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my landlord bought this for our flat and it is a complete waste of space its broken down at least 6 times in the past year. it always stops half way through the cycle and will not drain. it has been the same problem everytime. as soon as engineer comes out to fix it the same thing happens again after a few washes. when it does work the washing comes out still very wet. i would recommend spending that little extra money and buying a decent brand machine. stay away from anything thing matsui!
I didn't actually buy my Matsui MWM145W washing machine, it was already installed when I moved into my new flat. A quick google tells me that it currently sells for about £200 so not too expensive and probably good for people on a budget.
This washing machine is pretty basic, there are options for pretty much everything you'll need to with it but none of the more sophisticated options you get with a more expensive machine. Its pretty basic in appearance, just white with dials and an on button, no digital displays or touch screens or anything like that!
The drum is quite small, so while this machine is fine for me as a single person who does maybe one or two washes a week I don't think it would be ideal for a family, especially if you have small children who create a lot of washing! Washing things like bedding and towels is a bit of a pain due to the small drum but it hasn't bothered me too much.
Like most washing machines, this has options to set temperature and spin speed as well as lots of preset programmes for a variety of fabrics. There are 'eco' options with lower temperature so you can get clean clothes and do your bit for the planet!
The washing machine takes about an hour and a half to get through a cycle, which feels really long if you're waiting for it to finish so you can go out and do something else! Its also really really noisy, mine's in my kitchen which is open plan with my living room and I have to bump up the volume on the TV quite a bit to drown out the noise of the washing machine trying to blast off!
My clothes always come out clean and rinsed, so no complaints there, and while this may not be a perfect washing machine, its fine for my needs and fairly good value for money if it suits your circumstances.
I'm usually quite a positive person but when this machine broke down for 3 weeks whilst various engineers replaced parts ranging from the motor to the circuit board I wasn't a happy chappy. Luckily the machine was still in warranty so curry's paid for all the work however I had a huge pile of dirty washing and a mounting laundrette bill.
Saying this when the machine has been working the results are great. There are many different cycles to choose from (including quick wash modes) and the machine puts up with several washes a week with usually no difficulty. The controls are very simple to use too. One problem with the simple controls though is that there is no way of knowing how long the washes will last and this is usually quite a long time.
So it's a tough one...you may be lucky enough to have no problems with the machine whatsoever or even worse than myself it may stop working a day after the warranty runs out. However, this is a cheap solution that usually works great. The final decision you need to make is whether you are willing to save money by gambling with the reliability if your washing machine.
I bought this washing machine from Curry's roughly 4 years ago. My old washing machine had broken down. My son was in cloth nappies and I needed something quick. This was cheap and available for immediate delivery, that was it settled.
Average energy consumption rating: A (On a scale of A-G , A is best)
Water consumption: 43 litres
Maximum load capacity: 5kg
Cold water feed
The machine is a basic white, front loading machine with rotary dial control. It has the basic settings for cotton, synthetic, delicate and wool with various temperature settings for each. It also has an economy wash within the cotton setting, exactly what makes it economy, I really do not know as it takes just as long to wash. I am assuming it is using less water, but it if so, this is not noticeable. The spin cycle is variable from 0 -1400 rpm.
Advantages : This is relatively quiet, at least compared to my older machines. I noticed a drop in my electric bill as this is obviously more efficient than my ancient Zanussi had been. It has seen a lot of use with two boys, cloth nappies, and a messy husband and is still working with no major repairs. The one replacement part we had to buy was easily obtained at a reasonable price.
Disadvantages: Small drum size means you can not wash even single duvets. I do not think this cleaned as well as my old machine, leaving more stains and more for hand scrubbing. My son leaned on the door and snapped off the hinge when he was about 12 months old ( and no he is not huge). The lint trap is a terrible nuisance to use and for some reason my machine is not filling properly on the cotton setting forcing me to wash on synthetic always. The absolute worst though is the child lock feature. This means every time you switch the machine on and off you must move the dial back and forth to zero. It does not really work as a child lock though and means if he touches the dial - which he does at times, the machine stops and I must go back to zero and restart the whole wash again.
