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I was very surprised to find this washing machine on this review site as i've had mine so long, i thought that they would have discontinued them by now. I have had mine years and it's still going, never broken down and still washes as effectively as it did when it was new.
The best thing about this washer is the spin cycle. The clothes come out so well spun they do not take long at all to dry. It is also simple to use, using a dial system which you turn and pull out to select and start the desired cycle. The economic 40 degree wash does not take long at all (about half an hour) the other cycles slightly longer. There is also a half load facility. The filter is easy to clean and located at the bottom of the front of the machine so is easily accessible.
I can't find anything negative to say about this product apart from the fact that it is noisy on it's final spin, but as i already said i've had this washer for years and i do recall that it has got louder with age.
I would recommend this washer as it has been so reliable. I don't think i've ever had a washing machine that has lasted as long as this one.
After having a very reliable 6 years with my old washing machine it decided to have a nervous breakdown and I had to have a new one. I didnt have alot of money to spend at the time and having a young family I needed one quickly.
I visited my local electrical store and came accorss this little number it looked easy and small and all I was bothered about at the time was it washing 8 loads of washing a week. I was assured by the shop manager that this was a popular washing machine and that it would last me a few years.
It cost me £195 and he would deliver it and take my old one away this was great because I had no way of disposing my old one. Later that afternoon as promised he came and collected the old one and fitted the new one in for me. It was a cold water washer only which I had never seen before and he explained to me that most washers were made like this for energy efficient purposes.
I had a few good months with this washer then it started to fill with water and wouldnt drain out I called the shop again and he came out hesitantly to take a look and emptied the drum and told me that something had got stuck in the pipe and cleaned this out for me. After that I made sure all pockets were emptied before putting them in the wash.
Just as the year guarentee ran out I had the same problem again so I did what he did I emptied the drum and the pipe and tried again still the water would not empty so I called them again and this time I would have to pay. I had a man come out to take a look he told me it was the pump and this would cost me £95 to fix the problem and he assured me that was all that was wrong with it and that the pump was guarenteed for 3 months and that it would last much longer than that. Not having alot of money at the time I decided to go ahead and get it fixed.
Two months after having the pump done something happened again the spin stopped working it was filling with water and my clothes just wernt getting washed. This time I decided to give up and buy a new one.
Due to my old washer lasting as long as it did I was very dissapointed with this one after having it fixed it had cost me almost as much as the old one. I would not trust the servis brand again or the shop that I bought it from. I should have used the laundrette for a few weeks until I had the money to buy a better brand.
We decided to buy a new washing machine when our old one decided to make a dramatic exit by catching fire in the kitchen! Luckily we were in at the time, and after much swearing, shoving and water throwing (Ok, not the thing you should do when an electrical appliance is on fire, but at the time it seemed like a good idea, even though more water ended up on the kitchen floor than on the burning washing machine!), we managed to get the offending appliance outside with the minimum of damage. This, however, left us not only with a great gaping hole under the kitchen counter where the washer had lived, but a gigantic pile of toddler generated washing, and no means of washing it except by hand....hmmm, not good (although the 'clothes in bath, swirl round with hung onto hockey stick from school days' approach did wash the clothes quite effectively, the wringing out was an absolute nightmare!) There was nothing for it but to invest in a new washing machine. Being fairly impoverished after the Christmas prezzie buying palaver, (this being about Feburary), we decided to turn to our old friend the home shopping catalogue. Limited choice, you might think, but not if you have five or six different catalogues! Three things enticed us into eventually ordering this model; firstly, the colour options, which include the silver which we went for (alright not a particularly good reason for choosing a washing machine, but we had just redecorated the kitchen, so it seemed to matter!), secondly the price, which although not the absolute cheapest (partly to do with our choice of colour) was reasonable, plus the energy efficiency rating of B, which, again, whilst not the best rating, was the best we could afford in the colour we wanted (OK, maybe the colour thing did get a bit too important!) The washing machine finally arrived, to a sigh of huge relief, and I proceeded to play with it in the traditional manner, washing everything in sight so I could test
out all the programmes! And believe me, there's a number of programmes to choose from; if you're really interested, there's a list below, if not, skip on through! 1. 90C + pre wash (normal fabrics) for heavily soiled stuff, a 40C wash followed by hot wash. 2. 60C colourfast cottons (cotton, linens etc without special finishes) 3. 50C polyester cottons (what it says!) 4. 40C Non colourfast cottons (my personal favourite for when you can't be bothered to sort the washing as it all comes out clean without running!) 5. Rinse/fast spin ("seperate rinse/spin for natural fabrics") 6. Fast spin (self explanatory) 7. 60C + pre wash (like programme 1, only a cooler second wash) 8. 50C delicate (delicate fabrics e.g. silks) 9. 40C quick wash (for acrylics, acetate etc) 10. Slow spin (for hand wash items) 11. Wool/Wool mixtures 12. Gentle spin (short spin for delicates) There are other features on this washing machine too, such as half load and rinse hold. We worked it out at around 20 - 30p per wash, depending on which programme you are using. This washing machine has all the regular features with some extras, washes really well, is reasonably quiet and economical, both to buy and to run. What's more, it also looks great in your kitchen and comes with both guarantee and after-sales helpline. Highly recommended.
Energy Efficiency:B / Wash Rating:B / Spin Rating:C / Spin Speed:1000 / Load Capicity (in kg):5 / Dimensions (H/W/D):60 x 80 x 55 cm / Washing Machine Type:Frontlader / Short name: Servis M3008