Look who's being a wally with water
Could a washing machine that uses 214 litres of water for a single wash really be given four stars?
It can, and consumer advocate CHOICE is furious, labelling the $1899 Samsung washing machine a "disgraceful" water waster and, unsurprisingly, giving it a zero rating for water efficiency.
CHOICE lab experts were shocked by the water wastage of the Samsung 13kg Activ DualWash top load WA13M8700GV.
"Samsung has released one of the most disgraceful water wasters we've ever seen," says CHOICE laundry expert Ashley Iredale.
"Using 214 litres on the default setting is just completely unacceptable," says Mr Iredale. "This is the second year in a row Samsung has released a water guzzling disgrace."
CHOICE says the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme doesn't always reflect real-world use and needs to be reformed.
"The water labelling scheme is generally good, but as this Samsung example shows, there are gaps in the current rating system that need to be fixed. The Australian government is currently reviewing the WELS scheme and we're urging them to change the testing settings to better reflect how people use their washing machines."