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I had my previous tumble dryer for years and when it finally gave up about twelve months ago I thought I would try and do without one, however I found I was getting tired of grabbing my smalls and throwing them behind the sofa when anyone came round to visit, so last pay day treated myself to a tumble dryer. My old tumble dryer was a vented one but since the time we got rid of this we have had some work done in the utility room and there is a unit covering the original outlet hole.
I actually bought this from a friend who was moving house and had no room at her new house. I bought it for £100 as she had only had it for a few months which I was more than happy with as they are currently £219 to £275 from the usual electric stores and outlets. My friend had not got the instruction manual but to be fair it is self explanatory and easy to use. It is energy efficiency class C which is mid range as the classes range from A to C but I would say that it is the same with every electrical appliance that the more you use it the more expensive it is.
It measures 85cm tall, 59.5 wide and 58.4 deep so should fit underneath most worktops. It weighs 35.17kg so is quite heavy but I can move it around myself comfortably by my usual method of shoving it with my hip and steadying it with my hands. It has a drying capacity of 8kg which I find big enough as there are only the two of us at home and I don't put a lot in there at once. I find the door easy to open and close without having to bang it or push it too hard and it opens wide so you can get your washing in and out easily.
As it is a condenser dryer the water collects in a tray which I will empty after every couple of uses. The tray is at the front of the machine and slides out, and there is a red light which indicates when it is full but I will usually empty it well before it is full. There is also a filter which collects the fluff which again I will empty every couple of uses as this does tend to clog up quickly.
It is a bit noisy and I am sure that more expensive higher spec tumble dryers are quieter, but at the end of the day it is an appliance which most people keep in the kitchen/utility room so you can usually shut the door on it. Having said that though as this one doesn't need an outside vent you can really put it anywhere in the house where you have a space, my friend used to keep it in her spare bedroom upstairs. It does also generate quite a bit of heat so if it is in a small room this can get a bit warm especially in the summer months.
It has a 160 minutes manual dial and 16 programs in total with settings for cotton and synthetics. It also has a cool cycle which helps to cool the washing at the end of the programme so the washing is cool enough to handle and I think this also helps to get rid of creases.
I never put items in there straight from the washing machine as this takes too long but I do use it to finish things off. I will still use the clothes airer at first which I keep in the utility room by the radiator and then just take the items off the airer and pop them into the tumble dryer. I would say that the most frequent things I dry are underwear, socks and shirts as these really don't take too much drying. I will also finish drying t shirts and jeans but am always careful to check the label first as I have shrunk one or two things in the past that much they would only fit an Oompa Loompa.
The one thing which I love is that the clothes hardly need ironing when they have been finished off in the dryer which saves lots of time. I would recommend this dryer as it is easy to use, you can put it anywhere in the house and I don't have to have washing draped on the radiators. I think I had real bargain at £100 and would happily have paid more for it although I hope my friend won't be reading my review or she might ask me for some more money!
i have never owned a condensor dryer before only a vented one but when mine broke i decided to try one. first of all the price was pretty reasonable and almost identical to the vented tumble dryers. having newborn twins i needed a dried that was quick. the size of the drum I very big. I can get two or three loads of washing in this without it being too full. there is a collection point for the water and the fluff which needs to be emptied regularly. On the front of the machine is a low or high heat button for different materials even though I dry all mine on high heat with no problems. There is a dial with time on and it can be put on for up to160 minutes with the last 20 being cool drying. The only problem I have encountered with this is that it can sometimes be noisy to dry the clothes and the room will sometimes become quite hot but not having owned a condenser before I am not sure if that's the reason for it.
I had a washer dryer before and that was a disaster so I had to have a single washing machine. I moved house and located a nice spot for my new tumble dryer and couldn't wait to have washing completed on one day without clothes drip drying round the place!
There was no place for a vented dryer and I was rather sceptical about condensers, they used to be very unreliable. I sourced this one from John Lewis although I know that other places had a similar offer on but they had better delivery windows (it was not available to see in store, but had seen online and ordered in store). When it came I was surprised how easy it was to use. It has a large capacity (larger than my washing machine) which means I can complete loads and there still be space in the dryer so it isn't packed full. It has a large opening so duvet covers and large items go in without a struggle.
