==Hotpoint Electronic Toy Washing Machine==
In the world of toy's today (different to when even I was young! Only about 10 years ago!) there are many role play toys designed to introduce the world of household at a very young age to kids. Many iimitation toys such as toy washing machines, cookers, vacuum cleaners & even fridges & dishwashers are available, along with other items like cash registers, shopping trolleys & post offices you can buy too. When I was little I had a toy washing machine, a cooker, plenty of toy vacuum cleaners & several cash registers! Bearing in mind I had loads of toys to play with, I did spend several hours a day playing them. As I grew up I gave some of my toys away & sold most on the Car Boot (& made money too!) I was also just old enough to have a toy Henry Vacuum Cleaner (when they were first launched in 2007) & I still have it! It is one of my collectors items & I will never give it away!
==How I got it==
I still remember the lovely sunny day in 2003 when me & my mum went into Index (an old retailer, like Argos but smaller) & started to order some items for our newly converted family room. We ordered some furniture, but we only had a few things as we went to Argos down the road afterwards, but the new Casdon range was new at the time & Argos did'nt have any of it so I persuaded my Mum to buy this Casdon Hotpoint Electronic Washing Machine, for me. I loved the washing machine we had in the house at the time before the LG came along, so I said this would let me have fun for hours aswell as learning what to do with a washing machine! Reluctantly my Mum brought it as it was only around £9 for an introductory offer, plus, it had flashing lights, a pull open powder drawer, rotating drum, wash basket, powder carton & plenty of buttons to press! I thought it was perfect! I got it home & immediately asked Dad to put in 3 x C Batteries (which are not required but needed) & used the machine for the first time. My experience of the machine could not have gone better! I loved the fact that you were able to pretend powder (a mini Persil Non-Bio box at the time, different now though) in to the drawer & put the clothes in. The 'Power' button glowed red when turned on & the 'Fill', 'Wash', 'Eco Wash' & 'Spin' buttons glowed green across the bottom. It was really nice to see this & it sounded exactly like my nans Hotpoint Aquarius washing machine when tested with each other! Me, (like most people) just loved the clothes spinning around & the noises it made! It sounded like some proper washer, with more realisitc sounds than any other toy washer of it's time!
==About the company behind it (Casdon)==
Casdon (formerly CB Casdon) was a company run by a man called Tom Cassidy, which started in 1944. They started off during the war as a toolmaker, only repairing vacuum cleaners in his spare time. The company originated from Blackpool. The company was named 'Cassidy Bro's' in 1946. They brought several premises in Blackpool in 1949 & hired 12 employees. Soon after in 1950 they introduced their first toy which was a clockwork speedboat, & carried on until the mid 1980's selling & making boys toys such as cars & snooker tables. They also sold girls toys like dolls, prams & the all famous Hypertills. In the 1980's Casdon started to make imitations of toys from famous brands such as Hoover, Beldray, Rowenta, Creda & Hotpoint. In 1998 they lauched the child version of the Dyson DC01 vacuum cleaner & still make Dyson vacuums today, even the ones with a ball! It's pretty much the same these days but they continue to make toys & they even now trade in countrys like Africa & Japan!
Well, this toy keeps the kids quiet, has plenty of features, with the flashing lights, opening drawer, the spinning drum, the washing powder carton, the wash basket & the brilliant build quality. Oh, that's another thing I forgot to mention, the build quality. It is brilliant! I've used this on a regular basis (well, not so much as I got older anyway, but, you know what I mean!) & it has lasted well. Hardly any visible damage to the machine, like no scratches or marks. It has a nice finish, a lovely Silver & Graphite finish. which does stand out. Kids can copy Mum (or Dad!) & pretend to do their own washing, & then hang it out, or re-wash it again!
There are a few disadvantages to this product as their is with any product really! The toy washer needs 3 x C Batteries to operate, but a good side to this they do take a long time to run out. Also you cannot put water in the toy washer, unlike some Miele or AEG toy washing machines. This does make a safer & more fun play too, as the clothes get spun around faster than the machine, which is better fun for the kids!
This machine has lasted over a brilliant part of 9 & something years because of it's usage & minimal damage, along with still keeping the original bits & bobs that came with it too! The Persil washing powdfer carton does not come with it now, as it is a cheaper version which is just as nice! For all the price of about £14.99, this machine is well worth the fact your kids might get years worth of play from it. It's just litterally worth it's weight in gold!
==Thanks for Reading==
A few weeks ago I started worrying about my 18 month old son's fascination with laundry and our washing machine. Although the sooner he starts on the housework the better as far as I'm concerned, his insistence on shutting the door of the washing machine every time he put something in or took it out did leave me feeling physically sick at the inevitability of his fingers getting shut in it.
Hence I started a mammoth trawl of the internet with the intention of purchasing him his own washing machine to distract him from mine. I discovered that there seem to be two types; battery powered ones like this which are very small, about 30cm high and seem best sat and played with, and larger wooden ones which are more realistically sized for a toddler but don't 'do' anything.
