Pros / The Tap Cold setting will save you even more energy than its normal cold setting.

Cons / Other machines are covered by longer warranties.

 Verdict / The HTW240ASKWS is pretty basic and lacks any innovative features but the low initial price will be nice if you just need to replace a broken unit quickly.

The Hotpoint HTW240ASKWS is a basic washing machine with few extras and only 10 cycles. The matching dryer, the Hotpoint HTX21EASKWW, also has basic features, but with 6.2 cubic feet of space, it effectively dries good-sized loads of wash. This is an economical choice with a narrow width that can fit into small laundry rooms.

This Hotpoint washer is not Energy Star certified, but it performs with decent energy efficiency. This is an affordable, compact top-load washing machine that is also inexpensive to operate. According to EnergyGuide, it uses 187 kilowatt-hours annually, which comes to about $22 each year. This is pretty standard for a washer of this size. If you would like something more efficient, consider the LG WT7200CV.

The agitator-style top-load washers like this one are smaller than high-efficiency models. However, this 3.8-cubic-foot-capacity washer fits a decent amount of clothes and other laundry. 

There isn’t much in the way of extras or innovative features, but the traditional design and functionality will suit people who like simplicity. You get 10 wash cycles with this unit and six temperature settings. You get the basic cycles, such as permanent press, colors and whites. Beyond that, you can choose light or heavy soil levels. We like that you get more temperature settings than many others. There is cold and tap cold, which can save you a little extra on water heating costs.

One added feature is the power rinse, which you should select if you use fabric softener in your wash. You can also choose the load size, which come with preset water levels, but if you feel you need more water in your load of laundry, you can reset to fill the wash drum up more.

As with most large appliances, you get a warranty that protects your washing machine from defective parts. However, it is a very limited warranty – only one year for parts, labor, the motor and wash drum. Competing units offer much more coverage.

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The Hotpoint HTW240ASKWS is a basic washing machine with standard features. It doesn’t give you nearly the same variety of wash cycles and options as some of its competitors, but it is affordable and easy to use. It can wash plenty of laundry at a time and fits into a compact space along with its matching dryer.

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