~*~ Indesit Moon SIXL 145D Washing Machine ~*~
I purchased this washing machine around 4 - 5 years ago now when my old white Beko one died. I was waiting for it to die so I had the excuse to buy a non white washing machine so was quite excited at the thought of a new machine.
Originally I had set my sights on a black machine, but back then there were few on the market and the only choices were an expensive Smeg one which was out of my price range or a average machine that was £100 more just for the black and was only a C rated. So I stumbled across the Moon, originally it came in a silver / grey with a blue door but luckily for me they had just released a silver one with a black door and dial.
Not only did it look good it was rated A for efficiency and priced at around £300 and comes with a 12 month parts and labour guarantee, as well as a 5 year parts guarantee.
~*~ The Moon ~*~
The Moon's dimensions are 59.5 cm wide. 85 cm high. 53.5 cm deep.
It has a capacity of 1 to 6 kg, and a spin speed of up to 1400 rmp.
The self cleaning detergent dispenser drawer is fitted to the inside of the door and has 3 compartments.
The 1st for liquid detergents, the 2nd for powder or tablet detergents and the 3rd for fabric softener.
There are only 4 wash cycles on the Moon
60° C which has a max load of 6 kg and a cycle time of 145 minutes and suitable for all white cotton.
40° C with a max load of 4.5 kg and a cycle time of 105 minutes it's suitable for all coloured garments and has an easy iron function.
30° C delicate cycle for silk, viscose and curtains but not for wool, this can be done with or without the final spin and has a cycle time of 50 -60 minutes depending on that final spin. There is a max load of 1.5 kg.
30° C daily wash/ cold water rinse, this programme can be used to wash lightly soiled cotton or synthetic fabrics and those with wash at 30 on the label and has a cycle time of only 30 minutes and a 3kg max load.
Auto Rinse Management - The rinse function is monitored and controlled in every programme by the special sensors. If the garments are very soapy at the end of the wash, the rise cycle will be extended automatically until the detergent is removed completely.
The display dial has lights that go on throughout the wash to give you an indication of how far into the cycle you are.
~*~ In Use ~*~
Turning on the machine you are greeted with a r2d2 type beep, beep ,beep in a little tune, it did make me smile and I will be honest it still does. Open the door and place washing inside, the detergent dispenser on the inside of the door is a great little invention on the Moon, it rinses completely clean after each wash and I have never had to clean, or empty any build up in it which I had previously had to do with an outside detergent drawer. You can also add detergent straight into the drum if preferred.
To start the programme it couldn't be easier with a press of the button on the central top dial , a beep sounds and away you go.
The programmes, I manly use the 40° C wash and a decent branded washing detergent, this provides good clean results that I can not fault. Rarely have I ever had to rewash anything, if I do need to it's usually down to a chocolate or tomato stain that I would usually pre-treat. The only slight downside is I do find this programme seems to take a long time, they state 105 minutes but it seems closer to 120 by the time its finally finshed and you wait to extra 2 minutes for the safety light to go out to release the door.
The 60° C wash I use for anything icky, if the children have been sick or if milk has been spilt ( I have a thing about sour milk) then in it goes and again comes out clean and fresh. I can't say I notice any difference between the results on a 40 or a 60 with normal washing.
The 30° C delicate wash I have only used once on a silk dress, it wasn't marked in any way just needed freshening up and it can out clean and fresh and in perfect condition.
So, so far its all good and positive and a great machine until we get to the 30° C quick wash. How handy to have a quick 30 minute wash I thought well ....
I have tried to use this wash 4 times now and every time the same thing happens, the washing isn't dirty or stained just normal everyday wear. Now if you imagine the inside of a Cornish Pasty, now imagine what your washing would look like if you left one in the pocket of something. That is the only way I can describe what the washing looks like when it comes out, like its been washed with a pasty, there are horrible bits all over it. Each time I have racked my brains as to why it happened , and I have no answer , and each time I have then had to rewash on a 60° C to get rid of the bits. Hence why I have only tried it 4 times, and after the 2nd time it happened I only tried again to kind of prove I was right and it was weird and it was happening.
It's like the cycle isn't long or hot enough to get rid of the dirt, but where the dirt comes from I have no idea, and it doesn't happen on any of the other cycles.
