“ Brand: Miele / Front Load Drum Washer / Efficiency: A+AA / 13.23 lb. load / Features: Electronic Touch / Digital Display „
The first thing I noticed when the machine was turned on a light beamed inside the drum, handy if your washing machine is plumbed in a dark place under the sink or in a corner of the utility room. A LCD screen on the front of the machine guides you through the operation of getting that pile of washing done. Is this an incentive to get the computer age teenage putting their own washing in the machine I wonder?
The LCD screen is angled in such a way to enable the user to read the screen standing up straight, doing away with half bent position trying to read the programmes. The Navitonic knob, with a button in the middle is the way to instruct the machine what you are going to wash. Turn the knob to scroll through the menus, and then press the button on your choice.
A list of wash options are available to you similar to those most of us are familiar with for example hot wash cotton, cool minimum iron wash, short wash, pre-soak and several others. Further choices are given for temperatures and spin speeds. One idea maybe to reduce the temperature of a selected wash, from 40ْ to 30ْ to save energy. On one occasion the temperature was increased to get somebody out of trouble. A slight accident produced a best shirt (normally white) pink, not the machine's fault I hasten to add, the remedy was to increase the cotton wash to 95ْ and thankfully the shirt was white again. Once your choices have been made the screen gives a time of the duration. Another option is you can set the time of when to start the wash, this enables you to wash on the overnight cheaper electricity.
The advantage of this machine is that it will inform if you have overloaded it, or if you still have some room left in the drum for more washing, by stating for instance 25% load. The door has a self-closing device, for instance if you do not quite close it properly the door will close itself, quite fascinating to watch a door shut itself.
Miele machines are generally more expensive than others on the market, but as a rule they last years and years (20yrs untroubled time is not unusual).
Short name: Miele W3985WPS