This is an excellent toy for preschool children. Ours has been thrown down the stairs, stood on, had beads put in it and had the door slammed shut loads of times, etc, and still works perfectly after 3 years of play. The batteries last for ages too. I would definetly recommend this toy as an essential for children as its tough, fun and uses their imagination. It has washing sounds, light up buttons for normal wash and fast spin cycle for different speeds, opening soap powder drawer, it shuts off when the door is opened and they can wind it up at the back so it turns around manually. Great fun.