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Wash options

Once you have selected your wash cycle you may wish to change the default 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 START / PAUSE. 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, water-proof or water resistant items or pillows, we recommend you manually select the water level and select the HANDWASH cycle.
  • If there is already water in the bowl, it is best to manually select the water level.


Fig.16 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.


Fig.17 Water level guide on agitator

Wash temp

WashSmart™ offers 5 wash temperatures, and an additional setting, CONTROLLED COLD.

Cold Controlled Cold Warm / Cold Warm Warm / Hot Hot
Incoming from tap 20ºC 35ºC 40ºC 50ºC Incoming from tap

These temperatures are approximate.

Touch the WASH TEMP button to increase or decrease the wash temperature selected. The wash temperature selected is used in the Eco Active™ part of the wash (refer to 'Eco Active™ wash'). The temperature will be lower for the remaining part of the wash.

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).

Spin speed

Your washer offers 3 spin speeds: FAST (1100 rpm), MEDIUM (670 rpm) and SLOW (330 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 HANDWASH 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 washer will pause at the end of RINSE, beep and the SPIN light will flash to tell you to remove drip dry items.

Press START / PAUSE to begin the spin (the spin speed will be the default speed for your chosen cycle).

Fig.18 Selecting the NO SPIN option

Wash advance

Sometimes you may not need to run a full wash cycle. Use WASH ADVANCE to advance the current cycle or to start a cycle at a particular stage, ie to complete a rinse and spin, or to perform a spin only.



Use the ECO option to save water. The ECO 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 option has not been designed to be used with fabric softener, as it does not have a second deep rinse to dispense the softener correctly. Fabric softener should not be used if this option is selected.


Fig.19 Selecting the ECO option


The ECO option is only available on the REGULAR and HEAVY cycles. If you try to select this option on the HANDWASH, ALLERGY, EASY IRON or QUICK cycles, your washer will skip over the option. The wash cycle will take slightly longer when the Eco option is selected. 

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


Use the SOAK option to soak clothes at the end of 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.


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 image.png button to scroll through to your desired delayed start time, or to turn delay start off. Touch START / PAUSE to confirm your selection and start the countdown.


After the steps described above are carried out, the pictures will be immediately deleted without any additional confirmation queries. 

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 HANDWASH or EASY IRON 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 spinning. Select a SLOW spin. 

Fig.21 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 HANDWASH 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 HANDWASH cycle. For your more durable woollens you may want to use the EASY IRON cycle. 
  • Hand washed woollens may be spun in your washer (select SLOW spin speed).
  • To dry woollens lie them flat on a towel and pat into shape. Dry out of direct sunlight.

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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