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Simpson SWT9043 review

Top loading washing machine. 9kg capacity. Priced at $1249.

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CHOICE Expert Rating View more details.

This overall score is made up of dirt removal (40%), rinse performance (20%), gentleness (15%), water efficiency (15%) and spin efficiency (10%).

Dirt removal score View more details.

We measure dirt removal with a spectrophotometer, a machine that's more accurate than the human eye and can detect differences of about 6%.

Rinse performance score View more details.

We measure how well the machines keep the dirt suspended in the water rather than depositing it back on the clothes, and how well they rinse out the detergent. We test this by adding a marker chemical to the wash and at the end, we take a sample of the water remaining in the clothes to determine the amount of chemical that's left; the less there is, the better the rinse.

Gentleness score View more details.

This score measures how long your clothes are going to last compared to other machines using the program we test on. To check for fabric wear, we attach swatches of easily frayed fabric to the garments in each load. The area of the swatch is measured before and after the wash; the less fraying, the gentler the machine is assessed to be and the higher the score it's given.

Water efficiency score View more details.

This shows you how efficiently a washer uses water. Water flow meters are connected to each machine to measure water use. To compare efficiency between different-sized machines, we calculate the amount of water used per kilogram of the test load of washing. The lower the water consumption per kilogram of clothing, the higher the efficiency score.

Spin efficiency score View more details.

The test load is weighed before and after each wash. Higher scores mean more water is removed, which means the washing takes less time to dry. We use the default spin speed (some machines let you vary the speed).

Water used (L) View more details.

The amount of water used during the entire program cycle.

Energy used (kWh) View more details.

The amount of energy used during the program cycle we selected. A washer generally makes up around 0.53% of annual household energy usage. Look for the smallest number in this column so you aren't paying as much in the long run.

Cycle time (minutes) View more details.

The amount of time the program cycle we selected took. This can range from under an hour to over three hours.

Noise (dBA) View more details.

The maximum noise level is recorded during the spin cycle and is measured one metre away from the machine and one metre above the ground. Typically, the noise level of these machines is similar to that of a normal conversation (about 65dB). It's not an absolute noise measurement, the acoustics of your home will determine exactly how a machine sounds in use, but it's a good comparative measure.

Program tested View more details.

We test on a normal, cold wash. When this doesn't exist on a machine, we use the closest approximation to a normal, cold wash. This is because your feedback tells us this is what you mostly use. Because of this selection, you'll sometimes see differences between what the energy and water labels say on the machine and our results. This is because manufacturers try to get as good an energy and water label as possible, as the more stars they have, the better the chance a consumer will buy their product. Unfortunately, often this means the program the manufacturer selects is not what consumers will choose at home.

Regular, Auto fill, Cold, High spin, Deep rinse, 1.07 to go
Energy label - program View more details.

The wash program stated on the energy label of the machine. Manufacturers tend to choose a program that uses the least power and water to attain the most stars possible, even though our findings are that many people won't use this program. Most people use a normal wash.

Regular wash,Auto level, warm,high spin, Eco rinse, Max time adjust
Energy label - energy (kWh/yr) View more details.

The energy use as stated on the label, based on 365 uses per year.

Energy - stars View more details.

Energy star rating based on a formula that incorporates the energy used per wash and the claimed capacity of the machine in kg.

Water label - water (L) View more details.

Manufacturers must declare how many litres of water are used per wash cycle of a dishwasher or washing machine, drying cycle of a washer/dryer or condenser dryer, per minute for a tap, or per full and half flush for a toilet. A WELS water star rating is derived from this. The water use and the star rating are displayed on the product's WELS label.

Water - stars View more details.

Manufacturers must declare how many litres of water are used per wash cycle of a dishwasher or washing machine, drying cycle of a washer/dryer or condenser dryer, per minute for a tap, or per full and half flush for a toilet. A WELS water star rating is derived from this. The water use and the star rating are displayed on the product's WELS label.

Claimed program time (min) View more details.

Claimed program time achieved running the energy star program on full load.

Brand reliability score View more details.

