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AEG L87680FL review

David Ludlow
7 Mar 2013
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
699
inc VAT

Excellent wash performance and a great range of options from this well-priced washing machine

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Specifications

Drum size: 8kg, Spin speed: 1,600rpm, Rated efficiency: A+++, Wool wash: Yes, Silk Wash: Yes, Hand Wash: Yes

EASE OF USE AND FEATURES

A control dial lets you select the wash programme that you want. There are all of the usual wash cycles you'd expect, plus a few extras. Anti-Allergy could be useful, as it washes clothes at 60C and then performs an extra rinse in order to get rid of any micro-organisms that family members may have a reaction to.

It's good to see a steam mode, too, which helps to soften fibres and make ironing an easier process. It can also be used in the Refresh mode to give clean clothes that smell a bit musty a boost, so that they come out smelling fresher.
On top of this you can choose extra options per wash and override default settings. For example, you can choose the temperature (from Cold to 95C, depending on the selected cycle, and the spin speed (up to the maximum of 1,600rpm). In addition, you can select the Prewash feature to use a stain remover, select Time Save for a quick wash, and select Delay Start, so that you can ensure your washing finishes when you're around. All of the options are displayed on the large LCD screen, which also shows you how long your wash has to go.

We like the styling of the AEG L87680FL and it was robust and well-built. AEG promises that this is one of its quietest machines and that was certainly true in our tests. With a rated wash rating of 49dB and spin of 73dB, it falls towards the quieter end of the market. It was certainly smooth in our tests, with no juddering or shuddering to distract us.

CONCLUSION

There are certainly a lot options on the AEG L87680FL and its wash performance was very good. However, the similarly-priced Panasonic NA-168VG4 has much lower running costs and just edged it for us in terms of wash performance. Unless you specifically want the steam modes that this washing machine offers, the Panasonic is the better choice for most people.

Hardware
Drum size8kg
Spin speed1,600rpm
TypeFreestanding
Rated efficiencyA+++
Size (HxWxD)600x605x850mm
Wash modes
Auto half loadYes
Delicate washYes
Wool washYes
Silk WashYes
Hand WashYes
Quick washYes
Reduced creasingYes
Super rinseYes
Time remaining indicatorYes
Consumables
Annual water consumption11,400L
Annual electricity consumption176kW
Buying information
WarrantyFive-years onsite
Price£699
Supplierwww.johnlewis.com
Detailswww.aeg.co.uk
Part CodeL87680FL

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