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The Best of European Washing Machines



Gaggenau: WM 260

German high end appliance manufacturer Gaggenau has a loyal following in Hong Kong with good reason. Its products are reliable, durable and easy to use. The WM 260 washer offers an A+++ energy rating — the highest possible, meaning a highly sustainable product with low water and low energy consumption. With a nine kg laundry capacity, its large porthole front loading door opens fully to 180 degrees and features a generous, well lit drum within. Its smart dosage system iDos allows for automatic intake control of liquid detergent and fabric softener. The machine is further equipped with anti-stain and anti-crease programmes.

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Miele: W1

More than a century ago, chores Miele began to make washing machines to help ease the daily chores of women living in rural Germany. Today, Miele’s washers are still considered its best products. W1 is a front load appliance that offers an A+++ energy rating and can handle up to nine kg of clothes. Its PowerWash 2.0 is a quick, economical option that thoroughly cleans laundry in less than one hour. Its TwinDos system allows automatic dispensing using a two phase unit or off the shelf liquid detergents, while its CapDosing system dispenses special detergents, fabric softeners and other additives with portioned capsules. Meanwhile, its SteamCare option results in 50% less ironing and can be applied as an after wash programme or separate smoothing programme.



Siemens: iQ700

Known for its high quality products and lifestyle approach, German manufacturer Siemens has unveiled iQ700 series of front loading washing machines for busy Hong Kongers. Model WI14S441GB has a seven kg load capacity and an energy rating of A+, with a 15 minute quick wash programme option dubbed Rapid 15 for those in a hurry for clean clothes. The fully integrated built-in washer features a large front display and the option of wash programme end time delays of up to 24 hours. Additionally, it automatically adjusts unevenly distributed laundry through its active balance system.



Smeg: WHT

Italian manufacturer Smeg prides itself on style with substance. Its WHT range of washers has a generous 11 kg load capacity and an A+++ energy efficiency rating, leading to energy savings of up to 50%. Its good looks are evident in the large 34 cm silver and chrome doors, while its display panels include touch control LCD or LED screens. Its steam option refreshes fabrics and destroys allergens; its anti-crease function activated in all wash phases prevents creases and leads to less ironing; and its 20-degree wash cycle features direction motion function while preserving bright colours and protecting fabrics. Programmable delayed starts of up to 24 hours and a control lock are additional features that make WHT a smart product.