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Sorting and Loading


Fully Automatic Water Level

You may notice that your AquaSmartTM clothes washer behaves differently from your previous washer.

Your AquaSmartTM, like all High Efficiency washers, has a fully automatic water level. This means that the selection of the water level is left entirely up to the washer. This ensures optimum wash performance and water savings.

Should you wish to use more water, simply select High Efficiency OFF where available (refer to page 22).

Sorting and Loading Explained

You have bought a High Efficiency washer, so like Front Loaders your AquaSmartTM uses much less water and energy than traditional top loading clothes washers. It is important to sort your wash load to ensure optimum wash performance.


Separate out sheets and comforter covers and use the SHEETS cycle which has been especially designed for these items. Ensure that comforter covers are buttoned or domed closed before placing in the washer. To get the best possible wash, load these items individually as ‘parcels’ toward the outer edge of the basket (ie to the side of, not directly across the low profile agitator) and in layers (two items per layer).

Colored Items

Dye or color run can be a problem with High Efficiency washers, so separate highly colored garments especially when they are new and have not been washed many times. Choose the EASY IRON or DELICATE cycle, High Efficiency OFF and COLD wash temp options. Most dye transfer occurs when clothes are left too long in the machine at the completion of the cycle so try not to leave your colored clothes lingering in the washer.

Bulky Items

Comforters, sleeping bags, water-proof items, ski jackets, blankets and throws are all items which tend to behave unusually in a clothes washer. The lighter items tend to float, while a large blanket can get very heavy and make spinning difficult. Your AquaSmartTM has a specific BULKY cycle option designed to help take care of these washing challenges.


When you are concerned about creasing or wrinkling of items we recommend you use the EASY IRON or DELICATE cycles. Alternatively, select one of the Conventional cycles (ie where High Efficiency mode is OFF). The extra water used by these cycles will help to reduce creasing. Reducing the SPIN SPEED may also help (refer to page 35).


These heavy items can be responsible for damaging other items in the wash and require special attention when it comes to washing them. We feel that they should be washed separately using the EASY IRON or DELICATE cycle, High Efficiency OFF and COLD wash temp options, or using the BULKY cycle (with COLD wash temp).
Hint: turn your jeans inside-out before washing to help maintain their appearance.


Very dirty, sandy or linty loads are best washed separately to prevent transfer onto other garments. It may be that you have new towels that create lots of lint, or very sandy beach gear. We suggest using High Efficiency OFF in these circumstances or selecting the fabric softener rinse as this will give an extra deep rinse (ie ensure the SOFTENER option is selected).

Note-Icon.png There is no need to add fabric softener to the dispenser in this instance.

Very dirty loads should be washed separately. The HEAVY soil level option (where available) can be selected to provide some extra agitation (refer to page 34).


To take extra special care of delicate items, we suggest using the DELICATE cycle.


To get the best wash results it pays to sort your clothes before washing.

  • Care labels provide valuable information about the fabric type and how the garment should be washed.
  • Sort items according to what they are soiled with – some soils, like mud and blood are best washed in cold water. Oily soils (eg some foods and marks on shirt collars) are best washed in warm water.
  • Always separate colored items from whites, especially when they are new.
  • We recommend that you wash towels on the TOWELS cycle if available. If your machine does not have a TOWELS cycle, use the SHEETS cycle.
  • Some items are lint givers (eg towels, nappies), while others are lint collectors (eg black trousers, synthetic socks). Always wash lint givers and collectors separately. Where possible, turn lint collectors inside out.
Lint givers Lint collectors 
Towels Synthetics 
Chenille Corduroy 
Nappies Polyester cottons
Flannelette Socks

Before you load Check Pockets

Loose items can damage both your AquaSmartTM and your clothes.

Close Zippers, Hooks and Eyes

This is to make sure that these items do not snag on other clothes. We recommend putting lingerie in a lingerie bag prior to washing for best care of these items. Fasten the opening of comforter covers.

Mend any Torn Garments or Loose Buttons

Tears or holes may become larger during washing. Remove any loose bra wires as they can damage your washing machine and/or dryer.

Pretreat any Stains

Use an appropriate surface to apply treatments. Take care to not spray or wipe pre-treaters around or directly on your washer. These may damage the washer.


  • AquaSmartTM washer is more efficient when washing larger loads. So try to wash larger loads without packing clothes too tightly into the wash bowl. Wait until you have at least 4 or 5 items before you do a wash.
  • For the best wash, only fill the washer to the top of the stainless steel bowl (ie to just underneath the plastic ring).
  • Always separate out your sheets and wash them on their own using the specifically designed SHEETS cycle. Your sheets will wash better and last longer this way. Load sheets in parcels to the side of the low profile agitator and in layers around the basket. Do not load sheets across the center of the low profile agitator.
  • Never wrap items around the low-profile agitator like a snake, or spread them over the agitator. Instead, place them in as loose parcels. This will help prevent tangling and out of balance issues.
  • For best results and longevity, always separate out your towels and wash them on their own using the specifically designed TOWELS cycle (selected models only).

Please do not, under any circumstances, attempt to wash an electric blanket in your AquaSmartTM  washer. We do not recommend washing curtains in your washer. Sunlight makes them brittle so they may disintegrate during washing.

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