You have to remember to empty the water container which needs to be emptied regularly (I do it after each washing day and I deposit on the garden) and the fluff filter if not emptied sometimes puts unwanted fluff on clothes. My husband has to have ironed shirts for work and, as he is not accustomed to an iron, it is down to me and even on the hottest settings the clothes come out with very little effort from an iron needed.
The only real downside is the noise - it is rather loud and if you are in the kitchen with it it makes having conversations difficult. It has a whooshing sound and you can hear the clothes rotating in the drum, and if there is a zip in there you here it clanging. I would also say that when you have the dryer on there is no need for central heating, it pushes out quite a lot of heat (which in this summer has been horrible). My husband said it needs to have a more obvious mark on the timer dial so he knows how long he has set it going for (he thought he had set it for 120 mins, it was about 30 mins).
I had always had a vented tumble dryer rather than a condenser as i thought that the price extra that you paid for a condenser was not worth it..
But i decided when my vented dryer broke after only a year that this time I would buy a condenser to see if it was better and wasn't disappointed.
Mine is kept in an outhouse attached to the house and seems to work really well in there.
I empty the water and fluff filters every use and empty the extra filter at the bottom once a month.. to ensure its kept clean and less likely to break.. i tend to do this filter as a job on the 1st of every month as i then remember to do it.
It seems to fit a complete wash load and even better hardly any of it ever needs ironing... !
it looks non intrusive and could happily be on show as you do not have a window to see your washing drying..which i see as an advantage.
The door is the width of the dryer so it is also very easy to load and unload
overall i think it is a good product for a reasonable price.. not too much more than a cheap vented one.. and is better as u dont have the steam and condensation.
The difference between vented and condenser dryers..
Vented driers need to be placed near to an outside wall and need to have the steam extracted from the room using an extraction tube to outside.. they still do produce a lot of steam though and isnt ideal if you have to have windows/door open for the extraction especially in the winter
Condenser tumble dryers can be placed a lot easier around the house in the kitchen or nearly anywhere else that you have space as they dont need the extraction tube to outside just need emptying of water and fluff as the water condenses and fills the container..just be warned this container can be heavy if full..which may be a consideration for some
I paid £200 from Argos when i bought mine on offer but obviously its worth looking around at different suppliers to find the best offers at the time.. and dont forget to include delivery price /options into consideration when ordering
Its an 8 Kg Condenser Tumble Dryer so will fit an average wash load in
Width (mm) 595
Height (mm) 850
Depth (mm) 580
My dad is disabled and finds it hard to move about; so getting the wet washing from the machine and pegging it out on the line was a daunting and exhausting task for him, not to mention the unpredictable weather we have here in the UK, where one minute your towels are nicely line drying and next minute they're soaked wet in a thunderstorm. He wanted a tumble dryer that wasn't too noisy, didn't take up too much space and didn't need to be vented outside. So, after much careful research, I bought him the Indesit IDC85.
It's a standard to compact sized dryer at 59.5cm wide, 58.4cm deep and 85cm high, and it comes in a range of colours, the picture shows the white but my dad has the silver which is really nice, with silver flecks through a grey body, really modern looking.
The prices range wildly from £175 to £249 and it seems to be most expensive in high street retailers such as Comet, Currys and Argos. I bought my dad's Indesit IDC85 last year from Amazon for £199 including delivery which I think is an excellent price. My advice if you're thinking of buying it is to shop around and if you do want to go for a high street retailer, check out their online offers or available discount codes, or see if they will price match if it is cheaper elsewhere (after all what have you got to lose :) )
So, the Indesit IDC85 looks good, and it's not too pricey. But what about the specs? Well, as I've said, it's a condenser dryer, this means the water is collected in the tumble dryer itself and must be removed (my dad does it weekly). This is a small price to pay for the convenience of being able to have your tumble dryer wherever you want it, rather than somewhere limited by outside venting. My dad has his in his built in bedroom cupboard!
The Indesit IDC85 handles an 8kg load, which is the same as my dad's washer, which means you can just go from one to the other. It has a 5.12kw energy consumption, which means it isn't too expensive to run, and it has a manual dial, my dad wanted this because he can't see digital screens well and he also believes manually operated devices (like microwaves, washers and so on) last longer! It has a range of drying options including settings for delicates and a 160 minute (3 hour) timer, an easy to access lint filter and condenser collector, as well as a door which opens extra wide so it's easy to put the wet washing in. It also has a cool cycle, so once the washing is dry it runs a cool cycle to cool it down, so you're not taking scorching hot clothes out of the dryer.
