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We had to replace our poor old washing machine that had given up the ghost so off we went to Comet to spend our money on a brand new addition to the kitchen. After much deliberation we decided on the Candy Grand with an impressive 1400 spin speed and a nice fat 8KG drum. It was the drum size that sealed it for us because we thought it would take a double quilt. The machine cost us £349.99 in August 2009 and looking back now, we thankfully paid an extra £164.99 for the extended 5-year warranty.
When it arrived we were very happy with it. There are five of us in the household and having three children meant that the washing machine would be put through it paces. The Candy itself comes with a pretty good array of program choices. The front panel is well laid out and the button options are all labelled for easy reading.
The Front Panel Controls:
Door Security Indicator Light -
This comes on when the machine is turned on and the door if fully closed. If for any reason the machine detects that the door is not fully closed the indicator light will flash to let you know that something's not right. After the washing program's cycle has finished the indicator light remains on for a further 2 minutes then goes out and allowing you to then open the door. That's an awfully long 2 minutes when you're in a hurry.
Start / Pause Button -
I wasn't too sure why anyone would want to pause a washing machine once it was in full swing. It's not like I'm going to watch it in action and then pause it so I could make a cup of tea happy in the knowledge that I wasn't going to miss anything but my wife assured me it was good. Apparently you can pause the cycle if you wanted to add or remove an item or change the selected program. You still have to wait for the dreaded 2-minute door security light to go out before you can add or remove anything though. Good thing really I guess. Just hit Start and you're off and running again.
Fast Wash Button -
As described you can speed things up with this little kiddie and we use it a fair bit but it only ideally works on the Cotton and Synthetics program. It doesn't work on a 30 minute wash either or for woollens. The indicator light above the button will only light up if you've selected the option and it's compatible with the selected program.
Allergy Care Button - We don't use this feature ourselves but it is a good option in my opinion. With the Allergy Care activated the machine will use more water and also the drum rotates in a way to remove any traces of detergent during the final spin making it ideal for people who have delicate skin. We were advised to use it for delicate fibres and young children's clothes or when washing fabrics made from towelling as they absorb a greater quantity of washing powder. We haven't got any young children so never use the option through choice, however it's automatically activated on the Delicate and Woollens Programs. Again, the indicator light only illuminates if you've selected the option and it's compatible with the selected program.
Stain Vanish Button -
This is another option we don't use through choice but it's automatically activated on the Cotton programs. The idea of the Stan Vanish option is to keep the water temperature at a constant level throughout the cycle. The drum will also behave differently in that it rotates in a way to allow the powder to be distributed evenly during the cycle. The drum speed will also increase. Once again, the light above this button only comes on when the button is pressed and it's compatible with the selected program. No light, no go for this option.
Delay Start Button -
This is another option we've never used although I can see one particular benefit from it. With this option we could set the machine to start its cycle 3, 6 or 9 hours later. Easy to do as well. You just select what program you want, this is after putting the washing in and closing the door and adding the powder and softener in the drawer, then you press the Delay Start button once for 3 hours, twice for 6 hours and three times for 9 hours. Lights on the machine will indicate how many hours you've selected for the delay. Once done just hit the start button and wait patiently. Being a bloke I couldn't see the point of this at first, you either want to use the washing machine or you don't, but then the ideal hit home. You can set your machine to start and run on the cheaper electricity nighttime tariff.
Spin Speed Button -
We never use this so cant give a personal account but it's supposed to give us control on what spin speed we would like to use. You can reduce the maximum spin speed of the selected program and even have the spin cycle cancelled altogether. It's not however possible to override the maximum speed which is automatically set for each program.
Spin Speed Indicator Light -
This little bank of lights sit just to the left of the spin speed button and indicates which speed you've selected via the spin speed button. The spin speeds available are 600, 800, 1000 and 1400rpm or no spin at all. Ours is on 1400 most of the time but as mentioned earlier the Candy Grand machine wont allow you to override the speed settings for the programs anyway so it protects fabrics such as jumpers.
