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Indesit IDC85 Condenser Tumble Dryer 8kg C Energy Rating White
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Indesit IDC85 Condenser Tumble Dryer 8kg C Energy Rating White
Date: 08/03/12, updated on 08/03/12 (313 review reads)
Advantages: Works well
Disadvantages: May not suit all requirements
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.
Summary: A useful condenser dryer
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