These are taken straight from our brand reliability survey, but do not add to the overall score. These scores refer to the brand only, not that particular model. If you see "Not available" as the outcome, that's because we not enough people who own the brand have replied with their findings. We need at least 50 responses to make the outcome statistically significant.

Satisfaction score View more details.

Scores are taken from our product reliability survey, but do not add to the overall score. The score refers to the brand, not a particular model. Satisfaction score: We ask owners to tell us what they thought of the products they own; rating them from excellent to terrible. We've used this information to give each brand an owner satisfaction rating so you can see what people who use the brand day in, day out think of them. The higher the score, the better. If you see "Not available" as the outcome, that's because we haven't gotten enough people who own the brand to reply with their findings; we need at least 50 to make the outcome statistically significant.

Service score View more details.

A measure of how well a manufacturer responds in the advent of an issue with one of their appliances. The score refers to the entire brand, not a specific model It is taken from our product reliability survey and does not impact the overall score. 'Not available' indicates we received less than 50 responses for this brand.

Recommended View more details.

CHOICE recommends currently available front loaders that score at least 80% overall and 80% for dirt removal. For those who prefer top loaders, we recommend currently available models that score at least 70% overall and 70% for dirt removal. We don't recommend machines with less than 55% in any score. There are other performers in the table that are good options.

Availability View more details.

We list whether a model is the tested model, an identical model to the one tested, a discontinued model or one that may be similar or related to a tested model.

Tested model
Similar models View more details.

Most washer manufacturers make a family of models with different features, so chances are the top of the line may be similar to the mid-range model, or a mid-range model may be similar to the inexpensive end of the range. For those manufacturers that tell us about these differences, we list them. For others, we go to and retrieve the similar models that manufacturers detail. Where a wildcard like "*" is shown at the end of a model, it means there are a variety of colours and finishes.

Differences View more details.

Any differences between models that we've been able to ascertain.

Price View more details.

The manufacturer's recommended retail price. Prices are generally flexible, so shop around both online and in bricks-and-mortar shops for options.

Running costs View more details.

Approximate cost over 10 years for one daily load on a 'normal' cycle, based on 30c/kWh for electricity and $2 per 1000L for water. Excludes detergent (which can be a third of the cost).

Purchase price + running costs (10yrs)
Capacity (kg) View more details.

This is the claimed capacity. We find people rarely fill their washer to full, so base your decision on how heavy your common load is. Weigh it on your scales.

Coldest wash for normal program View more details.

Since most Australians wash in cold water, we've applied a small penalty in our overall score to models that can't do a proper cold wash (our water is at 20 degrees C) on their 'normal' cycle.

Tap connection View more details.

Some machines need both hot and cold water to operate; others can connect to cold water only and might need a special connector or sealing cap for the hot water inlet. A machine with a heater (front loaders only) can be particularly useful if you connect to cold only, as it still gives you the option of a warm wash occasionally. Check the maximum temperature recommended for the hot water inlet. Many manufacturers recommend a lower temperature than most hot water systems deliver, particularly solar hot water systems. You may need a tempering valve to reduce the temperature.

Hot & Cold
Minimum water pressure (kPa) View more details.

Washers require a minimum water pressure for water to flow into the machine and function. Check your local water supplier for the water pressure to your house, as this will differ.

Maximum hot water inlet temp (C) View more details.

Where washers accept a hot water source, there can be a cap on how high the temperature can be before it affects the hose or internal mechanisms. Usually this can be regulated by your heater, or a tempering valve can be fixed to the inlet if your water temperature is higher than accepted.

Maximum speed (rpm)
Not stated
Drum type View more details.

'Drum' refers to a drum which rotates on a horizontal axis, picking your clothes up and dropping them in the wash water. It denotes a front loader only. 'Impeller' refers to a top loader with a slimline 'propeller' in the bottom of the drum to agitate the water. 'Agitator' refers to a big 'spike' sticking up in the middle of the toploader drum to stir the water around.

Dimensions (H x W x D, cm) View more details.

The dimensions listed are the smallest figures claimed by the manufacturer. Some manufacturers don't include door width in their claimed dimensions, so make sure you double check this prior to purchase.

108 x 67 x 68
Warranty (yrs) View more details.

