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Post# 534974   8/4/2011 at 12:33 (2,635 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Hi everyone.

Have been meaning to do a thread like this for Hoover, for ages. Finally got round to it!

In a similar vein to the Creda thread that I did a while back, I will try and post pics of all Hoover automatic washers and dryers, from the first Keymatic through to the last Electron models.

I only intend on posting official pictures of the various models and will try steering clear of posting pictures of individual collectors machines. This is to enable them to post pictures, should they wish.

Post# 534975 , Reply# 1   8/4/2011 at 12:39 (2,635 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Here is the washer side of what will be covered.

Those models in black are unrepresented in preservation, whilst those in green have at least one example in safe hands.

The two models in red brackets [A3C16] and [A3170] are the only two models that I dont have images of so, if anyone stumbles across any - pretty please - let me have a copy:-)

The years at the top ONLY apply to the production run of the core ranges and NOT to the exclusives!
e.g some of the Matchbox exclusives were in production through to the end of 1979, whilst the final Electron models (A3770 and A3772) were produced around 1991.

Post# 534976 , Reply# 2   8/4/2011 at 12:39 (2,635 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        

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Enjoyed the Creda thread Paul. I am really looking forward to this one.

Post# 534980 , Reply# 3   8/4/2011 at 12:44 (2,635 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

and the Dryer side of things - a lot fewer models, with the same colour coding as applies to the washers shown above.

re the [D6??? hof] in the matchbox exclusives.
I have never seen any documentation to show that, whilst there was an exclusive House of Fraser washing machine (model A3052), there was a matching dryer!
I cannot get my head around such an establishment only providing a washer and not a dryer - hence there is this D6???. There may have been a HofF exclusive dryer but, if there was, no trace of it have I ever found...

Post# 534981 , Reply# 4   8/4/2011 at 12:45 (2,635 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Here goes then - the early stuff...

3224 Keymatic - the 1st Hoover Automatic...

Post# 534982 , Reply# 5   8/4/2011 at 12:46 (2,635 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

3226 Keymatic...

Post# 534984 , Reply# 6   8/4/2011 at 12:47 (2,635 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

3203 Keymatic de Luxe - a major styling change, over its predescessor...

Post# 534985 , Reply# 7   8/4/2011 at 12:48 (2,635 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

Is 'matchbox' used as a term to describe it as a compact one?

Post# 534986 , Reply# 8   8/4/2011 at 12:48 (2,635 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

3203H Keymaic de Luxe - externally identical to the 3203, but hot and cold fill - hence the 'H'...

Post# 534987 , Reply# 9   8/4/2011 at 12:50 (2,635 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Hi Christopher.

The term 'Matchbox' was the advertising slogan used to sell the first series of slimline machines.

Will explain more when get to 1970!


Post# 534988 , Reply# 10   8/4/2011 at 12:52 (2,635 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

Ok thanks paul. What about the servis slimline?

Post# 534989 , Reply# 11   8/4/2011 at 12:52 (2,635 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

3208 Automatic...

Post# 534990 , Reply# 12   8/4/2011 at 12:54 (2,635 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

3221H Automatic...

Post# 534991 , Reply# 13   8/4/2011 at 12:55 (2,635 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

3223H Keymatic de Luxe...

Post# 534994 , Reply# 14   8/4/2011 at 12:57 (2,635 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Hoovers 1st dryer....

3020 Tumble Dryer - based on the established English Electric 'Liberator' design...

Post# 534997 , Reply# 15   8/4/2011 at 13:02 (2,635 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
1970!!!!! well the adverts actually from 1972...

Hoover had another major bodystyle change, dispensing with the widebody series of machines and introducing the new slimline 'Matchbox' machines.

To emphasise the compact proportions, the marketing men had the machines poking out of matchboxes in almost all their adverst of the period.

Never quite fathomed whether the matchboxes were for match-sticks or matchbox model cars?

Post# 534998 , Reply# 16   8/4/2011 at 13:06 (2,635 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

3235 Automatic - 1st version.
Rather than standardise bodyshell production, the first series basic machine boasted a Half panel arrangement.
This meant that two different bodyshells had to be produced, with one catering for the basic machine and the other, with a cut out for the powder drawer, catering for the deluxe automatic and keymatic...

Post# 535000 , Reply# 17   8/4/2011 at 13:08 (2,635 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

Weird but would love 'em! LOL. The bit by the door? what is that?

Post# 535001 , Reply# 18   8/4/2011 at 13:09 (2,635 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

This slightly daft situation lasted until 1972, when the 3235 Automatic received a full panel.
from then on bodyshell production could be concentrated on a totally standard production line, making shells with cut outs for powder drawers whether they were to be used or not.

the 2nd version 3235 Automatic below...

Post# 535002 , Reply# 19   8/4/2011 at 13:10 (2,635 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
'The bit by the door? what is that?'

Hi Chris.

Thats the door release slide.

Nudge it to the right and the door opens.

Post# 535003 , Reply# 20   8/4/2011 at 13:11 (2,635 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

Right. does it lock during the cycle?

Post# 535004 , Reply# 21   8/4/2011 at 13:12 (2,635 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Hoover drops its red roundel!

3235 Automatic - 3rd version .... Hoover changed the accent colour from the traditional red, to burnt orange...

Post# 535005 , Reply# 22   8/4/2011 at 13:13 (2,635 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
'Right. does it lock during the cycle? '

Yep - it locks.

Post# 535006 , Reply# 23   8/4/2011 at 13:14 (2,635 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

3236H Automatic De Luxe - 1st version....

Post# 535007 , Reply# 24   8/4/2011 at 13:16 (2,635 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

3236H Automatic De Luxe - 2nd version, with bright orange detailing ...

Post# 535008 , Reply# 25   8/4/2011 at 13:17 (2,635 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Top of the Range

3243H Keymatic De Luxe - 1st version...

Post# 535009 , Reply# 26   8/4/2011 at 13:17 (2,635 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

Thank you Paul. Sorry, I am so curious! Mether peices?

Post# 535010 , Reply# 27   8/4/2011 at 13:18 (2,635 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

3243H Keymatic De Luxe - 2nd version, with orange detailing and lighter lower part to the facia.
Also a red backed nameplate...

Post# 535011 , Reply# 28   8/4/2011 at 13:19 (2,635 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Hi Chris.

No worries.


Post# 535012 , Reply# 29   8/4/2011 at 13:21 (2,635 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
1st slimline dryer

3022 Dryer de Luxe - half panel...

Post# 535014 , Reply# 30   8/4/2011 at 13:22 (2,635 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Like with the 3235...

3022 Dryer de Luxe - 2nd version, received the full panel treatment.
Behind the panel is a cut out for a powder drawer....

Post# 535016 , Reply# 31   8/4/2011 at 13:24 (2,635 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

3022 Dryer de Luxe - 3rd version, with the colour change to orange...

Post# 535017 , Reply# 32   8/4/2011 at 13:25 (2,635 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

Do you have the dryer above to match yours?

Post# 535018 , Reply# 33   8/4/2011 at 13:26 (2,635 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

3022A Dryer de Luxe - externally identical to the third version 3022, internally this machine was from the future generation of machines.
Essentially this model was a publicly sold prototype.

The only picture I have...

Post# 535019 , Reply# 34   8/4/2011 at 13:29 (2,635 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

...sees the introduction of the new Hoover model numbering scheme. Applied worldwide, this scheme ushered in the letter prefix to the model number.

The first machine to receive it, sold in the UK, was model A1004 Spacemaker, H-axis toploader...

Post# 535020 , Reply# 35   8/4/2011 at 13:32 (2,635 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Closely followed by Hoover's long association with the production of 'exclusives'.

A2018 Automatic E - produced for the Electricity Board.

My drawing, with a small photogrpah off the telly underneath...

Post# 535021 , Reply# 36   8/4/2011 at 13:33 (2,635 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

A3040 Automatic De Luxe - exclusive for Currys...

Post# 535023 , Reply# 37   8/4/2011 at 13:34 (2,635 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

A3050 Keymatic De Luxe E - for the Electricity Board, based on the standard Keymatic model 3243H...

Post# 535025 , Reply# 38   8/4/2011 at 13:36 (2,635 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

A3052 Automatic De Luxe - exclusive for House of Fraser, based on the standard automatic model 3236H...

Post# 535026 , Reply# 39   8/4/2011 at 13:37 (2,635 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Exclusive dryers...

D6018 Tumble Dryer De Luxe - Currys exclusive and the match to model A3040...

Post# 535027 , Reply# 40   8/4/2011 at 13:38 (2,635 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

D6030 Dryer de Luxe E - for the Electricity Board and the matching dryer to both the A2018 and A3050...

Post# 535028 , Reply# 41   8/4/2011 at 13:40 (2,635 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
House of Fraser Dryer - Its a mystery!

