Updated 9 Aug 2017

Simpson

SWT5541

Snapshot: The Simpson SWT5541 top loader has a 5.5kg capacity and hot + cold connections. How well does it clean your clothes?

SWT5541
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$785

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Test results

Overall score
67
Dirt removal
?/10
Rinsing
?/10
Gentleness
?/10
Water efficiency
?/10
Spin efficiency
?/10

Good points

  • OK dirt removal.
  • Excellent rinsing.
  • OK spin efficiency.
  • Hot + cold tap connections.

But

  • Poor gentleness.
  • Just OK water efficiency.
  • No hand-washable woollens cycle.
  • No selectable spin-speed.
  • No delay timer.
  • No water-level sensor.

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
$785
Type
Top-loader
Agitator style
Agitator
Origin
Thailand

Specifications

Size
Small (up to 5.5kg)
Capacity (kg)
5.5
Dimensions HxWxD (cm)
95 x 58 x 65
Minimum water pressure (kPa)
50
Maximum hot water inlet temp (°C)
70
Noise (dBA)
57
Wash cycle time (min)
68
Water use (L/wash)
112
Coldest wash (°C)
Cold
Annual running cost ($)
15
Test cycle
Regular wash, cold, full, no soak, deep rinse

Energy & water label data

Energy label cycle
Regular wash, warm temp, full water level
Energy label consumption (kWh/yr)
383
Energy label - stars
★★☆☆☆
Water label consumption (L)
68
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
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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.

Miele & LG awarded Top Brand

The Top Brand award recognises brands that perform consistently well across product testing, reliability and customer satisfaction.

Miele is the standout brand for front loaders, while LG’s front- and top-loading machines perform strongly.