Product Type: AEG Hotpoint Washer Dryer
Newest Review: ... drum, with maximum spin speed of 1600rpm. The mchine is a condenser-type dryer, and pumps the condensed water out of the machine. It ha... more
a good, reliable washer-dryer
Member Name: dooyooLooby
Advantages: Highly customisable, cleans well, saves space
Disadvantages: long programme cycles, small objects in the wash can cause problems
I've had this washer-dryer for just under 2 years, and bought it as I wanted a dryer but don't have the space to house separate washing machine and dryer appliances. I was very wary about buying a washer-dryer, having heard that they're prone to breaking down. However, I did my research, and found this machine labelled as 'Best Buy' in Which? Magazine. I've looked to see if this machine is still in production, and it's not (the newer model is the L16950 A3 - very similar specifications to the L16850).
The machine is energy efficiency 'B' rated and has a 7kg capacity drum, with maximum spin speed of 1600rpm. The mchine is a condenser-type dryer, and pumps the condensed water out of the machine. It has a range of program settings on the program dial, all of which can be customised to add extras - e.g. prewash light soil, prewash heavy soil, extra spin. You can even set the machine to dry your load after the wash cycle has finished (though I wouldn't recommend doing this with a full load). The program cycles tend to be quite long - most of the general wash programs I use (e.g. cotton 30degrees with conditoner) are approx 2 hours long. However, there is a light soil quick wash option, though I'd only recommend this for items that aren't visibly dirty but simply need refreshing. This customisable programming is useful, but requires you to read the manual carefully to ensure that you get the best results for your load.
Does it perform well, though?
Yes! The wash cycles are very good indeed. The dryer seems efficient, too - though only when the drum is half full.
At a shade under £550, I think it's priced quite reasonably priced for its specifications - especially when you think of the cost of separate appliances.
As with any appliance, you need to follow certain maintenance routines in order to keep it in tip-top condition. It's recommended that you run a boil-wash once/week and add some white vinegar. This removes residues and prevents strange smells. The trap also needs checking regularly to remove fluff build-up.
If I had one complaint about this machine, it's that small items that find their way into the wash can apparently end up on the outside of the drum. We found this out the hard way - our machine simply stopped spinning. When the engineer came to see it, he found that a £1 coin had worked its way into the machine and had jammed some component or other (I wasn't there when the engineer visited, sorry for being so vague!). However, this has only happened once so I think we were just very unfortunate.
Summary: a space-saving and reasonably priced appliance with good perfomance
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