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

$2099

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Test results

Overall score
80
Dirt removal
?/10
Rinsing
?/10
Gentleness
?/10
Water efficiency
?/10
Spin efficiency
?/10

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.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$2099
Type
Front-loader
Agitator style
Rotating drum
Origin
Not stated

Specifications

Size
Large (7.5kg +)
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
★★★★☆☆
Water label consumption (L)
61
Water label - stars
★★★★★☆

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
-

More Info

Notes
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