Did the House of Fraser exclusive model A3052 have amatching dryer?

Have never been able to find a mention or a trace of one.
Will we ever know?

Post# 535029 , Reply# 42   8/4/2011 at 13:42 (2,635 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Before knocking off for the evening, below are pictures of the machines that myself and Rob or myself and Mathew are custodian of, from the machines shown above.

First off is mine and Mathew's 3236H Automatic De Luxe, from October 1971...

Post# 535030 , Reply# 43   8/4/2011 at 13:43 (2,635 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Mine and Rob's version 3 model 3022 Dryer De Luxe, from may 1974...

Post# 535031 , Reply# 44   8/4/2011 at 13:44 (2,635 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
and finally...

my own model D6018, with the lovely Winchester Blue facia. Very smart machine...

Post# 535032 , Reply# 45   8/4/2011 at 13:45 (2,635 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Will cover the next series of machines soon!

Post# 535034 , Reply# 46   8/4/2011 at 13:50 (2,635 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Hi Craig.

Sorry - missed your post right at the top.

Been meaning to put pictures of all these machines in one place for ages - hopefully produce a useful pictorial thread for future reference.

Hope it proves successful.


Post# 535037 , Reply# 47   8/4/2011 at 14:13 (2,635 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

Thank you very much Paul.

Post# 535041 , Reply# 48   8/4/2011 at 14:23 (2,635 days old) by thelaundrylab (Hampshire UK)        
Hoover Heaven...

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Bloody hell Paul hahaha, you trying to kill us. Am in heaven right now! Thanks for sharing, I shall looking forward to the oncoming threads ;)


Post# 535064 , Reply# 49   8/4/2011 at 16:45 (2,635 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        
Hoover A1004

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I think the A1004 H-axis top loader is basically a Philips slim star because the lid release is exactly the same. I wonder if it spins at 1000rpm. It really is hard to believe that 38 years ago me & that machine were brought into this world.

Post# 535067 , Reply# 50   8/4/2011 at 16:56 (2,635 days old) by keymatic3203 (Cardiff UK)        
like seeing old friends again

Hi Paul,

great to see some of these photos again, thanks for the reminder of all the restorations waiting lol. Looking forward to the next phase, my favourite everyday machines, the New magics and smoothers, or better known as the electronic 1100s.

I'm away over the weekend, so get them up by sunday evening,


Post# 535070 , Reply# 51   8/4/2011 at 17:25 (2,635 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London UK)        

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Thanks for kicking off a great thread. Was the D6108 dryer the only one with a chrome door? I have never seen that before and often thought it was a shame Hoover did not do one to match the keymatic


Post# 535101 , Reply# 52   8/4/2011 at 22:43 (2,634 days old) by paulinroyton (B)        
Hoover Instruction


Post# 535102 , Reply# 53   8/4/2011 at 22:48 (2,634 days old) by paulinroyton (B)        
Hoover manual

Service manual

Post# 535129 , Reply# 54   8/5/2011 at 05:59 (2,634 days old) by sudsreturn ()        

Great thread! I hope your going to include the Hoovermatic twin tubs!

Post# 535473 , Reply# 55   8/7/2011 at 07:54 (2,632 days old) by 74simon ()        

Thanks for doing this thread, lovely bits of Merthyr eye candy!


Have never seen some of these pictures before, I have to say that the 3221H is a particularly striking beast, hope one turns up eventually, along with an A3040 to match you guys' dryer!


Always think the 3022 was a bit odd in that it matched the most basic automatic, yet it was a De Luxe with no standard equivalent - does make me wonder if more than one matchbox dryer was planned.

Post# 535483 , Reply# 56   8/7/2011 at 09:05 (2,632 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys)        
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The folks next door to us had a 3235 Automatic.

She used to have a strange plumbing set-up and would attach the hose to the hot tap, start the machine off and then change to the cold one once the program was running.  The tap adapter was always covered by a tea cloth because it used to squirt water around the edges.



The drain hose when though a hole in he wall, on the out side was a length of guttering taking the wastewater to the drain about 7 ft away.

Strange how seeing the photos bring the memories back.  I can even remember what happened to this machine, the suspension went on it and the drum was lopsided, then the other side went and the folks got them selves a service super twin.



Fantastic Thread thanks Paul.



Post# 535520 , Reply# 57   8/7/2011 at 13:46 (2,632 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Glad that the thread is proving interesting

Always thought it would be useful to have one thread, detailing all the machines (well, as many as can be).

Thanks for all the comments and here are the answers to the queries so far:

Craig....dont know exactly wo made the A1004 for Hoover and Hoover dont mention in their servicing info either.
Going by the successor model - the A1094, it could possibly be a Brandt. Will try and do a bit more digging - maybe a Which Magazine will help.
Pretty much certain it will be French though. the chrome door dryers. As far as I know only the D6018 was so equipped, with all the others either having the non-porthole door, or the standard white porthole.
Quite why Currys requested it, when no one else did, is a bit of a mystery. Certainly adds a touch of class to the machines though, especially when combined with the glossy Winchester Blue facia.
I suppose the only standard dryer they could have offered was a single heat affair, what with reversing being no where to be seen in the mass machine market.
Probably the costs involved were deemed not worth it

Sudsreturn....when this thread is done with, I will examine just what pics I have got of the tubs and spinners. If its a comprehensive enough collection to make such a thread worthwhile, then I will give it a go.

Simon... I have come to the conclusion that the mystery widebody, that my aunt and uncle in Sheffield had, was definitely a 3221H. My brain muct have been playing tricks with me and making me think it that it had a powder drawer, when it didnt.
Have put that mystery machine to bed now.
Would love an A3040 to match my dryer - saw only one, when I was 3 or 4 years old. The white powder drawer hand grab against the blue, made it look very stark - still a very smart machine.

Lee...never saw a 3235, that I can remember, though my Aunt and uncle had a derivitive of it in the form of the A2018 Automatic E. That machine was killed by a rogue 50p piece in 1986:-(


Post# 535521 , Reply# 58   8/7/2011 at 13:52 (2,632 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Its just after Christmas 1975...

...and the next series of machines was introduced - what I call the Aluminium Series.

The lineup comprised of a like for like replacement of the Matchboxes:

A2020 Automatic (cold fill only) - replacing the 3235
A3006 Automatic De Luxe - replacing the 3236H
A3008 Keymatic De Luxe - replacing the 3243H
D6008 Dryer De Luxe - replacing the 3022A

The A1004 Spacemaker remained in production, to act as the toploader.

Post# 535522 , Reply# 59   8/7/2011 at 13:57 (2,632 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Rare pictures of a very rare machine...

As far as I know, pictures of the next model have never been posted before on Discus O Mat and, whenever I have enquired about it, people have come back blank.

It receives hardly a mention in the Which Magazines of the era and even Hoover seemed embarrassed by it, with the machine receiving hardly a mention in their servicing literature.

Sorry about the poor quality, but they are the only pictures I have ever seen of it and they come courtesy of a poor pdf copy of the instruction manual.

the Cold fill model A2020 Automatic...

Post# 535523 , Reply# 60   8/7/2011 at 13:59 (2,632 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

A3006 Automatic De Luxe...

Post# 535524 , Reply# 61   8/7/2011 at 13:59 (2,632 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

A3008 Keymatic De Luxe....

Post# 535525 , Reply# 62   8/7/2011 at 14:00 (2,632 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

D6008 Dryer De Luxe...

Post# 535526 , Reply# 63   8/7/2011 at 14:05 (2,632 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
1976 - rare machine number 2

76 saw 2 models quickly replaced, as the marketing men decided that Hoover needed to be made 'Electronic'!
As Which Magazine says though, neither model was anymore elctronic that the machines they replaced.

As with the A2020, I think that this is the first time on Discuss O Mat that a picture of the following machine has ever been posted.
Again, as with the A2020, the following model was seldom if ever mentioned and probably never advertsied, other than within the official brochures

Still within the Aluminium Series, the replacement for the A2020 was the model A2044 Electronic 800....

Post# 535527 , Reply# 64   8/7/2011 at 14:07 (2,632 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

The other model replaced was the A3006, whose nemesis appeared on the secene in the form of the A3058 Electronic deluxe 800.

The high model number giving a hint of the series to come...

Post# 535528 , Reply# 65   8/7/2011 at 14:08 (2,632 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

Evening Paul. A3008 is Mikes model? Wich is the rarest and most common?


Post# 535529 , Reply# 66   8/7/2011 at 14:17 (2,632 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
1978 starts with a dose of 'New Magic'!

Another new year and another styling change was ushered in, with the arrival of the 'New Magic' series of machines.

For the cheapest machine in the range, the word 'Electronic' was dropped and the 'Automatic' returned, in the form of the A3090.

This machine was actually a precursor machine and had been introduced in 1977, before the rest of the series.
The A3090 initially appeared in the same brochure as the A3058, A3008 and D6008!

