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Post# 525352   6/18/2011 at 12:18 (4,746 days old) by newwave1 (Lincoln, United Kingdom)        

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Hey Guys,

Well i've aqquired a fully working hotpoint aqualtis at an absolute steal of 21!!! They reckoned it wasn't completing some cycles.

Here's where the drama began. I collected the machine from this burley biker polish guy with a ponytail. He said he'd help me out the door with it which had a large step. Well the clumby off was pulling quicker than i could move i lost my footing on the step and fel out the door and did my best to catch the falling machine doing that I smashed my knee and elbow on the floor and really screwed myself up.

The machine was ok thankfully the second drama was when we got the machine back to Austin's house for testing and the machine slipped and landed on my foot!!! Ouch! lol.

Finally we got the machine up the 3 flights of stairs in my building sadly no lift lol.

Whether the slight knock or couple of days to stand unplugged did it a favor it has worked flawlessly and I love it!

Here's a pic of it in place in my kitchen :-) It was worth the injurys.


Post# 525355 , Reply# 1   6/18/2011 at 12:22 (4,746 days old) by ozzie908 (Lincoln UK)        

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Glad you liked it after all that you went through to get it lol

Now see if you can get someone to relieve you of your old Zanussi washer/dryer that weighs an absolute tonne...:)


Post# 525359 , Reply# 2   6/18/2011 at 12:31 (4,746 days old) by newwave1 (Lincoln, United Kingdom)        

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My youngest Ash gives it the seal of approval...child lock is on ;-)

Post# 525361 , Reply# 3   6/18/2011 at 12:33 (4,746 days old) by aegokocarat (United Kingdom)        

Congarts Darren! just be awere that my aqualtis (3digital displays) has a rust problem so keep an eye on it. Hope you feel better soon, :)

Post# 525362 , Reply# 4   6/18/2011 at 12:37 (4,746 days old) by newwave1 (Lincoln, United Kingdom)        

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Rinse Level :-)

Post# 525369 , Reply# 5   6/18/2011 at 13:01 (4,746 days old) by newwave1 (Lincoln, United Kingdom)        

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Cheers for your help austin! Yeah need to find someone to take that lol x

Post# 525381 , Reply# 6   6/18/2011 at 13:45 (4,746 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

If your zanny weighs a lot, to move it I would dismantel it and put it back together when in place. anyway, Congrats on the aqualtis.

Post# 525387 , Reply# 7   6/18/2011 at 14:11 (4,746 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        

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Glad to here no permanant damge to you Darren or the Aqualtis... looking forward to hearing the reviews....

Ash looks like he`ll be doing his own laundry soon, enjoy while you can they grow up all too quick!!!

Cheers, Mike

Post# 525406 , Reply# 8   6/18/2011 at 16:22 (4,746 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        

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& it's still got the sticker on the door handle too. Bloody awful to get it off. It leaves the backing adhesive on. They haven't got them on the aqualtis models now. Thank god.

Post# 525511 , Reply# 9   6/19/2011 at 09:29 (4,746 days old) by newwave1 (Lincoln, United Kingdom)        

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Hey Mike!

I'm bruised and battered but no perminant damage! lol.

I am well impressed with it! I can't believe how high the rinse level was on a load of towels I did it was about 4inches up the door and the drum is tilted so that's a fair whack of water! It's lovely and quiet and very stable. Having felt the weight of it on top of me I can confirm this lol.

Hey Optima: indeed it has the sticker, I won't be taking it off I like to keep it original! :-)

Aquarius8000: Sadly I don't have the storage to keep it, So I am gonna contact the british heart foundation and see if they will collect it.


Post# 525523 , Reply# 10   6/19/2011 at 10:14 (4,745 days old) by paulc (Edinburgh, Scotland)        

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Congrats (again) on the new machine. As you know I nearly bought an Aqualtis so am looking forward to hearing how it performs.

Post# 525598 , Reply# 11   6/19/2011 at 14:55 (4,745 days old) by ultimafan ()        
Congratuations on the new machine as well...

21 for a Hotpoint Aqualtis is an absolute steal. Perhaps the seller fancied the steam version and made up an excuse to upgrade it.

Shame about the Zanussi washer dryer though, it'll spend its days in the BHF shop reconditioned and priced for more than what you got the new Aqualtis for.

Post# 525657 , Reply# 12   6/19/2011 at 19:38 (4,745 days old) by FL1012 ()        
Agreed about the Zanussi.....

I think you'll live to regret getting rid of that. Whenever other machines have gone faulty you've always had one machine you could rely on, the WDT.

Putting all your faith in new machines is a risky deal i reckon!


