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We moved to our new house in December 1998 & we needed a new washing machine as the old one just died on me. So in the next week I started looking for one. The Zanussi FJS 1225 W caught my eye. It had a large door that opened very wide, delay timer which was great, hand wash fucntion, delicate wash, wool wash & a 1200rpm spin. I would have preferred a faster spin, but at the time one wasn't available. It washed well & spun just fine. Only niggle I have ever had with it, is that the dispenser draw is a bit of a nightmare to clean! So why am I writing this review now in June 2012? Because after 13yrs of faithful, well used service it may just be on it's last legs! It has been a fantastic machine, only ever leaked once, yes the dreaded bra wire went through a pipe, daft I know, but it wasn't me :-) So now, my bearings have gone ;-) & yes it can be repaired, but even so, I'm trying to find another Zanussi that will serve me as well as this machine has! Yes I could go for a bigger, better machine, but why change brands now? I don't know of many machines, used at least twice a day every day that has lasted 13yrs! Well done Zanussi, I for one will be staying faithful to you!
We bought our Zanussi washing machine in October 2001, we bought it from John Lewis (formally known as Jessops) for £329. We previously had a Whirlpool washing machine which was 10 years old and needed replacing because it started ripping the clothes. We have had our Zanussi FJS1225W for nearly 2 years now and it is excellent. It washes and spins the clothes brilliantly. This machine has a wash system called Jetsystem, this showers the clothes instead of bathing them giving excellent results. It has a 1200rpm spin speed (our whirlpool only had a 800rpm spin speed) which is a lot quicker than our old machine. Also you only need to only hook it up to a cold water supply because the machine heats up the water. It has a delay start feature which goes up to 24hrs whch is good if you have ecomomy 7. It also has a L.E.D display which displays the time left of the cycle. The machine has lots of wash programmes . (cottons,synthetics,delicates,wool and a hand wash programme.) the handwash programme is useful because normally you would have to do it by hand. Not anymore!! just pop your handwash only garments in on the handwash programme and put your feet up. The machine is so easy to use because of the electronic controls. all you do is..... Press the orange on/off button press the fabric button and select the fabric you are washing (cottons,synthetics,delicates,wool or handwash) select the temperature by pressing the temperature button 30/40/50/60/90 (the temperatures go up to 90 degrees for cottons, up to 60 degrees for synthetics and 40 degrees for delicates,wools and handwash) select the spin speed by preesing the spin speed button 500/700/900/1200 select any options (Prewash or superinse or Quickwash) (this cuts the length of the cycle by 50%) press the green start button to start the cycle. SUM UP: This machine is brilliant, easy to use, gives an excellent wash, energy efficient (AAB rated, uses only 0.
95kwh of energy and 44 litres of water) and it is quiet even on the spin cycle (57db) UPDATES: machine is still going strong, 1 year later!!! hoping this machine lasts me 10 years or longer, Bought my fridge in 1992 and it is still going strong 12 years later
Come to my house and do your washing for a frightening experience I used to say. My 6-year-old Hotpoint Automatic was a noisy beggar. From day one it rattled and banged and the vibrations could be felt throughout the house. So strongly that books and ornaments fell off shelves and my cast iron pans jumped off the hooks on their wooden rack. I would often find that the washer had moved up to a foot away from it's housing and I had to repair my sink unit door because of the bashing it took from the washer. I was advised to alter the balance by twiddling something around on the feet, that helped a bit but not for long. My mother advised me to sit on it but the vibrations would have been too much for me to handle. Then I had problems with the door. It kept sticking and for the last 6 months I could only open it with a push and a pull of the handle and levering with a fork. One Saturday morning that didn't work and I had to break the door to get my smalls out. Enough was enough; I went into town to buy a new washer. Maybe I should have given in earlier but with only myself in the house the washer wasn't exactly overused and being a cautious Yorkshire lass I don't spend unnecessarily unless it's on entertainment. The only store that sells automatic washing machines in the more convenient for me town centre is the Coop. There was quite a good selection and usually they offer a 'find the same product cheaper elsewhere and we'll refund the difference' guarantee. Of course the 'helpful' assistant tried to steer me in the direction of the most expensive washer dryers but I have a separate tumbler dryer already. Then she tried to flog me one that took bigger loads more suitable for families, then the last of lines. Instead of telling her to leave me alone to decide I sent her off to find out which they had in stock for a quick delivery. Left with my mother who told me off for being difficult and takin