Time to End Indicator Light -
This little bank of lights will tell you how long is left before the cycle is complete. There are five little lights here with 90, 60, 30, 15 and Stop. The 90 is alight when the remaining cycle time is beyond 60 minutes. The 60 light illuminates when there are less than 60 minutes before completion. The 30 light takes over when there less than half and hour to go. The 15 light kicks in when we're into the last quarter of an hour and the Stop light jumps into the fray when the show's over.
There's also the Program selector dial and the washing machine powder drawer.
The program selector dial is pretty cool to look at. There is a good selection of programs available. The dial selector is broken down into 4 sections. Cottons, Mixed/Synthetics, Delicates and Specials.
We only personally use the '40 Colour Fast' setting in the cottons for the colours, the '60 Soiled' also in the Cottons settings for towels that have only been used once. We also use the exact same settings for our whites. We use the '90 Whites' for towels and tea towels combined. The 'Wool 30' under delicates for all the jumpers. The 'Rinse and Spin' is selected for anything my wife washes by hand first such as our youngest school trousers that need to be washed quickly or items that cant go on a rapid wash. The final selected program used by us is the 'Rapid 32' in the Special section for anything that we would need quickly or for something that needs to be worn that day. So out of a good selection of 19 programs and 2 different spin settings the dial has to offer we only use 5.
Overall the Candy Grand washing machine is good for what we need and in all fairness it does get a lot of use. We've had to call the engineers out many times unfortunately to repair it so it doesn't get a good reliability thumbs up. The most common fault is that the heating element keeps going and has had to be replaced three times in 3 years. The entire system went up the swanny on one occasion and the main board had to be replaced. The extended warranty is definitely recommended for this machine.
The Candy Grand doesn't like being in a hard water area like ours, make no mistake. We have to run the machine on a boil wash with special granules put into the draw at least once a month to remove lime scale from the elements. We found this is an absolute must for this machine. Another disappointment was we bought the machine initially because of the 8KG drum taking a double quilt. It doesn't. Well it does if the quilt was really thin but I would say it wouldn't wash very well due to lack of space. We use between 10 and 13.5 tog quilts in our home and sadly these don't fit inside the drum.
To conclude, not a bad washing machine by Candy but we'd have to admit we've had better machines in our kitchen.
Had this about 6 months now and have just had the repairman from Comet around to fix the programming- actually, replacing the selector swith did the trick as far as the whacked out lights and dodgy program selection goes. Hopefully the fix will last. But,,, the drain pump has become progressively noisier since we first had it, and is now a nuisance which the repairman says they will not deal with until it breaks down completely. Want to bet it waits til the warranty is up?? Should say that Comet was very easy and quick to deal with when we reported the problem, but the noise is not going to get better and is surely a sign something is on the way out. Read the reviews on the Comet site- there are loads of bad ones!!
Candy AAA+ washing machine has been one of my best purchases yet. I wash on average at least one load a day. Because of this washing machines don't tend to last. The Candy has a massive 8kg drum so holds a much bigger load. You have to be careful not to underfill or it defeats the object of buying a bigger machine.
It has 21 programmes but I don't consider this a bonus as most people use one or two programmes regularly and the rest stay idle. I fall into this group but my favourite programme is the 32 minute quick wash. As it says it takes 32 minutes and heats to 32 degrees so is also energy efficient. With the choice of washing liquids to wash at low temperatures on the market today I find this wash programme sufficient for most washes. The other programme I use is the hot wash at 60 degrees. However, this is the part I don't like about the machine, it tends to take an eternity to wash. As it is cold fill only it has to heat up and then wash, rinse and spin. This all takes approximately two hours, time I would prefer not to be burning electricity for. Also whilst the 32 degree wash is good and energy efficient it only gives it a quick spin so you then have to turn the dial to the 1400 spin so the clothes dont take too long to dry. Overall I would say it is well worth paying a bit extra for the bigger drum if you need to wash more than three times a week.
After over 10 years of renting flats with a variety of dodgy old washing machines, I was excited but cautious about choosing one of my very own. After consulting Which and reading lots of online articles and reviews, the Candy GO482 was what I decided on and after 6 months of use I'm generally very pleased with it.