The cold fill only was dropped - the A3090 was Hot and Cold fill - and, for the first time, the cheapest model in the range received a powder drawer.

It also was supplied with different coloured inserts for the door release lever and the programmer dial cap - Aegean Gold, Tea Green and Poppy Red...

Post# 535530 , Reply# 67   8/7/2011 at 14:20 (2,632 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Hi Chris.

Yep - the Keymatic of Mike's you are referring to is an A3008.

Rare or common - they are all rare exceedingly rare but, judgoing by the lack of documentation or photos or memories of them, I would say that the A2020 and A2044 are the rarest of the Aluminium Series.


Post# 535531 , Reply# 68   8/7/2011 at 14:21 (2,632 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
The 1100's arrive...

with model A3060 Electronic 1100, being the mass seller....

Post# 535532 , Reply# 69   8/7/2011 at 14:22 (2,632 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

A3062 Keymatic 1100...

Post# 535533 , Reply# 70   8/7/2011 at 14:26 (2,632 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
and an all new model introduced....

the A3064 Selectamatic 1100.

Basically a Keymatic, but with the keyplates being replaced by rotary dial, this model appears to have been seldom advertised and hardly ever mentioned in any official documentation.

Weird thing about this model was that you didnt pull the dial to turn the machine on, but you pushed it in, instead.

As with the A2020, the pictures below (I think I am right in saying) are the only ones people have ever seen of this machine.

Very rare!

Post# 535534 , Reply# 71   8/7/2011 at 14:27 (2,632 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
The dryers...

and Hoover commissioned their first and possibly only ever compact dryer, courtey of Bendix.

Model D6040 Tumble dryer...

Post# 535535 , Reply# 72   8/7/2011 at 14:28 (2,632 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

and the standard dryer, came in the form of the D6042 Dryer de Luxe...

Post# 535536 , Reply# 73   8/7/2011 at 14:31 (2,632 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

saw the penultimate proud door machine introduced.

Model A3100 Electronic 800 replaced the A3090 Automatic.
The styling of this machine was to provide a taste of things to come!

Image courtesy of Mike's archive...

Post# 535539 , Reply# 74   8/7/2011 at 14:34 (2,632 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Nearly forgot the Electricity Board!

Replacing the Hoover branded exclusives, the Electricity Board had Hoover produce 3 washers and 1 dryer over 4 years.

Model A2E04 was the basic cold fill machine, the only images existing being of my own preserved example...

Post# 535540 , Reply# 75   8/7/2011 at 14:38 (2,632 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Model A3E02 was the standard, though prior to 1978 this was the top model...

Post# 535541 , Reply# 76   8/7/2011 at 14:41 (2,632 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

with the arrival of the A3060 1100, in 1978, the elctricity board had to have its own derivitive.

This was in the form of the A3E08 and this is the only image I have of this model, though one can be spied on the bottom row of 'The Secret Life of the Washing Machine' pyramid...

Post# 535542 , Reply# 77   8/7/2011 at 14:47 (2,632 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

and the matching dryer for the entire series was model D6E06.

The dryer was the only electra model to be given a descriptive title - 'dryer de luxe' - with the 3 washing machines all simply being branded 'electra'.

Models A2E04 and D6E06 (and to a large extent the A3E02) were the last machines using pure Matchbox styling.
The Matchbox facia style, introduced in 1970, finally died just after Christmas 1979/80...

Post# 535543 , Reply# 78   8/7/2011 at 14:48 (2,632 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Thats all for tonight - will deal with the new machines for the new decade later in the week.


Post# 535548 , Reply# 79   8/7/2011 at 15:20 (2,632 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        

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My nanna had the A3058 Electronic deluxe 800. I can remember the dark blue speckled inner enameled drum & the black door seal. They was no 500rpm slow spin. The spin speed was fixed at 800rpm through out the programme. Can't remember if it spinned on the rinse cycles if the synthetics,delicates half spin swirl button was pressed in. I think it just did a short final spin burst at 800rpm then it did the slow anti-crease tumbles. I could possibly have the model number wrong because i dont think it had a fabric conditioner section.

Post# 535643 , Reply# 80   8/8/2011 at 02:40 (2,631 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

Thanks Paul

Post# 535645 , Reply# 81   8/8/2011 at 02:46 (2,631 days old) by HotpointFan (United Kingdom)        
Thats all for tonight - will deal with the new machines for

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Paul, do you mean next weeks you will do Ecologic newwave etc?

Because I would like to learn about our Round door Ecologic 800


Post# 535656 , Reply# 82   8/8/2011 at 06:10 (2,631 days old) by boschlover1997 ()        
good thread!

hey, good thread thanks for sharing it with us,
both sets of my grandparents had hoovers from the 80's, and coincidentally, both replaced them with WMA hotpoints at around the same time!

my dads mum&dad had a late 80's (i think 1987) hoover electron 1100 in black and white, never really used high water levels which i am now shocked at knowing that most hoovers from that time did,
and then my mum's mum&dad had one which i cant quite emember, i think this one was an early 90's one though, i have a feeling it was a beige/creamy colour, and that was always on with extremely high water levels lol, and coz its my nana, and she uses alot of daz in 1 go it was usually packed 3/4 up the door with suds haha. this machine died of bad bearrings :( suprise suprise lol.
she also had the matching dryer, coming to think of it i think they were logic's or something and that didnt die she gave that to my auntie so she could get another matching pair (died this year, think it was the belt but they didnt know that and they thought something was badly wrong coz the drum jolted, if only i was there :(:()
so, in 2001 my nana bought a WMA10 (shit but fun to watch spin) it never spun balanced and i wouldnt dare go in the room when it was spinning the dog bed! this has now been replaced as it died of bad bearrings in 2009 (8 yrs old) Replaced with WML540 :@.

back to my dads parents, in 2004 their hoover electron 1100 broke at 17 years of age and that was due to failed door interlock (yes, i know it could have been fixed, they didnt know any better) replaced with a WMA64.... which i LOVED! it had a ffwd button so you could skip the wash when u thougt it had enough and a powerstream system that usually made the wash sudsy, loved it, and i loved the beep of the buttons haha. this was still running healthy at 7 years of age when they moved to where they are now with aeg's and boschs, but unfortunately the foolish new owner got rid of the WMA and left it outside to rott (RIP), and alongside it my grandparents indesit omega dishwasher :'( ahh well its their choice lol.

thanks for listening to me go on and on and on,
from george :)

Post# 535657 , Reply# 83   8/8/2011 at 06:12 (2,631 days old) by boschlover1997 ()        

hang on, it cant have been 7 years old it was 2007 when they moved out:S
it was 5 years old in hotpoints famous sandstone

Post# 535978 , Reply# 84   8/9/2011 at 16:16 (2,630 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Hi Craig.

Methinks that your mother had the A3006 Automatic De Luxe, rather than the A3058 Electronic deluxe.
When the A3058 was introduced, Hoover gave it a stainless steel tub rather than the enamel tub.

Both models were 800rpm only with, as you say, the option being short spin rather than slow spin.
Might be wrong but was generally 4mins at 800rpm for long and 20seconds at 800rpm for short.

Mike has an A3006, but it is awaiting a suitable motor before being powered up again. One day....

Post# 535979 , Reply# 85   8/9/2011 at 16:18 (2,630 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Hi Jacob.

will save the Logics and Ecologics for another time. Although being a lot more recent, than the machines being covered in this thread, info about the exclusives is really scare and unfortunately there were lots of exclusives.

A bit more research to do, but will make a thread about them one day I am sure.

Post# 535981 , Reply# 86   8/9/2011 at 16:20 (2,630 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Hi George.

Electrons to be covered in a day or so! Your grandparents machine should feature very soon.


Post# 535983 , Reply# 87   8/9/2011 at 16:28 (2,630 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Onwards we go....

New Year 1980 sees a major change in Hoover styling, with the abandonment of the proud door bodystyle.

The 'SMOOTHER Hoovers' arrived on the scene!

Lowest numbered of the new series was the A1094 Topline - a Brandt machine, made in France...

Post# 535984 , Reply# 88   8/9/2011 at 16:29 (2,630 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

next up - the A3108 Electronic 800...

Post# 535985 , Reply# 89   8/9/2011 at 16:29 (2,630 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

up from that - the A3110 Electronic 1100...

Post# 535986 , Reply# 90   8/9/2011 at 16:30 (2,630 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

A3112 Keymatic 1100...

Post# 535987 , Reply# 91   8/9/2011 at 16:32 (2,630 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
As was the case with the A3064...

so the A3114 Selectamatic 1100, was the ignored, seldom mentioned and seemingly hardly ever advertised top of the range machine...

Post# 535988 , Reply# 92   8/9/2011 at 16:33 (2,630 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Higher model still...

but bottom of the pile, was the budget A3166 Automatic 610 - the first round door Hoover machine...

