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Brand: White Knight / Capacity: 3 Kg / Power Source: Electric / Dryer Type: Home Dryer / Load Type: Front Loader / Design: Free-standing / Cool Down Feature: With Cool Down Feature / Overall Depth: 46.99 cm / Overall Height: 67 cm / Overall Width: 50 cm

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      07.04.2012 21:40
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      A great little tumble dryer that does a good job and did not break the bank to purchase. or to run.

      I always love a windy day so I can get the washing out on the line. When the weather is not too good we have used the conservatory and put the maiden up in there, but that has not always been a good idea as sometimes the clothes smell musty and have to go back in the wash. As a result we decided to get a tumble dryer and hope that they smelled OK when they came out, and that using it was not going to cost a fortune.

      I must admit I had not heard of White Knight when I started to look for a tumble dryer but I decided that as I knew absolutely nothing about the dryers in general it would be just as good as buying a more expensive model. It was not an item that I was going to be using all the time. As there are only the 2 of us the 3kg capacity is fine and I do tend to leave towels and sheets out of it anyway and wash them when I know I can get them out for a few hours at least. Fortunately for me it was not hard to use as I don't get on well with some machines and I was worried about shrinking things but so far that has not happened.

      I try to check what is in there every 10 minutes or so and love the feel of the clothes when they come out. Although this does not apply to cotton shirts there are a lot of things that come out of the dryer and don't need to be ironed.

      The filter is good and efficient and if not cleared regularly it will affect the ability of the dryer to dry properly and it is easy to tell this has happened as there is a warm draught in the extension when it is running properly.

      It is quite a small machine just measuring 47cm x 50cm x 66 cm and it has fitted into a small area that I thought was going to need to be blocked off. I have lost the manual so cant remember how much detail it went into.

      I don't use it often enough for it to add a great deal to the bill although it is rated as D for efficiency and that is not a good efficiency rating. It is not very loud when being used and the washing machine is actually much louder. I have had to go out and check that I have switched it on a few times as I can't hear it working.

      It only cost £135 so did not break the bank to begin with and it has lasted for 5 years already without any problems although as I mentioned I do not use it that often. I am glad I gave it a go despite the fact that I had not heard of the company before.

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      13.03.2012 23:35
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      An excellent and easy to maintain tumble dryer

      We had a (pretty useless) tumble dryer when we moved into this house fourteen months ago, it was an expensive model which unfortunately didn't live up to the standard I'd expected based on the brand and the price. A few weeks after moving in, and with a sicky eight week old, I decided enough was enough - I needed a reliable way to dry the dozens of babygrows I seemed to be washing every day and I fell back on my old favourite brand, White Knight after spotting a 'used once' ad on Gumtree. The drastically reduced price (and the fact it was located in the poshest area of Brum) convinced me to replace our dryer on a whim.

      Our previous White Knight tumble dryer had served us well for eight years, and is now serving my sister well after I stupidly gave it to her after buying the non-working one - it was bright yellow and quirkily fab, sadly the one I have now is plain white but despite this dull colour scheme it's excellent and has made my life (with four kids and an even muckier fella) much easier.

      The maximum capacity of the dryer is 3kg, this means nowt to me as I'm not in the habit of weighing my wet clothes but to give you an idea I'll say that it takes up to four tumble dryer loads to dry a single full load of washing from my 7kg machine. This obviously depends on what you're drying; this tumble dryer can dry most things quickly and thoroughly, but it's going to be slower at drying towels than knickers and t-shirts like any other machine.

