Jump to content

Washing machines? Front loader/ top loader


  • Please log in to reply
26 replies to this topic

#1 Nofliesonme

Posted 04 February 2013 - 10:11 AM

Posted here for traffic!

Sell me your washing machine.... We have 6 in our family.

#2 boatiebabe

Posted 04 February 2013 - 10:15 AM

Samsung 10kg (you can get them at Costco at the moment for about $1000) front loader.

Awesome! huge capacity! Gentle on clothes but cleans brilliantly!

#3 Nofliesonme

Posted 04 February 2013 - 10:21 AM

So far I can see the lg front loader 10kg and Samsung 10kg frot loader.

#4 dolcengabbana

Posted 04 February 2013 - 10:23 AM

We have a LG 8kg Direct Drive Front Loader - I love it and its an affair I have had for 6 years and as strong a ever. It washing my clothes so well my delicates are treated lovely, the toughest of the stains my 11yr son can through at it always come out and its so quiet  because of the direct drive that its a pleasure. My mum recently got the latest model and she loves hers just as much. Will never go back to any other style of washer.

#5 Carmen02

Posted 04 February 2013 - 10:29 AM

http://www.productreview.com.au/p/whirlpool-wfe1210cs.html

we have one of these...i had a top loader only till this and i love my new machine! cleans the clothes very well easy to use!

#6 Queen Yoda

Posted 04 February 2013 - 10:39 AM

Asko Asko Asko, all the way!!! (front loader)

Do a search for Asko washing machines on EB and you'll find HEAPS of people who swear by them.

If you are buying a front loader, just make sure you get a decent one (min $1000 if you are planning to use it HEAPS)

In terms of any front loader you are getting, it's helpful to get one with
- various spin settings (ours goes 800, 1000, 1200, 1400 & 1600)
- various water temp settings (ours goes tap water, 30, 40 50 60 & 70)
- rinse only cycle
- spin only cycle
- delay start option
- handwash option
- open during cycle option (this option is available with more expensive FL models)

The Asko I have has a regular wash cycle of 60 minutes, but a light-soiled cycle of 46 minutes.  It has  super quick cycle of 33 minutes (half load only).  Heavy soiled load takes an 1hr25mins.  If you start heating the water, cycles take longer but I find I rarely need to wash with warm/hot water.  tap water cycles are fine for us.  We have the option of modifying the standard cycles if we want - adding in an extra wash or an extra rinse, changing the spin speeds, not having a spin finish, using the anti-crease option, etc.  We have created out own "favourite" cycles and that's brilliant for DH when he is doing the wash (no need to think about what to do).

I haven't handwashed anything since we got the Asko - it does a brilliant job.

Our asko is 10 years old, never missed a beat, never need a repair so far and never been serviced. Does 7-10 loads/week regularly, more sometimes. And it's remarkably quiet when compared to other front loaders.  I love it!



#7 Nofliesonme

Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:16 PM

Thanks so far. No one has mentioned the same washer twice original.gif lol

#8 Queen Yoda

Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:24 PM

QUOTE (thunda @ 04/02/2013, 12:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks so far. No one has mentioned the same washer twice original.gif lol

this thread comes up regularly in Home Decor and Renovating.  Have a look through there.

#9 MrsLexiK

Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:35 PM

After years of growing up in a house with a front loader I got a top loader when I moved out.  I think it is 9.5kg Simpson.  We don't find it is too costly on water and you have to use either front loader detergent or low suds as it doesn't use as much water as alot of top loaders do.

My DH is a mechanic and he throws his clothes in all oily and it doesn't affect the next wash.

I find for my back/shoulder/boob pain/issues it is much better to lean over and in then to bend/squat correctly and down and have to lift the basket off the floor.  With the top loader I put it on the bench and it is at my hight.

#10 roses99

Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:42 PM

Asko front loader! Seriously, it's the only one apart from Miele yhat's built to last 10+ years. If you can stretch to a Miele you could get 20 years out of it.

Go to the Asko website and check them out. I am SO glad we got outs. Like the Pp said, I haven't hand washed a thing since getting it.

#11 Fossy

Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:47 PM

We have an LG washer dryer combo, love it. It gets worked very hard and hasn't skipped a beat in over 5 years. Quickest cycle is 29 minutes, has various temperature and spin options, delayed start and child lock.  My mum has the model before ours and hers is still going strong after nearly 7 years but she lives alone so doesn't wash as much as we do!

Important things - cycle length, opening once started, and delayed start options. Also good warranty.

When you find one you like look at appliances online, I've found them really cheap and most places price match.