g more than 5 minutes to choose, I spotted my Zanussi Jetsystem 1200. A white coloured looker with rounded edges that would be less painful than my old square edged washer if a child or I knocked against it. Beab approved, A for low energy consumption, and fitting my every other criteria. I'd already been told that front loaders were all of a standard size so I knew that there wouldn't be any problems with it fitting into the alloted space. When she got back the saleswoman tried to steer me away from my dream machine but I know what I want and they had one in stock. At exactly the same time as I parted with £299.99 for the washer plus £25 for delivery and fitting, applause and cheers rang around the store. I was gobsmacked at causing such an excited reaction by spending my money until I realised that England had just scored their third goal in their world cup match against Denmark and the applause was for our team. Because it was a world cup match day there was an offer of 10% off this and other selected models. That was Saturday 15th June and rather than write an opinion immediately about my new washer I felt it would be more useful if I waited until I’d used it for a while. PROBLEM TIME It was delivered on the following Wednesday afternoon. The two men took one look at my old washer and refused to move it or fit the new one as agreed when I placed my order. I was told that I would need to have a new connecting hose fitted, as the one I had was more than 2 years old. The deliverymen also said that my water needed turning off before the old washer was moved but refused to do that. This was because the idiot who fitted my kitchen hadn’t allowed for easy access to the water stopcock so the one outside is the one that I use. I was left with my old washer still in place and a great big box with the new washer inside in the middle of the kitchen. A quick phone call and a local builder/plumber popped down 30 minute
s later. Within 10 minutes he had removed the old washer without having to turn the water off and installed the new one without having to fit a new hose – there was nothing wrong with the old one. He didn’t charge me for the work because I’m a good customer. I felt the deliverymen hadn’t wanted to remove the old and install the new washer and made excuses not to. I complained the following week and received a paltry £5 refund, but I have previously had problems with Coop after sales services so although convenient not recommended if you have time to look elsewhere. FIRST WASH My plumber advised me to do a 60 degree wash first before trying it out with clothes. This was to remove any dirt, grease or chemicals that may have been used in the building of my Zanussi. I set it going and went into the next room. A few minutes later I had to check to see if it was working because of the eerie quiet. My fears were unfounded, my new washer was almost silently chugging away giving itself a good clean. It was also quiet when the spin cycle started and didn’t scare me half to death like the old one did. Even now I still check sometimes because I was used to a very noisy washday with my Hotpoint. I jumped the first few times that my Zanussi beeped at me as it does when each load is finished, but I’ve got used to that now. THE REAL TEST I had a big pile of washing by then and eagerly filled the washer with my first load. Although you can use separate detergents and conditioners I used a combined detergent/conditioner and heaped some into one of the compartments of the large, easy to pull out to clean drawer. Next I pressed an orange button to switch the machine on and studied the settings. The first button controls the fabric or wash type. The choices are hand wash, wool, delicates, synthetics and cottons. The next button controls the temperature. The choices are 30, 40, 50, 60 an
d 90 degrees. Then there are five different spin speeds: Rinse hold, 500, 700, 900, 1200. I chose the synthetic/40 degree cycle because my clothes weren’t heavily soiled and the spin speed automatically shifted to 900 before I pressed a green button to set the cycle going. I wasn’t too happy with the 900-spin speed at first because my old Hotpoint only had an 800-spin speed. With that my washing came out too wet for the tumble dryer and only suitable for outdoor drying unless I use the spin dryer that I have for when I hand wash. I didn’t think that the 900-spin speed on my Zanussi would be much better but I found that this speed dries my washing well enough for indoor drying or the tumble drier. Afterwards I realised that I could have adjusted the spin speed to a different setting but 900 seems to suit the type of fabrics I use a 40 degree wash for perfectly. Most of my loads have been at that temperature but I have tried the delicate wash for satin and silks. The machine automatically sets to 30 degree temperature and 700-spin speed. Perfect again because the clothes are clean but wet enough