Miele W3033, W3035, W3037 "Cheat Sheet"
This is a follow up to my posts on the Miele W3033 washing machine. It is just about a year now since I first had this machine and posted my difficulties with the temperature settings on the delicates cycle (http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/laundry/msg111020581330.html). Contrary to the statements in the user manual and the available temperature settings on the machine, it is now clear that the delicates cycle on this machine does NOT achieve a wash temperature any higher than "tap cold". In my neck of the woods in winter, that can be icy cold. After several shenanigans, Miele finally admitted that the delicates cycle on this machine does NOT engage the onboard heater. While disappointed by this aspect of the delicates cycle, I was thrilled with the results from the other cycles on this machine and had begun experimenting with the settings, temperatures, spin speeds and prewash functions. Around that time I had the great fortune to be contacted by Rococogurl from this forum. She was in the process of selecting a washing machine to replace her ailing Asko. I was thrilled when she chose Miele because that signaled the start of a very fruitful collaboration between us. We are both fanatical about laundry - and it turns out that we both are huge fans of this machine (she has the same model but in the stainless finish - the W3035). However, both of us felt that, in order to get the best out of this machine, guidance extending well beyond that in the user manual was needed. Together we set about comparing observations and results from most of the cycles on these machines (the cycles on the two machines are identical). It was a fascinating collaboration and resulted in what we are calling the "Miele Cheat Sheet". This document is now firmly housed on top of my machine and I routinely use it before running either a new type of load or a new combination of items/soil level, or as a refresher for infrequently used cycles. For anyone else here interested in learning more tricks and shortcuts for these machines, the majority of which should be directly applicable to the newer W3037 model, the results of our study and the resulting chart/cheat sheet are available at the link below. Happy Washing!
Here is a link that might be useful: Miele Cheat Sheet