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We bought this washing machine a couple of years ago and paid just over £400 pound at the time.
The machine is an A+ energy rating and as with all new machines is a cold fill.
The maximum load is 7.5 kg which is a lot of washing, i have washed a double quit in it, I don't know if a kingsize would fit though.
The digital display on the front makes it very easy to see how long the cycle as left as it is counted down in minutes.
The choice of programs that are preset is very good the full list of preset programs is
Fast Wash 30 mins
Whites and pre wash
Bed and Bath ( For towels sheets etc)
Each of the above is preset with default times and spin speed etc but you can customise by using some of the additional settings, for example you can change the temerature, add an extra rinse to the cycle, reduce the total time with the time saver function or increase/decrease the spin speed.
In addition you can use the machine just to spin handy for items that are heavy such as jeans towels you can spin them again at the end of the cycle to cut down on the drying time.
The machine has a child lock function which when pressed will disable all the other buttons on the front of the machine until the button is pressed and held down for a few seconds.
The other advantage is that there is a delay timer function, handy if you get cheaper electricity through the night, you can load up the machine and delay the start of the load until the cheaper tarrif kicks in.
I find the machine easy to use and quiet in use, the only time you notice is when the full spin at the end kicks in.
The drawer for soap and conditioner is actually behind the door which does take a little getting used to but if you do need to get in to the machine the door can be unlocked using the pause button, this is very handy as it's not the first time I have started a wash and forgotten to add the softner, the pause button unlocks the door allowing access.
This is a handy little function as you can pause at any point in the cycle and when you unpause the cycle starts again from where it left off.
Overall this is a very good washing machine if you have a family, the large capacity means you are having to do less loads overall and it is a bit cheaper on powder etc, you usually use half as much again when using a large load machine compared to a standard one but are doing less individual loads.
I mainly use the colours and whites settings and find that the top spin speed of 1400 excellent, lightweight items like fleece, t-shirts etc need very little drying time after being spun at 1400.
I would recommend the machine to anyone I have had no problems at all,
When I grew tired of the sight of my arthritic mother humped over a rock by the river side, bashing my sweet jackets against it in the pouring rain, knuckles bloodied from the chemical burns caused by industrial strength detergents and from fighting off feral children who would have my underwear to patch up the holes in their leaf-tents, I decided it was time to buy her a washing machine. Having had very bad experiences in the past with washing machines and the potential serial killers employed to repair them it became clear that the time for skinflintery was over. Enter the Aqualtis!
The Aqualtis range was relatively new when I was in the market for a new machine and as such it was much-hyped in the shops through which I was browsing. Eventually I was convinced that it was probably the best choice, certainly the best choice within my price range, and bought the lil' fella with my hard-earned government benefits.
Installation was very easy, and the only issue I really had was getting the thing to level out. Twiddling the little feet on each corner of the machine's underside takes a great deal of patience and skill, so naturally I just stuffed a coaster under one of 'em and that sorted it. Besides levelling it out you need to attach a hose pipe to the cold tap (it doesn't use hot water) and slide a second hose into a vacant drainpipe for...well, drainage. As is the case with all new washing machines you have to loosen a few bolts on the back which are there to keep everything stable in transit. Easy peasy.
The machine is advertised as being quiet, but I can assure you that it makes a massive racket, at least after the first few months of use. When the spin cycle is in full whack you won't be able to hear yourself talk. It's like standing on an airport runway. Worth keeping in mind if you're trying to wash clothes surreptitiously for the KGB, or indeed if you're planning to invent some sort of motorised time machine.
Now for the technical stuff!
You can't punch in your own washing parameters and instead have to make use of the presets, although you can tweak certain aspects of them. You can, for instance, decrease the temperature, spin speed and the length of time the wash will take by using the appropriate buttons. An example:
The "Coloureds" preset has the following default parameters:
Spin Speed: 1400
You can reduce the temperature to 30°C or have no temperature at all. You can decrease the spin speed to 1200, 800, 600, or have no spin at all. You can use the Time Saver button which will knock 12 minutes off the default time. These options are available for all presets, although the default values are different for each.
There are three other buttons besides the Time Saver one which let you alter the selected washing preset even further. If you switch on the Reduced Creases function it will add an extra 12 minutes to the overall wash. The Mini Load function seems superfluous to me because it does exactly the same thing as the Time Saver function, and both of these options can't be on at the same time anyway. An Extra Rinse will add 16 minutes to the wash time. Most of these options can be mixed and matched.