for creases to fall out when hung on the washing line without having to lower the spin speed. The hardest test was with some jeans that got some oil and grease on at the garage. I used the settings: Cotton/90 degree/1200 after rubbing some stain remover into the marks. An hour or so later my jeans were clean and unmarked. They were also almost dry enough to wear and made me wish that this washer had been available when I lived with a houseful of brothers who constantly wanted clean, dry jeans. Although I didn’t need a washer with a large capacity the Zanussi Jetsystem 1200 claims an extra large 6kg capacity that I found useful when I washed my continental quilt last week at my normal 40 degree temperature but with the 1200 spin speed setting. It was clean and almost dry, just an hour on the line in sunshine
and it was ready to put back on my bed when needed. I have a glossy A4 instruction booklet but can’t quite match my model up with any of the many models in the booklet. This seems to happen nearly every time that I buy an electrical appliance. Because of that my use of the washing machine has been more a voyage of trial and error discovery than following instructions to the letter. By looking at the pictures of the various models I have discovered a few more things about my Zanussi. Jetsystem - means that it showers loads instead of soaking them, saving on water, energy and detergent while giving ‘fantastic’ results. I like the idea of any type of saving so full marks for that. Although the old washer was a boneshaker I haven’t noticed any difference in cleaning performance. Quickwash - which means that I can reduce the washing time to half of a normal wash. Without timing it I feel that this washer on normal settings is speedier than the old one that took over an hour to do the lowest temperature wash. I’m certainly always surprised at how soon I hear the beeps and haven’t found it necessary to use the Quickwash function. 30cm porthole/virtually 180% door opening – although the porthole is the same, the old washer door only opened to just over a 90% angle. No more fights with armfuls of washing and a door that wants to close before I want it to. Advanced yet simple to use electronic controls – after a bit of advancing by trial and error I find them easy to use now. Delay start – I wondered what that button was for until today. My new discovery is that I can set the timer to start my washing any time within 24 hours. Great if you can take advantage of cheaper overnight electrical charges. I tested this feature today and set it for one hour later, it worked nicely. Pre-Wash or Outdoor sports wash – to help remove the toughest stains you can set
the Zanussi to soak and tumble intermittently for up to 18 hours. I haven’t tried that yet but the next time that I have grass stains on my clothes I know that the feature is there. Wool wash – the rotation speed is reduced so that your clothes are gently and constantly moved in the water. This is to prevent matting and stretching of fabrics. I tried that with a jumper that I had previously only handwashed and it came out looking good. Child safety features – the guide doesn’t explain what they are but I’m guessing that the rounded edges will be one of them. Like other automatics the door can’t be opened when in operation and having to press a series of buttons means that the washer will be unlikely to start up by accident. CONCLUSION I am very impressed with my Zanussi Jetsystem 1200 4 months on. I’ve had no problems with it so far but if I have any within 12 months I can have my washing machine repaired or replaced under the guarantee. The best features for me are peaceful washing days and the variety of spin speeds. I also like the smart appearance and the fact that in 4 months it doesn’t appear to have strayed a centimetre from it’s housing. My old washing machine cost exactly the same 6 years ago. I feel that this time the £299.99 is money better spent.
I bought one of these in January 2001, and so far I'm fairly pleased with it, though obviously it's still early to pass judgement completely. The FJS1225W has a delay start feature, which I like, because I can load in in the evening and delay the start to early the folowing morning, when I may have the energy to put the clothes on the line. The machine is generally pleasant to use and has a nice big door instead of a little porthole, as on my previous Hoover. BUT - and this is a big but - on two occasions that my wife has washed her bras in it, it has chewed them up completely, so that the bra wire has come out and stuck in the holes in the drum. Is this a common feature in washine machines? By the way it pays to shop around - the big chains (Comet,etc) quoted £400-420 for this model, but I got it for £360 from a local distributor. They fitted it and took the old one away too.
The Zanussi FJS1225S 1200 Spin Speed Washing Machine includes the following features: a 500-1200 RPM variable spin speed; a 6 kg wash load; AA / Grade A performance for wash & energy / rated on a scale of a-g (a being the best); and a 24 hours delay start / Short name: Zanussi FJS1225W