After moving into my current property 2 years ago now we had to completely rip out and re-build the entire place from top to bottom.
One such room was obviously the kitchen. After doing all the usual building and fitting work it was time to sort out some fitted kitchen appliances. I purchased my kitchen from Wickes and part of the deal was that if you ordered the full kitchen you got 50% off on all appliances from then on to finish it off.
I opted for a hidden washer dryer and this looked like one of the best options they had as we have very limited space in our kitchen and this unit was just the right size. I've used plenty of washers before but I don't know alot about them other than how to switch them on.
I was happy to go for the Electrolux brand as they have been around a very long time so when the salesman told me this particular machine was £600 at the time as it's rated as one of the better washer driers so to get it for £300 included onto my kitchen was a good deal. I believe even now in the shops it is between £600 and £700 to buy so that was not bad to get it for that price.
Delivery it was packaged really well and I managed to follow all the initial instructions easily to remove the drum restraining bolt from the back and to hook up the water feed line etc, it was all straight forward and easy to do. The machine fitted perfectly and slotted into the unit well. I again followed the initial instructions and did a pre wash to set the machine going and to give it its first working cycle to make sure everything was ok and it was fine.
What they dont tell you however is the wooden door which came with my kitchen to hide the machine is just a basic door. it's not actually desiged to fit the washing machine as such so I had to go out and buy a specific drill bit designed to bore out a perfect circle and luckily because I am actually quite good at DIY I managed to fit the washer hinges to the door and fit the magnet catch etc all fine and it fitted well. For some though this would be very difficult to do and may end up damaging the door so be careful or get a joiner in to do it for you.
The washing machine itself is really smart. In all white with a neet digital display and simple set of buttons and the usual turn dial for settings it looks perfectly fine.
Product details (taken from the electrolux site)
Front loading washer dryer
Revolutions per Minute 1400
Maximum Loading Capacity in kg 6
Energy Efficiency B
Wash Efficiency A
Energy Consumption in kWh (60° C) 4.85
Water Consumption in Litres (60° C) 84
Energy Saving Trust Feature No
Start Delay Option Yes
Display of Remaining Time Yes
Water Control System Yes
Height in cm 82 cm
Width in cm 60
Depth in cm 54.1
I havent really had a problem with the machine it's always washed my clothes really well. I havent used the dryer much, mainly in the winter when I can't get my clothes out on the line outside but overall it does what its suppose to.
The washing options on the turn dial are really simple and easy to use and as you select each option the machine lights up and displays the time and setting on the digital display.
It has a large door so its easy to get clothes in and out of the machine which is good as its a compact hidden machine not like some washing monsters that are sold today. I like the controls and the ease of use which it gives and the washing powder input drawer doesn't clog up as much as past models I've had. It's easy to clean out and put back together if you do need to take the powder drawer out to clean.
One good point is that its a condenser dryer so there is no venting required, which was great for us as there was no was we could have put a vent in anyway. It has a delay start option which sets the machine to start when it suits you but to be honest i've never used it.
Also it has a Time Manager function which adapts the programme type to how soiled your clothes are (Intensive, Normal, Daily, Quick, Super Quick) but again I've always just used the preset values as it's something that could be useful to others.
One issue I do have however is after about 1 years use we noticed a small amount of black discolouration on the rubber seal around the inside of the door. nothing major but it does look a little strange and it looks like its some kind of mould. After a little research apparently its to do with the type of rubber used and the washing powder as its BIO and to do with washing temperatures.
The machine's auto temperatures are quite low by default so I recommend whenever you do a white load to crank the temp up which helps eliminate the black.
Also I've done an empty wash with antibac and other cleaning product to clear it away but its something to note. I belive on other machine makes this issue was raised on Watchdog a year or so ago but I hadn't experienced it until now.
However don't let that detract from a good wachine machine, overall its a nice unit and does what we want it to and is still running strong after 2 years so far.
Short name: Electrolux EWX14450