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I have owned a Hotpoint dishwasher for 12 years with a four month gap earlier this year when I made the mistake of buying a brand new Indesit. I won't bore you with the Indesit saga, save to say that in 4 months we had the man out 4 times, we had had the motor replaced once and a brand new l;aminated floor flooded three times! After this I demanded a full refund. With cash in my hand I trotted off to our local Tempo to choose a new one. Hotpoint had done me proud before. I looked up the original receipt of my old Hotpoint, which had been top of the range, and discovered that I had paid £475 for it twelve years ago. Amazing isn't it, how things come down in price!! I decided that I could manage without the top of the range model and plumped for the DWF 30. Looks: It is a nice design. There are a couple of colour choices but I went for the plain white. It has a simple push button control panel with warning lights for the rinsaid and salt.Everything is very smooth,with rounded edges. I was pleased to see that Hotpoint had not hugely changed the outward appearance over the years as it stands next to my 5 year old Hotpoint washing machine. You can still see that they are the same make and look quite smart. Programmes: There are 4 programmes, which should be enough for most people. 1. Pre wash/soak 2.quick wash 3.economy wash 4.normal wash The normal wash is at 65 degrees, which is what the super was was on my old model, so I think they have covered everything. The longest wash is approx 50 minutes and the shortest about half an hour. Inside: It is a twelve place setting, with two grey baskets and cutlery basket. It looks very smart- the advantage to grey is that you don't end up with stained , grotty tomatoey baskets like you can get sometimes with the white ones! Yes, I know you are supposed to rinse off the bits of sauce first, but surely you
might as well hand wash them?!! The bottom rack has an interesting feature in that the plate holders at the back will fold down flat out of the way, so that you can put large pans/ casseroles etc in without damaging the prongs. Years of use will bend them and two eventually snapped off in my old one. It was going strong apart from that! It has an adjustable height upper basket and a concealed element. There is a new stainless steel mesh filter. This is the easiest filter I have ever had to clean. It comes apart completely and fairly easily so you don't end up with bits stuck inside!! There are an upper and lower spray arm. Quality of wash: Brilliant! I cannot fault it, even with cheapo powder.The glasses absolutely gleam and there is no streaking. Baked on casseroles do not give it a problem. Economy: It has a B rating and will use less electricity than some! Noise: One of the quietest I have used. I wholeheartedly recommend this super dishwasher to you.
They sparkle, they shine, they glisten, no… I’m not talking about female rugby players after a hard match, but my dishes of course ! Some of you may have read my article where my husband enticed me into purchasing a dishwasher from Comet. No… he really did talk me into it. This is a review of the model we eventually decided to purchase and I hope it assists you in purchasing a similarly sparkly friend. Now you may recall that I have three children and some of you have already remarked that I surely don’t need a dishwasher when I have kids ! Now I can understand this comment and would agree with you to some extent, however, they have flaws. The dishes are either dropped, cracked or cling ominously to the dinner left overs. The children have school followed by homework and later bed, who does the dishes then ? We have two kittens who like to jump into the sink and investigate the dishes that are soaking. Taking all of this into account, hubby decided that a dishwasher was the answer. The model is the Hotpoint DWF30. I will start off by telling you that it is the lowest in the series and in specifications but more than adequate for a novice like myself. Having never been an owner of such a machine, but knowing that I was the only one who could set the video recorder, I felt confident that I could master this clever piece of equipment. The most obvious thing is that it needs to be plumbed in, hubby to the rescue, since we were assured that it could be done without expert assistance. There are two possible types of connection available and the one you use will depend on your setup. You can either connect the supplied hose directly to the standpipe so that all water goes straight into your drains or you can attach a waste disposal pipe to your existing u-bend under the sink. The latter option was the one we employed. The machine only takes in a cold water feed and heats it to the desired temperature. You also
