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Ordering my machine:
My old washing machine finally died at the beginning of July. I was rather worried as I had nothing saved or spare put by to be able to get a new one. I'm terrible with saving so from July to the end of August I saved up £250 for a new machine. I had my eye on an Indesit 9kg washing machine for £249 and thought that would be perfect. Checked the day before I wanted to buy it that it was still on offer which it was. Of course, the very next day when I went to order it, it was back up to £400 full price. A tantrum and a few tears later, I decided to search elsewhere and found this Indesit 7kg washing machine for £229 from Comet.co.uk.
I ordered it with free delivery which meant it could come any time between 7am and 7pm. I got up at 6.45 because I knew with my luck it would come at 7am when I was asleep still. It ended up coming at around 2pm and I had paid £10 for them to take away and recycle my old washing machine. Thanks to comet, they even took away the packaging from the new machine but I wasn't prepared to pay another £20 on top for them to install it so left that for my dad to pop over and help me with.
What I needed from a washing machine:
A miracle! after months of wanting a new washing machine and letting my old one live it's life to the end, I was beaming with delight to see the new shiny Indesit washing machine sitting in my kitchen.
This IWB71250 Indesit has a 7kg drum which is 2kg more than my old one was. I wanted to make sure I bought one with all the right specifications and it took a while to find one in my price range which has what I needed.
My personal specifications were:
A energy rating or more
Delayed timer for use with economy 7 washing
7kg drum or more
Quick wash for delicates
Easy to navigate
£250 or under
I managed to find all of the above from the Indesit range of washing machines. My dad also has an Indesit and told me they were such an excellent make as his fridge was also Indesit and has had no problems with either appliance. (touch wood!)
What does it look like?:
I chose to have a white washing machine as all the other appliances in the kitchen were also white. This washing machine is super white! my other appliances now look grubby and off white so I'm sure my new washing machine is happy to look superior over the rest of the kitchen. It has a white, shiny, gleaming body with a glass see through door. The drawer for all of the washing detergents has the list of the different wash settings and has some I had never seen before. It has two dials, one for putting it on the number setting for the wash you have chosen and one for the temperature you are setting it at.
The delay timer is a button which co-ordinates with some lights with 3h, 6hr, 9hr and 12hr next to them.
To choose a time, you push the button marked "delay timer" until you light up the desired time you want to delay your wash. I love this feature the most as economy 7 washing is much cheaper for your bills.
What is economy 7? I never knew what it was until my dad explained it to me. If you have 2 readings on your electricity meter, a day and a night reading, this means you have economy 7. With British gas my economy 7 times are 12.30am-7.30am. If I set my washing machine to start a wash at 6am, It will wash during these times and I will pay half the electricity I would have if I put it on in the day. That way, when I get up at 7.30-8am it's washed and ready for me to hang out on the line.
It has a pause and a start button, an on and off button and spin variation to switch from 1200 to 600 spin and a intensive wash button which is for sports wear and shoes.
Settings for the washing machine:
This machine has so many different functions which is excellent but I mainly use just two settings for everyday use.
The settings it has are as follows:
1. White cotton 90 degree wash
2. Cotton 60 degree wash
3. Colour cottons 40 degree wash
4. Cotton 30 degree wash
5. Synthetics 50 degree wash.
9. Express 15 minute wash
10. Flash cotton
11. Sports intensive
12. Sports light
13. Special shoes.
These 13 settings are on the first large dial along with rinse, spin and drain if you want to give it an extra spin or rinse after your wash had finished.
I prefer to use settings 3 and 9 most of the time. I use 3 for everyday cotton clothing and even put whites in too. I don't like to wash whites on too high of a wash, so 40 degrees is just about right. I use setting 9 for delicate clothing which I don't want being washed for too long. I mainly use it for underwear as I've had a few bra's eaten up by my old washing machine so a shorter wash is perfect for those.
I have used most of the settings to try them out. I don't own any pure wool items of clothing or blankets so that setting will most likely never be used, but it's good to know it's there if it's needed. The jeans setting is great as some grass stains on Hollie's knees of her jeans came out really well and they came out well drained and spun. I took down my curtains around the house and gave them a wash on setting 7 which was excellent. They came out relatively wrinkle free which I was shocked about. I didn't have to iron them which was a plus.
