AEG-Electrolux has unveiled a new ‘Super Eco’ washing machine – which it claims is the world’s first dedicated cold-wash washing machine.
According to AEG-Electrolux, the Super Eco L64580LE washing machine uses 83% less energy compared with standard easy care 40°C washes and a 72% less than an easy care 30°C wash.
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Cold water washing machine
AEG-Electrolux says the Super Eco L64580LE is the world’s first dedicated cold wash washing machine.
The manufacturer says the machine delivers ‘effective cleaning’ when you’re using cold active/activated washing detergents, such as the laundry liquid , which is designed for colder washing.
Which washing machine expert, Katie Waller, says: “Reducing energy use in the home is a popular topic and dedicated cool temperature laundry detergents have caused quite a stir, so it’s encouraging to see a machine that targets washing at lower temperatures as standard. We’ll have to wait until it’s tested to see how well it performs.”
Although the washing machine has a 7kg capacity, AEG-Electrolux says the Super Eco washing cycle is most effective on 3kg loads – about the weight of 15 t-shirts. It will also heat water if the water temperature is below 6°C.
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Washing machine energy saving
Although ‘A’ is the most efficient officially recognised energy rating for a washing machine, AEG-Electrolux claims the new model is an extremely low energy user, and has billed the Super Eco washing machine ‘A+’.
The manufacturer also promises a reduction in water consumption. AEG-Electrolux says the Super Eco uses only 41litres of water in its Eco wash setting, against an average of 50 litres.
The AEG-Electrolux Super Eco washing machine will be available from November 2009 and is expected to sell at around of £519.
Super Eco L64580LE features
- 20 washing programmes, including a quick 20min wash, silk, and jeans programmes.
- Wash options including delayed start, sensitive wash, stains and time reduction.
- 7kg capacity. The super Eco Programme is most efficient with wash loads of up to 3kg.
- Extra rinse option.
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