The door seal has started to go mouldy and perish but I do keep the door shut at all times, due to the washing machine being in the middle of the room, having children, and the design of the door being heavy due to the dispenser it doesn't open at a small angle and sticks out which just isn't practical or safe.
The mould is clean though as in it doesn't transfer to the clothes when put in or taken out , and I have scrubbed it with mould cleaner and a cream cleaner and it doesn't come off it's more like a stain.
Where it has started to perish is at the bottom of the seal, as I don't dry it after each wash there is a small amount of water left which over time causes the rubber to go.
Writing this has prompted me to order a new one costing around £20 from Amazon. I can't complain at that as I could spend time drying it but life is too short and £20 after nearly 5 years of constant use is not a lot to pay out.
The spin on the machine has a load balancing system which means even on a fast spin the machine does not vibrate very much and does not move around at all. The noise is no more or less than other machines and just your average washing machine noise.
~*~ Thoughts ~*
Having only 4 wash cycles was a positive for me, my last machine everything was washed on a programme 5 and this one I use the 40° C wash for 95 % of my washing so having endless programmes is not necessary for me. I love the inside door dispenser not only for looks but practicality as it keeps clean.
I have never had any trouble from the machine, other than a small leak which was my own fault for having something trapped in the door and general wear and tear on the door seal.
I like the fact you can't see the washing inside I as I think it looks tidier, in our house we get through tons of tea towels in the kitchen, that get chucked in the machine till the next wash and it's nice to not have them on view.
But the weird 30 minute wash is such a disappointment and does detract from what a great machine it could be.
I have read other reports of a smell coming from the washing machine but I have never experienced that problem myself.
~*~ Conclusion ~*~
A great looking machine especially for the cost, and the efficiency but due to the quick wash problems I am finding it hard to rate .
For me personally its been a 4 out of 5 machine as the quick wash is not worth having, but as most of my washing goes on the 40° C cycle and it wasn't a programme I had on my machine before this, so I don't feel any loss. However if you are already a quick wash user and that feature is one that brings your attention to the Moon you would be highly disappointed and wouldn't rate it so highly.
Due to this being my personal review I will give the Moon 4 out of 5 , but I would ask do you need a quick wash to anyone before recommending.
4 out of 5
When me and the Mr moved in together about 4 years ago, we were very fortunate in that our parents helped us out with buying some of the basics that we needed. My parents helped us to buy a washing machine, and we got the Indesit Moon.
One of the main factors for us was price, with both of my sets of parents chipping in to help I didn't want to put them to too much expense but I also wanted to invest in something decent which would last. I can't remember how much we paid for our Moon, and Indesit don't seem to sell it anymore. However it looks like they can be bought second hand through Ebay, Gumtree etc.
The main thing about this machine is that it looks very modern. Several friends have commented to me that they like the look of it. As you can see from the picture it's white with a solid door - ours is blue. It was a bit weird at first not being able to see your washing but I don't really need to see the washing in the machine. You get the feeling that Indesit was after the young professional market with this machine. In terms of its size it's quite average for a washing machine and fits perfectly into the space designed for a machine in my kitchen.
In terms of setting it up, my partner did it with a youtube instuctional video - he's never plugged in a washing machine before and he did it in less than ten minutes so I'd say it's pretty easy to do!
The door is on a hinge and we've never had any problems with it.
This is a very simple, basic machine. There are five buttons to the front;
On/off button - Does what you would expect. This also has the lock key on it and a red light to tell you when you can and can't open the door.
60 degree wash - for anything you might want to wash on a high temperature. Takes quite a while to do a wash, Well over two hours
40 degree wash - Again, quite a long cycle at over 2 hours long
30 degree quick wash - pretty handy at 30 minutes
30 degree delicates - again a shorter wash at about half an hour which you can be confident will protect delicate items
The wash cycles are easy to use - you press a button and leave it to it. There are a circle of lights which tell you how far through the cycle you are, which I find useful.
We're a young professional couple, just washing general household items like towels and our own clothes. generally a 30 degree wash cleans our clothes just fine. I use the 40 degree wash for towels etc, but as it takes so long I tend to leave it overnight. The settings are basic but work for us as we don't have lots of things to wash and no baby/child clothes that need a good scrub! I always find that clothes/towels etc are always clean and fresh when they come out of the machine.
