Hotpoint Washer Model Guide: Should You Consider This Brand?

Hotpoint appliances target the budget-focused buyer who is looking for quality and affordability in one package. The company is known for selling well-built appliances without fancy bells and whistles, and this ensures that their prices remain on the low end.

So, if you’re looking for a washer with advanced features, then you might be better off going for another brand.

Sadly, Hotpoint currently only has one washer model in their lineup, limiting you to just a single option. In this Hotpoint washer model guide, you’ll find out whether the company’s model is ideal for your needs and what you should think about before buying it. To give you more variety, I’ve shared a list of five alternative brands that you may consider. 

Bottom Line Up Front

Hotpoint has only one washer that costs about $550. This is quite affordable and is an ideal choice for those on a tight budget. However, this washer has a small capacity of 3.8 cubic feet and its spin speed is on the lower side – 700 RPM – meaning that clothes will spend more time in the dryer.

If you’re looking for a larger washer with higher spin speeds, or you prefer a front loader, consider one of the alternatives recommended later in this article. 

Available Hotpoint Washer Model

Hotpoint® HTW240ASKWS 3.8 Cu. Ft. Capacity Washer

Hotpoint® HTW240ASKWS

It’s clear that Hotpoint places more emphasis on quality and durability rather than fancy features. This washer is a testament to this philosophy – it has a stainless steel drum, a feature that washers at this price point lack.

The washer’s exterior seems to be a sturdy plastic, which is a commonly used material on washers’ bodies. Its build quality is certainly strong, inspiring confidence in its ability to withstand the rough and tumble of laundry day. 

Inside, the Hotpoint HTW240ASKWS has an agitator that the company markets as a heavy-duty one. If you’re looking for an agitator washer then you’ll love this one as it is effective at removing stains from even bulky items. Its 3.8-cubic-foot capacity might be inadequate for larger households, but if you’re two or three, this will do just fine.

To control the washer, you get three knobs for selecting the load size, cycle, and temperature, and with the PreciseFill feature, the washer will tell how heavy the load is and fill the precise amount of water for the cycle.

Its spin speed is 700 RPM, which might be rather low for most people. However, there had to be a couple of trade-offs to keep the price low, and this is one we can live with.

Main Features

  • The Hotpoint HTW240ASKWS has a capacity of 3.8 cubic feet.
  • The washer has a stainless steel drum.
  • It has size wash cycles.
  • There are six temperature levels.
  • This washer has a load-size selector.
  • There’s also a PreciseFill feature that automatically determines the load size and water requirement.
  • It has a spin speed of 700 RPM.
  • The washer has knob controls.
  • It uses an agitator.

Pros

  • It’s affordable.
  • The agitator is effective at cleaning clothes.
  • There’s a stainless steel drum.

Cons

  • Its capacity is rather small.
  • The spin speed is low.
  • It doesn’t have an end-of-cycle alert.

To help you decide whether this Hotpoint washer is right for you, take a look at the list of considerations below.

What to Consider Before Buying a Hotpoint Washer

Type of Washer

As you’ve discovered, Hotpoint only has a top-load washer in their lineup. But before you settle on this model, find out whether a front-load washer would work better for you.

Front-loaders are more energy- and water-efficient than top-load washers since they don’t have to submerge the entire load in water during the cycles. These models are also considered to be gentler on clothes than top loaders, but modern top-load models have improved on this. 

If you have back issues or you just hate bending for some reason, then you won’t enjoy having a front-load washer, which requires bending to load and unload. However, you can get a pedestal to raise the washer closer to your eye level.

Top-load washers, on the other hand, are cheaper to maintain than their front-load counterparts. They also have shorter cycles but aren’t as good at cleaning as the front-loaders. Top loaders are also cheaper than front loaders and are perfect for those looking for an inexpensive washer.

Also, unlike front-loaders, you can add more clothes to a top-load washer in the middle of a cycle. 

Check out this article to learn more about the differences between top-load and front-load washers.

Size and Capacity

When looking for the right washer capacity, you probably already think about the number of people in your household. However, you should also ask yourself these questions;

  • How many times do I do the laundry?

If you do your laundry several times a week, then that probably means that each load is small. In this case, you might not need a large capacity washer.

  • What types of items will I need to wash?

