Hotpoint HTDX100EMWW Dryer Review
A cheap product isn't worth the savings if it doesn't do its job.
The Hot Facts
Given the sheer lack of variety on the Hotpoint HTDX100EMWW, our tests ended up incorporating every cycle available, as well two thirds of the temperature settings. The numbers aren’t kind, though, as each of our four tests encountered major issues with respect to final performance.
Normal & Delicate
We’re having a heat wave.
At first glance, the fact that our Normal test—conducted using the Cottons cycle set to More Dry on Regular heat—produced completely dry clothes may lead you believe that it did a good job. However, the peak heat of 152.9 degrees Fahrenheit is definitely hotter than we like to see. It’s not the hottest we’ve ever encountered, but you’re definitely running the risk of over drying and wearing your clothes out at those levels. The biggest issue was the fact that it ran for an average of 93 minutes. No normal cycle worth its salt should take more than 50 minutes, 60 tops. 93 is absurd, and makes those high temperatures all the more damaging.
This dryer has no designated Delicate cycle, so we ran our test using the Wrinkle Free cycle on Medium Heat. At 86 minutes, this lengthy cycle procrastinates almost as much as Cottons. The scary thing here, though, is the fact that our tests showed peak heats of 156.2 degrees. Keep in mind that this is with the controls set to a supposedly lower temperature. Throw in the fact that our test materials only got 97 percent dry, and we feel like this dryer just gave us a big hot slap in the face.
Quick Dry & Bulky
You can’t stop when you’re ahead if you’re always behind.
Because we’re gluttons for punishment, we decided to finish testing the Hotpoint. The results don’t get any better. For our Quick Dry test, we ran what was supposed to be a 20 minute Timed Dry cycle on the Regular, or highest, heat. As proof of the inaccuracy of the crank timer, our two tests averaged 25 minutes. Despite that extra snippet of time, and the presence of temperatures peaking at 132.8 degrees, our clothes only reached 89 percent dryness. It’s actually not the worst we’ve seen, believe it or not, but the vagaries of the timer combined with high heats (and the fact that we’ve encountered dryers which do pass this test) make it hard to praise.
Again, the lack of specialty cycles forced us to revisit the Timed Dry option to dry our bulky comforter. We continued to use Regular, but this time cranked the timer up to 60 minutes. While cycle lengths were again a little off, they average out to about an hour. This time, temperatures reached 147.7 degrees, a number we’d have liked to have seen in our Normal test. Sadly, the more reasonable heat didn’t do the Hotpoint any favors: after a full hour of drying, our comforter was only down to 69% of its bone dry weight. That’s too damp to be usable, and the worst result of all our tests.
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