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Post# 506151   3/23/2011 at 14:15 (4,644 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

Hi, as I'm sure you know I own a Candy aquamatic 3 thet was brought to replace a hotpoint twin tub. It was given to me when my great grandmother died in 2005. I have taken care of it and wanted to know some more about it.

I know that it takes a 3kg load, spins at 550rpm. What I whould like to know is when it was made, how long it was made for, and any other information would be great

Many thanks,Christopher

Post# 506853 , Reply# 1   3/25/2011 at 18:33 (4,642 days old) by favorit ()        

Hi Chris,

guess this baby was made in late eighties - early nineties.

IMHO Aquamatics are the few reliable washers Candy has ever made. No wonder its contemporary standard size Candy washers now are mostly in the curb, while aquamatics still wash like workhorses

The "E" (economy) key dumbs down water temperature in boilwash cycles (1,2,3). Water will be heated just up to 60C instead of 95C. When I used it in a rental I ran whites on 3 + E, colour fast on 4 (again @ 60C, but half the time) and colour non fast on 5/40C

Despite the fact its drum actually has a small size, this washer is a nice performer, rinses well and does not wrinke clothes at all, to the point I have never used the permapress cycles (8-9-10).

The previous model had a matching dryer (Heliomatic). I have never seen one of these dryers in reality, but just in this YouTube vid:


Post# 507661 , Reply# 2   3/28/2011 at 15:55 (4,639 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Hi Chris.

Welcome to the club and liking the wee Aquamatic 3! Very cute machines and always wanted one as a kid to go alongside my own Creda 275 Compact.

I had to wait another 25 years though, before getting my own Aquamatic.
Mine is a little older than yours though - I think its your machines Grandad, judging Aquamatic 3, Aquamatic 2 to Aquamatic 1.

Picked it up last Novemeber, its a Candy Aquamatic1....

Post# 507663 , Reply# 3   3/28/2011 at 15:57 (4,639 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Below a Candy Aquamatic 1 sits alongside its matching dryer in the form of the Heliomatic 1.

The Aquamatic 1 was introduced in 1973 and ran through to the end of the 70's, being replaced by the Candy Aquamatic 2...

Post# 507666 , Reply# 4   3/28/2011 at 15:58 (4,639 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Here an Aquamatic 1 sits underneath a Heliomatic 2. The picture is dated 1980, so is right at the end of the Aquamatic 1's production run ...

Post# 507668 , Reply# 5   3/28/2011 at 16:03 (4,639 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Only have a line drawing of the Aquamatic 2 and its not of my computer, so I cant post it.

I have an inkling that when the Aquamatic 2 ceased production, it took the Heliomatic 2 along with it, which was never replaced.

Unsure of dates, but mid 80s sounds right for the introduction of the Aqumatic 3, initially in the slate grey fascia guise, with the white fascia coming in later...

Post# 507669 , Reply# 6   3/28/2011 at 16:04 (4,639 days old) by newwave1 (Lincoln, United Kingdom)        

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I love how dinky those machines are! So cute!

Paul: Is the door on yours a little indesit moonesque?

Darren x

Post# 507670 , Reply# 7   3/28/2011 at 16:05 (4,639 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

With a restyle occurring in the 90s (I think?) to produce this little critter...

Post# 507672 , Reply# 8   3/28/2011 at 16:10 (4,639 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

and finally Chris...

if my machine is your machines Grandad, then here is your machines Great Grandad in the form of the 1968/69 Candy Misura.

I think this was Candy's first Compact and a vid of one is on youtube...

CLICK HERE TO GO TO matchboxpaul's LINK

Post# 507674 , Reply# 9   3/28/2011 at 16:14 (4,639 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Hiya Darren.

Methinks you mean that the Indesit Moon is a little Candy Aqumaticky 1! lol :-)

sure is! Powder is added to the door and then it fills front through the door, as well as at the back too.
Hope to be able to get some vids of it action this spring and summer.

It was tested last year and seems to do the biz, but it was a case of quick check and into store - much like with everything else.

Certainly, these machines are painfully cute.


Post# 507675 , Reply# 10   3/28/2011 at 16:15 (4,639 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

It was removed for cleaning and is seen here reattached...

Post# 507676 , Reply# 11   3/28/2011 at 16:17 (4,639 days old) by newwave1 (Lincoln, United Kingdom)        

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Lol yes indeed the moon is aquamaticesque even! Does it prohibite ur view very much? See this is what indesit should have done a clear door with a little bit of view would have been better than none at all.

Post# 507677 , Reply# 12   3/28/2011 at 16:19 (4,639 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

With my Aqua1 and Chris' Aqua3, the question is 'where are all the Aqua2's?'.

Fingers crossed there are still one or two out there.

Congrats again Chris on your Aquamatic3 and hope the info is of use, though treat the dates with a pinch of salt as Candy is definitely not a strong point with me.


Post# 507679 , Reply# 13   3/28/2011 at 16:22 (4,639 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Hi Darren.

