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My Best Buddy
JML Dri Buddi
Member Name: stickyangel
JML Dri Buddi
Advantages: Dries clothes fast, cheap to run, heats the room
Disadvantages: Can't fits loads in it, quite noisy and unsightly
I bought a JML Dri Buddy when I moved in with my boyfriend around 6 months ago and so far it's served us well. We bought it because we often need things like work uniforms drying quickly and I don't really want to put the heating on just to dry q few things. We also don't have much space to hang things to dry so it's a useful thing to have. I paid £60 for it, which I think is pretty good value.
The whole thing was very easy to put together. What you get is basically a plastic tripod with a heater on it, hanging bars at the top, and a blue bag that goes over it. The hanging bars at the top have a couple of ridges in them to hold clothes hangers. The bag fits right around the whole thing and zips up at the front and the top, allowing you to get things in and out of it. So once it's all set up you just put your clothes on hangers and pop them on one of the hanging bars, zip up the bag and turn the heater on using the dial on the base unit.
It works on a timer so you just turn the dial to the time you want it to stay on for, the most is 3 hours, and it will automatically turn off after that time. It is quite noisy so choose carefully where you place it, we have ours in the living room just because it's the only place we really gave the space for it, and we do find we have to keep turning the tv up when the Buddy is on. It's not a really awful noise though, it's just a kind of whirr/hum, and it doesn't bother me really. One of the best things about it is that it heats the room up nicely so we've saved a lot on heating bills by having this running instead, it's really cheap to run.
The description says that the Buddy holds up to 18 garments but I'd say that's only true if they're all underwear. There are 6 arms and each arm has space for 2 clothes hangers. They're not spaced very far apart so although technically you could fit 12 items in it this is not really feasible as many things won't dry properly if they're right next to each other. Generally I stick to between 4 and 6 items, though sometimes I'll put a couple more in if I need to. I mainly just use it to dry our uniforms so it's perect for this as it will easily all go in together and it means I don't have to put the heating on just to dry a couple of things. I also sometimes put socks in the bottom if the bag rather than on hangers, they still dry fine and it saves up space I can use for hanging something else.
I find most things only need to go in for 2 hours or less, but I usually just stick it on for the full 3 just to be sure. The only thing that I've found takes longer than the 3 hours is towels as if I have to put them in they have to be folded in half to fit on the hanger so they take longer. I was expecting to have the same problem with jeans but they are done within the 3 hours.
I'm really glad I bought the Dri Buddy and I now wouldn't be without it. It's not the prettiest thing to have stood in the corner of the room and it's quite big (thought it hardly takes up any floor space!) but it really is a handy thing to have and if you use it for it's intended purpose rather than expecting it to be a replacement for a tumble dryer then I think you'll be impressed with it.
Summary: A fantastic lityle dryer
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