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Hotpoint Aquarius Washing Machine Review

Hotpoint  Washing Machine Review

The Hotpoint Aquarius range of washing machines is a well known collection that is ideal for most homes. The Hotpoint models are designed to provide excellent washing performance at an affordable price. Read on to find out more about the Hotpoint Aquarius washing machine range, including the benefits of an Aquarius washing machine and the features of an Aquarius+ washing machine.

What is a Hotpoint Aquarius Washing Machine?

The Aquarius range from Hotpoint is designed to provide value for money. They are reasonably priced washing machines that still provide excellent washing performance. They are ideally suited to small to medium households. The drum size ranges from 5kg – 7kg, which is about average and provides enough space to wash sizeable loads of laundry. They also have a number of easy to understand washing cycles, such as a quick wash and a handwash. They retail at between £250 – £350.

Aquarius washing machine

Aquarius+ Washing Machines

The Aquarius+ range of washing machines are slightly more advanced than the simple Aquarius ones. These models tend to have the large drum size of 7kg, which is above average and provides more space to wash clothes. They also have more washing cycles to give you a wider variety of options; these can include an Eco Cycle and a Baby wash cycle that is gentle but effective on baby clothes.

Benefits of Hotpoint AquariusWashing Machines

There are several plus points to owning a Hotpoint Aquarius washing machine, find out more below:
• Value for money – Starting at only £250, the Aquarius models provide excellent value for money. They are not the cheapest on the market but they are still low priced yet provide a lot more features than other low-cost models, such as a variety of wash programmes and a good energy efficiency rating.
• Drum Capacity – While Hotpoint Aquarius washing machines don’t have the largest capacities available, they do provide decent sizes for the price. A 5kg drum can wash a sizeable amount of laundry. If you want a bit of extra space then go for an Aquarius+ model which has an above average drum capacity of 7kg.

Aquarius washing machine Control Panel
• Energy efficient – The Aquarius range generally has energy efficiency ratings of A+. While this is not the highest it is still very good and means that if you purchase an Aquarius washing machine then you will get an economic model that won’t use as much energy as a lower graded machine.
• 16 wash programmes – Even though these machines are designed to be affordable, they still provide a large amount of washing cycles. This provides you with variety when washing your clothes and ensures you can get the right cycle for your laundry. Among the programmes are a 30 minute quick wash, an eco cycle that reduces the amount of energy used and a hand wash that is ideal for delicates.Hotpoint Washing Machine
• Automatic half load detection – Sometimes you don’t have a full load of washing to do but still want to get some essential items clean. This used to mean that you had to use a full wash on a small load and waste energy. But with Hotpoint’s automatic half load sensor you don’t have to. It detects the size of the load and reduces the electricity used accordingly. This makes it very energy efficient and economical.
• LED display – Hotpoint Aquarius models have an easy to read LED display that lets you see the cycle you are choosing and the stage it is in. This is very useful and lets you know how your laundry is getting on. Also, the Aquarius+ models have an advanced LCD display that tells you how much time there is left of the cycle, allowing you to plan ahead.
• Fast spin speeds – Aquarius washing machine spin speeds range from 1200 to 1600rpm. This is the general average range for all washing machines and provides a decent spin speed that removes excess water from clothes. This means that it is easier to dry the clothes once they’ve been washed.
Hotpoint Aquarius washing machines are great all-rounders, providing excellent washing programmes, sizeable drums and energy efficiency, all at great value for money. They are ideal for small to medium households and provide excellent performance and durability.

Bosch Washing Machine WAQ283S0GB Review

Bosch WAQ283S0GB

In this Bosch Exxcel washing machine review we take a look at the Bosch WAQ283S0GB. It is a stylish and innovative machine that features many of Bosch’s technical features, including ActiveWater technology that uses only the water needed and the WaveDrum which washes laundry more gently than other models. It has a number of other features that we’ll be reviewing so that you can get an objective view of the washing machine’s performance.

Bosch WAQ283S0GB


Drum Capacity

The average drum capacity for a washing machine is 6kg, which is sizeable but not enough for bulky items like duvets. The Bosch WAQ283S0GB has an 8kg drum, meaning it is considerable larger than average. You can fit large laundry loads into the drum as well as duvets and other sizeable items. This will save you time when doing the laundry as you won’t have to separate your laundry into smaller loads as you would with a lower capacity machine. The larger drum makes this Bosch washing machine economical too; this is because you will use it less than you would a small capacity machine and therefore use less energy and lower your bills.

Energy Efficiency

All washing machines, in fact all home electrical appliances, have an energy efficiency rating. The highest rating available for the most energy efficient machine is A+++, which is exactly what the Bosch WAQ283S0GB is rated. This means that this is the most energy efficient washing machine you can get. This will not only save energy but it will also save you money as you’ll spend less on electricity bills.

Bosch Green Technology

There are other features that make this an energy efficient washing machine. It has an EcoPerfect mode which reduces the amount of water and energy used. It also has automatic load adjustment which senses the size of the load and adjusts the amount of water and the time taken accordingly.

Also, the large size of the drum makes this machine more energy efficient than smaller capacity models. This is because you can do large loads at once, thus saving time and energy.

Spin Speed

The spin speed on a washing machine is important as a high spin speed will ensure that your laundry isn’t dripping wet when it comes out. This machine has a spin speed of 1400rpm. Though it is not the highest possible it is still a high spin speed and this machine spins clothes effectively. However, in this Bosch Exxcel washing machine review we have found that on some programmes the clothes still come out fairly wet. This is one downside of the machine. It does not happen on all programmes, which is good, but some don’t remove the excess moisture from the clothes, leaving them wet. However, a quick spin cycle gets rid of the excess water and doesn’t take very long.Bosch WAQ283S0GB

Washing Programmes

The Bosch WAQ283S0GB has several washing programmes, 15 in total. This provides you with a wide variety of cycles that you can use to wash all of your laundry. There are a lot of useful programmes, including a quick wash programme. This allows you to wash clothes quickly but still effectively. However, some of the programmes run for a very long time. This does not bother some people but some find it irritating. The long wash cycles can be inconvenient if you need your clothes washed in a rush or have a large family and have a lot of clothes to clean.

Product Specifics

Dimensions: 84.8cm x 59.8 x 55cm

Energy rating: A+++

Energy consumption: 0.82kWh

Load capacity: 8kg

Maximum spin speed: 1400rpm

Programmes: 15

Wash performance: A

Spin performance: B

Type: Freestanding

Variable temperature control: Yes

In this Bosch Exxcel washing machine review we’ve found that overall the Bosch WAQ283S0GB is a great washing machine. It has several useful features including a very large drum which allows you to wash sizeable amounts of laundry in one go. It also has several wash programmes including a super fast one. It’s a very economical model with a large drum, a high energy rating of A+++ and an automatic load adjustment. We have found a few downfalls, including long run times on certain programmes. But they are mild problems and overall this is a great Bosch washing machine