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What a great washing machine. When I first got this washer I had upgraded from a very basic washer, so I thoughT my pleasure with this washer was down to sheer novelty and I would soon get used to it. 3 years down the road and I am still impressed though.
Admittedly, a washer is a washer and they all look reasonably similar in general appearance. However, my last washer was integrated into the kitchen units so was hidden behind a door (thank goodness as it was a disgusting dirty beige colour!). For this reason I was a little conerned about having a new washer that would be on show for all to see, but I am pleased to say it is a lovely, smart addition to my kitchen/utility room. It is a lovely bright white colour that simply wipes clean; very easy. The dials and drawer are also white so blend in perfectly, with just the writing/numbers in smart black print.
I was so impressed with this. There are 3 dials, the largest of which is the prigram dial. There is a full range of washing programmes available including a 30degree cool wash, silk wash, standard 40degree wash, acrylics, wool, superwash, fast wash and white wash, along with the availablty of a pre-wash option and also a handwash option; the fact that this can be done in a machine kind of defies the term hand-wash, but nevertheless, I am delighted with this option. Each wash corresponds to a letter which is on the dial, the key to which is printed tidily on the front of the washer.
The two other dials are a temperature dial and a speed dial. Temperature can be adjusted from no heat up to 60 degrees; speed of the spin can be adjusted from no spin to 1400. I must admit I generally kepp my speed on 1000 and temp set to 40, but occasionally adjust them for bedding and towels to give them a more vigorous wash.
There are also 5 functions available to select when starting the wash. These are;
extra rinse, rinse hold, wash enhance, mini-load, decreased crease. Some of these are self explanatory, but the uses of the others are explained in the instruction booklet supplied with the washer. When one of these programmes are selected there s a clear red light next to it, so it is easy to see what has been chosen, and likewise to deselect it.
Simple to use
It couldn't be much easier to use this washer. The clothes are simply loaded into it, washing powder/conditioner added, programme, heat, speed selected, and then the 'start' button begins the process. This needs to be held down for 3 seconds for it to work which is good as it means it is unlikely that the washer will be switched on by accident. There are 5 very helpful lights situated at the top of the washer which signal at which stage in the process the washer is at, so you have a rough idea of how much longer it will take. The door remains locked for a few seconds after the washing has finished - until the light goes off - then it is safe to open the door.
Some washers give the impression that they are about to take flight during a spin; the vibrations and noise almost cringeworthy. This one, however, is very quiet in comparison. It seems smooth and calm at all times, and doesn't make a huge noise. I paid about £150 for this washer a few years ago and I haven't had a problem with it whatsoever yet. I am delighted with the product, think it's been great value, and would recommend it to anyone.
I bought this washing machine a month ago based on its low price and its Eco washing programs. I was looking for a basic washing machine in the lower price end of the spectrum which would be economical as well as deliver good washing performance and which would give me some flexibility in washing programs (my previous machine had only fixed programs and spin speed and temperature were fixed.
The layout of the control panel is simple and easy to understand, with separate dials for program, temperature and spin speed. There are three sets of programs, everyday (whites, synthetics etc at various temperatues) Special (lingerie, baby clothes (this programe gives an extra rinse to ensure baby skin is protected from potential irritation from washing powder), silk and wool, and the Eco programs for cotton synthetics and speed wash. Most of these programs can be customised for temperature and spin speed.
There are also some other selection buttons for Creases and Extra rinse etc. I have not used any of these expect Mini wash which speeds up the wash cycle for half the weight.
I was most interested in the Eco programs which are specially designed to wash efficiently in cold water - heating the water uses most electricity - but was doubtful that it could compare with warmer washes. I have to say I was very happy with the results I got from lightly soiled whites and coloured cottons. For medium to heavily soiled washes I think a warmer wash would be better but I will definitely be using the Eco programs for most washes from now on.
I have also used the Cotton program at 60 and the synthetics, both of which performed well. The Fast Wash program says it is for freshening up and it really does mean that. It is suitable for clothes that have been worn once and haven't been soiled at all, but certainly not for underwear or anything slightly dirty. There is a quick wash in the Eco program but it is not particularly fast at 60 mins.
The machine spins quietly at 1200 and gets the clothes dry enough. I usually use 1000 anyway to save a bit of energy.
In summary: this is a great washing machine at the price point for a low user (couple or single person). It delivers good performance at the lowest end of the price spectrum and with relatively low usage should be a good choice.
My Washing machine went to washing machine heaven one Saturday morning so I took myself and my hubby to our local department store.
There was a large range of Washing Machines with different prices, shapes, sizes, spin speed. After a few minutes one of the sales staff approached us and asked if they could help. He asked us a few questions regarding what was our price range and what size of family we had from this information he pointed out 2 different machines that ticked all the boxes and in the end it was the ease of use, the size of drum and the spin speed that made us decide on the Hotpoint. We could not wait until the middle of the week until it was delivered, so we took it home in the car.
After we got it into the house. We unpacked the washing machine which was very easy. We then installed the machine. Fortunately, we had retained the old pipe from our old washing machine as the new part was too short.
We then run a test wash and then our washing machine was ready to go.
My new machine is cold fill which saves my gas bill as I no longer need to use hot water to run my washing machine.
The programmes are easy to follow which means I can set the machine and all that needs to be done is that is just requires to be switched on.
The faster spin speed ensures that my clothes dry quicker but it also has the option of decreasing the spin speed if you have delicate items in the washer.
Overall. a great product at a reasonable price.
