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F&P say its FabricSmart models are the “ultimate washing machine for fabric care”. They feature a dozen wash cycles – everything from “sports” to “allergy” – along with a Woolmark-approved wool-cycle for hand-washable woollens.
Yet we found the FabricSmart front-loader we tested, the FabricSmart WH8560F1 (8.5kg), is less gentle on clothes than WashSmart models on a normal cycle. In other areas its performance is similar to WashSmart models. The only reason to go for this model instead of a cheaper WashSmart is if you’re keen on the extra features.
Our test is based on the standard AS/NZS 2040:1998, and was completed using machines filled with 3.5kg loads.
Overall score includes:
Dirt removal (50%): Calculated according to a formula in the standard, which reduces the score in proportion to the variability of dirt removal over a range of test swatches in the wash load.
Water efficiency (10%): Based on the amount of water used in the whole cycle, per kg of clothes.
Rinse performance (20%): Based on the amount of detergent residues after rinsing.
Spin efficiency (10%): Calculated from the amount of water remaining (per kg) in the damp clothes.
Gentleness (10%): Calculated from the amount of wear on easily frayed squares of cloth.
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