“ Brand: Beko / Capacity: 6 Kg / Stackable: Stackable / Dryer Type: Home Dryer / Load Type: Front Loader / Design: Free-standing / Cycles: 7 Cycles / Cool Down Feature: With Cool Down Feature / Moisture-Sensor: With Moisture-Sensor / Overall Depth: 56 cm / Overall Height: 85 cm / Overall Width: 60 cm „
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When my old drier packed up and I needed a new one pronto I happened to see that this was one of the cheapest around. The reviews for it were generally ok, so I bought it and kept my fingers crossed. Personally I have a 'only use it if theres no other alternative' approach to driers, so it only sees action on wet days when the clothes horse is full or if theres an unexpected 'need a wet clothing item' rush. So to be fair it does only get light use normally in my house.
And it does the job. Its relatively quiet, it has a decent capacity. It has a few different choices of settings which are easily adjusted with the turn of a wheel. Its very basic and easy to use. It has an optional alert to let you know when its finished, I normally keep this off because its quite annoying. But I find it handy if I want to check they are actually properly dry or if I'm in a rush.
One of the things that really annoys me however is that it has an inbuilt sensor which stops it from drying (apart from the occasional spin to ease creases) when it thinks the clothes are dry. In my opinion they never are at this point and theres been many times where I've come back to it only to have to run it again. Occasionally it also seems to leak!? I'm pretty good at emptying the fluff and water tray, but it seems if I have a load of towels or something that takes forever to dry, I occasionally notice a puddle on the floor. No idea why.
However, I can't say I'm altogether unhappy with this product. You do get what you pay for, but for the money it does do what I need it to do.
We bought this dryer just under a year ago. It was one of the cheapest we saw at £189.99 and it ticked all our boxes. Being in a small flat we wanted a condenser dryer as there is no external vent and I didn't want to fuss around with pipes. The water collector is placed on the top left side of the machine and is very easy to remove and empty. I find the water needs emptying after every cycle. The actual condenser is based at the bottom right of the machine and is also very easy to remove and clean. It is recommended that you clean it with a shower head but as we have no shower I do it under the tap in the bath once a month and it works fine for me.
The machine has 4 timer settings at 10, 20, 40 and 60 minutes, It also has a ready to wear, ready to iron and delicates spin cycles. I have noticed absolutely no difference between the ready to wear and ready to iron cycles so do not buy thinking you can get out of your ironing, no such luck! These are very easy to use and you just turn the wheel to place it where you want. This dryer has a sensor which is supposed to tell you when your clothes are dry and it switches the machine off, in theory this is great for saving energy but I have found it to be useless and annoying as it constantly tells me that my washing is dry when it isn't and I have to switch it back on every ten minutes. There is also a buzzer to tell you your washing is dry which thankfully I've managed to switch off as its very annoying.
A great feature of this machine is the child lock, I have a one year old who isn't quite walking yet but I should imagine this will be very useful when she's fully mobile as she loves to play with anything she shouldn't. The machine has a large 6kg capacity which is perfect for me as it's the same as my washing machine so I can just transfer my washing straight to the dryer. The lint filter is located at the bottom of the drum just inside the door, it is very easy to clean. It is quite nosiy but no more so than any other tumble dryer I've encountered. It is also quite large not only the drum but the actual machine is very solid.
For the price we paid I think this is a great machine. It does everything I want it to and my washing comes out dry and it is very easy to keep clean. It has had a lot of use as our only way of drying for the last year and having a refluxy baby I get through a lot of laundry. I am only awarding it 4 stars however due to the ridiculous sensor and buzzing. Overall I would reccomend
This tumble dryer was one of the cheaper models and I'd never heard of BEKO but seemed to tick all the boxes for what I wanted so decided to try it.
It's energy rated C which isn't normally a good rating but I don't think any tumble dryers are economical, just convenient! And that's good enough for me!
The best feature is that there is a moisture sensor so when it senses the laundry is dry, it stops and hence saves energy and money. It is much better than a timer tumble dryer which may have dried your laundry after 40 minutes but as you've set it for an hour it'll waste 20 minutes of energy and money.
The machine loads from the front so you can stack it with your washing machine if space is limited. The water collection is on the front and you just pull it out and pour it away. The condensor unit is also on the front and requires rinsing once a month to remove fluff. I just run it under the shower for a few minutes-Easy!
We have had this for nearly 2 years and it's still going strong.
