Sharp moves beyond TVs, releases first washing machine to Australia

You probably know the Sharp name for big screen tellies, sewing machines, and even a juicer or two, but did you know the company did washing machines?

Overseas, Sharp has had quite a few washing machines, manufacturing the whitegood since 1987, but locally, we’ve seen nada.

This week, though, that changes, as the local arm of Sharp releases the ESV80HA, an 8 kilo-capable front loader with 14 wash programs, temperature settings, child lock, and a super speedy mode.

“Sharp wanted to deliver a powerful performing washing machine that combined flexible washing functions, time saving programs and ecological efficient options,” said Mark Beard, National Marketing Manager for Sharp in Australia.

The super quick rapid wash takes advantage of Sharp’s “TwinJet” technology which sends detergent water through two nozzles as it recirculates, effectively using less water than the “big tank of water and detergent” approach most washing machines tank.

Meanwhile, sensors are also in place to pick up when a smaller load is in the washing machine, with the “eco-logic half-load” system changing the wash time based on how much you’re washing at the time.

Pricing for Sharp’s first washing machine comes in at $759 RRP, though from what we’re seeing already, street price is lower, with availability across Australia now.


  1. I bought the machine from Masters on 20-2-2015. It broke down in less than 4 months on 6-6-2015 which was a long weekend. I called the service center and the they sent someone on Tuesday 9-6-2015. He checked the machine and informed me that he will order the part and come back when he receives it. “Maximum by Monday the 15th” he confirmed. I’m writing this review on 23rd and the part is still not received! I have 4 family members and we spent 3 weekends without a washing machine. I called the service center more than 4 times and all what they say is that the part is on its way! I don’t live in Regional area. I live 20 km away from Melbourne CBD! Even if it was sent on a horse, it should’ve been received by now!

    I didn’t have enough budget so I preferred a new Sharp over any other used brand to make sure that I don’t go through this hassle. Unfortunately, that was a bad decision.

    My advice is never to buy from Sharp. Their customer service is the worst compared to other brands. Spend some extra and get LG or Samsung. The inconvenience you will face if it breaks down is not worth saving some dollars.

    If your budget is not enough, go for a used LG/Samsung and you are still better off.

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