My dad uses it all the time - it's fantastic for bedding which he can get dry in an hour, great for towels which take about 1hr 20, mixed loads of t-shirts, joggers and underwear and so on. The only thing he doesn't use it for really is jeans, they take a good two hours, so he tends to put them over the radiator or out on the line when he can, but it will do jeans if you have no other option, they just take a fair bit longer. We've had no problem with clothes shrinkage, and I've dried baby clothes in there with no problems, too. There's no problems with static as you can sometimes get with driers, any type of material I've used in here has come out soft and static free even without tumble dryer sheets.
In terms of operation sound, it's a low 72dB which is no more than a hum really, with it's loudest noise being no worse than a standard 800rpm spin cycle on your washer. It's certainly not obtrusive and my dad can sleep in his bedroom no problems when the drier is on overnight.
Overall I really cannot fault the Indesit IDC85 condenser tumble drier, it's affordable, it looks good and not at all cheap, it fits into cupboards (or you could even have it outside in the shed or in a utility room if not the kitchen) and it has easy to access drawers. It works well and gives consistent results and I'd class it as a very reliable machine. My dad's had it two years now and we've both used it lots (I bring my washing to him when I have too much and wash whilst I visit, very cheeky!!). Now I have a daughter I plan to buy this exact same tumble dryer to keep in the space under my stairs as I know it will fit, run quietly, take an 8kg load and serve me well (and as any mum will know we wash a LOT!). So you can't get a better recommendation than that - the Indesit IDC85, so good, I bought two!!
Highly recommended as a decent all round family dryer. Five stars out of five. :)
We decided just before Christmas that we needed a tumble dryer. It was all very well drying clothes in summer on the washing line, but in winter the house would be strewn with wet clothes, hanging on the back of doors, over the banister, balanced on various household objects, just trying to get things dry. Since we rarely use central heating, nothing really dried, so we decided a tumble drier was definitely in order.
Why this dryer?
I did a lot of research before buying this product. I read reviews, I looked at features and prices, I ooh'ed and ahh'd. Should I go for a sensor dryer or not? Was it worth the extra money? All we knew was that it had to be a condenser dryer and it had to have a reasonable capacity as we were hoping for the pitter patter of tiny feet in our future (children not cats). This dryer seemed to meet all our requirements, and was (just) within our budget. It was big enough for our needs and it's energy rating was reasonable. It also looked nice enough and the door opened quickly and easily with one hand and no kicking. I visited this dryer three times before buying it, I had to be sure it was a good choice.
The Indesit IDC85 is a condenser dryer with a 8kg capacity. It has a large push-open door at the front, with a grade C energy label. This means it should cost about £125 a year to run if you do 3 full loads a week. The water collects in the drawer of the machine, and it probably needs emptying about every 3rd load. The lint collects in the bottom of the machine, at the front.
The timer is a 160 minute dial, which is very easy to use. It has some other special features and 16 programmes, most of which I don't actually use.
Is it good?
I find the lint does need emptying every use, because it seems to collect rather quickly, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing, it doesn't take much time and my husband seems to collect the stuff in a little bag by the door. When asked what he was doing with it he only grunted. The condenser works well, the room gets hot but not too moist and we never really fill the dryer to capacity, but then again we don't have the pitter patter of tiny feet yet, so for a bigger family, it would probably work well. It isn't excessively loud, except if you put dryer balls in and not enough of a load, but it doesn't bother us too much. It certainly isn't deafening. And it is easy to run, you just turn the dial for an hour or 90 minutes and off you go, it dries in no time at all.
I've only ever had one dryer before this and it certainly wasn't as good as this one.
The easy opening of the dryer door was one thing that attracted me to it. I tried another machine, which was cheaper but the door was so hard to open. My only concern would be if I did have children and if they knocked it, the machine door might open a little easily. Of course the machine stops if the door opens, but it could be annoying with lots of excitable children running around.
And in Conclusion
Other than that, I would say for a reasonably priced dryer, with the capacity for a family, this is a good choice. It's not the most budget of driers, nor is it the top of the range, but it's plenty for the average consumer.