For the price I would definately recommend it
****** UPDATE MAY 2012 *********
I must have jinxed myself with my last but one sentence! This tumble dryer started making an awful noise and stopped heating up and drying the washing. I was advised that to repair it would cost nearly as much as a new one and ended up buying a new tumble dryer (A different make and model) To some, 2 years is acceptable for a tumble dryer to last but I expected it to last longer than it did so I'm a bit disappointed.
so far; that sounds terrible doesnt it? You wouldnt believe how excited I was when this arrived; I had been hanging washing on clothes horses for months; which is terrible as the condensation hangs around creates a musty smell. Anyway back to the tumble dryer... front loading with a 6kg capacity is wonderful as it carries a large load and the same amount as my washing machine; great when you have a small family who seem to relish dirt! The three heat settings allow me to alter the temp dependent on what I'm trying to dry and the cool option is meant to reduce creases; I'm yet to see any difference. I'm not to sure if the moisture sensor actually works but all I needed and wanted was one that would get the clothes dry in a short space of time. The noise level is pratically non-existant; its easy to operate and the fact that it is a condenser would be ideal for people in flats like ourselves. Its easy to empty; and keep clean i.e. the fluff that builds up, its not a small machine but it is great value for money and highly recommended.
Unfortunately, and is always the way, both my washing machine and tumble dryer decided to die within a couple of weeks of each other, both of them just being the wrong side of there warranties.......typical!
Having managed a mere few days without my washing machine and having to replace it, I decided to leave my tumble dryer in the vain hope the weather would be good enough to dry my clothes on the line.......yeah, which is why I am now reviewing my new tumble dryer!
The tumble dryer in question is - "Beko - condenser sensor dryer - 6kg".
I specifically went to buy a condenser unit as my days of sticking a vent pipe into an ice block unit or out of a window are over, I prefer to spend a little more on a unit and have all the condenser water into a purpose designed tray.
The unit itself is a bog standard sized machine, the same size as a generic washing machine, but with a slightly larger sized drum, holding 6kg of washing, though this is of course wet weight.
This unit has a solid door, unlike my last machine with it looking very much like my washing machine, with the clothes being visible within, though either way it makes no difference to me as long as the machine is doing what it should be!
As with many of the tumble dryers I have had in the past there is the facility of changing the hinges on the door, thus ensuring the doors opens either way, this is to suit your space and your needs, though the door is already attached, so the change would have to be done by yourselves.
I have not had to do this as the door opens wide enough for any sized area!
There are not as many cycles available on this machine than my previous one, in my opinion that is much better, I didn't use half of them anyway!
There are four different timed cycles you can simply move the dial too, to choose. A ready to wear and ready to iron cycle specifically for cottons, and the same again for synthetics is also available, though as the unit was bought due to the sensor I just use one cycle alone.
This is the "ready to wear" cycle, and that is exactly how the machine leaves your clothes.
On the far side from the dial is a programme list, each stage that gets reached within the sensor cycle becomes lit up in turn, this is obviously an indication of how far through the cycle is.
There are two push buttons, one saying buzzer cancel, which does as it states, then a start/pause/cancel button, this can pause through a cycle so more clothes can be added to an already started cycle, or can be used in conjunction with the afore mentioned button to lock the door to prevent a child messing around with door, or even climbing in.
Finally there is a button that lights up for when the fluff filter needs emptying, which in fairness is after every load dried, and another that tells you when the water tank is full, which again is a pointless thing as it should be emptied after every load done.
There is a buzzer that goes off intermittently to indicate the end of a cycle, perfect for someone like me, I tend to put things on then get distracted by other things, forgetting I even had a load in there, hence the reason why I always have so much ironing, this way I can take out and fold the clothes whilst still warm, meaning most of it can be hung straight up!
As said before there is not much choice cycle wise, with the same being said for temperatures and delayed starts, so if a machine was require that could be set for Economy7, this isn't your guy, but for a really effective and slightly larger unit, ideal for families an high volume drying I would highly recommend this unit.
There is the obligatory condenser unit at the base of the machine that has to be taken out and cleaned every 15 cycles/ once a month, 15 cycles of drying for my house equates to a weeks worth of washing, so obviously more often for me!
Full instructions on cycles, loading and usage comes with the machine, though be warned the instructions are generic for the 6kg and also the 7kg, so you will have to read and pick out the relevant information for your particular machine, the 7kg machine has a couple more cycles on it.
This unit was bought from www.currys.co.uk and is currently on offer at a slightly reduced price of £229, which I feel is a fair price due to the lack of programmes available, but for my needs was a perfect purchase.
