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#1 Kalota

Posted 15 December 2012 - 08:49 AM

DF and I just bought a new washing machine. After always having top loaders, we decided to get a front loader due to the price/functions/energy and water usage that the sales guy told us about. We got an Electrolux Time Manager, 8kg.

Now, I knew when we bought the front loader washing machine that the wash cycles would be longer than what we are used to with top loaders, but when I put in my first load of washing it came up with the time of TWO HOURS AND TEN MINUTES! Are you serious?! To me, a very busy person, this is just ridiculous! I turned the temperature right down (it heats its own water) and it still said 2 hours.

The only thing that would reduce the time was if I used the 'Time Manager' function, and turned the wash down to "Super Quick" OR if I used the "Economy Cottons" option. If I selected these options, the wash times were reduced to just over an hour, which I still think is long but I can deal with!

So my question is, if I use the "Super Quick" or "Economy" options, will it properly wash clothes that have just been dirtied from daily use? (I.e. no big stains or extremely dirty clothes) just the daily use wash? What do you think?

I'm glad that I can reduce the wash times by using the "super quick" or "economy" functions, but am sceptical as to whether this function will properly wash clothes from daily use. I understand that very soiled clothes or big stains will need longer cycles...

Thanks in advance for any tips/advice for a front loader noob sad.gif

Edited by Kalota, 15 December 2012 - 08:50 AM.


#2 *LiMa*

Posted 15 December 2012 - 08:52 AM

On a front loader, the economy mode reduces the rinse cycles, not the wash cycles, so it will be fine.  Use a normal mode if you have fabrics you want to be rinsed extra well.

Also, the energy and water ratings the machine has are actually based on using economy mode, and the energy consumption rating is calculated on doing 1 economy cycle once a day.

Edited by *LiMa*, 15 December 2012 - 08:54 AM.


#3 FiveAus

Posted 15 December 2012 - 08:53 AM

We use the fast wash function on ours for almost everything, it's fine and our clothes are perfectly clean.


#4 Kalota

Posted 15 December 2012 - 08:54 AM

QUOTE (*LiMa* @ 15/12/2012, 09:52 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
On a front loader, the economy mode reduces the rinse cycles, not the wash cycles, so it will be fine.  Use a normal mode if you have fabrics you want to be rinsed extra well.


Oh is this right?! Thanks so much! I guess economy mode will be okay to use for just day-to-day clothes washes then?!

That would make my life so much easier!

ETA: Thanks FiveAus! That's good to know. I think I'm gonna stick to the quick options then, I'm too busy with work and stuff to have 2 hour long washes! If it washes the clothes, that's all I want! original.gif

Edited by Kalota, 15 December 2012 - 08:55 AM.


#5 Chelly_M

Posted 15 December 2012 - 09:00 AM

I do every wash on the quick wash setting on our front loader, otherwise it takes too long. Clothes always come out fine. Even soiled baby clothes come out clean. For towels etc, I still do the quick wash but also change the water temp to hot.

#6 mandala

Posted 15 December 2012 - 09:05 AM

I do everything except sports clothes on the economy cold setting. I would do sports gear in those cycles, but DH thinks it's not enough to get it clean. I, however, believe nothing will ever stop those clothes from smelling so I may as well do the job quickly original.gif

#7 Therese

Posted 15 December 2012 - 09:08 AM

I wash everything except my husband's work clothes (he works outside and they are really dirty) on the fast cycle and they come out clean every time original.gif

#8 Kalota

Posted 15 December 2012 - 09:09 AM

Thanks everyone for the replies! Great to know! original.gif

#9 tiggy2

Posted 15 December 2012 - 09:12 AM

I use the "mixed load" function which is 40mins for lightly soiled clothes, the "60 min power wash" for heavily soiled and the 15min function for things like bathers and baby clothes. That's on a Bosch but you may find you have similar ones.

A word of warning, my old top loader never ever made clothes run and I was a bit slack about sorting. The Bosch washes mug harder and will colour run easily, especially if not on cold. I liked the mixed cycle as it is a more gentle wash and if a black sock has snuck in it doesn't kill all the clothes. Just something to be aware of!

#10 Kalota

Posted 15 December 2012 - 09:19 AM

QUOTE (tiggy2 @ 15/12/2012, 10:12 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I use the "mixed load" function which is 40mins for lightly soiled clothes, the "60 min power wash" for heavily soiled and the 15min function for things like bathers and baby clothes. That's on a Bosch but you may find you have similar ones.