There's a knob which is surrounded by LED-lit icons representing presets and when you select one of these presets the digital display on the machine shows all of the relevant parameters for that setting, and the figures are altered in real-time as you fiddle with the parameters.
The complete list of presets is as follows:
White & Prewash
Bed & Batch
The machine's 7.5K drum can hold a Double duvet. A King Size duvet can fit if you're willing to put your back into it, but it's a tight squeeze. 7.5K is quite a hefty space to fill, so you'll get through your washing quicker than you might expect, especially if you're used to cheaper washing machines.
Unusually, the detergent and fabric softener drawer is inside the machine. You have to open the door in order to access it. It's something which takes a little bit of getting used to; for the first couple of weeks I found myself closing the door after loading the drum and then standing with the fabric softener in my hand, staring blankly at the machine for a few seconds, before realising. The drawer can be easily removed for cleaning, but for some reason it's inserted into the body of the machine at a slight angle. This means you have to pull it out at an angle to prevent unnecessary stress to the plastic lip. It's somewhat awkward, and you have to jiggle it a little to inch it out of its little compartment. Pushing it back in once you've filled it with detergent and/or fabric softener is trickier, because with every "jerk" as you try to ease it back in the powder and liquid spill out a little. Kinda irritating.
When you start each wash you'll hear a clank sound as the door is bolted shut from the inside. When the wash is finished you'll hear the same noise again, which is a handy indicator that the wash is finished; you don't need to keep checking if it's finished every time the drum is at rest for a minute or two.
There's a Child Lock button on the front of the door which, when held down for three seconds, will disable all of the other buttons/knobs and will keep the door itself locked until you hold the button down for a further three seconds. This is an extremely handy feature if you have a few sprogs running around wreaking havoc; now they can press the buttons as much as they want without subsequently earning themselves a night in the cellar for ruining my aforementioned sweet jackets.
One of the coolest features the machine has is a pause button. It can be activated at any time during the wash, and when you unpause it it will simply pick up where it left off. Also, if you start a wash and realise you need to make a change to the load or you've forgotten the fabric softener you can pause it which will also unlock the door, allowing you to gain access to the inside. If the drum is full of water the door won't unlock until it has drained away. How awesome is that? Very, that's how.
The machine is an A+ classed machine, which means it uses your electricity in a very efficient manner. It means you can sleep easy at night if you're an environmentalist, but more importantly it also means you'll be spending slightly less on your leccy bill! Score!
I paid around £400 for this machine a couple of years ago, and with the exception of the deafening loudness of the full speed spin cycle it's been worth every penny. The machine is a hulking monster of engineering and can hold massive amounts of clothing in a single load, and you have a great deal of control over how each load is washed. For the price this machine is a steal. If it weren't for the eardrum-shattering volume and the fidgety drawer I'd have given it the full five stars.
We purchased this washing machine from Comet about 1 year ago for £429 and I couldnt be more pleased! We've always bought quite cheap washing machines but after the 3rd one broke down on us decided we would go with the 'You get what you pay for' approach! Admittedly, it was a bit more than I wanted to pay but it really was worth it.
Firstly, you notice the stylish design, which fits in nicely with any kitchen. The digital display is also extremetly helpful for me and saves having to wait home for the machine to finish as there is a countdown timer and it also details what stage the wash is at!
The functions are fantastic, prewash, cold wash, quickwash, 90 degree wash - you name it, it does it!
Once you choose your cycle, you then have the option to increase or decrease the temparature and spin speed (top spin speed is 1400rpm).
The Super Silent function does what it says on the tin! Once balanced correctly, you hardly know its on (even on full spin) which is wonderful for those overnight cycles. All this and its an A+ energy rating!
It is really simple to use (Believe me!) and the instruction booklet lists all the different cycles and settings in an easy to read style. The detergent drawer pulls out easily to be cleaned and the machine will stay gleaming white with a wipe over every few days or so!
The best part for me is the size of the drum (7kg) which means I can practically empty our wash basket in 2 loads. It also washes duvets which is extremely useful.
There is your usual filter at the bottom of the machine, which certainly works. I have found coins, hairgrips and allsorts so this appears to be very effective.
In all, i am extremely happy with this purchase.
Front Load Drum Washer, Efficiency: A+AB, 16.54 lb. load, Features: Delayed Start Timer, Child Safe, Colors: White / The Hotpoint Aqualtis AQXXF149PI Front Load Washer has a capacity of 16.54 cu. ft., wash programs available: Wool, Wrinkle-Free.