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Washing (70%): includes dirt removal (50%), rinsing (20%), gentleness (10%), water efficiency (10%), spin efficiency (10%).
Drying (30%): includes drying time (40%), energy efficiency (40%), ease of use (20%)
We tested washing and drying performance using a 3.5kg load. Our research has found this is about the average amount people wash at one time regardless of their machine’s capacity.
We washed specially stained swatches attached to a load of sheets, towels and pillow cases using a normal cold wash cycle. After washing, we measured how much dirt was removed from each swatch. We did this with a spectrophotometer (which measures how much light reflects off the swatches). It’s more accurate than the human eye.
We then ran a drying cycle (also with a 3.5kg load) and measured how much energy was used to dry the load as well as how long it took.
Miele won the Top Brand award for washing machines along with LG. Miele was the standout brand for reliability and satisfaction for front loaders.
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