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We got this tumble dryer as a Christmas present from my boyfriends mum last year and as we have had a baby, this has got to be one of the best presents I received! I really couldn't do without it now, the amount of washing my 6 month old creates! I hate having washing out on the radiators, and its not often we get to hang it out in this country!
This tumble dryer is white, and looks really simple and basic, but still really modern and nice to have out on show in your kitchen, mine is under the stairs though hidden away. This dryer has a pipe which needs to go outside, as it blows out steam. At first we used to just hang it out the window, as the dryer was in a bedroom, but now we have made a vent in the wall for it to go out of which is a lot neater. The pipe you get isn't very long, we had to buy a longer one, as it was so short.
This dryer has a tray just inside the door which you need to take out and clear all the fluff off of it from your clothes, you need to do it after every cycle as it builds up really quickly.
All you do with this tumble dryer, is load your washing in, it holds 6kg, shut the door, and turn the dial to however long you want the cycle to run for and press start, it is so simple and easy to use. However, the actual dial that you turn to the time you want doesn't have a line on it or anything, so it can be quite difficult when you first use it to see how many minutes you have set it to, although I am used to this now. I usually set mine to go on for around 70 minutes which dries my washing perfectly well, its always fully dry when it comes out, and not too hot to touch either, it cools the clothes before the end of the cycle.
If you are in a rush, and need something drying quickly, it dries one or a few items of clothing in about 10-15 minutes which is handy. If you want to get something out before the cycle has finished you just open the door, and you just press start again once the door is shut.
It doesn't make too much noise either, I cannot hear it at all under the stairs when the door is closed, it is so quiet. I use dryer balls in mine though most of the time, and these can be quite noisy!
I have had this dryer nearly a year now, and it's on every single day at least once, sometimes twice or even three times a day and it has never let me down, it is so reliable and I would highly recommend it. Its simple and basic but does a great job drying your clothes quickly and quietly!
Whilst I would love to be in a position to dry my washing outside and allow it to blow in the breeze, particularly as I adore the clean and fresh aroma the good old British weather will not always allow this little pleasure. I have owned various tumble dryers ever since I set up home during the late 1980's with my first experiences being considerably negative as due to lack of space I opted for combined washer/dryers; both of which failed fairly quickly. However, due to a move to a larger house several years ago I was able to purchase my very first tumble dryer, which initially served me well despite emitting masses of fluff each time I opened the door. Unfortunately, problems began to occur one after another and despite my husband being a qualified electrician, it was costing too much for spare parts, so it ended its' short life in tumble dryer heaven. I have previously made far too many mistakes when making purchases of electrical products where my decisions were generally based on the brand being well known and the product being reasonably priced. I had a number of specifications that needed to be taken into consideration when making my purchase approximately eight months ago and they were, as follows:-
· I required a vented dryer as opposed to a condensed model
· The dryer had to be of a specific size, particularly as my kitchen was recently replaced where the units were fitted around my old tumble dryer.
· It was essential that the wall ventilation hole was located on the correct side of the rear of the machine (which in our case, would need to be on the right hand side when looking directly at the back of the machine), as the last thing we wanted was to be knocking another hole through the kitchen to the outside walls.
· The final specification was that the dryer had to possess easy to use buttons, particularly as my husband suffers with diabetes related neuropathy, which means the nerve endings in his fingers are severely damaged and the skin is always sore from testing his blood. Therefore, it was essential that the dryer had fairly large, yet minimal buttons to enable ease of use.
Consequently, a little research was carried out, which I have to admit was rather rushed, particularly as I needed my new tumble dryer as quickly as possible as I cannot bear drying clothes on the radiators. A few possibilities were added to my shortlist with my final choice being the IDV 65 model belonging to Indesit, as it met all of the above-mentioned requirements. The machine was purchased from Currys' website and fortunately, a delivery date was confirmed for three days later. Whilst I initially had expected to have to request the local authority to collect and dispose of our old dryer I learned that Currys would provide this service free of charge on the condition that the old appliance was fully disconnected and could simply be removed and taken away.
