Whirlpool reveals 'money-saving' washing machineNew laundry appliances have 'sixth sense'

14 March 2011

Whirlpool AWOE9559 washing machine

Whirlpool claims the intelligent 'Sixth Sense' technology used in its latest range of washing machines and tumble dryers can calculate the most efficient use of resources for every load, promising to save you time, energy, water - and even detergent.

Detergent accounts for a fair proportion of the cost of washing, so Whirlpool’s new 9kg AWOE 9559 washing machine incorporates a dosing system that Whirpool says will use just the right amount of detergent for the amount of laundry in the drum.

Detergent Dosing Recommendation indicates how much detergent is required for the wash, aiming to take the guesswork out of dispensing the right amount and prevent over-dosing. Whirlpool claims that not only will this save money, but will also protect the environment.

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Energy efficient washing machine

With an energy efficiency rating of A-30%, the AWOE 9559 is designed to use 30% less energy than a standard A rated washing machine (see our guide to understanding washing machine energy labels to find out more about energy labelling).

Available in silver or black, the AWOE 9559 boasts the usual selection of wash programs, including a handy Speed Wash to clean 3kg in just 15 minutes, and a Super Eco program to shave 40% off of the energy consumption.

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Large-capacity tumble dryers

Whirlpool is also launching two new large-capacity tumble dryers, the 9kg AZB9780 and the 8kg AZB8680.

As well as sensor drying - which automatically detects how big and wet your load is and stops when it's dry - these condenser models also offer temperature and humidity monitoring. Sensors then use this information to adapt the drying cycle, and tailor the airflow to suit individual loads. Whirlpool claims this can reduce a typical drying program by as much as 20 minutes.

If you're thinking of buying a new tumble dryer, we’ve tested and reviewed more than 100 models including 36 Best Buys - see our for the latest Best Buys, and our buying guide for tips on finding the best tumble dryer.

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