Post# 535989 , Reply# 93   8/9/2011 at 16:37 (2,630 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Mystery machine...A3170 Automatic 800

as was the case with the A2020, A2044 and both Selectamatics, the Hoover A3170 Automatic 800 was an ignored model.

Probably introduced just before the start of the Electron branded machines, as the second budget round door machine, it was likely to have not been in production for all that long.
As such, apart from a single sided A4 servicing leaflet, information on this machine is hard to come buy and I have never seen a photo of it.


Post# 535990 , Reply# 94   8/9/2011 at 16:37 (2,630 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
and 2 dryers...

D6074 Dryer de luxe...

Post# 535991 , Reply# 95   8/9/2011 at 16:38 (2,630 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

and D6096 Dryer de luxe Creaseguard...

Post# 535993 , Reply# 96   8/9/2011 at 16:41 (2,630 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Next comes the 1st Generation Electrons - later in the week.


Post# 535994 , Reply# 97   8/9/2011 at 16:43 (2,630 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

forgot the exclusives again!

A3E10 Electra electronic 800...

Post# 535997 , Reply# 98   8/9/2011 at 16:46 (2,630 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

A3E12 Electra electronic deluxe 1100...

Post# 535999 , Reply# 99   8/9/2011 at 16:47 (2,630 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

A3H18 Aristocrat electronic 1100 by Hoover...

Post# 536001 , Reply# 100   8/9/2011 at 16:50 (2,630 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
This is probably...

the A3C16 Carlton electronic 1100, exclusive for Currys.

NO proper picture of this machine appears to have surfaced yet and only this mystery facia pic has ever been found.
Not being any of the other confirmed A3110 based models, all I can assume is that this was for an A3C16...

Post# 536002 , Reply# 101   8/9/2011 at 16:55 (2,630 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Matching dryer for th Electras - the D6E16 dryer de luxe...

Post# 536003 , Reply# 102   8/9/2011 at 16:56 (2,630 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Matching dryer for the Aristocrat - D6H28 Dryer by Hoover...

Post# 536004 , Reply# 103   8/9/2011 at 16:58 (2,630 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
and finally, the spare parts bin machines...

this was the final proud door machine, introduced in the summer of 1980 as a 'Summer Special' machine.

A3138 Automatic AS1...

Post# 536005 , Reply# 104   8/9/2011 at 16:59 (2,630 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

A3140 Automatic AS2...

Post# 536007 , Reply# 105   8/9/2011 at 17:00 (2,630 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

A3146 Autocare...

Post# 536008 , Reply# 106   8/9/2011 at 17:00 (2,630 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
and finally for tonight....

A3156 Autocare 1100...

Post# 536009 , Reply# 107   8/9/2011 at 17:03 (2,630 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Electron's next, later in the week.

Post# 536012 , Reply# 108   8/9/2011 at 17:11 (2,630 days old) by markt5004 ()        

Hi Paul

Firstly fabulous thread and I appreciate the time and effort you are putting into it.

Secondly you have cleared up a mystery for me. I now know the first second hand dryer I purchased when I got my flat in 1996 was a D6074. I have never known the model number so great to find out the info.

Its demise was due to the motor keep cutting out. I would have to let it sit and it would start again but eventually it wouldn't start at all. I new nothing about dryers then so it got replaced.

Thanks for the info.


Post# 536221 , Reply# 109   8/10/2011 at 16:42 (2,629 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Hi Mark.

Glad that you are enjoying the thread and that it has proved useful to you, in being able to identify your first dryer.
Thats a definite aim of this thread - to help people get an idea of what was made, when it was made and help in identifying machines generally.


Post# 536222 , Reply# 110   8/10/2011 at 16:49 (2,629 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
1982 - 1st series of Electron's

This series of machines were simply warmed over Smoother Hoover machines.

Model A3182 Electron 600 replaced the A3166...

Post# 536223 , Reply# 111   8/10/2011 at 16:49 (2,629 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Model A3184 Electron 800, replaced the A3170...

Post# 536225 , Reply# 112   8/10/2011 at 16:51 (2,629 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Model A3186 Electron 800 Dual Spin, replaced model A3108...

Post# 536226 , Reply# 113   8/10/2011 at 16:53 (2,629 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
A new Model....

in the form of A3188 Electron 800 E Dual Spin was introduced.

Despite the 'E', this model was core range and not an electricity board exclusive.
The 'E' was for economy (hence the extra button)...

Post# 536227 , Reply# 114   8/10/2011 at 16:54 (2,629 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Model A3190 Electron 1100, replaced the A3110.

With the end of production of the Topline, Keymatic and Selectamatic, the A3190 became the top of the range model for Hoover...

Post# 536228 , Reply# 115   8/10/2011 at 16:57 (2,629 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

For this series of machines, only the Electricity Board Shops were graced with the production of an exclusive model.

Branded not as Electron, but utilising the old Electronic title, model A3172 electronic de luxe 1100 E was a smart looking model, courtesy of its flashes of green...

Post# 536230 , Reply# 116   8/10/2011 at 16:58 (2,629 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

the Electricity Board Shop exclusive dryer was the D6060 Dryer de luxe E...

Post# 536231 , Reply# 117   8/10/2011 at 17:04 (2,629 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Hoover and its dryers....

...from this point onwards got a bit confusing.

The Electron range dryers, to the end of the Electron series, tended to be warmed over dryers from the previous ranges.

The first series of dryers, to match the Electron washers, were not branded Electron at all.

The basic dryer was model D6142 Dryer de luxe...

Post# 536233 , Reply# 118   8/10/2011 at 17:05 (2,629 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

with D6144 Dryer de luxe & Creaseguard being the top of the range - this was Hoovers first reversing dryer...

Post# 536234 , Reply# 119   8/10/2011 at 17:08 (2,629 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

The dryers were quickly restyled again, with the new models straddling series 1 and series 2 Electron washers, being sold with the end of the line A31XX machines and the early production run A32XX machines.

Model D6150 Dryer de luxe replaced model D6142...

Post# 536235 , Reply# 120   8/10/2011 at 17:09 (2,629 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Model D6152 Dryer de luxe Creaseguard, replaced model D6144...

Post# 536236 , Reply# 121   8/10/2011 at 17:10 (2,629 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

2nd Series Electrons coming soon!


Post# 536251 , Reply# 122   8/10/2011 at 18:11 (2,629 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        

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The Hoover A3172 Electronic 1100E our second automatic washer after the Creda de luxe rhythm spin square door. I used to love messing about with the 1100,800 & 500rpm buttons. You could easily modify the programmes.

Post# 536338 , Reply# 123   8/11/2011 at 06:25 (2,628 days old) by boschlover1997 ()        

Lovely machines, so jealous i dont have anything of the sort, or an old hotty!
My Grandparents used to have a Hoover Electron 1100 from 1987 and that lasted for 17 years without a single repair! Replaced with a WMA which i actually didnt mind as it was a WMA64 with the buttons, display and powerstream :)
My other Grandparents had one from a bit later, Hoover Ecologic or a Logic in a Grey/creamy colour, this however, only lasted 10 years as my nana had a habit of putting too much Daz in 1 wash and the bearrings died! :( loved it because it was fun to watch, and in its final years, me only being a small child made it fun when it was doing severe unbalanced spins! Also replaced with a WMA in 2002 coincidentally, which the bearrings failed on in 2009, then replaced with a WML540 :(,
cheers, George

Post# 536434 , Reply# 124   8/11/2011 at 16:51 (2,628 days old) by sudsreturn ()        

I always wondered about the Aristocrat machines, what was that all about? Also noticed there are alot of different models, but they all tend to do the same programmes more or less. My mums old silver and orange Electronic 1100 had practically the same programmes as my school mates mums Logic 1600. I mainly remember seeing Hoover machines with the Queens crest on them. Wondered why they were never on the twin tubs! Great thread btw, brings back memories!

Post# 536445 , Reply# 125   8/11/2011 at 17:31 (2,628 days old) by keymatic3203 (Cardiff UK)        
Royal appointment

Hi sudreturn,

just looked the royal crest is on the T5054 and T5090 next to the spin lid release, and on the matching spinarinse.

Can't find a decent photo of the twin tubs, but you can see the crest anyway.

Ok, yes I'm showing off the bridging unit lol


Post# 536493 , Reply# 126   8/12/2011 at 00:17 (2,627 days old) by SeamusUK (Dover Kent UK)        

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Hey Suds

Aristocrat was (and still is) the brand name of Combined Independent Holdings or CIH who are a buying group for local independent retailers (Euronics). However at the time the above machines it was Known as Tiger. Link to the Laundry Lab and an early 80s Ad below.......



