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Beko WM5100 5kg Washing Machine
This was bought for me as a gift when I moved into my new house and I've been using it for three years. It holds 5kg of clothes which is OK for one person, but since my girlfriend has moved in we have a lot more washing! The setting I use the most is 40 degree cottons. I sometimes use the 30 degree mini wash which is a nice feature. If I'm washing my waterproof running jackets and technical t-shirts I use the 30 degree synthetics pre-sets. Apparently there are 16 pre-sets but the three I've mentioned are all I've ever used or needed.
The Good Bits
> It's cheap. For around £150 you're getting a washing machine that does what it's supposed to - cleans your clothes. I've no complaints as far getting my clothes clean is concerned. However, I don't scrimp on washing tablets/detergent and always use a fabric conditioner.
> It's easy to use. Open the door, chuck your washing in, add a liquitab (Ariel) and choose your pre-set. Open the sliding drawer, pour in some fabric conditioner and you're ready to go. Press start and that's it! Really couldn't be simpler.
>The mini 30 degree wash setting is very handy. If I've only got a few items to wash or need a small load doing quickly this is the preset I chose. A wash takes around 30 minutes on this setting - which is great compared to the two hours + for a 40 degree cotton wash (see The Bad Bits)
The Bad Bits
> A standard 40 degree cotton wash takes ages! We're talking well over two hours. This is way too long especially on days when you're trying to get three otr four washes through.
> Towards the end of a cycle my washer gets very lively! It wasn't like this at first, but just recently it sounds very angry, clunking and bouncing around. It doesn't fill me with much confidence when it starts doing this but up until now it's been fine - it's just the noise I can't stand. It drowns out the TV in the living room (washer is in the kitchen) towards the end of a spin!
If you're on a really tight budget I would say, yes, buy this. It's reliable and looks fairly decent. However, If you can stretch to £20 or £30 more I'd look to get something that does a 40 degree wash a lot faster than two hours.
I have always used Beko washing machines, and I bought this one to use in my static caravan, I chose this model because of its size, it is the standard 60cm wide and 85cm high, but it is only 45cm deep compared to the usual 60cm deep, which is excellent for what I wanted it for.
has lots of programes and has a quick 30 min 30degree wash.
the spin is 1000 rpm which is fast enough when you consider the fact that the drum only holds 5kg which is small which most other machines hold 7kg, so because it has a smaller drum you will then only be washing smaller loads at a time so therefore the 1000 spin is adequate.
I wouldn't recommend this machine for families of four or more because it only has a small drum. it is ideal for myself and my partner.
I thought that the machine is very quiet especially when spinning, I've read others saying it was noisey, but I don't know what they are comparing it too, but I thought it was really quiet, and there is hardly any vibration at all.
great little machine, just not for more than 2 people.
Now after four years of use my three year extended waranty has run out but my washing machine is still going strong. Bought to replace an Indesit machine which would not stop spinning just after the guarantee ran out. That as I replace my white goods when they go wrong out of guarantee and do not bother with repairs. At £50 an hour labour it does not take long for the £200 a washing machine costs to be spent.
I bought my Beko WM5100 from the Littlewoods book as it was the cheapest machine in silver that they had. I wanted a silver machine to match my cooker and fridge freezer. I bought it with a three year extended warranty. That proved to be a waste of money as the Beko has worked faultlessly.
I do one or two washes a week and use the Mini wash 30 degree wash all the time as this really washes my clothes fast and gets them clean. The other wash cycle I have used is the cotton one at 40 degrees. It takes four times longer at two hours to do the wash cycle when it is used and I can not tell the difference afterwards unless the clothes were really dirty.
I put two caps of detergent in the detergent drawer which seems to be the right amount. It is that easy to use this machine. I installed it myself as I knew what to do; there was a bit of polystyrene to remove and the transit bolts to be taken off.
Overall I would recommend this machine to any one who just want clean clothes and a reliable machine.
Unlike most households, we have two washing machines. When we moved into the house we are currently in there was an already a washing machine and a dryer - but a year or so earlier my girlfriend needed a washing machine for her old house, so bought one.
When we moved in she decided we move the washing machine already sitting in the lean-to and relegate it to 'spare' (who needs a spare washing machine, I ask you) and we promote hers to the one we primarily use as she insisted it was a great washer.
So after installing it its been our washing machine for the past 2 or so years and she was right, it is a great washer. Anyway, first thing was installation.
I have very few skills, let alone man DIY skills - more specifically I have no plumbing skills - so we were lucky this was a) easy to fit and b) we had someone to help. I say easy to fit, I'm talking about the plugging of pipes in and so, a simple case of connecting the pipes from the old washer to the new one. That bit was easy - what was not so easy was getting it into place, this thing is heavy. Now, that will come to no surprise to you - washing machines are generally heavy, but this is a dead weight and it has no way of actually holding it. One day, will some put wheels and a handle on a washing machine? Something for Dragons Den maybe. (feel free to correct me if this already exists) That said and done, with the help of a couple of people it was in place and plugged in. My girlfriend still had instructions, keeping hold of instructions being something of a rarity in this house, but never-the-less a flick through them when we installed in gave much more in depth instructions that would have helped even me if I were doing this alone.
