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Fisher & Paykel FabricSmart IW812

Fisher & Paykel FabricSmart IW812

2.7 from 66 reviews · View Details

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2.7

66 reviews
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  • Build Quality
    5.0 (1)
  • Value for Money
    5.0 (1)
  • Ease of Use
    5.0 (1)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    5.0 (1)
  • Noise Level
    5.0 (1)
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sanshar2002

sanshar2002

  • 12 reviews
  • 12 likes

Easy to use and good long term service

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Purchased at The Good Guys.

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Dryer TypeSimpson 39P350K
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BigStan

BigStanSydney Surrounds, NSW

  • 4 reviews

Never a problem

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Had this unit over 15 years. Never had any technical or mechanical problems. Auto water sensor has been a bit finicky on occasion and rethinks itself a few times, but that is all we could say about it in a negative aspect. The purchase date provided is an approximation only.

Date PurchasedAug 2001
user2008

user2008

  • 8 reviews
  • 6 likes

Excellent Machine 14 years of trouble free use

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Date PurchasedSep 2003
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LHill

LHillAdelaide

A pain to wash with.

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jberth

jberthSydney

  • 3 reviews
  • 2 likes

Rubbish machine - Great design but made of junk

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died at 9 years

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i got a good run out of it. Only one breakdown, that wasnt too expensive to fix. Its now coming back with error code 130 and 136. Decided to go back to a front loader as they wash better. The washing powder goes straight into the machine with all the dirt on your clothes. No wonder it comes out with grey streaks
Got clothes very dry
had to soak clothes in laundry tub before putting into washing machine

honkas

honkasSouth East Queensland, QLD

  • 26 reviews
  • 7 likes

so far so good.. touch wood!

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Have had this machine for a few years now, got it second hand from a friend who was moving, so at least 4 years old..

Has performed well, despite initially having troubles getting the hot water to work, eventually got it to work and thankfully haven't looked back..

Always put washing powder in first, let the water fill a little before throwing the clothes in..

Nice way to have auto sensing water level.. Makes my life easy.. Just walk away..

Wash at least 2 times a week with a 3/4 to a full load.. Worried that it may be overloaded but still completed the job fine..

erinpmf

erinpmfSydney, NSW

  • 7 reviews
  • 11 likes

Machine not 10 years old yet and the bowl has completely collapsed, broken off, whatever keeps it le

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I bought the machine for $990 in June 2005. Have had no problems until Easter Monday. The bowl completely collapsed and is leaning right over to the side of the machine. I sent Fisher & Paykel an email around 7am last Tuesday, 7 April, 2015. Still have not received a reply nor an acknowledgement of my email. I just found out that this model has been discontinued. Is it because the bowl was known to collapse.

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RustyBlue911

RustyBlue911Sydney, NSW

Has served me well for about 10 years.

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I have always found my washing machine to do a great job and very reliable. I have had a few problems lately with it having a fault code 136 showing up towards the end of the cycle though this isn't on every wash and most machines and engines need a service once in a while. When I use the recommended washing powder and dissolve it first at the start of the wash, I have no problems. I have had a problem with getting hot water to go into it lately but I'm not sure if that is the machine or the tap.

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Great machine

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We bought ours back in 2006 and it's been great.
I love being able to just pop everything in and it sorts out the water level and the load.
We've just had the water tap solenoids replaced, but other than that, it's performed really well. I Agree with Kirsty about top loaders. Faster and more versatile than front loaders.
Large capacity, spins clothes almost dry, excellent service from LV martin

Karen

KarenSydney

Worst appliance purchase ever !!! ... I will never buy f&p again :(

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Stephanie Earl

Stephanie EarlChristchurch, New Zealand

Intuitive Eco - Short Life

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I have used F & P washing machines for more years than I care to remember. However, this Intuitive Eco has had the shortest life of them all - only 4 years and now off to washing machine heaven. The mother board has gone again (2nd time in 18 months). Not good F & P. Why can't you guys make longer lasting washing machines. Perhaps the more technology you have available the worse your machines become. Very disappointed.
The different cycles especially sports gear, time remaining and delay start
Poor quality machine especially with electronics.

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jennyr
jennyr

mine too, will not be buying another fisher paykel product

Kirsty Palmer

Kirsty PalmerSouth East Queensland, QLD

  • 2 reviews
  • 6 likes

intuitive eco

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Have had this machine for over a year now and have had no problems at all. Beats front loaders anyday! Had a lg front loader before and it always died during a wash! Would never trade my top loader for a front loader ever again. Can not fault this machine at all.
loved the fact I can adjust the wash to whatever I like

disgust

disgustPfafftown

Frustrated with dryer

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Had Fisher Paykel dryer less than a year, multiple problems. After hours on the phone with FP dryer finally replaced, 3 years later clothes not completely drying! Washer only 4 years old and done! Will never recommend product and feel "robbed" waste of time and money! Will not repair washer currently displaying "power cut" restart in 10 minute-- will replace with another brand for sure!

Jen1580

Jen1580SYDNEY

Absolute rubbish. Will never buy a Fisher & Paykel product again.

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chell 15
chell 15

i am having same problems with mine , muck on clothes , says too many suds when on rinse, now wont fill . loud noises and just a heap of [censored word removed].. never will i purchase one again, going with samsung and the 10 year warranty .

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Fiona38

Fiona38CANBERRA

BEST MACHINE EVER

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Me_Myself_and_I

Me_Myself_and_IAU

  • 17 reviews
  • 1 like

Excellent

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rymel

rymel

  • 4 reviews

Excellent

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I love this machine and cant understand the poor reviews it has received. Having said that Ive never had to use customer service so I cant comment on that. I do 15-16 load per week and it handles everything from delicates and handwashing (YAY!!) to the boys muddy/oily clothes working on the farm. It has a huge capacity and handles a queen size quilt with no problems. No more washing them in the bath! Very quiet unlike my last machine that sounded like a jet taking off. I love, love, love this machine!!
Highly recommended and worth every cent.
Everything!

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Jono King

Jono Kingcoolangatta

wouldnt buy another one

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This is the second Fisher and Paykel washer we have bought it cost $850 not cheap. The first lasted about 3 years this one died last week its only 14 months old not impressed. Will buy another brand this time and suggest that other people do the same. Was very disappointed that it did not last

do not last

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susubub
susubub

hate it - just broke down again - F & P are overpriced and over-rated

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Questions & Answers

Lesley Staines

Lesley Stainesasked

FabricSmart IW812

Hello I have had my Fisher & Paykel iw812 machine 17 years has been absolutely brillant. Just recently water has been dripping from the water inlet valve inside the machine.
Do I need to organise a service person to attend and can this be fixed.

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Jerzy K.

Jerzy K.asked

FabricSmart IW812

Error code 105. Says its a comms error. How to reset codes?

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Dommo

Dommoasked

FabricSmart IW812

Had this washine machine for 8 years, getting message saying "POWER CUT" - restarting in 10 seconds. Any ideas on how to resolve this ?

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