“ Brand: Hotpoint-Ariston / Weight Capacity: 6.99 Kg / Washer Type: All-in-One Washer / Dryer / Load Type: Front Load / Volume Capacity: 1.84 cu/ ft / Wash Presets: 16 Wash Presets, including: Wool / Extra Settings: Quick Wash / Extra Settings: Extra Rinsing / Spin Speeds: max. 1200 rpm, 2 Speeds / Washing Method: Drum / Control Features: Dial Controls / Energy Consumption per Wash: 1.33 kWHrs / Water Consumption per Wash: 16.38 Gal. / Energy Efficiency: B / Wash Efficiency: A / Spin Drying Efficiency: B / Exterior Color: White / Overall Depth: 56.49 cm / Overall Height: 84.99 cm / Overall Width: 59.51 cm „
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I've had this machine for over a year now and it has been in good working order for the duration, in the sense that it hasn't broken down and was easily moved from our old house. It was also relatively easy to install - I'm no expert and was able to do it myself thanks to the easy instructions.
As a washing machine this is very good, cleans well and has plenty of setting to suit most requirements. The Baby Wash setting is perhaps a bit over long and only really needs to used when you have a really dirty wash that requires soaking, otherwise you can use the standard colour settings. The temperature gage is a little limited, the lowest you can opt for in 30 degrees, which might be okay for some, but we would like the option of a cold wash now and again (it goes up to 90, and frankly I don't know anyone these days who washes at such a high temperature).
The design is nice, big enough drum and the grey colour we opted for is subtle and blends into the kitchen background easily. We wipe it down every now and again with a cloth to keep it clean, but needs little attention, even the powder tray has remained gunk free. It's also not an offence to the ear drums. At one point we had this in an open plan kitchen/sitting room and other than the final five minutes when it does get loud and shaky, you can certainly live with it.
However, where this does fail is on it's capabilities as a dryer. It can take a long time and light load to have any real affect. In the summer this doesn't bother us so much as we can hang things out and we barely use it. In the winter we do though and more often than not we were putting most of the stuff into the airing cupboard. I did find though, that the quicker you take things out of the dryer the better. Much of the dampness is due to condensation, so if you can time it well and remove clothes asap, then you'll find them dryer than expected. As this is not always possible though, you'll find yourself relying on other drying means more often than not.
It's a big let down and greatly affects the reliability rating, as otherwise this is a good machine, and long drying cycles excluded, doesn't take up that much energy.
I bought this washer/dryer a little over 3 months ago, as a replacement for my old zannusi model that had served me well for about 10 years. I got a good deal on the price £279. The washer/ dryer has several different programmes for washing a drying, but overall I am very disappointed with the machines performance. The washing cycles are all very long, well over an hour, with the exception of the quick wash, which doesn't clean the clothes particularly well. The biggest disappointment is the dryer part of the machine. There are time settings 40 minutes, 60 minutes, 100 or 180 minutes, you cannot do any other times, so no good if something just needs a 10 minutes airing. There are also 2 programmes for iron dry or store dry, which run directly after the washing has finished. The main problem with the dryer, is that it is very slow, a small load of lingerie can take up to two hours to dry, and much longer for towels or sheets etc. Based on this I would not give this machine a very good rating as its probably very expensive to use the dryer part of the machine, and much quicker to line dry or put n the radiators
Short name: Hotpoint WDL520