---------EASE OF USE--------
I love things nice and easy to use, not too limited in functionality but I don't like fuss. In terms of ease to use this has the balance bang on, with 6 clickable and pushable buttons on the front and its totally absent of a fiddly digital display - something I welcome. On an old, newer washed I had in an old house, it had a digital panel I found impossible to figure out half of the time - so a good old fashioned turn this and click that was ideal for me. Its not that I'm not techy, its just I find panels on things such as washers of microwaves a pain to use.
If you had never used a washing machine, you will find setting this really easy. An on/off button - step one, set the temp/cycle and then click on anything extra. Its a really easy 3 step process I doubt many would struggle with. Another bug bear I had with an old washer was the markings on the front panel started to fade and rub off, but luckily with this they have lasted 2 years without moving a bit. Its a small plus, but a plus non-the-less.
The selection you have in terms of temperature and cycle its more than met my needs - being able to handle a good range. From cottons, synthetics to wool and then rinse, drain and spin - all with different temps. I like this simplicity, and although not unusual for washing machines to have settings set out like this - the BEKO sticking to tradition is welcome.
One you have set the temperature set you have a few other options via the buttons adjacent to the dial. You can add an extra rinse, a rinse hold or a prewash - and from here you can also pause the cycle. Above the buttons are little lights indicating what extra you have added, and below are three more lights displaying what part of the cycle you are at. This is hand, if like me you find yourself putting washing in at odd time you can see how much later you have to sit up watching repeats of Have I Got News For You on Dave until its ready to unload.
So, all in all this is a very simple to use machine - anyone can get going with it right away with minimal problems.
Loading with powder is also simple with a draw that pulls out and has what should go in each one clearly marked. Again, another problem with an older one was it didn't have any markings meaning most of the time it was just a guess.
It seems like the place to mention the size and speed - its 5lt in size and spins upto 1000rpm. Now, to me these seem like random numbers as I'm not much of a washing machine aficionado - but comparing against other machines these seem slightly above average. Some machines go up to about 1200 and most hold the same if not a little less - meaning size and speed wise it seems decent enough.
For me, how easy to use is the big question for me, but some other things come into play. Its a fairly energy efficient machine with a wash grade of A, energy rating of A+ but falling short on spin efficiency at only a C - so its a fairly friendly machine environment wise. On top of this is the kind of noise it makes and this shines here - being oddly quiet. It might just be I've had noisy machines in the past but this one seems silent in comparison, only really making a louder noise on the final stage. Its also a nice quick washer, with a full 60 degree wash taking just over an hour and half and a quick wash just half an hour - so fairly quick. In terms of how well it cleans - it cleans well, and as someone with lots of dirty uniform to wash everyday - its impressive. Even on a 40 degree wash it gets a pair of kitchen uniform spotless after a tough 14 hour day. The door opens nice and wide, meaning filling and emptying is not a pain like with some washing machines, and if you only put in a small load it will adjust to this and use less water - a handy little feature.
------VALUE FOR MONEY------
I didn't buy this, but doing a price check it reveals the real clincher - only £199 new this is a great buy. In the 2 years I've used this (and the year of so before that) its worked well 2/3 times a week and had not really shown many signs of use, let alone broken down. I can say, if you want a washer that will suit a small house hold that does well at its intended function, keep your eye on this.
I bought this washing machine because it was the cheapest available at the time, I applied no other factor in my decision. However, it has been reliable and washes my clothes well. It has a 30 minute setting which I have found extremely useful since I cannot stand waiting two hours for my washing to finish, as it does on this machine. It's also quite noisy as I found out when trying to watch the tv in my studio apartment!
However we have recently moved the machine back to my parents home to replace her broken machine and she has told me it is much better than her original expensive machine!! And being in a utility room means that the noise is not an issue.
This machine is fine for everyday washes but I have found when washing towels and bathmats etc. that the spin cycle is not fast enough and they come out soaking wet! Which is fine if you have a dryer...but if you don't like I didn't in my flat - I used to do my towels at the laundrette or take them home to do.
For the price, this machine is brilliant, it has a good number of settings although I only really used the quickwash. It's reliable (I've had it 2 years and its still going strong) and my clothes come out lovely and clean!
Beko is a well known white goods specialist company offering laundry machines, cookers, fridges etc.
The Beko WM5100 in simple terms, is a washing machine. It is available in white - perhaps it was once available in silver though I cannot locate this one. The washing machine is free standing and has an energy efficiency rating of A+. It has a maximum washing capacity of 5k (less for certain types of washes) and a 1000rpm spin speed (maximum).