Stated warranty of the machine (not the parts). You're still covered by the Australian Consumer Law regardless of the manufacturer warranty.

Origin View more details.

The model has a claimed origin somewhere on the model itself. This should be taken with a grain of salt, as it's rare that all the materials for a product came from the one country.

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Clicking a link will take you to a retailer's website to shop, where available.

Fast program View more details.

An option for small/lightly soiled loads which shortens the selected program or reduces cycle time. May also be called 'fast', 'quick', 'rapid' or something else. Some machines also offer temperature variations in conjunction with faster washes.

Gentle or delicates program
Auto sensing water level View more details.

This can help you save water, energy and time by automatically adjusting the water level according to the load and/or fabric type. Some machines also adjust the washing action.

Out of balance correction View more details.

The machine automatically detects and redistributes an out-of-balance load, either by spinning slowly before the full spin cycle or by taking in more water (which is what many top loaders do). If you're concerned about high water use, opt for a machine without this feature or go for a front loader. ns Not stated.

Selectable spin speed View more details.

You can change the spin speed on some programs. A higher spin speed will result in drier clothes, but you might want a lower speed for delicates or easily creased fabrics. The higher the spin speed, the more likely your clothes will be stiff when they come out of the wash.

Machine washable woollens
Handwash only woollens View more details.

Some machines have an extra-gentle wash cycle for garments labelled as only suitable for handwashing, including woollens, silk and cashmere. The program uses different washing actions such as less water.

Extra rinse View more details.

An extra rinse can be useful if your wash hasn't removed all the detergent, leaving white marks behind. Some washers have it as an extra run added to the end of a program, or as a simple single run (rinse and spin) once the primary program is finished. Some also can either do a spray rinse only (water saving) or a deep rinse. If you have sensitive skin and find the detergent you use is causing a reaction, try changing or using less of your detergent, or adding an extra rinse.

Lint filter View more details.

Many machines now have self-cleaning lint filter systems, while others use the traditional mesh trap in the wash drum that you have to clean manually. It's mostly top loaders that have lint filters; front loaders tend not to need them because they're gentler on clothes.

Delay time View more details.

'Delay time' or 'time delay' is a feature that lets you program the wash to start at a specific time in the future. If you're on off-peak energy, you can take advantage of this feature.

Time remaining display View more details.

Time remaining display will give you a rough estimation of how long the load will take to wash. This can often fluctuate wildly as some washers use sensors to detect how dirty your wash is, the type of load you've put in and how much you've put in, then adjust the timing.

Favourite or memory option View more details.

Allows you to specify a program, then hit the memory button so you don't have to program the same set of steps every time you run the washing machine.

Child lock door View more details.

This will lock the door opening if the washing machine is in operation. Many front loaders do this by default.

Child lock control View more details.

Activating this feature means the controls cannot be adapted after a program has started. The downside is that you can't cancel the wash to put something else in, but the upside is that your child's wandering hands can't cancel a wash and waste the water and energy for that run.

Water save option View more details.

Sometimes available on top loaders because of their capacity to use a lot of water, most front loaders don't use much water so the need for this feature is less useful. If a washing machine uses over 100L for a cycle, the lack of a water save option is a bad point.

Internal light View more details.

This might be useful for some if your laundry is not well-lit and you're reaching around in the dim light for that recalcitrant sock.

Detergent auto dose View more details.

A relatively new feature, this gives the consumer the capacity to store a whole litre or so of liquid detergent in the machine and it will auto dose itself based on your program. This saves you having to fiddle around with detergent, but means you're only using liquid detergent, which isn't known for the best wash compared to some powder detergents.

Auto open door View more details.

Another rare feature, this might be useful if you want the door to open so it dries the seal (we've had complaints about mould on front loader seals).

Add items after start View more details.

Most front loaders allow you to pause the wash in the first moments of pushing the start button, but after water gets to the door, it's a no-go unless you cancel the wash and start again. Most top loaders allow you to open it at any point during the cycle, though a few are starting to lock the lid.

Other features View more details.

These are features we've seen that are unusual. We don't normally test them as they tend to be driven by marketing hype, but they might be of interest to you. nt Not tested.

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