You may have lots of bulky items like duvets and comforters, therefore, a larger washer would be better for you. If, however, you only have lighter items then you won’t need a washer with a large capacity.

  • How much space do you have?

If you live in a small apartment then it would be wiser to get a compact washer.

Hotpoint’s washer has a capacity of 3.8 cubic feet. This is considered a medium-capacity washer that’s able to handle 12 to 15 pounds of laundry. This size is ideal for a household of three or four. If you have a larger household, check out the alternatives listed later in this article.

Wash Cycles and Cycle Options

hotpoint washer

The types of items you have will determine the wash cycles that you’ll find most useful. For instance, if you have an active lifestyle and have a lot of sportswear, then consider a washer with a dedicated cycle for these clothes. Similarly, if you live in a cold area and most of your clothes are heavy, make sure the washer you get has a cycle for bulky items.

Hotpoint’s washer has wash cycles for whites, colors, delicates, casuals, bulky items, and a spin cycle. You also have to option to choose the water temperature, ranging from tap cold to hot.

Spin Speed

You can get washers with spin speeds of as low as 400 RPM (revolutions per minute) and as high as 1400 RPM. The faster the washer’s speed, the more water that’ll be removed from the clothes by the end of the cycle, meaning less time spent drying. 

A maximum spin speed of 1200 to 1400 RPM is perfect for most households, however, Hotpoint’s washer has just 700 RPM. For a small household, this is okay but your clothes will have to spend a bit more time in the dryer, resulting in more energy used to dry. 

This article mentions that a dryer with about 800 RPM will leave the load 70% damp and the dryer will use about 4kWh to get the clothes dry. A washer with 1200 RPM, on the other hand, will leave the items with 53% dampness and the dryer will require 3.3 kWh. Check out the piece to learn more about washer spin speeds.

Impeller vs Agitator

An agitator, found in some top-load washer models (like Hotpoint’s washer), is a pole/post at the center of the washer’s tub that rotates back and forth to rub against the load and remove stains. 

Impellers are a disc at the bottom of the drum that rotates to get the clothes to rub against each other. 

Agitators used to be tough on clothes, causing them to wear out faster. However, modern washers with agitators are designed to be gentle on clothes while maintaining their effectiveness. However, washers with impellers are still gentler than their agitator counterparts since the clothes rub against each other instead of on the vaned post. 

Another advantage of impeller washers is in the capacity; they have more room since there’s no agitator taking up space. If you have lots of bulky items, consider a washer with an impeller.

Here’s a deep-dive look at the differences between agitators and impellers.

Tub Material

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The most durable tub material is stainless steel. It can handle heavy use, doesn’t chip, and it is able to withstand high temperatures. If you’re looking for a high degree of durability then consider a washer with a stainless steel tub.

Thankfully, Hotpoint’s washer has this type of tub, which is perhaps its main selling point since most brands use stainless steel on their more expensive models. Other materials used in tubs are polymer plastic and porcelain-coated steel. Check out this article to find out why stainless steel is better than these two.

Your Budget

Consider Hotpoint’s washer if you have a budget of less than $600. Although this washer has its drawbacks, as we’ve already seen in this article, it still offers value for its price. If you’re looking for a larger washer with more power, consider raising your budget as it’s difficult to find a washer with more than 3.8 cubic feet at the $550 price range.

Tip: To get the best deals, look for clearance sales or season deals (like Black Friday or Christmas sales). During these times, you’re likely to get an excellent washer at a fraction of its retail price.

Who Should Choose Hotpoint’s Washer?

If you’re a small household looking for a good, inexpensive washer then Hotpoint’s model is for you. It is easy to use with basic features but it gets the job done. Also, its size makes it ideal for a small space; consider this model if you live in a small apartment.

5 Alternative Washer Models

Selection Criteria

  • Reliability: I considered brands that are known for making the most reliable washers.
  • Price: The alternative washers all have a price of less than $1000 to offer options that are not too expensive for a buyer considering Hotpoint’s washer model.
  • Features:  I looked for models that have features that aren’t available in Hotpoint’s option to offer you more variety to choose from.
  • User reviews: These models have user ratings of four stars or more.

