Product Type: JML gadgets
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Three cheers for the Dri Buddy
JML Dri Buddi
Member Name: pencoedcharlie
JML Dri Buddi
Advantages: Efficient and reliable
Disadvantages: Looks a bit odd
The JML Dri Buddy currently costs £59.99 at Argos. This is not too much of an unaffordable price, but I was still a bit doubtful about buying it, as I thought it may be flimsy or not work very well,but I went ahead mainly because apart from Tumble Dryers there doesn't seem to be much else on the market.It is portable, and I brought it home in the car without difficulty.My mum used to have a metal machine called a Flatley with wooden rails from which my school uniform used to emerge toasty warm and dry and ready to put on on a cold winters morning. The Dri Buddy seems a completely different beast , at least in looks. My daughter rather contemptuously referred to it as "that contraption" well I wasn't forcing her to use it !
In fact it does look a bit like an alien invader, standing by the washing machine on its 3 metal legs. Basically its very simple. It consists of a small but quite sturdy and powerful convector heater above its legs which blows hot air upwards. There is an inner metal pole at the top of which are 6 metal arms from which you can hang coat hangers (preferably plastic so they don't overheat. ) Each arm has grooves for 3 items, so you can dry up to 18 garments at a time, I try to load it as fully as possible so as not to waste the motor. The machine stands approximately 5 feet tall so the hangers are easy to reach, the whole thing is surrounded by a zippable cover, mine is in sky blue.
The Argos Catalogue describes the heater motor as " whisper quiet", well I wouldn't really say that,its fairly quiet ish. I don't have to listen to it as it stands in the Utility room.It exudes a pleasant warmth which smells nicely of whatever washing powder you may have used.I like it on, though I often use it at night, so am not much aware of it on. If clothes were very wet condensation could be a problem, though I haven't found this, but I do open windows and doors if using it by day.
One defect of my machine is that the zip tends to come apart a bit at the bottom, overall this doesn't really matter. The machine is turned off and on at the heater, and would run for 3 hours if necessary. The upper zip sticks slightly,which can be a bit worrying , but I have always managed to open it.
You can't hang long clothes in the Buddy as they might overheat if they touched the motor. Trousers can easily be folded to avoid this, they still dry ok.
I bought the Buddy mainly to air clothes still a bit damp after hanging outside, it does this superbly.I like to iron the clothes before putting them in the machine,then they come out perfect and ready to put on. It can be used to dry wet clothes though as long as they aren't dripping, and because of this is very useful if you happen to have forgotten to wash something,a late night request for a gym kit you forgot is no problem ,it can be dry and freshly laundered by morning.
I think a lot of people would find this machine very useful, as I do. "Is it any good" the girl who served me in Argos asked, well I didn't know then , but I do now, I think its very handy. I have had it since the beginning of last winter,so far its been problem-free. One advantage I have found is that the clothes look newer longer than if you were using a Tumble Dryer. A year or two ago I worked for a lady who used her tumble dryer all the time,I noticed the colours of her clothes faded quite badly, mine don't. I could dismantle the Buddy between uses, but it is too much trouble as I have a little space for it.
And I haven't heard my daughter refer to it as mums contraption or "that thing" for a long time, though she does sometimes say she has put something into the "dryer". It wouldn't suit everyone, but I think its pretty good
Summary: I would heartily recommend it
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