Electrolux Washing Machines Review
If you’ve ever wanted a slice of Sweden, but can’t afford a European holiday, then have you considered buying an Electrolux washing machine? Electrolux is a Swedish company that makes all manner of home appliances, including refrigerators and vacuum cleaners. But when it comes to washing machines, it only deals in front loaders. Relegating top loaders to yesteryear, Electrolux’s front loaders are tech-forward and eco-conscious. So, what’s in the range and are Electrolux washing machines good value for money?
Electrolux Front Load Washing Machines
Electrolux currently offers five front loader washing machines. Models range from 7.5kg in size to about 10kg, with prices ranging from about $1,000 to $1,700. While manufacturing has ceased in Australia and has moved to Thailand, we imagine that Electrolux still imposes its quality control on its Thai factory, so quality should still be what you should expect with the brand.
Electrolux EWF12753 7.5kg Vapour Action System
Among the five models, you will find the 7.5kg ‘Vapour Action System’ front loader with a maximum spin speed of 1200RPM. Its key feature is the Vapour Refresh program. This not only sounds pretty cool, it is cool. It’s basically a 21-minute ‘refresh’ cycle that helps revive and freshen-up garments, without water or detergent. It instead uses vapour to remove wrinkles and odours, reducing the need to iron, keeping your favourites bright and stylish. Beyond this feature, it also is equipped with:
- Time Manager: includes both variable wash time and delayed start, designed for busy lifestyles. A lot of washing machines delay the start to when it suits you, but now you also have the option to end a wash cycle exactly when you want it to.
- Jetsystem: this is a method of washing that is claimed to be kinder on your clothes. Instead of pummelling your smelly shirts until they’re clean, Jetsystem gives a “constant, gentle shower” of water and detergent that massages through your clothes.
- Woolmark Cycle: This is a special cycle with a Woolmark Certification, made for washable wool wear. It allows you to wash and dry your prized woollen items without fear of shrinkage.
- Quick Wash: An 18-minute quick cycle for lightly-soiled garments that you need fast.
There are 11 different wash programs in total. A major bonus of Electrolux front loaders – including this one – is that you can add extra clothes mid-cycle. This is a common gripe among front loader owners, so having this on-deck is a really handy feature. However, it can only be used when the water level is below the door and on programs where the water temperature is lower than 60°C. Nevertheless, it’s still an option to have for that one sock that always gets left behind.
The EWF12753 is boasted for a “whisper-quiet” efficient Eco Inverter Motor that’s backed by a 10-year warranty. It totals 52dB for noise levels when in action. The Electrolux AutoSense system also featured with this model is said to adjust water levels and washing times in proportion to the load size, aiming to minimise energy consumption. It comes with a four star energy efficiency rating and has a 4.5 star water efficiency rating, using just 64L per cycle. According to the Standard Test, you can expect to pay around $80 for this machine per year (based on an electricity usage rate 28.5 c/kWh).
- RRP: $999
Electrolux EWF14013 10kg Ultimate Care System
The ‘Ultimate Care System’ in the Electrolux EWF14013 model is apparently designed to help you get all of your washing done seamlessly, with a large 10kg capacity loader. It’s boasted for innovative features such as the Load Sensor, which maximises every load to reduce water and also save time. The Electrolux 10kg washer is also made with convenience in mind. It’s equipped with 16 wash programs including the woolmark approved program, plus the Vapour Refresh function, so you won’t be frantically reaching out for an iron after every wash. The ‘Extra Silent’ program is also boasted for a low noise level of 49dB.
It shares some common features with the 7.5kg model above, such as the Time Manager, Jetsystem, Eco Inverter, Auto Sense system and Add Clothes button. A couple of additional features include:
- Load Sensor: LCD display shows actual load weight and gives a recommended detergent dosage
- LED drum light: to ensure you don’t miss getting that red sock out before you chuck in a load of whites
- ‘MyFavourite’ program: allows you to save your most commonly used program and ‘speed dial’ it with one button
- UltraMix: pre-mixes water and detergent to “maximise cleaning power” at a lower temperature
Beyond these features, Electrolux washing machines – including the 10kg model – are generally flat-out efficient. With regards to water and energy ratings, expect to see its machines score four stars or more. This large capacity machine scored 4.5-stars for water efficiency, plus five stars for energy efficiency. It consumes 84L of water per cycle and 214kWh in electricity each year (based on one cycle per day). Top loaders of a similar capacity can use up to double this amount!
- RRP: $1,699
Electrolux Washer Dryers
Electrolux also has you covered if space and/or convenience are a concern, with its two washer dryers. They come in capacities of (washer/dryer):
- 5kg/4.5kg Vapour Action System (EWW12753): $1,399 RRP
- 10kg/6kg Ultimate Care System (EWW14013): $1,999 RRP
While these prices seem high, keep in mind that you’re getting two appliances in one. While the drying capacities are relatively small, you can’t deny the convenience of having it all in one package. You won’t compromise on features, either, as the list includes Jetsystem, multiple programs, water sensors and the same water ratings. Keep in mind though, that washer dryer combos are best-suited to small households where laundry piles are fairly modest. If you’re a household of four or five people, you could end up in a situation where you never turn it off!
Energy ratings remain high. The 10kg/6kg model consumes just 214kWh, which has decreased by more than half to what its previous generation had – 436kWh for the older 9kg/6kg model. Water ratings are still stellar – the 7.5kg/4.5kg model uses as little as 64L per cycle, earning a 4.5 star WELS water rating. Another major bonus is that you can also add in clothes mid-cycle. When it’s all said and done though, perhaps what matters most is your hip pocket. Are Electrolux washing machines worth the money?
Is an Electrolux washing machine a smart move?
Electrolux’s washing machines are a very viable option for a lot of Australians. While not as cheap as, say a Simpson washing machine, many of the Swedish brand’s models rival German giants Bosch and Miele in terms of their features and efficiency. Electrolux’s models also tend to cost about half the price.
Besides moving manufacturing offshore, it’s hard to say a bad word about Electrolux. Its front loaders frequently achieve 4-5 star ratings for water and energy efficiency, while packing in a lot of features that make washing your clothes not-so-painful. Its models also have a raft of features that won’t wreck your clothes, and some intelligent cycle options for the time-poor. Electrolux also won’t completely break the bank – with many models priced between $1,000 and $2,000. Overall, Electrolux ticks a lot of boxes, but keep open-minded and see what else you could get for your money before diving in.