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I've had this dishwasher nearly a year now, it was our first slimline dishwasher but has helped to save on space in my kitchen and looks much nicer than a full size one would - it's allowed me to squeeze other things into my kitchen which is on the small side but does a good job that I hate doing and saves me time. This particular model is a graphite colour which I believe seems to be the 'in thing' at the moment.
It still fits a fair amount of stuff in for a slimline dishwasher, the item description says 10 place settings, although on nights when the frying pan has been in use, it uses up half of the bottom rack so there is only limited space for other pans and plates. At the moment, there's only 2 adults using the dishwasher - some days it goes on more than once a day, sometimes it can skip a day if we've eaten out for tea for example. At Christmas, when there was four adults at the table and a lot of food and drink all day, it had to be used 3 times to wash all of the plates, cutlery, bowls, pans, cooking trays and glasses used throughout the day. I thought this was pretty good going for the amount of washing it had to do, although it was packed full!
The cutlery basket provided with the machine holds a fair few items, although beware you might need to manoeuvre the basket around the dishwasher depending on your cutlery - mine are too big to keep the basket in the normal place in the top rack as the rack won't slide back into the dishwasher as they hit the roof. Even my smaller cutlery have to be placed in at an angle when the basket is kept in the normal place so that does get a bit tiresome. It is also quite hard sometimes to put cooking trays in it, depending on size due to the way that the spikes on the racks are arranged on the bottom. Some of these spikes can be moved if desired but this means they aren't available to hold plates and glasses in place. The space between the rotor and the bottom rack isn't massive so you have to be very careful that when larger items like cooking trays are placed in that they don't knock it as you push the rack back into the dishwasher.
The cycles that it comes with are varied, eight in total, there is a speed option on it and that takes 25 minutes, this was the one I used when I first got the machine but I found it wasn't washing as thoroughly as I liked on really dirty items such as the frying pan after having eggs in. There is a half load option too incase you only want to wash a few items. It is good to have because sometimes if you go out and about a lot it might not get full for a couple of days - I don't like leaving dishes festering in there for very long.
I now use the normal wash and it takes 1 hour 50 minutes. The only issue is that you still need a tea towel handy because everything comes out still damp, sometimes dripping wet. If glasses aren't properly placed, they can fill with water and leave a residue on the bottom. Residue on plates can occur but I've found this is more likely to be down to the tablet used for washing - some of the more premium ones don't leave any marks when on the standard wash.
The dishwasher is extremely quiet when on any of the cycles, our kitchen is fairly close to the living room but I've never even noticed the noise in there whilst watching tv. It beeps when the cycle ends so you know that it's finished.
I'll be honest - with all the information out there about different types of dishwaser, you'd have thought we had a logical reason behind choosing this model. Instead, the main reasons we choose it was because it was grey (and matched our other kitchen appliances), it fitted in our allocated 'slot', and we knew the brand name to be decent enough from past experiences. This criteria immediately meant that we were limited with our selection, to three or four models and of those, we decided this was the best.
I bought this machine to fit in a small gap we have in our kitchen - which was great, but I had to drill a largert hole than expected due to the water softener being built into the water hose. this was a bit of a pain to be honest and had I havce realised I would've purchased a different model.
The dimensions are as follows:
Height (mm) - 850
Width (mm) - 450
Depth (mm) - 600
So it'll fit in the smallest of places, but as I say, watch out fo the space needed for the external water softener!
That said, this dishwasher is very quiet, I sleep above the kitchen and we were pleasantly suprised with the levels of noise - and slept through it's cycle.
There are 8 selectable programs, though what the differnece is between some of them is difficult to fathom: Intensive, Normal, Short time, Prewash, Eco, Speed, Delicate, Goodnight. The speed wash was disappointing - so disappointing, that the plates had to go through again on a normal wash. We also had a breakage (a pint glass) when we used the main wash - though there is a delicate setting which should've been more safe. I think the glass itself was to blame, as it was very thin.
Capacitiy wise, despite being slimline, this does holds two days worth of plates for a family of three. We used to have a problem that the old dishwaser would smell a bit, even when closed with a couple of days worth of plates stacked, but this seems to have a better seal and no odour escaped! There are apparently set places for ten place settings, though if you use your imagination and stack things correctly, there is some room for manouvere.
Price wise, it is a little expensive, which I tend to find with most Hotpoint products. I am hoping that the extra money we paid means it'll last longer, but we have only had ours a couple of months and time will tell on that front.
It is a very efficient peice of kit - as you'd expect, with class A ratings across the board, so if you are on a water meter like we are, this helps with the bills and is still a much easier option than doing the washing up manually!
If I had the space I would definately go for a larger model, as you can obviously go londer between washes. There is also plenty of competetion out there in the form of Zanoosi, Bosch and Whirlpool, so choose carefully.
If space is at a premium in your home, you need the Hotpoint Ultima SDD910G Slimline Dishwasher ! You can relax and put your feet up, safe in the knowledge that the dishwasher's doing all the hard work for you! Perfect programmes There are 8 programmes to choose from, so you can clean everything, from slightly mucky plates to baked-on trays! For the energy conscious, there's the Eco mode, whilst when you're in a rush you might want to use the Speed 25 programme, which can clean slightly dirty plates in as little as 25 minutes! It features adjustable racking too, so you can easily fit everything you need to wash into your dishwasher! High-quality hushed performance Thanks to the brilliant Goodnight cycle, you can expect quiet operation from the Ultima SDD910G / It's not going to disturb you while it's working, so whether you're catching up on some TV or on some sleep, you know your dishwasher won't bother you! Keeping you informed The Ultima SDD910G has a handy LCD screen that helps you know what your dishwasher's up to! You'll know how long your wash is going to take thanks to the time-remaining indicator / It'll also let you know when it needs attention with rinse and salt aid indicators, so you'll always be able to keep your dishwasher working well! With an A rating for energy efficiency, not only does the Hotpoint Ultima SDD910G look great and perform well, but also helps to cut down your energy consumption! Main features Type of construction Slimline Energy rating A Wash performance rating A Drying performance rating A Number of place settings 10 Colour / Finish Graphite Programmes Number of programmes 8 Number of temperatures 5 Programmes Quick wash, Intensive wash, Eco, Goodnight cycle Programme time Wash time (Quick wash): 25 minutes Wash time (standard wash): 155 minutes Time display Yes Delay timer 1-24 hours Display Electronic display LCD Rinse-aid indicator Yes Salt indicator Yes Features Adjustable rack Yes Adjustable top basket Dual space Cutlery basket Yes Adjustable water-softener Yes Overflow protection Yes Environment Noise level 47dB(A) Consumption per cycle 9.0 litres 0.92kWh Physical characteristics Dimensions (D)600 x (W)450 x (H)850mm Weight 39.5kg /