We might know by the end of this week!
Washing machines are a wonderful thing aren't they. When you can put the clothes in, walk away, carry out other pressing tasks and walk back to it to hang the washing to dry. A great time saver!
I have huge lamentations about mine at the moment. It is certainly giving me grief. Rather than freeing my time, it is taking it in its entirety. (Sigh) Each load requires checking once started to ensure the old Simpson is actually agitating. When I return from my school walk to hang the clothes I am finding a load only half spun out, if that. Yesterday it took until lunch time to actually spin my second load and by then so much drying time had simply evaporated. Oh the woes of a house managing mother!
More time is consumed researching the apparent minefield of new washers, contemplating whether to give away top loaders and move to a front loader, deciding whether it is worth spending an extra grand on a good machine or sticking to about one grand for a middle of the range brand. Choice reports are usually great for me and I buy what they recommend but currently there are so many conflicting reviews. What Choice recommends others have found to be totally unreliable. Finally, I decided on a Bosch (a highly reliable brand) only to read Choice's test scored it at only 59% for dirt removal. Now excuse me, but isn't dirt removal exactly what I want my machine to do?? Oh yes, but I do want it to be gentle on my clothing, to be efficient in water and energy use, to rinse effectively, to not cost a fortune. On and on it goes.
At this exasperated moment I feel my time and money might be better spent simply purchasing one of the above delightful vintage machines. They sell at auction for about $50 it seems. I do love living simply. I love cooking everything we eat, I love drying my clothes in the sunshine, walking rather than driving, growing veges where I can, making toys and playthings for my daughters. But could I really be happy day after day facing the prospect of washing my family's clothing in such a laborious and time consuming way? I love the freedom a washing machine usually gives me, the ability to multitask, to have time and the ability to research on the internet and also blog to share. I'd much rather be sitting here typing and reflecting than trying to wring my clothes piece by piece only to discover there was no remaining drying time as the cooler, shorter days contain less and less sunshine and less and less time to dry my clothes. Yes a washing machine must be part of my modern simple life.
I am grateful for modern technology. Lots of good has been brought to my household, lots of other still remains outside our doors. I know that once I finally complete my research I will have a machine which frees my time and cleans my clothes satisfactorily. We are spoilt for choice, aren't we, so much choice the freedom to choose becomes a chore. I do love the research though. I like to do it thoroughly. I won't risk grabbing a lemon quickly from the shelf.
Any comments welcome from those who are also in the washing machine market. Please tell me you have just bought a machine which you absolutely love! And of course - all the details.