The following has been take from the Argos website in relation to this washing machine :
*Washing performance A
*Spinning performance C
*Energy consumption - 0.95kWh/cycle
*Water consumption - 49litres/cycle
*Size - H85, W59.5, D48cm
There are 16 programmes on the machine so plenty of choice depending on your families/personal requirements.
*Synthetics - cold, 30c, 40c and 60c
*Delicates - 30c
*Woolens - cold and 40c
*Cottons - cold, 40c, 60c and 90c
*A class - 40c
*Mini wash - 30c
*Spin and drain
Additional features include a digital display hosting 4 buttons - start/pause (hold for 3 seconds), prewash, rinse hold and extra rinse. There is also an on/off button. The washing machine boasts a child lock.
The machine will slot into any decent size space. It is of course white all over with the main focus being on the drum itself. A large silver drum sits inside the machine and is accessed by tugging open a wide opening door and deep clear glass. There is a click on piece of thick plastic along the bottom of the machine which conceals the draining tap.
Across the top of the machine, you will find all the bits and pieces required to operate the machine. The drawer can be fully removed for cleaning. There are 3 different sized compartments. The widest is for the washing powder. The narrowest section is suitable for fabric conditioner and the medium sized section is for prewashing liquids.
The various washing options can be obtained by way of a circular dial and every cycle is clearly marked. The digital display is located at the far right handside. There are 3 light up dots which change to signify which stage the cycle is currently at.
~Availability and Price~
This washing machine is one of the cheaper Beko machines. Argos sell this model at a cost of £179.99 which is a £29.00 saving on the normal price. Alternatively, Comet sell it at the same price.
When me and my fiance first moved into a council flat (6 years ago), my parents offered us their pretty much, brand new washing machine. It lasted well through various housemoves but around 18months ago, it suddenly gave up the ghost. Rather than risk spending a fortune getting repairs done, we got rid of it and relied on the laundrette in our tower at the time..not very convenient especially with a young family to keep in clean clothes!
Anyway, I was demented at people stealing our turn at the laundrette and managed to save up £100 from dooyoo cheques last year. My Mum noticing my annoyance, offered to pay for half of a new machine for us and desperate, we accepted. We visited my local Argos and then onto Currys and Comet in the nearby town before settling on this Beko model in white. I have a white fridge and cooker so this fits in well with my kitchen. it has been 14months (approx) since I purchased this for £179.99 so I decided it was time to review it though I am not very technical minded! I did however, want one of those Moon ones but design isn't everything!
From past experience, Beko is a brand I trust and whilst not the best brand, is reliable and affordable. I chose this particular machine based on price really as we couldn't afford a more expensive one and I didn't want my Mum putting anything more expensive on the credit card! Although I would have loved a bigger drum in order me to wash more clothes at any one time, this one is perfectly suitable for a family of 3. Those with a larger family may wish to purchase a larger machine and certainly if we had an addition child, we would appreciate a larger machine.
~Delivery and Set Up~
This machine was delivered to my home in copious amounts of packaging. It is heavy as you would expect and needed 2 to lift it and put it in its rightful place. When it first arrived, my Dad came up the following day and quickly set it all up. The machine came with all the neccessary attatchments to hook it up to my pipes under the sink. The instruction manual was full of the usual jargon but in reality, unless you intend of trying out every single cycle, it is fairly easy to operate and I tested this before my Dad left!
We have moved home since purchasing this washing machine. My Dad removed any excess water by loosening the bottom pipe and emptying the water into a basin. It required 2 strong guys to lift the machine up a flight of stairs and was simply reinstalled by my brother in law in our new flat where it has been for the past 10months.
Aesthetically, this machine isn't the nicest but its inoffensive and compact. It fits neatly under my worktop next to my sink and looks the part. Every feature is in the right place allowing me to use this machine easily. I say *me* in the strongest terms as despite showing Keith how to operate the machine, he still says he can't do it! The markings are very clear and haven't rubbed off in the time we have owned this machine. The machine doesn't look overcrowded but does show dirt very easily and is able to be wiped down with a damp cloth.
~Load Me Up~
I usually do a wash once a day..sometimes every 2 days but I like to keep on top of it. Despite only holding 5kg of washing, the drum is reasonbly big and suitable for us. The door of the machine swings far open allowing me to easily load the machine up with clothes. I don't do handwashing and everything goes in the machine from towels to jackets to bed sheets. I do however, try to sort out lighter clothes from darker ones and tend to wash my towels altogether as they defluff onto clothes otherwise!
Ok, clothes in the machine and aslong as I don't overload it, the machine door clicks closed perfectly. I have used everything from liquid tabs inside the machine to powder and liquid in the drawer but my preferrence is powder. Surf, Daz, supermarket own..it doesn't make any difference. I also use a fabric conditioner with every wash and find the runnier ones are more appropriate as the gap in that section of the drawer isn't huge and can get clogged up.