It is annoying that there is no option for a quick spin, and that the only options you have are the washes. If you forget about the wash and you have some towels that have gone a bit smelly, you have to wash them all over again and can't just spin them to freshen them up.
~The worst bit~
For me, the worst bit about this machine is that it builds up a layer of black mould/gunge on the inner seal. Not only does it look horrible, but if you don't wipe it down immediately it gets on your clothes when you remove it from the machine - which defeats the purpose of washing them as they come out more dirty! In researching this article I read that this is because of the low temperature settings. Apparently you should run your machine on an empty 90 degree wash once a month to keep it fresh (who knew?) This isn't an option with the Moon as it doesn't have a setting that high. The gunge looks horrible and it's a bit gross to wipe down, other users have reported a smell but I can't say we've had a problem with that.
The other issue is I've been guilty of overloading it on two occasions, which was a major disaster!! Water was POURING out of the machine and went everywhere, the cycle is really hard to stop and the door locked itself for several hours and I couldn't rescue the clothes. This is not a mistake I'll be making again!
The machine is really simple to use and looks modern. The energy rating is A+ which is great in terms of saving money on energy and helping the environment. The drum is a decent capacity at 6kg and a spin speed of 1600 on the highest setting.
The detergent draw is hidden in the door, you don't have to pull it out and you just pour your powder/liquid into it. It doesn't get messy and it's really easy to use. I've always used liquid in this machine so I just use the lid of the bottle to measure how much to pour in.
This is a very simple machine and it does for us. We just need clothes washing and freshening up for work and a 30 degree cycle is usually fine, or the 40 degree wash to really get a good clean. It is a simple machine with an easy to use draw for your washing powder.
However, I don't think this washing machine would be suitable for families who need to do a lot of washing and have very dirty items to wash. The higher cycles just take too long, which is annoying for me and I don't have cloth nappies/school uniforms etc to wash! The black gunk inside the machine is gross, luckily ours doesn't smell but it's not what you want in a machine.
Overall I feel that this machine just 'does'. I don't love it, I don't hate it. It just washes my clothes in a simple way at this stage in my life. However, if I were to start a family I would get a different machine to this so that I wasn't waiting forever for higher washes. And it will be nice to get a machine in the future that is gunk free.
I'm giving this machine 3 stars as it has lots of good points, but in retrospect I feel we could have got a better machine for our money.
The Indesit moon looks great, the different style looks stylish with its opaque door so you don't have to see your washing going round.
There are just 5 buttons the the machine, Power, 60 Deg, 40 Deg, 30 Deg and delicate.
It works well as long as you don't want just a spin are rinse.
The big problem with this machine is its lack of settings, it really needs a spin and 90 Deg wash. If your clothes are still too wet they need to spin, but you have to just hang out are tumble dry far too wet.
The door rim often builds up dirt and mould after time, and a simple service wash or 90 Deg too kill all bacteria is great, but the best this machine does it 60.
The self cleaning soap draw seams great, until the softener sticks and becomes mould. Although the draw, which is on the door, can come off into pieces very easily and be washed in boiling water to look as good as new.
Keep on top of it!!! I have recently cleaned mine out, tip the machine back and get a shallow bowl, plastic, and open the filter (bottom right) this is very tight to grips might help; drain the water to keep it fresh. Use a tooth brush to clean the door rim with some bicarbonate of soda, take the soap draw from the draw (big release catch underneath) and wash it, wipe the drum and anywhere else that looks grim. Put it all back together and put it on a 60 wash empty.
Its a good machine but needed more thinking before selling.
I've had my Moon washing machine for a couple of years, not really expecting it to last long considering how much washing I do, but I have never had any problems with it. The machine is extremely quick and easy to use, it only has a few settings, which means that you don't have to waste time deciding which settings to use. You just put your washing in, put in your liquid / powder and press a button. I think it saves time and stress. Some might not like the simple nature of the settings, no doubt some would prefer more buttons and displays etc, but you really don't need them. I tend to wash everything on 40 degrees, it works well on lightly soiled or very dirty (think festival). The 30 minute wash is good for freshening clothes up. I'm not too keen on the 30 degree wash (it doesn't seem to get things clean). I rarely use the 60 degree wash.
