Product Type: Casdon Fancy Dress
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Casdon 476 Toy Hotpoint Electronic Washer
Member Name: masterchef98
Casdon 476 Toy Hotpoint Electronic Washer
Advantages: Entertaining, easy to use, looks great
Disadvantages: Just not as exciting as the real thing
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.
Summary: I would thoroughly recommend it.
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