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We bought our washer dryer to use mainly as a washer, but we wanted a back-up if our tumble dryer went wrong. I hate the house looking like Widow Twanky's laundry when the tumbler goes wrong!!
I have to say that this particular washer dryer has been one of the most reliable we have ever had. It takes a 7kg load (though you do have to reduce that weight to 5kg if you want to dry the clothes as well) and has loads of different settings. You can choose what temperature you want the water to be. It's a cold-fill so heats up once it gets going. This is fairly quick too, so very efficient. The washing cycles all vary in time and it tells you how far the cycle has gone via a lighted gauge on the front. An average cycle takes about 1hr 20 minutes for a wash...longer if you add a drying cycle.
The washing quality is good. Never had any problems getting things clean and it spins almost dry. The spinner is a tad loud compared to other machines we have had. The dryer is good, though not as effective as a normal tumble dryer. It gets small loads dry in about an hour and there are different settings for how much you want them to dry. I do find that it creases shirts and trouser more than my tumble dryer and clothes are less easy to iron when dried in this machine.
Price-wise we paid about £495 for our machine, which is a pretty average price.
We bought this machine when we moved into our first house a few years ago. It's a washer dryer so very convenient to be able to wash the clothes and then dry them all at once. When it is working, it does work very well. The washes dont take very long, for an average wash cycle its about an hour and then to dry then its a further hour an a half and everything comes out clean and dry. However the problems we have had are with the filter. On other machines we have had if water wont drain out of the machine it is usually down to something such as a penny, hair clip etc being stuck in the filter and you can just access the filter yourself and remove the obstruction and the machine will work again. With this washing machine the filture is hidden inside the machine meaning you are forced to call out an engineer to fix it for you at around £50 a time. For this reason I would not recommend buying this washing machine as what is usually an easly fixed problem in other machines becomes a larger issue with this one due to this fact.
I live in a rented flat and after my last machine packed up it was replaced by the land lady with this one.
It is a good reliable machine and is great for the five or so loads I do a week. Living in a flat without a garden I also use the tumble dry mode for trying sheets and towels. When things are tumble dried I do find that they come out very creased but I have also found this with other washer / driers so this is not a problem with only this machine and I suspect it is a problem with all washer / driers.
There are a number of cycles on the machine, although I tend to mainly use the same one the others are useful in certain circumstances. There is fast wash which only takes an hour which is good if you are in a hurry. The only thing that I miss cycle wise from my old machine is the delicate wash cycle although I assume the silk wash on this machine is roughly the same and so I use this for my delicates.
There is also a dial on the machine which means you can choose to change the temperature of the cycle from the preset option. I think this is great and have it set constantly at an environmentally aware 30 degrees.
The tumble dry dial on the machine has two ways of setting. You can either choose the length of time in minutes or you can choose how dry you would like your laundry to be. I tend to use the minutes option myself. There are seperate drying cycles on the machine or many of the washing cycles will go automatically to the drying cycle if you have set the drying dial.
There are also buttons on the machine that give you options for a super wash if your clothes are particularly soiled, an extra rinse, mini load (which is great if you don't have a full load) and a slow spin (which is great if you have woolen or delicate items).
My favourite function of the machine are the additional cycles, Rinse Fast, Spin Fast and Pump Out. I especially like the rinse fast option as i have been known to put washing in a machine one day and not get round to hanging it out until the next so the fact that I can give it a quick rinse before I hang it without having to put it through another whole cycle is great. This way I avoid that damp smell which you usually get if you leave the washing in the machine for too long.
There is a start / pause button on the machine and the pause function on this is great if you are tumble drying and want to check to see of the items are dry. There is also an on / off button on the machine but the machine does switch itself off automatically once the cycle has finished which is very environmentally friendly and saves electricity for you.
Well i purchased one of these models when i moved and as i needed a tumble dryer to i thought it would be great as id read reviews on it. the machine arrived and although it is a standard size it looked massive compared to my old one so if you have a small kitchen i wouldnt reccomend as it really stands out in mine.other then this its really good there are plent of cycles to use and all of them are explained in detail in the manual in English! the cycles are all printed on the front of the machine and the capacity is huge. i can fit more than a standard load in. the only draw back i find is that although it does have several drying options they dont all do what they say as the easy iron mode does no more than if you were to dry your clothes any other way.the machine is very quiet and i find myslef checking constantly to see if it has finished as you really wont hear this machine spinning at all.its easy to install and come with the adjustable legs so its definatly sat evenly on your floor.
