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  1. I think you could be right...at least partly. I've noticed poor rinsing results in rapid re-soil of clothes, so they get dull and dirty much quicker due to the residue of detergents left behind. 3 rinses is the required minimum as far as I'm concerned.
  2. I would recommend looking for a machine that comes with a long warranty OR has a good reputation for reliabiltiy. Miele & Ebac both offer 10 year parts & labour guaruntees on their machines and even Miele's low end machines are well known for lasting years (mine was an entry model and is now 8 with no repairs or problems).
  3. Ah, got it now Andy, thanks! This is the first Keymatic launched and Hoover's first automatic washing machine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m40HI12gbPI&t=59s
  4. I tried to post a link to a few but it wouldn't let me :(. The first Keymatic came out in 1964.
  5. I wash all our bedding, towels and white clothes on 60 degrees and everything else on 40. 60 degrees is totally fine for most laundry hygiene standards. Plus, lets not forget that bio and non bio powders contain oxy bleach which will also help with hygiene. So a combination of appropriate cycles, temperatures and appropriate detergents is all you need.
  6. I have to disagree, I would choose a Beko over an Indesit. My best friend has 3 kids and bought a Beko at the same time as I got my Miele, 8 years ago. It's still going strong in a daily use. I think you get a lot more for your money with Beko. Their basic nature works in their favour. Plus if anything does go wrong, they're very cheap and easy to repair.
  7. An absolute classsic, some of the collectors have a few examples of these.
  8. Quick washes on modern washing machines irritate me to no end. There's a myth that quick washes are more energy efficient, but it's not true. Fast forward to the days of old (well, the 70's - 90's anyway). Most washing machines were all around a 4kg capacity and were hot and cold fill. They also used double the amount of water of a modern equivalent machine. Smaller load, less heating time, more water = quicker wash times. The current trend of large capacity, energy efficient machines means that modern washing machines are expected to wash, in some cases, more than double the amount of laundry in one load with half the amount of water that they used to. There has to be a compromise somewhere and it's usually time. Quick washes still have to meet certain energy standards now, therefore the amount of heating time, washing time, rinse length and spin length/speed largely isn't adequate to wash a full load of dirty laundry. Also...and this is more of a theory than a confirmed fact...but I suspect washing full capacity on quick wash causes excess wear on the motor. Mainly because the quick wash will be programmed to spin in a shorter time. Ramping up to spin with a full load in a cycle that isn't meant to be used like that could potentially cause more wear than is standard. A few brands do offer quick washes that will wash full capacity loads. Beko have "Daily Quick", Hotpoint have "Fast Wash 1 Hour" and Hoover have "Daily 59min" - thought the Hotpoint fast wash only offers 30 and 60 degree temp options. Most of these offer a reduced spin speed and less rinsing - 1 or 2 rinses tops. Not at all adequate for anyone with allergies or sensitive skin, but that's another kettle of fish entirely. My Miele is pretty good with cycle times. It automatically reduces the cycle length for shorter loads, so it only washes at full length (which even then is only around 2 hours - move over Zanussi/AEG with your 3 and a half hour cottons 40 washes!) if it's a full load. I can't say I've ever needed to use the quick wash, except for if I've bought something new and just want to freshen it up.
  9. Miele, without a doubt. Nothing else on the market comes close at the moment. There are good offerings from AEG, Bosch and Siemens but I've found the wash times on some of these to be excessively long.
  10. Hi Keith, My apologies, but you are not correct there. Biological powders do contain bleaching agents. Colour powders are biological and contain enzymes but don't contain bleaching agents. Here are the ingredients list for Persil and Ariel biological poweders: Persil: 5-15% Anionic Surfactants, Oxygen-Based Bleaching Agents, <5% Enzymes, Nonionic Surfactants, Optical Brighteners, Perfume, Phosphonates, Polycarboxylates, Soap, Zeolites, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal Ariel: Phosphonates, 15-30% Oxygen-Based Bleaching Agents, 5-15% Anionic Surfactants, <5% Non-Ionic Surfactants, Polycarboxylates, Zeolites, Enzymes, Optical Brighteners, Perfumes, Coumarin, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal
  11. Re: Samsung machines. I'm personally not a fan. Their "ecobubble" technology is actually a very old idea - using high suds to wash away dirt. That's what twin tubs used to do. However, modern detergents are purposely low-sudsing for automatic machines, so designed to be dissolved in water, not foamed up. Excessive foam in a washing machine just makes rinsing more difficult, so if you have anyone in your household with sensitive skin or any kind of skin condition, they're probably not the best choice of washer to go for.
  12. Andy, I completely agree what what you said regarding quick washes. Another point is that if people actually read the manual, quick washes are only designed to wash loads or less and not full loads. Washing full loads on a cycle that is only designed to take half causes excessive wear on the machine - the programming of that particular cycle means the machine is tumbling and spinning at a speed that is suitable for that capacity, but putting a full load in means that the machine will be ramping up to full spin in half the time but with a full load, causing the motor to work harder than it normally would. The great thing about Miele is that on the cottons cycle and minimium iron cycles, the machine actually weighs the load at the start of the cycle and adjusts the water level and time needed based on the size of the load, so it will only ever wash for as long as it needs to. The machine may say it will take 2 hours at the start of the cycle, but actually, that time is the longest possibe time it will take and the machine will adjust the load accordingly. They also have the automatic 40 cycle which usually lasts about an hour and is perfect for day to day clothes.
  13. Miele are certainly head and shoulders above the rest at the moment for reliability, but if you're looking more at the mid-range, have a look at Bosch, AEG and LG. By modern standards, these have a fairly good reputation for reliability. Although cheap, the high end Beko models are also worth looking at.
  14. I'm not a massive fan of washer dryers, but if that's what you're specifically looking for, Zanussi, AEG, Bosch & Siemens get good reviews from both customers and Which? AEG - http://ao.com/product/l75480wd-aeg-lavamat-turbo-washer-dryer-white-24807-2.aspx Bosch - http://ao.com/product/wvg30461gb-bosch-serie-6-washer-dryer-white-35537-2.aspx Siemens - http://ao.com/l/washer_dryers-free_standing/1-9/2/#!/washer_dryers-free_standing-priced_500_to_600/1-9-23/2/ Zanussi - http://ao.com/product/zwd81463w-zanussi-lindo1000-washer-dryer-white-35397-2.aspx The Zanussi seems like the best value for money but despite Zanussi & AEG being the same company (Electrolux group), AEG tend to have a better reputation for reliability.
  15. 1 - 2 ----- 3 - 4 --------- 5 ------ 6 -- STOP -7 --- 8 - 9 - 10 ----------- 11 - 12 - STOP -13 - STOP I'm really hazzarding a guess here, but logically, this should mean: 1 - Pre Wash 2 - Whites 95 3 - Fast Coloureds 60 4 - Non Fast Coloureds 40 5 - Rinses 6 - Full Spin 7- 12 will be synthetics cycles, again with the lower needs being higher temperatures. You should be fine to use program 3 for bedding and towels and program 4 for clothes.
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