#12 Phascogale

Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:52 PM

QUOTE
I agree the front loader is brilliant on clothes, and stains HOWEVER it leaves my once lovely fluffy towels crunchy.
I've found the very same thing.  I don't know whether using a slower spin cycle will make a difference.

We just got an LG and it cleans brilliantly.  If we could've afforded it I would've bought a Miele.

#13 Freddie'sMum

Posted 04 February 2013 - 01:01 PM

Miele.

Miele.

Meile.

We got a washing machine and dryer (which sits on the top of the washing machine).

It's beautiful, it cleans the clothes wonderfully, I can have both machines going at night time (like last night because of all this rain in Sydney and the girls are back to school now - so I have got to get clothes clean) and it is whisper quiet.

I had a TL for years, then got an LG combined washer/dryer (FL) and now have the Miele.  

Worth every cent.



#14 boatiebabe

Posted 04 February 2013 - 01:29 PM

I think the crunchy towels come as a result of the high spin cycle. Try spinning on a lower cycle.

I have a gas dryer so all my towels and clothes go in there and I have no problems with fluffy towels using the highest spin cycle in my machine.

#15 FeRaL n ScReWeD

Posted 04 February 2013 - 01:39 PM

I have a Samsung front loader an I don't recomend it!Once the door smouldered and nearly caugh fire, i had to have
The switch replaced. Now despite being cleaned and no greasy clothes ever washed, leaves grease marks on all the white items I wash!I'm going to look for a new machine soon and take mine to the tip!Ohh it's only a few years old.


#16 Queen Yoda

Posted 04 February 2013 - 03:53 PM

QUOTE (boatiebabe @ 04/02/2013, 01:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think the crunchy towels come as a result of the high spin cycle. Try spinning on a lower cycle.

I spin my towels at 1600rpm (pretty fast) and they come out soft.  Mind you, the asko has a gentle tuble at the end of the cycle to fluff clothes up about (the clothes aren't plastered to the sides when you open the door).

#17 Flaxen

Posted 04 February 2013 - 04:03 PM

I love my samsung 8.5kg front load.

Towels do get crunchy, but there is a "easy iron" feature that sort of fluffs them up again after spin cycle, but only if i remember to push that button  unsure.gif
They dry on the line outside, and as its always blowing a gale here, they are not us crunchy as when we lived in the suburbs! LOL !

#18 Nofliesonme

Posted 04 February 2013 - 06:51 PM

Where do I buy 10kg asko or miele anyway I can't find them online?

#19 *melrose*

Posted 04 February 2013 - 07:23 PM

I have always had the F/P top loader, my last one lasted me 10 years...
this one i have just brought the 7.5kg as there is just dh and i.

For 6 or more people i would be doing the 9.5kg.

#20 Freddie'sMum

Posted 04 February 2013 - 08:40 PM

Just saw your question OP.

I know that DJs sells both Asko and Miele (because that's where I bought my Miele).

I don't know if they are sold online.





#21 JazzyWeasel

Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:35 PM

I love my 10yr old T/L. Still going strong and washes better than the front loader we had to use for a week while on holidays.
Pretty sure when it finally dies I will buy another T/L.

#22 April girl

Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:41 PM

QUOTE (YodaTheWrinkledOne @ 04/02/2013, 11:39 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Asko Asko Asko, all the way!!! (front loader)

Do a search for Asko washing machines on EB and you'll find HEAPS of people who swear by them.

If you are buying a front loader, just make sure you get a decent one (min $1000 if you are planning to use it HEAPS)

In terms of any front loader you are getting, it's helpful to get one with
- various spin settings (ours goes 800, 1000, 1200, 1400 & 1600)
- various water temp settings (ours goes tap water, 30, 40 50 60 & 70)
- rinse only cycle
- spin only cycle
- delay start option
- handwash option
- open during cycle option (this option is available with more expensive FL models)

The Asko I have has a regular wash cycle of 60 minutes, but a light-soiled cycle of 46 minutes.  It has  super quick cycle of 33 minutes (half load only).  Heavy soiled load takes an 1hr25mins.  If you start heating the water, cycles take longer but I find I rarely need to wash with warm/hot water.  tap water cycles are fine for us.  We have the option of modifying the standard cycles if we want - adding in an extra wash or an extra rinse, changing the spin speeds, not having a spin finish, using the anti-crease option, etc.  We have created out own "favourite" cycles and that's brilliant for DH when he is doing the wash (no need to think about what to do).

I haven't handwashed anything since we got the Asko - it does a brilliant job.

Our asko is 10 years old, never missed a beat, never need a repair so far and never been serviced. Does 7-10 loads/week regularly, more sometimes. And it's remarkably quiet when compared to other front loaders.  I love it!


