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Better than having washing on the radiators any day
Member Name: hilarya
Advantages: Efficient, easy to use, different settings
Disadvantages: Electricity costs, can damage clothes if not careful
At £350, this tumble dryer is not exactly a cheap purchase, so you want to be sure that it works well, and for the most part I am happy to say that it does. It seems as if there are deals about at the moment as well, so you may be able to pick up the machine for less. We have only had our dryer for about 6 months, so I cannot say too much about its reliability, but certainly nothing has gone wrong with the machine to date.
The dryer is well designed and looks good, it is the same size as a standard washing machine though, so make sure you have room for it. Ours actually sits on top of our Hoover washing machine, but it does look a little precarious so I wouldn't necessarily advise this.
The machine has a number of different features, such as different levels of 'dry' such as 'cupboard dry' and 'extra dry'. I normally use cupboard dry, since I am aware that using a tumble dryer doesn't really do clothes any good, and this works perfectly well for most things. It takes about three hours to dry a full load, and if you are saving the pennies your electricity bill would definitely be something worth thinking about, but this is a problem with all tumble dryers. I am also very careful about what I put in the dryer. I do not put in anything that is delicate, and anything made of wool will shrink (I have had a couple of disasters). You can stop and start it at any point though, so it is easy to partially dry something and then remove it. You occassionally have to empty the water draw, but this is easy to do.
I have been very pleased with the VHC381, and would recommend it to anyone, even with the few downsides, it sure beats having washing on all of the radiators when it's raining outside.
Summary: A bit of a luxury product, but makes life a lot easier
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