“ Brand: Hotpoint-Ariston / Weight Capacity: 6.99 Kg / Washer Type: All-in-One Washer / Dryer / Load Type: Front Load / Wash Presets: 16 Wash Presets, including: Wool / Extra Settings: Mini Load / Extra Settings: Extra Rinsing / Spin Speeds: max. 1400 rpm, 4 Speeds / Washing Method: Drum / Energy Consumption per Wash: 5.67 kWHrs / Water Consumption per Wash: 25.89 Gal. / Energy Efficiency: B / Wash Efficiency: A / Spin Drying Efficiency: B / Tub Material: Stainless Steel / Exterior Color: Gray / Overall Depth: 56.49 cm / Overall Height: 85.01 cm / Overall Width: 59.51 cm „
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When we bought our first home 6 years ago my Nan and granddad wanted to buy us something as a present and said they would buy us a Washing Machine and Dryer. We were chuffed they had offered this as the purse string were tight and we had all the usual appliances to buy.
We didn't want to take the offer for granted so rather than buying a washer and dryer separately that were coming up to £800 in total we decided to go for a combined washer dryer for £600. This would also mean we would have more room in a kitchen as well
After searching for a good quality washer dryer as instructed by my Nan we decided to go for the Hotpoint WDL 540 G. The reasons for choosing this model were firstly the good efficiency rating - B, the large 7 kg capacity and the trusted name of Hotpoint. The model came in white and grey and we decided to go for the grey as it looked nicer. The grey model in a medium grey all over with a charcoal grey door.
The Hotpoint WDL 540 G is a 7 kg Capacity Washer and 5kg Dryer. Performance wise it is classed as an overall energy efficiency rating B, and a Washing Performance class A. It is 85 x 59.5 x 53.5 cm wide. At the time we purchased this machine is was around £600 but you can now obtain it for around £390 from Argos.
The machine has a good range of programs which include:-
Fast Wash 30'
Fast Wash 60'
Super Wash 60'
White Cotton 9'
You can independently control the temperature on each load via a separate dial
The Dryer Programme has a standard programme, and a high heat setting. Via the dial on the front of the machine you can control the length of time you need the dryer on for.
When we first had the machine we were so pleased with it. It looked great in our kitchen, it wasn't too loud and it took a lot of washing. The clothes came out clean and well spun, and there was no water left in the rubber seals unlike machines I had used before. The wide range of settings could deal with whatever load I had! I was impressed, and I have to say 6 years on the washer still continues to work just as well as new! However the same cannot be said for the dryer!
As the machine is a washer/dryer it doesn't dry clothes in the same way as a conventional dryer so I knew the results wouldn't quite be as good. However the WDL 540G is beyond disappointing. The dryer can be on for literally hours and the clothes come out warm - but still damp and often smelling musty! The high heat setting makes no difference at all and the timer dial doesn't click down the time so your left not knowing how long is left! The drying programmes are also very loud and in an open plan house can be heard upstairs clearly .The dryer facility hasn't deteriorated over time but was this bad the first time we used it! If I hadn't have liked the washing machine so much the product would have been returned!
The Hotpoint WDL 540G is a great washing machine. It's still going strong 6 years on after countless loads! It washes clothes quickly and effectively on both the short and longer programmes and the drum and rubber seal show no signs of deterioration. The only thing we have noticed is that the machine is beginning to get louder as it gets older but with the amount of use ours gets this is still pretty impressive. The dryer however is not worth having. We haven't used it now for a number of years as it does not dry the clothes at all.
A great washer - a poor dryer!
Please note that our washer dryer differs from the image shown as we had one of the very first models of this product.
Short name: Hotpoint WDL540G