~Spin Me Til I'm Clean!~
Operating this machine is very simple that my toddler knows how to switch it on and regularly helps his Mummy do the laundry. Once my laundry is loaded and my powder/fabric conditioner is in the right parts of the drawer, I can set the machine to the setting I need. I tend to switch between 4 settings on the machine though depending on what you need to wash will depend on which setting you use. Ok so cold is the lowest setting and then 30c..no 15c on this one so if you want low energy this isn't the best machine option! The dial is quite stiff to turn but luckily the wash options are spaced apart and once you settle on a cycle, it stays put unless someone moves it.
Anyway, for a normal load whether it be white or darks, I tend to stick to 40c cottons. This cycle takes quite a while though and it seems to vary between 1hr 30mins - 3hours..heavens knows why as its always the same setting! I notice it runs quicker during the day but at night it takes forever. I appreciate the light up buttons which tell me how far the cycle has reached and therefore roughly when it is due to finish.
The machine stops and stars and one minute it will be gently spinning then it completely stops before going a bit crazy and spinning extremely fast. It doesn't move too far forward and although not the noisest machine I have experience, certainly isn't one to have on through the night if you have neighbours downstairs like we do. I can hear it along the hall in our bedroom when the doors are all closed.
Once the cycle is finished, the machine drains and clicks to let me know its done. I try to either get my laundry hung up indoors or outdoors as quickly as possible to avoid creases setting in. On some occasions, the machine hasn't spinned enough and the laundry has been soaking wet..moreso if I have bulky towels and the likes in the machine. When this happens, I turn machine off, change the dial to "Spin and drain" and put it back on. This takes an additional 10minutes and fully drains excess water from my clothing allowing me to hang it up and not have it dripping.
When it comes to bedsheets, hair dyed towels or sickly clothing (happens with a toddler who is often sick), the best option is 60c cotton wash which is of course hotter and this can be felt by touching the glass so not one to have on with young kids running around. I have used the "Mini" wash a few times but I am not fond of it. I often forget how much powder I am putting in when doing a mini as too much and the wash remains wet and soapy after 30mins in the machine. This means I need to put it on a "spin and drain" and it seems pointless doing the quick wash in the first place! I only do this if I am in a rush and need something washed and out to dry before leaving the house but try to ensure I put half the recommended amount of powder in.
Regardless of which cycle wash I use, my clothing comes out clean, fresh and scented from the laundry products I use. Everything dries quite quickly and I can keep on top of the washing load that my family uses. I will note that the stop button has came in quite useful when I have switched my machine on only to realise someone has moved the dial. It stops the wash, drains the water and within a matter of seconds, I can get the correct cycle set up to use. I don't use the prewash or rinse button.
~Clogging Pores...I Mean Drawers!~
I find the drawer for the laundry products gets clogged up and icky very quickly. Once a week, I remove it and give it a good scrub with a cloth to bring it back to its clean, white appearance! I do find that the bit underneath the drawer gets grubby and needs regularly wiped but is a nightmare to get in to as its a tight spot. I run the machine empty on a 90c wash every few weeks to keep it smelling fresh. At one point, there was a dodgy, damp aroma coming from it and I realised that the bottom pipe was clogged with hairs, coins and allsorts but once drained, the smell was gone.
~Keeping It In The Family~
Being so simplistic yet effective, this machine could be used by someone elderly. A few weeks after purchasing this, my 91yr old Grans machine went on the blink and she needed a new one. I recommended this one and now my Gran and myself have matching washing machines. Anyway, having problems with her sight, we marked a certain wash for her and she can work it fine and its suits her being on her own.
~Recommendation and Conclusion~
For under £200.00, this is reliable, decent looking washing machine that performs its intended purpose and washes my families clothing. It is easy to operate due to the simplistic nature of the cycles offered and is an affordable model. I highly recommend this washing machine to those who are either on their own, or have a small family. I have not noticed any additional electricity being consumed compared to my previous washing machine so all good.
Highly recommended :)
I've noticed that this washing machine seems to be popular and that's probably because from what i've seen it is one of the cheapest ones to buy. It was this washing machine that i had when i was renting a house and for the first few months i had no problems with it. I did notice that my washing never seemed to be that clean and fresh but perhaps that was the washing powder i was using?
Now i'm not the greatest at working out the technicalities of household appliances and when they have loads of settings and options it just confuses me. I couldn't make head nor tail of the instructions that came with this washing machine so i was always doing my laundry on the same setting. But the worst part about this washer is that it wouldn't stop on it's own! Normally a washing machine will do its thing and then come to a stop, but not this one. It would go for hours on end if you didn't physically press the stop button yourself. Then the washer would still have loads of water in the bottom and my clothes were saturated.
It was such a faulty washing machine i wouldn't reccomend it, even if it does cost under £200.
