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Wash options

Water Level

Auto water level

Your washer has the ability to automatically select the most efficient water level for the load.

  1. Place your clothes in the machine.
  2. Select the wash cycle (and select ‘Auto’ water level if not automatically selected).
  3. Touch Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 1.29.04 PM.png. The machine will automatically fill to the correct water level for the load, for both phases of the wash.
  • When washing an unusual load, eg large bulky garments, items or pillows, we recommend you select the ‘Bulky’ cycle.
  • If there is already water in the bowl, it is best to manually select the water level.

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Selecting ‘Auto’ water level

Manual water level selection

The agitator has five levels marked on its stem that can be used to help you select the correct water level. Select the correct water level by using the mark nearest to the top of the load.

  • The levels marked on the agitator do not correspond exactly to the level of the water. They indicate the level of dry clothes suitable for the water level.
  • Your washer may occasionally add water during agitation. This is to maintain the water level due to the release of air trapped in the garments.
  • Out of balance loads, tangling or splash-over can be caused by selecting a water level that is too high.

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Water level guide on agitator

Wash Temp

FabricSmart™ offers 5 wash temperatures, and an additional setting, ‘Controlled Cold’.

The wash temperature selected is used in the detergent activating part of the wash except for the ‘Sports’ cycle (refer to ‘Eco-Active™ wash’). If Eco-Active™ is ‘On’ the temperature will be lower for the second part of the wash. When Eco-Active™ ‘Off’ is selected, the bowl will fill with the wash temperature selected.


For the ‘Allergy’ cycle the bowl fills with water at the temperature selected.

The temperature of cold tap water varies widely depending on your location and the season. We have developed ‘Controlled Cold’, which adds a small amount of warm water, when necessary, to raise your cold water wash to 20°C for a more effective wash (refer to ‘Changing pre-set options’ for detail on how to set ‘Controlled Cold’ as the default temperature for your cold water wash).

Soil Level

Your clothes and other washable items sometimes need more or less cleaning than others. The ‘Soil Level’ option lets you adjust the wash to suit the amount of soil in your load. For example, for dirty clothes, select ‘Heavy’ and for items that are only lightly soiled, select ‘Light’. This adjusts the wash time accordingly to give the load the right amount of agitation in order to remove the soil.

Spin Speed

Your washer offers 3 spin speeds: 1100 rpm, 700 rpm and 300 rpm, plus an additional ‘No Spin’ option. Simply increase or decrease your spin speed by touching the ‘Spin Speed’ button.


some spin speeds are not available on some cycles for best clothes care (eg ‘Delicate’ cycle).

Use the ‘No Spin’ option to:

  • Remove drip dry garments from a mixed load before the wash goes into ‘Spin’.
  • Minimise the clothes creasing when they are left to sit in the bottom of the bowl at the end of the cycle.

When you have selected ‘No Spin’, the cycle will end after the rinse allowing you to remove drip dry items before you spin the remaining items. Once drip dry items have been removed, touch Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 1.28.57 PM.png, select the ‘Spin’ cycle (change the spin speed if necessary, eg select ‘300’ for delicate or creasable items) and touch Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 1.29.04 PM.png.

Your washer will optimise the spin speed according to the level of out of balance in the load.

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Selecting the ‘No Spin’ option


Stain Treatment

If you have stains in your wash load you can add a number of short soaks to the wash to help remove these by selecting the ‘Stain Treatment’ option.

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Selecting the ‘Stain Treatment’ option


Use the ‘Soak’ option to soak clothes during the wash phase. Ensure items are colourfast before using ‘Soak’.

When you select ‘Soak’ your washer will soak for a period of 2 hours before completing ‘Rinse’ and ‘Spin’. During ‘Soak’ your washer will agitate for a few seconds every minute.


if the ‘Soak’ option is selected on a ‘Quick’ cycle, the soak time will be one hour only.

To exit ‘Soak’, touch Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 1.29.04 PM.png and select ‘Rinse’. Change the spin speed if necessary (eg select ‘300’ if washing delicate or creasable items and touch Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 1.29.04 PM.png.

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Selecting the ‘Soak’ option

Eco Rinse

Use the ‘Eco Rinse’ option to save water. The ‘Eco Rinse’ option uses a spray rinse which has been specially designed to use at least 25% less water than a traditional rinse. Use this option when you want to use less detergent and less water. However, if you have low water pressure or sensitive skin it is better to use a traditional rinse.

The ‘Eco Rinse’ option has not been designed to be used with fabric softener, as it does not have a deep rinse to dispense the softener correctly. Fabric softener should not be used if this option is selected.


The ‘Eco Rinse’ option is only available on the ‘Regular’, ‘Heavy’ and ‘Sports’ cycles. If you try to select this option on other cycles your washer will skip over the option. The wash cycle will take slightly longer when the ‘Eco Rinse’ option is selected.

There are some wash loads that may not suit being washed using the ‘Eco Rinse’ option. For instance, loads that have a lot of sand or sawdust in them or garments where the colour still runs from them.

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Selecting the ‘Eco Rinse’ option


DO NOT use your washer to soak items in bleach or sanitiser, and if you’ve soaked items in a bucket, do not tip the contents of the bucket into your machine. The chemicals in these products are very corrosive to metal surfaces and can damage your washer. Rinse and wring items out thoroughly before placing them in your machine.

Delay Start

The ‘Delay Start’ option can delay the start of the wash cycle by 5 minutes up to 18 hours. This can be useful to time your washing to finish when you arrive home from work, or to start once you have finished in the shower. Simply touch the ‘More’ Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 2.41.54 PM.png button to scroll through to your desired delayed start time, or to turn delay start off. Touch Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 1.29.04 PM.png to confirm your selection and start the countdown.


We suggest that you avoid using ‘Delay Start’ for damp, non-colourfast items as this may cause dye run to occur.

Clothes care safeguards

To avoid accidentally damaging your clothes there are a few options that your washer will not accept. For example, you cannot select a ‘Hot’ wash on the ‘Delicate’, ‘Bulky’, ‘Easy Iron’ or ‘Wool’ cycles.

Washing bulky items

Forcing large items into the machine may result in them being damaged during washing. Make sure there is enough room in the machine for items to move when being washed.

Some items float up during the wash (eg duvets/doonas, water-proof and water- resistant items and pillows). If they sit too high they may touch stationary parts of the machine during agitate or spin. To minimise the chance of this happening, ensure bulky items are pushed back down into the water after fill, and pushed down again to sit below the medium high water level mark on the agitator before ‘Spin’. Select a ‘Spin Speed, 300’.

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Bulky items should sit below the medium high water level mark.


To prevent an out of balance load or splash-over we recommend washing all bulky items, including water-proof and water-resistant items, on the ‘Bulky’ cycle.

If you wish to re-spin the load at a faster speed make sure the load is sitting below the medium-high mark before spinning. 

Washing woollens

Many woollen items carry a ‘Machine Washable’ care claim. The fibres of these woollens have been treated to prevent felting when they are machine washed.

  • Check the care label.
  • Use a wool detergent.
  • Use the specially designed ‘Wool’ cycle.
  • Hand washed woollens may be spun in your washer (select ‘Spin Speed, 300’).
  • To dry woollens lie them flat on a towel and pat into shape. Dry out of direct sunlight.
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Most handcrafted garments are not made of machine washable wool and we recommend that you wash them by hand only.


Some wool underlays and sheepskin products can be washed in a washing machine but could produce excessive amounts of lint that may cause pump blockages.

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