Product Type: AEG Hotpoint Washer Dryer
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A great washer dryer
Member Name: nodbod1
Advantages: Lots of program choices, Effective washing and drying
Disadvantages: You need to read the manual, Overly sensitive flood sensor
I've had this washer dryer for about 18 months now. I'd heard bad things about washer dryers but as I was limited for space decided to thoroughly research the models before deciding which to buy.
I bought this machine online from the electricshop.co.uk for £520 complete with a five year guarantee.
It is quite a complicated piece of equipment and has lots of options and choices and you do need to use the manual to work out how to do things. When I first bought it, it used to drive me mad because when the cycle finished the machine would beep loudly for ages (which would disturb me when trying to watch Corrie!). There is a way of turning it off but it isn't obvious from just looking at the machine so eventually it drove me that mad that I did look inside the manual.
I have had to have an engineer out to the machine twice with the same problem. It turns out the machine has a sensor underneath but inside the machine which detects if any water has escaped (flood sensor) but it is quite low down and can be affected by things other than a leak. I think what happened with mine is that some water that has been spilt on the floor has rolled underneath and activated the sensor, once this happens, you need an engineer and can't reset it yourself. Since I've moved house with this machine, the problem hasn't occurred (probably because the machine no longer lives near the sink ).
Many of the preset programmes are quite long (around two hours) but it is easy to shorten the program but again you need to read the manual to understand all the options. There is a pre set 20 minute programme but sometimes you want something somewhere between the two. You can make a programme to suit you with this machine.
It washes really well whatever programme you choose and spins the clothes well without excessively creasing them.
I only use the machine for occasional drying but would recommend not filling the machine. If I've done a full load of washing I wouldn't just dry this. You do have the option of telling the machine to automatically dry after the wash but I tend not to do this - if you do, just make sure it's a fairly small wash.
The machine seems to take about half an hour to get warm when drying so don't expect much to happen in this time. Clothes do need quite a long time in the dryer.
I'm glad I decided to get a washer dryer and this one in particular. I would recommend it as a machine for regular washing and occasional drying.
Summary: I'm glad I chose it!
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