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Washer-dryers, you sometimes picture as being big cumbersome things with a great big white pipe hanging out of the back. That's not the case with this simple little unit.
Firstly, the size and look. For a dual unit it is quite compact and will slip in to your current washing machine space. Looks-wise, well its not too bad actually. The facia of the unit is pretty simple and straightforward, but not at all cheap looking.
Secondly, performance. There's a really simple display of settings on the front of the unit, meaning you're never in two minds of which setting to set your load away on. If you're wanting to set to dry straight after the wash then just turn the dial to the desired time and it'll start automatically after the washing is done. In terms of times, you can expect to wash a regular load of colours on 40 degrees for about 1hr 20 min.
Lastly, ease of use. You've got a simple set of washing settings, letting you know exactly which number to turn the dial to for whichever load you're putting in. As well as this, you have the dial for the drying time, displayed in minutes so you control over the exact time.
All in all, for the price, you can't go wrong with this machine.
Okay so this washer/dryer isn't the most expensive or stylish washer on the shelf but I will guarantee you that it is just as good as those that are, I honestly cannot fault this product!!!
I use this washing machine anything between 1 and 4 times per day and probably at least once during some point of the day for drying. It is fair to say that this piece of beloved machinery is on the go pretty much all of the time.... and it still works as well as the day that I got it! (fingers crossed I am not tempting fate too much there!).
This machine has the ability to take large loads, easily cleaned and very robust. There are added little extra's with this machine that are truly a godsend, things such as the delayed timer - My washing starts at 6am everyday and I don't have to move an inch to do it!
On a serious note, the efficiency isn't too shabby, various settings that can change temperature and spin etc as well as the usual cycle changes - with very clear precise instructions for each in the manual. On the whole the washing machine and dryer settings are both quiet unless you have a rather large load on spin - but even then I've heard much worse from my previous washing machines! Four years and going strong, so far - so good!
My old Servis washer dryer finally bit the dust after 7 years and isn't it typical just when money is tight. So I went out in search of a replacement. Main buying criteria - price.
When I found the Indesit WIDL 102 I was pleased to see it in the same price range as my old machine. I paid £279.00 including £20.00 off in the sales for my new washer dryer.
After my hubby had installed it there was definately a wow factor involved. It does so much more than my old Servis and has many more functions I am still trying them out a week later.
The first thing I noticed was - where's the water! It uses far less than any other machine I've used and washes cleaner. The second feature that amazed me is how quiet it is, my old Servis used to 'growl' loudly on the drying cycle, the Indesit is virtually silent. If i shut the kitchen door I cannot hear it at all.
Another great benefit, when the washing cycle is complete the dryer comes on automatically. My old machine didn't do this so if I put on a wash before I went out to work, I came home to wet washing waiting for me to push in a half load button before setting the analogue dryer timer. The Indesit has a digital timer so i don't have to turn the dial round every time I use it. It also has a ironing setting so shirts aren't completely bone dry when they come out of the dryer.
There are a couple of options available for clothes that cannot be tumble dried too.
Unlike my old machine the wash temperature settings are on a separate dial to the washing programme. So a slight disadvantage remembering to check the temperature before doing a different wash. Another disadvantage I found - the dryer door does get hot, so be careful if you have any toddlers running about. But it does have a door lock on the drying cycle which is an improved safety feature.
The Indesit has a 5kg wash load which handles my family washing brilliantly. The case is smaller than my old Servis - which used to stand out from the work surface - so again it has exceeded my expectations.
The installation was straight forward, this machine uses cold fill only and the manual is easy to understand.
I think the Indesit WIDL 102 is superb value for money if you are looking for a budget washer dryer to cope with the needs of a growing family.
Front Load Drum All-in-One Washer / Dryer, Efficiency: BAC, 11.02 lb / load, Features: Delayed Start Timer, Colors: White / Short name: Indesit WIDL 102