Stick with the old technology machines!
Have been living with this machine for the last 4 years and have been near my wits end with it!
Its been a love / hate relationship - pipes exploding, beeping, blinking and complete utter frustration... I've had to replace hoses 4 times with this machine as it seems to 'pop' the connections? I've been finding washers on the side of the road and using their pipes as they're in good condition (as it saves $$$ from this machine) and yeh they continue to explode? Anyone for a flooded house?
Just recently at the end of last year I had to compl...etely pull the damn thing apart due to it having a complete mental breakdown and work my magic cleaning it out and fault find - the electronic's board was totally covered in dust and other unknown stuff. Would have though they would have made this area impervious to this stuff as it's the computer 'brain' of the washer? Anyhow, as others have said - cloths go in dirty and seem to go through a dirtying process rather than cleaning? Some of the clothing pieces are lost even in the cycle? I've spent ages pulling the agitator apart and managed to find things wrapped around the lase of it - eg: work socks and even a bra. I forgot to mention that to fill the bowel it takes at least 15 minutes with good water pressure - and the automatic water level option is a joke - with the cloths barely covered with water and the cycle started. It just ruins cloths!!! When some more money comes into my life, I swear I'll drop this washer off a large height to send it off as it's just a pain in the rear trying to wash cloths on the weeekend! Light to move from house to house pipes exploding, beeping, blinking and complete utter frustration
Wow, after reading all these reviews I feel out of place by saying it is the best washing machine I've owned. I've had it for roughly 2 years, and not one thing has gone wrong with it so far. It's quiet to run, and the touch button pad controls are time saving!
This is the worst washing machine I've ever had! I'm going back to an NEC fuzzy logic top loader which I had for 5 yrs and passed onto my brother who has had it for another 2. Absolutely no problems and clothes come out looking like new!
Straight forward to use.
Can't say I've had any technical problems like many of the other ppl on here but it's less than 2 yrs old.
There are hook like protrusions on the bottom of the agitator that grab at clothes and blankets. I've had jumpers come out of the machine that have been snagged and pulled out ...of shape. I put a thin bed overlay in on its own on the slowest spin speed and the agitator shredded it to bits! Don't even try putting a pillow in there...mine exploded and I'm still finding pillow fluff within the machine and on my clothes after every wash. Your clothes come out looking really aged even though they're new. There is no lint catcher & despite separating fabrics I had clothes come out covered in lint & result in that 'ball-ly' effect from too much friction.
Looks good and doesn't take up much space. I was renting three years ago and this was the only model that fitted the space. Wish I had bought any other washing machine. Have had problems with lint and grey dirt build up on clothes since day one. Was serviced under warranty, they replaced the bowl as the holes weren't open to let the lint out. Still have the same problem for last 3 years. Worst nightmare of a washing machine, dont buy one. Won't touch Fisher Paykel after this.
Everything, too small, doesn't work properly, washes clothes dirty, ...worst washing machine I have ever owned. Had it for three years and keep hoping it will blow up next time we have a bad electrical storm unfortuneately it hasn't so I am now going out to buy a new machine that works and put myself out of my misery.
The purchase price was right. Generally no problems and a good wash, especially using liquid detergent which reduces the soap scum residue problem. The machine was difficult to balance using the adjustable legs especially in the beginning, and a spirit level can't be used for the job as the top of the machine is curved. The spin cycle complains if the balance isn't exact. I'm happy with the washer, except for occasional irritation when I have to rewash the odd dark coloured item.
Not bad value for the purchase price. Can handle a blanket or l...
It is a great value for money autowasher. The instructions are easy to follow, and the autowasher itself is easy to operate. It stops and beeps for help if there is a problem such as when you forget to turn a tap on, over sudsing, out of balance load, or if the autowasher is overloaded. It beeps at the end of the cycle, and they aren't too loud or annoying either. It washes very well, I also use the eco function all the time wish is very good at saving water. It does this by spinning and spraying the clothes with water in pulses to remove the s...udsy water, instead of a spinning spray rinse then a deep rinse. However you cannot use fabric softener with the eco function as there is no deep rinse to dipense it, and there is nothing worse than a waxy build up on the inside of you machine! All up a great machine. However if you want more features, go for the GW models. Good Fisher and Paykel quality, value for money, and easy to operate. With smart electronics, and the eco function saves alot of water and still rinses well, 1000rpm spin speed removes more water compared to other washers which cuts down on drying time, saving power and time on drying. Easy to keep clean with removable agitator and lid, it is also quiet when it is running too. Can be a bit too rough on clothes, and would be better if the were 5 water levels instead of 3 like on the GW models, which could save even more water. Or even better auto water level sensing. No soak function so you have to pause the machine halfway through the wash phase if you wish to soak stained items, no delay start also. If you want more features and control go for the GW models. However for the middle of the range autowasher it is a great machine!
