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Wash options

Once you have selected your wash cycle you may wish to change the default wash options.

To select the wash options:

WashSmart™ model (refer to ‘Getting started quickly — WashSmart™ washer’)

  1. Select the wash cycle, temperature, water level and spin speed.
  2. Press the ‘Options’ button if you want to choose ‘Eco’, ‘Soak’ or ‘Quick Wash’.
  3. PressScreen Shot 2017-06-28 at 10.41.24 AM.png.
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QuickSmart™ model (refer to ‘Getting started quickly — QuickSmart™ washer’)

  1. Select the wash cycle, temperature, water level and spin speed.
  2. If you wish to save water press the ‘Eco’ option button.
  3. Press Screen Shot 2017-06-28 at 10.41.24 AM.png.

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The wash progress lights

The wash progress lights show all the tasks your washer will do during the wash cycle. As each task is completed a light turns off, so you can tell at a glance how far the cycle has to go.

To advance the wash cycle

  1. Press the Screen Shot 2017-06-28 at 10.46.15 AM.png button repeatedly to advance the cycle to the desired position.
  2. Press Screen Shot 2017-06-28 at 10.41.24 AM.png.

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Each wash progress light equals 3 minutes of agitation. The ‘Eco’ option wash progress lights may in some cases wash for longer. This is dependent on the water level. The ‘Quick Wash’ option shortens the agitation time for each progress light (WashSmart™ model only).

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 ‘Hand Wash’ or ‘Easy Iron’ cycles (WashSmart™ model) and ‘Delicate’ or ‘Wool’ cycles (QuickSmart™ model), nor can you select the ‘Eco’ option on anything other than the ‘Heavy Duty’ or ‘Regular’ cycles (both models).

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 for your load. Select the correct water level by using the lowest visible mark on the agitator.

  • 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.
  • The medium/high and medium/low settings are available on the WashSmart™ model only.
  • Out of balance loads, tangling or splash-over can be caused by selecting a water level that is too high.

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Auto water level

WashSmart™ model only

Your washer can automatically select the appropriate water level for the load.

  1. Place your clothes in the washer.
  2. Select the wash cycle (and select ‘Auto’ water level if not automatically selected).
  3. Press Screen Shot 2017-06-28 at 10.41.24 AM.png.
    During fill, the washer will pause occasionally to sense the water level. The washer will check if the water level is correct by using a series of two different agitate strokes. A slow stroke to sense the load and an agitate stroke to mix the load. (This may take over a minute.) If the washer detects that the water level is not high enough, it will add more water and re-check the level.
    • When washing an unusual load, eg large bulky garments or pillows, we recommend you manually select the water level and select the ‘Hand Wash’ cycle (WashSmart™ model) or the ‘Delicate’ cycle (QuickSmart™ model).
    • If there is already water in the bowl, it is best to manually select the water level.

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Note-Icon.png If you feel the ‘Auto’ water level does not fill to the correct level, you can adjust the level the washer selects (refer to ‘Changing pre-set options’).


WashSmart™ and QuickSmart™ models

Use the ‘Eco’ option to save water. The ‘Eco’ option uses an Eco 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.


The ‘Eco’ option is only available on the ‘Regular’ and ‘Heavy Duty’ cycles. If you try to select this option on the ‘Hand Wash’, ‘Allergy’ or ‘Easy Iron’ cycles (WashSmart™ model), or the ‘Wool’ or ‘Delicate’ cycles (QuickSmart™ model), your washer will not allow you to select it. ‘Eco’ will take slightly longer than a normal spray and deep rinse.

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.

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Quick wash

WashSmart™ model only

Our WashSmart™ model provides an excellent opportunity to save time. Use the ‘Quick Wash’ option to halve the wash time during the ‘Regular’, ‘Heavy Duty’, ‘Hand Wash’ or ‘Easy Iron’ wash cycles. We recommend using the ‘Quick Wash’ option for lightly soiled loads.


When the ‘Quick Wash’ and ‘Soak’ options are selected at the same time, the soak time will also be halved.

The ‘Quick Wash’ 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.

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WashSmart™ model only

Use the ‘Soak’ option to soak clothes at the end of the wash phase or when you wish to re-use the wash water.

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.


When both the ‘Soak’ and ‘Quick Wash’ options are selected, the soak time will be halved.

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Spin Hold

WashSmart™ and QuickSmart™ model

Use the ‘Spin Hold’ 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 ‘Spin Hold’, the washer will pause at the end of ‘Rinse’, beep and the ‘Spin’ light will flash to tell you that it is waiting for another instruction.

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The spin speed will be the default speed for the cycle.

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Delay Start

WashSmart™ model only

‘Delay Start’ will delay the start of the wash cycle for 1, 3 or 9 hours.

Press ‘Delay Start’ once for a delay of 1 hour. Press again for 3 hours, a third time for 9 hours (and again to return to normal).

  • Once you press ‘Delay Start’ your washer will begin the delay period. You do not have to press Screen Shot 2017-06-28 at 10.41.24 AM.png.
  • Be careful if using ‘Delay Start’ for non-colourfast clothes as dyes may run if the clothes are damp.
  • Your washer will not beep at the end of the cycle if ‘Delay Start’ is selected.

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Washing bulky items

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

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

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Important-Icon.png To prevent an out of balance load or splash-over we recommend washing bulky items on the ‘Hand Wash’ cycle (WashSmart™ model) or the ‘Delicate’ cycle (QuickSmart™ model).

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 ‘Hand Wash’ cycle (WashSmart™ model) or ‘Wool’ cycle (QuickSmart™ model). For your more durable woollens you may want to use the ‘Easy Iron’ cycle (WashSmart™ model only).
  • 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. Hand washed woollens may be spun in your washer (select ‘Slow’ spin speed).

Note-Icon.png 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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