need an electrical socket handy preferably within easy reach to allow you to unplug when not in use. Our first consideration was obviously the price, then came the ability to do the job as well as the overall look of the machine. It also had to fit into the space left by our old washing machine. Fancy gimmicks and controls were last on the list since all we wanted was a dishwasher !! For our £310 this is what we got :- A straight forward front panel with buttons for Normal Wash (65°), Economy Wash (50°), Quick Wash (35°) and a Pre-wash (no heat). The panel also included the on/off button, an End light and a Rinse Aid/Salt Refill light. This last light was one of the reasons that we chose Hotpoint since I am never likely to remember to add Salt and we live in a very hard water area. With the salt the machine is less likely to function for a sensible time without needing repairs. The only button I have failed to use is the pre-wash since I generally rinse the items under the tap before I put them in the washer so that I don’t clog up the filter. If you leave the dished in the machine for a few days a pre-wash is recommended. I should at this point mention that I have the 12 place setting size of machine which is just about adequate for the five of us when you are also washing pots and pans. The machine came with a free pack of Sun All-in-One tablets. These include the detergent and salt in one tablet that you insert into a compartment on the inside of the door. The rinse aid – sparkle enhancer – is also added in the compartment next door. You know when you’ve added enough rinse aid because the display turns black. So.. easy so far. The only draw back with using an all in one product is that my salt refill light is permanently lit since I haven’t actually put any salt (not table salt by the way) into the compartment in the base of the machine. If you live in a hard water area you can also add additional salt
to keep your machine in tip top condition. There is an upper and lower basket and both are quite spacious. The upper basket is used for cups, glasses, bowls, side plates etc. The lower basket is for dinner plates, pots and pans and larger items. There is a separate cutlery basket for your knives and forks and this has a handle allowing you to carry it to the cutlery drawer when the washing has finished. There is obviously a right and wrong way to load the machine and this comes with practice. Whatever you do, do not put bowls in the wrong way up otherwise they will be full of water at the end of the wash !! Another major reason that we chose this machine is the fact that it has a spray arm top and bottom and that the water heating elements are enclosed in the bottom of the machine. Many washers seem to spray water in from the sides and the elements are exposed allowing more wear and tear and possible electrical outages. The differences between this machine and the rest of this range are primarily timing abilities. The other models allow you to pre-programme when you want the machine to wash and tell you how long it is to the end of the wash. We didn’t feel that this information was of particular importance to us so saved the additional £40 ! Like all dishwashers there are certain items that should still be hand washed. These include wooden items – we now have two smaller chopping boards instead of one large one, bone handled cutlery, aluminium, decorative glass and non-heat resistant plastics. Most items these days tend to safe dishwasher safe if this is the case. In case you were wondering, the time it takes to do a wash – an approximate time for a normal wash is 90 minutes whereas a quick wash is around 50 minutes. I have found much more enjoyable things to do with my time saved and am extremely pleased with the results. We have washed practically everything we own (including some things
we shouldn’t have) and three weeks later the novelty still hasn’t worn off ! We are all chuffed to bits – especially the kids !
I have just moved house, and unfortunately have had to replace most of my kitchen appliances as my previous ones were integrated ones. I opted to have all Hotpoint models in my new kitchen, and after much deliberation in Comet, decided on the Hotpoint DWF30. It wasn't one of the cheapest models, but it certainly wasn't the most expensive. My last dishwasher had been an Electrolux - and I was very disappointed with it, the filter always got clogged up, and I couldn't tell when it was low on salt, and it was hit and miss whether the dishes would come out clean and sparkling. My new Hotpoint one is from the Aquarius range, it is a 60cm freestanding model, in all white. There is a choice of 4 programmes - Normal wash, Economy wash, Quick wash, and Pre wash. But one of my favourite features is the light up indicator that tells you when you need to replace both the salt, and the rinse aid. A useful sieve to enable you to get the salt into the machine easily is an added bonus. I have yet to have a clogged up filter - this one has mesh and is better designed. The dishes come out clean and sparkling everytime. I am happy with my purchase. I got a free extended guarantee worth £99.99 thrown in free (as we had spent over £1000 in total) - so it's well worth seeing what you can get if you are intending to purchase a few things together!!!
Short name: Hotpoint DWF30