Washer-dryers: Compare features & prices Hoover VHW656D review http://www.which.co.uk/home-and-garden/home-appliances/reviews/washer-dryers/hoover-vhw656d/review/
The freestanding Hoover VHW656D washer-dryer boasts a range of useful features such as delayed start and easy-care washing programs, as well as a variable 1600rpm spin speed so you can slow it down when spinning delicates. We put this washer-dryer through its paces in our testing lab.
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The cleanliness of a 40°C cotton wash.
How clean a synthetic and polyester wash were.
Rating for the time taken to spin dry a washing load.
How well the machine rinses away detergent on the 40degreeC cotton, short and delicates programs.
All drying programs (pre-2011 tests only)
For washer-dryers tested prior to 2011: How long it took to complete preselected programs, including storage dry (where an item can be put straight in a cupboard), iron dry (best humidity for ironing) and man-made fabrics (which can be damaged by high heat or overdrying).
For washer-dryers tested since 2011: How quickly this model can dry cotton laundry (to put straight into a cupboard). Rating is based on the time taken to dry a single kilo of cottons within a full load.
For washer-dryers tested since 2011: How quickly this model can iron-dry cotton laundry (clothes should be left slightly damp to make them easier to iron). Rating is based on the time taken to iron-dry a single kilo of cottons within a full load. If no rating, the model over-dried the laundry.
For washer-dryers tested since 2011: How quickly this model can dry synthetics (to put straight into a cupboard). Rating is based on the time taken to dry a single kilo of synthetics within the stated maximum load.
Dryness of clothes (for models tested after 2013)
For washer-dryers tested since 2013: Automatic washer-dryers should not over-dry clothe or leave clothes wet. Manual dryers that make you set the drying time itself, should have consistent drying times.
Best models dry all items equally, while others leave some items damp.
How reliable this brand of washer-dryer is.
We test how much energy the machine uses doing a load of laundry on a wash and dry cycle. Machines rated 4 stars cost around £21 less to run a year than those that are rated 2 stars, based on five loads of washing and four loads of drying a week.
Ease of use
Ease of loading, programming and cleaning the lint filters.
The lowest scorers for drying were fairly loud. The motor was audible, as was the movement of air and clothes in the drum.