The only minor downside, is that I find the liquid holder (on the inside of the door) leaks a bit of water when you open the door, but it's not really a problem.
All in all I love mine, and would buy another the next time I buy a washing machine. It looks good too, more interesting than your average washing machine.
I actually find that the simplicity of use of this washing machine is one of its best points. I bought it about 6 weeks ago, have used it at least once a day and have found that I tend to either use the quickwash cycle which only takes 30 minutes or the 40 degree cycle. It also came with a fab quick guide card which is handy to refer to rather than looking through the entire product brochure.
The design is sleek and smart and its so obvious where to load washing/softening products that even my boyfriend enjoys using it!
The only negative that I have found so far is that when you have finished your washing, if you leave the door ajar slightly then residue from the washing liquid can seep out on to the floor. I have tried to get in to the habit of closing the door, and luckily our floor is lino so wipe cleanable.
All in all, I love this washing machine. It looks super smart and is easy to use, just watch out for any potential mess leaking from the loading compartments.
I have had my Indesit Moon washing machine for two years and have been extremely disappointed with it from day one. The design and colour of the machine attracted me to it and I paid little attention to the potential performance. The number of programmes is limited to five and whilst the 30 degree wash is fairly quick 30-40 minutes, the 40 degree wash takes well over an hour. One of my biggest issues with the machine, is the build up of black mould on the rubber seal. I notice that a previous reviewer has had the same problem and has replaced the seal - this is something that I will be looking into.
Another issue is the build-up of washing liquid in the door compartment. I have tried using washing powder instead but this leaves small white specks all over the washing.
The liquid/powder compartment can be removed for washing but there are so many "nooks and crannies" that it is impossible to clean it thoroughly.
All in all a very disappointing performance from this machine.
I have had this washing machine for about a year, i find it a nice machine, i like the colour as it goes with my kitchen and looks very stylish.
At first i did not like the door closed in, but in time i grew used to it, only because the usual doors are clear and you can see how the washing going around etc.
The washpowder compartment and fabric conditioner one is in the door, which can be easily taken apart to clean.
All i do with my wash is click the on button and then click which temperature i require.
I usually find the 30 degree wash is fine and takes around 40 minutes but this machine is exellent at weighing the load and if the load is light it only washes for about 20 minutes depending on the amount in the machine.
If i put alot of lighter clothing in the machine at 30 degrees it knows the weight and takes so much quicker to wash, but the quality of the wash is just the same but uses less energy and so is better and saves money.
There is a compartment at the bottom of the door which collects the fabric conditioner dreggs etc and it can be a nuisance to get used to changing as you have to bend right down onto the floor to line it back up to the springs it clips into, it is ok for the able bodied but if disabled like me i find it hard to do but it only needs changing after about say 10 washes or so and so my hubby can do mine for me, if i forget it needs changing the fabric conditioner falls all the way through the compartment onto the floor and so is wasted.
Also this machine takes about 2 and half hours to wash if put onto a higher degree was, ive tried it on the 40 degree twice and it took over 2 hours, i felt i was waiting forever for it to end but it washed brilliantly so was worth the wait.
I love this machine and once you get used to the features as with every machine, it is a super appliance for the home, a good buy and very reliable.
Must be only me! I have had my 'moon' for just over two years when we moved to a new house and replaced all our existing appliances with new funky and greener ones. However I find i mostly need to wash on 40 degree cycle and my whites are not what they used to be!
I have had the rubber door seal changed once already due to black mould which has already accumulated again on the new seal. I never shut the door when not in use, allowing air to freely circulate! The indesit engineer stated this was due to using liquids rather than powder detergents? If I use powder on anything but a white wash, small specks of powder are always evident on completion. I have also purchased at £10 a box the granules direct from Indesit which you use periodically on a 60 degree cycle to remove any build up of residues etc. which may in time damage the drum! After using these I then get tiny brown specks of debris on my clothes for at least a couple of washes. I would like to be able to use a spin only feature when I have handwashed an item rather than put it on the rinse only cycle which takes 30 mins and upto 50mins depending which option you choose! A very long time. Anyway I am stuck with it for now but certainly would not purchase another.