Although I'd orginally imagined something bigger I couldn't resist the realistic sounds and movements and decided to purchase the Casdon washer for £20 with free delivery from Amazon. This isn't very widely available although other shops such as Toys R Us do stock it, prices varied from £20-£25 but as Amazon had free delivery it was cheaper (not to mention the Amazon vouchers I had saved up towards next Christmas - oh well, at least I get to another review). Other toy shops (eg. ELC, Argos) do their own versions, these are cheaper at £12-£15 but seem to be slightly smaller and come in toy colours (blue or pink generally) rather than a realistic grey.
Unfortunately the toy washer has done nothing to curb my son's enthusiasm for the real thing, it seems he would prefer to put pegs in my washing machine, shut the door and press the buttons that don't do anything as its turned off at the plug than play with a powered up toy. Having said that he does enjoy playing with his washing machine when the real deal is out of sight. The drum is not as small as I imagined from other reviews, we've stuck to putting socks in but can fit 4 pairs easily along with a wash liquid ball.
The machine takes three C batteries and to use it you press the power button, then can choose from 'Fill' (glugging water noises), 'Wash' (whirring and drum turning), 'Eco Wash' (whirring and drum turning, presumably not for as long) or 'Spin' (faster whirring and drum turning). My son quickly worked out that he has to press the power button first to make it work, once he's set it going he does like to open and close the door repeatedly - this interrupts the programme but it starts again where it left off without him having to press all the buttons again.
I've never turned the washing machine off at the power button but never noticed it being on when he's not playing (there is a red light) so presumably it turns itself off quite quickly when there is no input.
It comes with a little washing basket that fits inside the washing machine to keep it safe when not in use, and a cardboard wash powder packet which we don't use as I don't wash with powder so I gave my son a washing ball instead.
There is a handle on the back which turns the drum manually if the battery runs out and you aren't stocked up with C's to replace them.
This is a very well thought out and made washing machine. It is very realistic and lots of fun although as is the case with young children my son has spent a lot more time playing with the big Amazon box it (and the cooker I bought at the same time and am saving for later) came in which has been turned into a playhouse.
My son has always loved my washer especially turning the dial to alter my cycle so when I spotted a toy washing machine at a car boot for £1 I thought he would love it.
The washer I bought was a Hotpoint replica that is available at Amazon £17.99 with free supersaver postage. It's RRP. is £20.
It is silver, 30cm high and has a spinning drum which is operated by 3 c cell batteries as well as has a handle on the back which can be used to manually spin the drum.
It does come with a packet of soap powder a washing basket but this was not included at the boot sale
The drum itself is relatively small but is adequate to wash a pair of socks. My son does put various items to see how they wash and heavy items and large items do open the door. Is easy to wipe out as I have learnt when my son decided his Weetabix needed a wash .The soap dispenser draw does open but I discourage my son from doing his as I dread to think what items would end up in there. To operates simply push the power button then select the cycle. There are four cycles: fill, wash, eco wash and spin .Each button has somewhat realistic sound effects. It does have lights that light up to highlight power on and which cycle the machine is on.
The washer is recommended for three years and over. I think this may be down to the programming sequencing needed as there are no small parts to swallow. My son is two and has owned and played with this toy for six months and can need prompting to press the power button prior to the cycle button but otherwise plays happily with it.
The handle on the back is removable but too fiddly to slot back in.
I have never had to change the batteries but has been used regularly so doesn't suck the life out of batteries like many items.
My son does love this toy and I do hope hat this is the beginning of training him to be an independent man who is capable of doing his washing when his mommy or girlfriend are not around. I will add it has not stopped him wanting to play with my washer.
I would recommend this toy for both pre school boy and girls
This toy washing machine was donated to my daughter's pre-school where I also worked so we had plenty of use for it on a day to day basis, playing with the children.
It is quite small at just 30cm high x 25cm width approximately and again like all these types of toy, to make it work properly you need 3 x C batteries. These are not included when you buy it and will cost another wodge of money on top of the recommended price of just under £20. If we had not had this donated to the pre-school then I doubt we would have paid this much for it, even though it does look smart.
It comes with a small washing basket and a cardboard box of powder (which is actually empty - thank goodness!). The kids at pre-school really did enjoy taking doll's clothes and putting them in the machine. The drawer opens to put the soap powder in and then with a swicth of the button it makes sounds as though it is filling up with water. The drum then goes round and round and eventually it will spin (just slightly faster than normal) and the wash will end.
I am sure you can imagine how quickly the batteries will be used up with this, although it does still have an appeal without the batteries for the children at pre-school and they seemed happy enough to play with it.
I think it could have done with being slightly larger in order to fit a larger wash load inside, although the bigger it is the more battery power it will need so maybe it is fine like it is, except for the price tag.
Taken from the Hotpoint Metals Collection this carefully scaled electronic version features spin and washing sounds, spinning drum, on/off light, opening powder drawer, wash basket and Persil carton.