“ Brand: Hotpoint / Capacity: 6 Kg / Power Source: Electric / Dryer Type: Home Dryer / Load Type: Front Loader / Design: Free-standing / Cycles: 2 Cycles / Energy Efficient: With Energy Efficient / Cool Down Feature: With Cool Down Feature / Overall Depth: 55 cm / Overall Height: 85 cm / Overall Width: 60 cm „
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We bought this tumble dryer a few years back, after we had to retire our rather aged Zanussi dryer. We opted for this dryer as it was a Hotpoint which is a reputable brand and was competitively priced.
The tumble dryer gets used more often than I would like, but the amount of rain that we get means it is nearly impossible to hang the washing out for a good air dry, especially in winter. Therefore I have to admit that this dryer has had to put up with a lot.
It's a front loading dryer, it's quite bulky and is also quite noisy, but it's a basic dryer so you can't expect too much from it.
When we initially bought the dryer, it worked great for the first few months but after that unfortunately we have had a few problems. These including bearings that needed replaced and the door handle also needed fixed. However these problems weren't too bad and were quite easy to fix.
I also found that there was quite a lot of fluff in the machine and dust can build up easily so it needs to be cleaned regularly.
To be honest if I had to choose again I would probably have spent a bit more and picked a more durable dryer. However for the price it's a decent enough dryer that gets the job done.
When I bought my house just over 7 years ago, my parents and my sisters clubbed together to get me a tumble dryer as a present. At the time, I was not convinced I would use it much, but over the years it has proved to be a very useful present.
Because it was a gift, I don't know what they paid or where from, and I certainly did not get to choose which model was bought for us.
As a family, we are loyal to the hotpoint brand for most appliances. In fact, it is only in the past year I have bought any other branded large appliance.
Coming from a family with 4 kids, and also living with my grandma, our appliances in my childhood home had to work hard to keep up with the lifestyle pace, and the hotpoint ones always met our expectations.
We have never had any room in the house to store the tumble dryer, so it has had to go out in the garage. Not because it is overly large, just because our kitchen is not that big, and it was better to have the more used machines in the house for easy access. It's dimensions are 85cm high, by 59.5 wide, and 55cms deep.
It has happily lived there in extremes of temperature, and shows no visible signs of ageing like rusting, and has remained dent free as it is nowhere near the kids.
It is a white appliance, with a front loading door. Upon opening the door, there is a removable filter underneath and it catches all the fluff and debris from the tumble dryer. It is quite efficient at this but I need to remember to empty it frequently as if it gets too full then some escapes and goes further inside the cavity in the machine.
Lint can be a big fire hazard in tumble dryers as it is a hot environment, and this material gets really dry. If there is even the slightest spark it could catch fire. A few times we have had to use something long and pointy like the end of a screwdriver to get out the lint that remains in the cavity. (Obviously, if doing this with a metal screwdriver, we remember to unplug the machine so we can't get an electric shock from it.)
It is a vented tumble dryer. We have run the vent out of the back of the garage so that any hot air is outside to minimise any condensation which might otherwise occur in the garage.
The machine has a 6Kg load capacity. The front panel is very simple on this model. It has a dial to set the time length that you want for your clothes. There is a button that can alter the heat setting from high to low. The final feature is the on button.
Opening the door stops the cycle. Otherwise it runs till the time allotted on the dial runs out. The maximum time setting is 120 minutes, which is a pretty long time to run.
On the front panel is also a list of recommended drying times for different weights of clothes. With experience, I pretty much know how long it will take so a set of bedding or a couple of pairs of jeans might take 45 minutes, whereas my towels will be nearer 70 minutes. I do have a couple of those energy saving balls floating around in the drum all the time. Sometimes I am really grateful it is out in the garage so I don't have to listen to the balls banging round.
It has a C energy rating which is pretty average even now for a tumble dryer. According to my online research it uses 3.94 kWh per cycle. This machine is a bit obsolete now in terms of new purchasing. I have seen a few on ebay between £30-40, and also there are spare parts to keep the machine going online on sites such as amazon.
It also has reverse drying action, which means that the drum can spin in both directions. This is said to make the clothes dry quicker, and with less creases so they don't require as much ironing. Personally I am lucky if I get back out to the garage to remember to get the washing out before the creases have gone back in, but there is a huge difference in creasing if it is removed while still warm, or if it has been sat all day and gone cool.