Thanks for reading x
I have bought this to replace my 6 year old condenser dryer, which was a different make, and the overall gap between the two is remarkable. First of all, the water tank is at the top, which makes it so much easier to empty without any backache or spillages. Then the fluff filter has an improved design, it can be quickly taken out, opened, cleaned and put back. The heat exchanger at the bottom right is also superior in quality, it just cleans under the shower or sink tap, whereas the old one always had fluff and hairs trapped in the vents. The true innovations are the sensor, which allows me to leave it without worrying about burning the clothes, and the anti-crease, which keeps the garments turning over regularly until they are taken out. When it finishes the cycle two spy lights come on reminding me to empty the water tank and clean the filter. The various settings are very handy, as they let me choose exactly how dry I want the clothes to be, with the extra dry option ideal for sheets and towels. I try to be green and sometimes leave the clothes to dry on the airer overnight, but I honestly could not do without this appliance as I use my washing machine quite often. I thought about buying a dryer from a more famous brand with an A rating, but when I looked at the figures it just did not make sense economically. I cannot comment on its durability so my review is somehow incomplete, but for quality, features and price it gets a top score from me.
British weather is always miserable, cold damp and wet for most of the year with a brief summer with a few warm days. It is never an easy task getting your laundry dry when the weather is so temperamental. There have been many days when I have hung the washing out and gone off to work and it would rain before I got home meaning I would still have wet washing!
I have lived in rented accommodation for the last 11 years for the first couple of years we would try to dry washing on the radiators or in front of the fire. This is never a good idea as it puts a lot of damp in the air causing condensation on the windows. The clothes wouldn't have that same fresh smell as what they did from coming in from the line. My house would always look like a laundrette with laundry hanging everywhere and piles of ironing. When my daughter started school I had a job to keep up with the laundry and on those typical wet days it was always a hard task to try and get her sports kit and uniform dry in time for school.
We saved up and finally purchased a tumble dryer, which was a brilliant help in keeping up with the laundry. Since then we have had a few tumble driers that have never lasted all that long. Two years ago when we moved house I was pregnant with my son the house we are now living in is the smallest house we have lived in. We are so tight on space and the garden is a matchbox. We struggled to think where we could house a tumble drier and couldn't see a suitable place one would fit where the hose would be able to reach to. We still needed a tumble drier as we were soon to become a family of four and with a new baby on the way and my daughter is secondary school you can imagine the amount of washing that soon accumulates.
I started looking online for a suitable tumble dryer and to see what we could have in such a small kitchen and on a fairly tight budget. All of our money was going to be used on baby things so I had to have a good shop around and compare prices.
For the first couple of months we had to use our old tumble drier and have it in front of the back door and every time we wanted to use it we had to have the door open and throw the hose outside. Not the best arrangement, and with the cold blowy weather lint would be blown back into the house along with cold air. I wasn't over keen on the tumble drier we had previous to the one we have now as it had a clear plastic door that would always need clearing of lint from the clothes it did have a filter but didn't seem to be very effective it was also quite noisy and took quite a long time to dry a small load.
We have a 6kg washing machine so I wanted something that would hold the same load instead of having to dry it in two loads. After looking online I discovered the condenser tumble dryers which I wasn't aware that there was such a thing. After looking at several different models and comparing prices we decided on the Beko Condenser dryer. It was just over £200 and our budget could just stretch to that. We then went over to Comet to have a closer look at it before making a purchase. We then ordered it and with most places the delivery charge for a tumble dryer was quite high - £25. However we didn't have much choice. It comes with the usual 1 year manufacturer's guarantee and you can of course get extra cover at a price.
It came delivered in the usual plastic packaging with a protective layer of polystyrene. The only place we had to fit it was on a small work surface above the washing machine. But it fitted there perfectly!
It is not a top brand that I knew of but I had read a couple of reviews that were positive so I was fairly confident that it would be a good purchase. It is a fairly big machine (85.0x60.0x56.0 (H/W/D) cm) but looks good above the washing machine. It is nothing special to look at just a basic white dryer. Although I preferred this one to my previous as it has a lot more features.
It has a solid flat metal wide door that opens to a very wide angle making it easy to load and unload and when you open it there is a light that comes on - brilliant I can see my laundry! There is a lint filter at the front that pulls out easily. It is like a little basket that opens up and the lint is clumped together making it easy to take out and dispose of. It holds a 6 kg load so it is a generous size. At the top of the machine is a water tank that slides out easily it is quite big and fairly heavy once it is full of water. There are vents at the bottom of the machine that collect dust which are easy enough to wipe clean. The main filter is at the bottom and is enclosed behind a panel that is easy to open and take out for cleaning.
This machine has Energy C grade efficiency and uses 3.84kW energy consumption. Not the best but for the price I paid for it I can't expect everything especially since B grade tumble dryers are priced around the £300 mark and more which was well over the budget I wanted to work to.
It comes with an instruction manual which I have never had to refer to as the machine is simple to use and the settings are clear to see. I have to say that I generally use the same two setting for everything I dry. Some people may make use of the other settings and find them handy.
