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We originally bought this dishwasher as part of a matching set with a fridge freezer and a washer drier. The only reason we got it is because we got a washer drier and so there was a space for it! I have to admit that it was me that pushed for it because I despise washing up, but I also have to admit that it was probably a waste of money really because we just don't use it enough. I know some people swear by their dishwashers, but I think they can end up being more trouble than they are worth.
We were immediately drawn to it because of the colour. The graphite is a really nice colour (well as nice as a shade of grey can be) and it looks modern and clean without being too sterile as I think some silver things can be.
It has lots of things that make it seem really good; the top shelf is adjustable so that you can fit larger items in. It is very big inside and there is plenty of room for everything. There are 6 programmes and 5 temperatures so you can change it to suit whatever it is that you are washing. It has a good energy rating (A). It has a time delay setting so that you can set it going when you are not in the house and you don't have to listen to the racket it makes. It has an LED display that tells you roughly how far along the cycle it is. It has a drying setting.
This is where the good things end though and some of these aren't actually that good anyway. For example the drying function does absolutely nothing that leaving the stuff in the drier to drain naturally does and, in fact, it is probably a disadvantage because it ends up using more power! The LED display is a bit o a gimmick as well because it doesn't actually tell you how long is left (as Hotpoint would have you believe), but it just tells you which stage you are at, without telling you how long any of the stages last.
There are other problems with the machine too. The main one is that it doesn't actually do the job that it is intended for. The amount of times we have had to wash things after they have come out of the machine is unbelievable, especially considering that we hardly ever use it any more. My husband actually almost washes things before he puts them in, which obviously defies the point of it. We have also found that the machine keeps telling us that it needs salt after every single use even though the salt is supposed to last a lot longer than one use.
The main problem though, and it is one that i have discovered since researching this review, is that there is actually a product recall on this version because there has been a problem with 'a component that catches fire' on the machine which is quite frightening. I hadn't heard this before but have found that ours is one of the products affected. I can only assume that it is because we hardly ever use it that we have had no problem - so apparently the fact that it is pretty rubbish has saved us a lot more trouble. In the meantime I'll be getting someone from Hotpoint out to repair it as they state they will.
So I definitely do not recommend this product, even if you inherit it or can get a cheap second hand one, don't bother.
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I bought this Hotpoint FDW60 in 2006, along with their FFA97 Fridge/Freezer and WD640 Washer/dryer. They are all in a matcing silvery graphite colour that suited my kitchen perfectly.
After 6 years use, this dishwasher is still doing the business - and it gets used every day at least. The only thing that is starting to wear out is the cutlery basket, through which cutlery sometimes slips through, but that's my fault for not putting sharp knives in the designated holders on the side of the basket; over the years the knives have worn away the base of the basket. In any case, these are only £5 to replace.
There are 6 settings with a half-load button too. I tend to flit between Normal 40deg and Intensive 65deg.
The filters are easy to clean.
My one small gripe - in common with other brands, I find the flap for releasing the dishwasher tablet sometimes gets stuck, and you end up having a wash cycle without using the dishwasher tab. It is very occasional, and again it might just be that I'm not loading the tablet in correctly.
Otherwise, a decent dishwasher that is still doing the job after over 6 years use!
This machine was a great disappointment as it replaced a previous hotpoint machine that had lasted for years. This machine has difficulty washing any dishes that have not been throughly rinsed. Any remnants on dish, plates, cutlery, etc remain attached and dried into the objects. The cutlery basket that comes with the machine is awful as knives, fork handles and tea spoons easily slip through the sides and bottom of the basket and stop the washing arm from turning and cleaning the dishes and this is a major problem with the machine in my opinion as it stops the machine from cleaning properly and I have had to rewash by hand lots of dishes. This problem defeats the purpose of having the machine. You constantly have to refill the salt and rinse aid compartments compared to my last machine. I would seriously not recommend buying this machine as you may have a lot of washing by hand to do.
i think this dishwasher is fantastic, i paid just under 200 for it when it was in the sale and think it is ont of the best things i have ever bought. there is only two of us in the house and it takes a few teas to fill it up so only switch it on every other day if that. I really do rate this product, it looks nice, its quiet and it quick. I must admit i only ever wash the dishes on the 40 degree quick and it gets everything clean first time, i cannot think of any downsides, oh a couple of times i have overfilled the machine and the spinning washing thing hasnt bee able to spin, but thats my fault. I cannot say that i would pay the price that stores such as comet now ask, i would wait for a sale, but if you can get one at a resonable price defo worth the money. As its a hotpoint you can extend the warrently to five years but to do so you have to ring a number and get a professional out to install and connect the pipes up...i know its rocket science us ordinary folk can't possible get that right can we...but i dare say they want more money, i didnt bother ringing! but a good machine and overall good quality.
