The reason I decided to fork out a bit more on this free-standing bosch washing machine was because my previous indesit machine had been so dismal and unreliable (and I had purchased that one because it had been the cheapest on the market). So I went into this purchase with both eyes open and a stack of research under my belt on decent washing machines.
The purchase and delivery was extremely easy and smooth from John Lewis no glitches which I have found to be the norm for JL they really are reliable. Once it was delivered and plumbed in I set about using it. The first thing I noticed was how quiet it was to use, it seemed sturdy the spin was solid and not a sign of creeping movement across the floor which I had had with my previous machine.
It has a stack of wash options; my favourite being 'quick wash' which takes about 25 minutes per wash. It also has options for washing silk and delicates, woollens, hot washes, clothes with extra stains and the usual adjustment of heat settings 30 through to 90 degree washes. The load capacity is 4.5 kgs. (It has a maximum pin of 1200 rpm and incredibly quiet with it and also very effcient - some items come out almost dry the spin is so good).
It also has a cold fill which was one of the main reasons I purchased it as the pipe leading into it was a cold water supply only. I found with a lot of my research on certain machines you needed a hot and cold fill pipes.
The energy rating is A and is uses 0.76 kWh per cycle (which works out at around 15p per wash on a standard 60 degree wash). This machine has been worth every penny spent ,buying it not least for the way it washes clothes a treat they come out clean and bright even on a quick wash and with value washing powder! It does half loads and has sensors to automatically adjust the wash according to the amount put of clothes placed in it.
The dimensions are height 84.7cm x Width 60 cms and Depth 44 cms and you can currently get it now for £419 at John Lewis.
It is easy to keep clean the drawer has 3 segments for the normal, pre-wash, bleaching option and washing liquid or powder. Very easy to wipe over and clean. To use the knob is easy to turn and you either click start for a full wash or the quick wash button. It also has an extra rinse button facility that you can use for both the full wash or the shorter wash.
Great washer with a good energy consumption, incredibly reliable and quiet and very easy to install. All-in-all an excellent buy all round.
There are only two people in our household, myself and my husband so we really dont create that much washing, at most we fill 2 loads of a washing machine once a week, therefore we didnt need a washing machine with a huge drum capacity or a top of the range model with 1001 different programme settings. What we needed was a small, basic washing machine that didnt cost an absolute fortune. With these specifications in mind, my trusty husband was sent on his way to pick up a model. On recommendation from my mum, he was directed towards Bosch models before any other due to their reliability, durability and strong support from the manufacturer in the event of any problems. After spending £325 my husband returned with the Bosch WLX24162, silver in colour and seemingly from first impressions of the instruction manual and manufacturers booklet, the solution to all our needs.
Thankfully my dad was on hand to help us plumb the washing machine in. The instructions werent that clear and the hot and cold pipes that came as standard were both white in colour so not entirely clear which was which, and had I been left to my own devices I know with a 50-50 choice I probably would have got it wrong or ended up with a flooded kitchen. The entire unit is very slim, the actual dimensions being 84.7cm high, 60cm wide and 44cm deep, but the best thing is that the entire unit is not as heavy as normal washing machines so I can without struggling pull it out from its slot under my work surfaces and clean the floor around and behind it. Considering how it looks in comparison to more expensive models the WLX24162 is very basic, it doesnt have any super features or indeed an LCD programme display, instead it reminds me of the washing machines my parents would have when I was a child. The machine is front loading, has a little draw for the powder and fabric conditioner and it controlled using just one dial rather than some that require an advanced University degree in programming to start a simple wash.
As you would expect from a washing machine, it has a number of wash settings, for example delicate wash, silk, and wool programmes at different temperatures, however as it only has a relatively small drum capacity at 35 litres (4.5 kilograms in weight) it does not have the option of setting only a half load, if there are only a few pieces of laundry in the drum, it automatically detects this and programmes itself. I dont find that this is a problem and rarely only use the machine for one or two items, there are always clothes that can be put in with a load to make sure we dont set it running with just say one shirt or pair of jeans in the drum. When in operation the drum door automatically locks and remains locked until the drum is completely drained. It cannot be opened once a programme has started which gives me peace of mind if my little nephews decide they want to play around in the kitchen.
When considering any flaws with the machine the important things like quality of the wash, size and durability are automatically ruled out as these are nothing but amazing in my opinion but I do have a few niggling issues with our machine. It technically should only produce 55 decibels of noise when on full spin but in comparison to our dishwasher that only produces 54 decibels it seems much louder and it grates at me so much that I refuse to use the machine if I know I will have to spend long periods of time in the kitchen. Another issue is the powder tray that does not have a removable section to allow for easier cleaning. This tray fills with gunk on a bi-weekly basis and cleaning involves me having to pull the tray out and scoop it out before cleaning. It is a minor irritation but mainly because it would be so easy to solve.
With an energy rating A and water consumption of 40 litres per cycle the WLX24162 is one of the most environmentally friendly way of doing your washing without doing it all by hand, something I point blank refuse to do.
Using the WLX24162 could not be easier and it suits our needs down to the ground. Every major box on our list of requirements has been ticked and I am even warming to the price paid for the washing machine due to its performance when washing clothes, something it has and continues to do exceptionally well, without any fuss or any breakdowns. There are a few minor irritations, irritations that I put down probably to me being highly strung. Over the 5 months I have owned the machine I have had no need to call upon the manufacturer for support or to claim under the warranty but previous experience of dealing with Bosch leaves me with a sense that if something does go wrong, they will be nothing but prompt, professional and courteous in the way in which they deal with the issue. I have no hesitation in recommending this washing machine, or indeed any Bosch products, all of which I have found to be of the highest quality.
Short name: Bosch WLX24162