As we live in a small one bedroom flat, I never really saw the need for a tumble dryer as we don't have the room and it's just another thing which uses electricity. In October last year though my partner's Mum bought us the Indesit IDC85 out of the blue from a wholesalers in Liverpool for £199. The tumble dryer is available at a few different places online for the same price, including Very and Curry's although places like Argos and Comet sell it for about £50 more so it's worth having a proper look around. Our tumble dryer is white, it's also available in black and silver though but these colours are more expensive.
The machine is pretty standard looking; it's all white metal with a large, solid flat metal door on the front. As this is a condenser dryer to the top left of the machine is the water collection tray, this tray easily slides out and there's a red light indicator on the front when the water tray is full. The tray is fully enclosed apart from a smallish hole at the far end so although there's sometimes a little spillage when it's completely full it isn't a huge amount. From my previous use I've found that the tray needs emptying after drying about five full loads of washing although I do try to empty it sooner so it isn't as heavy as when full it weighs 5kg.
As with most people at the moment energy bills are a big worry to me and as I previously mentioned before I do try not to use too many appliances to keep our bills as low as possible. When looking at the leaflet for the Indesit IDC85 I noticed that the dryer is only rated C for energy efficiency and uses 5.12kWh per cycle based on dry cotton cycle. Although I am not an expert I know that this isn't the best and so I am cautious of how much I use the dryer. I tend now to save up all my washing and get a few washes done on one day so that everything can go into the dryer together.
To use the machine there's a very simple dial which basically is a time going up to 160 minutes. It's very tempting to pop everything in and turn it up to 160 minutes and leave the machine to get on, although I like to carry on checking so I know when my clothes are dry. There is a drying time guide on the front of the water tray but it's only a rough guide. A full, jam packed load will take between 120 and 160 minutes will a half load taking between 50 and 70 minutes for a cotton wash. Synthetics take a little longer. There's two setting high for cotton and low for synthetics, to be honest our machine stays on high more nearly all of the time. On the dial there's also a refresh setting, this is just a quick 10 minute cycle which just warms them through a little. My partner wears a waterproof jacket for work and this 10 minutes cycle is all it needs to be dry after washing. In fact all our clothes seem to dry pretty quickly and the machine never stays on for more than about 90 minutes unless it's really full.
As I mentioned before the dryer has a large door, the covers the whole front of the machine. Inside the drum is also large with an 8kg capacity, the wide door makes it very easy to put items in and out the machine, even tumble drying our double duvet is easy after a wash as it fits in with no trouble. The machine has reverse tumble action which is said to reduce tangling and creasing. Now I hate ironing and I find that if I get my things out of the machine as soon as it's done and hang them up they never need ironing which is a big plus point for me.
We ended up putting the tumble dryer in our bedroom as it was the only place really we could put it to ensure the warm air leaving it could be properly circulated. When the machine is on the noise level is fine, the only sound really is that of the clothes inside moving. Sometimes if I've been doing the washing late at night we have the machine on when going to bed. The noise is no problem and we always manage to get asleep with the machine on, it also warms the room up nicely.
Overall, although at first I was sceptical about whether we really needed a tumble dryer since using the IDC85 I am converted. The machine is a really decent price and although the energy consumption isn't that good the machine does dry clothes quickly and doesn't need to be on that long. The large drum size means that you can get loads in the machine and the wide door makes loading and unloading really easy. All in all it's a good buy and definitely one to think about if you're looking for a tumble dryer.
Our old tumble dryer recently gave up the ghost, and hence, we were in the market for a new one. Now the market for tumble dryers is vast, with a large array of models with numerous features and a range of prices, and that is before you even start thinking about condenser or vented. But a friend of ours had recently bought this Indesit IDC85 model and told how brilliant it was, and we sort of backed up that 'glowing' recommendation with a search for a few reviews of this model on the web (including this very site) and it did seem to be well received by quite a few people. Hence, we eventually purchased it from John Lewis for £199, partly because it also came with a 2-year guarantee included.
If we start with the basic specs of this model, it is a standard sized white box arrangement that is common amongst most domestic appliances, being 85cm high by 59.5cm wide by 58.4cm deep. So it will fit into a standard size space for your washing machine etc under a counter. Looking at the front of the machine, rather than the more traditional round glass door, it has a flat panel white door instead to put your items into the machine. Hence, in my perception, this looks quite stylish. Additionally the door and opening are quite wide, meaning that it is easy to get your items (and larger items like duvets) in and out of the dryer, where it has a capacity of up to 8kg.