In addition to breaking the fridge, the tenants who rented my mother's house for a few years also wrecked the washing machine, or, as they would put it, it broke. This model I'm telling you about now was the replacement the dubious letting agency sourced and invoiced us for. For once, they actually did something decent, and we're pleased with this (though of course not as pleased as we would have been had we not had to buy a new one).
I returned to the UK like a student returning from uni, bags full of laundry. In my defence it wasn't that I'd begrudged paying to use the washing machine in a hall of residence, or that I'd been too lazy to do so. Where I was living we didn't have much water, so tried to reserve what we had for washing us rather than our clothes. Try washing and rinsing a week's clothes using only a bucket and a half of water, and you'll soon see why I felt everything needed to be re-washed in a machine, even if it was 'clean' by African definitions. Normally I do a wash once a week, but this machine has been running almost constantly since I got home, so I've had a lot of time to get to know it.
|| Design ||
This is a front loading model, meaning there is a round door on the front that you open to get the clothes in or out. I've always somehow thought that top loaders and more efficient, robust machines, and they were what I used at uni and in my first apartment, but perhaps they're just better for industrial-style usage. According to wiki 90% of machines in Europe are front loaders, compared with just 35% in the US. The most common problem I have encountered with front loaders is that the door seal can sometimes go over time. So far this has not been a problem with the Beko. Fingers crossed it stays that way. One of the main advantages of a front loader is that you don't need to be able to access the top, so you can sit it under a countertop, or stack a dryer on top without any problems.
This washing machine comes in either silver or white, and is a pretty standard size. At 84cm x 60cm x 45cm it is virtually identical to the one I have at my house which is a different brand and model. Like with fridges, washing machines come with a stated capacity that can be a little hard to visualise, but is useful for comparisons. The WM5100 has a capacity of 5kg which is standard for small machines. If you're not doing sheets and towels it can easily cope with a few days clothes from a few people or a week's worth if you're on your own and don't spill stuff on your clothes at every meal.
If you're not using tabs or a roller ball filled with liquid, there is a detergent drawer with separate compartments for pre-wash, main wash and softeners. I don't like these as they get mucky quickly and this one is no exception. It's a fiddle to clean, so I don't tend to bother with it.
|| Programmes ||
The choice of programmes on this model is a little like the choice of tea bags in a supermarket. There are lots of options but most people tend to find the one they like and stick to it.
The manual splits the programmes into "main" and "additional" but amusingly ranks our most used one as the latter, implying that they think it's an occasional rather than every day choice. We tend to use the Mini cycle. This is the shortest cycle and is the second lowest in terms of water consumption. Running this on 30 C may be the coolest and quickest of all the options, but has never resulted in insufficiently cleaned clothes, and quickly shifted age old dirt from my African clobber.
The other options range from a hand-wash to ones specifically for cottons, synthetics, delicates and woollens. Some fabrics have several sub-options within them. For example cottons can be done on 40, 60 or 90 degrees, for different durations, and with or without a pre-wash and extra rinse. Both the manual and the quick start guide show all the options in an easy to read table. In addition to the energy consumption column, the water consumption column is especially useful for those of us who have water meters as there is a notable difference between the least (32 litres) and most (52 litres) watery options.
I'm not sure anyone would use all the cycles, and I think really there are too many and most are too long. Seriously, who has 2 hours to spend waiting for their laundry to be done? I know you can leave it and do something else, but it's the idea of it beavering away, using up your electricity for such a long time. Maybe I'm just bitter after living somewhere where if we had 4 hours electricity at a time one day we were chuffed to bits, but it seems daft to have something switched on for 133 minutes when you could get near enough the same results in just 30 minutes.
|| Performance & Efficiency ||
I am very impressed with how dry the washing is when it comes out. It still needs to be hung out or stuck in the tumble dryer, of course, but not for long which saves time and energy. I used to have a washing machine that left things so wet they would need an hour and a half in the dryer to sort them out, which ended up costing me a lot. Tumble dryers typically cost more to run for the same amount of time than a washer does, so it's something to think about.
I used to use powdery tabs but switched to liquid and gels after a few problems with the former leaving white gunk on my clothes when I lived in Germany (surely a land where they should have excellent washing machines, no?) This Beko has only been tested by us with liquid detergents but it works well with them, and I've no reason to believe it would be any worse than average with powders. The rinse feature works well too - I found hand washing in Africa that my tops stayed soapy after my attempt at rinsing, but with the machine they come out so clean and soap free they almost squeak.
We have an outside utility room. We also have an outside loo. This is the grim north after all. But anyway, the utility room it outside and has no heating which can be problematic when it gets very cold. I'm sure it's not designed for such temperatures, but the machine impressed me by continuing to work without issue, even when it was below zero in that room. As long as the pipes were still flowing, the machine was still spinning. Though the washing comes out dry-ish, it does not come out warm. I went out to empty the machine at lunch time yesterday and the clothes were icy cold, which makes me doubly surprised that the machine keeps working well at that temperature.