I despise this machine with the intensity of a thousand suns! While still under warranty it required what would have been an expensive electronic replacement. Now it won't empty if hot water is used. Clothes come out covered in lint and I've had whites come out with permanent dirty stains. I'm looking forward to the day it gives up the ghost so I can get a new, non-F&P machine.
fits into our limited space
unreliable and doesn't wash well
Biggest piece of Rubbish I have ever owned.
Brand new clothes going into it come out dirty and old looking.
A monkey dancing in a bucket of water would get things cleaner.
I hate this piece of junk and hope it explodes.
Does not clean clothes
Short life span
This is our second F&P washing machine. Our other one (same size, older model), died at least than three years old. The new one had a recall on it a few weeks after we got it, for a known fault issue in the computer. Was replaced at no cost to us. Washes clothes pretty well. Alright for a two-person household, but too small for washing bulky items like blankets.
The spin cycle has quickly become noisy in the short 4-5 months that we've had this model. Eco cycle is only useful for light loads that aren't heavily soiled.
This is the last F...&P washing machine that we will purchase. Inexpensive. Washes clothes fairly well. Handles hot water washes OK. Noisy spin cycle, Eco cycle only good for lightly soiled loads, Short life span, only three water heights.
Absolute Rubbish, has to be placed on the bottom of anyones buy list
As mentioned above, the unit is 5 years old but was placed in good clean dry storage for 4.5 of those years. Consistant problems, the latest being the motor controller needs replacing. (choke overheating)I traced it down to a faulty chip on the "B" section of the motor controller, probably worth $3 to $5 for the part, can you buy it? of course not! you have to buy the entire motor controller circa $180. With a water saving rebate from the WA government this machine only cost $350 so the price of this latest repair is more than 50% of the machine cost and thats not including any labour as I am doing the work.
Don't touch one of these or any other F&P appliance, leave them to the Kiwi's.
It seemed cheap at the time
Whats right with it?
I think this is a great washer. I have had no problems with it. It has a great selection of wash programs, a good warranty, and is easy to use. I think the people who have experienced problems need to have it installed correctly. It would be good if it used a little less water.
Great value, good quality
Poorly designed and made!
Control buttons appears worn within the first year. Plastic ring on top of the stainless steel tub has sharp edge (where the plastic parts meets), scratched my knuckles enough times to be unhappy. Finally, unlike the blades in Simpson washing machines, F&P MW512 blades are long and can easily tangle fabric between blades. I have had several brand new beddings that have been damaged in delicate cycle after only a few wash cycles. Very bad design and poorly constructed. I CAN NOT recommend this washing machine to anyone.
Read my description above
Average machine, disappointed with lifespan
Bought this machine 4th October 2006 and took out extended warranty to have a full 5 year warranty. Pump died on us at the 3 year mark and I was so grateful we took out the extended warranty. That was replaced at no cost. Now mid November 2011 the machine won't fill properly as water is just dribbling in, instead of the usual waterfall effect. We can see the part that probably needs to be replaced but can't get at it so we'll have to book a repair.
We haven't treated the machine the best but we haven't completely trashed it either. Don't know...
The one I have is Fisher & Paykel MW 511 Pride. As there is no space to review that one, I think putting it with this set of review is justifiable. I don’t know how Fisher & Paykel can think they can get away making a ‘planned obsolescence’ machine such as this one – who are they trying to kid? There would have to be millions who want their guts for garters. I curse them everyday for creating such equipment and believe the ‘soon after’ decline of this machine to be deliberate. However, I think the problem is...with the electronics, and may well be just something like a failed resistor, or whatever. However, to get the PCB out would require some surreptitious cutting, of the plastic frame holding it in, and some precision plastic welding afterwards – or a complete redesign of the way the PCB under the buttons is attached. Have made it my business to solve this one, and think that ‘An Act of God’ to zap Fisher & Paykel from the face of the earth for ripping everyone off, is in order Looks nice, engine noise sounds like bagpipes, when spinning, sounds like a helicopter. Adjustable feet for good leveling. Stays looking new if in good environment……and that it “Looks like something from the Bridge of a Star Trek vessel”. Lemon. Water filling hassles after 18 months of use. Stop-start hassles with need to 'completely' re-boot over & over. Try to start and there is a 'beeping sound' which won't stop unless turned off at power. PCB at top under buttons very craftily ‘slotted in’ taking the intellect of Einstein +1 to get it out without breaking it.