RECEIVING AND CONNECTING THE IDV 65 TUMBLE DRYER
In addition to the required specifications, appearance is also of great importance to me, particularly as the appliance is going to be on display in my kitchen. I'm a little fussy when it comes to kitchen appliances, as I normally opt for silver. However, the only vented dryer that I could find that met my list of specifications and was available for a speedy delivery, was this model, which is only available in white. The dimensions of 850mm height, 595mm width and 584mm depth were perfect, as it was almost identical in size to my previous model and easily slipped in between two of my base kitchen cabinets with a slight gap between the top of the dryer and the work surface.
You may not be aware, but for safety reasons it is necessary that there is a 15mm gap on both of the sides and 10mm on the upper section, so it is always worth bearing this in mind when selecting a new appliance. The tumble dryer should not be positioned close to radiators, stoves or gas appliances as the flames could possibly cause damage to the appliance. As we had not paid for an installation service it was necessary to connect the dryer ourselves, but this was an easy task, particularly as we already had the necessary hole in the outer wall behind where the dryer was to be situated. Ventilation is obviously an extremely important factor because when in operation the dryer takes in cold air, heats it and subsequently passes it through the fabrics. As a result, the damp air needs to be dispersed via the rear of the machine through a ventilation hose, as otherwise there will be a back flow of gases that will transmit themselves into your home. Consequently, the dryer needs to be carefully vented and accompanying the machine was a ventilation kit although an additional ventilation pipe is required, which unfortunately, was not included, but is easily purchased for a few pounds.
However, we were already in possession of one of these as we had retained it from our faulty dryer. Whilst the dryer can also be vented in two other ways, namely through a window ventilation hole or through an open window, I have no experience with using either of these methods as my dryers have always been vented through an outside wall. In order for the appliance to function correctly it was necessary to ensure that it was level and this is easily achieved by adjusting the two front feet. Prior to using the dryer for the first time I gave the drum a quick wipe over to ensure there was no dirt that would subsequently transfer to my clean laundry. However, there is an easy to follow user guide accompanying the dryer, which even for me, someone who is non-technical minded, is written in terms that I can understand!
USING THE DRYER
As I only have laundry in respect of my husband and myself the drum's capacity of 6 kg is sufficient, but this may be a little small for larger families. However, I always seem to be doing at least a dozen loads of laundry per week, as in addition to our clothes I will wash all the towels and tea towels every other day and the machine is perfect for our needs. Whilst there are many tumble dryers that offer complicated digital dials we opted for something simple where there are fewer things to go wrong and I don't think you could get anything easier to operate than this model. The door handle is easy to open and close and feels very robust and I say this because the handle on our previous model snapped several times and subsequently needed replacing. The energy rating is C and whilst I am not technically minded the easy to follow user guide, which accompanies the machine advises that each cycle uses 3.41 KWh of energy. However, the user guide does not state the length of the cycle to which this refers.
The machine offers a choice of 16 drying programmes dependent upon the type of laundry and its' weight. Located on the left hand side of the machine there are three columns displaying small images to assist in determining the most appropriate drying programme. There is a large dial situated on the right hand side of the machine with an easy to grip handle that needs to be slowly turned in a clockwise direction to select the desired drying time, which is displayed in ten minute increments to a maximum of two hours. There is a small button that needs to be pressed for the desired heat from a choice of two options, namely low for more delicate fabrics or high and the on switch, which is located in the top right hand corner needs to be pressed. There is no off switch, as the machine automatically stops when the door is opened. When placing my wet laundry into the machine I also ensure that each item is individually placed inside the drum, as I would previously have a habit of simply grabbing the wet laundry from the washing machine and placing it directly inside the tumble dryer. Consequently, it would often come out crumpled and still damp in certain areas, particularly as the laundry would wind itself around various other items.
What I particularly like about this tumble dryer is that the noise is acceptable and unlike other dryers I have heard in the past. However, I am not fortunate enough to have a utility room, so when the machine is in operation it is necessary for me to close the kitchen door if I wish to hear the television in the living room. I find that my laundry dries extremely quickly, particularly due to the effective reverse tumble action. However, I have an awful habit of setting the timer too high and opening the door before the cycle has finished. Consequently, the fabrics are boiling hot, particularly zips, as I have not allowed the laundry to complete the ten minute cooling cycle, which prevents creases, so it has been necessary to educate myself to select the correct time in the first place.
