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Living in a small terraced house in York with no garden, I do not have much room for drying bigger items like sheets and towels, so decided to opt for a washer/dryer. I have always though Indesit was quite a good brand name, and haven't had any problems with any of their appliances before. The machine has a good programme list, looks smart, and is of a decent size. It's pretty easy to use, with three dials rather than the multitude of buttons and digital screens that some of them seem to have at the moment. However, since using it, I have been left very unimpressed. It has a reasonable drum size, but when you get even close to filling it, the clothes in the middle don't even seem to get wet! Some of them, when dry, seem almost crispy, as if the washing powder hasn't been rinsed out. When using the 50 degree or 90 degree washes, it carries on washing constantly until you manually switch it off, drain and spin it. The first time this happened, I was obviously not expecting it, went out for the day, and came home 14 hours later with the washing machine still going! I think this may put a bit of a dent in it's 'eco-friendly' credentials. The dryer also takes a ridiculous 21/2 hours to get through a few towels. Overall, it has some good ideas and potential, but in practice is just not good enough.
Short name: Indesit WIXXL146