As part of the recent overhaul of our flat, we required to purchase a new washing machine as the space we wished to put our washing machine was slightly too small for the standard sized machines.
An alternative we considered with being short on space was a top loading machine but as that would have meant us cutting some off our worktop away and then scarifying work top space we decided to plum for a machine with a small in size. The dimensions of the machine are H 67.0cm x W 49.5cm x D 51.5cm.
I am sure there are some parents out there who are thinking how can you live with a drum that is only 3kg in size and at first we thought we might struggle. However, we have found that we have managed quite well. I would say that you can fit around 3/4's of what we could fit in to our old 5kg machine. Washing bed clothes such as duvet covers and fitted sheets isn't an issue either. We are a busy, active family (2 adults and 1 baby) and produce a lot of washing and this little machine keeps up with our demands.
The washing machine isn't too loud. According to the manufacturer it is 74 dB when on a spin cycle and 53 dB when on a wash cycle. I have had a hunt around so I could draw a good comparison and apparently 50 dB is conversation at home and is considered 1 fourth as loud as 70 dB. 70 dB is something like vacuum cleaner and apparently above this level a sound is considered annoyingly loud.
The washing machine is also A rated. An A rating means that it falls into the most energy efficient appliances. The rating scales goes from band A - G with A being the most efficient to G the least efficient.
The spin and cycle settings are controlled by 2 analogue dials. The one of the left controls the spin and the one of the right controls which cycle you use. We typically use the 30 minute quick wash cycle followed by an additional spin to ensure that the clothes are as dry as possible for when we come to hang them up. This is essential for us as we dry most of our clothes indoors. There are also options for washing cottons, synthetics and delicates, however we tend not to use these cycles as the can take 2 hours plus. The 30 minute quick wash is more than adequate for most of our washes, especially when clothes are not heavily soiled.
The one thing I do find a little strange about this washing machine is why it isn't as tall as the standard machine as I would have thought that the sacrifice in drum size would be with the width and not the height of the machine. It does mean that the machine is not flush with our worktop and we have had to add an extra facing to fill in the gap.
The main draw back with the washing machine is its price. It retails around £360 which is a good bit more expensive in comparison to other white washing machines which have a capacity of around 5kg - 6kg. The reasoning I place behind the machine being more expensive is that the parts used are smaller and more compact and therefore more expensive to manufacture. My reasoning is based on that laptops computers are typically more expensive that a desktop for that reason.
This machine is more than capable of keeping up with an active couple or small family and we have not had an issues keeping on top of our washing despite the smaller drum size.
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