AEG OKOKombi Plus washer dryer and OKOMix washing machine

AEG introduces the first ever washer dryer with heat pump technology, the ÖKOKombi Plus, and its most efficient, high performance washing machine ever, the ÖKOMix.

Designed for the most efficient combined washing and drying performance in the world, the ÖKOKombi Plus uses 40% less energy compared to other ‘A’ energy rated washer dryers. It is best in class when it comes to energy and water usage, and the ‘A -40%’ energy rating equates to a saving of up to £70 per year in energy costs alone, compared with an ‘A’ rated model.

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How to save when buying a washer and dryer

How to save when buying a washer and dryer

If you had to put a price tag on a new washer and dryer, how high would you go? When Yahoo posted an article from Consumer Reports on impressive laundry pairs for $ 1,600 or less, readers made hundreds of comments—some said that was way too much money to pay for these two workhorses. A matching pair should last about a decade before an expensive part blows, according to several appliance manufacturers, but even so you have to pay now, wash … (read more)

Pricey washer produces lackluster laundry

Pricey washer produces lackluster laundry

Spend $ 1,000 on a top-loading washer and you probably have a laundry list of expectations. At the top of that list is laundry so clean that even the tough stains are washed away. But that’s not what happened when Consumer Reports tested a $ 1,000 washing machine from Fisher & Paykel.

The manufacturer’s website boasts that their washers use world-first technology to deliver better clothes care and reliability. This technology helps boost the price. We tested the Fisher & Paykel AquaSmart WL4227P1, … (read more)

Samsung hits industry high in washer capacity

Samsung hits industry high in washer capacity

Top-loading washers too deep for easy emptying have been a recent topic of user-reviews for a number of our more petite readers, some of whom use tongs to retrieve socks and other small items from the bottom of the tub. But Samsung announced last week a washer that should solve the problem—while hitting a new high for capacity in the process.

Manufacturers have been boosting the tub sizes of some washers, which has resulted in ever-deeper tubs. But for the $ … (read more)

Best washing machine brands

Best washing machine brands

When it comes to brand performance—that is, how well on average each brand’s models perform in our Ratings—the results for front-loading and high-efficiency top-loading washers are mixed.

We’ve analyzed the data from our tests of front-loading and high-efficiency top-loading washers during the past three years. If you don’t find one of our recommended models at a retailer, use these brand report cards as a guide. Remember, manufacturing and design changes can affect performance of future models, and models within a brand can … (read more)

V-ZUG Adora SLQ WP washer with heat pump

The first washing machine to feature a heat pump, V-ZUG Adora SLQ WP is likely the world most energy efficient washer of today. The Adora SLQ WP warms the water using a traditional heating element and a highly efficient, energy-saving heat pump. The result is almost negligible energy consumption and ‘A+++ -40%’ energy rating.

You can choose among 3 different EcoHybrid stages – the water can be warmed by the heat pump alone for optimum energy efficiency, largely by the heat pump or in equal parts by the heat pump and heating element. … (read more)

Consumer Reports tweaks its washer tests

Consumer Reports tweaks its washer tests

Washers are getting better and better at getting clothes clean using less energy and water. They also extract more water in the process, and that means less time in the dryer. Following this welcome trend, the appliance experts at Consumer Reports have raised the bar in our tests for cleaning and water and energy efficiency. As a result, some of our washing machine scores have changed.  

As the result of innovations, some manufacturers have been able to update their washers so that they … (read more)

Save by switching to a more efficient washer

Save by switching to a more efficient washer

It goes without saying that choosing a high-efficiency washing machine over a conventional model will save money on your utility bills. But you might be surprised to learn that the savings can exceed $ 100 per year, according to a white paper released this week by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. Even better: Consumer Reports’ washing machine Ratings include a few dozen recommended high-efficiency models, including eight CR Best Buys that sell for as little … (read more)