This is a great dishwasher if you like frequent visits from the service man! I have owned mine for approximately 4 years. I choose it because my mother in law had a Hotpoint dishwasher which was circ 15 years old & still going strong. I also liked the streamline appearance, fairly plain front with not too much space given over to operating buttons & controls. As a dishwasher it functions very well on the long hot programme, but not so well if you are after economic or shorter washing cycles, tending to leave some items not cleaned. It breaks down with dependable regularity, our kitchen floor has been flooded several times and we have had a new thermostat, new spinning arm, two new door seals, new inner door, & two new pump motors. Hotpoint after care service is very good & engineers are normally able to call at least next day or on one occasion the same day. I thoroughly recommend an extended warranty once first year warranty expires!
You know the old joke of I dont need a dishwasher I have got the Wife.
I havent had one very long, a dishwasher I mean, and I must admit I used to think that by the time I messed around filling it up and sorting it out I could have done all the washing up by hand.
But I was very happy when my husband said about getting one even though by then two of my three children had left home - having said that though they are boomarangs and keep moving back!
Now though I wonder how on earth I managed without one.
We chose this one because it had all the settings and features that we thought that we would need.
I cant say how it was fitted but my husband who is no plumber, did it to the instructions and it didn't take long at all and all done very calmly!
Intensive - very dirty dishes and pans. The machine will pre wash with hot water at 40 c then go up to 65 c, 2 cold rinses, 1 hot rinse at 70 c and then dry This takes about 100 minutes
Normal - Just your ordinary standard daily wash up. Washes at 55c, cold rinse, hot rinse at 70c and dries. Takes 85 minutes
Eco - Environmentally friendly cycle with low energy consumption levels suitable for normally dirty pans and dishes. 2 cold pr washes. wash at 45 c hot rinse at 65c and drys. This takes 140 minutes
Fast - economic and fast cycle to be used for slightly dirty dishes. Run cycle immediately after use. Short wash at 40c and hot rinse at 62 c 25mins
Pre-wash - Preliminary wash cycle for dishes while awaiting completion of the load with the dishes from the next meal. Short cold wash to prevent food from drying onto the dishes 12 mins
Delicates - Special cycle to be used for more delicate items which are sensitive to high temperatures. run cycle immediately after use. Wash at 50c rinse at 45c hot rinse at 65c and dry 98mins.
I use mostly the normal wash.
Cleaning is a must. If it is not clean this really does affect your wash
Inside you will find like a cup that food gets trapped in. You have to empty this.
To make sure the dishwasher works properly you do have a few musts.
The detergent goes into a little container on the inside of the lid. I use Finish powerball now but will try others. They do sound expensive at about £6 for 28 but for me these would last 28 days so it isnt too bad. There are always offers on these.
You also need dishwasher salt. The machine comes with a cup like thing for easy putting in. If like us you have hard water you do tend to use that little bit more salt than with soft water. You know when the salt is low as a light will flash.
The only other thing you need is a rinse aid. This goes into a little slot near where you put the tablet. It is a liquid and costs about £1.50. Here again a light flashes if you need topping up. This rinse aid is what makes the dishes sparkle and makes the machine dry it perfectly.
The next thing you need to think about is how best to put your dishes in the machine. I thought I would never get the hang of it but after a week I did everything automatically.
You can wash most things in your dishwasher but of course there is always going to be something you cannot.
Cannot put in the dishwasher
Cutlery and tableware made from wood or part wood as they may become faded and unsightly in looks
Avoid horn handles and bronze cuttlery
Delicate/decorative glassware and vases, specially antique or something you really value.