As per EU regulations, this washer came with an efficiency label. It is rated A with a consumption of 0.95 kWh per cycle. This is only really useful for comparisons, because it assumes a longer and hotter setting than we ever use (in the EU, washing machines are tested for energy consumption based on a standard 60 C cotton cycle) and therefore can't really be used to work out how much it costs to run a wash, though you can work this out if you read the manual for a breakdown.
It is rated A for washing performance but only C for spin drying performance as the rpm doesn't go beyond 1000. This surprises me since, as stated above, the clothes come out quite dry from this machine, drier than I've experienced with other models. Something I didn't know until I read the manual, though, was that the 1000 rpm is the fastest the machine will reach, but on some fabric settings there is an automatic lower maximum - 800rpm for synthetics, and 600 rpm for woollens. I've never used this next function, but apparently it is also possible to switch programmes after it starts, by pausing the cycle and selecting your new option. Because there are no children in the house (except me...) we've also not used the child proof lock that is available, to stop inquisitive hands pressing the buttons and interrupting the cycle in progress.
The maximum load of 5kg doesn't apply to all programmes, and the manual includes a 'helpful' guide on how much items weigh so you can guestimate when you're putting the washing on, whether you've too much for a quick / small cycle. The hand-wash and woollens cycles have a maximum weight of 1kg and 1.5kg respectively, so it's a big difference from how much you can stuff in on the 90 degree 2 hour cottons loads.
The move towards more energy and water efficient machines has led to longer cycles in some models, as it takes more time to ensure clothes are thoroughly cleaned and rinsed. It's interesting to note, however, that if you don't mind the extra faff it's twice as quick and almost 5 times more economical in terms of energy to do two 2.5kg Mini loads than a single 5kg longer one. Just another useful titbit from the user manual. I don't tend to read these things, but I'm surprised by how informative the Beko's one is.
|| Usage ||
The machine is easy to use. The door handle is wide and easy to grip, and well hinged so it just clicks shut with a slight push. The door locks when the machine is in use, so there's no risk of children finding their way inside, or opening the door and flooding the room. It also stays sealed shut for 2 minutes after the cycle finishes, to ensure the drum has completely drained. The only thing that confused me initially was the number of buttons and lights on the control panel. On my own washer you just turn the dial, set the temperature and press go. This model turned out not to be too complex because I realised that I could just ignore most of them. The lights tell you where it's up to (pre-wash, rinse etc) and the only buttons you need for most cycles are the initial on/off, and then the start. My machine at home flashes once it's finished, but this one stays lit up so your only way to know is by checking the drum has stopped spinning and seeing if the door lock is off.
It is easy to switch between programmes on this model as there is a dial which clicks round. This also means you know it's been set correctly, and cannot be nudged out of place. The cycles are all marked in words so you don't have to decipher any symbols, and they're separated by fabric rather than temperature.
In the good old days (or at least in Hollywood's portrayal of them), washing machines induced great giddiness in those who, for unknown and/or blatantly obvious reasons, chose to sit on them while they were in use. Sadly this is not a machine that vibrates energetically, even when in the fast final spin, so you're going to have to get your happys in other ways. It's not the quietest of machines, but the sound comes more from the speed at which the drum is rotating, rather than from it bouncing back and forth over the floor.
|| Verdict ||
I read one study that said washing machines (and particularly washer/dryers) are the white goods most likely to break down. Depending on your views, this could mean you should buy the cheapest on offer since it won't last long anyway, or a super expensive one to try to prolong its life. I tend to favour the former, so this is the sort of machine I would have picked anyway. Personally I would always choose separate washers and dryers rather than a combined model, but I know we're lucky in that in both my house and my mother's, we have the space to have one of each.
In the first year that I had my Indesit at my house, they came to repair it 3 times. In comparison, this machine has worked perfectly since we acquired it, and I'm sure if the tenants had had any problems, they wouldn't have kept quiet about them. That makes it well over 2 years and still going strong, and for the price and how much it's been used, that's quite a feat. It's not the fanciest machine on the market but it gets the job done, and it's proved to be reliable. So, if I return to my house in summer and find MY tenants have wrecked the one I left, this is a brand I'll certainly consider replacing it with. Two thumbs up.
Current retail prices as of 29.1.2011 include:
Kitchen Science £183.00
I bought this washing machine when I desperately needed one as my old one had broken. I chose this as it was one of the cheapest I could find at the time. I have had it for over a year and despite very frequent use, I havn't had any serious problems. It looks as tidy and modern in the kitchen as many other machines and is pretty standard in that respect. It leaked on one occasion when I shut the door on an item of clothing- so I am not sure that the mechanism on the door is that accurate- so do be aware and make sure clothes are pushed fully into the drum. The onlt downside that I have found is that there isn't a dial on the front that tells you how far through the cycle the machine is. This is probably only an issue if you have a queue of washing to put on regularly though. Definately worth the money.