      It's extremely easy to work the White Knight 37AW, well with just one knob (the timer) and a flicky switch that does no more than set the heat to 'high' or 'low' you haven't got to be a brain surgeon to dry a load of clothes. Although funnily enough, Mark hasn't managed to work it out yet... I keep mine set constantly to 'high' as anything that would need a higher setting are dried over the radiators or outside in the summer - the high setting will usually give me a dry load of washing within 30 minutes, 45 if I'm drying jeans or other thick items. You have to be careful not to over-load the dryer as you'll end up with a load of 'damp' washing; I did just that tonight and can confirm that three pairs of baby trousers, two baby jumpers, a mans wooly (but thin) jumper, three pairs of knickers, nine socks (yes, nine), two t-shirts, two babygrows, two pairs of boxer shorts, a mans hoody, a pair of girls tights and a tea towel is too much. I think it was the thick hoody that broke the camels back because as soon as I took that out the rest of the load was dry in ten minutes - you can tell sometimes when you're putting too much in, and I had a feeling this load wasn't going to dry properly.

      The filter picks up lots of fluff from the clothes and needs clearing at least every couple of loads, this isn't a hassle as the fluff comes away in a compacted lump but every now and again I give the filter a wash in hot soapy water to remove any dust that has escaped the regular clearing sessions. Washing the filter is easy to do as there are no nooks or crannies to have to clean, it will be air dry in a few minutes and ready to pop back into the dryer - removing it is a simple case of lifting the plastic framed filter out and then pushing it back in again when it's dry, no fiddliness or faffing at all. That's about the extent of work involved in maintaining this tumble dryer, apart from the general wipe over it gets when I'm cleaning the room.

      The hose which is supplied is a little short, but I bought a ventilation kit as I was planning to use it too far away from any windows and it wasn't possible to cut a ventilation hole in the outside wall. The hose slots snugly into the back of the tumble dryer and no dust ever leaks from this end - unfortunately the non-White Knight ventilation kit isn't so reliable and I get bits of fluff attach itself to the wall next to the dryer, obviously this isn't ideal but it's nothing a daily wipe down won't solve. Aside from the back of the dryer and the glass (plastic?) door no aspect of it gets hot - the door wouldn't cause a burn and feels soothingly warm to the touch, but the back does get very hot sometimes after prolonged use so I'd watch if you have small children that they're not going to reach around to touch the metal.

      This tumble dryer has an energy efficiency rating of D, which isn't great actually although I can't say I've noticed a leap in my electricity bills since replacing my B rated dryer. According to Comet the energy consumption is 1.86 kWh/cyc - make of that what you will! I find the tumble dryer very quiet, even loading and running it at night when the house is (relatively) still isn't a problem as far as noise is concerned and once the utility room door is closed I can't hear it at all. The dimensions of the tumble dryer are 67cm (height), 50cm (width) and 47cm (depth), which makes it fairly compact compared to other vented dryers and therefore easier to slot into smaller kitchens/utility rooms.

      The final thing to say is that this (like most) tumble dryer is excellent at de-creasing clothing, meaning anything you pull out is not likely to need ironing. Fantastic news in my opinion as I loathe ironing so it's great to be able to take the clothes out and fold them up to put away straightaway - this is best done immediately as the dryer finishes its cycle, but beware of hot zips and buttons as despite the fact that the dryer supposedly features a 'final cool spin' I don't think this works very well and have burned myself a few times on metal clothing attachments!

      I'm completely happy with this tumble dryer and think I had a bargain at £55, even at the full price of £129 (Amazon) I'd be happy to buy it again. I doubt I'll have to any time soon as the previous White Knight dryer has had such an excellent life span, but from now on White Knight is definitely the way forward.

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        17.10.2011 11:34
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        British Made Tumble Dryer

        Introduction

        A Tumble Dryer along with a Washing Machine were at the top of my 'things to buy' list when I recently moved into my new home and much time was spent on-line looking at the choices available. I decided from the outset that I didn't want a combination Washer/Dryer as I've always had the niggling doubt that if something should go wrong with either the Washer or Dryer parts of the machine then it also takes the other half out of action, plus I had the cost consideration to bear in mind too. I live alone now so any washing that I do have is just mine and any clothes/bedding/towels that I need to wash and dry don't mount up into massive loads so something that was suitable for a single person was what I was looking for and whilst not the cheapest option available to me I ended up settling for the subject of this review, the White Knight 37AW vented tumble dryer.