Plastic objects that are not resistant to hot water
Copper and pewter utensils and anything aluminium and silver.
Loading the dishwasher
You have an uper and lower rack with a separate basket for the cutleruy
The upper rack is for the lighter dishware such as glasses, coffee and teacups, soup bowls anything small and dont get too dirty. you face them face downward.
The lower rack is for plates, pots pans and lids. But of course this can vary so that you get the whole lot in.
I cannot fault this dishwasher.
You must keep an eye open though to make sure that there is plenty of salt and rinse aid in it or you will have smeary glasses.
Otherwise definitely recommend this.
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i remember when dishwashers came on to the market how expensive they are and now how cheap they are, i purchased the hotpoint dishwasher a while ago , when i first purchased it i used all the time and used various detergents which i might add cost a lot of money, then i found it takes so long to load and unload that i went back to washing up , i now only use my dishwasher when i have guests round. dishwashers are said to be good for cleaning as you cant wash up yourself in the water that hot so in this respect are very good but i find it very time consuming. the other problem i found was trying to fit everything in so i found my self doing a couple of loads. on the happy note though it as never broken down and as thesaying goes comes out on special occassions.
Do not buy this machine. The cutlery basket is feeble and holes will very quickly appear in the bottom, allowing your cutlery to fall through and stop the bottom tray sliding in/out. It needs copious amounts of salt and rinse aid even when 3-in-1 tablets are used. Drying is below average and usually incomplete. It is too easy to bump up against the buttons and accidentally change what the machine is doing. Sometimes it gets confused and refuses to enter any programme - you have to give it a couple of minutes to compose itself so that it will then accept a programme! The drain pump on our machine failed after just 3 and a half years. We chose Hotpoint because our previous Hotpoint machine was a marvel - solid and completely dependable throughout 17 years of hard use. The name of Hotpoint does not stand for what it used to, I fear. Am I alone in this view? No. Look at any review site and you will find similar comments about this vendor.
I have had this dishwasher now for about 6 months. Delivery was very swift and the Hotpoint man arrived when he said he would (always a major bonus). He was friendly and helpful and plumbed the machine in for me and took all the rubbish away with him! The machine works really well and is nice and quiet too. Actually it is so quiet that when we first had it my partner and I were not sure if it was actually on and we both stood (comedty fashion) bent over with our ears near the machine! The machine has lots of different settings including normal, pre-wash (very useful for very dirty dishes) and intensive. It also (very importantly) has an ECO wash which uses less electricity and less water. It also has a delay start option.
I understand the machine comes in the usual white or silvery grey (which is the colour I have as it matches the Hotpoint Fridge also in our kitchen)
I've had the dishwasher since 2005 when I first moved into my new home. The main reason I chose it was colour and the price. It cost me £226 from Tesco with free delivery and because I ordered my washing machine at the same time and spent £500 I got 10,000 extra clubcard points.
I suppose that I am lucky to have a kitchen large enough to take a dishwasher of this size - we certainly wouldn't have gotten one of these in our old kitchen as there wasn't even room for the washing machine there either! The builders had left a standard size gap either side of the kitchen sink so that the washing machine and dishwasher could slot straight in.
My kitchen colour scheme is black, white, chrome and red so I wanted a dishwasher in silver or grey to at least go some way to matching the colour scheme. What annoyed me the most when shopping around at places like Argos, Curry's and Comet was that you'd pay around £30 more for any appliance in silver than you would for the standard white one. Why?? But anyway, Tesco was the cheapest for this dishwasher by about £50.
So why do I like it?
Well, aside from the obvious benefit of clearing away is so much easier after a meal these days I like the features and the look. I also like the fact that it is energy efficient and that it uses less water than other models that I looked at. (This is an important consideration when you pay over £1.50 per cubic metre of water on a meter).
When I looked inside the dishwasher the tablet holder is located on the inside of the door at the top. You just place the tablet in and fold the flap back up until you feel it click and that's it. It's easy to top up the salt too as you just pull out the bottom tray, lift up the cover and pour in. A green light also displays on the front panel when you need to top up so you don't have to remember. A green light will also warn when rinse aid is low but as I use tablets that already have this in then I ignore this light but it can be annoying!
