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A washer-dryer well worth a spin
Member Name: PaigeTurner
Advantages: A real space saver for smaller houses and efficient at both washing and drying
Disadvantages: Very noisy and no timer to show how long there is to go on a setting
I am very satisfied with my recent purchase of a Hotpoint WDL540 washer-dryer.
But at the same time it does have its pitfalls.
The trouble with washer dryers is that because they have to perform two different functions, one of these functions tends to be sub-standard to the other. I have used washer-dryers before where the drying facility has been quite poor, for example, leaving clothes quite damp despite being in the dryer for a significant amount of time. With this washer-dryer however, this is not the case. It performs both functions up to the same high standard.
The washing function is very efficient, thoroughly cleaning the clothes and leaving them well-spun so they do not hold excess water. It is easy to use. All you have to do is select your required setting, all of which are detailed on the front of the machine, and turn the dial to the corresponding number and press start. Often you may have to press this button twice though to get it going.
The drum can take a laundry basket of clothes comfortably and water does not remain in the rim of the drum as can occur with some machines.
The drying setting is just as easy to use. Again just choose the required setting from the front of the machine and set the dial to that number and then turn the adjacent dial to the time required. I find that most loads, even of water holding items such as towels, only tend to require about sixty minutes of drying time.
The pitfalls of this machine are that it is very noisy when it is on. It would be unrealistic to wish for a quiet machine as the turning of the drum and the filling up with water are all going to produce a certain level of sound but I find this machine is significantly louder than other machines I have used, to the point it is difficult to clearly hear the television in the other room, for example, when it is on.
The other downfall is there is no timer on the machine to show how long it has been on, either during the washing or drying function. Other dryers certainly allow you to gauge how long the drying has to go as the timer dial will slowly make its way round to nought during the progression of the cycle. With this machine the dial remains stationary on the selected time period for the dry throughout.
But all told these are minor inconveniences in what has proven to be an efficent machine The other benefit is it is ideal for houses with little space for both a washing machine and a dryer. The true test will be whether it continues to work as efficiently over time.
Summary: One of the most efficient washer-dryers on the market
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