Post# 536620 , Reply# 127   8/12/2011 at 19:21 (2,626 days old) by sudsreturn ()        

Lol, duuuuuuuurh! After I sent that post about the royal crest I went into my kitchen for a glass of juice and looked, yes, the crest is there. How think am I? Lol. LOVE that Hoover Twosome, never knew they did those models up til the end. Weird colour though, though it would have been grey like the T5090!

Post# 537093 , Reply# 128   8/15/2011 at 08:31 (2,624 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

Matt, beautiful machines!

Post# 537176 , Reply# 129   8/15/2011 at 15:40 (2,624 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Hi guys.

Another dose of Hoover time again, with the first pure Electron series.
I say pure, due to the first Electron series simply being warmed over Smoother Hoovers.

The 2nd generation Electrons were facially much different, boasting square buttons and a powder draw push button, rather than a finger grab in the powder drawer facia itself.
This latter feature, as well as the door release button, became the bain of these and most other Electrons.
Over time, both these buttons invariably ceased to work, with the lever to push the drawer open breaking or getting gunked up to the point where it ceased to function smoothly.
Also, years of use sees the plastic lugs behind the door release button breaking, rendering this function inoperable too.
If you have an electron with both features working - you have a rare-un.
Only apply enough pressure on the door release to open the door - if you are heavy handed, one day you will push the button through its lugs.

Here goes then!
As before, it will be core range first, followed by exclusives.

First off - the A3252 Electron 600, complete with an induction motor - one of only two standard bodyshell quiet Hoovers:-)

Post# 537178 , Reply# 130   8/15/2011 at 15:40 (2,624 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

A3254 Electron 800...

Post# 537179 , Reply# 131   8/15/2011 at 15:41 (2,624 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

A3256 Electron 800 Dual Spin - a couple of these have recently been on ebay...

Post# 537181 , Reply# 132   8/15/2011 at 15:42 (2,624 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

A3258 Electron 800 De Luxe...

Post# 537182 , Reply# 133   8/15/2011 at 15:43 (2,624 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

A3260 Electron 1100 De Luxe...

Post# 537183 , Reply# 134   8/15/2011 at 15:44 (2,624 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Top of the Range!

A3268 Computer Control 1100...

Post# 537185 , Reply# 135   8/15/2011 at 15:47 (2,624 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

This series saw the dryer facia style catch up with the washing machines!
The 2nd Generation Electron is the only series to have absolutely matching washers and dryers.
Soon the core range dryers would be left behind again, never to catch up.

Model D6180 Electron Dryer De Luxe Autosense...

Post# 537186 , Reply# 136   8/15/2011 at 15:48 (2,624 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

D6182 Electron Dryer De Luxe Autosense - Reversing & Creaseguard...

Post# 537187 , Reply# 137   8/15/2011 at 15:51 (2,624 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Comet exclusive

Dont think a picture of this model has ever been posted before!

Using a finger grab powder drawerfacia and a matchbox style switch - model A3246 Electron 800....

Post# 537188 , Reply# 138   8/15/2011 at 15:52 (2,624 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Rumbelows exclusive...

Again, possibly never posted before is model A3264 Electron 800 by Hoover....

Post# 537189 , Reply# 139   8/15/2011 at 15:54 (2,624 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Comet exclusive, replacing the A3246... the A3266 Electron 800, which abandoned the Matchbox switch in favour of the core range square buttons...

Post# 537190 , Reply# 140   8/15/2011 at 15:55 (2,624 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
C.I.H Tiger exclusive

Another model which I dont think has ever been posted before is Model A3292 Aristocrat Electron 1100 by Hoover...

Post# 537191 , Reply# 141   8/15/2011 at 15:57 (2,624 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
The 1st of 3 Electricity Board Exclusives

Model A3294 Electron 1100 E de luxe...

Post# 537192 , Reply# 142   8/15/2011 at 15:59 (2,624 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
The 2nd of 3 Electricity Board exclusives...

The budget model A3354 (note the jump up into the next numbering series) Electron 800 E ds.
The 'ds' was for the delay start, to take advantage of Economy 7 electricity.

This is another model which I have never seen posted before...

Post# 537193 , Reply# 143   8/15/2011 at 16:03 (2,624 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
The 3rd of 3 Electricity Board exclusives

Model A3356 Electron 1100 E ds de luxe - the 1100 with delay start.

The machine below is mine and Robs and is awaiting a heavy rebuild, including a replacement outer tub and facia repairs (note that the powder push button and door release button are broken).

As with many of this series of electrons, this too is possibly the first time a picture of this model has ever been posted...

Post# 537194 , Reply# 144   8/15/2011 at 16:07 (2,624 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Exclusive dryers

model D6146 Dryer de luxe from Comet (note not an Electron) - the match for the A3246...

Post# 537196 , Reply# 145   8/15/2011 at 16:08 (2,624 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

model D6160 Dryer De Luxe (replacing the D6146) - a match for the A3266...

Post# 537198 , Reply# 146   8/15/2011 at 16:12 (2,624 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
C.I.H Tiger exclusive

D6162 Aristocrat Dryer de Luxe by Hoover.

Note that these exclusive dryers seldom 'match' their partner washing machines - this dryer was a match to the A3292..

Post# 537199 , Reply# 147   8/15/2011 at 16:13 (2,624 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Electricity Board Shops

D6164 Dryer De Luxe E - early matching dryer for the A3294...

Post# 537200 , Reply# 148   8/15/2011 at 16:16 (2,624 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

The larger exclusive recipients were quickly offerent proper matching dryers to their washer offerings.

Model D6192 Aristocrat Electron dryer de luxe Autosense by Hoover (what a mouthful!), replaced the D6162 - finally the A3292 received a properly matching dryer...

Post# 537202 , Reply# 149   8/15/2011 at 16:18 (2,624 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Electricity Board Shops 2nd offering

Model D6196 Electron Dryer E de luxe Autosense, replaced model D6166 and matched models A3294, A3354 and A3356...

Post# 537203 , Reply# 150   8/15/2011 at 16:20 (2,624 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

D6196 sees us through to 1985 - will post those later in the week.


Post# 537205 , Reply# 151   8/15/2011 at 16:30 (2,624 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

p.s here is the preserved model A3254 Electron 800 - picked up as scrap, for a tenner, a replacement chrome door trim just awaits fitting...

Post# 537274 , Reply# 152   8/16/2011 at 05:15 (2,623 days old) by nrones ()        
Awesome thread!

Really love this thread! I ment to write a comment when its complete, but I am way to o curious to doo that :D

What did the Crease Guard button do? What changes would it made in cycle?

Thanks a lot indeed

Post# 537275 , Reply# 153   8/16/2011 at 06:07 (2,623 days old) by ozzie908 (Lincoln UK)        
Crease guard button

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Is for when using the delicate cycles at the last rinse the machine stops and remains full of water thus suspending the clothes to prevent creasing !
When you wish to remove the laundry from the washer you press the crease guard button and it advances the timer to drain/slow spin.


Post# 537446 , Reply# 154   8/16/2011 at 20:57 (2,622 days old) by sudsreturn ()        

The last few models have jogged my memory a bit. I do remember my mum having the Hoover Electronic 800 with the matchbox style rocker switch. The fascia was in brown if I remember. I remember that the dial sometimes stuck slightly on the rinse part of F (woolens) so it would fill and empty at the same time. Wasn't a great machine, very noisy and prone to spinning out of balance. I remember the washer needing a new pump, my dad replaced it, and with a drum full of wet washing, my mum turned the dial to G (final spin), but she turned it one click past the G, so you can guess..... The machine went straight into spin. The washer must have jumped a foot in the air a few times, and the door eventually flew open. The door catch had been smashed. My mum lost her rag a bit, wheeled out the trusty 60's Hoovermatic from the shed and used that for a week until she purchased a second hand Colston automatic washer-dryer.....another horrid machine. After that, she decided to buy a brand new washer for the first time since her "bottom drawer" Colston Concorde twin tub in 1975. One of the early Whirlpool washers with the push in dial. I seem to remember there was an exact same machine on the market at the time but badged Philips-Whirlpool. Can't remember the model.

Post# 537538 , Reply# 155   8/17/2011 at 10:21 (2,622 days old) by mrtumble ()        

my mum had the electron 800 a3264!! panel colour was like british racing green w ith gold trim on the door!! purchased from rumbelows!! powder drawer spring rusted away!! machine lasted 11 years with only a motor,door rubber and soap drawer to drum rubber needing repair/replacement! died of old age replaced by tricity bendix caw1000. the gold trim was on the door glue wore off so trim would tap away when machine spun!! mum was,nt happy when i tugged the trim off.

Post# 537544 , Reply# 156   8/17/2011 at 11:04 (2,622 days old) by mattywashboy (Perth, Western Australia)        

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My grandmother in the UK had a second hand A3354 Electron 800 for about two years IIRC. This was her first Automatic she had bought after going through a few Hoover wringers and then a Servis Supertwin which she absolutely loved, sadly banished to the coal shed after its spinner motor died. I wonder if it is still there, i hope it is!


