Does anyone hate their washing machine?

(47 Posts)
napkin Mon 11-Mar-13 21:30:33

I have had enough of my washing machine! I find modern machines don't use enough water and have longer wash times what causes more friction and wears clothes out quicker. Does anyone else find this happening?

e1y1 Mon 11-Mar-13 22:07:12

In general, no I don't hate it. But I have hated it at times, the one thing I hate hate hate is the out of balance load protection where it refuses to spin a load that the machine thinks is even slightly out of balance, mine is really over zealous.

You're right about the lack of water in new machines, the drive for green energy credentials is driving water use down to ridiculous amounts, also losing the function of being able to rinse in hot water (not eco i know, but better) if you're in the market for a new one look for a feature called "aqua plus" or similar as this will allow the use of more water. I assume also the washes are longer as they are never in much water at anyone time.

Thought I would throw my two penneth in smile

bigbadbarry Mon 11-Mar-13 22:08:50

I quite like my washing machine but I really hate my dishwasher <unhelpful>

ISeeSmallPeople Mon 11-Mar-13 22:10:58

I hate my washing machine as it leaks, & leaves marks on clothes, and has difficult to understand controls and has a fit if I press a button too quickly. I dream of a new machine smile

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Mon 11-Mar-13 22:11:27

I don't hate mine but I did LOVE my sisters when we were staying with her in the states.
managed to get such a huge load in each time i am sure I would have to do one darks and one lights load a week rather than each day!!

Bonsoir Mon 11-Mar-13 22:11:57

I love my washing machine! It's a Siemens, as are my tumble dryer, dishwasher and fridge-freezer...

KikkiK Mon 11-Mar-13 22:13:07

Yes! I hate mine because it makes things faded and/or bobbly. It's not modern though so I don't know why it does this.
I live in a rented flat so it is not technically my washing machine, and luckily I will leave it behind soon. I wonder if I could ask to do a test wash when I am viewing flats? grin

mrsshackleton Tue 12-Mar-13 11:41:40

This is like a support group. I hate mine because it no longer will dispense fabric conditioner but that doesn't seem a good enough reason to chuck the whole thing out and buy a new one.

napkin Tue 12-Mar-13 14:23:59

I wish I could find a good one! Wondering if there are any modern ones out there with good amounts of water used and fast wash times. If anyone has one like this please let me know. grin Kiki yours may just need a hot wash with no clothes added to get rid of left over residue in the machine. What machine do you own e1y1?

drjohnsonscat Tue 12-Mar-13 14:26:53

Yes I hate mine. It's a Siemens, two years old and clothes don't come out clean. Clean clothes is top of my list of things a washing machine should do and it doesn't. I'm sure it's very environmentally friendly though.

I love my dishwasher though. I deliberately chose one with a special "sod the environment" button for those days when you need to get through a load in less than three hours and forty five minutes grin.

To compensate for my non-greenness I don't have a tumble dryer so feel I get some points back that way.

GinAndSlimlinePlease Tue 12-Mar-13 14:29:06

I hate my washing machine. It leaks and doesn't wash clothes properly. It is at least quick about it.

my dishwasher is worse, as it's broken angry

Whydobabiescry Tue 12-Mar-13 14:30:08

I love my washing machine it's efficient quiet and easy to use grin

GinAndSlimlinePlease Tue 12-Mar-13 14:48:28

Can those of you with lovely washing machines share the make and model please? !

Bonsoir Tue 12-Mar-13 15:07:51

drjohnsonscat - what laundry detergent do you use and what temperature do you wash at?

nannyl Tue 12-Mar-13 15:20:30

i hated my old machine

(cant remember what it was)

imgaine my devestation when it broke and couldnt be fixed and i could get a brand new one of my choice wink grin

this was after it had torn holes in some of my (favourite) clothes and shreaded a brand new towel

napkin Tue 12-Mar-13 15:28:43

Bonsoir i wash at 30 and 40 and use persil non-bio, bio seems more harsh on clothes, so does hotter temps! sad I agree GinAndSlimlinePlease i wan't people with good makes to share too!!

