Product Type: Hotpoint Hotpoint Washer Dryer
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Member Name: Ann-Marie_B
Advantages: Fast wash option. Plenty of features. Easy to use.
Disadvantages: Does not dry efficiently. Re-occurring faults. Door not durable.
After a few minor issues with our previous washer and dryer, the door latch eventually snapped off. Having to open the appliance carefully with the end of the spoon levered underneath the latch was quite simply the final straw and so we began our search for a new model.
We purchased the Hotpoint Aquarius WDL40 from Argos around two years ago. It is however no longer available from Argos. This particular model is rather difficult to find online now, although I did eventually track it down on a website www.appliancehouse.co.uk. This appliance is priced at £440, though it is currently reduced to £410.00.
The Aquarius WDL540 is white in colour. I am not entirely sure if there are other colour options available but as ours is nicely tucked away this colour suited us just fine. It does unfortunately show marks and stains which seem to appear from nowhere, though with two very young children in the house this is inevitable. It is easily wiped clean with a damp cloth or with an all purpose cleaner. The crevices can however be a little tricky to keep clean. Using an old toothbrush is quite effective for this.
The dimension of this machine are as follows H85, W59.5, D56.5cm.
The Aquarius WDL540 has a total of 16 washing programs. Despite the features and options available, the appearance is not too daunting as some appliances can be. We don't all have the time to meticulously read through the manuals of such machines but my husband and I managed to operate this without too much confusion.
All of the controls are situated on the top front panel. The detergent draw has details of all the wash and dry options available and the relevant number to use on the dial in order to utilise them. There are three categories, 'Essentials', 'Specials' and 'Drying'. Next to the draw is a simple power button adjacent to a dial with all of the numbers correlating to those detailed on the detergent draw. The dial is simply turned to the option desired. Next is one more dial which controls all drying options. This can be set to simply not dry if you have clothes which must be hung dry or maybe it's a sunny day and you'd prefer to hang them on the line to save a little energy.
I cannot boast to have used all of the features available on this washer and dryer, I have used only those relevant to us as a family and some are indeed still unknown to me. Some of the features however have been a great convenience to me and my family. This machine has a 'Fast Wash' option which takes only 60 minutes. This is ideal for those items you've forgotten to put in and need quickly.
Another option which I have found very useful and another which is very prompt, is the 'Ready to Wear' option. This washes but does not over dry items, so long as the drum isn't under loaded. I have found that items I would usually hang dry are fine on this feature because they are not overly dried. If however the machine is overloaded, the laundry can still be a little damp so getting the right amount in is key.
The downside of owning the Hotpoint Aquarius WDL540 is that we have experienced a few problems with it. The capacity of this machine is 7kg, though when the load is full, items still regularly come out damp. Towels in particular are near impossible to dry. It has a tendency to get rather hot and steamy, meaning that even after a further dry, items are just as damp, sometimes even more so.
There is also a recurring fault where the lights begin the flash when drying and the machine stops its cycle. Being a rather busy family we have simply not had time to try to find any other solution to this issue than simply switch to the option for drying wool items, where this does not occur. The issue comes and goes at random intervals, though searching online I can see it is quite common with this model.
The WDL540 boasts a sensor drying technology which automatically stops drying when clothes are dry. I have yet to experience this and often have to pause the machine and open the door in order to manually check how dry my laundry is.
Other issues have been with the filter being blocked a little too often, a random leak which somehow stopped and a crack appearing in the door with no known impact on it.
My husband and I have owned a few models of washer dryers and have come to the conclusion that some issues are common and maybe a separate washer and dryer would be more effective. We will continue with this machine until it comes to the end of its life and then perhaps look for two separate machines.
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