Hotpoint HTWP1200DWW 3.5 Cu. Ft. White Top Load Washing Machine Review
Hotpoint's HTWP1200DWW is a cheap washer that does as advertised.
Normal/Permanent Press Cycle
As you can see, the Hotpoint HTWP1200DWW took no prisoners when it came to stains. Since this model didn’t have a Normal cycle per se, we set it to a Heavy Color cycle running from cold to warm. The cycle finished in 42 minutes and wowed us with how clean the stain strips got, especially with the protein-based patches.
The Hotpoint HTWP1200DWW didn’t have a Cotton cycle so we used a Heavy White cycle on the warm-to-hot setting. After 45 minutes, we took out our test strips and were impressed by how clean they got. However, the stain on the blood patch didn’t fully come out, instead becoming blotchy. We suspect that some of the rehydrated blood was pushed around rather than lifted out.
In lieu of a Delicates cycle we chose to put the Hotpoint HTWP1200DWW on Permanent Press running a cold-to-cold wash. Permanent Press offers a more gentle wash cycle. In the case of the HTWP1200DWW, the pole agitator moved in pulses rather than in a continuous spin. This exposes clothing to less destructive kinetic energy. Overall, the stain removal was less than that of the whites or normal cycles, but still very good considering this washer’s price point.
Still, we can’t give this cycle our full approval. A Delicate cycle is supposed to be gentle to clothing, but when we analyzed the wear this cycle caused, the numbers didn’t significantly differ from either normal or whites.
Heavy Duty Cycle
Sometimes you just need a little extra oomph in your laundry cycle, so you set it to Heavy Duty. The Hotpoint HTWP1200DWW didn’t specifically have one, so the next closest thing was putting it on Heavy Whites running a cold-warm wash. The stain strips we put in got fairly clean, but no cleaner than the Whites or Normal cycles.
Quick Wash Cycle
On the other end of the spectrum from Heavy Duty, there should be a Quick Wash for the times you just want to freshen up your clothes. This Hotpoint had no such cycle, so we used a light colors wash with warm to cold water and we set the Hotpoint HTWP1200DWW on its small load setting. After 32 minutes the washer stopped, and we found our stain strips to be fairly clean. The cleanliness surpassed most other top loading washers, especially on the protein based stains.
If we had to imagine personified versions of the Hotpoint HTWP1200DWW and stain strips, we would envision the washer beating the stains into submission. It didn’t matter what cycle we put it on, our mechanical action test strips – standardized pieces of delicate cloth with five holes in them – came out a little more ragged then we would have liked. Learn more about mechanical action strips and our testing methods here You should be mindful that, over the life of the washer, the Hotpoint’s low price may be offset by the damage to your clothing.
At the end of a wash cycle the Hotpoint HTWP1200DWW was supposed to drain and spin out as much excess water as it could. Any water left over can give laundry a musty smell if left there for too long and will increase the amount of energy the dryer will need to expend. Ideally, we like to see a water retention level under 50 percent. Overall, the HTWP1200DWW did a poor job of removing excess water. This washer left an average of 65 percent of the laundry’s weight in water behind. That number increased up to 71 percent for the heavy duty cycle.
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