Updated 9 Aug 2017

Fisher & Paykel

FabricSmart WH8560F1

Snapshot: The Fisher & Paykel FabricSmart WH8560F1 front loader has a 8.5kg capacity and a cold connection. How well does it clean your clothes?

FabricSmart WH8560F1
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$1677

Price comparison

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Test results

Overall score
80
Dirt removal
?%
Rinsing
?%
Gentleness
?%
Water efficiency
?%
Spin efficiency
?%

Good points

  • Very good dirt removal.
  • Excellent rinsing.
  • OK gentleness.
  • Good water efficiency.
  • Good spin efficiency.
  • Has cycle for hand-washable woollens.

But

No obvious bad points.

Review

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.

How we test

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.

Noise (dBA) is the loudest reading (spin).
Wash cycle time (min) is the normal or regular cycle on the cold setting.
Annual running cost ($) assumes one “normal” wash cycle per day and electricity at 26c/kWh.

Price is from a December 2018 survey.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$1677
Type
Front-loader
Agitator style
Rotating drum
Origin
Not stated

Specifications

Size
Large (7.5kg +)
Claim capacity (kg)
8.5
Dimensions HxWxD (cm)
85 x 60 x 65
Minimum water pressure (kPa)
30
Maximum hot water inlet temp (°C)
65
Noise (dBA)
59
Wash cycle time (min)
126
Water use (L/wash)
65
Coldest wash (°C)
Cold
Annual running cost ($)
21
Test cycle
Cottons, Cold, 1400rpm

Energy & water label data

Energy label cycle
Cottons, Eco Rinse, 40°C program
Energy label consumption (kWh/yr)
329
Energy label - stars
4/6
Water label consumption (L)
61
Water label - stars
5/6

Features

Delay timer
Selectable spin-speed
Tap connections
Cold
Auto-sensing water level
Lint filter
×
Fast wash
Extra rinse
Wool cycle - machine washable
Wool - hand washable
×
Out-of-balance correction
Yes
Add items
-
Child lock door
-
Child lock controls
-

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Notes

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