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Zanussi ZDC 37100 tumble dryer
Member Name: heuchera
Advantages: good, fairly inexpensive, no frills tumble dryer
Disadvantages: possibly a bit noisy for some people, also not guaranteed for very long (1 year)
This is a pretty good basic tumble dryer. It's a condenser dryer, hence you can stand the appliance pretty much anywhere you like in the house, as there's no outlet pipe to consider. I would say it's fairly noisy when it's running, and it puts out a fair amount of heat into the room.
There are two basic functions on the machine: the dial for the amount of time you want the laundry to dry for, and the heat setting (cottons, synthetics or delicates). For those not used to condenser dryers, the minimum drying time is 30 minutes, and the dial goes up in ten-minute increments after that, to a maximum of 150 minutes. I find a normal-weight batch of clothes takes about 75-80 minutes, and bedding or towels maybe 90 minutes +. It beeps when it's finished drying and cooling, and will continue to beep for a few minutes until you switch the dryer off.
The condenser itself needs washing periodically, and the indicator light should come on to prompt you to do this. The filters also need cleaning after every use, as with any tumble dryer. Just as an aside, the water collected in the water reservoir is actually very good for watering houseplants!
Manufacturer guarantee is only for one year, which suggests this is a basic, lower-end product, but I have found it to be a useful appliance which more than suits my needs. I've had mine for over two years now.
Summary: a good basic condenser tumble-dryer
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