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        British manufacturers, White Knight offer a variety of Tumble dryers at varying prices and the 37AW is at the cheaper end of the scale with this particular model retailing for around £130.00. I bought mine on-line for £116.00 which I thought was a great price and it was delivered a couple of days after I ordered it. It's a small machine in dimension measuring 67cm in height, 50cm in width and 47cm in depth so finding room for it in a kitchen/utility room shouldn't be too troublesome and it easily fitted under one of my kitchen counters with plenty of room to spare. Stylistically speaking this is a basic machine, it comprises a front loading drum, timer dial and a heat setting switch along with a removable filter and being a vented machine the 37AW comes complete with a vent kit.

        It has a maximum capacity of 3Kgs and is rated "D" for energy efficiency which is pretty much the standard for tumble dryers anyway and on the underside of the back of the machine are 2 small wheels which allow it to be moved around with very little effort. The 37AW is simple to use, just load it up with damp clothes from the washing machine, set the counter dial for as long as you want it to dry for, select if you want a gentle or high heat and then just close the door and leave it to tumble dry whatever it is you have put in there. Easy.

        So what's it like in operation?

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        I've never owned a tumble dryer before so I didn't know how noisy they were or if they were any good in all honesty, because I have no washing line at my disposal in my new place and the radiators in my rooms are too small to hold a decent amount of clothes I knew I needed to buy a dryer and I don't think I could have got much better for the money than the 37AW. I was surprised the first time I used it at just how quiet it actually is in operation with the machine making a gentle hum as it dried the clothes I had loaded into its drum and having used it several times now I just think it gets better and better every time I use it.

        I love its simplicity, there's nothing complicated about this model and all I have to do is set the countdown timer and select the heat setting I want and I can just leave the machine alone. The door makes a reassuring 'clunk' when it is closed and the catch feels sturdy, the whole machine feels well made and whilst it is basic in appearance it does exactly what I want from a tumble dryer and it does it well. I have to have my dryer near to a window so I can hang the end of the vent out of it and moving the dryer around is very easy thanks to its wheels. It's not an ideal situation for me having a vented tumble dryer and until I bought this I didn't know the difference between a vented one and a "condenser" and whilst I do wish I had gone for a condenser model the fact that I can easily move the 37AW around is a definite plus point. That said, the vent hose that does come supplied with the machine is a bit on the short side so do be aware that it doesn't stretch very far, if you're going to connect your machine to a fixed air vent then it shouldn't cause any problems but if you're like me and have to use a window or the front door then it can be on the tricky side to get it positioned in the right place. The vent hose does fit firmly onto the back of the machine though and stays in place throughout the drying process and it does feel sturdy and of good quality so the fact that it is rather short is a shame really but certainly not a reason for anyone not to buy this particular model.

        I can't compare the drying time to other models as I haven't owned a dryer before but I am impressed at how quickly the 37AW is at drying the items I put inside it. Cotton mix clothes take around 20 minutes to dry on the highest heat setting (after having a second spin in my washing machine to get as much water out as possible) and towels take around 30-40 minutes. I never mix fabrics in the dryer so always dry my towels separately and I think that this is probably the best thing to do as I would imagine that adding anything too heavy to cotton mix clothing would only extend the overall drying time. 3Kgs as a maximum load is plenty for me and the things I need to dry although perhaps a bit low for anyone with a large family so do bear that in mind if you are looking for a tumble dryer and are considering this model.

        Overall though I have no complaints with the White Knight 37AW and it has proven itself to be an invaluable purchase which I now would hate to be without. It makes washing days easy as far as I'm concerned, I can load up the machine with my damp clothes and leave it to dry them in a relatively short time and for the money I spent I can't be too critical over the short vent hose. It's easy to move around, emits a gentle hum whilst drying and best of all it doesn't fill my kitchen with condensation (something that I was afraid might happen after reading reviews on other vented models). Because I live alone I can't say how this would operate in a busy family environment and in all honesty this model might be a little on the small side for a family, however if you're single or just in a couple and need a tumble dryer that doesn't take up much space then this one should definitely be one to take a look at.