Bonsoir Tue 12-Mar-13 15:56:46

I love my Siemens machine (it's old - about 8 years) but I use Ariel liquitabs and lots of Vanish or Dr Beckmann on stains, and wash at 40°/60° for clothes and 90° for sheets and towels.

bigbadbarry Tue 12-Mar-13 16:44:44

Mine is a Miele and it is fab and super quiet.

beachyhead Tue 12-Mar-13 16:56:21

Mine is a Miele and I love it... Only do 30 minute quick washes with bio liquid, and all seems clean to me...

PeneloPeePitstop Tue 12-Mar-13 17:03:19

Didn't like my Indesit but quite happy with my hotpoint.

Jins Tue 12-Mar-13 17:08:05

8kg load beko here and I've had it about two and a half years. Plenty of water swilling round and a quick wash at 30 is 39 minutes long.

The best bit was that it was under £200 delivered grin

fussychica Tue 12-Mar-13 17:44:30

I love mine - it's AEG 1200 spin with variable everything. Quick wash 20 mins at 30 or standard washes on 40 - choose time 50 mins/75 mins/90mins depending on dirtiness of clothes - less at 50 degrees. The combinations are endless!

I always use powder tablets (half the recommended dose) as I hate liquitabs plus colour safe powder for darks.

LadyAlex Tue 12-Mar-13 18:46:29

We have this Miele and its fab. I love, love, love it. We have had it for about 5 years and it is just faultless.... in the event of a fault it comes with a 10yr parts and labour guarantee.

I only wash at weekends rarely midweek because hubbi works away. It washes the clothes brilliantly and it weighs the load and tells you how much powder to use so it is good for saving money.

We used washable nappies with DS1 and are about to use them again for DC2. the washer has a hygiene wash setting for nappies and towels etc.
It weighs an absolute tonne and all the door fixings etc are heavy guage metal.

We loved it so much, we bought a miele dryer too a couple of years later. They are more expensive that your average high st washer but they make an item of quality and standard then price it accordingly, not make and item to a budget to maximise the profit margin!

DTisMYdoctor Tue 12-Mar-13 20:26:24

We've recently bought a new Miele washing machine and it's fab. I wash most things at 30 (non-bio, always reduce the powder recommended on the box) and there's a short wash option on all cycles. It recalculated the wash time based on how heavy the load is too. It was expensive but I'm hopeful it will last longer than a lot of washing machines! It's a W3204 - we bought it from co-op electricals but John Lewis had it too.

napkin Tue 12-Mar-13 21:16:52

I so wish i could buy a Miele! shock

napkin Tue 12-Mar-13 21:26:51

Does anyone living in a hard water area use half the dose of detergent? I use powder tabs and use two tablets. Do you think that is too much to use?

e1y1 Tue 12-Mar-13 21:46:09

napkin I have the Bosch logixx 8 1400 express. Here. It's a good machine except the over zealous balance protection. smile

napkin Wed 13-Mar-13 15:56:34

Thanks everyone for giving me some models to look at grin

drjohnsonscat Wed 13-Mar-13 17:08:08

bonsoir I use Sainsburys non-bio where I can (allergy issues) and always do a 40 degree wash. I did the same with my old one (Bosch) and didn't have this problem. I am often reduced to literally scraping off bits of dirt off my clothes with a fingernail which, once this item has been vigorously juddered about in soapy water for almost two hours, I find a bit odd!

If anyone has any tips then grateful to hear them. Funnily enough I try the odd much hotter wash and don't find it makes much of a difference.

ParsingFancy Wed 13-Mar-13 17:19:45

Mm, is that newly deposited dirt, drjohnsonscat?

When I haven't done a maintenance wash for a while, I get little bits of black gunk from the nether regions of the machine adhering to clothes.

They clear up a couple of washes after a maintenance wash, so I think the hot water dislodge the yuk it but it takes a while to make its way out.

