Smeg WMI12C7

Summary

User Score

Pros

  • 15 wash programmes
  • Large capacity
  • Built-in model

Cons

  • No half load option
  • Difficult to set certain programmes

Review Price £450.00

Key Features: 15 different wash programmes; 7kg drum capacity; A Class energy efficiency rating

Manufacturer: Smeg

Smeg WMI12C7

The Smeg WMI12C7 may not be as sleek and shiny as other items from the Smeg range of appliances, but it’s an integrated model so it doesn’t matter — you can just hide it away behind a kitchen cupboard.

Unlike many built-in washing machines, it has a display of remaining cycle time so you’ll always know exactly how long you have left to wait before you can get on with other things in your day. It also has a start delay option which will let you postpone the start of the wash by up to 24 hours, and it’s so quiet that if you wanted it to wash overnight, it probably wouldn’t wake you up.

With an impressive 15 washing programmes to choose from, including programmes such as mixed loads, the Smeg WMI12C7 is capable of handling all load types. Sadly, however, the machine does not feature a half load option, something that many other machines no feature as standard. Some of these cycles can be quiet long — for example, a 60°C wash takes over two hours — and there’s no option whatsoever to shorten them.

Despite having a bountiful selection of options to choose from on the Smeg WMI12C7, it is very easy to choose from the settings available. The digital display is easy to understand and there are just six buttons on the front of the machine that do everything from starting and pausing the wash to setting the delay timer and choosing your programme and spin speed. It’s also easy to set a child lock to stop small fingers interfering with your washing. The manual, however, is unnecessarily difficult to understand with accessing certain settings proving a bit of a nightmare.

The Smeg WMI12C7’s stainless steel drum has a load capacity of 7kg, and an extra large 30cm porthole to make getting all that washing in and out easy. The spin speed is variable on each programme and can get a maximum speed of 1200 revolutions per minute, which is pretty standard for a 7kg drum. As for ratings, the Smeg WMI12C7 is rated A for energy efficiency and A for washing performance, meaning it’ll clean your clothes well and do it in a way that saves energy.