When the old family washing machine finally packed up after a good 9 year run (R.I.P) it was time to time to turn our attention towards getting a new machine to live up to the old one's speeds, reliability and general performance. It was quite a few months ago now that we were flicking through an old Argos catalogue looking for a new machine.
The criteria that had to be met were:
1) High speeds for those stubborn stains
2) A good energy rating, so I feel like i'm doing my bit.
3) A good price
We finally decided on the Indesit SIXL 145S because it pretty much met all the above criteria though we did have to get over the opaque door which although seeming very small it was a weird notion not to be able to see the washing at all until the cycle finished. As previously stated we bought it from the Argos catalogue which is the general done thing in my house for some reason. We got free delivery and a very kind man installed it for us for no more than a cup of tea!
The washing machine looks very unique, the blue door and silver machine is really quite stylish and is a nice edition in our kitchen. Washing powder/tablets/fabric softener or whatever else is loaded into the inside of the door. This is much more convenient than having to clean the tray with other machines, but you should also be warned if you miss, there is much more chance everything will end up on the floor! Though there are clear and simple instructions on how to put in detergent in the form of trouble-free fill levels so there shouldn't be too much of a problem here.
Washing itself couldn't be simpler! The machine only has 6 buttons and one of those is the power button! I know you're thinking 'well that's way too oversimplified' or 'they must've left buttons out!' but I will say now I haven't used a washing machine that is more simple to use that did such a great job at getting my clothes clean. The buttons operate as follows:
30 degrees - daily wash - 30mins - 800rpm
30 degrees - delicates - 50mins - no spin
30 degrees - delicates - 50mins - 600rpm
40 degrees - colours - 1hr45mins - 1000rpm
60 degrees - white cotton - 2hrs25mins - 1400rpm
(And Power Button)
The first wash is great for those 'I need my clothes now' times provided they are not full of grime and you'll see they are all pretty fast cycles.
To start a wash you bung in your clothes, fill in the in-door tray and then press the power button which starts up the blue LED display on the front of the washer. Once you close the door it immediately locks itself and you should see a little red light. Select the cycle you want then you get to waft away and maybe watch a bit of TV in peace. The cycle is incredibly quiet even at its top speed! You can leave it to its own devices but if you are waiting on a wash, the bright blue LED lights let you see how much longer you'll have to wait. The more lights the less time you'll have to wait and once the wash is complete they fade in and out until you press the power button again.
I do love the new Indesit and might even goes as far as to say it's even better than the old Hotpoint washer, like a prettier, younger more virile model.
The machine has a multitude of great little features including:
-Automatic washing temperature regulation.
-A Load Balancing System
-Rinse Management controlled by sensors which extends the rinse cycle until there is no detergent left.
Before you rush out and buy you should note that if you overfill the wash or put in excessive soap etc you may return to discover your floor covered with soapy water because the washer has a release mechanism to stop it from breaking down supposedly but this doesn't apply to you or me because we're 'good' and would never do that.
If anything does go wrong though the machine comes with a warrantee.
Efficiency - A+
Capacity - 6kg
Spin Cycle - 1400rpm (top speed)
Colour - Silver (and blue)
Price - ASDA(£300), Argos(£349.99) = Shop around!
More info - www.indesit.co.uk
When i got this machine as a gift I was over the moon (lol) Its not just any washing machine - its an extremely good looking machine, funky and simple looking. It only has five buttons on the front, which can be used together to run 8 differant cycles. The instruction booklet is easy to understand, and there is also instructions on the machine, only seen when the door is open.
The lack of drawer confused me to begin with, until I read that it has a self cleaning dispenser inside the door, which improves the look of the machine, as drawers can get dirty looking(never mind opened by children...) and self cleaning is always going to be a better option ;) Tjhe only problem with this is that a small amount of water drips outwhen you open the door.
I find a 30degree 30 minute wash is perfect for wahing clothes that have been worn, but are not really dirty, and with this being an A+ machine I have noticed a differance in my electricity consumption having previously had an old machine. This machine has in-built sensors which detects detergant still in the clothes, which means you don't have to worry about stil soapy clothes, even when using a short wash.
Overall i think this is a great, economic machine.
