I never used to be a great believer in tumble driers, but succumbed a few years ago for the sheer convenience.
All went well until our old machine died a few months ago. AS it was insured, the insurer informed us that the model was not available, and the nearest match was this White Knight machine. I was a little nervous about a brand I had not heard of, but there really was not anything to fear - it was a great move!
Our model is white (I think silver is available too) and is standard dimensions so that it fits under the counter. As it is a condenser, the only connection required is a power socket.
Looking at the picture, top left is the water tray - this holds a good 3 or 4 washes worth of water. It is easily emptied - drop the hatch, pull out the tray by the handle and empty before returning. There is a small red indicator light to show when it is full - if this is lit, the tumbler stops and must be restarted once the tray is back in place.
Next to the light is a standard high / low heat selector and the start button.
Top right is the timer dial - this twists clockwise and is easy to use to set the desired spin time.
Situated within the door is the lint catcher - this is very effective (more so than our previous machine) - you will be amazed how much is caught - it really needs to be cleared after most loads. There are also vents around the door that can collect lint and should be checked too, at least every couple of weeks.
Bottom left is the condenser tray - this needs to be cleaned ( by their instructions) every 3 months - if the washing is coming out unexpectedly damp, this probably where the fault is.
I have found this to be a very efficient drier, although as always it depends on the weight of the load. An average full load takes around 60 minutes, and a half load around 40 minutes. There is quite some heat generated, so be careful if you stop it early! There is an automatic 10 minute built in cool down cycle that works really well.
The stated load is 7KG of wet washing - this has been tested successfully, although I try and keep loads slightly smaller. If you have heavier items (e.g. towels) These will dry, but will need longer.
All tumble driers are noisy to some extent, but this one is one of the quietest I have seen - it is also smooth running and stable - our previous machine used to 'walk' across the floor!
Ease of cleaning
There are 3 working parts to clean, all easy to get at:
The lint catcher - pulls out in the door and needs the fluff rubbed off
The door filter - also collects lint (slowly) and needs a damp cloth rubbed aorund the rim of the door.
The condenser - pulls out at the bottom left and can be rinsed easily under a tap in a normal sink.
Absolutely no problems as yet. I have asked around, and it appears the White Knight are gaining a good reputation for reliability - and it is British made!
Thoroughly yes - although it is no substitute for drying a line where possible to save power.
Thanks for reading!
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/ Colour: White / Key Features / 7kg load capacity / Reverse tumble action / Easy installation / Top drainage container/drain kit as standard / 2 heat settings / Final cool down tumble / Light indicating full drainage container / 140 minute timer / Ellipse styling / Energy rating: C / Dimensions (mm) / Height: 850 / Width: 596 / Depth: 580 /