When most people think of Smeg they think of their iconic Fridges which cost an arm and a leg. They do however now make a wide range of kitchen appliances including dishwashers, ovens, hobs, cookers and freezers. Although definitely a premium brand, many of the models in their range are quite affordable and deliver great results so are well worth considering.
This Smeg Cucina washing machine is an integrated appliance, meaning it is designed to blend seamlessly into your kitchen with a fascia panel attached to the front. A handy feature of this model is that the door can be attached on either side giving you greater versatility in positioning it. The dimensions are (H)82.0 x (W)59.6 x (D)58.0 cm.
The Cucina WMI12C7 has a 7kg drum which is perfect for the average size family and has a variable spin speed up to 1200 rpm. It has 15 programmes including easy iron, delicates , woollen, handwash, intensive, super rinse, pre wash, automatic half load, darks wash and finally a 15 minute quick wash perfect for emergency garments and lightly soiled clothes. A nice value-added feature is a self-cleaning detergent drawer which is a bonus as these drawers often get gunky and need regular cleaning which can be a tedious job.
This appliance will cost approximately £40.42 a year to run which is pretty reasonable compared to similar models. It uses 1.19 kWh or electricity and 47 litres of water per cycle which amounts to 236.8 kWh and 10340 litres of water per year.
This model runs at 56dB on a wash cycle and 70 dB on spin and customers have commented on how quiet it is. This washer is cold fill only meaning that only the amount of water necessary is heated saving on your fuel bill. It has been awarded A+ energy efficiency rating and is graded A for washing performance and B for spin.
Customers said that the WMI12C7 was well-built, nice and quiet and there were very few complaints. At just over £400 at the time of writing it’s not cheap but it is efficient, good quality and has ‘cool brand’ cachet. It comes with a 1 year manufacturer’s warranty.
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And finally the pros and cons of this model are…
Stylish Smeg branding
Great range of programmes
Very well built
Automatic half load feature
A couple of buyers have reported mechanical problems but this can happen to any machine