Hotpoint WMUD962

Summary

Pros

  • Powerful 1600 spin cycle
  • Very quiet
  • A** energy efficiency rating

Cons

  • Long cycle times
  • No half load option

Review Price £400.00

Key Features: 9kg drum capacity; A** energy efficiency rating; Automatic consumption control

Manufacturer: Hotpoint

Hotpoint WMUD962

The Hotpoint WMUD962 is a powerful machine. Even though it’s got a huge 9kg drum capacity — a drum big enough to wash a King size duvet in — it is capable of spinning up to 1600 times in one minute. On most machines you get either the large drum or the fast spin speed, so to get both in one machine is impressive.

Even more impressive is that the WMUD962 manages to hold an A** energy efficiency rating with such a large drum. Not only will you be cutting your energy consumption because you’ll be doing fewer washes due to the large drum, the few loads of washing that you do need to do will use less energy than a number of rival machines.

If energy usage is a concern of yours you’ll be pleased to know that the Hotpoint WMUD962 is fitted with automatic consumption control, which monitors the washing and ensures it’s always using exactly the right amount of water and energy. It’s also got special Eco Cycles that give the same cleaning power but use less energy.

It would be reasonable to assume that the big machine and quick spin time would mean a noisy machine too, but this just isn’t the case. The Hotpoint WMUD962 is a Super Silent washing machine — it has a specialised motor in it which reduces noise levels during the wash cycle to make it incredibly quiet. Okay, it might get a bit noisy during the fastest spin cycles, but most of the time you won’t even be aware of it working.

The machine has several different wash programmes. You can vary the temperature and spin speed of each wash no matter what the programme. For the quick wash you’re looking at either an hour at 60°C or 30 minutes at 30°C, which is about standard. However all of the hot washes take longer than you’d hope for. There’s no half load setting, which is annoying, but you can halve the washing time which gives a similar result. All of these different settings are easy to select — in fact, the Hotpoint WMUD962 is very easy to use as a whole.