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Hotpoint WMUD962P Washing Machine Ultima 1600 Spin 9kg A++AA LCD
Member Name: angelboouk
Hotpoint WMUD962P Washing Machine Ultima 1600 Spin 9kg A++AA LCD
Advantages: design, build, features, large drum, quiet, anti-stain
Disadvantages: nothing for me personally
The model that I will be discussing is the Hotpoint Ultima WMUD962P. I will briefly mention the features offered by this washing machine and then my experience of said features.
This washing machine has a 9kg capacity and is A++ energy rated. It is a freestanding machine, which needs to be connected to your cold water pipe and has a 1600rpm spin speed. This washing machine has 16 different programmes and features an anti-stain technology cycle. It also has a variable temperature control, an LCD display and a variable spin speed option. The machine has a brushless motor for super silent washes. It has a woolmark platinum cycle for delicate fibre laundry and is self-cleaning.
My washing machine is white in colour and the measurements are 850 x 595 x 599 mm. Included is a 5 years parts guarantee and 1-years labour guarantee. This washing machine has an annual consumption of 12056 litres and an A spin performance.
~Initial Impressions and Design~
My washing machine was delivered and fitted by Hotpoint staff. As someone who knows nothing about fitting washing machines, I was pleased to have this done for me. I was given a pack with the user guide, which is very easy to follow but to be fair, this washing machine is a doddle to use without even needing to look at the user guide. This washing machine replaced an older Hotpoint model and was the same size so fitted well into the space that I have in my kitchen.
Initial impressions of this washing machine were good. As I have all white appliances in my kitchen, it fitted in well. This washing machine is attractive in design and looks well built and solid. The drum is large and the machine has an easy to open door which feels well made unlike a previous Beko machine I owned. The door opens to the front and the machine is very easy to load. The design of this washing machine is excellent. Not only does it look incredibly modern and attractive, it is so simple to work. The top part of the washing machine features a number of buttons.
Each button has a clear picture to indicate which wash it is for. There are a few other buttons underneath the LCD display and everything is easy to locate. The detergent drawer is easy to pull out from the machine and extends at an angle. There are three sections - detergent, pre-wash and fabric conditioner and I quite like the fabric conditioner section, as there is a plastic bit over this to ensure you do not overload the machine.
~Using The Machine~
I was eager to try out my new toy so set about doing an initial, empty wash. This machine is so simple to use. The drum is huge! I went from using an 8kg drum to this 9kg drum and I must say that I prefer the larger drum. As a family of three and with me having a slight OCD with washing clothes, my washing machine is normally used a few times per day. The drum is big enough a large double duvet and bed sheets to be put in at any one time. It is so spacious and is perfect for families in my opinion.
I have used a number of functions and cycles on this machine so far and haven't been disappointed by how well it performs. I particularly like the LCD display as I haven't owned a machine with this feature before. It is clear, bright and tells me how long each cycle will take. Once the machine has been turned on, it bleeps quite loudly. The bleeping is also noticeable when you start a cycle and when each cycle finishes. I can hear the bleeping in my living room so know when a wash is finished. I find the various buttons to be very clean and pretty much self explanatory.
Within a few seconds of loading the machine, it is good to go. There is very little room for mistakes with this machine as the display shows which cycle you have chosen and the buttons around the display allow you to adjust the temperature and spin speed to suit your needs. You can reduce the temperature or the spin speed at the touch of a button. The machine indicates what it thinks is the right temperature for your chosen cycle but you don't need to go along with this - it is so versatile and user friendly. It is worth reading through the user manual as it states the maximum load for each cycle.
I tend to stick with the 1600rpm spin speed but often adjust the temperature as some clothes I wash do not need a high temperature. With the 1600rpm spin speed, my laundry comes out of the machine fairly dry which I find excellent and this is a complete time saver when it comes to drying the laundry. I would say as far as the super silent claim goes, this machine is quieter than most models. It isn't completely silent nor would I expect it to be but I can shut my kitchen door over and be confident that the machine isn't going to take off.
This cycle takes 3hours and allows for a maximum load of 5kg and maximum temperature of 40c. This is the main promoted aspect of this washing machine and having used it a few times now, I have been extremely pleased with the performance! Hotpoint claim that this technology will remove up to 20 everyday stains including blood, chocolate, ink and oil. Other machines I have owned have failed to remove stains in one wash - even on high temperatures.
