“ Brand: White Knight / Capacity: 6 Kg / Power Source: Electric / Stackable: Not Stackable / Dryer Type: Home Dryer / Load Type: Front Loader / Design: Free-standing / Quiet Mode: With Quiet Mode / Cycles: 13.23 Cycles / Overall Depth: 53 cm / Overall Height: 89 cm / Overall Width: 86 cm / Colour: White / Type: Integrated / „
I purchased this White Knight 43AW Tumble Dryer a few years back from Curry's for around £200. It is currently for sale on the Amazon website for £193, Sonic Direct for £189, Debenhams for £222, and BHS Direct for £222. It is widely available online and from high street stores, so it is worth looking around and comparing prices.
* Construction: Freestanding
* Control of Drying: Timer Control
* Display of Remaining Time: No
* Energy Consumption in kWh at 1400 RPM: unknown
* Energy Consumption in kWh at 800 rpm: 4
* Energy Efficiency: C
* Energy Savings Trust Feature: No
* Heating System: Electric (incl. Heat Pump)
* Height in cm: 89
* Maximum Loading Capacity in kg: 6
* Start Delay Option: No
* Type: Ventilation
* Type of Loading: Front
* Width in cm: 59.6
Installing and Size
The Tumble Dryer was fairly easy to install (which my partner managed to do within 30 minutes or so) and also a good size with a width of 59.6 cm and a height of 89 cm, which fit perfectly into the available gap in our laundry room, which to be honest is quite small in size therefore having a tumble dryer of this size was very handy. It has a nice white glossy finish that gives it a modern appearance and would easily go with almost any housing colour scheme. It needs to have access to a hose when fitted to ensure drainage is done via the hose and outside. It comes with adjustable legs that also aided the fitting process and allows the height of the machine to be adjusted.
The White Knight 43AW Tumble Dryer has a simple white plastic finish and looks like most other tumble dryers to be honest. It has a door at the front with a white coloured frame and a transparent window to view the tumble drying process. The interior is made from metal material with large holes scattered around for sufficient ventilation. The door has a plastic handle that that allows for easy opening and closing, however it does not have a locking mechanism. Having a young nephew and niece around the house (who seem to love playing with washing machine and tumble dryer dials and buttons) this was a little worrying, but we mostly keep the laundry door shut and locked to avoid any mishaps.
How to Use
The tumble dryer is simple to use, and after a quick glance of the instructions I was able to tumble dry some towels and items in no time. There are two settings to choose from one for cotton materials and the other for lighter delicate materials such as acrylic. The front circular door is easy to open with a gentle pull of the small integrated handle. Once items are inserted such as towels etc close the door until a clicking sound is heard to ensure the door is securely closed and simple to adjust the settings for the required fabrics, which is done via turning dial to adjust the time for the chosen fabrics. This is clearly labelled and easy to understand without having to keep glancing back to the instruction manual.
Is it Noisy?
Once switched on and in motion the machine isn't that noisy, in fact if the utility door is shut the noise isn't that loud. If stood in the same room then the noise is obvious, but when the laundry room door is closed the noise isn't that disturbing that you would have to turn up your music or tv volume!.
It has a 6kg load capacity which is very economical and has a more than enough room for tumble drying a reasonable amount of items. It has venting area located on the top area of the machine to enable sufficient venting and faster drying. It also has interior venting mechanism to boost the drying process and reduce time of cycle.
I found that my thick towels and small dish towels are dried within approx 30 minutes which I think is quite fast in my opinion. The come out feeling dry and looking fresh, and basically exactly the way would you want! If taken out immediately then I find clothing items can be ironed quicker if which is always a plus! If there is delay the items will likely get more crinkled and need the usual ironing time. Of course this isn't an issue with towels and dish cloths so I usually take them out at the end of the day.
There is a filter that needs to be removed after each use, it is a filter that is located near the interior drum and is easy to remove. The filter should be cleaned and bits removed before reinserting into the machine.
Overall I haven't had any bad experiences with this tumble dryer, it does its job well and fairly quickly as well. It's also more economical to use, and very straightforward to operate. Therefore I would give this a rating of 5/5 and would highly recommend it.
My last tumble dryer completely packed in on me in June this year and I have tried to be good and use the washing line and airers but after the episode last week when at 9.30pm I realised my eleven year old son had PE the following day and had "forgot" (in other words I had not walked behind him nagging enough) to put it in the washing basket and it was now thick with mud, I realised it was going to be a nightmare to get it clean and dry for the following day, washing it was not a problem I've got a handy machine that does that but it certainly was not going to dry on the washing line at 11pm in the middle of November meaning the central heating was on nearly all night in my house that already felt like a greenhouse.
The very next morning I went straight onto the internet to buy a tumble dryer, the problem I had was my kitchen has all integrated appliances and my tumble dryer was made by the now defunct MFI, so whatever I bought had to fit in with the door and venting system that was already there.
Luckily I happened upon the White Knight 43AW on Ebay, it looked virtually identical to my old one. It arrived on Saturday morning was expertly fitted by me (I could not stand to wait for my husband to arrive home from work and then start ranting and raving while trying to fit it, patience is not one of his virtues) and wow I am so impressed with it it is quiet you can hardley hear it is on, was so easy to fit, has a standard 6kg load capacity and best of all a load of towels only took 45 mins to dry from wet. It is rated C for energy efficiency not the best but acceptable, to me anyway.
The dryer has two settings one for heavy materials such as cottons and the other for light materials such as acrylics. It has a reversible door and your kitchen door can be hung either way too, it looks smart with the only bit visible to the eye when fitted correctly is the small vent at the bottom of the machine, which if you are fitting for the first time you have to cut a gap in your kickboards for.
The dryer also has a special cool down function for the final thirty minutes of the cycle which helps prevent creasing saving valuable time usually spent ironing, it also has an auto cut off function which means when the clothes are dry it turns off to prevent overheating the clothes inside the machine.
Overall all an excellent buy and a perfect replacement for anybody who has a broken MFI dryer.
I always swore I'd never own a tumble dryer, being a little bit eco I always relied on a washing line or using folding airers. But mothers in law are mothers in law, aren't they? Mine thought that by line drying her thirty one year old baby's jeans I was somehow depriving him, or not showing him enough respect, or something, so she bought me one. If it weren't for the fact she visits us I'd have sold it. And as it was there I figured I may as well use it...
It's very good. It's quiet, energy efficient, and dries clothes quickly. It doesn't 'toast' the clothes like my mum's always used to, either. It's got two heat settings, one for bone dry if you want to put the clothes away, one for 'damp' dry if you need to iron the clothes first. A full load on full heat dries in less than one hour. The really clever thing is that it has a sensor and turns the heat off when your clothes are dry - usually you have to pay a lot more for that kind of feature.And it is also made in the UK, which makes it a rare beast in this day and age.
The only down side is that you have to pay extra for a kit to put a pipe on the back; otherwise it pushes the heat out through a vent in the front at the bottom. This means you either get a wet floor or you have to keep the kitchen door open.
The 43AW Integrated tumble dryer is specifically designed for those who wish to install a tumble dryer into their kitchen units / This exceptionally flexible, air vented dryer boasts a range of features such as adjustable legs to aid installation, a 6kg load capacity, two heat settings and a built in venting kit / It looks good too, making it an ideal asset for any home / Short name: White Knight 43AW