A week before I was due to give birth to my son, our old washing machine's motherboard blew up! In our desperation we didn't think we'd get a new one within that week. However as we're renting out our landlord shipped over the Beko WM5100 to us within the week and had someone fit it for us, too.
As the washing had been piling up - and we had my Mum and brother staying with us for that week - we had a fair amount of dirty laundry to get through!
I found this washing machine to be much better than the previous machine - for a start it had more choice of settings. You could do a 40 minute wash if you only had a few bits to put in or you could go for a full 2 hour wash for bigger consignments of laundry.
It has lots of washing settings, too, many of which I haven't used but I think this is great because you can set your machine to do delicates, wool and even a "hand wash" setting! (Many more, but seeing as the settings are listed I won't go through them all one by one).
As I've gone from having a newborn to a weaning seven month old I've had to change the temp settings a few times on the machine and it's been fine. In the past I changed temp settings and stuff has shrunk! Even at a 40 degree wash.
It is easy to use - once the settings have been set it is a simple case of pressing the "Start" button, so husbands who may be allergic to housework won't have the excuse that they didn't know what to do with the machine ;).
This washing machine does clean up pretty well in it's use, however, I have found that it does start to produce a really "earthy" smell if for example you put a wash on, go to the shops and then come back once it's done. The machine starts to smell this way, too, but after it's been aired out and scrubbed it's fine and it doesn't seem to effect the clothes at all - just a heads up!
This was my first ever washing machine and I am very pleased with it. I got mine for about £200 which is great value and it also does everything that it says on the tin.
It is very reliable [touch wood] and looks great. It has several of the usual options; delicates, 40 degree, 30 degree, quick wash, handwash etc.
I must say that I found the handwash to be really useful. Most of my baby's dresses are handwash only and it saves a lot of time and effort by using this function.
The only faults I can give it is that the 5KG drum is too small and I end up doing a wash every other day just to keep on top. However, this is more my naivety about washing machines but it would suit a single person perfectly.
It also takes ages to do a wash on a normal 30 degree setting. Well over ninety minutes which is a pain. I usually put it on delicates. This washes everything just as well but it speeds up the process.
I think there are six words that a woman just dreads to hear - the washing machine has packed up.
A couple of weeks ago my six year old Indesit decided that it had had enough and in total despair I searched around on the Internet to find a run of the mill machine that came in at a reasonable price.
I went onto all of the usual websites, Currys, B and Q, Argos, Tesco, Co-Op and Comet.
I saw a Proline washing machine at a very good price but I personally had never heard of the make so I was a bit dubious and the product had no reviews.
Then next in line were the Beko models which were all competitively priced, I have not had a Beko model before but family members have and they have had no problems.
I ended up ordering the Beko WM5100 in a white finish and that cost me £199 with free delivery.
The washing machine arrived and as usual we had to install it. The machine is a cold water fill and it is fairly simple to install really, you just fix the hose to the cold water supply, put the drain hose into the outlet pipe, earth it, level the feet and plug the washing machine in. This is a standard machine with a 5kg tub but I was quite surprised to see just how slimline it is .
The Beko WM500 is in a white finish and as soon as you look at it you realise that it is not going to take a degree in electronics to be able to work it.
The Beko washing machine has just one main control knob in the centre of the control panel and some smaller buttons that you press for what are called the auxiliary functions ( pre-wash, extra rinse, spin speed, no spin, no heat and rinse hold ).
The on and off button sits beside the auxiliary function buttons and the dispenser drawer sits to the left hand side of the control panel. Interestingly enough the dispenser drawer is quite different from the one on my old indesit model, the powder compartment is on the left hand side of the drawer so I have to make sure that I don't fill the pre-wash compartment by mistake.
Once you have got the washing machine up and running from then on it is all pretty much plain sailing. The auxiliary function buttons are easy to understand and you just load the machine, add the powder ( softener if you use it ), close the door and then select the appropriate programme.
When you load the washing machine for the first time you will notice that the door has been designed to open right back to allow you lots of room to load up.
The drum will hold 5kg, this is plenty big enough for us but maybe a larger family would consider a bigger sized drum.
My first wash was a hot wash and any hot wash is usually a long one. The Beko model is no different, the wash was long as I expected. The machine ran smoothly and when it went into spin it was not too noisy. The first load of washing that christened the machine came out fine.
But a lot of my laundry justs needs freshening up and this machine has a 30 minute wash which I soon decided would be one of my favourite cycles.
The 30 minute wash is really good for lightly soiled clothes though I did notice that the clothes were not quite as well spun as when I initially did my first white wash. Saying that the clothes were still ready to hang on the clothes horse and the fabrics were less creased.
My Indesit washing machine was a basic model too but I have noticed a couple of functions that the Beko has to offer that the Indesit didn't.
