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This washing machine is very well featured for such a cheap (£300) Hotpoint. It has 13 different cycles which cover every possible wash you would want to do, including eco friendly ones. It has the delay start function, which is great when you are going out and don't want to leave damp washing in for ages. I haven't used them but it has options for 'reduced creases' 'Mini load' and 'Super wash'. All of the buttons, indicators and display are well laid out and clear, it even counts down the time left until the end of the cycle. The best feature in my opinion, is the Child Lock button, which if you have children under 5 running around, they usually love to tinker with the buttons and this protects you from washes been set off or interrupted! It washes clothes very well on all the cycles i use, and isn't particularly noisy, I have owned quieter machines but this does the job. The drum holds a good amount of clothes, and the door opens wide to allow easy loading/unloading. The drawer for detergents feels slightly too flimsy and plasticky, sometimes wonder if I might snap it off. Other than that this is a brilliant washing machine!
Was a bit dubious as Hotpoint don't seem to have a very good reputation at the moment and aren't even featured in the which best buys category. However I was more than plesantly surprised by this user friendly machine which seems to have more features than the more expensive machines. I love the quick wash which on a 30 degree setting takes only 43 minutes and cleans really well. I also like the LED countdown so that you know exactly how long there is to go. You can also delay the start time which is useful if you have items which are prone to creasing and are going out. The only drawbacks I can think of is that it doesn't have an extra rinse facility although you can choose a rinse cycle once the washing has finished. It isn't as quiet as you would hope but I wouldn't say it was especially noisy and it's a small drawback considering the many plus points this machine has. In conclusion I think this is an excellent machine for the money with some very good and useful features. It cleans well and at this price I wouldn't be upset if it only lasted two or three years.
Short name: Hotpoint WMF740