I bought the Indesit Moon 3 months ago. It stood out with its unusual design and the colour but mainly because of the easy to use controls that even my boyfriend can use (no excuses now!).
I liked the fact that you put the washing detergent/softener in the door so there are no drawers to pull out and the machine cleans the dispenser automatically, although you can detach the dispenser if you want to. You simply have to press one button on the front dial. The other thing that impressed me is how quiet the washing machine is compared to previous washing machines that I have bought.
There are three main settings on the front dial - 60, 40 and 30 degree washes and there is also a 30 minute quick wash setting.
I am very impressed with this washing machine and would definitely reccomend it. It is smart, quick and very easy to use.
I purchased this appliance nearly 2 years ago now when I moved into my first home. As it was new there was a delay for it to arrive - but well worth the wait! The initial appeal to us both was the cosmetics of the product - it looked so funky and would be well suited to our modern looking kitchen. I must say, this was one of the best things we bought. We both work long hours but the ease of use and the simplicity of the product means we can just throw the washing in, switch it on and press one button to start (yes it really is that easy)! Even HE uses it!
The compartments for the powder and fabric conditioner are neatly placed on the other side of the door with no awkward compartments. As I was probably one of the first to purchase this product, it would be useful to say that it is still going strong and I have had no problems whatsoever, and at £299 (which is the price when i bought it), even if it did go wrong I have had at least 2 years spinning from it! Would recommend to all.
The noise levels are relatively low although i would'nt know the exact level in dB(A). That would also depend how far you are away - I sit approx 6 metres from the machine when it is on and it is not intrusive at all. Obviously more noisy on a spin cycle but not annoying.
It allows 6KG per load - I have had it as full as poss and the machine has still performed effectively.
The rating are both A for energy and for wash and B for spin, and I have not had to repair the machine so far. At some point the rubber seal on the entrance to the machine will need replacing but not bad so far.
There is a quick wash or delicate program which lasts for 30 or 60 minutes.
Dimensions - H:850mm W:595mm D:535mm
1400rpm Spin Speed
6kg Wash Load
A+ Energy Rating
Quick Wash Feature
8 Washing Programmes
Indesit is an Italian company best known for it's good quality home appliances. It's products are highly trusted by housepersons and businesses alike throughout Europe. For your peace of mind all Indesit products come with a full 1 year warranty cover (which can be extended if you so wish).
This is not the largest washing machine on the market, so may not suit a family as big as The Walton's, with it's 46 litre drum/6kg washload, but it is plenty enough for an average family. It loads from the front so you can put it in your kitchen without losing valuable surface space. The door opens very wide which makes loading in tight spaces (like our pokey kitchen... ;o)) very convenient. The machine fills from the cold water mains only, beware having a shower while it's on if you have a mixer shower.
Want to do your bit for the environment then this is a great machine with an A+ energy rating (Energy Consumption of 1.02 Kwh) and a fairly low water Consumption of 65 Litres. It also has a quick wash programme which takes a pawltry 30 minutes; just enough time to drag yourself back upstairs to get the kids ready for school.
It does a fantastic job on getting your clothes clean (although I am sure the detergent help, I am yet to try it with my eco-balls to see how it does without chemicals) and your clothes do not come out of the drum dripping as the spin is very good for a machine in the under £300 price range.
Wash programmes: There is a delicate and a wool wash facility but you will need to read the instructions in the manual, which I might add is quite easy to follow. It does not, however, have a dry clean option which is a shame as otherwise the programmes are quite complete.
This is a beautiful looking item which is a great start for what has turned out to be a brilliant washing machine, probably the best I have ever purchased. The settings are remarkably easy to follow, without a mass of buttons to choose from, and although quite limited I feel you don't need more than it has. It is very quiet when balanced, the feet are adjustable so this should generally be the case, otherwise you may want to close the kitchen door and your lounge too for that matter...it can get noisy.
I love the fact that the inside of the door has multiple compartments for all your possible washing/softening/stain removing detergents, which is self cleaning: no more gungy drawers to clean out, it also has a sponge to collect any drips which I think is a simple solution to the safety issue of wet patches on the kitchen floor.
All in all I would recommend this to a friend and would purchase it again (providing it has a good innings).
