Bosch WAQ28461GB reviews and prices: Freestanding 8kg capacity washing machine

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This washing machine is a good all rounder.

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8.9 out of 10 based on 445 reviews.
Bosch WAQ28461GB: A*** rated, Freestanding washing machine with 8kg capacity. See full product description

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Elisa, Surrey Busy mum or dad

Score 6.0/10
Good points:
Overall the wash come out clean and some of the stains are gone.
Refresh clothes for 15 mins is useful.
Bad points:
Dark clothes cycle is too short for 38 mins and 600 spin is not enough. Also sometime left streak of white powders lines on dark clothes.
Mixed clothes cycle is too long for 2 hrs.
The spin is too noisy.
Extra spin choice are limited and can't be set to desire cycle.
Instruction Manual is not clear.
Overall rating 6.0
Ease of use 6.0
Features 5.0
Build Quality 6.0
Cycle times 5.0
Noise 5.0
Value for money 6.0
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Confirmed purchase: 22 Nov 2014

Michael, woking Busy mum or dad

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Reviewer left no comment
Bad points:
The Beep to tell you it has finished is a bit annoying.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Cycle times 10.0
Noise 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 19 Nov 2014

Chrizk, Reading, Berkshire Busy mum or dad

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Personally, I would always try to buy Bosch if I can afford it (and would love 'the other' German manufacturer but they are well out of my league. All my Bosch appliances to date have lasted a number of years and done what they are supposed to.
***Please read the bad points in regard to build quality for this model, it may be useful if you have one***
Bad points:
Bosch give a 2yr guarantee with this appliance. This may sound good in comparison with some, but I find it disappointing for such a relatively expensive piece of kit, and I believe they have to give 5yrs in Germany by law.

I was very surprised at how long the cycles are. Perhaps this is because it is my first cold water supplied washing machine, so it has to heat the water.
I don't like the wash cycle labels, which could be the reason for people saying the machine is complicated. I do like that you can easily change the temp/spin speed within a program.

I have had my machine for slightly over one year. It has had its first E18 error. I read the instruction sheet and found it is due to the pump/filter being blocked.
Firstly, I have never had to contend with this before. I have used washing machines for the whole of my adult life, so why do I have the 'ability' to clean a filter now?
*****Secondly*****, the instructions tell you to remove the cap, however, I found the cap wouldn't even turn a full 360 degrees, let alone come away. I telephoned Bosch twice and was told on both occasions that it simply turns. Luckily the second lady told me to tilt the machine which may allow something blocking the cap to drop. It was at this point that I found that it was impossible to turn the cap as there was a stub sticking out of the black cap which collided with the top section of the white surround. I telephoned Bosch one more time and explained it was physically impossible to remove the cap without unscrewing the housing, which I was told not to do.
Eventually I arranged for an engineer, but I was very cautious as I was told I would be charged if it was a non-mechanical fault. I explained the situation and was able to get an email address to send pictures to, although nobody has replied, it made me feel more comfortable that I would have some recourse if I had to argue the point.
Anyway, the engineer came out yesterday and said he had never come across this before. In the end, he had to replace the whole filter/pump and housing!!!
***My point being, don't wait for an error if you have this machine as you may be out of warranty if it happens to you. I would advise that you try and unscrew your pump cap and report it to Bosch if you have the same problem.
To be fair, maybe I was unlucky with a bad part, but the new pump has a fraction of clearance between the stub and housing and so this may be a design fault. I just hope the new one doesn't shift at all. This wouldn't put me off buying Bosch again and the engineer was great, but please check yours :-)
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 7.0
Features 7.0
Build Quality 8.0
Cycle times 5.0
Noise 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 07 Jan 2013

Mark, Frequent user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Washes well, good range of programmes, good quality build for a reasonable price. Comes out highly in Which reports for good reason.
Bad points:
Don't hold you fingers on the on/off button for more tha 5 seconds - activates child lock. had to rummage through manual to work out what had happened. (a lock symbol does show up on the panel though)
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Cycle times 10.0
Noise 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 05 Jul 2014

