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Member Name: Tracy_1127
Advantages: reduce drying time, soften to a degree, reduce static
Disadvantages: smell terrible to begin with, noisy
I am currently sitting listening to a pair of these dryer balls in my tumble dryer which has prompted me to write this review.
The claim is these hard balls with spikey nodules on them separate the clothes in the dryer, reduce static and drying time, soften the clothes and take away the need for fabric softener.
I bought mine from a pound shop for £1 so that was amazingly cheap, I've seen them advertised for £9.99 a pair which is outrageous.
I opened the packet of the dryer balls and immediately thought I'd made a mistake. They smell awful when you first open them and this can take a while to go. I washed mine, left them out to let the smell dissipate, tried them through the dryer to see if that would get rid of it but to no avail. The only thing that gets rid of the smell is time and in the meantime if you dry clothes with them your clothes also take on this strong, plastic smell so that was a downside.
These balls are very hard too and make quite alot of banging noise once in the dryer. I got used to this quite quickly but if we have people round when we have the tumble dryer on they always look alarmed and ask if the tumble dryer's ok, it really is that loud!
However, they do reduce drying time which of course will save you money. They do soften the clothes to a degree but I like fabric softeners for the wonderful scent they give clothes so I don't intend to stop using that. They do reduce static but don't completely eliminate it on some items. So they do most of what they claim.
I've kept on using these really for the reduction in drying time, if they save me money they've got my vote but the smell at first is horrible so don't put them in with your clothes until this has gone unless you want to smell like a plastics factory and be prepared for the noise whilst they are tumbling!
Summary: I recommend these for the reduction in drying time