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My husband bought this for me as a surprise, shortly after the birth of our eldest daughter in 2009. I was actually pleased - I think he bought it as he was quite fed up of having no clean clothes for work, I now have no excuse as I have the tumble dryer!
It is a front loading rear vented tumble dryer made by White Knight. The dimensions are 850mm (Height) x 596mm (Width) x 530mm (Depth). It is very basic to look at and very easy to use. It has a large drying capacity of 6kg. There is a removable fluff filter, at the front of the dryer which is easy to remove and clean. The machine is supplied with the venting hose kit already assembled. The energy rating for this machine is C. It comes with an instruction manual which I haven't had to refer to as it is so easy and straight forward to use.
This was bought from a local independent household appliance centre for around £130. At the moment, this is available on the Curry's website for £149.99.
The tumble dryer is kept in our shed, my husband made a hole at the back of the shed for the vent hose to go out of. There are 2 temperature settings on this machine, high or low. And then a dial for the time setting. And two buttons 'Start' or 'Stop'. The machine stops when you open the door and then to make it start again, you have to press the 'Start' button.
I have been using the tumble dryer almost daily lately, I find it is very useful on keeping on top of the laundry mountain and it cuts down on ironing time!
The only negative point I can think of is that the tumble dryer is quite noisy but you do get used to it after a while.
In my opinion this is an efficient, good value for money tumble dryer which is reliable and easy to use.
We have had this product for 2 years and we only use in the cold season due to not being able to hang washing out during the winter months, we have found that the product has an ample drum for most peoples needs due to it has 6kg capacity and the majority of washing machine drums take a 5kg capacity.
I have found that with a full load you need to put on full heat for the whole time of the timer and if you used the low heat you usually need to put on for 2 hours plus
It does require constant cleaning of material particles in not only the filter but also the bit underneath the filter tends to become blocked easily.
Best ran on economy 7 if possible because it is a D rated machine and does consume a fair bit in the daytime rate.
We have found the timer on the unit can easily become stuck and requires a fair bit of lubrication to keep operable.
All in all it does what it should and without it we don't know where we would be, this unit can become quite noisy at times due to buckles, buttons and even the belt becoming detensioned
Living in a student property in an area of terraced housing in Leeds, hanging your washing out to dry in the nice outdoors is just something which is not an option. Thus, we had 2 choices, the first (which we tried) was to use maidens and attempt to dry the clothing on there. However, this soon became irritating and plain useless in the winter. It was a 7 bed house and heating it well enough to keep us warm and dry our clothing would have cost an arm and a leg. The landlord owed us some vouchers, so we decided to invest in this tumble dryer, and we didn't look back.
The dryer is nothing special to look at, but they are never going to be. It looks quite like your washing machine but is a little bit thinner. It certainly is not an eyesaw and will not look out of place amongst any of your other appliances. It has a nice big clear face so you can keep an eye on your clothing whilst its being dried.
It is nice and large in terms of what you can fit in. We have a Zanussi washer which is pretty standard and you can take a load directly out of there and place it into the tumble without much difficulty - this is obviously handy as it is annoying to do a number of loads. Be careful not to overpack though, as this is when shrinking can occur!
It takes about 50 minutes for my clothes to dry fully, depending on how full the load is and how heavy duty i am drying. If it is a towel, for example, then it will take a bit longer to be fully dry, but it still does not take too long.
We got this for £149.99 with some vouchers but i believe it is now a lot cheaper on the net, and is a bit of a good budget buy!
Good budget dryer that does the job and is well worth a purchase - nothing bad or negative to report in my experience.
First off. How many dryers are there?! When I had to choose a basic dryer I did not know what to pick.. and what any of these terms mean like condenser dryer, spin dry, vented dryer..I just thought you put your wet clothes in and it dried them basically!
Things that led me to the White Knight brand are by word of mouth, they generally felt a brand that wasn't too expensive, but did give you what you wanted. They have also been in the business for a long time, and I guess from experience they do listen to customer feedback on previous products.