The manual twist dial control on the top right is unfussy, to give you a 160 minute timer, with a push button to the side to give you the 2 heat settings - high and low. You also have an additional push button to start the drying cycle. The machine also incorporates a reverse tumble option and a freshen up cycle, when you just want to give your items a quick tumble. So the general controls are simple and straight forward for this basic tumble dryer. In the front just below the opening, you also have a gauze fluff filter which catches all of the loose fibres and dust. Of note, it always pays to keep this as clean as possible because the warm air goes through it. Leavening it blocked up with fluff means that the air can't flow, and hence it takes longer for your clothes to dry, ultimately costing you more money in electric. Personally, we just have just got into the routine of checking that it is clean each time we go to use the tumble dryer, to ensure that the machine is always running at best efficiency.
Speaking of electric, it brings me on to the energy consumption. Now a tumble dryer is not the most energy efficient of household items because it is using electrical power to generate heat. This particular dryer has an energy efficiency rating of C, more specifically an energy consumption of 5.12kWh per cycle based on a dry cotton cycle. You can get more efficient dryers with an energy efficiency rating up to B, but then you start to pay significantly more for the machine - in my experience, upwards of £550 or more. Beware that there are some unscrupulous sellers on eBay who claim that they are selling dryers with an A efficiency rating. But if you do your research on the model that they are selling, the chances are that it will be a C efficiency rating, which seems to be the standard for many tumble dryers in the same price range as this Indesit IDC85 model.
The other good point which drew us towards this dryer was the fact that it was a condenser model, where you have a container in the top of the machine that catches and condenses the water vapour from the dryer. Tumble dryers are either vented (with a large pipe out of the back of the machine to go outside) or condenser (where the water dried out from the clothes is retained in a container within the machine). With this latter version, you can pretty much locate the dryer anywhere within your home, meaning that you are not tied to being near a window, or have the need to smash a hole through an outside wall for the vent pipe to pass through from a vented model.
In use, the dryer seems to work very well. The large opening is a blessing, making it very easy to fill and empty the machine. Drying times are quick. Obviously heavy items like jeans and large towels will take more time, but comparing it with our old Hotpoint model, this Indesit model does seem to be slightly quicker. Light weight items such as sheets, shirts, blouses etc dry very easily, and we have equally tried the dryer at various fullness levels, where each time it has performed very well, drying evenly throughout, where a full load of these more light weight items will be dried within the hour. Of note, we tend to use the high heat option more than anything else when we do use the dryer. The inbuilt reverse tumble action also seems to work well in that it is meant to stop your clothes getting too tangled or creased, and the results on the clothes coming out of the dryer seem to prove that this action is very effective. The machine also has a refresh cycle for clothes that are only slightly damp, but this is an option that we rarely use.
In terms of noise, well you do notice that it is running, but I wouldn't say excessively so, more of a low hum than anything else. You could easily hold a conversation next to this machine without any problems. So it shouldn't really make an annoying racket in your kitchen or utility room.
Another interesting design feature that we didn't really appreciate at first is the fact that with the water container at the top of the machine, pulling it out of the front to empty it is really easy, avoiding spills etc. No fuss, and no fiddling around with clips or fasteners - it just pulls out, empty the water away and slot it back in ready to use the machine again. You do have an option to plumb the machine in so that the water can just drain away down a drain, but we have never set this up and simply just empty the container as required. But it does hold quite a lot of water before it needs emptying.
Any negative points? In my opinion, not really. This is a basic no frills tumble dryer with basic controls. I've seen some reviews for this model where people have complained about the lack of sensors that are supposed to switch the machine off when the clothes are dry. But those sort of features are normally only available on the more expensive machines, and hopefully people would have been aware of the lack of those features on this machine before they bought it. To me, it is not really an issue because we know that a full load will be dry in about an hour anyway.
In summary, at £199 the price puts this machine in the middle of the budget range of tumble dryers, giving you a large capacity, excellent performing tumble dryer with basic controls. If you want more controls, bells and whistles (that you probably won't use) then you will pay more. But this machine does exactly what I want it to do - dry clothes etc in an efficient manner. Throw in the condenser option, meaning that you can site the machine anywhere, and then consider the 2 year guarantee for the price, and you can't go wrong. Hence, a 5 star recommendation from me.
Review also on Ciao under Randal1.