Don't you just hate it when your washing machine gives up the ghost and you know that it's time to put your hand into your savings to buy another one. I hate it when kitchen appliances break , especially the expensive one's as you know they are going to set you back a few hundred quid or more.
So, as my old tired washing machine has done it's duty for a family of five for the past eight years is now on it's way to the scrap yard. I headed out to town to have a look around the electrical stores to see if I could find a bargain washing machine.
After looking around Curry's Comet and Dixon's I found a new washing machine that suited my needs at a reasonable price, most of the washing machines are around the same price £ 260 - £300, which is the price range I expected to pay, so when I browsed the shops for a good deal and found the HOTPOINT White Washing Machine at the cheaper price of £254. 99 at Dixon's I was happy. In the other shops it was a little dearer so I was happy to pay this for a new space age looking machine to replace my old dinosaur.
So what does it do ?
Well, its brilliant !
The machine is the standard size and fits under the work top into the little gap where the other machine lived, it's a nice white colour and fits in nicely with my other kitchen appliances. It has a large washing capacity of 6kg, which is large enough to stuff a duvet into it to freshen up when you feel like spring cleaning.
It is energy efficient and I was surprised to learn that nowadays ( feels ancient ) you only have a cold pipe coming off your washing machine. My old one had the red and blue water pipes to feed the machine the water, but this one only takes in cold water and heats it up. I asked the sales person what happened to the red pipe for the hot water and was told this was an energy efficient machine so will save me money on the electric bills. It says that the machine is a grade A which is the best energy efficient letter you can have as they grade them A to G so it's good for saving money. I have an electric meter which I buy tokens for each week, living in the middle of no-where means we don't have modern electric meters or mains gas. So I watched the meter before I put my washing in. The old washing machine used to whiz the meter round and used 50p each wash, my new HOTPOINT White Washing Machine used 22p ! How brilliant is that ? I was amazed at how much electricity this new machine is going to save me. Not only is it quiet but economical too.
The washing cycles are easy to use with the dials on the front of the machine and an easy to follow numbered guide on the front of the left hand side. These are numbered for the various washes. Wool, quick wash, delicates, pre-wash ect.
I usually use the 40 degrees wash and a 900 spin cycle as it only takes around 35 minutes and the washing comes out nearly dry.
The drum is huge compared to my old washing machine and it can easily take a full wash with room to spare. I am told that with the smaller load there is more room for the washing to move around and it's less likely that your washing comes out creased up, which for me is another added extra as I hate ironing.
I was really surprised at how quiet this machine was. My old machine seemed to rattle and hum when on a spin cycle, it was surprising how much I took to this machine immediately for the quietness it has shown. I'm impressed.
It has variable spin cycles for you to choose for each different temperature or if your in a hurry as if it's a nice day you can put it on a low spin cycle and put your washing out on the line to dry in the warm weather and it won't take long to dry. It also has a spin stability to balance the load and 16 different programmes of washing cycles to choose from, as I said before the guide is on the front of the machine so it's really each to use.
The powder compartments are easy to use two compartments, one for pre-wash and the other for just the quick wash, you can add you fabric conditioner here to if you use it. I don't as my daughter has sensitive skin so we just use as less chemicals as possible.
At the end of the wash programme the drum continues to turn to prevent the washing from settling into creases and folds.
All in all I am really happy with my buy. If your looking for a washing machine then I would recommend this one as it's quiet, does everything you need it too and has a large drum for the extra washing load. A 40 degrees wash takes about 35 minutes so you don't have to wait too long for the washing to finish if you need to do a small wash in a hurry, my daughter for example always leaves hers to the last minute and then shoves a quick wash on the morning she is going out so that she can dry it in the tumble dryer and wear it on her night out.
At £254.99 I think I got a real bargain.
This machine has quite a good name to it and is also quite a reliable machine.
First of all it has a strong look to it, with a nice big wide door that sits flush into the machine.
Looks: the machine has quite a complex looking dash, on there are all of the settings and there corresponding number, the dial to set this, the temperature control, the spin control, then the extra setting and the LED to show you what the wash is doing.
Washing: the machine has quite a good wash with plenty of setting and also eco setting and a quick wash. The machine also has a half load to save time and energy. The load is average at 6kg which is good for an average size family. The spin speed at 1200rpm is good, but not excellent, altho I find it sufficient.
The machine has just the cold fill which is a lot better.
The only thing with this machine is you don't really know how long each wash will take as it just has the LED's and no actual display.
Costing me around £260.00 I think this was good, which also has a 1 year labour and 5 year part warranty. Altho to have parts after the 1 year, you have to pay the labour charge, which seams to cost a lot.
I use this washing machine at home and I do find it very reliable. This Hotpoint 1200 spin washing machine has 'AA' graded washing and energy efficiency which is great for heloing to save my energy bills, it features an easy iron setting and a very wide opening door for ease of loading/unloading my washing.
The product was very easy to install - well my partner did it so it looked easy. The machine is also quiet so it doesnt make such a racket when spinning.
The machine as a lot of features to choose from with 16 washing programmes. It can hold 6kg of washing which is brilliant for when I have lots of washing to get through.
It has a daily wash for items washed on daily basis which only takes 30 mins!
The features are very easy to use just a flick of a knob and touch of a button and off you go. The design is good - not too technical and its very good quality.
The machine has lasted 3 years and its very reliable. I purchased the machine at a reasonable £280 which wasn't too bad that wads from comet.
All in all a good reailble machine.
Short name: Hotpoint WML520P