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Hotpoint/Ariston Platinum Wool Cycle - a bit rough and splashy?
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Post# 1152603   6/27/2022 at 07:15 (667 days old) by iej (.... )        

Iíve been on holiday and the place I was staying in has a Hotpoint (Ariston) washing machine of a pretty high spec.

(For those of you unfamiliar, Hotpoint / Ariston is a middle of the road European brand(s) with a long history, most recently owned by Indesit, and now part of Whirlpool.)

The current Bauknecht machines sold in other parts of Europe now seem to be identical to these too.

Their machines have a wool cycle which operates by filling quite shallowly and operating the drum in a continuous low speed spin, so the items donít tumble, but stick to the drum as theyíre rotated through the water.

It doesnít seem to have done any harm to my woollens but it seems VERY aggressive compared to what Iím used to with Miele.

Does it work well? Anyone found it too rough?





Post# 1152636 , Reply# 1   6/27/2022 at 15:06 (666 days old) by henene4 (Heidenheim a.d. Brenz (Germany))        

It's the same trick as AEG tumble dryers since the Protex launched use on the Wool cycle: Since the wool isn't moving per se, it's not getting agitated.

It's staying in one place, fixed to the drum. No movement in relation to the drum or other items.
No friction, no mechanical action.
So no felting, no harm to woolens.

The distribution woolens wash was an Hotpoint/Indesit "invention".
Hotpoint/Indesit since got bought by Whirlpool which owned Bauknecht since 2/3 decades or so.
Now they mixed certain designs from the Hotpoint company into the Whirlpool designs and vice versa - and the Wool cycle was taken from Hotpoint.


Post# 1152639 , Reply# 2   6/27/2022 at 15:36 (666 days old) by donprohel (I live in Munich - Germany, but I am Italian)        

As you write and as henene4 explains, iej, it "seems" aggressive but it isn't: the garments "stick" to the drum and hence are not rubbed or flexed, which is what damages wool.

However, to achieve that, the drum must turn fast enough for the centrifugal force to "push" the garments against the drum and keep them there.


As a side note, it is not Indesit that bought Ariston / Hotpoint, but the other way round, and then Ariston / Hotpoint was renamed "Indesit Group" because Indesit was a better known brand.


Post# 1152646 , Reply# 3   6/27/2022 at 17:59 (666 days old) by iej (.... )        

Results were pretty good.

Iím just used to Mieleís more traditional barely tumbling approach.



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