~The Indesit IDC85~
Having had a series of problems with my previous tumble dryer that eventually led me to having to scrap it due to the front drum seal no longer being a part that Hotpoint kept in stock (shame on you Hotpoint!) I looked around to see what I could replace it with. Having always had a vented dryer in the past I really wanted to try out the concept of the condenser dryer which is in the main why I eventually picked out the Indesit IDC85 as my replacement appliance. From the very outset I had a clear idea of what I wanted from a tumble dryer product in terms of its features and ease of use, as well as a price range that I felt I was prepared to look at and I feel I found what I was looking for with this product.
Having checked out a number of products and compared them, I felt that this Indesit model offered me a neat and well laid out appliance that would deal with my day to day laundry requirements with the minimum of fuss. As I had opted for a condenser dryer I really wanted to make sure that the model I picked out was one that could be plumbed in if wanted (more on that later), as this meant that rather than having to empty the water container all the time, I could choose to let it drain away on its own, in the same way that a washing machine can be plumbed in and allowed to drain off during use.
~Finding the right model~
During my search I found that not all condenser dryers are made equal in terms of the user being able to plumb them in and information given out by in store sales staff about this aspect of these types of dryers is very limited at best, as many told me it was nigh on impossible to find a condenser dryer that could offer this. After having found this dryer in store and liked both its looks, features and of course the all important sales price, I looked at the product details on line and found to my delight that yes the Indesit IDC85 can be plumbed in to the mains......result! I also googled the product and checked those all important product reviews and found the dryer had an 8.5 out of 10 rating based on all its features and ease of use which I feel is about right now that I have been using the dryer for some time.
I eventually bought the dryer at a very competitive price including delivery, that was around £50 less than the £249 I had seen it in store for, so I was more than happy with my purchase in terms of getting value for money. Whilst this dryer is very basic in terms of its available drying programs this was something that to me spelled out how easy it would be to set up and use, as there would be very little need to study the product manual for hours on end just to be able to load up the machine and set it to work. I feel that the ease with which I was able to set the machine up straight from the packing, read through the manual for no more than 15 minutes at most and then look forwards to seeing what the dryer could do is a real plus point for this product.
~Main features of the model~
Indesit IDC85 White Tumble Dryer ~ Type: Condenser no need for a vent hose
Machine can be plumbed in or used with the built in water chamber which requires manual emptying
Energy efficiency rating ~ C rated
Energy consumption ~ 5.12kWh per cycle based on dry cotton cycle
Over all drying capacity ~ maximum load 8kg
Cotton drying capacity ~ maximum 8kg
Programmes ~ 1 x twist action dryer timer with 2 heat settings via push button switch (high/ low)
Run time for timer ~ maximum 160 minutes before re-set required
Cool tumble ~ yes at end of a full drying cycle/ can be set to end and include this manually
Control system type ~ manual rotary control
Reverse tumble option ~ built in reverse action
Freshen up cycle ~ set manually
Size of appliance ~ Height 85cm, Width 59.5cm, Depth 58.4cm.
~Using the dryer~
I feel that the dryer fits in to the design of the room it sits in well enough, as it has a very simple arctic white finish to it that looks neat, fresh, clean and minimal. My previous dryer had a glass and plastic framed access door to the front which I felt was really narrow and difficult to use when filling up the dryer with damp clothing, so it was a complete joy when I found that this dryer had such as nice wide and easy to access door that makes for less hassle when filling the machine up with items that need drying off. I have found that I can now dry all kinds of items including some large/ bulky things (this dryer can hold up to 8kgs) such as duvets in this dryer as there is no problem with loading these more space hungry items through the nice wide access door.
The plain white finished front access door has no glass panel to look through, which may not appeal to everyones needs/ tastes, however in my opinion I really like the fact that the glass free loading door is minimal in its appearance and therefore really easy to keep clean. The location of the water chamber that stores the recyled water that passes through the condenser during the drying process is very accessible, as the plastic storage chamber is sited at the top of the machine rather than at the base of the appliance, which is where I noted it was located on most other similar models.
I feel that a water storage chamber sited at the base of the machine would have been very inconvenient had I decided to opt for one of the other models I had seen, as the water container does get heavy if you leave it to fill up too much and I would think it would be really awkward to lift without spilling anything in that case. As it is with this model I have found there are no such issues and if you opt not to plumb in your machine it is very quick and simple to take out the water container, pour away the contents and load it back in place ready to switch on the dryer again. I must admit that after having used this dryer regularly to dry clothing etc with, I have found some use for the recycled water too!
