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When shopping for a new washer/dryer we came across this one and were impressed with the variety of functions and price. Plus, being a Hoover we were fairly confident that it would be a good quality machine.
This washer/dryer comes in two colours, white and glossy black. I have the white version and I think it's a pleasant looking appliance that goes well with my other large appliances. The main body of the machine is plain white and the large door has a clear viewing window. The controls and detergent tray at the top of the machine are subtle with easily readable grey text.
The digital display is black with the selected functions illuminated in red. It is clear and easy to read, plus it updates the wash duration in real time so you know exactly how long is left and which part of the cycle is taking place.
Size: 85 x 64.5 x 51 cm
Weight: 62 Kg
Energy Efficiency: A
Wash Capacity: 8 Kg
Drying Capacity: 5 Kg
Spin Speed: 1400 rpm
This machine has many features and programs, I'll list a few of what I feel are the most important/useful here.
Time Manager Display
Variable Temperature & Spin
23 Hours Delay Start
Rapid 14 Minute
Rapid 44 Minute
'A' Wash 59 Minute
Cottons + Prewash
Silk / Handwash
3 Levels of Sensor Drying (Extra Dry, Store Dry, Iron Dry)
Up to 120 minutes Timed Drying
Rapid 59 Minute Wash & Dry
Rapid 30 Minute
At first I was a little daunted by this washing machine as it seemed to have a LOT of functions but once I quickly leafed through the manual I realised that most every day washes were very straight forward.
In our house we mostly use just 3 of the settings, Colours, A 59 and High Dry.
Colours is fairly self explanatory, just bung in your coloured clothes and detergent, select temperature and press start, done! I've never had a problem using this setting with a variety of fabrics although I do use specialist functions for some materials such as wool and delicates.
A 59 is essentially the same as Colours except it is for a load weighing no more than 5 Kg. I load the wash as normal and 59 minutes later it's all done using less water and energy, making smaller washes more economical.
When tumble drying I predominantly use High Dry as we only really tumble socks and the odd pillow case which needs to be done quickly. If however I'm concerned something might shrink at a high temperature I use the Low Dry option which is gentler and gets the fabric to a point where it's at least 90% dry in my experience. It's also useful if something has been hung out to dry but I've had to bring it in because of rain, the lower drying temperature finishes it off nicely.
I find using the temperature and other selection options very easy. Simply press the corresponding button until the desired option is illuminated. For example, using the standard Cotton setting for a bed sheet the temperature is automatically 40 degrees. I press the temperature button once to increase it to 60 degrees to ensure it gets a really good clean.
Because of the high spin speed clothes are less wet when the cycle has finished and therefore take less time to dry. With synthetics such as my fleece dressing gown I find that it's practically dry when removed from the machine!
Lastly, it has a pause option. I love this! Sometimes I'm distracted trying to load a wash, feed the cat and make a cup of tea. Of course I turn the washing machine on and realise I've forgotten to put the detergent in! Luckily I hit the pause button, wait a minute for the door to unlock and throw in a capsule before hitting start again. Phew!
I can heartily recommend this washing machine. It's easy to use, versatile and the display lets you know exactly what's going on.
Hoover WDYN854D White Washer Dryer / Short name: Hoover WDYN854D