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Washing Machines Buying Guide

Our buying guide will explain which type of washing machine would suit you most, how much you can expect to pay for one, and which features are worth looking out for.

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41 reviews
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4
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3
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2
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  • Build Quality
    1.0 (1)
  • Value for Money
    1.0 (1)
  • Ease of Use
    4.0 (1)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    3.0 (1)
  • Noise Level
    4.0 (1)
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Slazmo

SlazmoSouth East Queensland, QLD

  • 238 reviews
  • 1 like

Stick with the old technology machines!

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fernyfluffles

fernyflufflesTas, 7320

  • 118 reviews
  • 11 likes

Excellent

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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!

bubbalubs

bubbalubsWA, 6100

  • 20 reviews
  • 15 likes

Terrible

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Terrible

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Muddy

Muddy

  • 10 reviews

OK

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NZ320

NZ320Greater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC

  • 12 reviews

Good

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Terrible

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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

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MK41
MK41
ECG

ECGAU

Biggest piece of Rubbish I have ever owned.

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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.
Quick cycle
Does not clean clothes

Henja29

Henja29QLD, 4720

  • 6 reviews
  • 1 like

Short life span

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Wayne3131

Wayne3131MELBOURNE

Absolute Rubbish, has to be placed on the bottom of anyones buy list

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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?

Retch

Retch

  • 13 reviews
  • 3 likes

Excellent

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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
Water usage

Poorly designed and made!

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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.
Price
Read my description above

Jetsetterjess

JetsetterjessAU

  • 2 reviews
  • 1 like

Average machine, disappointed with lifespan

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Jetsetterjess
Jetsetterjess

Bad

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reelmick

reelmickHunter Region, NSW

  • 6 reviews

Good

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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

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tracy22
tracy22
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Good

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kestns

kestns

  • 18 reviews
  • 3 likes

Good

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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.

pearlie

pearlie

  • 2 reviews

Excellent

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boogernaught

boogernaughtSA, 5251

  • 13 reviews

Terrible

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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.

EileenGarraway

EileenGarrawayVic, 3178

  • 113 reviews

Good

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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.

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Questions & Answers

Shirley A.

Shirley A.asked

QuickSmart MW512 (5.5kg)

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?

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Luke R.

Luke R.asked

QuickSmart MW512 (5.5kg)

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.

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Steve G

Steve Gasked

QuickSmart MW512 (5.5kg)

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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