My main requirements were that it cost under £300, had a large capacity drum and a quick wash option. Purchasing it at Electrical123.com at a reduced price brought it in under budget and it has an above average drum that handles up to 8kg with no problems. It fits in the gap left by our old standard size washer, 850mm high, 600mm wide and 540 deep. Although it wasn't a priority for me, it's still good to see it is rated A+ for energy efficiency.
The large drum has meant I'm consistently impressed at how much I can wash in one go and this feature would make it a good choice for large families. I have read that this size drum might often be too big for just a couple, but although there is just me and my partner, my other half works part time as a cook and part time as a painter; he's also a frequent runner and swimmer - so once all that laundry is added to my clothes, towels, the linen from our superking bed, the large drum has proved invaluable and - I would imagine - economical. The variable spin speed goes up to 1400rpm which I also find useful as we don't have a tumble drier and at this spin speed the clothes don't take too long to dry afterwards.
As I guess might be typical, I haven't used many of the 13 wash programmes, but the Quick Wash is useful; I've used the Stain Vanish cycle, but I'm not sure how much difference it actually made; the Delay Start function has also been useful; it also has an Allergy Care rinse function which some might find beneficial but I'm yet to use it. In addition to the Quick Wash cycle, there is an additional fast function button which you can select to work alongside a regular cycle - this means that if the 50 degree Quick Wash cycle isn't suitable you can chose another programme, press the fast wash button and although it's not as time-saving as the Quick Wash, it will still reduce where possible the length of the wash without compromising on the wash.
One function the machine doesn't have is a half or small load button. I haven't really had much need for one and that is why I chose a large capacity machine, but sometimes I might have used it if I was doing a smaller white wash; however, the information booklet says that the washing machine uses 'fuzzy logic' to evaluate the weight of the load and adjusts the amount of water etc accordingly for smaller loads - I don't really understand it and I'm not sure if I can evaluate its effectiveness, but apparently that's what it does!
It's not particuarly quiet when running, but still, it is quieter than my old washing machine so it's not really a negative for me. Also, the Which review did say it wasn't one of the quietest machines they'd tested and that wasn't a real concern for me.
I did have a slight reservation about ordering this machine after reading a couple of negative comments that I found online, regarding the function that allows you to select your chosen programme, apparently some customers had problems with this aspect being faulty on this model. I emailed Candy about my concern and they emailed back saying that they weren't aware of any such recurring problems, which reassured me somewhat.
So far I have found it to be very reliable (touch wood!), easy to use and very efficient. I've been really happy with its overall performance and it has done well with smelly chef's clothes, stinky running socks, bed linen, large cotton and mixed loads, delicates and even hollow-fibre pillows. I do always use Calgon or a similar product as we live in an area with very hard water and I'm keen to try and prevent any problems with limescale, so hopefully it will last us for a very long time.
I brought this washing machine around a year and a half ago and I have been thoroughly pleased with it. It is quite large, just squeaked in under our work surface, but the size means that it will take a large-ish load. In fact, there are four bath sheets going around in it now and it doesn't struggle! I brought our machine from the Comet Clearance site for a handsomely reduced price due to a few scratches on the side - I can highly recommend this as a means of buying a reduced washer.
I am constantly impressed with the load size that it will take and the speed of the cycle. It's ease of use is a real plus, I usually stick it on a heavy load fast wash which is done in 90mins but there are numerous cycles and a really useful pause button so that if you have over filled and it's struggling you can pause the cyclle, open up and remove anything too heavy.
There is very handy speed wash setting that will get a light load washed in 30 minutes which is a real bonus if you have forgotten to wash your work shirt! It has good efficiency ratings and a quick spin cycle if you've hand washed something and it needs a quick dry. I would say that the only down side is that it can be quite noisy. We have it in our basement and it can be heard on the next floor.
All in all I am very impressed with this machine and if you can get it at a reduction I would definately recommend it.
Short name: Candy GO482