A word of warning, my old top loader never ever made clothes run and I was a bit slack about sorting. The Bosch washes mug harder and will colour run easily, especially if not on cold. I liked the mixed cycle as it is a more gentle wash and if a black sock has snuck in it doesn't kill all the clothes. Just something to be aware of!


Thanks tiggy, the Bosch seems to have much shorter cycles, 40 minutes, mine won't even go that low for lightly soiled clothes! Heavily soiled items the function is at least 2 hours... lightly soiled items it's still well over an hour. It's only if I put it on "super quick" that it goes down to an hour, in the manual it says that is just supposed to "refresh" items but hopefully it cleans them properly?!

I'll have to keep an eye on colours running, too - thanks!

#11 ubermum

Posted 15 December 2012 - 09:24 AM

I have a different machine, but I find the best wash of all is the economy wash. On my macine, that uses the least amount of electricity, but it takes 4hours (or 3hrs 45m without the spin). I turn it on when I put the kids to bed and in the morning when we get up, put it on spin only and hang them out. It has got stains out of clothes that were there when we had our old machine and I thought were there for good.

#12 *LucyE*

Posted 15 December 2012 - 09:26 AM

QUOTE
Also, the energy and water ratings the machine has are actually based on using economy mode, and the energy consumption rating is calculated on doing 1 economy cycle once a day.

This may vary with different machines.

On my machine, the economy cycle adds extra water to the rinse cycle so it can do less of them which reduces the overall time but uses more water which is an issue for us because we are on tank water.

The star rating of my machine is based on a normal cotton 40C wash cycle.

I have a 'short' option which reduces the rinse cycles or an 'express' wash option which is only suitable for a half load of lightly soiled clothes.

You may find changing your wash routine to be more useful than trying to make the frontloader work like a top loader, timewise.

I tend to wash at night and hang up in the morning.  Because it takes out so much moisture from the washing, they don't seem to go musty from sitting in the basket overnight.

#13 hopinfor5now!!

Posted 15 December 2012 - 09:30 AM

i have a bosch that a normal cycle takes about 2hrs but the quick wash does it in just under an hour. the only problem is,& i believe it is the same with most front loaders, there is a weight recommendation on the quicker/economy type loads. normally it is half of what a full load is. it is only recommended but if you have just brought the machine you need to be careful you dont do your warranty if something goes wrong

#14 Tunip

Posted 15 December 2012 - 09:48 AM

Just a word of caution. We have an Electrolux front loader which had an issue with rust in the motor, so we had the Electrolux service people come out and repair it earlier this year (it was under an extended warrenty). He said that in many front loaders the fast wash function - ours is 30 minutes - is only designed to wash half the machine's maximum capacity, and that washing at full capacity using the fast cycle can cause the motor to overload. Apparently the manual should advise as to whether or not the fast wash cycle  can to used at maximum capacity.

I wash tshirts, socks, undies, jeans, pyjamas, etc, using the fast wash cycle but have to use a standard cycle (two hours +) for my husband's work and gym clothes in order for them to come out clean.

#15 noonehere

Posted 15 December 2012 - 09:56 AM

Out top loader has a 10 minute wash function and its fine we only do long for dp work clothes, soaking and gentles

#16 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 15 December 2012 - 10:05 AM

We have an Asko (it's about 10 years old now) and regular/light wash is 60 mins (tap water, not heating, max spin).  But "quick wash" is 46 mins and takes a full load (again, tap water only, max spin).  Super quick is 33 minutes but only take half a load.  I use the quick wash for most things.  It works fine.  Agree with PP that most times a "quick wash" is usually a reduction in rinse/spin cycles.  That being the case, just be careful not to overdo the washing detergent that you use.

If clothes are super dirty, I use the "heavy wash" routine (has an extra wash cycle and the wash cycles are longer).

I have found that we only need to use 2/3-3/4 the amount of washing powder that is recommended.  Still gets a very clean wash, but use less detergent.

#17 4*shining*stars

Posted 15 December 2012 - 01:07 PM

I have the exact machine you bought original.gif

For everyday washing like kids clothes, I choose the cotton cycle, but use the buttons on the right to turn the time down to 1hr 10mins. You can go as low as 40 minutes, but I jam as much as I can in there so like it to run just a bit longer. I leave the temp and spin speed as is.

