Product Type: Hotpoint tumble dryers
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I remain unconvinced that this is the best dryer out there.
Member Name: rosaliecullen
Advantages: The fluff-gatherer
Disadvantages: Long drying times.
We were bought this tumble dryer as a very generous wedding present from our parents. We didn't choose the dryer ourselves so really we just had to hope that it would be suitable for our needs. Luckily it does seem to be....for the most part. The dryer is a condenser dryer which means that the water collects in a tank within the dryer. I'm not certain what other type of dryers there are but based on the space we had available this was the sort we needed.
==How to operate==
The dryer is really simple to operate. The door has a spring function so you press the door and the door springs open. You put your clothes inside and close the door. There is only one dial on the front of the tumble dyer which is clearly 'time'. The maximum you can dry for is 2 hours 40 minutes (160minutes). Obviously you can put the dryer on again if you need to. You then decide if you want to put it on a high heat or low heat. I'm a bit of a maverick here and put everything on high heat (and occasionally wonder why my cardigans seem smaller!) and it seems to do OK. Then once you have selected the heat, you press the start button. To stop the dryer your just press the large door and the dryer stops instantly.
==Drum Size and Drying Time==
The drum size is 8Kg which is brilliant, but typically if you fill the drum the clothes come out quite creased and take AGEEEEEEEEES to dry. Small bits (i.e. less than 10 items) for short bursts of time seem to work best and really reduce creasing. However, most of the time we seem to forget to do this and just throw the entire washing load in the dryer and wonder why it takes ages to dry. The drum size is good for drying sheets and even a double-bed throw fits into it with a bit of a squeeze. Compared to the "other" type of dryer that my Mum owns, this seems to be quite slow at drying clothes. She has used this dryer when hers has been on the blink and found it very slow in comparison. I'm not sure why, perhaps this is something that condensing dryers do?
The noise isn't too bad. Our dryer is perched on top of a worktop (washing machine underneath) and doesn't jump around at all. It is in the utility room which is tiled and echoey, so I do think it makes some noise, but is generally quiet compared to our very old (old) washing machine which used to sound like an aeroplane taking off. This has a loud hum to it but nothing too bad. Might feel differently if it was in the kitchen but we can close the utility room door so it isn't as loud.
1. Fluff gatherer - I'm certain this isn't the technical name for it, but essentially there is a fluff gatherer on the front which you can take out (and must take out) regularly to throw the fluff in the bin. I like this feature as compared to my Mum's older dryer, the fluff used to get everywhere in the shed and make a mess so I'm glad this feature is in our dyer.
2. Water gatherer - As I mentioned earlier there is a water tank which is basically a long drawer with a handle (you can see it on the picture). The water is drawn out of the clothes and condenses into this tank. When it is full, a red light comes on and you pull the drawer out of the machine and empty it down the sink. The worst part of the dryer is that if the tank is full and cannot hold any more water, the machine doesn't cut out. It keeps on drying to no avail as there is nowhere for the water to go. A better design would be for the dryer to cut out once the tank was full. Therefore if you think you are going to be doing a lot of drying, make sure you check to see if the tank is full or not. I think it holds a gallon of water if memory serves me correctly.
Overall, I do like this dryer, but would be interested more to know how the drying time compared to other dryers out there as I feel our dryer is on for a long time sometimes and it must use a lot of energy up. We haven't had any problems with it in the 2 years that we have had it. Would I buy it again? I'm not sure. I'd definitely want to do more research into the best drying times of condenser tumble dryers rather than just going and buying anyone. The drum size is useful but again putting full loads of washing in takes hours to dry. The quality of the parts seems good as I would expect from Hotpoint.
Summary: Not experienced any problems but not sure I'd buy again.
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