“ Brand: Indesit / Capacity: 6 Kg / Power Source: Electric / Stackable: Stackable / Dryer Type: Home Dryer / Load Type: Top Loader / Cycles: 17 Cycles / Energy Efficient: Without Energy Efficient / Overall Depth: 60 cm / Overall Height: 85 cm / Overall Width: 45 cm „
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There's nothing like drying your clothes on a washing line out in the open air, but alas, we live in a country where this is not always possible. Some people opt for radiators, others for tumble dryers, and I have known people use their microwaves (I'll save that story for another review!)
We have opted for the tumble dryer approach. I have always been used to tumble dryers having a huge pipe running from the rear that if wasn't directed outside, would create a sauna in your house, eventually causing dampness etc. This meant that you either had to have a window or door open, or a special hole in your wall. With a condenser none of this is a problem, although it can still cause the room to heat up a little.
This dryer heats air from within the drum and passes it through the clothes, as the hot air is pumped out it takes with it moisture, which when it hits the outside of the drum where it is cooler, condenses the water and drains away to a collection tray at the top of the machine, this happens in a continous loop. The tray holds 5kg of water? Not sure why its not in litres as 1 litre is approx 1kg anyway.
Once the tray gets full an orange light illuminates on the front of the machine letting you know it needs emptying. It is also supposed to stop the machine from working, but we have found that this only works if you have opened the door and then tried to swtich it on again, otherwise the dryer will continue to work, but not generate any heat. This has burnt our element out...twice! Costing approx £30 for a replacement each time, which is pretty easy to fit yourself, but still quite costly when the machine costs over £200. After replacing the element the first time, and then buying none branded replacements, I saw absolutely NO difference in the quality of the element, so either indesit are using cheap components or its standard for the elements to burn out after 6 months!?
The front loading drum holds 7kg, but loading it up with 2 'half' loads takes considerably less time than one 'full' load. This may be due to the method of the hot air being passed through and getting air between the items? A good point about the drum is that it alternates its rotation, both clockwise and anti-clockwise and this changes automatially mid-cycle. This seems to help with less tangles, especially seeing as I wash my aprons etc at home.
There is a timer control on the front of the machine which goes up to 160 minutes in 10 minute increments (starting from 20), as well as a cooling setting. Based on approx 3kg of damp clothing, you can expect to dry it in about 50 minutes using the low heat setting, the button can also be found on the front of the machine. A little note about the low heat/high heat setting - our machine is in a lean to (poor mans conservatory) and whenever we have used it on high heat setting it seems to trip the electric in there. There is nothing wrong with the electrics out there, so not sure why that could be? That said, the dryer works really well on the low heat setting, thus helping the environment...
Which leads me on nicely to my next point, this has an energy rating of C, with A being the most energy efficient and G being the least. As far as dryers go this is pretty standard.
As with most dryers, it doesn't take long for the fluff to build up. There is a filter which is easy to remove and discard the build up, however, there is often a lot of build up around the seal of the door which can be difficult and time consuming to remove, and can easily stick to damp clothes on the way in to the dryer!
To summarise, this is a much better way of drying that a traditional vented dryer, but I feel the fact it has cost us another £60+ to keep it going seems to let it down.
i got this machine at the xmas sales, i bought it due to having no air vent for a traditional dryer and having to put the hose either out the window or the door meaning one of the two has to be open and during the winter months when you use the machine it makes the house cold and then cost more in heating. So we went for a condensing, the tumble dryer itself looks nice, easy to use, big water capacity for what it pulls out the clothes and every month ou've got to clean the cooling system, but not a bit job at all, 2 minutes worth of work. I must say that having now bought one i'm not a massive fan of this type of tumbler, it does take a long long time to dry your clothes compared to a vented, it is generally quicker to put the clothes straight onto the radiator. If you have to have one,i do think this is a good buy, indesit is a good name, and is the main brand used by the company that also own hotpoint, but you pay more for a hotpoint name. it is not ecomonical at all, Cat C energy wise and the time the machine is one is sometimes silly, therefore costing asmae fortune. If i could have knocked a hole for a vented i would have done that, the machines are cheaper, easier to fix if it does go wrong, and save you money as dry things quicker.
I purchased this tumble dryer just over a year ago. I chose this machine because I am very limited for space and unable to locate the machine near a window. My previous non condensor machine was in my back porch with the hose out the window but the roof has sprung a leak so I can no longer locate the dryer there.
The description above says;
Capacity: 6 Kg - mine is 7 Kg
Load Type: Top Loader - mine is Front Loader
The Indesit IS70C has 2 heat settings High & Low. Beware the Low Heat setting is hot so you don't want to be putting delicates that want a cool tumble in there. Unless of course you want to shrink them to give to your kids.
The good - It warms the kitchen up nicely in the Winter. In the Summer I do the drying in the evening when it starts to get chilly.
Being a Condenser dryer you can put it anywhere there is an electric socket and it does not have to be put near a window for the outlet hose. It requires a space of 10mm above the machine and 15mm to the sides. The door opening is reversible. If placed near a drain, the machines water drain can be plumbed into the drain saves having to empty the water container but to be honest, emptying the container is no big deal. I empty mine about every third load.
To open the door - easy just press and release the front panel.
The Drying Guide is on the water container drawer front top left. Moving right across the panel is the Indesit Logo then the Water Warning Light, Heat Control Button, Start Button and the Timer Knob.
Cleaning - Easy
The fluff filter is easy to get out, remove fluff and replace.
The water container located at the front top left is easy to pull out, empty the water and replace. If you forget to empty it between dryings there is an indicator light on the front of the machine will light up when it needs emptying to remind you.
The Condenser Unit located at the front bottom right is easy to get out, flush through with water to remove fluff and replace.
The bad - Very noisy and takes twice as long to dry clothes than a non Condensor dryer. The Low Heat setting is too hot for a lot of clothes. This machine does not have reverse action so the clothes can get really tangled and creased. Drying sheets, you end up with a ball thats dry on the outside but when you unravel the sheets, very damp and very creased in the middle. I usually interrupt the drying and untangle a couple of times. Sometimes the clothes come out with fluff on.
All in all, I would not recommend this machine. I would suggest getting one with reverse action. I will be checking out dooyoo for recommendations when the time comes to replace this machine.
Short name: Indesit IS70C