The A3354 she loved because of its Automatic quality, she could just start it and leave it and go to work down't pub (which was called The Peggy Tub in Stocksbridge near Sheffield, coincidence much?) and come back and it was finished. As time went on she used the Delay Start dial, i remember she used to turn it to 12 before she went to work in the evenings, come home, go to bed around midnight and by the time she got up at 6am it was on what she used to call its 'middle spin' (the machine span twice in the cottons bit, once in the between the four rinses and the final 800spin).


She used programs C and J mainly. C was 95* for all her sheets towels and nighties and such which could stand that temp. J was Minimum Iron 50* for all her skirts, blouses and bras and such. She occasionally used the White Nylon program for her net curtains (which got heavily abused due to her chain smoking 30 Berkley Red a day!) I remember she made sure they went in folded neatly as she reckoned they had more chance coming out folded.......riiiiight.


She never used the soap dispenser button release, not sure wether she knew what it did to be honest, she always just grabbed underneath it and pulled. Crease Guard button was never used either, she just got me to 'get up and shift wesher on will ya love'. This phrase became more prominent when its timer motor conked out and had to be manually shifted on through its cycle all the time, bless her for putting up with it although she only did her washing when i was around on the weekend because her arthritis was so bad it was easier to get me to take care of shifting it on instead of her having to get up and down all the time.


Its amazing when you see these things how much you remember as you start to think, like a few memories in the back of the mind come out stretch their little memory legs haha, great.


Reminds me of being a kid again, i love it!


I'll be back there in the UK in November this year, I think she said shes got an Indesit now, wonder what I am going to make of that!


Here is the great woman when she came for recent visit to us in Australia, bless her she taught me everything i know about how to wash properly, using hot temps and good detergents and the benefits of a high speed spin dry!



Post# 537748 , Reply# 157   8/18/2011 at 01:48 (2,621 days old) by mattywashboy (Perth, Western Australia)        

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hey quick question guys


just looking through this thread again i noticed the Hoover Selectamatic, never seen one of these before, can anyone explain how the Selectamatic system worked? I'm guessing its something to do with the timer and you select a letter and press start and that dial does not move its the timeline in the console which indicates the sequence. Am i right? :-P

Post# 537814 , Reply# 158   8/18/2011 at 11:05 (2,621 days old) by paulc (Edinburgh, Scotland)        

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Thanks for posting such wonderful pics. I must say I love the half panel machines but then I have always been a sucker for BOL machines!

Post# 537863 , Reply# 159   8/18/2011 at 13:14 (2,621 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Hi Sudsreturn, Scott and Matt.

Thanks for posting your memories of the more obscure members of the elctron family.
The pictures posted of them are the only ones I have, but the one problems with Hoover Instruction manuals is that they are black and white and tend to be of very varying photographic quality, to put it mildly!

Out of focus, washed out or just plain too dark, so as to be virtually unable to see anything at all seem to have been the order of the day through the 1980s - the cover photo for the A3108 is ridiculous!

As such, memories are an important part of learning about said machines and thankyou to Scott for telling us about the A3264!
A full British Racing Green panel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! with gold trim!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Never knew that at all and its impossible to tell from the manual photo that its anything other than ordinary.

Something like this then?....

Post# 537865 , Reply# 160   8/18/2011 at 13:16 (2,621 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Hi Matt.

I dont know of many people who used the powder push button and yet they still all got broken.
Much easier just to grab under the facia and pull - much simpler.

You will have to show your gran this thread and see if she recognises her old machine.


Post# 537866 , Reply# 161   8/18/2011 at 13:30 (2,621 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Forgot to mention Matt.

The Selectamatic!!!!

The A3064 used the lightshow from the A3062 Keymatic for its display, in the form of individual lights illuminating symbols, whereas the A3114 was a copy of the A3112 Keymatic and used a glowing timeline arrangement for its display.

The timeline light is on a hinged arm, which is dragged across the machine, as the programme progresses.
A pictures of the internals of Mathew's (keymatic3203) A3114 Selectamatic is below.

Behind the Selectamatic dial is essentially a permanently fitted, cylindrical keyplate, covered in cutouts.
As you turn the dial, your are mimicking turning a Keymatic keyplate in your hand and pushing it into the machine.
Once selected, in the same way you push the keyplate into a Keymatic, you push the dial inwards on the Selectamatic.
The machine then does the click click clickety click thing, as the reader identifies the notches and activates the programme.

The indicator arm is attached above the timer, towards the back of the machine....

Post# 537867 , Reply# 162   8/18/2011 at 13:34 (2,621 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

The timeline with the glowing green line faintly showing.

Gary has done a couple of videos of Mathew's machine and they are uploaded on youtube - link below...

CLICK HERE TO GO TO matchboxpaul's LINK

Post# 537868 , Reply# 163   8/18/2011 at 13:38 (2,621 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
1985 & the 3rd Series of Electrons

Starting with the bargain basement but, as with the A3252, very quiet (induction fitted) A3332 Energy Control.

I have always thought that someone made a mistake when typing up the model number of this machine and that the mistake stuck - I am sure this machine was meant to be the A3342...

Post# 537869 , Reply# 164   8/18/2011 at 13:40 (2,621 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
You will see my thinking with the misnumbered A3332...

....when the next model up was the A3344 Energy Control de luxe...

Post# 537870 , Reply# 165   8/18/2011 at 13:40 (2,621 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

and the next model the A3346 Electron 800...

Post# 537871 , Reply# 166   8/18/2011 at 13:41 (2,621 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

A3348 Electron 800 de luxe...

Post# 537872 , Reply# 167   8/18/2011 at 13:42 (2,621 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

A3350 Electron 1100 de luxe...

Post# 537873 , Reply# 168   8/18/2011 at 13:42 (2,621 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

Evening paul. are you going to cover the logics?

Post# 537874 , Reply# 169   8/18/2011 at 13:43 (2,621 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Top of the Range!

But why on earth it wasnt numbered A3352 is beyond me.

For some reason, Hoover numbered this one as the A3308 Computer Control 1100...

Post# 537875 , Reply# 170   8/18/2011 at 13:45 (2,621 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Possibly Chris, but I will have to sort the photo library out a bit before doing so.

In time, I will do a Logic and Ecologic thread.

Post# 537876 , Reply# 171   8/18/2011 at 13:46 (2,621 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

Thank you paul

Post# 537877 , Reply# 172   8/18/2011 at 13:47 (2,621 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
The Dryers.....

Basic model D6214 Electron Dryer.

No angled facia dryers were ever produced to match the 3rd Series Electron washers so, if we were being picky, we could say that the A3332/44/46/48/50 and 08 nver had true matching dryers to go with them.

They do look smart nonetheless....

Post# 537879 , Reply# 173   8/18/2011 at 13:50 (2,621 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

D6216 Electron Dryer de luxe was TOTR and congratulations to Mark on his new acquisition!

Post# 537880 , Reply# 174   8/18/2011 at 13:52 (2,621 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
to match the Computer Control 1100..

model D6228 was introduced in the 'In White' scheme...

Post# 537882 , Reply# 175   8/18/2011 at 13:53 (2,621 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Will do the exclusives soon!

Thanks for viewing.

Post# 537884 , Reply# 176   8/18/2011 at 13:55 (2,621 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

But before I sign off a couple of pics of machines myself and Rob own, from tonights series.

The ubiquitous A3350 Electron 1100 de luxe ...

Post# 537886 , Reply# 177   8/18/2011 at 13:57 (2,621 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

and finally restored the weekend just gone, after about two years of dormancy, is our A3308 Computer Control 1100...

Post# 537887 , Reply# 178   8/18/2011 at 14:00 (2,621 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

and here is the preserved D6214 Electron Dryer, which I purchased at the same time as the Computer Control 1100.
This dryer has since been passed on and is in the safe custodianship of Mathew (keymatic3203)...

Post# 537932 , Reply# 179   8/18/2011 at 17:07 (2,621 days old) by keymatic3203 (Cardiff UK)        
Back to earlier in the decade,

The keymatic A3112, in full Brushed stainless steel effect.

This isn't an exclusive, just one that over the years the lacquer has been warn off, but after initial disapointment at it not being mint, I think it would look quite contempory in a run of gloss white units and a stainless steel oven etc.

I personally would like to remove the british bulldog, as it is quite warn and fade, I think the machine would look better without it, what do you think?


Post# 538002 , Reply# 180   8/19/2011 at 01:38 (2,620 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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Thanks for sharing all those great pictures. It's a wonderful thread! Now about that Selectamatic. Do I understand it right that the dial is not a timer but more a programme selector? It doesn't turn during the programme, but stays in the same position, right?

