To recap from the last post – we’re fed up getting washing machines repaired and have bought one that’s engineered to last.
Now we are the proud owners of a ISE10 1606W AAA Energy Rated Washing Machine whose tagline is, ‘Longer lifespan for less environmental damage’.
Full Specifications, downloadable brochures, and the ethos of the ISE Company is available from this page.
Here are some photo’s from our new washer.
With the front flap closed – you’d be pushed to tell whether it was a Washing Machine, Tumble Dryer or Dish Washer.
Control panel is easy to use – the bright red display takes a little getting used to but after a while it grows on you. Only minor personal comment is that there is no beep when pressing the buttons. The LED ring around the Stop/Start/Door-release is a pie-chart of the percentage of the wash completed.
Washer with the front-flap open, which doubles as a place to put your wet (or indeed dry) washing before placing it into the tumble dryer. This flap is also designed to stop the floor getting wet and the subsequent accidents that can then follow.
Another view – this time with the door open.
Soap dispenser draw is neatly labelled and is very easy to remove to clean.
Interestingly most of it is made out of metal – there is hardly any plastic. Chassis, side panels, the top, all made out of steel. It’s very heavy – much heavier than our last washing machine.
The control panel and soap dispenser is plastic – though there’s nothing wrong with either of them. Only minor criticism is that the facing of washing machine door is plastic – and it does flex a little when applying the firm closing action needed to complete the seal.
Our first accidental test was to the hardiness of the paint. You may be able to see from the first first photograph that we have an adapter for the tumble drier which has a spring providing tension on the opposing sides. I didn’t take too much care when fitting it, the spring, sprung, and not a dent or mark on the painted finish. I’d expected to see a scratch or at least a small mark – there was no impact at all.
We’ve had the unit for a few days now and here’s our thoughts
- The 1600 rpm Spin Speed does a lot to dry clothes out and tumble-drying / hanging on the line takes much less time than the previous washing machine
- The 1600 Spin is very quiet (apparently the main bearing for the machine is out of a Volvo Truck)
- Control Panel is easy to use
- Washes are very quick to do – a Cotton wash is about an hour. A quick cotton wash is something silly like 20 minutes.
- Clothes come out very clean and bright – though this may have something to do with the biological washing powder we are now using
- Selecting the ‘Five’ rinses as default really cuts down on the smell of washing detergent and should be better for our skin (though it does use a little more water and electricity doing this surely that is better than a scabby arm?).
- When water goes into the machine it tends to echo a bit – it’s just noticeable as the rest of the machine is quiet
- When emptying the water from the machine it does it at a leisurely manner and doesn’t fill the drain to the top
- Pump is very quiet
- The main motor is very quiet
- When the washing cycle has completed the door will automatically unlatch which it does with a satisfying clunk
- There is very little vibration from the machine on spin
Now the ISE10 by default will do three rinses for most programs, but there is a ‘cheat mode’ available to up this to five rinses. If you or any of your household suffer from skin complaints such as eczema or dermatitis then extra rinses may help remove remaining soap powder.
I found that the ‘smell’ of powder was substantially less after five rinses – this suits me as I’d prefer to smell of my cologne than a laundry.
Now I’ve probably missed many of the super features of this machine — it’s just my take on what I can see and what I can use.
The instructions for setting the five rinses as default are not included in the manual for some reason – and I had to contact the supplier to get a copy of them.
Here are the instructions for changing the default rinse setting – please note:
- do this at your own risk
- don’t press any other buttons during the procedure
- please check with your supplier that these instructions are correct for your particular machine as the programming mode may vary
- if you mess up – you may turn your lovely washing machine into a useless paperweight!
- If machine is switched on, turn it off using ‘Main on/off’ button.
- Press and hold both the ‘Start/Stop’ button and the ‘Door Open’ button with your right hand
- Using your left hand switch ‘Main on/off’ to ‘on”‘
- After a few seconds the program indicator (red ring) will flash
- Release the ‘Start/Stop’ and ‘Door Open’ button
- Three or five segments of the lights around the ‘Start/Stop’ and ‘Door Open’ button will be lit.
- Press the ‘Door Open’ button to set three lights lit (three rinse option) or five lights lit (five rinse option). The setting is immediately saved.
- Press the ‘Start/Stop’ button to exit the programming mode.
Finally – if you fancy getting a copy of the manual for this machine it’s available as a free download from the UK Whitegoods Website.