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Does the job well, but may cost more in the long run!
Member Name: Buttonz
Advantages: Condenses water meaning no pipes
Disadvantages: Heating element burns out too easily
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.
Summary: Does the job, but could be better.