Washer / dryers are a highly-convenient package for any household, allowing clothes to be dried quickly without needing to hang them outside or over radiators. While these can use more electricity (and, as a consequence, be considered more expensive to run), they reduce the amount of time and space needed for drying clothes over hours or even days.
This Hotpoint WDAL8640PF freestanding washer/dryer is hugely popular with buyers, receiving great feedback for its high-quality performance, generous range of features, and quiet operation (somewhat uncommon with dryers).
This features just 12 wash programmes (considerably less than some alternative washing machines) as well as 3 drying programmes – given the dual-function of the appliance, many people may be willing to forgive the lesser choice. However, all types of clothing and fabrics can be washed carefully and effectively, with programmes including Cotton, Intensive (for more stubborn stains), Mixed Load, Spin & Drain, Sports (for easier removal of muds and even blood), Pre Wash, and Silk Wash, to name a few.
This Hotpoint machine features Anti Allergy and Anti Stain technology for a more thorough, more pleasant experience for households with common allergies: this gives fabrics extra treatments during cycles to remove bacteria more effectively. There is also a Super Silent setting – this is an especially quiet cycle, which can be used later on in the evening, through the night, or early in the morning without disruption. Households with strange work-patterns and special requirements will find this a key advantage over competing machines.
A childproof lock is included in the design, which stops curious young children from changing programmes during washing or drying cycles. Reverse Action is also present, which loosens clothes towards the end of the cycle for reduced creasing and, consequently, less need for ironing (saving time in the long-run). A sensor inside the appliance detects when clothes are dry, and switches to a cool tumble, with no direct involvement from the user needed – this also helps to make sure clothes aren’t over-dried.
Buyers searching for the most energy-efficient washing machine may be a little disappointed with the Hotpoint WDAL8640P Freestanding Washer/Dryer, as it has an energy rating of A – while this is still incredibly high (the scale runs right down to G), there are other machines which offer an A+++ rating. This is still energy-efficient, though, and provides outstanding performance, with Wash Performance and Spin Performance both rated A.
The washer/dryer accepts a maximum load of 8 kg for washes (equal to 40 adult T-shirts) and 6 kg for drying (30 adult T-shirts): this should be enough for the majority of households.
This is a popular model with buyers, having received positive feedback and recommendations: washer/dryers can be expensive, but the price of this is very affordable for most budgets, and should provide years of high-quality performance.
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Combines washing and drying in one easy-use appliance Anti Allergy feature for more efficient removal of bacteria Child-lock on controls Super Silent programme for quiet use Reverse drum setting for less creases
Not as energy-efficient as some of today's other models