For towels, I choose the same cycle, but turn the spin down to 800 rpm, any faster and the towels go stiff like cardboard!

For things that just need a refresh, I choose the 14 minute cycle, I even use that for the kids towels after swimming lessons original.gif

I use 1/2 the recommended powder and still get a great clean. I also use vinegar instead of fabric softener when needed.

I went from a top loader to a front loader and it took me a little bit to get used to it but now I love it!

Oh, and this machine has the ability to sense how much water is in the drum, so if you pause the cycle, the door may unlock and you can add that bit of washing that you find after the cycle has started!!!



#18 Freddie'sMum

Posted 15 December 2012 - 02:19 PM

Hi OP

It's a big change to go from a TL to a FL - but I think that once you have done it and figured out how the FL actually works - then you never go back to a TL.

We have a Miele - my shortest wash is about 40 minutes - I am happy for the towels / bedding to be done on the short wash.  In terms of our general clothes, I use the longer wash.

I also - almost without fail - put a load in the machine at night time (before bed) and set it for the longer wash.  I am using cheaper electricity and I don't mind if it goes for 2 or 3 hours.  Then it's ready to be put out in the morning.

I absolutely love FL now - I could not go back to a TL - I don't think they clean the clothes as well as a FL, they use so much more water and are much harsher on the clothes than a FL.



#19 jayskette

Posted 15 December 2012 - 02:29 PM

use the cotton, synthetic setting, then reduce the dirtiness level to about half, then you get around 50-90 minutes per load.

#20 Chelara

Posted 15 December 2012 - 02:49 PM

Read the manual for your machine. On mine the quick wash function is for small loads only- up to half full. I do t really use quick wash as its only a small machine. My mum while staying with us was using it for everything but sometimes the sheets etc were coming out dry (the water hadn't even saturated them as it was over full for the load).

#21 Spa Gonk

Posted 15 December 2012 - 06:28 PM

I just plan my washing around the longer cycles and often do a load overnight.  I think front loaders wash so much better than top loaders, so am happy using longer cycles.  My nappies smell great after a long cycle,nowhere as whoever I use mum's top loader they don't.  

I only use the short cycle for when I need something washed quickly, like a brolly sheet.  Like already mentioned, there is a weight limit for shorter cycles..  I also found the hard way that all front loaders are not the same and brand pays a big part.  Love my Miele!

#22 Kalota

Posted 16 December 2012 - 08:27 AM

For those of you who wash at night, do you find your clothes are OK after sitting there all night? They don't go crinkled/musty?

Thanks for all the replies, everyone! So many great tips! And for those of you who are saying to read the manual, I did, extensively before I posted on EB! There wasn't any of the information in there that I was looking for - it was a bit vague.

#23 Daisy Chain

Posted 16 December 2012 - 09:33 AM

QUOTE (Kalota @ 16/12/2012, 09:27 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
For those of you who wash at night, do you find your clothes are OK after sitting there all night? They don't go crinkled/musty?

I set my delay wash, so it finishes about 8:15. Just in time for me to hang it out before school drop off.

#24 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 16 December 2012 - 10:35 AM

QUOTE (Kalota @ 16/12/2012, 08:27 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
For those of you who wash at night, do you find your clothes are OK after sitting there all night? They don't go crinkled/musty?

Two things I can do
(a) delay the wash, which is what I normally do.  Program it to start around 5:30am, so that it's finished by the time we are up (around 6:15-6:30am) and then I can throw another load on before work and have time to hang it out.

(b) there is an anti-crinkle option which runs for 2 hours after a wash is finish.  It just rolls the clothes a bit to loosen them from the drum after spinning.  Does it every 10 minutes or so for about a minute.  Can open the machine anytime during this.  that way the clothes are gently "fluffed" after the wash.  I put this option on if I know I won't be able to hang them out for a few hours.

If the door is left closed after the wash has finished, I don't find there is a musty smell if the washed clothes are left in there for a few hours.  I don't think I'd want to leave them in there for ages, but a few hours doesn't seem to matter.

#25 JustBeige

Posted 16 December 2012 - 10:49 AM

I think its also trying different settings to see what works best.

I have a 15min + a 30min wash.  They are great if I just want a quick wash and dont want to use softner or extra rinse the clothes.

I have a cycle that goes for 1hr 15 (cold) and it does everything.  So i tend to use that mostly.

Also double check your book with your quick loads, as sometimes they dont take the maximum Kg load.




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