We’re all much more conscious of the energy we’re using these days – not just because we want to be kind to the environment but as most of us are also feeling financially squeezed.
So, for those looking for a new washing machine, Whirlpool’s new offerings have a very appealing feature.
Whirlpool – WWDC 8420/1 and WWDC 8220/1 models
Available on two of its new machines, the WWDC 8420/1 and WWDC 8220/1 models, Whirlpool’s eco-monitor system helps you to get the most out of your wash by immediately telling you how much energy you will use when you make your programme selection.
A spokesman for the Michigan-headquartered multinational, said: “The eco-monitor also guides the consumer and helps them to be as efficient as possible, while also enabling them to keep an eye on their energy use and minimise overspending.”
“Saving our finite resources also means that long-term energy, water and financial savings are guaranteed – all good for the recession-laden consumer today,” adds Whirlpool.
The device takes around 10 seconds to figure out what sort of load you have put in the machine, and display what your energy consumption will be. It means you can then decide if you’re happy to go ahead or whether you would prefer to opt for a more eco, and purse, friendly cycle.
Dalia Haddad, who is product marketing manager, freestanding, for Whirlpool, said; “Whirlpool prides itself on its thoughtful, useful features that help the consumer to maximise energy and resource efficiency and the eco-monitor available on its latest washing machines is no exception. It gives the consumer total control over the wash cycle, allowing them to choose a more eco-friendly programme if required.
The 8420/1 comes with an 8kg capacity and Whirlpool’s patented 6th Sense technology, which is designed to get your colours as clean at 15 degrees as if you washed them on a 40 degree temperature. It costs around £450.
The manufacturer, which is the largest appliance maker in the world, says its cleaning system of turning the drum back and forth in unequal amounts of time during the cycle means laundry is better distributed and fibres relaxed so the detergent can get into the clothes better.
The 8220/1 is priced at around £420 and comes with fewer features, but still has impressive energy efficiency ratings. Both machines have a Detergent Dosing Recommendation system which means you’ll only use as much washing powder or liquid as you need.
Other handy features include an LED screen display, which tells you the remaining time of the cycle, so you know whether it’s worth hanging around for a few minutes so you can take your washing out before popping to the shops, and the start delay, which allows you to delay the cycle start for up to 24 hours. It’s great for popping your washing in just before you go to bed and setting it to wash overnight so it’s ready when you wake up.
Neither of them are the cheapest appliances on the market, but, as the consumer champion website Which? points out: “There is no point bargain hunting for a cheap washing machine if it’s going to cost you the earth to run.”