        The White Knight 37AW comes with a 12 month warranty, is British made as mentioned earlier in this review and is widely available on-line and from me gets an excellent 4 star rating. Definitely recommended as far as I'm concerned, thanks for reading my review.

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          06.08.2010 12:32
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          I bought the White knight 37AW because with three children I needed a tumble dryer, but I don't have a lot of space available. This tumble dryer is a very compact machine (h470 w500 d670 mm)
          which easily fitted into the very small space I had available.

          It has a capacity of 3kg so it does take two loads to dry one load from my washing machine, which is ok because it does dry my clothes very quickly. There is a timer which will give you 120 minutes of drying time, although I have never needed this much time to dry a load it is normally dry within half an hour unless it is jeans or towels then it would normally take around an hour.

          There are two heat settings so you can also dry more delicate clothes, and the last few minutes of drying automatically go to a gentler heat. There is a filter inside the front door which does fill up quite quickly and needs to be emptied probably after every other load, but this is easy to do it just simply lifts out.

          This is a vented machine so it has a tube which lets the moisture escape you can either put this tube through a hole in the wall or through a window or door or you can buy a box which will condense it for you, I bought one of these for about £10. However I do find the room still gets hot so I open the window as well.


          This review is also on ciao.

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          26.05.2010 22:46
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          Great small dryer fits in small places, cheap, takes alot of clothing and is very quiet.

          A dryer has become a must now in our household, even though there is only 4 of us having one with a baby and toddler-and a man who likes to leave things until the last minute to be washed and dried-I dont think I could not have one now.

          We were given a very old but very large one when we moved into our home and used for everything. When it broke we HAD to get a new one and found this White Knight one on Additions.co.uk. It was new on there site so no reviews for it but it was in our price range. We paid £100 for it. It was a risk we had to take about the size of it. Going from a large one to a 3kg one was worrying but it was the best risk we took!

          The drier is very compact it fits nicely into a random gap we have in our kitchen next to our washer-fab as now I dont have to drag clean clothes up the kitchen and it makes use of the gap and is out the way.

          It is SO quiet. One thing we never realised with our old one was how noisy it was -you had to shout when it was on but this one you do forget is on.

          It is vented so you have to find somewhere for the vent hose to go preferably in one of the tubs they do for this or out a door as it does get very warm when its on, dampens the floor and fluff comes out!
          At the front of the drier-when the doors open there is a filter that needs emptying preferably after each load. it does hold alot though.

          It has a timer on it-120 minutes and 2 heat settings. Before it finishes it does go through a cool down which is supposed to stop/minimalise creasing but if you overfill it this doesnt work!

          I can happily squeeze in a big washer full of washing but doing this results in very creased clothes. If I halve my washing up and dry in 2 loads the clothes come out not very creased.
          It fits in bedding and towels also -a main worry of ours before we bought.

          It dries very fast, is very quiet, small for convenience and a great price.

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          26.03.2010 14:46
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          Great time saving machine.

          The amount of laundry produced in our house has slowly crept up on me, without me really noticing too much. First there was just the two of us, not too much washing there, and only one lot of bed linen to wash per week. Then came baby 1, a few babygrows and cot blankets extra, but nothing I couldn't handle. Then Baby 2. By this time, baby 1 was a toddler and I had all his stuff, plus ours, plus an extra load of bedlinen, plus all of baby 2's babygrows and vests. Stll, I seemed to absorb the extra work without noticing. I did start noticing when baby 3 came along though, because by now I was doing a couple of washloads a day and wet washing was hanging off every chair and radiator in the house, making the place a bit damp. It was at this point I decided I needed a tumble dryer.


          There was a lot of choice available, vented or condenser, compact or full size? And then there is the colour to consider! I looked through all the options available, and decided to opt for the cheapest and smallest, the White knight 37AW, because I reasoned I probably wouldn't be using it that much, right?


          The White Knight 37AW is a compact white tumble dryer. It measures 470 X 500 X 670 mm (h x w x d), so it is a perfect size for slotting into a small area of the kitchen or utility room. My neighbour keeps hers in the shed! It is white.