I haven't used tumble drying sheets for years, particularly as I always use fabric conditioners with everything I place in my washing machine. As a result, none of the laundry that has been tumbled contains any static. An extremely handy feature on the tumble dryer and not one I can recall having on my older one is the refresh mode, which is simply used to freshen clothes that may be smelling a little stale, particularly if they've been hanging in the wardrobe for some time. However, this feature is not suitable for wet clothes, as it does not provide heat and is simply a ten minute cycle of cool air. A huge positive with this machine is that no fluff or lint disperses when the door has been opened unlike my previous machine, which would puff a huge amount all over my kitchen floor every time it was used. I would find that both the fluff and lint stuck themselves around the entire door seal and would often spill out onto the floor whilst the door was securely closed. I followed every piece of advice I was given to overcome the problem, but over time it simply became much worse.
CARING FOR YOUR MACHINE
Obviously, caring for your machine is essential if you want it to last for many years and ensuring the filter is kept clean is a definite requirement for me, particularly with the problems I suffered with my last machine. Fortunately, every fibre of fluff and lint with this particular model is captured in the filter, which is located on the lower front of the machine. It is essential that this is properly cleaned after each use as if it becomes blocked the machine is unable to transmit the correct air flow and will subsequently cease to efficiently operate. The worse case scenario is that the machine may damage and fail to function. The fluff and lint are easily removed where I used my finger tips to scrape it away then place the filter underneath the tap to remove any remaining fragments. It is easily replaced by sliding it back into the slot in readiness for its' next use.
I love the feeling of freshly tumbled clothes, particularly towels, as they come out of the machine feeling soft and smooth although my husband prefers his to be line dried, so they offer a rough texture. It is advisable to unplug the machine when cleaning, particularly when checking the drum after each cycle to ensure no items have been left behind, which in our case is normally loose change that has fallen out of my husband's pockets or a tissue that has transmitted bits of fluff onto my entire machine load! A tip I would offer here is that when tumble drying under wired bras is to place them into an old pillow case and tie the top tightly. Unfortunately, my very first combined washer dryer was slightly damaged after only two days of purchase by my bra wire becoming loose and jamming itself through the holes in the drum and lodging itself against the mechanics of the machine. Both the drum and outer casing of the machine can be wiped down with a damp cloth, but due to possible damage, abrasive cleaners should not be used.
COST AND AVAILABILITY
As previously stated, we purchased our Indesit IDV 65 online from Currys and paid £149.99, but at the time of writing (5 August 2011) you can purchase the machine from Dixons for £138.00, which is excellent value for money, particularly as it comes with 12 months part and labour and 5 year parts guarantee on completion of the appropriate registration forms. I cannot recommend this machine highly enough and as a result, it receives 5 stars from me.
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We have 4 of us living in our house, myself, my husband, and our 2 small children. We also have a border collie. Add to this the fact that we live in the northern reaches of Scotland and I'm sure you can understand why we need to have a tumble drying in our house.
We purchased this tumble dryer for around £150 and added a condenser kit to it for the bitter winter months as we woould all freeze to death having the door/window open for the vent.
It is white in colour and looks like any other tumble dryer really. Large door with a window, and a dial for seting the time, plus a button for delicates/heat setting.
Upon opening the machine you realise just how large a capacity it has, perfect for a family who regularly do 4 loads of washing a day. It also has a 'fluff catcher' as it is known in our house, which is easily removed to dispose of said fluff.
We used to either risk putting our clothes out on the line, or hanging them over radiators/clothes horses around the house. However due to our dog everything on the radiators/clothes horses would be covered in hair by the half hour mark, resulting in our clothes look like they had never been washed and me sitting on the settee for hours with a lint roller every night.
The drying time is great, taking approximately 30 mins to dry an average laod of clothes, up to an hour for larger loads or thicker items. It is also quite a quiet machine and I regularly forget it is on.
