Hotpoint, the leading brand in home appliance are pretty much famous for their impressive offering of home products that cater to the needs of many households. The Hotpoint AQCF852BI Condenser Tumble Dryer is one such appliance with highest capacity offered by this brand that suits perfectly well large-sized families. The unique feature of this Tumble Dryer is the ‘Wool mark Silver Care Programme’ it offers that comes only in specific models and this product enjoys that benefit. It is a technology in which the drum moves in a single direction throughout the process that helps eliminate the friction between different clothes thus maintaining the quality of fibres.
The Basics: Prior to installation, it would be pertinent to determine the type of a dryer and this Hotpoint AQCF852BI Reverse Tumble Action Dryer belongs to the condenser type of drying system. The advantages of this system over the vented models is that it does not require to be vented and the water extracted from clothes is sent to a built-in reservoir which can be emptied by users at their convenience. Again, as this is a freestanding, front loading model and can be installed any corner of the home. It comes in a white finish with the dimensions being slightly larger than the conventional models and measures 850 x 595 x 630 mm.
Control panel: This model has a digital display and the electronic control system makes it easy for the user to set desired programmes and is pretty much user-friendly. The control panel present in the front fascia above the door has various controls that are as follows – Off button and Light, Indicators, Display panel, Option buttons, ECO light, Programme knob, Start/Pause, Child lock, Clean condenser, empty water clean filter, all of which that is lit, Programme progress light. The display panel is further divided into 3 sections – The Sensor Dry, Timed Dry And The Delay Start Programme.
Choosing a programme:
Among the available 16 Drying programmes, users have the benefit of setting required programme based on the fabric type. There are also a couple of special programmes onboard that function in just a single setting, which would be The Easy Iron Programme, Wool, Jeans, Shirts In Low And High Heat, Silk, Duvet, Baby, Lingerie, Delicates, Bed and Bath and finally the Refresh Programme. Further, there are timed drying settings available in a whole range of timings namely 180mins, 160mins, 120mins, 90mins, 60mins, 30mins and 20mins. Of the lot, the Sensor drying looks to be the best as it guarantees best drying outputs by sensing moisture levels in fabrics and stops immediately once the desired results have been obtained.
Miscellaneous: The reservoir capacity of this dryer is 5 litres that needs to be managed just occasionally and also the fluff filter is easily removable for hassle-free maintenance. Most of the functions in this dryer come with indicators to hint users whenever it requires attention. There is also an end of cycle alarm onboard this dryer. The door opens on the left and extends to about 180 degrees.
Verdict: Though the dryer comes with a B grade energy rating that proves to be disadvantageous for the dryer, it is amply compensated with interesting and unique features like the 5 level sensing, higher number of programmes and anti-crease system both towards the beginning and end of a programme that produces unmatched output. Overall, the manufacturer offers a 12-month guarantee on this Hotpoint AQCF852BI Freestanding Tumble Dryer for both part and labour, which is noteworthy for those considering to invest on this appliance.
Hotpoint AQCF852BI Specifications
|Model Name||AQCF852BI Condenser Tumble Dryer|
|User interface||Digital display|
|Size (height x width x depth)||850 x 595 x 630 mm|
|Drying Capacity in kg||8|
|Loading type||Front loading|
|Number of drying programmes||16|
|Energy efficiency rating||B|
|Number of heat settings||2|
|Anti crease function||Yes (both at beginning and at the end)|
|Final cool tumble action||Yes|
|Timed drying||Yes – 180mins, 160mins, 120mins, 90mins, 60mins, 30mins or 20mins.|
|Silk dry program||Yes|
|Delicate dry option||Yes|
|Cupboard dry option||Yes|
|Easy iron option||Yes|
|Start delay option||Yes|
|Filter care indicator||Yes|
|Remaining time indicator||Yes|
|Warning LED indicator||Yes|
|Water tank full indicator||Yes|
|End of program indicator||Yes|
|Guarantee||12 months for parts and labour|
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