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Everyone told me that we would need a tumble dryer when we had a baby so my boyfriend and I discussed it. We didn't really want to have to put a hole in the side of the house, so we decided that a condensor dryer was the right option. We decided on this 7kg Beko dryer which cost £200. We also bought a washing machine and chest freezer at the same time, also made by Beko!
As no holes need to be made you pretty much just plug this dryer in and you're ready to go. It is easy to use, even for me. Simply put the clothes in, turn it on, and press start. We usually have it set to "Normal Dry" , but put it on "extra dry" if the clothes aren't done after the first time. There are various other settings, and also a time delay feature.
There is a weight sensor so you don't have to do anything at all, the dryer will just do its business until it thinks it's done. It does take a long time (well over an hour - but I don't time it) - you can easily pause it if you need to go out, as dryers shouldn't be left unattended (so don't use them at night either) due to fire risk.
Usually clothes are dried adequately, but sometimes some things can be a bit damp, in which case I just put them in again.
Being a condensor, at the end of each cycle you need to empty the water (I do this in the sink). It's very easy to do, and quite satisfying. After every couple of cycles I usually empty the fluff container - I have no idea where my fluff used to go before we had a tumble dryer, but it is very satisfying (moreso than the water) emptying that into the bin).
The one thing that really annoys me though is the noise that it makes when it is done. It is really irritating, and intermittently makes it until you open the door. I wish it would just do it the once. In the newborn days I was very sleep deprived and got very upset by it, and also couldn't figure out how to open the door (you just pull it quite hard) and had an argument with my boyfriend about it.
Otherwise I love this, and wouldn't be without it. In the summer I will hang things out on nice days, but our weather in Cumbria is so unpredictable that sometimes it really doesn't seem worth it. We are now trying to avoid hanging up clothes in the house (to reduce condensation), so use this after every wash at the moment, and only hang up things that don't tumble like wool. Although it will use electricity up, it is an energy rating B so isn't as heavy on consumption as many tumble dryers.
4 out of 5 stars from me.
Simple and easy to operate Beko tumble dryers have all the features to save you time and money / They are designed to complement Beko washing machines and are available with optional stacking kits / Whether located in kitchen or utility room there is a model to partner your washing machine / Features include:Key Features15 Programmes (11 sensor 4 timed)Automatic Anti-Creasing featureTime delaySpecial programmes: Xpress Jeans ShirtsSpecificationB energy ratedHuge water tank volume / 4.8ltLarge round porthole doorEasily accessible filterIndicator light to show dryness levelsAuto Cooldown phaseReverse Action drumChild Safety featureFilter cleaning indicator lightDrying and end of cycle progress indicator lightsEnd of cycle indicator and buzzer / Short name: Beko DCU7230W