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We bought this tumble drier after our old one caught fire and it is reguarly used for a house of four adults who do two large washes a week comprising of about two loads a piece. Two members of the house also go away for days at a time and bring large amounts of washing done. The household is also cleaning conscious due to two members having dust allergies so curtains and bedsheets are wahsing fairly often.
I estimate about five loads a week in the colder months.
Positive points - It is very simple to use with a 140 minute dial setting and a gentle button. - The door closes firmly which is excellent if you have young children and heat-seeking pets aobut the house as well as having the rear vent safely away from children - In comparison with other tumbler driers, it's quite quiet. - It has a reverse spining motion which means it turns clockwise, pauses and then anti-clockwise, which makes the clothes dry faster - It manages heat very well and dries clothes completely as opposed to making them hot and damp. - It has a warning light to tell you when it doesn't work properly and the manual explains the reasons for doing so - It's quite big and can take duvets with ease. I regularly dry a 7.5 tog double duvet in it and have dried washable curtains in it (always check your curtain labels if you want to do this as curtains do shrink when washed) - the weight allowance is about 6kg - So far it is relaible and has not stopped working or over-heated once which puts it well ahead of the others. - The opening is very large and makes it easy to get washing in and out. - The filter is easy to get at and easy to clean and requires regular cleaning. - The guidance information on the front of the drier is fairly comprehensive and easy to follow - as is the manual.
Negative points - I perpetually forget whether the gentle drying button is in and out for on and I hate having to get the manual out to try and remember. There is nothing on the drier to tell you it's on gentle or not. - It is a very basic drier with no special setting other than the timer and the gentle button, I would have liked an extra weight setting for mini loads. - I would have liked a a more gradiated temperature control so medical unofirms, sheets and towels can be tumbled at high temperature. - The filter needs cleaning regularly and you lose drying efficiency the more it gets clogged, although the birds outside are always appreciative of tumble dryer fluff. - It is not energy efficient. On the scale it is ranked a C, and in this world of energy awareness it is not the best drier for the environment. - It only has a rear vent, which is good if you only have access for a rear vent (like we do) but contributes to the lack of energy efficiency.
This drier is a reasonably priced basic drier. It does exactly what it says on the tin: it dries your clothes with heat and tumbling either at a high or low temperature. And that's it. If you have clothes that need a greater variety of drying styles then you will need to spend more money, equally to get the great energy efficiency rating you will need to spend more money.
As a basic dryer I would recommend it for large houses and families for it's large capacity, safe doors and reasonable price.
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