I have the Indesit Moon washing machine bought a couple of years ago when our old one died. I wasn't overly keen on the look of it (the windowless door seemed odd) but my partner was very keen and it seemed to have some other good features so I was talked into it!!
Since then the looks of it have grown on me with almost every visitor to our house commenting on it and some even asking what it was! We have the version in silver with a blue door although some colour variations are available now I think it was quite new when we bought it and that was all there was.
The main attraction for me was the fact that only has 5 buttons that are used in different combinations to give different wash/cycle types. The shop assistant described it as very 'man' friendly and although it is very user friendly my fantasies of my partner taking over the washing chores has never materialised!!
I particularly like the 30 minute half load wash button which is the one I use most. There are also options for different temperature washes and for delicates. I have washed clothes that should be hand wash only on the delicate wash a few times and they have come out fine.
As much as I like it I have found a couple of downsides (though nothing I couldn't live with):
Firstly it is supposed to have some kind of eco sensor in it that can tell when all of the washing powder has been washed out and should make the wash cycle last longer if it senses any soap is still in your clothes. This does not work and our clothes routinely come out with white blobs of soap powder on them.
Also it is advertised as having quite a high spin rate (which is what I was looking for) but found out after buying it that the spin rate varies depending on which wash cycle you use. So with the shorter wash cycles the spin rate is not so high. Have to say this hasn't really caused any problems though.
All in all though I am pleased with this washing machine and would recommend it.
A beautiful machine - and that's saying something considering it's a washing machine!
Now, i'm 23 years old, so you could well imagine that a washing machine would be last on my priority list when shopping for appliances for our new house.
The Indesit Moon, however, was at the top!
Just look at it, it's every mans dream - good looking with not many buttons to press!
For those of you that actually care what your washing machine does, i'll have a go at explaining this one.
5 buttons - and one of them is a power button!!
Press the power button, then the button for whichever wash you want... away you go.
LED progress indicator - this is sexy as hell. Glowing blue LED's let you know how far through the cycle it is, and when it's finished the cycle they pulsate beatifully (I'm a sucker for blue LED's!)
Alkalinity sensor in drum - detects detergent left in garments and rinses again. Great if you've hand washed an item - you can just throw it in and let the machine do it's thing.
A few other features:
Automatic temperature control, spin speed and wash intensity. Self-cleaning dispenser in door. Cold fill.
The in-door despenser is quite funky, with little floating indicators to tell you how much detergent is in there.
The only down side to this is that sometimes you get some excess water in the door and when you open it to get your clothes out it drips on the floor - nothing major though.
This is, at the end of the day a washing machine, so here's my views on using it everyday.
It's 6Kg drum is plenty big enough for the average household and can get through you're washes in no time, although one thing to mention is not to over fill it. This is because the detergent holder sits on the back of the door and closes into the drum - if you over fill it, it's not only difficult to close the door, but also the water doesn't flow very well through the holders and so your closes aren't washed as well.
Once your clothes are in and you've topped up with your favourite brand of detergent, your ready to go.
Close the door, hit the power button and then choose you're wash cycle.
The standard cycles are: 60deg (for whites etc), 40deg (for everyday), 30deg (for delicates) and another 30deg (for quick wash - which takes 30 mins).
Once you've pressed your cycle button, that's it, the door locks (indicated by a small red LED) and away it goes.
The machine is VERY quiet in my opinion - i've been to some peoples houses and struggled to hold a conversation because their washing machine was so loud!
I can only just hear this machine in full spin when sat in my lounge (which is only around 10 foot away, through two closed doors).
Ok, so wash has finished.
Take out the clothes and put your next lot in - simple as that - no cleaning of this machine at all. This is down to the great design that is the detergent holder.
As this is actually inside the drum (when door closed of course) the water washes through it and so nothing gets left behind.
The only maintenance, that i could see you would ever need on this machine is if a mechanical part broke... but day-to-day maintenance has been eliminated.
Overall a marvelous feat of engineering.... ok maybe not, but it's bloody good - especially if your looking for a modern looking machine too!
As always when buying I would definitely shop around for this. We paid around the £299 inc VAT - which unfortunately i found out later wasn't the cheapest. I have seen them for around £250 inc VAT and sometimes lower if on offer etc.
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