Servis washing machines – it don’t matter if you’re black or white. Or does it?

I’m getting a new washing machine from Servis. I am more excited about it than I ever have been about the acquisition of white goods, a fact I quickly put down to age rather than a reflection of the state of my social life.

My new washing machine is part of my involvement with the Servis blogger programme and is an 8kg HydroDrive machine. This washing machine is meant to be perfect for families, so what better way for Servis to put it to the test than to let real parents put it through its paces and offer honest feedback?

The machine has lots of fancy features, but there are a couple of things I am particularly excited about. Firstly, I’m intrigued by the 12 minute cycle for lightly soiled items. I surely can’t be the only parent who suddenly realises at 10pm on a Sunday night that they haven’t washed any school uniform yet?

I am also feeling rather chuffed at the thought of owning a washing machine from a proper grown-up brand like Servis and not just one of those budget ranges with names you’re not sure how to pronounce. Servis has been around since 1929 so you feel like it’s one of those brands you can trust. It’s a treat – like having Heinz beans instead of Tesco basics.

I have one big unanswered question though – do I get it in black or white??


It’s a biggie of course. A large drum and an Allergy UK Seal of Approval is all fine and dandy, but everyone knows it’s really just about what it looks like.

Now instinct obviously – the sensible part of me that doesn’t want to be living in the early 90s surrounded by MFI black ash furniture – says white. White is simple, classy, functional:

Servis FG washing machineLooks nice right? The trouble is that my kitchen isn’t a sleek sea of white, it’s actually a sort of 1980’s inspired orange wood with a black cooker:

Servis washing machine

I can’t help but think that the black version actually looks awesome – like some sort of futuristic time machine – and might fit quite nicely:

Servis FG washing machine blackSo that’s my dilemma.

Black or white? Which would you choose?

Thank you to Servis for inviting me to be part of their blogger programme.




  1. Nikki Hayes
    1 October, 2014 / 10:46 am

    If there is ever a choice between black and white then black is always the correct answer :D

  2. Vicky Robinson
    1 October, 2014 / 11:21 am

    Black would probably go better with your cooker. I am not into “white goods” all my appliances are stainless steel so I would go for a silver option if the option was there, but in the absence of silver I would opt for black. It’s different and a lot more interesting.

    • Jo Middleton
      1 October, 2014 / 11:30 am

      Funny you should say that Vicky as there IS a silver option. Do you think I should throw that into the mix? I wasn’t sure it would blend terribly well with the cupboards…

      • Vicky Robinson
        3 October, 2014 / 1:25 pm

        Ooh silver! I would definitely go for it, but I am totally biased as all mine are stainless steel / silver and I love it – so futuristic, smart and you could always paint the cupboards…
        Seriously I don’t think it would clash though. I would go with silver or black def not white as that is too boring! All the best with deciding!

  3. 1 October, 2014 / 11:52 am

    Ours gets covered in free magnets from Innocent products so that’s always an option if the colour doesn’t work out.

  4. 1 October, 2014 / 11:53 am

    But I’m going team black for this one.

  5. Amanda Norwood
    1 October, 2014 / 4:37 pm

    I think the black one would look great in your kitchen.

  6. Jo
    1 October, 2014 / 5:55 pm

    hmmmm black

  7. 2 October, 2014 / 9:57 pm

    I know this is going to sound really sad but I love a new washing machine!! That looks great…in black or white!

  8. Louise Mcnicol
    3 October, 2014 / 4:11 am

    Black for sure, glad I’m not the only one who judges white goods on their appearance! The more LED displays the better is my motto, I look really busy in the kitchen when lights are flashing and various gadgets are making noises – while I relax with a book.

    • Jo Middleton
      6 October, 2014 / 8:20 am

      Hi Claire, I asked Servis about this for you and they said ‘the brand has been around since 1929 but relaunched back into the UK market in 2012 after being bought by Vestel, the Turkish electronics manufacturer. Since then it has released a number of white good products which continue to have the Servis brand longevity.’ Hope that helps!

      • Vicky Robinson
        12 October, 2014 / 6:49 pm

        Yes the first time I heard that Servis had gone bust was right after I took delivery of my fridge freezers in Feb/Mar 2009. I phoned up to register the appliances for the first year guarantee – only to be told that they were in liquidation! They only lasted 3 years too!

  9. 4 October, 2014 / 1:57 pm

    totally choose black, it will match the cooker and work better with your drawers I reckon! x

  10. 5 October, 2014 / 10:44 pm

    Oooh I have to say the black one does look very stylish and chic although in mini washing machines are always white – it is a hard decision. We just got a new washing machine -white with a blueish sort of door, although it’s sort of hidden so really didn’t matter so much what colour it was

    Laura x

  11. 10 October, 2014 / 1:03 pm

    I’d usually say white, but I think the black would be best because of the colour of your oven. Either way, they’re pretty impressive looking!

  12. Vicky Robinson
    12 October, 2014 / 6:50 pm

    What did you choose in the end?

    • Jo Middleton
      13 October, 2014 / 9:37 am

      I’m going to go with black :-)

  13. Vicky Robinson
    13 October, 2014 / 12:28 pm

    Awesome! :-)

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