Update: The machine is getting closer to 5 years old now, and it will be sent away for recycling next week. It has become louder and louder over the last few weeks. now it no longer spins at all so clothes come out soaking. It is making horrible banging and squealing sounds. It sounds like a pig being butchered in one of the old metal rubbish bins. Cleaning performance has continued to drop, and this has reached the point of being pretty well useless. It's not worth the cost of repairs so away it goes.
Appliances always seem to die when you are flat broke, or mine do anyway. My washing machine had been on its last legs for a while and when it finally decided to die I needed to replace it quickly and on a tight budget. To be honest I didn't really research my new machine before buying, I wanted a machine for under £200 and the only feature I really cared about was the quick wash and the Matsui MWM145W fitted those specifications. I was a little worried about buying a brand which I had never heard of but the sweet talk of the saleswoman persuaded me that this was a good machine.
The machine looks much like any other machine and sits inoffensively under my counter. The front of the machine is fairly simple and unfussy which makes cleaning it easy. I would have preferred a nice stainless steel fronted machine to fit in with the rest of my kitchen but on my budget this was not possible. The only thing that I don't like about the front of the machine is the cover for the filter which is a piece of plastic which sat at the bottom of the machine and was taped on when it was delivered. After removing the tape and cleaning the filter out the cover would not stay put. I got fed up of it falling off all the time so gave up and chucked it in the back of a cupboard.
The machine is cold fill only so you only need one stream of water going into the machine as well as a place for the outlet hose and a plug nearby. It was easy enough to install, don't pay an installer from the electrical shops £20 for something you can do yourself in less than half an hour.
The machine has a capacity of 5kg of dry clothes which is fairly small. I was advised when buying that this was not big enough for a double duvet however since I have an all seasons quilt (one of the ones where you clip the 11 tog and 4.5 tog together to make a thick winter duvet) my quilts are smaller than average. My 11 tog double bed sized quilt fits inside the machine at a push but you would struggle to fit a king size quilt into the machine which could mean trips to the laundrette to wash it. The load size suits my household needs but those with larger loads of washing might prefer a bigger drum.
The range of programmes on the machine is good with 20 wash programmes for cottons, synthetics, delicates and woollens. The programmes are easy to select on the dial with pictures of the type of material and temperature by each programme setting. As well as the standard programmes the machine also has a cold wash and special programmes for baby clothes, sports clothes and curtains. I've not got around to using all of the programmes and I am sure I never will but I have been happy with the performance of the programmes I have used so far. The machine is reasonably quiet in use and the standard programmes seem to run for around an hour and a half. The quick wash programme is my personal favourite and takes only 40 minutes, it's really handy when you know that you need a pair of trousers ready for the next morning or for rinsing out swimming suits and towels quickly. It is not a good programme to use on heavily stained items as it has left the smell of BO on some sports clothes but great if you are in a hurry.
I also like the fact that you can select the speed of the spin cycle for each wash with spin speeds from 400 to 1400 and the option not to spin at all. This is a really handy feature and you also have the option of extra rinse, a spin cycle alone, draining the machine, an easy iron button and an extra rinse button.
I have owned my machine for around 15 months now and have had one problem with it. When I had owned it for around 10 months I noticed a bad smell coming from the machine but a boil wash sorted it out temporarily. One day I put them machine on as normal and came back to find the machine still full of water and some lights flashing on the front of the machine. I had no idea what these lights meant so decided to consult the manual and discovered that if the machine has a fault then each sequence of flashing lights signifies a different type of failure. My particular error code meant that the pump had failed or was obstructed so I removed it to clean it. The fact that the filter is on the front of the machine is a bonus but it's position so close to the ground means that despite trying to collect the flow of water with towels and basins and pans the kitchen is guaranteed to flood if you empty the machine this way. After removing all the coins and debris from the filter the fault still persisted so it was time to call out the engineer. After finally turning up and on his second visit he pulled a rather smelly sock out from hoses in the machine which was the cause of the problem. I think this is a fairly common fault and not due to a design flaw with the machine but to be on the safe side I took out an extra four years cover when the guarantee ran out for the cost of £77.
I'm happy with my MWM154W, it might not be the trendiest or highest spec machine on the market but it is easy to use, performs well and has a good variety of features which will help you to get your washing clean. The only downsides of the machine are the relatively low load size and the niggly annoyances about the filter and filter cover. If you are on the look out for a washing machine on a budget then this machine might be the one for you.
Short name: Matsui MWM145W