Cost--> Cost tends to be something I write about first, but I think it can be the difference between you reading all my review and not. If its £1000 for example - who wants to read ahead, but luckily this one isn't. It retails around £125, but I have seen it all over the internet from £110 (amazon/ebay) to £150 (your proper electronic shops). For the quality you get from it, it is worth this money I believe.
How big --> For this I meant 'how many clothes can you fit in?' and I would have to comment quite a lot! This probably doesn't help, so in rough terms think about 5 wet BIG bath towels (not the standard sized ones but the ones slighter bigger).
How long will my clothes take to dry --> Something I do notice with this tumble dryer is, although fairly quiet which is always a benefit, clothes that are taken straight from a washing machine (on a full load) will probably need about 100 minutes, to be nicely dry. But don't take my word for it precisly, but it on about 40-60, and just keep on adding the minutes due to what you think.
A handy feature is the fact it tells you what 'category' of heatness and time to put your clothes on, which is handy - but not always correct!
The size of the unit itself isn't too large, but about the average you would expect for a tumble dryer/kitchen appliance of this type. The height is about 80 cm and width 60 cm.
For a good quality dryer that can sometimes take its time to dry.. this is a good buy.
We have recently been given this dryer in the student house that i live in and by all accounts this is very good tumble dryer.
In the past tumble dryers have had the tendency to be very loud, drowning out any other noise in the kitchen, which can be very annoying. However with this dryer, noise is not an issue. This dryer sits very quietly in my kitchen, without disturbing anyone. This was a problem in the past, keeping people awake on the bottom floor!
The handy feature on this machine, which makes drying easier is the 'gentle or high' setting. This allows bulky and non delicate items, such as towels, to be dried effectively on the 'high' setting. The dryer has a 6KG capacity so drying many towels at a time can be done. The gentle setting is ideal for a light loud. A dryer with a fast cycle can cause creasing and generally damage clothes, however with this dryer i have found this has never happened. This is aided by the fluff filter which helps clothes to become less damaged. I take full advantage of these two settings and think its a really good addition to the dryer.
The dryer also has a drying reference, meaning the cycle has reference points on it, making it easy to select the time needed for the fabrics being dried.
The dryer is retailed around £135 making it a very cheap dryer and with an energy rating of class C, will save you a lot on the energy bills.
The only neagtive point is that i find the drying reference to be in accurate as clothes can take a little bit longer to full dry than what it suggests.
All in all, a very good cheap tumble dryer.
I've always been the type of person who hangs the washing outside every day with the grim conviction that it will dry EVENTUALLY, or who drapes three million socks on the radiators to gently steam away, because tumble dryers are the work of the Devil, the resort of idle spoilt polluters of the planet.
But there's only so many panicked mornings you can cope with when there's no dry school uniforms & the condensation from the socks is streaming down the windows, so at last I gave in & bought a dryer, & my Lord, what a relief to have one!
The White Knight was first choice for being reasonably priced, and for its C energy rating, which seems quite respectable for a tumble dryer: all the dryers in the Argos book are C or D, for example. What really appealed to my inner Green is that the White Knight products are made in Halifax, just up the road from me, instead of being imported from miles away.
We've had the dryer about six years now and I can't fault it. You can set the dial for up to 140 min, although I find that half that time will get a load dry. I usually set it for 40 min and finish them off on the airer - old habits die hard!- which means I've never had to worry about delicates getting so hot that they shrink.
There are two heat settings, although I've only used the cool one once, to suck cat hair off a cardigan I wanted to wear (it worked pretty well!).
It's a vented dryer, so I used to trundle it across the floor & dangle the hose out of the window until we drilled a big hole in the outside wall, & now it vents straight into the garden. When switched on you can hear it runing but it's not excessively noisy by any means.
The motor switches off when you open the door and has to be started by hand when the door is shut again, so there's no danger of it working away with nothing in it.
It's a reverse action machine, which means the spin goes back the other way regularly to prevent clothes tangling themselves tighter and tighter.
All in all we're really pleased with the 44AW, and would definitely buy the same again.
As most people in Britain own a washing machine, many, like me, probably struggle to get there washing dry, especially with the glorious sunshine and top quality weather that is constantly warming our cheery faces, (that was sarcasm by the way), so the invention of the clothes/tumble dryer was a god send.
