The Miele TOY washing machine which, with a height of 26 cm and a width of 19 cm, is just the right size for the playroom. Children from the age of three can not just pretend to do the laundry in this miniature washing machine, they can actually wash their toys' clothes.
The porthole, rotary selector switch, pushbuttons, indicators: everything on the toy looks exactly the same as on the 'parent' model. And naturally youngsters want to imitate everything Mum does: load the laundry, close the door and press the button to start the machine. More experienced users can select each programme individually. There is a vertical row of four buttons for water intake, wash, drain and spin. Each programme lasts ten seconds, any longer and children would get bored.
The yellow lamps next to the four pushbuttons come on when the appropriate programme stage has been reached and an acoustic signal indicates that the laundry is ready.
Young technology enthusiasts leave programme sequence to the electronic control unit. They merely press the 'Start' button next to the green lamp and the wash process automatically begins, either with or without water. Even the sounds coming from the miniature Miele machine are true-to-life, provided batteries have been inserted. The machine can also be operated by hand, using a small crank. Although the drum also rotates during dry operation, it is much more interesting if the machine is filled with water and there is no need to worry about the risk of floods, as the toy washing machine only requires half a litre of water.
The miniature washing machine also sports a programme selector switch like the one which is still an outstanding feature on its big brother counterparts. Programmes for Cottons, Delicates, Woollens and Silks can be selected, but this is just for fun and has no actual effect on the wash programme. Grown-ups should remember, however, that the miniature washing machine is just a toy and cannot be expected to produce laundry as clean as that washed in a full-scale model.
The miniature Miele washing machine is produced at the Theo Klein toy factory, based in the town of Ramberg in Southern Germany. For more than 50 years, this company has been one of the leading manufacturers of "role-play" toys which are scale models of household appliances and domestic products and are ideal as they fulfil youngsters' greatest wish to imitate everything their parents do, including the laundry.
OUT OF STOCK 1/2009