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It came as a bit of a shock when just as the winter months has started my tumble dryer decided to stop working. I was in a bit of a panic as I hadn't saved for this happening so hoped that with the money I had I could still get something decent. I looked to my trusty Argos catalogue right away to see if they had any deals on their tumble dryers as I wanted a good price and when I saw this one by Indesit I was pleasantly surprised. I bought it on a special offer price and Indesit are a great brand that I have been using for a while so right away I knew this was the one for me.
To look at this tumble dryer is a condenser dryer so is rectangular and is in white which suits my house fine. It has all of the settings on the front along with the brand name and it has a vent and a door on the front too which is a square door rather than circular. It has a setting list for synthetics and cottons and tells you the weights and what temperatures they are to be set at. You have your empty water light on the right handside and you also have the power button or the 'Start' button as it is called here. Overall it is a very sleek design and I was very pleased with how nice it looked.
Now, with a tumble dryer before buying you always want to find out all of the important facts on it before parting with your money so I read up on it. Argos reviewers overall gave it very good ratings which confirmed my purchase decision as well as reading what it could do. The dryer comes with an energy efficiency rating of C and it has a maximum drying capacity of 8kg but we don't have a huge household so I find that more than adequate for my household and to be honest it should really be ok for most households as it is a good size.
In terms of the drying programmes on this dryer it comes with a 160 minute timer which is good as most only go up to 120 minutes that I have had in the past so that is giving you a 2 hour 40 minute setting there. The features come with a 10 minute cool tumble setting which again I haven't had before and it has manual controls to make it easier to set you tumble load. It has a reverse tumble option on it and a fluff filter which is pretty much standard and necessary and lastly it has a freshen up cycle, now I will go into more detail later as to how good these features are.
The actual size of this dryer is in centimetres 85cm in height x 59.5cm in width and 58.4cm in depth. This has a 1 year labour guarantee with it and 5 year manufacturers parts. This is the main information on the actual specifications of the dryer which is all you really need to know to decide on what you need and for me personally, this ticked all of my boxes in terms of settings, capacity and extras that you get on it. I don't need anything too fancy as I won't use all of the extra settings but as long as it dries well that is what I want.
With this dryer, I have split what I want to explain to everyone into a series of questions that I'd personally want to know about the dryer if I was deciding on buying one myself. One main question I'd want to know first of all is, when this dryer is completely full does it still dry as well as say when it is half full? To answer this I'd say it does but obviously it does take a lot longer as the clothes have less room to move about and when you are filling this dryer up to full capacity there is always that worry that when you are putting to many items in at once then yes, this definitely creases them more but that is with any dryer so I tend not to fill it right up.
When drying items myself the most I will fill it up is 3/4 of the way full just so there is still room for the clothes to move about and this way they still dry very well. I never really use the 160 minutes ever as this dries very thoroughly so even with heavier items like damp towels, I only ever dry for about an hour or 90 minutes maximum and I find it is dry enough. Also, with clothes it usually takes about an hour and most of the clothes will be completely dry. I find for drying it is great and it does do the job very quickly which is just what I wanted this to do.
When the dryer is on it isn't very loud either it is obviously going to make a noise but it is minimal and it is mainly a spinning noise but it isn't really annoying. Now, to think about the extra settings that this dryer has such as the cool tumble. I don't use it that often but what it does is that it cools for a bit just to prevent clothes from creasing and I would say it works but I usually just don't bother with it as I never find I get creases that much anyway but I suppose knowing that I have the option is always quite good to know.
The fluff filter as well, I like this and always use it as it gathers all of the stray fluff coming off garments etc and then you just pick it all out at once so that it doesn't stick to items. I always empty it about once every 2-3 cycles which is enough, you don't need to do it everytime as you shouldn't be getting that much fluff coming off of clothes. It is a very good feature and in most dryers I've had in the past I've always had a feature like this in some way or another but this one is just very easy to empty.
The freshen up cycle is another that I don't really use that much at all. It is for clothes that are damp and it just warms them up but it isn't one I'd say was essential and so I just don't need to use it. Another thing with this is the feature to empty water that comes from the clothes. It has a red light indicator to alert that it is full but this is not every cycle only once it is completely full and what you do is take the lid off and pull out the tank and empty it which is a great idea and then it is ready again to fill up.
In having this dryer for a good few months now I have no problems that I can really think of that I would say to stop anyone from buying it. It is a great dryer and is very reliable and my only small problem is that the door is one that you push to open it so sometimes if walking past it I hit the door it springs open which is annoying as if it has a lock on it, it'd just stay closed a lot better. Also, it does sometimes crease clothes a bit much but these are not any problems that make me regret buying this and I am very happy with it other than that.
If you need a tumble dryer, I couldn't recommend this one enough. It is reliable, a nice design and dries so well with the right amount of features included. Indesit are a very good brand to buy and it gets all of my clothes dry and I couldn't need it more in the winter months as I can no longer hang anything out to dry. It has a great capacity and is great for families or people on their own and you will never need long to dry items which saves on electricity. I definitely think if it's a dryer you need to have a closer look at this model.
To buy this dryer costs £299.99 from Argos which isn't bad, I got it for £100 less when I got it on offer. Comet are selling this currently for £239.99 which is quite a big difference in price and the cheapest I can find online at the minute.
For more information go to http://www.indesit.co.uk