Hotpoint, one of the famous brands in UK maintain a fairly strong market position especially in the home appliance sector. Most of their products are fairly interesting and so is the Hotpoint V3D01P 3kg Vented Tumble Dryer that has been reviewed here.
This model falls in the category of front loading and free standing appliance and comes in the dimensions of 670mm in height, 490mm in width and 480mm in depth. In the top stretch is where one would find the control panel with the Heat Selector Switch on the left and the Control Knob on the right with the mains On/Off indicator lights towards the centre. Both the filter and the exhaust air grille is located inside the door and the door in turn is controlled with a door release knob, which can be found on the right hand side.
Capacity and Type:
This Hotpoint V3D01P White Colour Tumble Dryer is a vented-type appliance that allows the steam to escape through the vent and hence it is important to install the appliance in a proper vented position. It can handle a load of up to 3 kg and hence it is suitable for small families or single person use.
This dryer works on mechanical control system and the dial present needs to be operated clockwise for the timer to be set. The timer setting can be set to a minimum of 10 minutes and maximum of 120 minutes in 10-minute incrementals. It is possible to reset the timer control as and when needed even during process of programming. The door of this model can be opened with the door release system and the handle grip comes in handy to pull open the door. Again, if you attempt opening the door amidst a programme, it automatically cuts off the functioning of the dryer. Also available in this model is a heat selector which allows setting of temperature either to high heat or low heat. After having sorted the laundry, the dryer can be loaded by selecting the appropriate heat setting that best suits the fabrics. While high heat is best suited for linens, cottons and synthetics low setting seems to best suit acrylics/acrylic mixtures. The knob timer needs to be turned clockwise to select the required drying time and start the appliance. There is a handy chart provided that includes the approximate weights of daily household garments that helps with loading the dryer correctly and enhances the drying results with minimal creasing.
Programmes and Care for Fabrics:
There are 12 lavish programmes that comes with this Hotpoint V3D01P Vented Tumble Dryer together with another sensor programme. These programmes are specialised for fabrics of different nature and provides great care for the fabrics. In case of cottons high heat can be opted for, as mentioned above, with the drying speed being 1000 rpm. Based on the volume of fabrics, the timer can be set from 30 minutes to 70 minutes depending on low, medium or high load option. High heat is applicable for the synthetics as well with a reduced drying time of 20 minutes to 45 minutes based on the load. Again, low heat can be opted for acrylics with reduced spinning and the time selection ranges from 30 to 70 minutes.
Sensor drying – This model works on sensor drying which is an automatic programme in which the device senses the moisture in the fabrics and functions until it is dry as required.
Reverse Tumble Action – The drum is designed as such that it moves on both direction thus preventing creases that are normally found in fabrics.
Filter – The filter is located in the door and it is easily removable for cleaning making it easy to maintain the appliance and also safeguards the fabrics from dusts and hairs.
Door opening – The door opening is controlled by a knob allowing the door to open at 180 degrees left. This makes loading and unloading of fabrics easy.
Indicator lights – There are also indicator lights present in this appliance that assist in proper functioning of the appliance throughout the functioning time and aids in overall maintenance too.
On the whole, Hotpoint V3D01P Freestanding Tumble Dryer serves well for smaller families and people with a lesser laundry load. But then the only hitch would be the D grade rating of the dryer that doesn’t really categorize it as a competitive model when it comes to energy efficiency.
Hotpoint V3D01P – Technical Specification Table
|Model Name||V3D01P 3kg Vented Tumble Dryer|
|Size (height x width x depth)||670 x 490 x 480 mm|
|Drying Capacity||3.0 kg|
|Loading type||Front loading tumble dryer|
|Number of drying programmes||12 + 1|
|Number of heat settings||2|
|Anti crease function||Yes|
|Final cool tumble action||Yes|
|Silk dry programme||No|
|Delicate dry option||Yes|
|Cupboard dry option||Yes|
|Easy iron option||Yes|
|Filter care indicator||Yes|
|Remaining time indicator||Yes|
|Warning LED indicator||Yes|
|End of program indicator||Yes|
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