Product Type: Kenwood Hotpoint Dishwasher
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Such a good addition to the family you'll end up giving it a name (just me?!)
Member Name: Holland1
Advantages: Small, compact, ideal for couples, efficient, performs well, good looking!
Disadvantages: Might be too small for larger families
I'd never owned a dishwasher before we purchased this one, but was made up when my other half told me we finally had space in the kitchen leading to a cold water feed (the words every girl wants to hear!) so we would be able to fit in a slimline dishwasher.
Our kitchen isn't massive and we already had lots of appliances, so we were only looking for a slimline dishwasher as we couldn't fit in a full sized one. Also, there's only two of us in the house, so our logic was that the bigger the dishwasher space, the lazier we would become and so we opted for this one as it was a perfect size for us - big enough to get rid of the day's dishes without them hanging around the kitchen, but not so big that we would use every item of crockery in the kitchen to fill it.
I have to say this is a very nice looking dishwasher, we weren't specifically looking for a silver one but it was on offer (Currys or Comet I can't remember which) so we only paid just over £200 for it. I think it was around £225 and my fiancé and his dad struggled to get it in the back of the car to avoid delivery charges (those of you who are getting to know me will know just how tight I am!). At the time the full price was about £275. I loved the front panel as it's free from dials and buttons, and just has a small LED panel which displays length of dishwashing cycle etc. It looks really clean, and the buttons you use to choose which function are all hidden at the top of the door (the door opens from the top) so it's very neat and tidy. I even went so far as to give him a name (not sure I should have revealed this but he does work hard and make life easier for us so he's almost like a pet now!)
It seemed fairly simple to install but then my man is a bit of whizz at this kind of thing so it took him seconds, whereas if I'd been left alone with the instructions I might have struggled. In no time we were up and running, and since then we haven't looked back. The appliance is very efficient (it's A-rated) and has an economy wash on it for items that aren't too dirty. The full wash takes a couple of hours but you don't always need to use this, if there's nothing too dirty or you've rinsed beforehand, you can put it on a quicker wash which is just over an hour and a half.
The dishwasher has several functions, but in all honesty we only use 3 - the full wash which we use when we've got pans with baked on pasta sauce or messy items, the economy wash which is if we've just got mugs and a few plates we've had dry food such as sandwiches on, and the glass cycle which we use once in a blue moon to clean all our glassware. The only problem I find with glassware is that it does need to be washed on its own or with other stuff that isn't too dirty, otherwise it just won't clean properly and you'll end up with bits of food caked onto your glasses.
I've read through some of the other reviews for this item, and the issue with the top not being tall enough to hold glasses. In all honesty I haven't found this a problem, but I do mainly use small-ish tumblers, and I handwash wine glasses because I'm paranoid about them breaking. I tend to place glasses lying down and there are rails to hold them in place so they don't break, so it hasn't really been a problem.
The top shelf is adjustable, and you'll probably need to adjust it if you have standard sized plates otherwise the blade that goes round when it's in cleaning action will hit your plates repeatedly. I've not had any breakages so far but if you're in the same room you'll end up wanting to stick your head in the oven because it's really annoying. I've got some slightly smaller dinner plates that fit in fine, but the bigger ones need a bit more height.
The dishwasher has a drying function but the dishes never come out completely dry (not sure I'd expect this of any dishwasher though really). We just tend to open the door at the end of the cycle and let the air get to the dishes to dry them off. The dishwasher is reasonably quiet, apart from when it hits items if you've not stacked it well, and it does have a bit of a mad spell at the beginning when it's getting into its flow. After this you don't really notice it's on.
Some people might find this dishwasher too small, but I think you just get very creative in how you stack it. We tend to find that the top shelf can fit mugs, glasses, long knives & utensils (lying flat), baking trays and the Wok, and the bigger pans and bowls go on the bottom tray alongside the plates. It doesn't fit that many plates in despite the number of places for them, because if they're too close together they don't clean as well, so I tend to just leave a gap between each one.
This dishwasher is really easy to use, you simply open the door and press the power button to turn it on, then you keep pressing until you reach the cycle you want to use. Once you get to know the cycles you just do it automatically without checking the screen. The little screen on the front displays the length of the cycle in hours and minutes, and then counts down which is useful as you can see how long is left when you've put your only cheese grater in there and you need it to make Saturday night nachos! (you can actually interrupt the dishwasher at any time but for some reason I don't like doing this)
The panel on the front also flashes warnings such as the dishwasher needing salt or rinse aid. We just keep a stock in the cupboard and then top it up when we see the lights flashing. If you look after this dishwasher it will perform very well for you. I would say it's ideal for couples or small families, but larger families might struggle with the size and need something larger.
Summary: My faithful friend
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