“ Brand: Hotpoint-Ariston / Weight Capacity: 6.99 Kg / Washer Type: All-in-One Washer / Dryer / Load Type: Front Load / Volume Capacity: 1.91 cu/ ft / Wash Presets: Wool / Extra Settings: Quick Wash / Extra Settings: Extra Rinsing / Spin Speeds: max. 1600 rpm / Washing Method: Drum / Control Features: Digital Display / Additional Features: Child Safe / Energy Consumption per Wash: 1.25 kWHrs / Water Consumption per Wash: 15.85 Gal. / Energy Efficiency: B / Wash Efficiency: A / Spin Drying Efficiency: A / Exterior Color: Gray / Overall Depth: 56.49 cm / Overall Height: 84.99 cm / Overall Width: 59.51 cm „
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We purchased this washer dryer for our house about a year and a half ago after researching different models online. Hotpoint, Indesit, Hoover, all these brands seem to produce models of equal size and power consumption, they have the same 'Eco' options, and a similar control layout. They're probably manufactured in the same factory, to be honest - Price is the only variable. Choose which of the brands individual models you want and you're away - Some have large 9 kg barrels, others have smaller 5 and 6 kg ones. One thing to bare in mind though: the dry capacity (in kg) is different to the wash capacity, because of the water absorption of clothes (making them heavier). This doesn't really affect how many clothes you can fit into the barrel however, as they don't expand much when wet, they just get heavier!
So, the Hotpoint WDD960G. This model has a 7 kg wash and 5 kg dry capacity, which is large enough for the average family, but any larger a domestic population than 5 or 6 and you're recommended to buy the 9kg Hotpoint model. The 9kg WDPG9640G can be bought with a granite / silver and dark grey finish (just like the one above) and only differs marginally in technical specification - the main difference is the size. My model doesn't have an 'Eco' setting to improve (by reducing the amount of electricity required) the wash and / or dry power consumption - but it does have a quick wash and a low temperature wash. Because my model lacks an 'Eco' option, it is only Energy Class B, instead of A or A+, or the most impressive A++.
This is a free-standing machine of standard dimensions, and its full technical spec can be found on most websites advertising its sale. Things to look out for and be impressed by: the 1,600 rpm spin which runs super smooth, the in-built sensory technology which measures how dry the clothes allowing for the machine to alter its cycle accordingly.
I like the model. Its controls are simple and straight-forward - the main controls are operated about a circular panel of buttons used to select the dry / wash type and other things related to the cycle: the time and temperature, etc. A strip of buttons below the LCD screen contain further options. There is a draw on the top left which is pulled out to reveal separate compartments for washer tablet, and liquid softener applying. This is easy to use and the instructions explain clearly where everything is placed. The clothes come out fresh and clean from wash one, but the dryer can often leave clothes steaming hot and noticeably damper than they are supposed to be. We ended up phoning John Lewis about this and they were a great help, unfortunately we ended up having to replace the machine with a new one (which now works fine when drying).
This is a decent machine that's had its issues but which works well and is large enough for most. I don't recommend this for families greater in size than say 5 or 6, but as for its ability under pressure, and the quality at which the clothes are revealed by the machine after a wash/dry cycle, the Hotpoint performs very well indeed.
AVAILABILITY: Discontinued (I have just discovered, after looking for a recent price that it's been stopped!)
After moving into our new property, the landlord replaced our bust washing machine with this beautiful machine!
Firstly the size is great, the drum is a great dimension and can get a good size load in. We're being careful not to overfill it, but at present I haven't had a load which has been too big!
I have always been suspicious of the washer/dryer combination, but I love how this one works. The digital display is very clear, and easy to use. You can select each icon for any type of wash, and then flick through the categories to find one which is shortest, or longest. You can also add a "time saver" feature to the load to reduce the timing even more. You can override the temperature setting, and edit to your specific requirements.
The only issue is you cannot turn a dryer cycle on, and then open up mid cycle to check on your clothes drying progress- you just have to let it sit the cycle out. This was a concern for me as I like to test how well the clothes are drying, to ensure no shrinkage!
Also the ready to wear cycle at 60 degrees has saved my life- one hour, and a very small load such as teatowels, or baby clothes, or underwear is washed and dried! Its amazing, really worth using. The only issue with this is for the first 10 or so washes, the clothes came out slightly smelling of plastic, obviously this was as the machine was new. But a 'Bounce' sheet soon sorted that!
Highly recommended and great value for money
After moving into our new place we had a lot of appliances to buy on a budget, so we sourced this washer dryer from Comet for 430 GBP in October 2010 and have been using it trouble free for the last six months. We decided upon it because it had all the features we needed, was able to fit in the space we have and had a good energy efficiency rating.