Lyndsey, Waterlooville Busy mum or dad

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Last Bosch washing machine lasted 15 years! I'm hoping this one will stand the test of time as well
Bad points:
Nothing as yet. I was used to a Bosch before so didn't find the instructions difficult to use.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 8.0
Cycle times 8.0
Noise 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 04 Jul 2014

Richard, Leeds Frequent user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Easy to install. Quick cycle times. Quiet. Fast spin gets clothes dryish. A good buy, and very pleased so far.
Bad points:
Better instructions in booklet on cycle times and how to operate it would be useful..
More info on where to put washing power, gel, liquid etc.
3 compartments in drawer for power liquid etc. for a novice wasn't sure what to pour into which slot.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 7.0
Build Quality 8.0
Cycle times 8.0
Noise 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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3 of 5 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 02 Jul 2014

Tolga, Busy mum or dad

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Nice big drum
Great at stain removal
Good build quality
Bad points:
Programme dial takes getting used to
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 7.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 9.0
Cycle times 8.0
Noise 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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2 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 01 Jul 2014

Product Features

Construction Freestanding
Drum size (Kilograms) 8
Type of loading Front loading
Energy efficiency A***
Width in cm 59.8
Height in cm 84.8
Depth in cm 55
Noise level (Decibels) 54
Spin efficiency B
Energy Savings Trust feature No
Revolutions per minute 1400

Also known as: Bosch WAQ28461, Bosch Exxcel 8 WAQ28461GB

Washing Machines Buyers Guide  

Manufacturer's Description

The ultimate in wash performance the ActiveWater Exxcel washing machine is our energy and water champion model. Awarded the highest energy rating available A+++ and with Bosch’s ActiveWater technology you will not use a drop of water too much. With an extra large 8kg drum and 1400 spin, this machine is full of smart features. Making this the perfect machine for the growing family who are both energy and money conscious.

Product features
Performance
Energy efficiency class: A+++
Capacity: 8 kg
Maximum spin speed: 1400 rpm
remaining moisture: 53 %
B spin class
Energy consumption :179 kWh per year, based on 220 standard washing cycles
Energy consumption:standard 60 °C cotton programme 0.82 kwh full load and 0.8 kwh partial load and 40 °C cotton programme 0.71 kwh partial load
Cottons/coloreds 60+EcoPerfectCottons/coloureds ECO 60 and cottons/coloureds Eco 40 Cotton/color 40/60+ EcoPerfect are the standard washing programmes to which the information in the label relates. These programmes are suitable to clean normally soiled cotton laundry and are the most efficient programmes in terms of combined energy and water consumption.
Programme time:60 °C cotton programme 196 min at full load 191 min at partial load and 40 °C cotton programme 186 min partial load
Weighted power consumption off-mode / left-on mode: 0.1 W / 1.49 W
Water consumption 8700 litres per year, based on 220 standard washing cycles
Drum volume: 58 litres
Noise level washing : 54dB (A) re 1pW: Noise level spinning:76dB (A) re 1 pW

Programmes/functions
Fully electronic control dial for all wash and special programmes
Special programmes: Dark Wash programme, Sports Wear programme, Super Quick 15, Mixed Load, Hand Wash Wool, Wool Programme, Allergy+ programme, Delicate/Silk programme
Touch control buttons: Start / Reload, Reduced Ironing option, Aqua Plus option for best rinsing results, EcoPerfect, SpeedPerfect, Spin speed reduction

Key features
VarioPerfect: speed or energy efficiency with perfect wash performance every time
ActiveWater: water management system
AntiVibration Design – for more stability and quietness

Additional features
Large LED display for programme progress indication, temperature, spin speed, remaining time and 24 hour time delay
Flow-through sensor for optimum water use
3D AquaSpa wash system with cascade for faster water penetration
WaveDrum
Reload facility
Safeguard monitoring system adjusts load distribution and programme settings to protect clothes
Self cleaning detergent drawer
Overdosage indication
Continuous load adjustment
Foam detection system
Divider for Liquid Detergent
Buzzer to indicate the end of cycle
Child lock
Metal door catch

Technical Information
Dimensions (H X W X D): 84.8 × 59.8 × 55 cm
Slide-under installation
Large white-black grey door with 165° opening and 32cm porthole opening


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