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Post# 532377   7/23/2011 at 12:49 (4,741 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        

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My new toy a Hoover WA110 Performa 1100 Washer-Dryer.

Post# 532391 , Reply# 1   7/23/2011 at 14:03 (4,741 days old) by aegokocarat (United Kingdom)        

Theyve got a hoover performa washing machine in one of the food technology rooms in school!!! it's got a variable temp and spin, all the writing has rubbed off with use and it is coverd in washing powder and is batterd and well used!!
i love watching it :) :)
also this one is made about 2-3 hours away from me!!
Tom :)
P.S may i wish you have many many many happy wash days ahead!!

Post# 532399 , Reply# 2   7/23/2011 at 14:41 (4,741 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        

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Think these were the last of the true mechanical dial machines, i could be wrong though. It dates back to 1997. Its only a 1100 spin machine but it seems to spin just as good as my 1400. The good points are Quick programme times, 5 Rinses on cotton cycles, Zero delay door lock, Love the clicking sounds from the timer reminds me of the hotpoint 95 series. Only two bad points. No 30 minute quick wash programme, No 50deg programme.

Post# 532404 , Reply# 3   7/23/2011 at 14:50 (4,741 days old) by aegokocarat (United Kingdom)        

Funnily enough it's a year older than me LOL

Post# 532440 , Reply# 4   7/23/2011 at 17:51 (4,741 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        

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Programme & Drying dials.

Post# 532445 , Reply# 5   7/23/2011 at 18:10 (4,741 days old) by solsburian (SE Northumberland)        

I think this was one of the first Candy designed Hoovers (correct me if I'm wrong). It looks almost new!

What is its wash/dry performance like?

Post# 532449 , Reply# 6   7/23/2011 at 18:26 (4,741 days old) by aegokocarat (United Kingdom)        
I thought the.........

Quattro Power jet was the first candy hoover collaberation

Post# 532457 , Reply# 7   7/23/2011 at 19:25 (4,740 days old) by lavamat_jon (UK)        

Nice - my Dad had one of these in his flat in Windsor when he worked down there in the late 90s.  Used to use it when Mum took us down to see Dad at weekends.  If I remember rightly the spins were pretty cool, no messing around and launched straight into spin.


These were indeed the first Candy-designed Hoovers, introduced 1998 and ran along with the last of the New/Soft Waves - the Quattro were the higher end Hoovers, the Performas the lower to mid end.



Post# 532460 , Reply# 8   7/23/2011 at 19:37 (4,740 days old) by pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        
Poor desing

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Its a nice washer dryer combo but they forgot to had the most important wash rinse temp they forgot to had the cold water wash and rinse temp on the washer as most fabrics says that clothe needs to be wash in Cold water and don't say i am wrong here i am fully right on this one. as all washers us canadian or european should have the cold water wash rinse temp option offered.

Post# 532471 , Reply# 9   7/23/2011 at 20:33 (4,740 days old) by lavamat_jon (UK)        
Poor grammar?

This machine along with most other Euro washers has the adequate amount of cycles needed to get all of your wardrobe and household linens clean.  Most garments here can be washed on at least 40oC.  All rinses are cold as standard.  Poor design?  Not at all.



Post# 532480 , Reply# 10   7/23/2011 at 20:55 (4,740 days old) by pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        
you need to learn that not all fabrics are ment to be wash i

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almost all of the clothe i own are cold water wash only that go for dark white and that includes my bed sheets that are cold water wash only i read the care label fabric everytime. so read the label if you see the washer symbol with 1 cricle that means cold water wash only.

Post# 532506 , Reply# 11   7/23/2011 at 22:34 (4,740 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        

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Lavamat john, you are correct no messing about, straight into the spin & it spins so smoothly & quiet. The porthole & drum really looks tiny compared to todays washers but you can fit in just as much as i can in my Hoover 7kg drum. I have done away with the smoky coloured perspex cover on the door i like to see what's going on in the drum. 5 Rinses on the cotton cycles all at low level, i prefer this especially when it adds the fab con because it makes the most of it.

Post# 532510 , Reply# 12   7/23/2011 at 23:16 (4,740 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        
Whats is its wash/dry performance like?

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Wash performance is very good, Very long tumbles on the cotton programmmes. Economy button turns the heating element off great in the summer. If you select a wash & dry programme it does a special spin sequence that prevents the laundry from sticking to the sides of the drum very interesting to watch. Timed Drying reverse action far better than todays sensor drying in washer-dryers.

Post# 532512 , Reply# 13   7/24/2011 at 01:53 (4,740 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, Friesland, the Netherlands)        

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Great pictures! You're a good photographer, I like your close up pictures. What camera do you use?

Happy washing and drying!

Ah, before I forget. Cold water only washing is utter nonsense. Every single clothing item can be washed at least at body temperature, which is close to 40 degrees Celcius. If that isn't possible you should be worried about clothes shrinking while you wear them. Or dye giving off on your skin. That never happened, now did it?

Post# 532513 , Reply# 14   7/24/2011 at 03:20 (4,740 days old) by lavamat_jon (UK)        
Sorry to hijack the thread...

but Pierre... seeming as you reside in Canada, I highly doubt that you have ever come into contact with fabrics sold here.  Most if not all can be washed on at least 40 degrees - that is what is right there on the label.  In fact I have one or two dark shirts that recommend being washed on 60 degrees.  Perhaps either fabrics here are a) better made, or (more likely) b) clothing and linen manufacturers here are more trusting of consumers and less scared of being sued.


Guess what - most of my washing is washed day in day out on at least 40 degrees and nothing has been damaged in all the years I, my mum, my grandparents, and the rest of the country have been doing laundry on washes at these temperatures.