There is an almost identical model with the same features. The only difference is it has a slightly larger drum capacity. This is the hotpoint aquarius TVM570P, which is available for £189 at currys.
While I am not a heavy tumble dryer user like my mum was, I do always dry our bedding in it, and mostly towels and jeans. This summer has been pretty miserable so far so not much has made it to the line. I do use my indoor airers for most other things.
In all honesty, I am only so good at not using it because it costs money and involves going out with a basket of washing in all weathers. Not always convenient or safe to leave the kids indoors on their own while I sort washing out.
In 7 years this machine has proved reliable, and never had any faults requiring repair. Occasionally I will notice the drying time is getting longer than normal, and this is usually a sign that lint has slipped into the cavity. If you keep on top of maintenance though, this has been a good model for our family, and I would happily buy the equivalent model if I needed to replace it.
Having just reviewed my Hotpoint Aquarius washing machine, I thought I would follow it with a review of my matching tumble dryer. This does not get as much use as the washing machine, as I am aware of how unfortunately heavy on electricity dryers are! However, I have been using it long enough to share my views on it.
--The machine itself--
This dryer is incredibly easy to use. The only controls you have are the high/low heat button and the dial for selecting drying time. This is great, as there's no real need for any other options and this would only complicate. The dial is clearly marked, and easy to turn to the selected duration. The high/low heat button is a simple push button, depressed for low heat, elevated for high heat (clear pictorial instructions are beside the button). This is a reverse action dryer, meaning it changes direction during drying; this is pretty much essential (in my opinion) for a decent dryer, otherwise you have to manually move things around throughout the cycle to ensure even drying.
There is a clear and easy to read key on the front, indicating approximate drying times for certain weights of specific material types. Summarised, the drying times are as follows
Acrylics (up to 2Kg max) - 20 minutes minimum for 1Kg, 60 minutes maximum for 2Kg
Synthetics (up to 3Kg max) - 20 minutes minimum for 1Kg, 60 minutes maximum for 3Kg
Cottons (up to 6Kg max) - 20 minutes minimum for 1Kg, 100 minutes maximum for 6Kg
Of course these are approximate, and depend on the heat level used. Fully detailed drying times are displayed (for example, times for 1, 2, 3, 4Kg and so on).
This dryer has a handy cooling function, which means that you don't burn your fingers taking your washing out once it's finished. So long as you let the entire duration you selected run, if you end it manually it is very hot to the touch as it hasn't reached the cooling period yet.
The door, like the washing machine, is very wide and opens fully, lying flat against the machine. Brilliant for getting stuff in and out without having it banging against your elbow. The drum is huge and allows loads of space for things to move about during drying, aiding efficiency and faster drying times. The lint basket is located at the front of the drum so is easily removed for cleaning. You can also get your fingers or even a vacuum nozzle into the space where the basket slots, to remove even more fluff and stuff.
Lastly, this machine is near silent, all you get is a low hum and a click as it switches between directions. The noise created by this dryer does not interfere with anything in my life whatsoever.
--How I use it & what I think--
As I mentioned, I do not use my dryer all the time anymore. I used to, until we got a seriously massive (4 figure) electricity bill due to under estimates for the best part of a year! However, I do still need to use it at least once or twice a week. Usually to dry bedding or towels. I have a lot of washing to do day to day, and with no outside washing line I line dry indoors; towels and bedding are difficult to do this with when you have lots of regular clothes to hang up too.
A full load of bath towels will dry in around an hour (on high heat), my bedding (another full load) usually dries within 40 minutes, again on high heat. If I do dry my partners work clothes (very occasionally), they are generally dry after about 30-40 minutes as well, and are usually things like thick work trousers, jeans, thick cotton shirts and jumpers. Of course it is worth bearing in mind that drying times will be dependent on your washing machine spin speed as well, and are unlikely to be the very same for any two families.
Overall, I am very happy with this machine, and I can't personally think of any ways in which it could really be improved. Apart from perhaps a better energy rating (it is rated C), but this is par for the course with most tumble dryers; they use a lot of power and there's no getting away from that. It is simple to use, all the information you need to operate it is right there in front of you, and you have enough options for what any regular person/family will really need out of a tumble dryer. It is quiet, unobtrusive and easy to clean as well.
