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Super-sized washing machine uses ‘70% less’ energy

Samsung Ecobubble washing machine range expanded

Samsung Ecobubble washing machine

New: 10kg and 12kg Samsung Ecobubble washing machine

Samsung has expanded its eco-friendly range of Ecobubble washing machines to include ‘super-capacity’ 10 and 12kg drum models.

It claims its bubble-based technology allows the machines to wash clothes using up to 70% less energy than a normal washing machine because it can wash at lower – even cold – temperatures.

The new large capacity sizes build on the launch of the first Ecobubble washing machines in the UK last year – take a look at our video to see a Samsung Ecobubble washing machine in action, and our full review of the smaller which we’ve already tested.

Ten and 12kg capacities are certainly at the larger end of the market. To put washing machine drum sizes into perspective, we’ve compared what you can fit into various capacity machines, to help you choose which one will best suit your household.

How Ecobubble works

Ecobubble washing machines use a bubble generator to create a rich, concentrated foam from the detergent before adding it to the drum.

As most of the detergent has already dissolved before it reaches the washing, Samsung says this allows it to penetrate ‘deeper into clothes, up to 40 times faster than conventional washers’. This enables the machine to achieve the same cleaning results in cold water as a conventional wash at 40°C.

Samsung claims using pre-dissolved detergent also offers added protection for delicate fabrics, and reduces the chance of finding white marks or soap residue on your clothing at the end of the wash.

Samsung Ecobubble washing machines on test

The new 10 and 12kg drum models won’t be available in the UK until May 2011, but the smaller 7 and 8kg sizes are already on sale. We’ve independently lab tested the – find out how our experts rated its Ecobubble technology in our full washing machines review.

The new washing machines are expected to cost around £849 (10kg model) and £999 (12kg model). You can expect to pay around £417 for the 7kg model in white, or nearer £500 for the silver version.

The Ecobubble washing machines also feature a noise and vibration reduction feature, while the 12kg model additionally features a 3.5-inch colour LCD controller.

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