Useful info: here, though I think the articles may be out of date wrt powders.

drjohnsonscat Wed 13-Mar-13 18:58:44

yes this is bits of food smeared by my children over things (usually) rather than anything from the machine itself. It's frustrating because it comes off perfectly easily - with a fingernail. Just not with a two hour wash cycle!

Bonsoir Wed 13-Mar-13 19:15:23

You should talk to the manufacturer - that is not normal!

VerySmallSqueak Wed 13-Mar-13 19:19:20

Our Bosch is good.
Some nice short wash cycles which we didn't have with the old Hotpoint.

napkin Wed 13-Mar-13 20:54:24

I have problems with stains and so do a lot of friends so sounds normal to me!

napkin Wed 13-Mar-13 20:57:20

I hear some good things about Bosch but i had a new one which shredded my clothes so put off by that make unfortunately. angry

1991all Wed 13-Mar-13 21:07:35

I hate mine
John Lewis washer/dryer
Wasn't cheap

Everything bobbles, really fades
Stains take a few washes, and tonnes of stain remover

Everything comes out creased
Drying takes forever
Recently fluff on everything

Also hate my dishwasher, it has adjustable slat things that I have to stand up every day, and always fall down

napkin Thu 14-Mar-13 14:32:24

I'm glad to hear i'm not the only one with a rubbish washing machine. Does anyone's washing machines seem to bobble clothes after just being washed the once from brand new? Heard lots of good things about John Lewis own brand too 1991all but seems like they are just as bad as well!

Mandy2003 Fri 15-Mar-13 21:50:02

8 year old Beko which takes 2.25 hours on its fastest 40 degree programme!

Bought it as a stop-gap and it just keeps going and going and going.

CrazyOldCatLady Mon 01-Apr-13 15:44:41

I have a Hotpoint and actually it's grand, washes really well and I've two toddlers so it gets thoroughly tested.

Unfortunately it's just broken down for the second time in 7 years. Hotpoint's repair service is very good though.

napkin Mon 01-Apr-13 16:07:26

Yes the Hotpoint's was fantastic back then when they was made in England! My Mum still has her's that is 7 or 8 years old.

napkin Mon 01-Apr-13 16:07:35

Yes the Hotpoint's was fantastic back then when they was made in England! My Mum still has her's that is 7 or 8 years old.

bizzey Mon 01-Apr-13 16:36:50

Was going to open a thread about washing machines but saw this was still active...Hotpoint it ..the quick wash gets things really clean (sometimes needs extra spin after ) ....but softner bit will not un block ..I have taken drawer out ,cleaned it .stuck a knitting needle down it ...but softner still there after a wash ...on any cycle.

The pre wash bit that i don't use is always black ...though I do wipe it around ....was going to put it on the hottest cycle empty ...but what shall i put in the drawer...dont think I have any calgon ?.....Anything else I could use

I have bleach ,limescale stuff,bicarbonate soda and lots of Lenor that I have not been bothered to use


napkin Mon 01-Apr-13 20:24:34

You could try using the bicarbonate of soda that would do no harm. Was told by hotpoint even sticking it on a hot wash with no cleaning fluid will work to flush out all the old detergent.

bizzey Mon 01-Apr-13 22:37:15

Thanks napkin.. It is on now ...will up date in morning !

stewartlaura67 Tue 18-Jun-13 15:02:06

Laundry equipment can be a hit or miss sometimes! While I do not hate mine, I understand that when it leaks, marks clothes, and doesn't do an efficient time washing it can be another story. Household appliances can be such a headache-causer at times! I want to go back to the commercial laundry services I had in college!

dandydorset Tue 18-Jun-13 23:58:33

agree with the lack of water

i have an outside tap/hose near to my kitchen near the machine so i fill it up with water from there as well,really makes a difference and my whites are super white

i like to also see how dirty the water gets

Fluffycloudland77 Wed 19-Jun-13 09:14:39

I'm saving for a Miele 8kg washer, and a water softener so I need less detergent and my home will be free of limescale.

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