With a young family I find that I am probably washing clothes most days in this house and although I know that it is more environmentally friendly to dry clothes outdoors I would not be without my tumble drier for anything! For the last couple of years I have been relying on my trusted Hotpoint VTD00P which has done a fantastic job of drying all types and sizes of clothes. It was bought from Currys for only £159.95 including the vent which seemed pretty good value to me. You could spend up to about £300 on a Hotpoint drier so this is quite a basic model at the lower end of the range.
It is a standard size drier which will fit into a typical space under a unit. I definitely did not want to spend extra money on anything too complicated and this is definitely not that as it only has three controls. What could be easier than that? There is one button to press to opt for either low or high heat and there is a dial for you to select how long a drying time that you want. There is also the on or off switch. Therefore, luckily for me, it does not take a genius to operate it.
The drier is white and looks like any drier. The drum for putting clothes in seems on the spacious side and definitely bigger than the washing machine drum that they just come out of. I like the fact that it is so spacious as it gives plenty of space for the clothes to move around as the drum turns. It actually has a capacity of 6 kgs which I think is quite generous. The door is see through and opens at the front. It is quite easy to open and close and if you open the door while the drying is in process it automatically turns the drier off. However when you close the door you have to restart it by pressing the on switch. This is all very simple. Also it is worth mentioning that the door opens very wide to about 180 degrees. This is really useful for me as my washing machine is to the left of the drier and as the drier's door is hinged on the left, being able to open it so wide makes it much easier to transfer the clothes.
There is also a fluff filter that drops in a slot just inside the door. It is really important to remember to remove the fluff on a regular basis in order to avoid a huge build up which will make the drier less efficient. It is really surprising how much fluff that you will collect!
The drier has a C energy rating so I suppose you could say that it could do better. However, it becomes more efficient depending how you use it. I like to put mine on overnight and also even though it has the potential to be set for two hours drying time I tend to set it for less than an hour and that is pretty much enough especially if clothes are going to be put in the airing cupboard. Also it is also more efficient if you neither overload it or put too few items in.
When it is in operation, this drier is really not very noisy and I really like that about it. That's particularly ideal if you don't have a separate utility room. Also, as being quite a basic model, there is no alarm that tells you when it is finished, you will be aware that you are no longer hearing the low level hum when it is finished.
I love the way the clothes feel when they come out of this drier. They are very soft and even I get them out straight away there is very little need for ironing which is a huge bonus.
The drier has a vent that needs to go through an outside wall but this was very easy to fix in place.
Overall I think this a very good drier. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles that you might find on some but it does what you need it to do - which is dry clothes - well! Also in two years I have had no problems with it at all so it has become a bit of a reliable friend! Well recommended!
As a mum with one kid that loves to get dirty, and a live in boyfriend that is just as bad, I do an awful lot of washing. In summer, I can usually hang the washing on the line and have it dry quickly, but in winter or on rainy days, a tumble dryer makes the work a lot easier .
I actually purchased this machine second hand about a year ago, paying just £70. As it was second hand, I can't comment on the users manual, not having seen it .
The tumble dryer is white in colour, and measures 85 cm high, by 59.5 wide and 55cm deep. This was a good size for my kitchen - in fact I had the perfect space ready for it . The machine is heavy, and takes two people to lift, but has a smooth bottom and can be pushed and pulled around on my lino floor by me alone, useful as I keep losing socks down the back of it! It has a dial to set the drying time (up to 120 minutes) a button to select high or low heat, and a button that starts the dryer. The dryer stops automatically when the door opens, and the button needs to be pushed again to reheat it . The fluff filter is located at the front of the dryer, and simply slides in and out of a slot easily. I like this style as my old dryer had a filter that was attached to the doorr with clips and was fiddly to empty - but this machine is much simpler.
The door itself is a good size, and it's easy to bundle a load in with one hand. The handle is easy to open and close, and a comfortable size to grip.
The product has a C energy efficiency rating - however, with tumble dryers essetially being big heaters, I find it can eat up my electricity pretty quickly if I use it a lot (being on a prepaid meter, I pay attention to the speed my credit goes down). It does dry very well though, with 60 minutes on a high heat being sufficient to dry most items, even in a big load.