If anything it is machine drying that does the most mechanical damage to clothes, but I bet most don't think twice about baking clothes in a dryer that they have just washed on a cold wash to "protect" the fabrics.


Either way, we have gone off the subject, and your attitude is not appreciated... I suggest you research before you post in future.



Post# 532515 , Reply# 15   7/24/2011 at 05:27 (4,740 days old) by lavamat_jon (UK)        

Optima; if I rememeber rightly don't these washers have similar paddles to the WFF/WFK Bosch machines from the same era - i.e. rounded one side and steep on the other?


I remember being glued to this whenever we were down at Dad's... was much more fun than the Hotpoint we had at the time, but then that was only probably because it was different to our everyday machine :-)



Post# 532520 , Reply# 16   7/24/2011 at 06:55 (4,740 days old) by nrones ()        
Economy button?

Is it a Hot&Cold, or just cold fill?

by the way...
European way of doing laundry, and Canadian/American way are 2 different worlds. We are mainly rising up the temperature to activate all the ingredients in it.. while in America detergents activate in cold water, while here, most of them do that at 40. no matter they say 30, they say ''most of ingredients active at 30'', which means not ALL, and those that are active, get active at 30.00 or more, our machines arent quite keeping temperature like that, often go to 28, 29 so those ingredients dont get active at such settings.

Now.. back to the machine.. image from its manual that might solve it all ;)

Post# 532524 , Reply# 17   7/24/2011 at 08:30 (4,740 days old) by ultimafan ()        
A relative had this machine...

Quite good, it lasted a while, they had it until a kitchen refit. I liked the wash and dry action, though the spin would make me jump! I think this may be designed by Hoover, but manufactured by Candy when they took over in 1995, as the Performa/Quattro machines look like redesigned Soft Wave/New Waves.

Post# 532577 , Reply# 18   7/24/2011 at 13:23 (4,740 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        
Wash paddles

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The wash paddles are the same as the ones in the Six , Nextra & Smart machines. The machine is a hot & cold fill. I've just got it connected to the cold supply as they is no hot water in the shed, luckily i don't need to use a y piece because it fills with hot & cold water on the 90 & 60deg programmes so no hose is needed on the hot valve. It washes & rinses far better than the Hotpoint WMA50G thats in the kitchen.

Post# 532604 , Reply# 19   7/24/2011 at 15:10 (4,740 days old) by Haxisfan (Europe - UK / Italy)        
Immaculate conditions!

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It's kept beautifully... well done!

The one thing in common with its Candy counterparts that catches my eye is the glass bowl... now I'm being picky :-P

But then again... I like the fact that Hoover and Candy keep their individuality... although one can probably see where they're coming from with their more recent Vision and GrandO! Still, I'd say they have more individuality compared to the Electrolux machines: all Electrolux brands look so Electrolux... but the AEG! Bosch and Siemens too... I can never look at a Siemens without thinking of it as a Bosch!

I must say, Hotpoint and Indesit set the best example as for having their own distinguishing look... however they all have something in common: they break down so darn much :-D

Post# 532608 , Reply# 20   7/24/2011 at 15:41 (4,740 days old) by solsburian (SE Northumberland)        

I think the distinctive style of the filter flap, front panelling, door size and position make the similarities between the new Hoover and Candy models quite apparent.

In term of style, i bet future generations of Hotpoint and Indesit will look more alike too.

Post# 532684 , Reply# 21   7/25/2011 at 03:16 (4,739 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

I holiday in cumbria and saw one of those with 3 dials around bampton.saw it dumped somewhere outside but cant remember where.

Post# 532726 , Reply# 22   7/25/2011 at 11:40 (4,739 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        

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Pic of the roomy 5kg drum. Thicker stainless steel than todays machines.

Post# 532734 , Reply# 23   7/25/2011 at 12:06 (4,739 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        

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Wish Candy had stuck with these paddles on there current range. Far better turn over especially with small loads. Just looked at the Hoover Dynamic 10kg drums exactly the same size paddles as they have on there 6kg drums. They just look to small in comparison to the size of the drum. Candy should have at least made them a bit deeper & longer.

Post# 532736 , Reply# 24   7/25/2011 at 12:17 (4,739 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        

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Sorry about the size of the pics. Im still trying to work my new camera out. I suppose there better being too large than being too small i guess.

Post# 532780 , Reply# 25   7/25/2011 at 15:57 (4,739 days old) by Haxisfan (Europe - UK / Italy)        

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Solsburian, that's right... that's exactly what I meant: those are the things you, I, and most on this forum would notice on a washing machine, although, a different control panel between a Vision and a GrandO may be enough to make them look different to the eye of an uninterested onlooker.

Optima, my first Nextra 1200rpm (which was soon replaced for some cosmetic damage) had the exactly same paddles as those shown in your picture; my current 1400rpm model has very similar shape paddles but the back doesn't go as far as the back of the drum and it's identical to the front of the paddle. You're right about the excellent turnover of the laundry... even with the smallest load.

I observed that on the newest 10kg models the drum paddles seem inadequate, but they still see to do the job (tumbling wise) on low water level. They seem less effective on rinse when the water level is higher (with a mini load), however, due to their configuration, they cause such a small load (almost submerged in water) to move horizontally rather than just slide without moving... a bit like in a V-axis machine. Still, I much prefer tumble action any day!

Post# 532797 , Reply# 26   7/25/2011 at 17:54 (4,739 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        

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What i have noticed with this performa is that 5 low level rinses with 800 spins in between seem to work far better than the high level rinses on my current machine. Plus the fabric conditioner is not being diluted by far too much water making it soften better & it keeps the fragrance of the conditioner for longer.

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