The dishwasher has 6 settings ranging from half load, Eco to full load and you can also do a pre wash if you want to and also you can delay the start of the wash if you want to but I haven't used that function yet.
The racks inside are adjustable height wise so if the top rack is too near the top of the dishwasher you can just take it out and slot it back in a little lower down. I did this with mine to allow me to get my pint glasses in.
It takes 12 places settings and has a cutlery tray on the bottom rack. It also has a useful rack on the top tray to lay things such as egg slices and other utensils on. The plate rack on the bottom rack also fold down so if you don't need to stack as many plates in the dishwasher but need to put a roasting pan in there then you can by just folding down the plate rack.
I tend to use the Eco wash most often and with a 24 place dinner service I tend to only need to put the washer on once or twice a week on average.
One word of warning though - I put a wooden chopping board in there and apprently this is not good. I didn't know because I hadn't read the instructions properly. The board came out with a split down the centre and a friend of mine said that putting wooden utensils in hers had damaged her dishwasher.
Energy efficiency class 'A'
Energy consumption 1.05kWh/cycle
Cleaning performance class 'A'
Drying performance class 'A'
Water consumption 18 litres
Estimated annual energy consumption 231kWh/year
Estimated annual water consumption 3,960 litres
Size (H)85, (W)60, (D)60cm
Maximum number of place settings 12
6 programmes including: Quick wash, Eco wash, Normal wash, Intensive wash, Prewash, Delicate wash.
5 temperature settings
Half load top basket
Height adjustable top basket
Fold down plate racks
Salt and rinse aid refill indicators
Water hardness adjuster
Wash phase indicator lights
Up to 12 hour delayed timer
2 in 1 tablets can be used in this appliance
3 in 1 tablets can be used in this appliance
Noise level 49dB
Price range - £235 - £290
Available from - Argos, Tesco, Comet, Currys
Firstly, this was delivered straight from manufacturer, and this product arrived at the time they said. I have had the machine for about a month and it has worked extremely well. it has a variety of different types of wash settings 6 including normal, delicate, pre-wash and intensive, and fast - which works well, and ECO which works well on a lower temperature - and it also has a half load option. Also the machine has four different times which you can delay the start to.
Silver grey in colour for us it looks great in our kitchen. It is also much quieter than the dishwasher we had previously.
One downside for us is that I can't get our wine glasses into it, and I have not tried the delicate option yet
Written by my wife
When my whirlpool dishwasher went bang on Christmas day 2005. I decided to buy a new. So I went into town on Boxing Day and after only being in one store I spotted this Hotpoint dishwasher and as all my other appliances are Hotpoint my mind was made up. I got it for £199.99 which was £60 less.
A long week later of doing dishes it arrived 9 o clock in the morning which is good service. The delivery man plumed it in and tested it he said it was fine and left.
The instruction manual is very simple to understand. If you didnt have the manual you could easily work the dishwasher. I didnt have many dishes just some breakfast ones which only took up the top shelf. So I read the manual. First you have to switch the dishwasher on then choose your programme by using the programme button then select any other options half load or delay start.
I decided to use half load with the fast wash as the dishes werent very dirty. Half load only uses enough water for the top shelf. Delay start can be 3, 6, 9, 12 hours.
The programme times vary:
Intensive takes 2 hours.
Normal takes just over an hour
Eco 2 hours
Fast 26 mins
Prewash 12 mins
Delicates 92 minutes
I usually use prewash and then normal to save me having to use intensive wash.
I usually do 2 washes a day as Im a hairdresser and have my clients coming to my house with all the cups and dishes I can easily have two loads a day. This dishwasher is quiet, gets the dishes clean and a great time saver. I would defiantly recommend this to anyone who wants a dishwasher.
Designed to the highest industry standards this Hotpoint freestanding dishwasher is easy to programme, features 12 place settings, 6 wash programmes, an energy rating of A, wash rating A, dry rating B, and the unique Hotpoint Click Clack Basket System / Hotpoint recognise that the kitchen is the heart of the home and influences the smooth running of your life and this dishwasher is sure to help make your home that little bit more harmonious / Short name: Hotpoint FDW60