Manufacturers descriptions are good because they tell buyers about the features a product has and all about it’s specifications. They give buyers an almost complete rundown of what they can expect. They’re only almost complete, because they aren’t very detailed and they’re often extremely biased. Positive points are emphasised while negative ones are barely touched upon. Thus, buyers have unrealistic expectations of what they’re paying for and this can result in disappointment. Buyers deserve detail and they deserve both sides of the story. They need all of the information. Which is exactly what I intend to give you in this Panasonic 6.2kg Fully Automatic Top Load Washing Machine (NA-F62B3HRB) review.
- Fully Automatic
- Good Spin Speed
- Nice Design
- Top Loader
- Water Level Control
- Medium Capacity
- 8 Wash Programs
Panasonic 6.2 kg Fully Automatic Top Load Washing Machine (NA-F62B3HRB) Special Features:
When Fully automatic machines first came out they where very expensive, but prices have lowered considerably over the years and now you can purchase them at reasonable prices. Semi-Automatics require a lot more work. You have to shift laundry between 2 Tubs, and the results are often inconsistent. Stains will be left on laundry. Fully Automatics like the Panasonic on the other hand, have one Tub used for washing and drying, so you don’t really need to do anything, apart from set your program. The wash and dry will be completed in one cycle. You do need a continuous flow of water though so bare this in mind. They also use more water, then Semi’s but they’re more water efficient.
This is the speed of the Drum and it goes up to a maximum of 720rpm’s on the Panasonic. The maximum you can get for an affordable price is 1000rpm’s so it’s not far off. This won’t alter the quality of the wash or the dry, but it’s something buyers need to know about because wash times will be slower, and it affects which wash program you’ll need to choose. See the User Experience section for more detail on this.
Why isn’t the drying time slower on this 720rpm machine, if the wash time is slower? I hear you asking. Well this is very interesting because Panasonic have included the ‘Air Dry’ method. This was surprising because not only is Air Dry fast, but it’s also superior to any other drying method you’ll find for a reasonable price. When the Drum rotates it’ll suck in masses of air, before blasting all your clothes with it, leaving them smelling fresh and drying them at high speed. Pretty clever don’t you think? You don’t see it much on affordable machines so this is a great inclusion, making the Panasonic one of the fastest drying machines out there. Also one of best.
The Capacity is 6.2kg which is reasonable but not great. It’ll be good for small families of 1-4 people but those with larger families should choose another model. The absence of an Agitator means there’s nothing in the Drum taking up space so you’ll get the full 6.2kg available. You must ask yourself if you have the space for a larger model and whether you need one before making a decision on this.
If this where a Front Loader, I wouldn’t recommend it at 720rpms because Front loaders tend to take longer anyway, so when you add to that the reasonably low revolutions of the Drum, the wash would be too slow. But the top loading design of this Panasonic gives you back some of the speed you lost in the rpm’s. As such it’s an excellent inclusion and it shows that Panasonic where thinking about how the overall design would perform. Top Loaders allow you to put more washing in halfway through the process and they’re cheaper to repair than front loaders. They’re also cheaper to buy, hence the low price of this model.
Wash Programs and Water Level
There are 8 Wash Programs which isn’t all that many but you do get Heavy Wash, Delicate Wash, Extra Rinse, Normal, Speedy, Baby Care, Bed Sheets and Spin. There aren’t any fabric-specific programs. What is there is good, there’s just not much of it. You do get 6 water level settings though and this avoids the common problem found on top loaders of under-filling. Under-Filling is when your machine underestimates the amount of water needed to wash clothes. An old trick was to wet the clothes before putting them in, and then the machine would think it needed to increase the water for the extra weight. These days with water level control you can fill the machine up yourself to the amount you know it needs, so you never have the problem of unwashed laundry. Great inclusion.
Panasonic 6.2 kg Fully Automatic Top Load Washing Machine (NA-F62B3HRB) User Experience:
If you’ve had a 1000rpm Washing Machine then you’ll need to get used to the lower Drum speed on this model. It means that the washes will be gentler and often slower if you don’t know how to use a 720rpm machine. Generally if you have even moderate stains you should use the Heavy Wash program. With 1000rpm’s you would have been able to deal with moderate stains by using other programs, but 720’s need all the power your machine has. As I mentioned earlier this isn’t a major problem because the quality is the same. You just have to use your Wash Programs differently. For light stains Delicate Wash will still be appropriate.
Water has a tendency to become trapped inside the Drum of top loading machines so make sure you wash it out at least once a month. If you do this you won’t experience any bad smells to your clothing.
I love the Air Dry method on this model because it’s uncommon, and it produces the best dry out there. It’s a natural dry and it makes clothes smell sweet. Really the only drawbacks here are the slightly low Capacity and the Spin Speed. Although, as i’ve explained these aren’t necessarily problems. If you live in a small to medium-sized apartment then a 6.2kg machine would be preferable. If you have a moderate-sized family then 6.2kg would be perfect. If you use heavy wash on tough stains then the Spin Speed won’t affect you. It’s priced reasonably for a Fully Automatic and the water level control is a step forward which ensures all your washing will be clean.