30. However I watched him do it and it was very easy and I have had to do it once since to remove a 5p coin. This procedure only takes 5 minutes but would be improved if there was a filter to catch stuff before it got stuck in the pump. Overall it is easy to use, quiet, an excellent cleaner and reliable, all you want in a washing machine. It’s at the expensive end of the market but worth it, but don’t just take it from me “Which” rated Bosch the second most reliable make of washing machines on the market after Miele.

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        19.10.2000 06:36
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        Found a good washing machine! The Zanussi worked well for years then I bought another Zanussi but it let me down. I usually try and go for the best I can afford on the hopes that it will work, but evenso sometimes I make a mistake. Take the three Millenium Kettles I bought, cost more than most but could I get it to go for more than a month! Another story!! My Zanussi washing machine developed Alzheimer's and I had heard good things about Bosch so decided I would give them a try. It's one of those 'fuzzy logic' things, but I didn't care as long as it did it's job I could cope with a bit of fuzziness in the house. There's a lot of things about this washing machine that I really like. It's quiet for instance but you can set an alarm on it if you want to be awoken from dreamland when the wash has finished. I liked the idea that you can set it to come on so many hours in advance. This means I can have it start the wash in the small hours and it will be finished just as I am ready to deal with it. With my previous machine if I put the wash on when I went to bed everything would come out really wrinkled - impossible to iron. I like the fact that there's a countdown timer as well. I can see if that dress is going to be ready in time for tonight's 'do' There's 21 wash programmes, though I'm not so concerned about that and also extra buttons for prewash, short wash, higher water level, intensive stains and additional programmes for starching (do people still do that?), soaking and pumping out. It has 6 spin speeds ranging from 400-1400rpm, a reduced ironing option (shame it's not a 'don't worry we'll do the ironing' button). It's very clever this 'fuzzy logic' thingy. I put the wash in press the appropriate buttons and it senses how much in the wash and adjusts the time accordingly. I haven't noticed much difference in
        the timing though, but perhaps that's because I'm always trying to get too much in at one go. Well there is more to life than loading the washing isn't there? It doesn't seem to mind and the wash comes out fine. Now what else does it do? Oh yes a 'foam detection feature for each rinse phase. Sounds good eh? Other Friendlies ---------------- Wash Performance classed at A Energy Efficiency classed at A Spin Drying classed at B Very quiet So all in all very happy with this product

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        Short name: Bosch WFK 2801