We bought the Hotpoint Aqualtis about 5 years ago purely because we'd seen an advert on telly and it looked good in the shop.
The wife and I aren't really impulse buyers and really do our research before hand but the machine we went to buy that day (a Miele) had sold out and we didn't want the display model (even at 40% discount) because it wasn't the right colour. We were after silver or something with a silver trim as that matched all of our other appliances and the display model was white and grubby looking, alas I digress. We had planned to order one in but we were sick of using the laundrette and didn't want to wait any more so we had a look around the shop. We both were drawn by how great the Aqualtis looked, as washing machines go, and decided to look at its specs further.
It seemed to meet our needs (and then some) and was just slightly out of our price range. We managed to get the machine on discount and took it home in the car the same day. What is important about that is that at the time we had a small vauxhall corsa hatchback and this is quite a powerful machine that can take very large loads so we were surprised at how easily it fit in the back of the car with the seats down.
It was very simple to hook up at home and within 45 minutes we had a wash on. We watched pretty much the whole cycle!
We were surprised at how easily it washed a load 1.5 times the size our last washing machine would have struggled with. It is extremely powerful and allows you to be economical with the washing powder.
We've not had one single problem with this machine in over 5 years except for the plastic/rubber rim/sealer on the drum being stained in the folds with black spots but they have no affect on washing so it's more cosmetic and aesthetic. The machine is very quiet as washing machines go and the sound of the machine is usually drowned out by the gurgling noises the sink makes, it's that quiet!!!
It has an increased drum for larger loads and can handle a large duvet no problem. The clever people at Hotpoint angled the drum so the machine is no deeper than your average machine although they couldn't stop it being just a tad wider than most machines so I'd measure your hole before buying it but it hardly vibrates or moves whilst in use so a very very snug fit isn't a problem. We had ours with a 2mm gap either side in our kitchen before the utility room was built.
It has a great energy rating and it's increase load capacity has allowed us to cut down on our water, electricity and washing powder bills.
It is very economical to run, looks great, gives great results and is extremely reliable with no issues in 5+ years with an average use of 4 loads per week.
In short... a great buy and a worthy addition to any household from the one-load-a-week-ers to the two-loads-a-day-busy-mum types.
In regards to this machine. The temperature goes up to 60 degrees but it gives fantastic washes at 30 and under. Overall cleaning performance is excellent, even with less than the recommended dose of powder which saves us money as washing powder is getting more and more expensive.
It has various settings controlled by a digital/analogue control panel. It is digital display but you turn the analogue knob to the right setting. I'm not great with washing machines but this one is nice and easy to use. I put in the items I want washing, choose a setting from colours, whites, darks, towels, bedding etc, adjust the temperature with the temp button and spin speed with the spin button, choose when I want the machine to start (immediately or delayed up to 24 hours) and press start.
Cleans very well at 30 and 40. I have never used it above or below that personally.
I am so glad I went for this slightly pricer washing machine rather than a cheaper one that probably wouldn't have lasted and been such good quality as this. It has a massive drum which can hold up to 7.5kg and I have even managed to wash my double duvet cover in this! Which saves time taking them to a laundrette and money too! It has up to 4 different memory functions which makes it very quick and simple to use if you do the same loads of washing regularly. At first it looks quite daunting with all the different buttons and settings but is surprisingly easy to use. Looks wise its brilliant and looks very "high tec" It has a very clear screen on the front which tells you which setting you are washing on, the temperature and how long of the wash it has left. The brilliant thing is you can lower the washing temperature on all settings so you can get all your washes down to 30 and save money on electricity! Also the spin speed can be altered for those delicate silk washes. I think its an excellent idea to have an LCD screen on the front as when you are clicking through the different settings it tells you what is what! This washing machine is probably one of the quietest I have ever heard and the first time I used it I genuinely didn't think it was working! Even on the highest spin setting of 1600pm you still cannot hear it! Even though it I paid around £400 for this it is definitely well worth the money and I would highly recommend this.
Hotpoint Aqualtis is probably the best washer i have ever used it has a massive 7.5 kg slightly tilted drum which fits in a double duvet nicely with no pushing or using your feet to squeeze it in it also has 4 memory functions so you can memorize all of your favourite and most used washes it has a timer that counts down so you know exactly how long is left on your wash cycle also it has amazing wash cycle functions like bed and bath for towels and bedding and a duvet cycle for as i stated above for duvets also it has shirt cycles and wool cycles it features an all lcd digital display with an information button which atually display information on the display telling you about each wash and what each button does and i actually mean it tells you by scrolling along the screen it also has a child lock and it also is super silent and i mean it is super quieeeeeeet when i first used my machine i had to keep going in to the kitchen to check that it was working honestly it was that quiet the spin speed is absolutely brill as well as the spin speed reaches a fantastic 1600 rpm which can be altered for different washes also so can the temperature as well but this is most definately the best washer i have used it beats all other hotpoint washers that i have had i purchased my washer from spectrum video and electricals in cottingham it cost me £470 but it is the best money i have ever spent
Front Load Drum Washer / Efficiency: A+AA / 16.53 lb / load / Features: Digital Display / Delayed Start Timer / Time Remaining Indicator / Short name: Hotpoint AQXXD169PM