Product Type: Hotpoint Hotpoint Washer Dryer
Newest Review: ... 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 cap... more
...Not So Hot.
Member Name: bilbobaginz
Advantages: Decent sized drum for wash and dry, and a nice price tag.
Disadvantages: No 'Eco' mode, ER: B, dryer had issues (now resolved).
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!)
Summary: Fine, not great, fine.
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