Post# 538080 , Reply# 181   8/19/2011 at 12:26 (2,620 days old) by keymatic3203 (Cardiff UK)        

Hi louis,

yes your right, the dial is only for selecting the the programme, paul has explained it better than I can and has a better photo, a few posts back.


Post# 538114 , Reply# 182   8/19/2011 at 15:57 (2,620 days old) by mrtumble ()        

a3264 panel was a darker green more like a bottle green gold door trim that tapped away till i pulled it off or like the a3254 pic they dropped off!! letters on panel were a mix of gold and white?? we also had a hoover tumble dryer purchased in 1989 from a eastern electricity shop!! can,t remember the model number wil wait for pic of it to trigger memory lasted from 1989 to 2003!! died of motor failure and old age!! replaced by hotpoint tdl 32p dryer which is still going strong today!

Post# 538117 , Reply# 183   8/19/2011 at 16:03 (2,620 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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Thank you Mathew!

Post# 538967 , Reply# 184   8/23/2011 at 11:25 (2,616 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Hi Mathew, Louis and Scott.

Mathew - great to finally see nice big portrait photo of your A3112 Keymatic 1100. It's different but, as we all get over the initial shock of it, we all come to the quick realisation that it looks SUPERB!
I am not going to say one way or the other about the sticker, apart from to say that I'd leave it on! lol :-)
As woth all these series of machines, its the basic versions that are missing - now you have an A3110, 3112 and 3114 we have to find you a 3108, 3166 and 3170. May the serach continue.

Louis - the Selectamatic is a great machine, though when i saw the internals for the first time, the indicator lever alarmed me somewhat. Made of old plastic, with a hinge half way along.
Fires back with some force too - I was just waiting for a snapping plastic sound. Paranoid about plastic - thats what owning many Hotpoint 95's does to you :-)

Scott - my monitor is pants and when I looked at the 'British racing Green' that I posted I thought 'way too light'.
It really does sound like a smart machine. Mathew has mentioned to me before about seeing a green facia'd electron and maybe your mums machine was it.


Post# 538968 , Reply# 185   8/23/2011 at 11:27 (2,616 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Electron Series 3 exclusives...

starts with model A3384 Electron 800 from Currys.

Note that the Comet exclusives used the old Electron series 2 style facias, with square buttons....

Post# 538969 , Reply# 186   8/23/2011 at 11:29 (2,616 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

A3386 Electron 1100 de luxe from Comet...

Post# 538971 , Reply# 187   8/23/2011 at 11:30 (2,616 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Model A3388 Aristocrat Electron 1100 by Hoover - exclusive for C.I.H Tiger Independents...

Post# 538972 , Reply# 188   8/23/2011 at 11:32 (2,616 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Model A3390 Energy Control E ds for the Electricity Board Shops.

The picture shows both versions, with version 1 having a manual door release on the door and version 2 having push button release...

Post# 538973 , Reply# 189   8/23/2011 at 11:33 (2,616 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

A3392 Electron 1100 E, again for the leccy boards...

Post# 538974 , Reply# 190   8/23/2011 at 11:34 (2,616 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

A3394 Electron 1100 E ds, the leccy board delay start machine....

Post# 538975 , Reply# 191   8/23/2011 at 11:36 (2,616 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Comet pushed the boat out!

Model A3418 Computer Control 1100 for Comet.
Lovely light grey facia, with pinky red/magenta accents - a smart looking machine....

Post# 538976 , Reply# 192   8/23/2011 at 11:38 (2,616 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Never posted before!

A3428 Electron 800 by HOOVER, for Rumbelows...

Post# 538977 , Reply# 193   8/23/2011 at 11:40 (2,616 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
The dryers....

D6218 Electron Dryer De Luxe - the match for all the Comet exclusives....

Post# 538978 , Reply# 194   8/23/2011 at 11:42 (2,616 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

D6220 Aristocrat Dryer De Luxe by HOOVER - the match for the C.I.H Tiger A3388....

Post# 538979 , Reply# 195   8/23/2011 at 11:44 (2,616 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

and D6222 Electron Dryer Energy Control Series E - the match for the electricity board exclusives...

Post# 538980 , Reply# 196   8/23/2011 at 11:45 (2,616 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

There was never an exclusive Rumbelows dryer, to match the A3428 and all thats now left are a handful off odd job machines, which I will cover as the Electron series 4 machines later in the week.


Post# 538984 , Reply# 197   8/23/2011 at 12:02 (2,616 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

Hi Paul

Doo see my ebay thread

Post# 539019 , Reply# 198   8/23/2011 at 14:28 (2,616 days old) by richukbristol ()        

Hi Paul, what an amazing thread. It's great to see so many machines from the past, machines that we have and I remember family and friends having. Thankyou so much for all the time and effort you have put into this thread. xx


Post# 539247 , Reply# 199   8/24/2011 at 15:25 (2,615 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys)        
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Fantastic, thank you very much Paul.


Post# 539390 , Reply# 200   8/25/2011 at 02:21 (2,614 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

Paul also I have e-maild you about a heater fot a 3236h.

Post# 540166 , Reply# 201   8/28/2011 at 14:47 (2,611 days old) by mrprojectionist ()        

Great Thread,

My parent had two Keymatic which my father tried to get working (they couldn't afford a washer after buying a house)

Then they got a Electra similar to A3E08 but it had fours buttons as I recall. Economy, Half spin, rinse hold and wool wash.

Does anyone have a picture of that model?

My dad has all the old photos I could try to find the one with that machine.
(I'd give my ASEA and my right arm for one of those but I have a feeling that parts aren't easy to obtain.)

Post# 540401 , Reply# 202   8/29/2011 at 13:37 (2,610 days old) by liberator1509 (Ireland)        
Can we have one for Hotpoint?

Hi Paul - fantastic thread...amazing detail too! Our next-door neighbours had the 3208, replaced in the early 80s by a Bendix.

Any chance you could start one on Hotpoint autos too?


Post# 541049 , Reply# 203   9/1/2011 at 14:59 (2,607 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Thanks for the comments guys!

David - re a Hotpoint thread? We'll see :-)

Onwards to the final batch of electrons...

Post# 541050 , Reply# 204   9/1/2011 at 15:01 (2,607 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Model A3470, with a Harmony Beige bodyshell and a colour derivitive of the standard A3350...

Post# 541051 , Reply# 205   9/1/2011 at 15:02 (2,607 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Model A3472, with the white bodyshell...

Post# 541052 , Reply# 206   9/1/2011 at 15:03 (2,607 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Model A3474 in the 'all white' scheme.
As with Polar White Hotpoints, this scheme yellowed terribly in the facia department...

Post# 541053 , Reply# 207   9/1/2011 at 15:04 (2,607 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

D6292 dryer, to match the A3470...

Post# 541055 , Reply# 208   9/1/2011 at 15:05 (2,607 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

D6294 matched the A3472...

Post# 541056 , Reply# 209   9/1/2011 at 15:05 (2,607 days old) by HotpointFan (United Kingdom)        

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Do you have any pictures and information on the Hoover Ecologic 800 Round Door in beige?



Post# 541057 , Reply# 210   9/1/2011 at 15:06 (2,607 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
The 'all white' dryer...

Hoover simply kept the D6228 dryer in production, to match the A3474.
Originally the D6228 dryer was introduced to match the 'all white' A3308 Computer Control 1100.
For a picture of the D6228, see earlier in this thread.

Post# 541058 , Reply# 211   9/1/2011 at 15:08 (2,607 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Hi Jacob.

Will cover the Ecologics in another thread, at a later date.
Bear with me.

Post# 541059 , Reply# 212   9/1/2011 at 15:10 (2,607 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

The final core model dryer was the D6284 Autosense, budget machine.

This model straddled the end of the Electron series and start of the Logics, so appears in both series brochures...

Post# 541060 , Reply# 213   9/1/2011 at 15:11 (2,607 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Hoover introduces its 1st Washer-Dryers

Model A8504 was the core model...

Post# 541061 , Reply# 214   9/1/2011 at 15:11 (2,607 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Model A8506 was the Electricity Board Exclusive version...

Post# 541062 , Reply# 215   9/1/2011 at 15:14 (2,607 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Model A8512, as with the D6284 Autosense Dryer, straddled the end of the Electron series and start of the Logics and can be found in the first Logic brochures.

The budget Logic washer dryers continued to use this facia style, though they were branded as Logics and not Electrons...

Post# 541063 , Reply# 216   9/1/2011 at 15:16 (2,607 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
The final exclusives!

None of these machines had a matching dryer and were end of the run machines, though the end of the run lasted through to the early 1990s!

First off was model A3588 Electron 800 Exclusive, for Currys....

Post# 541065 , Reply# 217   9/1/2011 at 15:17 (2,607 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
All remaining exclusive models were for Comet...

A3594 Energy Control de luxe 800...

