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I bought the Hotpoint BHWM129 integrated washing machine just over a year ago when I had my kitchen refitted and I went from free standing to integrated appliances.
There were various factors that made me choose this particular model. Firstly, the price which at around £350 is pretty competitive for a standard sized washing machine.
Secondly, this model has various specialist preset wash cycles from silk, wool, baby clothes, shirts, lingerie and fast wash, down to the standard wash cycles. On top of these are extra settings for 'superwash' 'mini load' 'reduced creases' and 'extra rinse' which can be incorporated with any wash.
Along with the range of preset wash options and the price, the other important factor of this model is the fact that it's so quiet. My kitchen leads directly onto my living room and my old washing machine sounded like a jet engine when it was on which meant we had to shout to be heard and hearing the telly was virtually impossible. So prior to buying this particular Hotpoint model I researched various models and this one came out very favourably for its lack of noise.
Lastly, I needed an 'A' energy rated washing machine. This model is 'A' rated for it's wash and spin ability.
So that is what made me choose this machine but the real test was trying it out. Over a year later, I'm really pleased with it. Its large drum can accomodate alot of washing. I regularly use nearly all of the cycles and added options and I particularly like the fast wash and mini load and reduced crease options. The washing performance is great and not too harsh which can be the case with some machines. Lastly, this machine is definitely very quiet which took a bit of getting used to because I kept checking whether I had switched it on it was so quiet.
There is one point about this model that hasn't particularly impressed me though and that is it's spin cycle. It has the regular spin cycle settings that most washing machines have and I generally use the 1200rpm spin but it doesn't always spin the washing fully and I have to spin it again. This is particuarly the case when I have a fairly heavy load in the machine.
For this reason, although I would highly recommend this model as value for money in terms of all the functions and its washing performance, its spin cycle can let it down from time to time.
Summary: Well worth buying if you don't mind re-spinning from time to time