Our landlady kindly replaced our washer /dryer earlier this Summer after our last one died - after only 18mths use.
This new machine is very good. It is very easy to use which is a bonus in our flat as my other flatmates are not ones for reading instruction manuals!
There is a decent capacity and a range of different washing programmes.
The front of the machine lists the programmes under three titles, essentials, specials and drying. We use the essentials programmes most often as it includes the usual cottons and coloureds washes. The specials has options like wool, silk and a baby cycle. The drying cycle offers you the chance to choose synthetics, cottons or wool.
There is a seperate dial for temperature so if you wish to lower the temperature of your washing you can do so (I often use a 30deg wash) You can't go higher though, so if you select option 3 which is coloureds at 40deg you can't then select a temperature of 60deg.
The dryer dial enables you to select either different times (from 40 to 180mins) or how dry the items are once they've dried . Iron (slightly damp), hanger (dry) or cupboard (very dry and suggested for towels).
You can set the machine to go straight from washing to drying but you need to remember that the max loads are different and so it can be better to wash. Remove some items and then dry them seperately.
There are also additional functions for slow spin, mini load, extra rinse and super wash. Although I've not tried these out yet.
The detergent drawer swings out and has three compartments although only two are used. I would prefer it if the fabric conditioner section had measurements as it leaves me guessing how much to add.
One of the problems I have with washing machines is figuring out how heavy my clothes are. They make all sorts of recommendations based on weight of clothes but I don't have scales at home and I've no idea how heavy my usual wash is. I don't know the best way round it but it does make me wonder if I'm using the machine correctly sometimes.
There is a very useful choice of ready to wear. Which enables you to wash and dry a small load of 1kg in 60mins. I haven't used it yet but it would be perfect for that emergency when your favourite outfit is dirty but you have nothing else to wear.
Overall I'm happy with the machine, my clothes come out clean and it is an efficient machine, I don't feel the programmes are overly long at all.
I also like the options to change the temperature and drying times.
We have had this machine for about five months now and I find it to be very good. I use it primarily at the weekend and do about four to five loads over the two days, so perhaps that's not particularly heavy use. Regardless, it is efficient and has multiple settings which is useful - it has two cycles that finish in about an hour which are probably the ones I use most often. I also appreciate the separate temperature dial and the ability to mix temperature and cycle.
In retrospect I would buy the machine again or would possibly opt for a slightly fancier version that displays information including time left in the cycle as it's difficult to guess how much time is left by just looking at the lights.
I will say that it is a tiny bit noisy, particularly if the load isn't a very big/heavy one, but that's a minor complaint. It has a "mini load" option which I've used with success - it doesn't quieten it down though.
I don't use the dryer often, but as with most combo units, it's not that great. I used it for a king sized duvet cover recently and it took two full drying cycles to be completely dry but that is how I've always found such machines to be - if you keep the load very small and run the dryer (e.g. a few hand towels or a single sheet sized towel) it does the trick, but I'm not sure that's such an environmentally friendly thing to do on a regular basis.
It doesn't have any sort of trap door or anything to remove lint, etc. which I have to admit seems odd. But so far so good and I suspect that running a descaling product through it periodically would keep it clean enough.
We only brought the washer drier 3 months ago, since then we have had 2 calls outs and just called them again today because we returned home this morning to find that all the lights were flashing, reset it like they told me and put it onto empty then spin, as it started to spin the drum thrashed fiercly and it started clattering enough to loosen the kitchen unit it was in, when we called they tried to sell us some special hotpoint cleaner (£20 For A Years Supply) and further insurance, and then told us that we had to wait in all day thursday till they could come out, we are a family 2 adults 3 boys on summer holidays ans out of the 3 months we have had the machine it has been out of use 15-16 days so would not reccomend this machine and would look for another brand remembering that they are indesit too
Hotpoint Aquarius WDL520P / Energy Class: B / Wash Efficiency: A / Spin Cycle Efficiency: B / Max load Capacity: 7 kg / Max Drying Capacity: 5 kg / 16 Programmes / 2 Drying Temperatures Easy iron / Extra Rinse / Half Load / Automatic Consumption Control / Daily Wash 30in / Silk Programme / Short name: Hotpoint WDL520P