Amana NFW5800HW 4.3 cu. ft. Front-Load Washer with Large Capacity

Amana NFW5800HW

Since Hotpoint doesn’t have a front-load washer in their lineup at the time of writing, consider this Amana model if you prefer this type of washer.

Granted, it costs significantly more than what you’d spend on the Hotpoint washer, but if you’re looking for a front-loader, you’ll certainly have to spend more than $550. Costing about $900 before discounts, I admit that this washer’s price is rather steep, especially if your budget was in the Hotpoint range.

Still, there’s a lot to love about this Amana appliance. For starters, it has a capacity of 4.3 cubic feet, more than you get in the Hotpoint option. Its drum is made of stainless steel, but this is expected at this price range. 

There are 14 wash cycles, among them being a Sanitize cycle with Oxi that Amana tells us eliminates close to 100% of bacteria. There’s also a quick wash cycle for light loads.

Main Features

  • The Amana NFW5800HW has a capacity of 4.3 cubic feet.
  • Its drum is made of stainless steel.
  • The washer has 14 wash cycles.
  • It can be placed on a pedestal.
  • There are four spin speeds.
  • It also has four temperature levels.
  • This Amana washer is Energy Star certified.

Pros

  • It has a large capacity.
  • It looks fancy.
  • The washer is energy efficient.

Cons

  • It is costly.
  • There are no smart features.

Find out more about Amana’s washers in this article.

GE® GTW465ASNWW 4.5 cu. ft. Capacity Washer

GE® GTW465ASNWW 4.5 cu. ft. Capacity Washer

This GE top-loader has an almost similar look to Hotpoint’s washer, except that this one is bigger and it has more knobs. With a capacity of 4.5 cubic feet, it’s perfect for those looking for more washer real estate than what Hotpoint offers. However, you’ll have to spend about $200 more than you would on the Hotpoint model. 

Still, the extra cost not only comes with a larger capacity but also a couple more features. The GE® GTW465ASNWW washer has 14 wash cycles plus six water temperature levels. There are deep clean and deep rinse options, for a thorough wash of heavily soiled loads. You also get a speed wash cycle, which is similar to quick wash in Hotpoint’s model.

Inside, there’s a stainless steel drum, which is always similar to have. And just like in the Hotpoint washer, this model also has a spin speed of 700 RPM; a bit of a disappointment at this price point.

Main Features

  • The GE® GTW465ASNWW has a capacity of 4.5 cubic feet.
  • It has a stainless steel drum.
  • The washer’s spin speed is 700 RPM.
  • There are 14 wash cycles and 6 wash options.
  • This GE model also has six temperature levels.
  • It has a dual-action agitator.
  • There’s a deep clean cycle and a deep rinse option.
  • It also has a deep fill option.

Pros

  • This GE washer has a stainless steel basket.
  • You can select your preferred water level or let the washer determine this for you.

Cons

  • It has a rather low maximum spin speed of 700 RPM.

Learn about GE’s washers in this article.

Whirlpool WTW5100HC 4.8 cu. ft. Top Load Washer with Pretreat Station

Whirlpool WTW5100HC 4.8 cu. ft. Top Load Washer with Pretreat Station

Whirlpool has built a reputation for reliability and affordability, making this brand a worthy alternative to Hotpoint. Granted, the WTW5100HC model is an $800 washer, it has more to offer than what Hotpoint’s model does. Its main draw is its large capacity of 4.8 cubic feet, significantly more than what Hotpoint’s model has.

This washer also has a Pretreat Station; this is an in-built faucet where you can prewash tough stains before throwing the item in the washer. Incidentally, it also comes with a pretreat brush that you can use to scrub the said stains. 

This Whirlpool washer also has the company’s intelligent Adaptive Wash tech, which is a system of sensors that will sense the load size and determine the right amount of water to use. 

Inside, there’s a stainless steel drum and an impeller. Plus, this washer has a slightly faster maximum spin speed than Hotpoint’s model – 750 RPM.

Main Features

  • The Whirlpool WTW5100HC has a capacity of 4.5 cubic feet.
  • Its drum is made of stainless steel.
  • This model uses an impeller.
  • It has a Pretreat Station with an in-built faucet and a pretreat brush.
  • The washer has touch-sensitive button controls.
  • There’s Adaptive Wash technology with Active Bloom.
  • Its door has a glass lid and a slow-close feature.
  • There’s a Sanitize cycle with Oxi.
  • Its maximum spin speed is 750 RPM.