Second this. My LG front loader died after 11 years - pretty good IMO. I promised I'd get one that did hand wash and wool wash and overall pretty happy. Although it did shrink dh's fave jumper I'm happy with the asko. Dh has put on a bit of weight though so I'm not entirely convinced it was the machine's fault!

#23 Queen Yoda

Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:41 PM

QUOTE (thunda @ 04/02/2013, 06:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Where do I buy 10kg asko or miele anyway I can't find them online?

Asko has 7kg machines - see Asko website
Can buy online at - Billy Guyatts, AppliancesOnline, AppliancesDirectOnline, etc

Miele has 8kg, 7.5kg and 7kg machines - see Miele website

Appliance Warehouse and A.Cummings sell both Miele and Asko washing machines online.

Want to see them instore? Good Guys, Harvey Norman, Bing Lee, etc - just ring your big name electrical stores and they should have them.

#24 Nofliesonme

Posted 05 February 2013 - 05:52 AM

Thanks everyone, hubby has decided to upgrade both machines so we will get a 8kg miele and a 10kg lg and see the difference original.gif

#25 *LucyE*

Posted 05 February 2013 - 09:25 AM

In the past, Miele used the European standard for the capacity which differed to the Australian one. The Miele 5.5kg used to be equivalent to an Australian 7.5/8kg capacity.

I don't know if they have changed that in recent years though. I'm a Miele fan and have been very happy with their washers.

As for the crunchy towel issue - according to the person I spoke to at Miele many years ago, they have done research into this (typical Germans), and the crunchiness is caused by the minimal water used in a normal f/l cycle. In some cases, it's also a result of too much detergent and not rinsing it out thoroughly.

Miele overcome this by offering a 'water plus' option on wash cycles which was great when I was washing MCNs. The extra water allows everything to be properly immersed (think whole heap of absorbent towels in the same amount of water as a load of not so absorbent clothing).

The spin speed on the Miele's also adjusts the amount of moisture removed from the washing, so reducing the spin speed results in damper washing. My SIL's Bosch had adjustable spin speeds but upon reading the manual, we realized that it didnt affect the moisture level of the washing so would not have had an effect on the crunchy factor.

Some of the Miele's have a honeycomb drum which is designed so that washing doesn't stick to the walls after a high spin speed. Again, this helps to prevent the stiff washing phenomenon.

The anti crease cycle that comes on after the cycle has finished, tosses the washing around a bit to fluff it back up which sort of does the job of the 'flicking' before hanging. With towels, it fluffs the pile back up.

The fuzzy logic of the machine, will kick in with an extra rinse cycle if it senses too much detergent in the rinse water. Therefore reducing the amount of detergent residue in the washing.

Slow line drying of towels, out of direct sunlight also helps if you don't want to use a dryer. This has helped me cloth nappy 2.5 children in soft MCNs.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Abbott's childcare changes will 'reduce access and add complexity'

The government's childcare assistance package threatens to confuse and intimidate many parents, experts say.

Be careful what you wish for

Remember that chubby little baby who rocked on all fours? Remember how you wished he would start to crawl? Then remember how you felt once he did?

William Tyrrell's parents plead for information as anniversary looms

As the one-year anniversary of William Tyrrell's disappearance draws near, the missing four-year-old's parents have again pleaded with the public for information that could help bring their son home.

Family sleepovers: a tribute to my 1970s childhood

My memories of those nights in my childhood are all about fun: sleepover excitement, staying up late, watching movies we probably weren't supposed to watch ... freedom.

43 minutes of terror: family's agonising wait for ambulance for toddler

It was terrifying. As the minutes ticked by little Cooper Harrison's parents felt more and more frantic.

What not to say to a new mum

Some phrases just pop out before you really think about them, but there are some things you should try to not say to a new mum.

Mummydesking: the new hotdesking

It is a paradise that only working parents of small children can understand: a place to sit for three hours without any interruptions while someone looks after the kids.

Charlize Theron adopts baby girl

A few months after splitting from Sean Penn, the actress Charlize Theron has adopted a baby girl.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shares painful truth behind wife's pregnancy

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has shared a brutally honest truth about pregnancy in the hope it will help others through dark periods.  

Sugary drinks blamed for removal of toddlers' rotten teeth

Children as young as 18 months are having multiple rotten teeth pulled out as parents feed toddlers soft drinks through sipper bottles, and chocolate biscuits and Milo as bedtime treats.

Mum accidentally fake tans baby

Many of us have fallen foul of a bad fake tan or two, but this little guy's started a bit earlier than most.