Rather than waste the left over water you get after a drying cycle, I came up with the idea of making use of this useful recycled water. I found that I could water plant pots and flower beds with it rather than allowing it to drain away as the water is clean enough to use in this way, so I didn't plumb in my machine in the end even though it was one of the main reasons I bought this model in the first place. I feel this is a little bonus of having a condenser type appliance that I was really not expecting, with the larger bonus of not having to have a waste water pipe or hose hanging out the window or attached to the wall, being the real bonus to this type of dryer.
~Settings and drying times~
I find it easy to load washing in to the machine to dry it now and I like the very simple operating controls built in to this model. I have found there is nothing that needs resetting for most loads other than spinning the timer around back to the start again and opting for a full heat or low heat setting with which to dry the washing. I find that the high heat setting is what I mostly use, as it does work more quickly and efficiently meaning that a full load of washing can be dried whilst a new load is being washed ready to go in after the first load has finished. Some items do take a while longer to dry such as towels and thicker items of clothing like jeans etc. Lighter items such as sheets, duvet covers etc seem to dry through quickly and I find that a mixed load of washing will usually be dry enough to take out within an hour. This works really well for me as I am able to set the washing machine on a mid range program and let it run through a 55 minute wash whilst knowing that anything I have in the dryer will most often be dry enough in time for it to be emptied and then reloaded.
There are some maintenance issues that need to be taken care of when using this dryer, although they are quick and easy to take care of. I find that de fluffing the light plastic and mesh fuzz filter that is situated below the front drum area to be something that I do most often at the end of each drying cycle, although there are some items such as towels that do tend to create a little more fluff than usual which may need removing mid cycle. If you allow too much fluff to build up on the filter I find it can get dragged down towards the condenser unit at the bottom of the machine and cause that to become blocked up over time, which in turn makes drying times longer and more expensive as more energy is wasted to dry a full load of washing.
The best way to keep drying times as short as possible is to load similar items together and always make sure that the fluff filter and condenser unit are as lint and fluff free as possible, without over doing your condenser cleaning routine. As the condenser unit is situated at the base of the machine you do need to bend down to open and close it with the plastic clips that hold it securely in place and I find that it is best to clean this part of the machine when the dryer is dry and hasn't been recently been in use. You do need to open up the condenser unit door and unclip the unit from its housing in order to pull it out for cleaning and whilst this is quite easy to do it can be messy if there is water trapped there from a recent drying session. If the unit is dry cleaning it out is much quicker, as you can simply hoover the excess lint/ fluff away with a suitable attachment placed on your hoover hose. If the unit is wet then you can really only clean it by hand and I find its best to use a clean cloth or kitchen towel to pick up anything that is clogging up the condenser before setting it back in place ready for use.
Over all I have been more than happy with my choice of dryer and there is really nothing that I can say against the product other than it does cost a little more to run than some other models do, with its energy rating being a C grade. The dryer is very easy to clean and maintain and the only slight downside I have noticed is that it is quite noisy when it is working. I find that you do need to keep doors closed in order to block out the dryer noise although this dryer is no more or less noisy than any of the other dryers I have owned and used over the years. It really is so much better using this type of appliance over the vented dryer I used to have, as I recall that used to make the room a little steam filled at times when it had been working for a while, even with the vent hose placed correctly. This never happens with this condenser model which makes it a much better option (for use in confined spaces etc) that I feel works really well.
Having owned and used this dryer for a while I know that I will most certainly never return to using a vented model through choice again, as I have been very happy with using this condenser model from Indesit. I feel the basic yet usable features on this model are reflected in the price of this dryer and I was very happy with what I paid for it at the time of purchase. My best advice would be to shop around for offers and deals so as to keep buying costs low if you are thinking of purchasing this particular product. As far as rating this product goes I feel that it is certainly a 4 star condenser dryer based on my experience of the over all ease of use when combined with the simple yet easy to use features built in to the model. I would certainly look to purchasing from Indesit in the future if the dryer continues to perform as well as it has, as I have pleased with results so far.
VENTED v CONDENSER DRYERS: If, like me, you're new to this whole tumble dryer malarkey, you may be wondering what the difference is between a vented dryer and a condenser dryer. It's important to be clear on this as they are two very different beasts.