We did the install ourselves and that was very straightforward, although ensure you take time on balancing the feet as this will prevent the machine from rattling or moving around when on the spin cycle. The machine only needs a cold water feed which is a bonus, although fairly common now.
One of the main reasons we bought this was the large washing capability, 7Kg. This means we can do more washing in less loads (thus saving money on bills etc!!). The wife is happy as it has a special wash for wool clothes which doesn't damage them. I'm happy as I can fit all my work clothes and sports kit in the one load.
Having no previous bills to compare to I can't say for sure if the energy efficiency is saving us money, but here's hoping. We have only used the drying feature a few times (prefer to hang on a clothes horse) and it was OK (for bed sheets). It took a while and obviously was not as good as a standalone dryer, but for a combi we were pleased enough.
I mentioned getting the feet balance right as although this is claimed to be a quiet machine when it is on spin dry at 1600 rpm it can be heard in the lounge from the kitchen. That said the spin speed does a great job of getting the clothes dry.
We took out the extended warranty after reading a few reviews of problems years into ownership but after 6 months have nothing to report but good, reliable washing and drying. The display is clear and easy to read, and although you can customise the loads as you can in some other machines there is a good variety of cycles available.
We would recommend it, and I will update here if I ever have any problems (after I've sent a letter off to Hotpoint, I'm like that!) but we've been happy so far.
While this isn't the prettiest household product in the world (though you can choose between graphite and silver colour-ways), it more than makes up for this in cost and performance.
Washer dryers are notoriously energy inefficient, but for those of us with a small kitchen and little drying space, we're often left with very little option but to shell out on extortionate energy bills. This machine is a 'B' rating - very difficult to achieve for a washer dryer and virtually unheard of for one of this price.
The other major 'pro' for this machine is the load capacity. 7kg for drying and 5kg for washing means it's very much a family machine..... and you don't need to go through the irritating process of attempting to reduce the drying load to the extent that you only end up with three clean socks.
Perhaps the main disadvantage is the lack of 'manual' settings. It takes some getting used to changing the temperature/drying cycle/material type using the digital settings to end up with the most appropriate wash for your load. Once you've gotten used to it it's super though, with the shortest cycles around 30 minutes.
It's also a bit of a shame that there's no 'hand wash' option, as with my old machine.
The time-delay feature (of up to 24 hours) means the energy efficiency can be increased even more if you're prepared to put the washing on overnight. Probably not recommended if you're in a small flat though as it can get rather noisy in the spin cycles.
I purchased this about 7 months ago to replace my previous washing machine and decided to get a washer dyer this time.
With regards to the drying, I've never owned a dryer before so don't know if this is common but it seems to leaves creases, which are really hard to get out, with anything I put in. I have a steam generator iron and this doesn't remove them.
For washing it is really good. It has clear instructions on the different cycles and displays you're choice in the LED panel and you can alter the spin and temperature on each cycle which is handy if you want to be environmentally friendly. You can also add selection such as mini load, time saver, child lock and reduced creases. Once you add all you're options and click start it displays the time it will take and counts down.
One negative on the washing front is the noise. I purchased this as its supposed to be a quieter machine however I have not found this is the case as it makes more noise than my previous 10 year old machine.
It is not easy choosing a new waser/dryer. It's a lot of money and you want to make sure you are not making a huge mistake. I did a lot of research before choosing this one and I have not been disappointed. I have had it for over 6 months, so still within the basic warranty anyway, but my last washer/dryer had problems from the start and we ended up getting rid of it after 2 years which is NOT good. A tip for you - if your machine starts to have problems within the first few months DEMAND a replacement, it is within your rights! The last one had to be fixed over and over, (days off work waiting in for the repair guy...) then we put up with it for a while, then it was out of warranty and they charge FORTUNES to send the guy out and then add on the cost of parts -aaarrrghhhh. Back to this machine. The outstanding Hotpoint WDD960. It is amazing. The top spin is 1600 and makes all the difference. Cuts out time in the dryer or on the line. Lots of choice on length of wash/fabric/drying etc. You will end up using the same old cycles, but thats ok, it's nice to have a choice. This is a very quiet machine, which is a big plus as we live in a small flat and don't want to be listening to the washing machine over the TV. Another fab thing is that if you forget to put in a sock, or want to stop it for some reason, you press the pause button and Bob's your Uncle the door unlocks. The digital screen also says 'hello' to you when you turn it on. No kidding. A real pal.
Hotpoint WDD960G 1600rpm spin washer dryer with a 7KG load capacity / Features: an 'AB' grade for wash/ energy efficiency and hosts 16 different programmes for you to choose from to ensure optimum performance with every wash / Short name: Hotpoint WDD960G