          The dryer is really easy to use. it is a front loading machine, and has a door with a catch that you just flip open. The door doesn't lock when you are drying laundry, so you can open it at any time to see how the load is progressing. When you open the door, the machine automatically stops, and restarts again when you shut the door.


          At the front of the machine are two simple controls. the one on the right is a flip switch that lets you choose a hot or a cool cycle. Generally I choose the cooler setting, because i don't want all my clothes to shrink, but if I'm drying towels or sheets I tend to blast them on the hot setting.
          The dial on the left allows you to control how much time the laundry is in for. It goes up to 120 minutes, but I have never needed to use it for that long. I tend to find 30-40 minutes in adequate to get everything dry. The cycle has a final cool down tumble feature at the end of the cycle.


          There is a filter at the front of the dryer that collects the lint and fluff from the clothes. You need to clean this regularly, which is really easy. you just pull away the lint and bin it or compost it, if you are being eco friendly and the fibres are natural. It is said that Mrs Thatcher enjoyed emptying the lint from her tumble dryer!


          The dryer is vented, which means all the moist air goes down a plastic pipe.when I bought the drier, I has nowhere to vent it, as the tube did not reach the window. I bought a condensing kit for about £10 from Amazon, but it didn't really work very well and the moist air fogged up the windows. We later got a builder to but a vent hole in the outside wall and now the tube is vented directly through the wall to outside. No more foggy windows!


          The machine retails between £99 and £129,depending where you get it from. I have had it several years and it has never broken down or given me any trouble. When I get shirts out of the machine, they are usually smooth and don't need ironing if I hang them up straight away, so extra bonus there! I don't know how I ever coped without it. it is a great, reliable little machine. The load capacity is 3kg, as it is only a compact machine. I don't find the machine particularly noisy. It is certainly quieter than a washing machine and gently hums in the background.
          Energy rating D.

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            good for flats or homes short on space.

            Well, this compact tumble dryer had been a part of our household for over 4 years. We paid £80 for it but this was a deal from curry's as we purchased our washing machine at the same time. I think they retail at around £90 - £110 today.
            It has served our 2 person household very well. Its drying ability was ample for an average load of lightweight clothes and with its load capacity of 3 kilo grams there was more than enough space. When it came to heavier items such as bed sheets, jeans or towels however we did find the load had to be split into two or three or they just did not dry thouroughly, leading to the terrible damp musty smell gracing our freshly laundered items.
            The dryer has two heat settings and a timer which has an automatic cool setting in the last 20 mintues of the cycle.
            Being compact meant we were able to fit the dryer into a small under stairs cupboard, where it was easily accessed. The filter is stored inside the dryer and is easily accessed once the door is opened which enables cleaning quick and easy. The dimentions make this dryer a desirable product for a small flat or for those who are pressed for space. It is built to be tough and sturdy and withstood us using the top of the dryer for storage boxes.
            This dryer started off very quiet in noise but as it neared the end of its life it started to get louder, it was bearable but noticabley louder in the last 6 months.
            After 4 years of hard work, this dryer has now come to the end of its life for us. The price we paid for it and the service we have received has, we feel, been value for money.

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            Europe's largest independent tumble dryer manufacturer / As the tumble dryer specialists the company has the experience and resources to produce over 600 000 units per year / Sold throughout 75 countries across the globe every unit is produced utilising Crosslee's manufacturing excellence to ensure that every client receives the highest quality dryers time and time again / Features include: Uni Directional Tumble 2 Heat settings 120 Minute timer Rear Vent Kit Mobility wheels Final cool down tumble Softline styling Light and easily manoeuvrable Low noise level Dimensions: 47cm deep x 50cm wide x 67cm high This versatile compact machine with a 3kg capacity is the perfect choice for the smaller house or flat where space is at a premium / Light and easily manoeuvrable the 37AW compact benefits from a host of features including a rear vent outlet with separate venting hose if required / Short name: White Knight 37AW