AHHHH! Moving house is expensive!
When we bought our house we made a deal with the previous owners about buying some of their white goods. We knew the washing machine was old and only had a short time left but we figured it was better to at least have something in place at first so we wouldn't have to run out immediately and spend more money or go around in dirty clothes!
Sadly the washing machines life was even shorter than we thought and a couple months in the kitchen has been fully washed by flood waters and my blood pressure goes through the roof at the smallest sound of running water! (See my review of the Vax Infinity for full details of our mini tsunami)
I started surfing the internet in search of a new washing machine and found that Argos had a number of washing machines under £200 which made my purse smile. I wanted a machine that was at had at least a 6kg load and would fit in the gap our kitchen had available. There were a couple 7kg ones that would fit and were in my price range but they were a little ugly or by companies that weren't coming up with glowing reviews so that wrote those ones off pretty quickly.
I looked at a Candy washing machine for a while and very nearly bought it but at the last minute I saw a Bush one that had a slightly better write up and offered a 15 minute quick wash which I thought could be really useful. My youngest doesn't wet the bed like my eldest did but just incase he starts we'd be able to quickly wash the mattress protectors and get them dry in time to have them back on the bed by bedtime. It was that 15 minute setting that sold it to me. The Bush N12CR6 was then placed in the basket for £199 (current price £299.99) and then for an additional £7.50 the delivery guys would take the old one away and deal with it.
The night before the machine was due to arrive my husband turned to me and asked what kind of water feed the machine took. I stood there looking at him panicking because I didn't think to look at any of that information. EEK! I quickly ran to the computer and franticly searched for the information but typically before I could even find the page my husband had found it on his phone and everything was fine because it's a cold water feed. Apparently most new washing machines are cold water feeds as it makes them more efficient.
The digital display on the front tells you how long the wash cycle will take and does a count down which is probably not that necessary but I think it's cool. The child lock is handy because I find my eldest goes to put dirty pants and socks into the washing machine and doesn't check if the washing in there is dirty or clean first and he's waaaaaay too lazy to turn the child lock off so instead drops the items on the floor and walks away. You'd think the child lock would be to stop the younger children from doing something dumb but nope, it's looking out for the older ones!
One the noise side of things this machine is rather quiet. Not silent as we still close the kitchen door when it's on at night but the old one we could hear through the door so a notable difference for sure.
One review I read said they liked the machine but didn't like how large the middle knob was ... I agree it is slightly big. It doesn't bother me but it would be better if it was like the knobs on our cooker that can be pressed in.
I've noticed that my husband's work shirts are coming out a lot less creased. I hang them up the moment they come out and he doesn't have to iron as much or use starch any more.
Key specifications (from Argos website):
* Energy efficiency class A+
* Estimated annual energy consumption: 224.4kW/year
* Estimated annual water consumption: 11870litres/year
* Spinning performance B
* Washing performance A
Washing machine features:
* Maximum spin speed 1200rpm
* Maximum washing capacity 6kg
* Variable temperature
* Delay start option
* Digital display
* 15 programmes
* 15 minute quick wash
* Child lock
* Woollens cycle
* Hand wash cycle
* Freshen up cycle
* Rinse hold option
* Energy consumption: 1.02kWh/cycle
* Water consumption: 49 litres/cycle
* Size H84.5, W59.7, D52.7cm
If you're in the market have a look!
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Short name: Bush N12CR6