Post# 525717 , Reply# 13   6/20/2011 at 05:10 (4,745 days old) by newwave1 (Lincoln, United Kingdom)        

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Its still in my living room at present! The problem is I do not have the space. I may sweet talk my folks and also a friend whom is on this site has offered to store it for me too. So we shall see.

Thus far I cannot fault the aqualtis apart from it has the balancing issues with being one of the first models. While my Indesit has not.

I should explain. The indesit was awesome. But taking it would have left my folks without a machine so I chose to use the zanussi to tide me over until something cropped up and here we are!

I love the capacity. The main wash tumbles are long with short pauses! The rinses are fantastic and use loads of water! The downfall is it is only 1200rpm. However the larger surface means it is still quite good. I had heard that changing the door would upgrade the spin with it being a variable inverter motor, we did this with a spare 1400rpm door which Austin had but it didn't do anything the led's worked but the time remaining didn't which lead me to figure it would need pairing up with an engineers laptop which I may consider in the future and upgrade it to 1600rpm.


Post# 525915 , Reply# 14   6/20/2011 at 20:10 (4,744 days old) by FL1012 ()        
Sweet Talk, definately ;-)

Definately sweet talk someone into looking after the WDT for you Darren. If i had my own place i'd do it for you, but at the moment my place is rented out as it's what i bought when i lived in Manchester & i'm having a wicked time (not) living at home - i'm sure you get my drift ;-)

Where's the newer WDT(1085) and Bosch WFF2000 living at present? With the Ex?

Im sure 1200rpm isn't too bad? Maybe just abit annoying coz of having to rely on a clothes horse in the flat.

At least if Hotpoint used the same bearings throughout the range (probably not) then on 1200rpm machines they should in theory last longer - bearings seem Hotpoints biggest killer! Though they may ofcourse upgrade the bearings with the faster spin in which case i suppose it's risky updating the electronics to make it spin faster incase the bearings go pear-shaped :-/

I do like the look of the Aqualtis it has to be said, even though it pains me to say it. Do a video of the balancing trash quick, to put me off again! ;-)


Post# 525969 , Reply# 15   6/21/2011 at 02:43 (4,744 days old) by newwave1 (Lincoln, United Kingdom)        

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lol like I said Liam its stood in the lounge at present until I decide what to do with it! Ooh look at you branchin out on your own! What machine do you have atm?

Bless I know your not keen but you know i'm fussy about my machines too and there pretty good :-)

I've just this second fetched my old Hotpoint CTD80p dryer off the ex where the bosch and older zanussi dryer still are, it keeps cutting out so i need to figure out why so i'm taking it to see Dr Austin (ozzie908) now to see if we can sort her out.


Post# 525970 , Reply# 16   6/21/2011 at 02:46 (4,744 days old) by newwave1 (Lincoln, United Kingdom)        

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Oops sorry Liam i'm obviously not awake yet. Yea the 1200 is actually quite good and I will be happy to put up with it as I did with the zanussi essential it spins better than that due to the larger drum surface area and now i've got my dryer again once it's working it won't be a problem. I will still use the airer's i'll just use it to finish things off and for towels.

I'm not sure if the bearings are any different. I doubt they are in zanussi's at present. I don' like there very basic new range.

D x

Post# 525993 , Reply# 17   6/21/2011 at 08:10 (4,744 days old) by newwave1 (Lincoln, United Kingdom)        

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Well this morning I asked for my old Hotpoint CTD00P dryer back off my ex which I thought wasn't working, but as I thought the circuitry in the garage at my old house couldn't handle the power being drawn (as it was a bodge job to get a light in there by prev owner).

Austin and I stripped it down to its bare essentials and and cleaned it out and wiped it down and now it's good as new. We tried several angles and stacked the fridge on top but in the end we decided to put it above the washer, i've lost half my draining board but A) It will make me dry things up quicker and B) I can always put a towel on top of the fridge and drain them on there.

So below is the laundry quarters of my cosey kitchen!!

Thanks a million to Austin Ozzie908 for his continued help and support :-) We've had a productive day!!


Post# 525994 , Reply# 18   6/21/2011 at 08:11 (4,744 days old) by newwave1 (Lincoln, United Kingdom)        

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Forgot to add we reversed the door so the door opens from the right like the aqualtis!

Post# 525998 , Reply# 19   6/21/2011 at 08:51 (4,744 days old) by lavamat_jon (UK)        

Darren - I had my doubts about a dryer on there but it actually works out pretty well!  So you decided that tying a washing line between your window and the flats across the way like in Italy wasn't a feasible idea?


Your next task is to now find space to squeeze in a 45cm dishwasher ;).


On a more serious note, I bet you're glad to have a dryer in the flat... I don't use mine much, but it's a godsend when it does need to be used!



