By Patrick Avenell

SYDNEY: Samsung has this morning announced the release of a new 8-kilogram washing machine. The new model features AirWash, which removes odours from clothes without the need for water or detergent.

The front load washing machine is being marketed as particularly good for the environment. It has a 4.5-star WELS water rating and a 3.5-star energy rating. According to Samsung, this model can save up to 10 litres of water per wash compared to an average 4-star model. For thrifty consumers, the model’s energy and water ratings qualify this washing machine for a $150 rebate in New South Wales and Western Australia.

The big selling point of this machine, however, is the AirWash feature.

“Not only does Samsung’s AirWash system help conserve the environment, it also saves money by allowing you to clean your clothes with air instead of water, making trips to the dry cleaners a thing of the past,” said a Samsung spokesperson.

“AirWash is suitable for all types of fabrics. Even non-washables such as woollen blankets, quilts, pillows, suits and other delicates are treatable with AirWash.”

Other features of this machine include a diamond drum, adjustable spin speed, ceramic heating element, LED display, child lock, Digital Fuzzy Logic control and anti-foam control.

The Samsung WF8802RPF is RRP $1,299.