All well and good
But all I want is a washing machine to tell me that I have left some money
in my back pocket or a 5.5mm SDS drill bit in the side pocket of my trousers
before I start the washer.
It looks like the only seal is between the door and the front of the
machine when it is slid in - not much different to the glass doors on
normal front loading machines. I would prefer a glass door in it, I don't
really know why though.
What a waste of time. I remember when a washing machine had a hot and
cold fill and would adjust water temperature. Now all the new ones insist
on heating water. So his idea is nothing new. There is no window either !
I like to see what's happening if I walk past.
No doubt one of the shopping channels will be dumped with hundreds of
them when they don't sell.
Measuring the correct amount of detergent is very easy. Fabric conditioner
ruins clothes as it batters the fabric and makes things thin and wear
If you use fabric conditioner the clothes might feel soft, but they don't
Measuring a standard amount of detergent is easy enough (by hand).
Scaling that according to how much stuff is put in is a but more
difficult. (Would be more sensible to weigh *before* loading from that
POV.) Scaling that according to how much is *needed* is quite a lot more
complicated. Automated dispensing according to actual need would be a
good trick. But I suspect it isn't that sophisticated.
Pre-warming water from the environment doesn't help much if the heat in
the location comes from GCH.
Hypothyroidism is a seriously debilitating condition with an insidious
But not that hard using a strain gauge mounted on the rear of the tub.
Even that's doable, but outside the budget for domestic machines. Some
day soon it'll become afordable, desired and worthwhile. There are
more pressing issues from a marketing pov though, such as cold
My Hotpoint has been doing cold-warm (seldom above 30C) washes for years, it
also only has half the powder that the soap sellers say it needs.
It works fine.
It also varies the amount of water it uses..
it appears to estimate how much by filling, then tumbling the clothes and
then seeing how much is needed to top it up.
I think its a case of both those measures may be enough in some cases,
but in some they wont. Some get away with cool washes, some dont... so
they do increase the risk of needing a new machine and new clothes,
and I just dont think that and the hassle involved is worth the
trivial saving of lower temps.
Is anyone else struck by the irony that to find out about a supposedly
'green' product* , we have to accept a high bit video feed rather than a low
bit page of text? What's the environmental impact of all that unnecessary
*I wouldn't know - I didn't watch it.
I'm not critisising the product - as I said, I didn't watch the video.
My criticism is for the bbc website only making the information
available as a video.
But of course, more searching produced this
It looks all well and good now, but as Dyson found out the washing
machine market isn't just about clever marketing as with vacuum
cleaners. You need an army of technicians to repair them when they go
I have a Dyson washer and personally think its great because the
contra drum operation really does clean like handwashing and has a
huge load capacity. They got it wrong by trying to be clever and
doing the rainbow colour scheme which looks odd in a kitchen. Some of
the engineering left a lot to be desired too.
Im surprised Dyson didn't at least try to sell the technology to
another manufacturer after it was only on the market for a couple of
years. There must be more money to be made vacuuming floors!
I still think the shipping weight of the machine is a great benefit - one
man delivery. No need for shipping clamps. Energy saving by not making the
weights. Great idea - but need to be well made in case they split! Some
ships use their water ballast as to stabilise them - moving water between
tanks at less than the wave frequency (or something).
Auto dispense is only as good as the information that is available on the
detergent. Certainly don't need a glass door - weren't they a gimmick when
Auto machines were new. Not really needed now. Doesn't one maker do a
machine with an angled drum? Seems a good idea as it would encourage a
tumble in the front to back axis.
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