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I bought the Whirlpool AWOD6927 (silver) two weeks before Xmas 2009 (perfect timing for my old machine to give up eh?)
I bought it from Appliances Online and was amazed they could deliver within 3-4 working days...even at that busy time of year.
I chose this model because it has a 7kg capacity - thus saving me a couple of washes a week.
Although it says "silver" it's actually a darkish grey......but with the digital display, it looks quite trendy.
It has 14 washing cycles.....as a family I use the Daily Load most often....this takes 1 hr exactly.
If you look at the details, it shows you can't actually use the 7kg capacity on every washing cycle...and that goes for the Daily Wash...which it says does a maximum 4kg wash.
Now, I find it a bit strange that the most used cycle cannot do a full load??? Being something of a maverick in the white goods department......I have put a fully 7kg load on Daily Load.....and clothes come out perfectly clean and well spun. This cycle is a 40 degree wash.
Call me old fashioned, but I really like hot water to wash daily use clothes in.....
However I have used the 30 min cycle - again it states 4kg (go mad, try it, you can have a full load in there). This washes at 30 degs and again, I found it perfectly fine for lightly soiled clothes.
I'm going to give you a few programme duration times, because I find it really important when choosing a washing machine, that I'm not waiting up to 3 hours for a normal wash. Cheaper washing machines often have very long cycle times, and you may not be aware of this when buying.
Cotton - 95 degs - 2.10 hours
Synthetics - 60 degs - 1.35 hours
Daily load - 40 degs - 1.00 hour
quick wash - 30 degs - 30 mins
SuperEco - 60 degs - 4 hours (I don't understand how an "eco" wash can take half a day!!!!! but that's what it says...)
The machine is quiet in use and no noticeable vibrations. It has a spin speed variable up to 1600 rpm.
It's important to chose a machine that has variable spins, as delicates may need a more gentle spin.
The digital display is easy to read and states duration of wash (so you know you've chosen the right cycle) and also tells you how long you have until the cycle has ended. A real boon if you want to know exactly when the cycle is finishing.
Start Delay up to 23 hours.....so saving you electricity, or just for convenience.
Door Open indicator..I know this seems trivial but saves the constant "trying" to open before cycle finishes.
Although 14 cycles seem a lot, this machine is very simple to operate and understand...mainly because the digital display tells you everything beforehand and during washing.
1600 rpm spin means your clothes come out that little bit dryer, but not creased as I've seen some high spin machines do.
Not So Good:
Quite honestly the only down side to this super machine, and almost a design fault, is the filter outlet.
It's almost at the bottom on the machine, so you can't get a drip tray under (all the washing machines I've had are around 2" above the floor)...so you have to put a cloth there instead.
Which is all very well....again all machines I have had in the past, you undo the filter cap and a trickle of water comes out...
With this machine you have at least a pint of water coming from the filter unit!!!!! It's crazy!
Even Whirlpool customer care admitted it was not a good design, and you could flood your floor if you weren't expecting this amount of water to come out.
The other downside was it leaked from the bottom left hand side of the machine, from new. It took the engineer 3 trips to discover the problem, one of the seals had bent over slightly and caught in the outflow socket.
However, the problem was eventually sorted - at no cost being under guarantee - and the customer service was quick and friendly.
All in all a lovely machine, does what it says on the tin, and I'm very pleased with it and would recommend it (apart from filter outlet) to anyone looking for a reliable family large load washing machine.
Short name: Whirlpool AWOD6927