The dryer has a 6kg capacity, which is a decent size, actually large enough to dry two loads from my washing machine at once. I find items come out crease free, soft, and have no need of ironing in most cases. The last ten minutes of the cycle are cooling rather than heating, so that when clothes are done they are cool enough to handle and be put away or worn right away.
I like that this is a reverse action dryer - meaning it spins first one way and then the other . This ensures even drying of clothes, and stops them from getting all tangled up in the machine. This is also what helps to shake the creases out.
I also like that this dryer is very quiet and still when operating . It does make some noise, but nowhere near as much as I've had with other appliances, and it is perfectly safe to leave items on top of the dryer when it is working. This is handy for me as I have a small kitchen, so tend to use the top of my dryer as an extra work surface.
The dryer is rear vernting, which is something worth considering, as the air pipe does need to be vented out of a window to avoid steaming up the kitchen. For me this wasn't a problem, as I was able to position this easily, especially as the air hose was nice and stretchy. The power lead is also a nice length, allowing me to easily connect it to a socket.
I've found this dryer easy to use and empty . It leaves my clothes dry and crease free, and in the case of towels has even restored some of their former softness . I do try not to use it too often in the summer as I do feel it eats my electricity, but on rainy days, or for drying larger items such as duvets, I have found it brilliant. 5 stars.
If you've been spending hours trawling the internet looking for a tumble dryer, look no further. This review discusses Hotpoint's Aquarius VTD00P, which, in my opinion, is one of the most effective tumble dryers available.
The reason I make this statement is that my husband and I have owned this appliance for a few years and have used it on a regular basis without experiencing any problems whatsoever.
The tumble dryer is the same size to that of your standard washing machine (85cm high, 59cm wide and 55cm deep) and as it is front loading it can be neatly stored under your kitchen worktop. However, to enable sufficient ventilation, there should be at least 15mm of space either side with 10mm above.
To obtain maximum efficiency, the dryer should ideally be vented through an external wall to ensure the effective release of moist air. Whilst my tumble dryer is now externally ventilated, in my previous house due to lack of space, I had no choice but to use a mobile ventilation kit. Whilst using the kit was inconvenient, as I constantly needed to empty the water from the collection tray, I found the dryer was equally as effective and efficient.
Before using your dryer, you should ensure that it is level on your floor as otherwise you will end up with a horrendous rattle when in use. I was somewhat surprised to discover that my kitchen floor was so uneven and to rectify the problem, my husband placed a small block of wood under the dryer on the appropriate side.
The dryer itself is extremely easy to operate, as Hotpoint have not provided the consumer with dozens of unwanted and confusing dials! There is one simple dial for specifying the drying time, which is extremely easy to turn in an anti-clockwise direction.
For anyone who suffers with mobility problems in their hands or fingers, they would experience no difficulty whatsoever in operating the dial as it is provided with an easy to grip small "handle". The maximum drying time is 120 minutes, which includes a 10 minute cooling down cycle.
The machine also provides us with a button that is pressed to select the desired heat from high or low. Hotpoint have provided a simple chart on the left hand side of the dryer, where they have indicated drying times for acrylics, synthetics and cottons.
The dryer is capable of drying loads of up to 6kg of natural fibres and 3kg of synthetics. The door is extremely easy to open from right to left with a large release catch.
To obtain maximum results when drying your laundry, you should ensure that clothes are not tangled and that zips and hooks are properly secured. You should never place dripping wet clothes in the dryer as this could affect the mechanics and operation of the machine.
Whilst the dryer will allow you to choose the maximum drying time of 120 minutes, I have never had cause to select this length of time, as I find my laundry dries extremely quickly, particularly due to the reverse action drying mechanism.
With all tumble dryers, larger items such as duvet covers and sheets tend to tangle half way through the cycle, so I stop the machine to separate the laundry and then allow the machine to carry on with its' work.
Unfortunately, there is no stop button on the dryer, so you are required to turn the timer dial to the "0" position to enable the machine to stop. However, I would offer some advice here and that is don't just simply open the door. The reason I say this is because opening the door whilst the machine is still in operation will cause a cloud of lint and fluff to disperse from the dryer and you'll end up having to get down on your hands and knees to pick it up from your kitchen floor!!