The powder chute arrangement does make get in the way a bit and when all gunked up, as they surely became, would hinder even more...

Post# 507680 , Reply# 14   3/28/2011 at 16:24 (4,639 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Door cleaned and without the chute arrangement...

Post# 507681 , Reply# 15   3/28/2011 at 16:25 (4,639 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Clean door with chute attached - not too bad a view I suppose - just distorts things a bit.
Roll on the next few months and maybe we will find out.


Post# 507686 , Reply# 16   3/28/2011 at 16:31 (4,639 days old) by aegokocarat (United Kingdom)        

ive always had a soft spot for aquamatics and i would love to have one but at this moment in time i afford to buy one and at 578 for a new on and a used one inconvieniantly in england i ant botherd, anyway the beko and hotpoint are still working so there is no need to i would like this modle.
feeling gutted as normal about my stupidly small collection Tom. :( ):

Post# 507691 , Reply# 17   3/28/2011 at 16:44 (4,639 days old) by nrones ()        
Just a pic of the TOL model 2011 ;)

I am glad that there is anyone actually loving at least one peace from Candy xD

Post# 507916 , Reply# 18   3/29/2011 at 12:42 (4,638 days old) by newwave1 (Lincoln, United Kingdom)        

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I love the new aquamatic! So cute!!

Post# 507917 , Reply# 19   3/29/2011 at 12:43 (4,638 days old) by newwave1 (Lincoln, United Kingdom)        

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Paul! The view isnt too bad even with the chute in position! Check out there merloni style "bumps" baffles!


Post# 507927 , Reply# 20   3/29/2011 at 13:57 (4,638 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Merloni bumps!

God, I know Darren.

Methinks its going to be a case of clothes sliding round the tub :-(

Ah well - just have to wit and see what it does.

Fingers crossed it wont be too boring.


Post# 507934 , Reply# 21   3/29/2011 at 14:37 (4,638 days old) by Haxisfan (Europe - UK / Italy)        

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Nothing to do with Merloni... despite the similarities...

I posted a link below where you can see 1 of these littly dinkies at work with 1/2 load of clothes... the load still seems to get a decent action.


Post# 508208 , Reply# 22   3/30/2011 at 14:31 (4,637 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

Thanks for the help. I would like to know if candy still make a compact autowasher and if my machine had a matching dryer

Just if you havent seen my stuff, here it is.


Post# 508225 , Reply# 23   3/30/2011 at 16:53 (4,637 days old) by ultimafan ()        
Aquamatic 2

Paul mentioned an Aquamatic's amazing what you find on Google these days!

Post# 508351 , Reply# 24   3/31/2011 at 11:26 (4,636 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
That be the blighter!

Thanks Ultimafan for searching out the Aquamatic 2 picture.

Turns out to be a warmed over Aquamatic 1, though I do like the updated styling. My monitor is a bit rubbish - is that a fake chrome door on the 2?
Picture added to my library - thanks for posting it.

Hi Chris.
As far as I know, the Heliomatic compact dryers were phased out with the change from Aquamatic 1 to Aquamatic 2 (though I stand corrected if people know otherwise).


Post# 508358 , Reply# 25   3/31/2011 at 11:54 (4,636 days old) by aegokocarat (United Kingdom)        

they did do a compact aquamatic dryer in the late 90's but it was a rebadged white knight and occaionaly i see the odd rebadged creda mdoles too

Post# 508370 , Reply# 26   3/31/2011 at 12:31 (4,636 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Ahhh - so they did what everyone else has done at some point and bought into the ubiquitous design that is the old round door Creda Compact and the Phiips D153! Never knew that.

Will have to keep my eyes peeled for some pics of them.

Post# 509182 , Reply# 27   4/4/2011 at 11:53 (4,632 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

I find this info realy useful. The machine is in good condition and spent around 15 years in storage. Please could you estimate how much the machine would sell for at auction. This is a up to date pic because the shed it is in has had a bench fitted. Oh, it flooded the shed yesterday.


Post# 509186 , Reply# 28   4/4/2011 at 12:03 (4,632 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        
through the seal...

It was an accident that I will never forget. There was foam bursting out of the dispenser and the door.

Pic 1-soap leaking through the seal

Post# 509191 , Reply# 29   4/4/2011 at 12:14 (4,632 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        
sorry dad......

As it was merrily, I forgot to empty the bucket of water to water the flowers!!!!!
It over flew and and in to the electricity trench went the water.

Post# 509192 , Reply# 30   4/4/2011 at 12:21 (4,632 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

I had to scoop all the foam out of the drum in to a bowl. How ever like so many things,this did not work propperly. I got most of it into the bowl but some fell on the floor

pic 3- soapcake

Post# 509194 , Reply# 31   4/4/2011 at 12:24 (4,632 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        
last one


Post# 510157 , Reply# 32   4/8/2011 at 07:25 (4,628 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        
a bit more recent pic...

this pic is the laundry room now. It has had a bit of a refurbishment.

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