Double the love, the work, the fun, the stress, the smiles, shoes, toys, clothes… double practically everything.
But quadruple the washing load. Oh the washing — no-one told me about that when I was pregnant!
In the early days, our washing machine seemed to be on constantly — one load of vests and babygrows after another.
Then we went through the weaning stage. Bibs, tops and trousers encrusted with an assortment of food after every single meal. More washing.
When the boys started nursery, I thought it would lessen slightly but, no. Cue paint stained tee-shirts and leggings — more washing.
Followed by potty training.
OK, I’ll stop there — you get the picture ;)
The dirty washing has been constant and has almost multiplied with each new stage; a mum of twins definitely needs a washing machine that will be able to cope with the job in hand.
So back in July, when I was asked if I’d like to put the Siemens Avantgarde iSensoric washing machine through it’s paces, I jumped at the chance.
When we unboxed it, I was a bit taken aback initially. This is one good looking bit of kit.
This Avantgarde has space-age good looks and offers an equally futuristic performance.
It was easy to install — we thought we’d have to call in a plumber but my clever boy managed to fit it himself — just remove the transport clips, level the feet and screw the water and waste pipes in.
And since I’ve been using the Siemens Avantgarde iSensoric washing machine for a couple of months now — and have really had time to get to know it — I wanted to share my thoughts with you.
Firstly, it’s an absolute beauty to look at — sleek and minimal — with an ENORMOUS door which makes loading a doddle. And, as it takes a 9kg load, it’s literally cut my washing time too, as I don’t have to do multiple loads of the same kind of washing.
These days I can literally do all the brights — or all the darks — in one hit, rather than having to split the loads because they don’t all fit into the drum at once.
This has massively cut down both our water and electricity bills. The machine is on for less than half the time that our old one was running.
Plus, the spin is so good that the clothes come out of the machine practically dry — which has cut down on the drying time too.
There’s a handy light inside — which illuminates the entire drum — so you can easily see if there are any rogue socks lurking within.
In fact, since I’ve been using it we’ve had less single socks turning up in the laundry basket*.
*A small thing but something that really niggles me, so anything to eliminates that problem is definitely worth a mention!
The Siemens Avantgarde iSensoric has a huge LED panel across the entire top of the machine, which is angled upwards, which means that you don’t need to bend down to choose the programme you want. Such a simple feature but invaluable if you have a bad back. And even if you don’t — us mums do enough bending down to pick things up!
It’s lovely to be able to easily see the programmes on offer without having to bend over to do it.
And talking of programmes, there are 20 standard wash programmes and — my favourite feature of all — you can create and save your own favourite programme. I love this particularly and my regular wash is now generally always done using my choice of time and spin speed.
Offering an unbeatable A+++ energy rating, the Avantgarde is incredibly efficient and is aimed at reducing household bills without compromising the standard of cleaning.
It’s engineered using iSensoric technology — hyper-intelligent software that works in tandem with multiple sensors within the machine — and gives the most incredible results, using as little resources as possible.
If you’ve got a duvet to wash, you can shove it all in — along with some detergent — and it will cleverly work out how much water and soap powder it needs for the job.
It’s the Stephen Hawking of washing machines.
One of the main features of the Siemens Avantgarde iSensoric is the amazing ‘intelligent dosing system’. Clever i-Dos sensors analyse the washing inside the drum, then automatically dispense the right amount of detergent for that particular load. This incredible technology offers maximum efficiency — excellent washing results using the absolute minimum use of resources.
This machine has brains as well as beauty.
And it’s oh so quiet — channeling Bjork — another bonus when you have sleeping babies nearby and a gazillion clothes to wash.
It’s not cheap though.
The Siemens Avantgarde iSensoric washing machine is most definitely one of the more pricey machines on the market. But is it worth the extra expense?
In a word — YES!
The standard of washing is far superior to my old machine; the clothes are much cleaner, using less detergent.
It’s cut our bills, cut the time it takes me to do the washing each week, and gives me a bit of a warm glow to know that I’m helping the planet (without breaking a sweat).
This washing machine is nothing short of brilliant.
The only thing that will make it better is if the clever people at Siemens can work out a way to put the washing away afterwards.
Now that would be magic.
To see my new favourite friend in action — and hear me yabber on even more about how much I love it (and why) — I’ve made a little film review to go with this post.
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PS — The Siemens Avantgarde iSensoric washing machine is currently available to buy from John Lewis with a massive £150 saving; £1099 until 2nd November 2016.
We were generously gifted this fabulous machine for the purposes of this review but all thoughts, words and images, as ever, are entirely my own.