Does this three-month-old say 'I love you'?

YouTube user Ted Moskalenko was filmed by his wife, Michelle, as his baby son, Ben, engaged in some baby chat.

Kids break out of daycare centre, cross busy highway

Two children broke out of an early childhood centre and wandered across a four-lane road.

Why I'm glad to be an indulgent granny

The phone calls started a couple of weeks ago. At about 5.30 each evening - if I am lucky - I will be greeted by a sweet, excited voice declaring: "'Allo Annie".

Newborn found in toilet at German airport

A newborn baby found abandoned and extremely ill in a bathroom in the Munich airport is doing well.

Is this the worst relationship advice ever published?

You sometimes have to wonder whether relationship/sex advice from magazines is designed to help or humiliate.

How you talk to your baby now can impact social skills later

People used to think that social skills were something kids were born with, not taught.

Three truths about C-section mums

Lately I've been thinking about the caesarean stories and the brave women who birth their children with strength and beauty.

Scientists predict when you should start a family

Scientists have calculated at exactly what age you need to start trying to get pregnant to have the best chance of realising your dream. 

Differently abled child

When 'protecting' a child is really a cover for judgement

Why are people so concerned for this happy child and his mother?

Get your FREE Baby & Toddler Show ticket!

Get your free ticket to the Sydney Essential Baby & Toddler Show for September 25-27 - register online now.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

When toddlers have strange obsessions

When it comes to two-year-olds and birthday cakes there are a few requests that are usually at the top of the list. But a cake featuring a local personal injury lawyer?

When Mama Bear strikes

When we become mums, our instinct to protect our children and keep them safe from harm is so strong we're often likened to a Mama Bear protecting her cubs.  

Immunity boosters for kids

There are no guaranteed ways to avoid the dreaded winter illnesses completely, but there are ways we can boost our children's immunity.

Yes, you can get pregnant before your period returns post-baby

After giving birth, the last thing you want to think about is contraception. But you can get pregnant before your period comes back.

Mum shares portrait of her proudly breastfeeding three-year-old

Jade Beall usually chooses to breastfeed her son, now 3, in private. This week, however, she shared portraits of her breastfeeding her preschooler.

Dealing with a toddler's morning tantrums

Your schedule is not important to your two-year-old, and you cannot convince her otherwise. So what can you do?

My baby's first seizure

It was 1am on a cold winter's night when I woke suddenly to the screams of my 12-month-old son. Our lives were about to change forever.

MP breastfeeds baby during parliamentary session

An Argentinian mum and politician has caused a stir on social media after being filmed breastfeeding her baby.

Heartbreaking moment mum kisses her one-week-old goodbye

At 11.07am on April 2 this year, Sarah Marriott welcomed baby Sebastian into the world.

The best age to get married (according to the latest study)

Not too young, and not too old. That's reportedly the best age to get married. Not everyone agrees.

Fellow diner rewards mum after toddler's tantrum

Parents of toddlers everywhere know the feeling. After working up the courage to take your child out for lunch or dinner in public you are rewarded with a mid-meal meltdown. 

IVF gender selection being considered for Australian parents

Couples using IVF may be able to choose the gender of their babies and women could be financially compensated for donating their eggs.

The amazing Tee Pee bed and kid-friendly Frankie Bunk bed

These kids' beds definitely fit the brief of providing personality and personal space for little people who are moving up in the world.

The funny things kids say when you're pregnant

Since becoming noticeably pregnant, my son has taken more of an interest in the sibling he'll soon have.

The real problem with having one child

In this age of political correctness, it seems the one subject still subject to discrimination is that of the Only Child.

The fire hazard in more than 70,000 Australian homes

So far, 206 Samsung washing machines have caught fire and some have exploded. But many remain in people's homes.

How having a baby can bring on OCD

We all know that having a baby can turn your life upside down - and it can also bring a raft of new anxieties and worries.

IKEA begins massive safety campaign after two toddler deaths

Two children were killed when pieces from their Malm furniture line tipped over.

Which beauty treatments are safe in pregnancy?

Is it safe to use fake tan, hair dye and nail varnish during pregnancy?

A dad's guide to hyperemesis

I am in no way qualified to advise women on how to cope with hyperemesis, but I've learnt some lessons that might be worth sharing with other partners.

The five ways I know my 'baby' is no longer a baby

The truth is, I can no longer deny that my walking, babbling, somewhat-independent little miss is no longer a bona fide 'baby'.

 

FREE TICKET

See Pinky McKay live in Sydney

Get your free ticket to The Essential Baby & Toddler Show and save $20 - register online now!

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.