Guest blog by Jon.
If I told you that you are about to read about a washing machine you would most likely think ‘what could I possibly read that I don’t already know?’ well here is the thing, I bet you have never seen a washing machine like this one before. It is the Samsung WW80K5413UW, now affectionately referred to as the Samsung AddWash washing machine. So what makes this machine any different to the myriad other washing machines out there? Let me tell you…
This particular model has an 8kg drum. Sounds big, doesn’t it? Actually, yes it is big but what does 8kg actually amount to in washing capacity terms? 8kg of washing equates to 40 average size t-shirts, or a queen size quilt, or as a more useful and likely guide: 3 pairs of adult jeans, 3 shirts, 2 bed sheets, 3 pillowcases, 4 dish cloths and 4 small towels. Safe to say this machine ticks the ‘big enough drum’ box.
It also sports a 1400rpm spin speed. Alas, I have no fancy comparisons for this but suffice it to say that 1400rpm will get rid of most of the water from your washing, leaving it ready to put in the tumble dryer or hang out on the line.
Programme wise it has a quick wash, meaning a load can be complete in 15 or 30 minutes. Of course, it has a spin only cycle; and yes, it includes all the usual programme cycles like cottons, delicates, synthetics, baby cycle and bedding. Everything you want – just as you’d expect from a modern washing machine.
Now the juicy bit. You want to know what this machine does that no other will do for you. Let me ask you a question. Have you ever sorted your washing out, loaded your machine and pressed GO only to find that ONE sock that has fallen out of the basket or that t-shirt you really need washing that you left in the bedroom? Well worry no more. The Samsung AddWash has a revolutionary feature to combat this very situation. It is pop out window in the door that can be accessed even when the machine is going to allow you to put in the extra item that you missed. This is so fantastic and so obvious that you can’t help but think “Why has this only just been invented”? Who cares, it’s here now! I will tell you that when I say this pop-out window can be accessed when the machine is running the only restriction is that when the machine reaches 50 degrees the window will lock. But let’s face it if the machine has got to 50 degrees and you have realised you have missed an item out then it probably wasn’t that important.
The other feature that makes this machine different to the rest of the market is its ecobubble technology; although this is not new technology for Samsung it has proved very effective on their previous models. Now, I have thought long and hard about the best way to tell you about the ecobubble technology and to be honest, the people who describe it best are the people who researched, designed and developed it themselves: Samsung. Here’s their explanatory description: ‘Our efficient ecobubble™ technology mixes air, water and detergent to create bubbles that penetrate your clothes faster, helping you wash at cooler temperatures. Better for the environment and your bills.’
There are a few other things it’s worth knowing about this machine, in the unlikely event that the AddWash feature hasn’t won you over. It has an A+++ energy rating so the energy and water consumption are kept to a minimum which means lower running costs. It also has 53db wash rating and a 74db spin rating. If you’re like me and a decibel rating means nothing to you then let me step in with one of my comparisons: if you’re talking to your neighbour (obviously all about the new washing machine you are going to buy) you will be talking at about 60-65db.
So there it is, the Samsung WW80K5413UW. As an overview it comes packaged very well which is good as it’s a 60kg+ machine, It has a decent instruction manual but to be fair it is very straightforward to use. It’s a good looking machine with some cool, yet useful features that you can’t find anywhere else. Would I spend my money on this machine? Yes, I would – and rejoice in reuniting socks!