I have been pleased with how well this machine has removed various stains including blood on a towel (cut my leg badly when shaving), stubborn tomato based stains on my dish towels (from cooking) and also ink on my partners work clothes after a pen leakage. Stains have disappeared in just one 40c wash and there is no need to pre-treat the clothing. I just use my normal detergent and fabric softener. We are not a dirty family but clothes can get dirty and I am confident that this washing machine will eliminate the stains effectively.
It is recommended that you use powder detergent on this cycle but I have used both powder and liquid detergent with equally as good results.
There are two fast wash options and I must say that these have proven to be invaluable in my home. If I am in a rush to go out but want to do a wash and hang it out to dry before I go, I use the quick function. I also find this ideal to use on clothes that are simply needing a quick freshen up as opposed to a thorough wash. I mainly use the 60-minute fast -wash, which is a 1600rpm wash with a maximum temperature of 60c. The 30minute fast -wash offers an 800rpm at 30c. I find the fast wash options to be excellent although you can only fill the washing machine with around 3.5kg of laundry so definitely not for full loads. Clothes are freshened up and cleaned perfectly well.
If you have members of the household who aren't too sure of how to work a washing machine (my partner for example) then this cycle is for them! My Cycle remembers your most popular wash cycles and stores them in a memory - cycle, temperature, spin speed etc. This makes it super quick for anyone in the house to select a programme and do the washing. No excuse now hubby!
~Bed & Bath~
This is an excellent cycle especially for those who have young children that have became unwell. If your child is sick or unwell through the night, the drum is big enough for all of the bed linen and towels to be thrown in and washed together on a 60c, 1600rpm wash. This wash takes up to 2.20hours depending on which temperature you set it at. Thankfully, my son hasn't been sick since owning this machine but I do use this wash for all my towels and bed linen anyway and I am comfortable popping them all in together.
~Cottons, Synthetics and Wools~
There are a number of cotton, synthetic and wool cycles available on this machine. I have used the cotton wash at 40c which took 3 hours and my cottons were left clean and soft. There is a 60c and a 20c option too. The synthetics cycles include those for delicates and resistant laundry. I can't comment on the wool cycle as I don't own anything wool or cashmere but this cycle is 40c at 800rpm and takes 1.5hours to complete.
The additional features on the machine are great but very rarely used by myself. There is a child lock which is easy for an adult to operate. I very rarely feel the need to use the spin or rinse function as laundry is spun and rinsed perfectly well. The time save feature is excellent for lightly soiled garments as it reduces the duration of the cycle by half the time. The reduced creases feature is good and effective especially for those of us who hate ironing. I have noticed less creases when using this but of course, laundry won't be completely free from creases. The Eco wash feature is perfect to use alongside a liquid detergent and it works by not actually heating the water. Again, I find this okay for lightly soiled laundry but I favour a hot wash for other laundry.
As I said before, this washing machine is self-cleaning and this is a quick and effortless task. There is an anti-allergy rinse, which removes any detergents and other allergens to ensure sensitive skin is cared for. I find that my washing machine has remained very clean smelling inside and is very easy to maintain. Additional features include a delay timer, which is a very handy feature to have if you want a cycle to begin at a certain time and finish for you coming home for example. This is also ideal for ensuring a wash is done in the morning before I get out of bed! The machine goes in to standby mode if no activity is detected after 30minutes. All these additional features are excellent.
~Where To Buy~
The Hotpoint Ultima WMUD962P is available from a few stores.
*www.currys.co.uk - £379.99
*www.johnlewis.com - £399.99
*www.tesco.com - £380.00
I would say that these prices represent excellent value for money. You get a lot for your money.
I love this washing machine and I am so pleased that I got to trial it for Hotpoint. It has an excellent range of features and whilst I won't personally make use of them all, there are plenty that fit in with my household needs. The large drum is perfect for my household as I can do more washing at any one time. Hotpoint have put a lot of thought in to additional features including the anti-stain feature, the delayed time etc and the machine is just so easy to work with. I would say that some of the cycles do take quite a while to run through but the results are worth waiting on in my opinion. All of my laundry comes out fresh, clean and smelling lovely. I find that this machine whilst very thorough at cleaning my laundry is kind to the laundry too.
This washing machine is of a high quality and build. Each wash is incredibly smooth and I have been extremely impressed by how dry laundry actually is when the cycle is finished. I have washed quite a lot in this machine so far including my sons clothing, partner's work clothes, my own clothes, bedding and towels and haven't experienced any issues with its performance. I have been able to cut down on the amount of washes I have to do per week due to the large drum and in turn, this has reduced my electricity use too so all is good.
All in all I can highly recommend this washing machine.
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Summary: a Hot machine!
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