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Lets start with the all important specifications,
Drying Capacity kg 7 kg or 15.4lbs. The greater the capacity the more tumble drying you can do at any one time.
Energy Rating C. An alphabetical classification going from "A" to "G". An "A-Grade" Energy Efficient machine will save you money by using less electricity and water. OK, so it is not an 'A' or 'B' rating, but unless you want to pay a lot more for a dryer, then 'C' seems to be the industry standard.
Energy Consumption 5.11 kwh. This indicates the power or electrical consumption of the appliance. The lower the figure the less electricity it uses.
Condenser - YES. Do not need venting though an outside wall and is therefore often better for those where space is a concern.
Reverse Action - YES. The drum rotates in both directions to help untangle clothes and prevent creases, making ironing easier.
Fluff Filter - YES. Collects lose fibres from your clothes and fabrics.
Colour - White or silver.
Stacking option - YES. A stacking kit can be purchased so the dryer can be stacked safely with a washing machine, saving valuable space.
Timer - YES, up to 160 minutes.
Final cool tumble - YES. For reduced creasing and easier ironing. Sounds good to me - I hate ironing. My wife won't let me near an iron as I'm so terrible at it.
Drying Temperatures - 2. High heat and low heat, simple as that.
Measurements - this particular model is what is known as a standard size.
Height 850 mm
Width 595 mm
Depth 584 mm
Front of machine.
Top left is the water container. This is much better than our previous dryer which had the container at the bottom and was accessed via removal of a grill. Here you simply pull it out, there's no bending down which is good if you have mobility problems.
Printed on the machine is a drying guide so there is no need to keep pulling the instructions out.
It has a 'empty water' light to say when the container is full, though it is recommended to empty it after every cycle. The container is rectangular and not too heavy even when full.
A heat button - pressed in for High heat and out for low. Basically use 'high' for cottons and 'low' for synthetics and acrylics.
A start button - just press it to start!!
A timer knob - this sets the drying time, and is rotated clockwise.
At the bottom, hidden behind a panel is the condenser and filter. The condenser is removed by simply releasing three catches and pulling out. It is recommended that it is cleaned and rinsed under a tap once a month to maintain optimum efficiency.
The door is opened by pressing and releasing the front panel when indicated by a hand sign. Inside, at the front, you will find a plastic blue fluff filter that is removed by easily pulling out via two finger grips. It is an easy task then to clean any fluff deposits from the filter mesh. We tend to do this after every use, as it's amazing how much fluff comes off.
During the drying programme, you can check on the laundry and take out items that are dry while others continue drying. When you close the door, just press the 'start' button to resume drying.
About 10 minutes before the programme is completed, it enters the final 'cool tumble' phase where the fabrics are cooled.
Drying times. Just so you can make a comparison with other models, I'll give a couple of examples,
Cottons - high heat - say 3kg (half load) takes 55 - 70 minutes. A full (7kg) load 120 -140 minutes.
Synthetics - low heat - Half load - 50 -70 minutes. Full load 70 -90 minutes.
Acrylics - low heat - Half load 40 -60 minutes. Full load 55 -75 minutes.
The machine is made by Indesit and comes with a twelve month warranty with an option to extend. The instruction manual is so simple even I, a man, can understand and follow them. It also contains a trouble-shooting guide and contact numbers.
We've used the machine from new since 28 August 2008 and are very impressed with its drying time and capacity and have encountered no problems thus far.
It is extremely cheap for a condenser dryer (as opposed to a vented), and can be purchased for as little as £165.10 from Pixmania (plus delivery). As always, the silver version is more expensive, but you can pick that up for £205 (free delivery) from Whitebox.co.uk.
In terms of noise, I don't find it too bad and is certainly no louder than similar models.
When you've children, as we have, and the British weather, a tumble dryer is a necessary evil. On my experience so far, I would definitely recommend this.
This dryer replaced my compact model which was a donation from my mum and had been going for over 30 years. Wow have things changed! This dries without the fear that it might take off!! I can run it at night without expecting it to raise the dead, and as this is a condenser rather than a vented machine, the kitchen no longer feels like a sauna and there isn't a layer of fluff on every surface.
It has a huge capacity, easily takes a full load of wet towels and has a decent timer doing a maximum of 160 mins. It fits in a double duvet which has been a godsend with the lousy weather we've had this year. Plus the fluff filter catches everyones loose change and I'm getting richer by the load!
My only complaint is that the door opens at the slightest pressure, not great when you have a curious toddler. The machine stops automatically when the door opens, but I still feel that this is potentially dangerous and would be happier with a model with a childlock on whilst monster munch is at this curious stage.
Oh and because it dries so fast I can't keep up with putting the laundry away... as the profile pic shows!
The technical info:
7 kg/15.4lb Drying Capacity
5.11kwh energy consumption
2 Drying Temperatures
C Energy Rating
Final cool tumble Condenser Reverse Action Fluff Filter
A stacking kit can be purchased so that this machine can be stacked on top of your washing machine to save floor space.
850mm high, 595mm wide, 584mm deep.
Noise level 62Db
£200.05 from Dixons August 2008.
Short name: Indesit IS70CS