Product Type: Beko tumble dryers
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Good value condenser dryer
Beko DRCS76B Condenser Tumble Dryer
Member Name: jipp05
Beko DRCS76B Condenser Tumble Dryer
Advantages: Good value, loads of features. no need for a vent pipe
Disadvantages: The sensor isn't as accurate as it could be, magnet for smudges, noisy
I had never had a condenser dryer before but a friend assured me that they were every bit as good as the traditional vented ones. I had a look around and settled on the Beko DRCS76B as it was reasonably priced and the colour fit in well with my kitchen.
I paid around about £300 for the dryer which isn't too bad. There are plenty out there that are cheaper but there are also a lot which are more expensive. This one at least has a plethora of features to justify the price whereas some basically have an on/off switch.
The dryer is black I personally thought that this would fit in better with my kitchen than a lighter coloured one. One thing about the darker colour is that it is a magnet for dirt and finger prints and always looks streaky even when I have tried to clean the outside of it.
The shape is quite nice too and instead of just being a solid square lump the edges are angular which help give it a more modern appearance than most tumble dryers. When it is in place the dryer doesn't look or feel to obtrusive and the fact that it doesn't need a great big pipe means that you can push the dryer almost flush with the wall.
As mentioned the dryer has loads of different features some of which I use all the time and some which I feel have only been included so that the manufacturers can say that it has them.
Some features include:
#Start timer delay
#Intermittent tumble at end of cycle
#3 levels of sensor drying
#Filter full indicator
On top of these features there are many more such as the ability to be able to delay when you want the dryer to start. I'm not sure why you would want to delay its start but if you felt the need it can be delayed for up to 9 hours. It also tells you when your laundry is at different stages of drying. For instance it tells you when your laundry is dry but it will also tell you when it is hot enough that creased should have been removed which takes away the need for ironing.
I have had this dryer for a while now and in the time I've had it there have been no major problems with it.
The size of the drum is 7KG which means that I can fit in all my laundry at one time without having to worry about doing a load later. I really appreciate the large size of the drum as there is nothing worse than only being able to fit in half your laundry at a time to dry.
For those who have never used a condenser tumble dryer before then they differ from traditional ones only in that they do not need a pipe to vent away the steam. Instead all the steam from the wet laundry drying is collected inside the dryer and goes to a tray at the top of the dryer. You do have to empty this tray on a regular basis and I would say that I probably have to empty it at least twice every time I have laundry in the dryer. This is easy enough to do and it is quite amazing how much water actually collects in the tray every time. The dryer does a good job of keeping all the steam in and making sure that my kitchen doesn't get all steamy and wet.
You can change the heat settings on the dryer to match whatever material you have in the dryer and the sensor will tell you when the laundry is finished. There is a buzz timer available which buzzes every few minutes until you come and remove the laundry from the dryer. To be honest though the sensor isn't that great and half the time it tells me that the laundry is dry I will check and it will still be slightly damp so I need to put it back on again. One thing that I do like is that the dryer will continue to tumble every 10 minutes or so if you don't remove it so as to prevent creasing.
The fluff tray is just inside the door and this seems to fill up quickly and I am forever having to empty it. This is easy to do and the dryer does tell me when it needs to be done.
Drying times are not bad but they aren't the quickest that I have even seen either. A full drum can easily take a couple of hours to be fully dry. Obviously if you only half fill the drum then drying times are significantly reduced.
The worst thing about this dryer in my opinion is just how noisy it is. It is so loud that if I am in the kitchen and someone is trying to speak with me I can barely hear them and need to go out of the room. It is by far the loudest dryer I have ever owned and even though it doesn't shake about like some dryers the drum spinning is so loud as to be really annoying.
In the end I would recommend this dryer to people. It isn't perfect by any means but it does a decent enough job and it is a good price for a condenser tumble dryer. Yes sometimes the clothes aren't as dry as I would expect considering that it tells me they are but it is simply a case of turning the dryer back on for a further 10 minutes to just make sure there is no dampness in them. Once you are used to this happening it doesn't really bother you anymore and you just accept it as part of owning the dryer.
It does do a good job of removing the majority of creases from clothes making them easier to iron or in the case of some things like t-shirts takes away the need for ironing completely.
It fits in well in my kitchen and doesn't take up as much room as a traditional dryer would either. I have also found it to be well made and even though it gets almost daily use in my house it has never broke or had a problem and I have owned it for nearly 2 years now.
The only thing that would put me off buying this again would be how noisy it was but as I am usually in the other room anyway when the dryer is on overall I would say if you are looking for a condenser tumble dryer then you could do a lot worse than buying this one.
Summary: A good value condenser dryer