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Topic # 237495 5-Jun-2018 12:26
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Hi guys

 

We are looking to buy a front loader washing machine. Currently its just two of us but will be looking at having babies in future. Any suggestions of washing machines?

 

We have been advised Miele is the best but most of the ones available at harvey norman does not seem to have great reviews at productreview.com.au

 

So a bit confused.

 

I have looked at AEG as well 

 

Any recommendations/suggestions?

 

Cheers

 

KK


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  Reply # 2029777 5-Jun-2018 12:49
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Just to kick things off, personally got a Samsung, this https://www.applianceshed.co.nz/10kg-front-load-washer?utm_source=Pricespy&utm_medium=May_product_link&utm_campaign=Pricespy_May_clicksegment about a year ago and its been fine so far (if you can tell after a year). it was under a $1000 on sale at the time. Regardless its obviously better to wait for a decent sale as I presume most will have finished yesterday.

 

I've never been able to figure out if paying more means you're getting better quality or are just paying for the name...





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  Reply # 2029781 5-Jun-2018 13:02
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Consumer says

 

SAMSUNG WW11K8412OW/SA $2599
BOSCH WAT24261AU $1400
SAMSUNG WW75J4213IW $1200
FISHER & PAYKEL WashSmart WH8560P2 $1900
BEKO WMY 8046 LB2 $1300

 

Some only have cold water connections, some have hot and cold. If you want more detail pay for the subscription :)





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  Reply # 2029786 5-Jun-2018 13:10
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Miele certainly aced NZ Consumer reliability survey for front loader machines, but some models are really expensive and on Consumer product tests, they didn't seem to show that there was a hell of a lot of performance difference from best to worst, Miele was only average.  The worst ones still performed pretty well. - ie - this is the comment about the lowest rated machine tested:

 

This 10kg front loader performs well overall: it’s good at dirt removal and excellent at rinsing. It can also wash your hand-washable woollens.

 

The Consumer survey (2016) had over 3000 respondents, I know some people have an extremely cynical view about them, but apart from arguments in forums, and anecdotal stories about "I know someone who services machines who told me" etc, what else is there?

 

I read all I could, tried to find out as much as I could.  In the end we bought a F&P.  Main reason for this wasn't brand preference, but that we wanted to replace a clothes dryer at the same time, there was existing exterior venting set up so no point buying a condenser dryer, F&P had the only matching pair of machine and non-condenser dryer to look okay sitting side by side.  Bought at HN.  There was no sale on, but haggled the price so that the dryer was more or less "free" with ticket price for the washing machine.


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  Reply # 2029794 5-Jun-2018 13:18
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We brought a Panasonic FL about 4 years ago and its going strong. Family of 4 with sports loving kids so plenty of loads every week.

 

Only issue we had was a sock blocked an internal filter. Could't see the cause when it stopped working so had to repairman out. Annoying.

 

Has a normal (1hr 50 min cycle) and lots of other cycles and options (bedding, wool, bloodstain, gumboot etc etc) but we normally just use the quick 50 min wash. That does fine.


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  Reply # 2029798 5-Jun-2018 13:21
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We've got a miele, yes they are expensive.  Does a good job.....some towels we have to over 10 years we thought were clean, but came out a lot better after a run or two through the FL.  Their condemsor dryer isn't bad either, though does tend to tangle sheets a bit...





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  Reply # 2029804 5-Jun-2018 13:30
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Don't buy an Ariston! Ours crapped out twice in two years. We've since upgraded to a Bosh, don't know the model but it was about $2.5K.  It has lots of wash cycles, baby, sanitary, refresh etc...and its very quiet.


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  Reply # 2029829 5-Jun-2018 13:50
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Been happy with F&P, our Smartdrive washer still plugging on flawlessly since 2005.

 

edit: whoops, OP wants a front loader not a top loader... just ignore me!

 

 


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  Reply # 2029832 5-Jun-2018 13:56
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We're in exactly the same situation, wife wants a front loader, so this info is very useful, thanks. 


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  Reply # 2029843 5-Jun-2018 14:28
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Our Miele Duo Dose has been brilliant - the Condensor dryer is also a winner in our books.

 

Some top of the line Bosch units have had issues when used with fabric softener... their argument is to never use it.

 

F&P's second gen front loaders are apparently very good and certainly look to be excellent value for money.

 

AEG is simply rebranded Electrolux... check the inside of the drum for the raised seam where it is joined - not great finishing.

 

Compare it to a Bosch or Miele and you'll see what I mean...

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 2029862 5-Jun-2018 15:06
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We got this https://www.fisherpaykel.com/au/laundry/washing-machines/front-loaders/washsmart-8-0-kg.WH8060P2.html in the weekend $898 to replace our 10 year old samsung.

 

 

 

Clothes come out noticeably cleaner and drier (1400 rpm spin).  Much much quieter and the normal cycle takes an hour (down from over 2) compared with the samsung (it was old).

 

 


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  Reply # 2029876 5-Jun-2018 15:48
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btw what do you guys call quiet - ours is good in general but there's plenty of thudding when its opening and closing valves and when its adding water through the soap dispenser.





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rb99:

 

btw what do you guys call quiet - ours is good in general but there's plenty of thudding when its opening and closing valves and when its adding water through the soap dispenser.

 

 

No thudding, you can hear the water being added but no worse than a tap


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  Reply # 2029891 5-Jun-2018 16:01
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Oh well, thats encouraging...





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  Reply # 2029897 5-Jun-2018 16:15
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We bought a Bosch about 10 years ago, it hasn't met a service technician yet and it does a good job. If it breaks, we'll buy another Bosch or maybe Miele as a step up

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 2029912 5-Jun-2018 16:52
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rb99:

btw what do you guys call quiet - ours is good in general but there's plenty of thudding when its opening and closing valves and when its adding water through the soap dispenser.

 

thudding when you add water is your plumbing not the washing machine. no different to turning off any other tap in the house.

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