Updated 9 Aug 2017

Panasonic

NA-FS85G3WNZ

Snapshot: The Panasonic NA-FS85G3WAU top loader has an 8.5kg capacity and hot + cold connections. How well does it clean your clothes?

NA-FS85G3WNZ
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$1199

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Test results

Overall score
58
Dirt removal
?/10
Rinsing
?/10
Gentleness
?/10
Water efficiency
?/10
Spin efficiency
?/10

Good points

  • Excellent rinsing.
  • OK gentleness.
  • Hot + cold tap connections.

But

  • Just OK dirt removal.
  • Extremely poor water efficiency.
  • Just OK spin efficiency.
  • No hand-washable or machine washable woollens cycle.

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
$1199
Type
Top-loader
Agitator style
Agitator
Origin
Taiwan

Specifications

Size
Large (7.5kg +)
Capacity (kg)
8.5
Dimensions HxWxD (cm)
107 x 64 x 69
Minimum water pressure (kPa)
30
Maximum hot water inlet temp (°C)
60
Noise (dBA)
56
Wash cycle time (min)
60
Water use (L/wash)
170
Coldest wash (°C)
Cold
Annual running cost ($)
9
Test cycle
Cotton, cold

Energy & water label data

Energy label cycle
Cotton eco, hot, water level 5
Energy label consumption (kWh/yr)
575
Energy label - stars
★★☆☆☆
Water label consumption (L)
86
Water label - stars
★★★★☆☆

Features

Delay timer
Selectable spin-speed
Tap connections
Hot + 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
-

Reliability

Overall, 86 percent of washing machines in our 2016 appliance reliability survey had never needed repair.

  • Above-average: Fisher & Paykel, LG, Miele.
  • Average: Beko, Bosch, Electrolux, Haier, Simpson.
  • Below-average: Asko, Panasonic, Samsung.

Total number surveyed: 3056

Again, Miele is the stand-out brand in our survey. Last year, 84 percent of Miele owners were very satisfied with their washing machine. This year, the figure has grown to 92 percent. That must be helped by the brand achieving 97 percent reliability.

LG and Fisher & Paykel are the other brands to have above-average reliability, scoring 92 percent and 89 percent respectively. LG also scored highly for satisfaction, third of all brands behind Miele and Bosch.

For more on washing machine reliability, see our survey.