Post# 541066 , Reply# 218   9/1/2011 at 15:18 (2,607 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

A3596 Electron 1100 de luxe...

Post# 541067 , Reply# 219   9/1/2011 at 15:20 (2,607 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Model A3688 was the final Computer Control 1100 and boasted the increased drum capacity of the Logic series machines, as well as the inset kick strip bodyshell.
The machine below belongs to Mike King and is the only photo I have of such a machine...

Post# 541068 , Reply# 220   9/1/2011 at 15:23 (2,607 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
The LAST Electron 800!

I make no apologies for using the same photographs as for their predecessor models, as these are the pictures from their actual instruction manuals.

Model A3594 was replaced by model A3770, which boasted the Logics increased drum capacity...

Post# 541069 , Reply# 221   9/1/2011 at 15:25 (2,607 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
The LAST Electron 1100!

Model A3596 was replaced by model A3772 which, like with the A3770, boasted the Logics increased drum capacity...

Post# 541070 , Reply# 222   9/1/2011 at 15:30 (2,607 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

There you go then!

Thats the Hoover story from the first Keymatic in 1961, through to the last Electron circa 1990.

The Logic's were introduced circa 1986/87 and the last batch of Electron exclusives were produced deep into the Logic production run and almost made contact with the Ecologics.

I hope to cover the Logics and Ecologics soon in another thread.

Hope this thread has proved an intersting read and will prove to be a useful refernce for the future.

Just before I sign off, I will just post these last two pieces of information...

Post# 541071 , Reply# 223   9/1/2011 at 15:31 (2,607 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

The Hoover story is convoluted to say the least!


Post# 541806 , Reply# 224   9/5/2011 at 14:15 (2,603 days old) by servisslimline (England, Brighton & Hove)        

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SPEECHLESS, honestly where do you find the time to create such a great thread, also i am very happy that i know a bit more about the autosense D6284 dryer a bit more now thanks to this, its bugged me previously but i never thought to ask much about it

Post# 541984 , Reply# 225   9/6/2011 at 10:02 (2,602 days old) by hoover1100 (U.K.)        
Thanks Paul!

Been a while since I last posted here but this thread for certain can't go without acknowledgement! It must have taken an awful lot of time and effort to gather up and post all of these pictures and info, but I'm sure I'm not the only one who really appreciates it!


Some really fantastic machines in this thread, some of which I recognise as the machines friends and relatives had, but never knew exactly what model they were, being that they were exclusive machines (my best friend's parent's had the Energy Control 800 A3594 when we were growing up, never knew which one it was until now!).


Whilst I wouldn't say no to any of these machines, to be able to go back to the mid 80s and buy that beautiful Comet exclusive Electron 1100 A3386 would be a dream! (Naturally I would need the all white kitchen with bright red tile grout and accessories to match it ;))


Thanks again Paul for some great reading!



Post# 542268 , Reply# 226   9/7/2011 at 16:04 (2,601 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Hi Phil.

Beleive me, it takes a while and my geriatric computer can only just cope with all the photos I have posted (apologies of others are in the same boat as me).

Pleased that you now have some other snippets of information on the D6284.


Post# 542271 , Reply# 227   9/7/2011 at 16:16 (2,601 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        

Hiya Matt.

Good to hear from you again!

The thread is the culmination of the last 4 years of research and is something I have been meaning to do for a while.

Just like with Hass and his excellent advert channel on youtube, its always useful to be able to go to one place for information.
I hope that this thread will be a useful reference for Hoover laundry products and am pleased that it has jogged some memories for you, as well as identifying some machines you have encountered over the years.

The Comet exclusive grey is a very fetching shade, I agree.
So very 80s.
Finding a good one might be a tad difficult though as, as with the 'all white' models, the grey tended to go off a bit.
Saw an A3386 last year and it was a bit grubby to say the least. There is also an A3384 preserved and in a mates restoration queue.
Keep your eyes peeled - one will roll along one day, with your name on it.

Good to see you back.

Post# 542276 , Reply# 228   9/7/2011 at 16:22 (2,601 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Matchbox developments

The 3236H now has a matching dryer, in the form of one of the two recently available half panel 3022's.
They look great together!

Both of 1971 vintage, the 3022 had its 40th birthday in March and the 3236H will be 40 sometime next month....

Post# 542347 , Reply# 229   9/8/2011 at 02:01 (2,600 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

Paul,nice machines! was the dryer the one vacebar 58 won?

Post# 542786 , Reply# 230   9/10/2011 at 14:57 (2,598 days old) by mrtumble ()        

wish icould remember what model number my mums first hoover tumble dryer was!did,nt see it in the thread!! beige front panel with just 3 buttons start and stop door open!! no high low temp setting or buzzers on it!! brought it in 1989 from an eastern electricity shop!! lasted until 2003!!!

Post# 685246 , Reply# 231   6/23/2013 at 16:28 (1,946 days old) by optima (Cumbria England)        

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Still a classic & fascinating thread. Here is my uncle in 1988 pictured with a Hoover 800 Electron Washer & a Hotpoint Dryer, just love these old photo's

Post# 686284 , Reply# 232   6/29/2013 at 11:02 (1,940 days old) by miele4life (Reading, UK )        

brilliant thread about all these Hoover's, can't believe they've made so many different models, but I like the Computer Control 1's best so I'd take 1 of them lol,

maybe it's time 2 do the next chapter in the Hoover story by doing the 1st Logic to Final EcoLogic, I'm sure many of us on here will be looking forward to that, so I'll watch this space 4 now :)

Post# 742968 , Reply# 233   3/18/2014 at 13:12 (1,678 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Early 2014 Update

Hi guys.
sorry for bumping this thread up, especially as if your computer is getting on a bit, it might take an age to load up.

As this is a thread detailing all of Hoover UK's laundry products, a couple of recent developments necessitate (spelling?) an update.

First off, here is a better picture of the Electra A3E10 Electronic 800 - the electricity board version of the Smoother Hoover A3108.

I picked up this machine two weekends ago, after its previous owners regretfully decided to retire it, after 33 years of service (drum bearings are on the verge of seizing, following sudden bearing failure).
It was bought in the Solihull branch of the Midlands Electricity Board back in September 1980.
They offered it to me and are really pleased that it has entered a gentle retirement, where it will continue to be appreciated. Many thanks to Ann and her husband, up in Windermere....

Post# 742969 , Reply# 234   3/18/2014 at 13:20 (1,678 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Now here is a rare-un!

First off, many, many, many thanks to Alan (alanlondon), who is treating us all to some absolutely classic brochures detailing very rare and little known about machines. The Servis Mk302 Continental brochure, provided my first ever viewing of this particularly obscure model and this evening treat has been the New-Pol brochure. Many thanks.

Yesterdays brochure detailed the Carlton offerings from Currys and provided the first proper sightings of the model that Currys commissioned from Hoover.

The first possible sighting was in the famous Secret Life of the Washing Machine pyramid, but it was always a case of 'possibly could be', rather than 'definitely is'.
2nd row down on the left...

Post# 742973 , Reply# 235   3/18/2014 at 13:23 (1,678 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Now here is a rare-un!

Then there was this photograph of a Hoover employee, wiring up a mystery fascia.
Again, a case of 'could be, but don't know for sure'...

Post# 742980 , Reply# 236   3/18/2014 at 13:28 (1,678 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Now here is a rare-un - model A3C16

Thanks to Alan, we are now able to confirm the above two suspicions and provide a photo of the:

CARLTON A3C16 electronic deluxe - based on the A3110 and with a rather unusual black door trim.

Thanks again Alan - really appreciate you sharing your brochure collection and revealing mystery machines to us.

Post# 742981 , Reply# 237   3/18/2014 at 13:31 (1,678 days old) by matchboxpaul (U.K)        
Just ONE washer model to discover!

The only Hoover washing machine missing from this thread, that was produced for and sold in the UK, is the Hoover A3170 Electronic 800.

Where are you oh A3170?

Regards to all

Post# 743010 , Reply# 238   3/18/2014 at 15:08 (1,678 days old) by electron1100 (England)        
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Hello Paul

I am really pleased you got this one, I always like the 800 versions, and this is of course the matching one to mikes electra 1100.........

So well done I like it very much


Post# 743012 , Reply# 239   3/18/2014 at 15:10 (1,678 days old) by electron1100 (England)        
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well at last! we now know what the machine panel is being constructed by a rather uninterested engineer is.........the variants available of these machines is mind boggling........but very interesting.

So its a Carlton 1100 now wanted


Post# 996556 , Reply# 240   6/8/2018 at 09:05 by wft2800 (Leatherhead, Surrey)        

Did the Logic/Ecologic family thread ever get written up? Their history is pretty confusing, what with every different fascia colour getting its own model number! Then there's the different spin speeds, 1200, 1250, 1300...

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