this machine gets nothing but praise from me, we bought it 14 years ago and it has copped a hiding with 3 kids.It finally stopped and we decided to buy a new washer rather than fix it (it could be fixed)the new 5.5 model was cheaper than 14years ago and if we get the same run out of the new unit i'll be happy. the only reason it didn't rate 5 stars is i believe anything can be improved. Mick
ever reliable,has kept on going, couple of small repairs, but done them myself
only that it didn't run another 14years
I've had this machine for 10 years before it decided to stop working. Ever since I bought it I've been very happy with it. My mum has one as well (that is why I bought it in first place) She's had it for over 11 years now and still working with no faults. Normal load takes no time which is perfect for me, as I only do washing on saturdays. I do 4 loads all before noon.
I've been happy with this machine. It has been reliable for 10 years, didn't not have to do anything with it. Normal cycle is just 40 minutes and the clothes come out nice and cl...
Have recently had a tech out as it had a burning smell and wasn't stopping it's spin. He, however has fixed it and it seems to be back in action so hopefully we will get a few more years out of it. He did advise that a lot of technicians won't touch FP models as they are too much trouble. We have also had to replace the pump as a hairclip was stuck in it. A visitor recently commented on how well it spins compared to her machine it gets clothes very dry.
Have had one for 6 years and is still going stong.
We really need a bigger machine for a family of 5. Have been informed not to overfill it as this shortens it's life.
I bought it from Clive Peeters who gave the best price and only charge half the delivery price for Seniors. Service was prompt and efficient, and to time. This washer looks to be pretty good and a worthy replacement for the old Australian-made Simpson. I am not sure where it was manufactured as there is no indication on the machine - or at least I have not found it yet - I will be disappointed if it has been made in China because it won't last. I took out an extended warranty knowing that any modern machine, however good, will not last the 18 y...ears of the old Simpson. So, I hope I am not jinxing me or the machine by singing its praises too soon, but present indications are promising. I did choose it after reading the various reviews in ieatwords which I think is a very useful website. My brother also has this machine (although the next model up) and has had good service over 3 years. So....here goes nothing. Why is that modern household goods have a universal reputation for unreliability? It is easy to use. The controls are logical and well designed. The loading marks on the agitator are a good idea. The instruction book is easy to follow once you have gone through it and highlighted the bits that apply to your machine (having a book that refers to two or more models is a pain but it saves them money!). The machine washes well and the spin is so effective that I do not need to let the spin cycle run to the end. Nothing so far.
Bought cheap secondhand from a woman who owned it less than a year but didn't like it. We have owned it less than 2 years and it just died. It refuses to pump water out and left me with a full machine load of clothes to scoop out. Didn't bother to try to repair it just went straight out and bought a different brand front loader, can't wait to try it and not have our clothing destroyed!
Easy to use.
Agitator is too sharp and oddly shaped. it sticks out at the bottom so that it pulls on clothes, especially sheets and other larger items. It has shredded some clothes, I usually have to bag delicate things. Regularly leaves grey patches and fluff, wears clothes out too quickly.
This would have to be the best washing machine I have personally ever had. It is a hard worker and it's eco friendly saving us water. This washing machine can use either hot or cold water, will vary your washing cycles to suit your requirements and this machine is a user friendly machine. The booklet is quite simple & easy to understand. My washing to me doesn't seem to have as many wrinkles in it any more and because of that I am not ironing as much, so thank you again Fisher & Paykel.
An excellent washing machine that works well. Good job Fisher & Paykel - keep up the good work.
Questions & Answers
My MW512 has worked perfectly for years but now fills to top when set on LOW and overflows on any other setting. Where is the problem?
My f&P 512 is stuck on spin cycle but is not spinning I think I have overloaded it.it is beeping and the lights on the spin cycle are flashing.but nothing else is happening.please help.
Is there a run capacitor on the MW512 and if so where is it located. It has been suggested to me that the Motor Control Module now performs the function of capacitor on the direct drive motors.
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