The mid-level range of washing machines from Bosch, Exxcel models are freestanding and have features such as anti-vibration panels, which Bosch claims reduces the noise of the wash.
The Bosch Exxcel range fits between the Classixx value-added models and Bosch's premium Logixx washing machines. They can cost anywhere from £375 to £500, and while they're not as feature-packed as Bosch's pricer washers, this doesn't mean they won't clean clothes well.
|Pros: Exxcel washing machines are the best-scoring Bosch models. They do a good job of cleaning both cotton and synthetic clothing, and follow that wash with a spin that removes most of the wash water, so clothes will not have to spend long in a tumble dryer or hanging on a washing line.|
Cons: While most Bosch washing machines rinse well, models in this range are only average when it comes to rinsing. This means you won't see visible traces of detergent on your clothes, but those with very sensitive skin may want to look for other washers that have a four- or five-star rating from us for rinsing.
What to expect from Exxcel machines
As Bosch's mid-range of washing machines, you'll find a generous helping of features and specifications on each model. Though no two are the same, you can expect the following from Exxcel machines:
- Energy label A+++ or A/AB for older machines
- Freestanding models
- LCD display shows wash phase, temperature, spin speed, time remaining and time delay
- 1200 and 1400 spin speeds, which can be slowed down incrementally to 600rpm
- 7kg and 8kg-capacity drums, which should be large enough for medium to large households
- Stop-and-start function, where the washing machine can be paused mid-cycle in case there are any garments you need to add or take out of the load
- 15-minute wash cycle for 2kg of lightly soiled washing
- AntiVibration panels on the sides of the machine, which Bosch claims helps to lower the noise levels
- Wool and handwash program
- Reduced ironing program
- A sportswear cycle designed for use on garments with microfibre material, such as those worn to a gym
- Ability to change the length of the washing cycle with VarioPerfect. This enables you to decide to have short washes or more economical longer washes
- Extra rinsing program ‘Aqua Plus’, which increases the amount of water used in the wash and rinse cycles to reduce the detergent left in the laundry
- An overflow and leak prevention system called Multisafe.
The models below are from the Exxcel range
- WAQ28461GB - 8kg-drum capacity with 1400rpm spin speed
- WAQ24461GB - 8kg-drum capacity with 1200rpm spin speed
- WAQ283S0GB - 8kg-drum capacity with 1400rpm spin speed
Bosch WAQ28461GB - The Best Buy Washing Machine
Bosch says this washing machine won't use a drop more water or energy than it needs to. But is this washing machine, part of the mid-level Exxcel range, as thrifty as Bosch claims, and does it excel at washing, rinsing and spinning laundry? This Bosch cleans and spins outstandingly, though it uses an average amount of water and power to clean synthetics.
Stains present no problem for this Bosch washer, which delivers a grime-busting clean to cottons and an outstanding synthetics clean. The rinse and spin cycles are also efficient, removing the majority of excess detergent and wash water from clothes.
Very easy to load
Earning points where most washers lose them, this machine is easy to load and unload. The door opens almost flush with the machine at 170 degrees, the opening is nice and large, and the door requires little force to open and close.
Clear control panel
The control panel is uncluttered and the writing on the panel is easy to read. The control panel is tilted upwards, making it a little easier to read when standing, but not is as clear as on other machines we've seen. Some symbols lack explanations, so you may find yourself dipping into the instruction manual from time to time.