Vented: The steam which is produced (and there is a LOT of steam when you're drying damp clothes!) must be released either through a window or a vent outside - this is carried out by an extraction tube. As such, these dryers need to be placed near to an outside wall. Because of this, the layout of your kitchen - or the room where you're going to be placing your dryer - might rule this option out. Plus, it can be faffy.
Condenser: Condenser tumble dryers can be placed anywhere in the kitchen where you have room. During the cycle, the steam collected evaporates and gathers in a container which you then empty afterwards. The Indesit IDC85 falls into this camp.
PRICE: I paid £245 from Boots but do shop around as different companies have deals on at different times - also, some won't deliver upstairs, so if that's a consideration for you, make sure you purchase from a supplier who will sort that out for you.
SPEC: 8 Kg Condenser Tumble Dryer
C Rated Energy Rating
72 dB Noise Level
Width (mm) 595
Height (mm) 850
Depth (mm) 584
WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE? This model comes in a choice of colours: white, sliver and black. What can you really say about a box-shaped object that's going to sit around in your house? As far as these things go, the Indesit IDC85 is actually pretty inoffensive. It's front-loading and that door takes up the whole of the front, making it quite neat and streamline. Some people might not like the fact there's no viewing window whilst, for others, being spared having to watch their smalls spinning round could be a plus. The rest of the front is taken up by the water container (similar looking to the powder drawer you pull out on a washing machine) and timer, along with one button you press according to whether you want a cool dry or a normal warm dry. It also features a list telling you the weights and temperatures loads should be set at. Plus, an 'empty water' light lets you know when you need to get rid of the water (although it's advisable to do this after each wash). Disposing of the water is a breeze - and the ease of accessing the water container is one of the main reasons my husband wanted to go with the Indesit. He'd owned one years ago and remembered how simple it was compared to some other machines.
Also be aware that there is a 'fluff filter' inside the machine at the front, which catches all the fluff from your clothes - again, it's advisable to clean this after each use (it's very easy).
MY VIEW: At the end of the day, what you really want with any dryer is one which, er, dries. Previously, I'd relied on the built-in dryer of my washing machine and, if this is your experience of getting clothes dry, the Indesit will change your life! Not only does it get clothes dry, the large capacity and the way the air circulates means they emerge pretty crease-free too. Plus, because it carries such a large load, you can get a good few washloads dry at the same time (although, of course, the more that's in there, the longer it will take to dry - and there will be more creasing if you over-fill).
There's a 160 minute timer - so you've got 2hrs 40 drying time at your disposal in one go. Personally, I've just played it by ear when it comes to drying time - starting off with around 40 mins for smaller loads. I'd rather under-dry (and then do it for a bit longer) than over-dry. But even with larger loads, I've found most times it dries in around 1 hour. There is, supposedly, meant to be some natural dampness to clothes anyway when removed - the aim should never be to get your garments so dry they could combust! I find that when garments are too-dry (especially jeans) they become a nightmare to wriggle into!
The drier isn't silent but I don't find the noise a problem - in fact, it's quite a soothing sound (far more pleasant than many washing machines). I have the Indesit in my spare room which is next to my 2 year old's bedroom and I often have it running when she's asleep of a night.
Finally, depending on where your machine is located, I'd advise keeping a window open when it's running. If it's in a small room with no ventilation, it's like walking into a Sauna after a while.
CONCLUSION: This is a fantastic machine. I did a lot of research before buying my dryer and the Indesit gets consistently good reviews. It's simple to use, effective, not too noisy and the obligatory fluff-ridding and water-removing are so easy it's not really worth talking about them. If, like me, you have a lot of washing on the go and are fed up of clothes-horses hanging around during the winter months, then this machine is indispensable.
The Indesit IDC85 Freestanding Condenser Dryer has a drying load capacity of 8.0kg and has been rated C for its energy efficiency.The machines internal condensing system turns steam into water / The water is deposited into a container situated at the top of the appliance / An indicator will notify you when the container is full which can easily be removed and emptied away / Alternatively you can choose to drain the water into a waste pipe.The Dryer features a reverse action drum which prevents clothes tangling and as a result helps to reduce the creasing of garments and speed up the drying process.The ICD85 features 2 drying temperatures and an electronic delay timer allowing you to select when the cycle commences.Additional features include a refresh option which uses cool air to freshen up and remove any smells from your clothes. /