It is also cheap to run, we haven't noticed any change in our electricity bills sinc we brought it despite being told by family members that they would 'shoot up'.
All in all this is a god send as far as I am concerned. Highly recommended to anyone who either doesn't have time to keep going to the clothes line, or who doesn't live in the climate to use a washing line.
Our family (two adults and two children) and our work schedule, along with the British weather make a tumble dryer essential.
It gets a fair amount of use, so when our old Proline dryer started chewing holes in the clothes, we brought an Indesit IDV65 to replace it.
The instructions were clear, and the controls easily manageable by even the most junior member of the family, and we were pleased that it dried the clothes so much quicker (and therefore more cheaply) than our old dryer! It came with a vent pipe but this would not connect easily to our old outlet without a round to oblong adaptor. It was so cheap, I am surprised it was not included.
I soon found myself turning down the timer bit by bit to see just how quickly the washing WOULD dry - I wish I had seen the first review here regarding the wet jeans! It dries in at least half the time of our old drier - if only that had gone wrong sooner, it would have saved us money!
The door is large and easily loaded/unloaded when drying bulky items such as dressing gowns, bath towels and sheets, and you can get the basket below BEFORE you open it - but the catch does seem a little stiff for somebody perhaps with arthritis or other weakness. It may wear off in time, but do try it in the showroom/shop so that you can be sure if you are frail in any way.
The drum is spacious and you might be tempted to put more than the recommended load in. If you do, it reduces the efficiency slightly, but still copes on a longer time setting. If you do this, remove the dried clothes ASAP, as they remain hotter at the end of the cycle despite the "cool down" time before the end.
Our dryer does not appear noisy to us - but perhaps we are just more forgiving, or our previous dryer was just so noisy.
We use a timer so that the drying is done during cheaper rate electricity at night, and first thought the push button start to initiate the cycle would prevent this - but it seems that you can press the button - and the dryer WILL start once the power is supplied later by the time switch.
There is a five year warranty on parts - but you may have to pay for labour if something needed replacing that you could not do yourself.
My mother always trained me to believe that you should only ever hang washing out where nobody can see it. That's all very well for her, as she has a farm, but most people don't have the luxury of a forty acre exclusion zone around their washing line.
I have, therefore, always made space in my life (and with more difficulty, my kitchen) for a tumble drier - the convenience of being able to turn a whole load of washing around in a few hours seems to me well worth paying for.
I bought the Indesit from Tesco a couple of months ago. It smelt of burning when we switched it on, and made a noise like a concrete mixer. We phoned Tesco immediately, but were told to call Indesit as the product was under warranty. A bit rude when it had just been delivered, broken, from a Tesco lorry.
Indesit were great when we phoned them, and apologised immediately that we had been supplied a faulty product. They arranged collection of our dryer simultaneously with delivery of a new one, and our new, working dryer was with us within 48 hours.
Sometimes when you buy pretty much the cheapest one of something on the market, you imagine that there will be some form of compromise in terms of quality, efficiency, or at least customer service. This is not the case with Indesit - they dealt with our dodgy dryer so efficiently and cheerfully it put Tesco to shame! The dryer is not the most stylish, but it's good-looking enough, and it dries 5kg of wet jeans in about 40 minutes, which I think is impressive.
The one drawback of the dryer is the noise, which is not unbearable, but certainly would annoy you if, for example, you had a kitchen/ living room. If you have a seperate utility area or you're prepared to suffer the drone, this is very good value for money.
The Indesit Vented Tumble Dryer IDV65 comes in white colour and holds up to 6kg load. The IDV65 features reverse and cool down tumble actions to minimise creasing, allows up to 2 hours of timed drying and has a removable filter for easy cleaning. The IDV65 has a maximum dry time of 160 minutes and features an airing cycle which will give your stored clothes a boost of freshness. The IDV65 vented tumble dryer comes with a delay timer so you can schedule your load to start at a time that is more convenient for you, or even to take advantage of cheaper electricity rates. And running at only 69 dB, you don't have to worry about your machine making too much noise.