Bought this washing machine 5 years ago and I'm still in love with it!! I was looking for a washing machine with a good energy rating. It also needed to be as quiet as possible as my house is open plan and the washing machine in the kitchen should not interfere with conversations going on in the living-room area. Load size was also important as I don't tend to do much washing during the week and wanted to get away with doing as few washes as possible.
I used price comparison sites and read tons of reviews and finally decided on the Hotpoint Ultima WT960. It's got to be the best washing machine I've ever used!!!
Not only did it tick all of my boxes, it also looks very stylish. Its LED display is easy to read and the program keys easy to understand and change. Though I said I don't do much laundry but when I do it, I do it right, which means I'm the type of gal who wants to change the temperature, spin speed etc. myself, and it's all possible with this machine! I have used the instruction manual a few times, as I couldn't remember how to just do a spin, for example. Even the instructions are easy to understand and come with a nice overview of the programs.
I moved the washing machine once in the kitchen when fitting a new worktop and unfortunately, the top bit on the front with the display on was slightly out of place meaning I couldn't use the machine. I was over my warranty by 3 days so had to pay for someone from Hotpoint to come out (cost me £120 in total inc. the part). The engineer replaced some mini motor piece for the electronic display, all within an hour. As the breakage was my fault, I can't fault the customer service I received.
As the machine is 5 years now, the glass of the drum at the front is scratched a bit, I think this is from clothes with zips scratching it during a cycle. The door doesn't sit quite flush with the washing machine but it only protrudes the usual 1.5cm. There's a beep when the machine's done, which is quite handy as I don't have to keep running over to check.
The tray for the laundry detergent is your typical plastic tray with 3 compartments. I use the laundry detergent compartment and the one for fabric conditioner and when I think it needs a bit of a clean from the remnants of the detergents, I can simply slide it out, clean it, and slide it back in.
The machine can be had for a decent price, I'd recommend price comparison sites, but for all its advantages over other washing machine, you don't need to pay more for all the features. Beats me why, but it's great!
I can't fault the machine!!
We bought our WT960 p washing machine in Jan 2008 and have yet to find a fault. This is the best washing machine i have used, so easy to use and extremely quiet! My two infant daughters can sleep in the next room during a spin cycle!
It had all the features we wanted in a washing machine and some, even looking good to match. The design is very modern, with a led display. All buttons are easy to press and the programmes are easy to read.
The door opens much wider than other washing machines we have had, which is great as you no longer have to have bruised elbows while trying to load a larger than normal load! The door sits back, not quite flat and does not swing in the way. The drum is of a decent size, even being able to take a king size feather down duvet and also enough clothes to fill a large whirly. During the cycle with the duvet, the washing machine worked flawlessly not faultering even on the spin cycle!
40 degree washes last between 113 and 130 minutes, a 30 wash lasts 30 mins, although i sometimes find that you need to do another spin just to get the excess water out of thicker items like jumpers or trousers. The wool programme is great for those little baby clothes including knitted cardigans that easily start to unravel themselves.
I have to be honest i probably dont use the washing machine to its full potential, although it is used at least once a day every day. Items generally come out pretty dry and uncreased, a great bonus for all of my husbands work shirts.
All in all a great washing machine!
The Hotpoint Ultima WT960 Front Load Washer has a capacity of 15.43 cubic foot, wash programs available: Wool, Wrinkle-Free, Soaking.