When first getting the machine, I had to set it at it's highest 90 degree wash and the longest to clean the machine before I put clothes inside. It was very quiet which was very exciting to me as my old machine would make that much noise I wouldn't be able to hear the TV or speak on the phone because it sounded like I was standing on an airport runway.
Installing the machine:
When my dad finished work, he came round with the tools to be able to attach the cold tap into the back of the machine and to take the bolts out of the back. It's best to keep these bolts which hold the drum in place just in case you decide to move house because moving them without putting these bolts back in can really effect the machine and possibly break it. I needed a spanner for this which I didn't have so dad came to the rescue. When it was put back in and the drain tube was put back in place, we slotted it back into the hole and turned it on. HELLO HAROLD!
We've named our new washing machine Harold. He is a new welcomed member of the family who we love dearly. Our other washing machine just didn't want to wash our clothes properly and left a scum of washing powder on some of the clothes. This one was about to change it all and make our clothes come out clean and smell nice.
I was slightly confused as first because I wondered how I could do a 90 degree wash with only a cold tap plugged into the washing machine. After reading the manual, it was explained that the machine heats the water up inside.
I had to do the 90 degree wash first so after waiting for that to finish it was 9pm. It took almost 3 hours on that setting but it cleaned the machine and got rid of the horrible chemical smell from inside the drum.
Once it was finished, I put in my first load of washing. I had gotten some washing from upstairs and put it in a basket which I had filled to the top. Putting it into the machine, it still room for another basket full so I added some towels into the wash to fill it up. I set it at setting 3 and 40 degrees and as it was late, I decided to set it to 9hr delay which would start it at 6am. I woke up at 8am the next morning and hadn't heard a peep from the washing machine. I was slightly worried incase setting the washing machine that early would wake Hollie up or even me and I would struggle to get back to sleep.
This definitely wasn't the case. It was quiet enough not to wake us. I went down to unload and was very happy to smell my washing as soon as I opened the door. I had used Lenor's yellow summer fresh conditioner which smells wonderful and really clings to the clothes for quite a few days after so I put it straight out on the washing line as it was a nice sunny day. After a few hours, it was dry and I brought it in to check over the clothes to see if all dirt and any food splats on Hollie's clothes were gone. All stains and spills on the clothes were gone. I had washed my bedsheets and even those looked brighter and cleaner. Maybe it was me being biased to the new washing machine, but everything seemed much fresher and cleaner.
The instruction manual:
Inside the drum of the machine came the manual and a 5 year warranty for any parts that would be needed if it needed fixing. The manual labour would have to be paid for, but it does come with a 1 year warranty from comet too which was free. The manual helped me understand how each of the buttons worked and which settings are best for the different fabrics of the clothing and other materials I would be washing. It asks you to do the 90 degree wash before putting any clothing inside and gives you step by step of how to set it up. At the back it has some FAQ's incase something is making a noise, or if something isn't working. It has all of the contact details too for the machine so keep it safe incase anything does go wrong.
From reading the manual for a good half an hour, I understood each button and dial on the machine. It is very easy to use and it's basically explained on the washing machine too. I thought the manual was very well explained and easy for a novice to technology like me.
Recommending the washing machine:
I would definitely recommend this washing machine to anyone. This washing machine fits a very good amount of washing inside and all of the specifications it has are excellent. For me, it will save me a lot of money being an A rated energy machine and being able to delay the wash up to 12hrs.
To stop any mildew or even any limescale building up inside the machine, once you have put a wash on, keep the door open for the machine to dry out. The drum and door will be wet and giving it a wipe over and letting it dry for an hour or two can save you a lot of hassle in the future. Unfortunately for me, my previous machine was left here by the landlord and it was already on it's last legs. I managed to keep it on life support for 3 and a half years but it finally gave out and flooded my kitchen.
A 7kg drum is great for a big family. I mainly chose a large drum for being able to wash more at once. When it's a nice sunny day, I can now get towels, bedding and clothing into one wash and get them out on the line and dried by the afternoon. With my previous machine, I would have had to do 3 separate washes as I didn't want to overload it.
Indesit is an excellent brand as I did read a lot of reviews and ratings on washing machines before I made my final decision. It seemed that Indesit was scoring highest for energy consumption and also consumer reviews.
I give this machine 5/5 stars for being an excellent machine. I have been nothing but thrilled with it since it arrived and now my clothes smell like they should. Clean and fresh.
Thanks for reading my review
Short name: Indesit IWB71250