Post# 526000 , Reply# 20   6/21/2011 at 09:08 (4,744 days old) by newwave1 (Lincoln, United Kingdom)        

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Thanks Jon.

It wasn't until we tried it that I thought that works! Yeah I like to have it for towels and for the little people! Will still use the airer's and just finish things off in the the dishwasher...:D x

Post# 526172 , Reply# 21   6/22/2011 at 03:31 (4,743 days old) by newwave1 (Lincoln, United Kingdom)        

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Thought i'd throw you all a cottons rinse picture! It has been higher! i'm well impressed as the tub is tilted!


Post# 526197 , Reply# 22   6/22/2011 at 08:26 (4,743 days old) by paulinroyton (B)        

Hi Darren.

Congratulations on you Hotpoint washer. I once had an Aqualtis until I reversed into the door as our machines are in the garage. Was well gutted. Hotpoint quoted an arm & leg to repair it.

Found it to be quiet, washed, rinsed and spun very good. Great machines.

Good luck with it.


Post# 526320 , Reply# 23   6/22/2011 at 19:12 (4,742 days old) by FL1012 ()        
Not branching out yet......

Maybe soon, but for now i'm gonna try & stay living at home as it's alright most of the time.

Still got the Zanussi Turbodry 1000 (WDA1055W) & Electrolux Condensor here, with the Zanussi Essential in the garage on standby. My collection consists of:

Zanussi FL1012
Zanussi Z9292T
Zanussi Electronic Sensor TDS382EW
Zanussi Electronic Sensor Z930

The Z930 is a fairly recent addition & matches the Z9292T :-)

Glad you got the Hotpoint dryer back & got it working. Proves it sometimes pays off to tinker with something rather than just replace - a shame more people didn't do this - so many machines with tiny faults ending up thrown out :(

Zanussi's new range seems quite confusing to follow. The model numbers don't seem to follow a very easy-to-understand pattern & they seem to mix high speed/capacity with low choice of options & vice versa, particularly on the Flexi-Dose, which seems a weird thing to do. I suppose time will tell how good they are but it seems Electrolux have really de-valued the brand lately.


Post# 526383 , Reply# 24   6/23/2011 at 04:01 (4,742 days old) by paulinroyton (B)        

Hi Liam,

Still got your house nr me.


Post# 526388 , Reply# 25   6/23/2011 at 04:37 (4,742 days old) by FL1012 ()        

Hi Paul

Yeah still got it. Was there Tuesday doing some bits & pieces for the tenant actually. It's in pretty decent condition, even if not upto my OCD standards!

Can't believe it though - i left my new Zanussi Dishwasher there (ZDF511 Progress AAA) & the tenant's never used it in 2.5 years! Might whip that out if i buy somewhere else coz i quite liked that dishwasher!

Worth keeping that house for now though coz the values seem to be going up in that area, which i was suprised about.


Post# 526525 , Reply# 26   6/23/2011 at 16:17 (4,741 days old) by paulinroyton (B)        

Hi Liam,

OCD eh, snap, lol.

Yeah house prices are going up, bungalow on Broadway going for an arm and a leg, and needs doing up.


Post# 526592 , Reply# 27   6/24/2011 at 03:13 (4,741 days old) by newwave1 (Lincoln, United Kingdom)        

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Hi Paul

Thank you for the comment! I am very pleased with it.

Ugh houseprices? I can't even think about buying at present. I'm renting a 3rd floor flat!


Post# 526605 , Reply# 28   6/24/2011 at 05:51 (4,741 days old) by paulinroyton (B)        

Hi Darren.

Yeah, the price of renting is terrible. a friend of mine is renting a house for over 500 a month, she could buy one for that.

Glad your happy with the Hotpoint, really good machines.

Just got the July Which and Bosch came out on top, wonder if they tested the Bosch Maxx 5 machines that only lasted 5 months for me, glad I got rid, lol.

All the best


Post# 526615 , Reply# 29   6/24/2011 at 06:44 (4,741 days old) by newwave1 (Lincoln, United Kingdom)        

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Hi Paul,

Lucky for me my dad owns a rental firm so I didn't need to pay a deposit.

I had the a machine similar to your bosch at a house share about 7years ago. The cottons rinsing was dire.


Post# 526621 , Reply# 30   6/24/2011 at 08:53 (4,741 days old) by paulinroyton (B)        
Bosch Maxx 5

Hi Darren,

Had the Bosch Maxx 5 for 5 months when it broke down and took over 2 weeks for it to be repaired. If you buy Bosch from Comet, then Comet engineers reapair it and not Bosch.

Was so happy when I sold it, even had a party, lol.


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