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# 204692 13-Oct-2016 10:26
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So our trusty F&P has packed up. Can't be bothered repairing so will do the thing that us modern people do and throw away all the things!


Would like GZ's trusty guise on what washing machine to get. Only 1 requirement - must be front loading. Young family of 4 so I guess between 7-9kg.


Always had good experience with F&P, but not necessarily loyal. I hear Samsung put out good things (Other than exploding phones).





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  # 1650176 13-Oct-2016 10:34
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Consumer says Fisher and Paykel Washsmart, LG, Bosch, Electrolux, Miele, and Beko are all worth considering, and gives specific model numbers. LG are near the top of the recommendations and prices seem reasonable.


Regarding Beko, we have one of their ovens. It works very well, but it's not as refined as some other brands in some minor areas, like racks. I wonder if the washing machines would be similar, but they're simpler machines.



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  # 1650179 13-Oct-2016 10:40
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I have a Beko Front-Loader (inverter model with Pet Hair Cycle - cant remember model number) - works well. Nice and quiet, a good range of programmes and a 1400rpm spin. Had it since April this year, got a really sharp deal from JB HiFi on it.


My recommendation, whichever brand you go with, get the biggest size you can afford. 7kg won't be enough. 9-10kg are a really good size.


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  # 1650185 13-Oct-2016 10:49
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I have an lg. Washes well but has annoying programs to choose. Not all of them let the spin speed or temperature go to maximum and some are slow. I've settled on the 60 min one and then bump the spin to full speed and the wash to 60° and that is about an hour 15 mins.


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  # 1650187 13-Oct-2016 10:51
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  # 1650192 13-Oct-2016 10:59
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suspect on the Samsung , it's not only the phones that catch fire, washing machines to.  I have had  a LG top loader for about 18 months and i would buy another one in a heart beat.Great machine .

Common sense is not as common as you think.

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  # 1650227 13-Oct-2016 11:29
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I have a 10kg FL Panasonic.


Find it great.  Has heaps of different washing cycles delayed start up to 1400rmp on some cycles.


I can add to loads as long as it's not to far through a cycle.


Have found that it doesn't go out of balance like a top loader but I get an error message saying which indicates the pump is blocked on spin cycle but I now know that it's the load not balanced when spinning.


(we have Japanese student staying and everything goes is laundry bags which makes the load unbalanced when spinning).


We got ours from Harvey Norman

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  # 1650229 13-Oct-2016 11:34
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Miele.  Possibly at the top of the price range, but the one we bought a while back is way better than the Bosch it replaced, which had a tendency to occasionally leak from somewhere we could never locate.  Also have a Miele dishwasher that has just turned 21 and still going strong, although I did have to replace the solenoid valve on the water supply last year.

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  # 1650617 13-Oct-2016 18:51
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I have a 7kg LG front loader. One major annoyance is that when it goes out of balance it eventually shuts off without unlocking the door, meaning you have to stuff around to get the door open again. This problem is very infrequent and the machine is otherwise excellent in its performance and reliability.


I live on my own and wouldn't want anything smaller than this, so if you have others living with you then I think you should definitely consider a 8 or 9kg.

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  # 1650621 13-Oct-2016 18:58
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I have a Bosch 7kg one and find it works well.

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  # 1650841 14-Oct-2016 09:22
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Thanks for all your suggestions. We've decided to go with an 8kg LG which we'll be picking up tomorrow. Stay at home mum wifey is a bit excited... :)


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  # 1651655 15-Oct-2016 18:02
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Nice and quiet, a good range of programmes and a 1400rpm spin. Had it since April this year, got a really sharp deal from JB HiFi on it.



Consumer are currently recommending against going over 1100-1200 for the spin, according to them the higher speeds don't give you much more but result in significantly higher wear on the machine mechanisms.  I've got mine set to 1100, below that you get noticeably soggier clothes.

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  # 1651667 15-Oct-2016 18:48
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There were some companies coming out with low spec machines... who then lobbied retailers etc that high spin speeds were unnecessary. Coincident? I'm suspicious.


I've had an LG front loader but the door was a pain to close correctly meaning it would open mid-wash and stop the wash. Fortunately it never leaked. I've now got a high-spec Miele and it's faultless to be fair. It uses Miele's liquid detergent and the results are genuinely a lot better than I've ever seen.

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  # 1651697 15-Oct-2016 20:46
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