For example, if you load the machine and then start it and then decide that you wasn't to change the programme you can do it, the manual has good clear guidelines that explain the whole process from start to finish.
Another handy feature is the machine allows to to stop it when it is in use and add anything you may have forgotten to put in, again this process is explained in the users manual.
The machine has a childproof lock, so if you activate this then little fingers cannot come along and push buttons and mess about with the programmer.
Once the machine has completed its cycle the door then remains locked until the indicator light goes off.
I am happy with the thought that I can reduce the spin speed on the machine, some fabrics need far more spinning than others and this spin speed control allows me to take care of my woollens and delicates.
The filter is situated at the bottom of the machine under the plastic plate that can easily be removed.
So far, so good. The Beko WM5100 is easy to install and easy to work and that suits me down to the ground. I am very happy that it has the thirty minute wash because that suits my needs.
I suppose we must take into account that this machine is a basic model and as such it may not have some of the functions that come with a more expensive washing machine, I know one of my previous washing machines had a cycle for washing training shoes.
The drum holds just the 5 kg so a larger family may prefer a bigger drum.
I am only going to use the machine maybe once a day or less, so I am not expecting the machine to be a real workhorse, though I am sure that Beko makes sure they are tested rigorously before they leave the factory.
All of the specifications are listed below and if you choose this model I hope that you will find this review of some help.
Maximum capacity - 5kg.
Height - 84 cms.
Depth - 45 cms.
Width - 60 cms.
Net weight - 60kg.
Electricity - ( V/Hz) 230V/50Hz.
Total power - (W) 2200.
Total current - (A) 10.
Spinning cycle ( rpm max ) 1000.
My washing machine died about a month ago and with four adults in the house, two of which were getting ready to back to University I needed a washing machine quickly.
Now I'm not one of those people that believes that the more expensive the better and neither to I feel that the washing machine needs to sing and dance around the kitchen ............... I wanted a basic washing machine that would take a reasonable size load, had a 30 minute cycle (as lets face it most clothes only need freshening up), but could also do a hot hot wash for towels . It also needed to be at a price I could afford
So I spent the evening researching machines on-line including reading reviews on Dooyoo. I paid £169 from Co-op Online which included free delivery and I get Quidco Cash back as well.
The Machine itself is the white version. Its is wonderfully quiet and takes a 5kg load. However the 30 minute wash says to only load it with 2.5kg (whoever weighs their washing !) and so filling the drum only half full is quite easy and you are still using less power doing 2 loads like this than a full load at 40C.
I use washing powder that you just put in the drawer and fabric conditioner goes in the middle part. The powder doesn't always completely dissolve but I think that may be because the machine is a cold fill so it is cold water dripping on the powder not hot !
There are 16 different settings you can use - I have to admit that I have only used 3 of them and they all work perfectly well. Although the spin speed is only 1000 as opposed to some machines being 1200 or more, I have found that this is perfect for then being able to shake things and hang them on the washing line and they are not already creased from spinning.
All in all, I would recommend this machine if you are happy with a basic machine at a very reasonable price.
I bought this washing machine from Argos for £169 about 4 months ago after my last one packed up.
It has a 5kg drum and a 1000 rpm spin. It also has a hand wash cycle for those delicate items and it has a fantastic quick wash cycle which takes just 30 minutes. I use this particular cycle quite a lot and it brings the laundry up lovely. The spin cycle is great and spins the clothes really well. They don't take long to dry at all. The machine itself is very easy to use.
I use the washing machine every day, and it's still going as strong as day one. I highly recommend this machine. It's a cheaper than a lot of the machines out there but does just as good a job. It doesn't make too much noise either so handy if you need to do a load late at night. It has a start/stop/pause button which comes in handy if you forget to put something in. Then continues the cycle from where it left off.
The only drawback's I have found is if you start on one cycle you cannot change it. You must let it run it's course. Also the drum could be slightly bigger but not too much of a problem.
I have had this washing machine for about a month now and I am so pleased with it! It is small and compact, and perfect for a household of one. It has several different washing cycles on it, most of which are not necessary for me; I generally use the 30 min 30 degree wash, but have also tried out the energy saving 40 degree wash. Both washes clean extremely well, but the latter takes almost three hours! Most of the standard washes take around two hours, which is longer than some others, but given that the 30 min wash does me fine, this doesn't bother me. It does have a small drum size than most other washing machines, but again, if you are a singleton like me, it doesn't matter! it also doesn't have the facility to show you where it is in the wash cycle, which is a bit of a pain if you are doing one of the longer cycles, but otherwise I don't even notice. It isn't too noisy even on the spin cycle. All in all an economical machine - I paid a little extra to have it connected for me, but still came to £200 including this and delivery. Would recommend to any small household who doesn't need a washing machine to make the tea and take the dog for a walk!
Short name: Beko WM5100