Washer-dryers: Compare features & prices 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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Test criteria Rating
Washing performance
Cotton wash The cleanliness of a 40°C cotton wash. Subscribe
Synthetics wash How clean a synthetic and polyester wash were. Subscribe
Spin drying Rating for the time taken to spin dry a washing load. Subscribe
Rinse How well the machine rinses away detergent on the 40degreeC cotton, short and delicates programs. Subscribe
Drying performance
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). Subscribe
Cotton cupboard-dry 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. Subscribe
Cotton iron-dry 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. Subscribe
Synthetics cupboard-dry 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. Subscribe
Evenness (drying) Best models dry all items equally, while others leave some items damp. Subscribe
Brand reliability How reliable this brand of washer-dryer is. Subscribe
Energy and water use
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Energy use 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. Subscribe
Convenience
Ease of use Ease of loading, programming and cleaning the lint filters. Subscribe
Noise The lowest scorers for drying were fairly loud. The motor was audible, as was the movement of air and clothes in the drum. Subscribe

Hoover VHW656D

  • Launch date: Mar 2009
  • Type: Freestanding
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