So when my old dryer suddenly decided to stop blowing hot air, whilst also gaining a sort of stutter, I decided to go on the hunt for another similar one, coming across a brand called White Knight.
But, to add to my confusion, I discovered that there are several types of dryers, such as spin dryers, which simply spin the clothes inside so fast that they eventually dry.
Then there's the condenser dryer, which passes warm air through the clothes and turns the heated air into water vapour sending the vapour into a storage hold, thus eliminating the need for ventilation
And then there's the traditional 'Air vented' dryer, which simply drags in the air from around it and heats it, sending it through the clothes to dry them, the expelled heated moisture needing to be ventilated via a hose.
It is actually one of the many Air vented dryers which I am reviewing here, in the shape of the rather heroically named 'White Knight 44AW', which I have now been using for some time now for drying my clothes, thanks to the Great British weather.
So we now know that the White Knight is not one of King Arthur's friends from the round table era, it is actually a little more useful than that, being a very helpful aid in the clothes drying process, which, in good old Great Britain, is something which is much needed indeed.
** TECHNICAL BITS...
* 6 KG, (13.2 lb) drying load
* C energy rating
* 4 kWh energy consumption
* Reverse action
* Fluff filter
* Vent hose from rear (supplied)
* 140 minute timer control
* 2 drying temperatures
* 20 minute final cooling.
** IN CONCLUSION...
Well, for what is just a means of drying your clothes then this White Knight is ideal for that, but if you're after something that will come to your rescue by riding along on horse back then this is definitely not for you.
This White Knight, (what at great name) has a good sized drying load and various settings to chose from, depending on the material you want to dry at the time.
The actually metal casing is not exactly small, being 850 by 600 by 530 mm in size, although it is light enough to stack on top of a worktop or even a washing machine, to save on floor space.
The circular door is of a good size to aid in the stuffing of damp clothes into the tumbler, the machine stopping when the door is opened and not starting again until the door is closed and the restart button, on the front of the unit, is pressed.
The hose, which is supplied, comes from the rear and is of a good length to allow for adequate ventilation through an extractor fan or even an open window.
The timer goes up to over two hours, going through four processes, cotton, polyester, acrylic and the final twenty minutes of what they call 'freshen up', which basically means blowing cooler air through so as to cool the clothes down before the end, this helps in checking whether the clothes are still damp or not, as sometimes warm clothes can seem to feel damp.
And the cleaning of the filter is simplicity in it's self, it is just a matter of lifting it from the slots just inside the door and gently pulling away the 'fluff and stuff', before sliding it back into place.
I do realise that there are many tumble dryers on the market of many shapes and sizes, and many price ranges, and choosing one does depend on many factors, such as the size of the room in which the dryer is to be housed and the price you are willing to pay for something that is going to cost you every time you put it on, although at 4 Kilowatts per hour when in use is not too bad. But after I had checked this particular model against some similar styles and sizes I realised that the White Knight, (tee, hee, great name), was for me, and I am glad that I stuck to my decision as I have not had a single problem with it for the many months I have had it.
My White Knight sits quietly in the far end of my kitchen, the only real noise it makes is when the 'reverse tumble' kicks in for a few seconds, apparently this is supposed to help with anti crease, thus avoiding excess ironing, although I have yet to notice much difference with the creases.
What more can I say about the clothes drying white metal box with a name direct from a Camelot program, (and we're not talking the Lotto here), It helps dry your clothes, although like all other dryers, it does create a bit of static during the process.
In all, a brilliant choice for those wanting a simple drying machine and at a reasonable price too, being around the £130 mark, although I have seen a very similar one going for over two hundred quid...??? The only difference I saw between that and the one I bought was the casing being in a silver colour, even thought the 'stats' read the same... (why is this???).
But as I always say, shop around because there is always a bargain out there to be had.
We have had our White Knight Tumble Dryer for approximately 3 years now. We bought it to replace the old White Knight Tumble Dryer which had given up the ghost after approximately 5 years of sterling service (so maybe I am tempting fate by writing about our current one? )
The model we have is 44AW Reverse Tumble, it has a massive 6 kg load capacity which makes for better economy.