The dryer has a good sized filter, which is discreetly hidden within the dryer trim located inside the door. It is essential that you remove and clean it each time the dryer has been used, as failure to do so will compromise the performance of the machine. The filter is easily removed by pulling the plastic grip and can be cleaned within seconds by rolling off the lint and fluff.
My laundry dries perfectly in the machine and provided I haven't overloaded it, the clothes and bedding come out with minimal creasing. Whilst I favour my clothes blowing in the wind on the washing line, items such as jeans and towels always feel soft and smooth when leaving the tumble dryer.
The machine is not loud when in use and I would say the sound is quite reasonable for a tumble dryer.
The only problem I find with this dryer is that despite the fact my filter is cleaned after each use and that I always stop the machine before opening the door, I frequently end up with lint and fluff dropping out of the machine. However, this is such a minor issue so will not affect my decision when rating the overall performance of the dryer at the end of this review.
Whilst the tumble dryer is bulky, it is extremely lightweight and will easily fit inside the boot of an average sized hatchback car. When we purchased ours the shop wanted £20 to deliver to our home some 3 miles away, so we transported it ourselves in the boot of my husband's Ford Mondeo.
The dryer can be purchased in both silver and white and has a category C energy rating. I have searched the internet and would advise that this dryer will cost you around £140.
I would highly recommend this dryer as it is extremely efficient and gives excellent results. Therefore, it receives 5 out of 5 dooyoo stars from me.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
We purchased this dryer and had a lot of problems with it when it was first installed due to the drum not being aligned and the belt being faulty. This meant that we lost a number of items including the other half's work shirts!
Not impressed to say the least and although all of this occurred within a week of purchasing it, we had a great deal of grief to get the engineer to come back. We went back to John Lewis and they managed to get it sorted and after 3 visits the problem was diagnosed, fixed and we were refunded for the loss of the items.
Now - back to the dryer. This is a good dryer - once we got it working - and it is extremely simple to use. We keep ours in our outhouse and it happily hums away there. I say hum but it is more like the force of a jumbo jet especially if you use those dryer balls!
But if you get away from the noise, this is a simple, value for money appliance. Dries well, the clothes come out fairly creaseless and it has a good capacity for a small family or like us just a couple.
The door is easy to access, simple buttons - timer dial and a high or low temperature option. The filter again is easy to clean - just lift it out, give it a brush and all comes away easily.
This is not a condensing dryer so a good idea to have some form of ventilation.
It is not the most cost efficient to run however I would struggle to find many dryers that didn't suck up a reasonable amount of energy. The key is usage and also leaving it on the high setting is not the best. It gets VERY hot so a good idea to do lower setting for longer and not risk frying your items! Towels are divine when they come out - lovely, fluffy and perfectly dry!
It does come with a vent hose which we pull through the door to the shed where we keep the dryer.
John Lewis had this priced at £129 when we purchased it - which we searched and found that at the time - in winter! - this was a reasonable and standard price however we did get an extra two year's warranty which was well worth it.
Overall if you have no idea of all the options available, I would go for this one as a starter!
This tumble dryer was more expensive than most in shops, but the energy saving equipment meant that the extra cost pays itself off. The 6 kg load is generous and will actually support that amount, to help this there is a large loading door and drum unit.
The two cycles work well (high and low heat) keeping fabrics intact. The cool down feature at the end of the cycle means you can really tell if the clothes are dry at the end. The steam extraction is vented, and carries the steam out with ease, there is barely every any in the drum.
Drying time is excellent compared to our old dryer it can dry a half-load in about 45 mins and a full 6kg load in about 60 - 70 mins. Creasing is not a problem, clothes are barely creased when they come out. One problem with the dryer is a clanking noise that happens if the machine is tilted back any level (transfer between linoleum and concrete in the utility). This stops when you put it on a level surface.
Aquarius Vented Dryer, 6kg load capacity, 120 Mins Timed Drying, High and Low Heat Settings, Safety Start Button, Reverse Action, Final Cool Tumble, Vent Hose Included, C Energy Rating / Short name: Hotpoint VTD00P