Pros

  • This washer has a large capacity.
  • You can customize your own cycles.
  • It uses an impeller.

Cons

  • It costs over $800.

If you’re interested in Whirlpool washers, take a look at this in-depth guide.

Samsung WA40A3005AW/A4 4.0 cu. ft. Top Load Washer

Samsung WA40A3005AW A4 4.0 cu. ft. Top Load Washer

This Samsung washer is perhaps the easiest to recommend on this list because it costs just under $600 at the time of writing. And you’ll spend about $20 less if you opt for the impeller model over the agitator one.

At this price, you get Samsung’s trusted reliability; this washer is actually one of the company’s that earned a JD Power award.

At a price that’s almost the same as Hotpoint’s washer, you get a larger capacity of 4.0 cubic feet. This washer also comes with some of Samsung’s premium features like an ActiveWave Agitator, which the company tells us reduces vibrations and noise.

It also boasts Vibration Reduction Technology that ensures your washer’s noise level remains low. On top of that, you get eight wash cycles and three wash options, including an Extra High Water Level option. 

Main Features

  • The Samsung WA40A3005AW/A4 washer has a capacity of 4 cubic feet.
  • It has an ActiveWave Agitator.
  • The washer’s lid has a soft-close feature.
  • You get eight wash cycles including a self-clean cycle.
  • There are five temperature levels.
  • This model also has Vibration Reduction Technology.
  • It has an Extra High Water Level option.
  • Its maximum spin speed is 700 RPM.

Pros

  • It’s affordable.
  • Its agitator lowers vibrations and prevents clothes from tangling.
  • The washer is silent.

Cons

  • Its maximum spin speed is rather low.

Take a look at our Samsung washer model guide to find out more about what Samsung has to offer.

LG WM3400CW 4.5 cu. ft. Ultra Large Front Load Washer

LG WM3400CW 4.5 cu. ft. Ultra Large Front Load Washer

If you’re looking for a front-load washer, this LG model is one you should consider. It costs about $750 at the time of writing, which isn’t expensive for a front loader. This specific LG washer earned a score of 86 in Consumer Report’s tests, getting top ratings in washing performance, energy efficiency, and water efficiency. This alone should be reason enough to shortlist this washer. 

Its capacity is an ample 4.5 cubic feet that can handle up to 20 lbs of laundry. Plus, with a maximum spin speed of 1300 RPM, this model can certainly handle heavier loads. 

You get eight wash cycles and eight options, among them being LG’s Cold Wash option that the company tells us delivers the performance of warm water. You can use the knob to select your preferred cycle, and the touch buttons to select the wash options.

Designed to be as silent as possible, this LG washer has a TrueBalance Anti-Vibration System as well as LG’s LoDecibel feature, both of which ensure that the washer’s sound level is as low as possible.

Main Features

  • This LG washer has a capacity of 4.5 cubic feet.
  • It has a NeveRust stainless steel drum.
  • The washer has eight wash cycles and eight wash options.
  • There are five temperature levels.
  • Its maximum spin speed is 1300 RPM.
  • This washer is compatible with the LG SideKick pedestal washer.
  • It is Energy Star certified and has a CEE Tier 2 rating.

Pros

  • The washer is energy- and water-efficient.
  • It cleans clothes effectively.
  • It is very silent.

Cons

  • There are no smart features.

Find out about LG’s washers in this article.

FAQs

Question: Are Hotpoint Washing Machines Any Good?

Answer: Hotpoint washing machines are well-built washers that offer basic features at an affordable price. They’re good washers if you’re looking for a no-frills model that won’t burn a hole in your pocket.

Question: How Long has Hotpoint Been Around?

Answer: The Hotpoint brand was formed in 1918 and so has been around for over 100 years.

Question: Who is Hotpoint Made By?

Answer: Hotpoint appliances are owned and manufactured by Haier, which also owns the GE brand.

Finally

Hotpoint is a brand for those looking for an affordable washer that will get the job done. If you want a top loader and you don’t have a large household, Hotpoint’s washer model would be a good fit for you.

However, if you want a large capacity washer or even a front loader, then consider one of the alternatives listed above. 

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