The Reverse Tumble facility just means exactly what it says: The drum rotates clockwise several times, then reverses and tumbles anti-clockwise several times,before repeating the entire process over again until the time is up: This is supposed to make the drying process more efficient, therefore reducing the time that it needs to be switched on.
I haven't really noticed a difference in drying time between this and other tumble dryers , I must admit.
Ours is a white model, and cost around £140.00 from Curry's. It fits into a standard size space in the kitchen or utility room, and is a vented type: It needs to be fitted with the hose to outside.
Loading is very easier, because the door opens right back so that it rests against the wall of the machine, to make more space. I always use dryer balls as well, so I load these at the same time ( I do believe that they reduce drying time!). You then have a choice of 2 heat settings, low heat or high heat, which are chosen by one button that is either pressed in or out.
Being not very good at following laundry instructions, I tend to bung most things in the dryer and hope for the best. However, if you follow the rules, only cotton should really go in on high heat, and less dryer-safe fabrics should either go in on the low-heat option, or ideally, not at all. I certainly would not trust it with anything too delicate or shrinkable!
So far, I have not had any disasters using this try-it-and-see method anyway!
The door clicks closed, there is no 'lock' for when the machine is on, however if someone does open the door during the drying process, it automatically cuts out so it is quite safe: Which means you can check on how dry the load is and often I can switch the machine off earlier than I thought.
I always try to get the load out and fold it while it is still hot, as I find this means most things don't ever need ironing if done this way. (That's my way of making use of the tumble dryer seem more environmental friendly, lol)
To set the time, it's just a simple dial mechanism, with printed guidelines around it suggesting drying times for different fabrics, with the last 20 minutes labelled 'freshen up'. The dial only works clockwise, so if you go past the time you want, you must go round again, but this is not a problem .
The inside of the drum is smooth, with no sharp points which could snag the fabrics - I have not had anything get damaged in the machine so far.
In the cavity between the drum and the wall, there is a large removable filter, which you must remove after each session and de-fluff by hand, I just put the debris into the bin, but some people swear by it for hamster bedding or put it on the compost heap, lol.
I don't find this too bad for noise, although to be fair we have got a utility room where we can shut the door on it: However, it stands on a tiled floor (noisy) and is still bearable. It has got adjustable legs underneath too, to level it up, which helps.
Overall: When this one reaches the end of it's shelf life, I will buy the same (or equivalent) model again,we have been very happy with it.
We have just recently purchased this tumble dryer, as an upgrade to an earlier, smaller model. We were surprised with its power and ability in comparison to the 3kg model previously owned. It also, surprisingly fits perfectly in our small under stairs cupboard making its dimentions ideal for the smaller room or those short on space. There is two heat control settings as well as various options on the timer for different materials and needs, such as refreshing clothes and a cool down option.
So far we have not had to split loads to make drying more effective or efficient, (which we had to do so with the previous white knight dryer) and the door is large enough to transfer loads from the washing machine to the dryer without the need for condensing them down.
The filter in the door is easy to access and clean, enableing you to remove any fluff build up very quickly.
Overall, good dimensions for small spaces, large capacity for family useage, easy to use controls and accessable filter. I have noticed it is louder than the our previous model but only when we are in the room where the cupboard which the dryer is kept. We have purchased this item for £150 through a catologue using the buy now pay next year offer. I am sure it will be available cheaper to buy outright from major retailers.
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: 6kg Capacity 2 Heat settingsReverse Tumble action 140 minute timer Mobility wheels Final cool down tumble Ellipse styling Vent hose included Low noise level Dimensions: 53cm deep x 59.6cm wide x 85cm high The 44AW air vented dryer is identical to the 42AW air vented dryer except this model has the added benefit of reverse tumble action which reduces the possibility of tangled clothes / 44AW CROSSLEE front loading dryer in white with reverse action and 2 heat settings / Model has a curveline design styling and rear wheels for ease of moving / Short name: White Knight 44AW