Now as you can imagine purchasing a new washing machine is not a task I take on lightly, a washer is one of the larger more expensive kitchen appliances. After kicking and cursing my washing machine for failing me after 6 years I limped off to my laptop to search for its replacement. With my pennies being tight, as I imagine are every one else's I wanted value, durability and performance from a name I trusted without having to give up my planned holiday to Cornwall.
I picked out a Beko branded machine and showed it my husband "What is Beko? I have never heard of that" he declared "get a Hotpoint". So sucking in my breathe I typed in Hotpoint, what popped up on screen was the Hotpoint Ultima WMUD962 G. Aaah! It was a thing of beauty, mainly because it was graphite coloured and would fit in with my kitchen décor (pic 1). I scrolled down to look at the specifications.
A++ sounded good, this means it has an A rating for energy consumption (pic 7), washing and spinning, which is always good as hopefully it shall reduce my electricity bill a bit.
The next thing I spotted was its massive 9kg wash capacity, also good my previous washing machine had an 8kg capacity and was always on the go, so maybe this will cut down on the amount of washes I do and there by cut down on energy consumption too. I have learnt through using the machine and reading the manual that the massive 9kg capacity is only available on cotton washes and the bed and bath cycle. (I will write about that later) otherwise the recommended amounts can vary between 4kg on a synthetics wash to 1kg on a delicates wash. So the massive 9kg claim that attracted me is not advised on all washes. I try to stick to the recommended weights as I want my washing machine to last at least five years.
The machine also has a 1600 spin, great for spinning out clothes so they line dry quicker, I would imagine they also dry faster in a tumble dryer but as I don't have one I can't comment on that. It also has what is described as a wide porthole, as it is a washing machine and not an ocean liner I think it is referring to the door. These two points appealed to me as the dryer my clothes are when the wash finishes the quicker and easier it is to line dry them or in the case of the summer so far put them on clothes airers. A small niggle for me now that I have been using the machine is that the door does not open a full 180 degrees, it is more like 120 degrees. The size of the door (porthole!) does make for quick and easy loading and unloading (pic 2).
The washing machine has what is described as eco cycles, I thought this meant shorter wash cycles but upon reading the manual I discovered it means there is an option to choose to wash without heating the water at all, if you choose this option the washing machine will fill with cold water and not heat it and add extra spin and agitation cycles to remove dirt and stains, as appose to heated water.
When my last washing machine decided to give up on its life of laundry and attempt to sound like a thrash metal band complete with its own smoke machine I thought it was time to do away with the old and bring on the new.