Once you have loaded your wet laundry into the machine you can set the dial to your preferred setting and press start - simple as that! It has an inbuilt sensor so it will finish the drying cycle once your clothes are dry. It assesses the moisture level meaning that your clothes will not be over dried which saves energy consumption. There are two lights that indicate when the water tank is full and the other that indicates when the filter needs to be emptied. The machine will come to a stop until the necessary emptying of the tank or filter has been done then you can continue drying the clothes. There is a buzzer that is optional however I don't use this feature anymore as I found it to be irritating. I'm always in and out of the kitchen so I have no need to use the buzzer, some people that live in a larger house may find this a handy feature.
It has a reverse drying action which is said to reduce your clothes from becoming tangled and creased, and it also finishes the drying with a cooling cycle which makes it easier to handle the clothes once they are dry, and also makes it easier to iron the clothes.
There is a large white dial at the top of the machine for the different program settings which are:
Time programs: You can select either 10 minutes/20minutes.40 minutes/60 minutes.
Synthetics: Ready to wear/Ready to iron.
Cottons: Extra dry/ Ready to wear/ Ready to iron/ Delicates/ Freshen up.
There are quite a few setting but they are clearly labelled on the machine making it easy to select the desired setting.
As I said before I hardly use many of the settings, I have only needed to use the synthetic cycle a couple of times. I mainly use the cotton ready to wear cycle, or the timed cycles. It is handy to have a few different settings even if they get minimal use as you never know if you have something more delicate to dry.
The machine has the added bonus that it is a condenser dryer so you can literally put it anywhere you want. You don't need to worry about the venting hose which is a definite advantage for me. The water tank does usually fill up after each heavy load and requires emptying when the indicator light shows that it is full. It is best to empty it after use if you don't intend on doing any laundry again for a few days. You can wait for the tank to fill up before emptying however some people may find this heavy an awkward to empty or you can empty it as frequently as you like.
The clothes are always dry by the end of the cycle but sometimes not completely aired so if you want to use them right away you can of course give them a bit longer on one of the timed programs. You can of course stop the machine at any time. I hate to waste my time with ironing and have never really ironed anything in the past unless I can't get away with it. Once my clothes have come to the end of the drying cycle and are ready to take out I simply shake and fold each item and smooth out the clothes with my hands so my clothes never need ironing! Of course apart from the odd school shirts which take no time what so ever.
The wide door and the light makes it easy to find something if you need to get something out without having to struggle or empty the entire machine. The clothes are hardly ever tangled the only thing that gets tangled up is things such as tights.
All tumble dryers are noisy and some can be more so than others thankfully this one has to be the quietest I have owned. The lounge is next to the kitchen and once the door is shut it really doesn't bother me. I can even sleep with it on! And I'm a very light sleeper and would usually have to turn of my previous machine.
The machine needs little maintenance to keep her running smoothly all you need to do is keep the lint filter clean and empty the water tank. Occasionally you will need to clean out the main filter which is simple enough to do.
The machine has been going strong for the last 2 years with regular use from a family of four. The only problem we have had with it is that the belt has snapped three times in that time - maybe we exceeded the 6kg weight limit or put in bulkier items. We have learnt to not abuse her as much as replacing the belt is a nightmare! It took the two of us and a good 45 minutes to fit a new one not the easiest job! There are a few places where you can order spare parts should you need to repair her as it is cheaper to fix it yourself and far cheaper than replacing it. I purchased all of our spare belts from eBay as I found this to be the cheapest place.
I think I have covered everything if not then feel free to ask anything.
I am pleased with this machine it has had plenty of use and has been the best one that I have used.
It is more affordable than higher brands that do the same thing. It has all the features you need and is simple for anyone to use. Being a condenser is also another advantage as you never need worry about when you move finding a suitable place to house it.
I would recommend this machine to anyone on a budget and families that need a robust machine to handle all the laundry demands.
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I bought this dryer for £190 from Comet - it was the cheapest condenser dryer I could find. I specifically wanted a condenser unit because I can't be doing with hanging tubes out of windows or installing vents as you need to do with the cheaper vented dryers.
I have been really happy with it so far. The unit comes with a tube that you can plumb in if required but I simply use the removable condenser and empty it down the sink after each use. The fluff filter is easy to clean too, it is just inside the door and you just need to take it out after each use, unclip the hinge and the fluff comes away in a sheet.
The functions are simple to understand and use. There is a choice of timed programmes - say 10, 20, etc minutes or sensor programmes where you select the type of fabric (cotton or synthetics) and whether you would like it readito iron, wear or on the cotton prograame, extra dry. I tend to use the 'synthetics, ready to wear' function, or 'cotton extra dry' for bedding and towels.
The drum is huge and can easily accommodate a set of bedding and several sets of towels and still have room to spare.
I also use JML dryer balls instead of dryer sheets to reduce drying time and soften the laundry.
The only thing I have noticed is that occasionally some items are still a little damp after using a sensor programme - these programmes are supposed to keep running until every item is dry. Still for the price that is a small quibble.
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