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White Knight 447WV Tumble Dryer

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      09.04.2014 18:26
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      Good value for money.

      We needed a new dryer and this one, price wise pretty much fitted the bill. It is a front loading, 6kg load, vented machine in white. All the controls are at the front top, easy to see and get too. This one sits in the garage with the vent going to an external wall. It came with a vent hose, about 4' and we then bought a wall venting kit as an addition. We have had no problem with the hose, although it would be handy if it came with a longer hose.
      The controls are basic ? two heat settings, an on/off button and a timer switch. Heat settings are gentle and high. We have found that the high setting is pretty hot!! This can result in creased clothes if left too long drying on the hot setting. Gentle setting is ample for us.
      It has a 140 minute timer, which can be set at 20 minute intervals, with the last 10 minutes being cool.
      It has a reverse tumble action and we have found that very few items require ironing, unless I have left it too long on the high setting.
      Maintenance is limited too cleaning (de fluffing) the filter whenever it takes your fancy!
      Ours, as mentioned is in the garage which has a concrete floor, therefore it is quite noisy. I do nor know if it would be as noisy on normal internal flooring.
      We have had ours for 18 months now with no problems and, hopefully we will get many more years from it.
      Good value for a dryer, although its not used everyday.

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      10.12.2013 13:16
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      Does everything you need a tumble drier to do at a cheap price

      When I was pregnant, many people told me how much much laundry I should be expecting once the little one was here. I was naive in thinking that something so small surely couldn't make so much dirty clothes. How wrong was I! It's not just the baby clothes that get dirty with drool, sick, poo and wee... it's Mummy's and Daddy's clothes too. I would say I wash around 3 times more than I did pre-baby. For this reason, I have had to buy a tumble drier. It is simply not possible for me to get everything washed and air dried and put away in the time frame I have.

      I bought this from Homebase online when it was on sale for around £80. It usually retails for around £100 and can be found in most white goods stores, like Argos, Tesco, or on Amazon.

      To operate the machine, you plug in the mains cord that comes out the back of the machine. It is around 2 meters long but I have it plugged into an extension lead as it didn't quite reach the wall socket. The operating buttons could not be simpler. There are 2 buttons and one dial on the front of the machine. One button is to start it, the other is for high heat or low heat. The dial turns to select how long you want to run the machine for. I tend to turn it all the way to 120 minutes and go back and check the machine every so often to see if the clothes are dry. On average, a normal wash load takes about an hour to dry. Towels and bedding takes a bit longer, nearer to 100 minutes.

      There is a 'fluff collector' positioned inside the door which can be pulled out and de-fluffed. I do this after every use as it is surprising how much gathers there.

      Like most tumble driers, there is a vent at the back with a long stretchy tube attached. We extend this and hang it out of the window to prevent condensation occurring in the utility room. On the odd occasion that I have forgot to hang it out the window, the room gets steamy quite quickly so I'd advise to always ventilate the room appropriately.

      I am struggling to think of any faults with this machine. It was one of the cheapest and most basic ones I could find and yet it does the job perfectly. I am glad I didn't spend money getting a dearer one when there was no need. I have had it for a little over a year and have not had any problems with it yet.

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      15.09.2013 20:30

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      Nothing fancy but it does the job.

      This is one of those items where a big factor in your expectations is price. For a tumble dryer this price, I expect it not to set my house on fire, and to dry my clothes at some point the day I put them in. So really given all the added extras this one has given me on top of that, it's maybe a bit churlish to point out it's low budget weaknesses, but heyho. One of my pet peeves with this machine is the hose. In the grand scheme of things, yes it's a minor cheap part that's easily replaced, but that's no excuse for using utter tat. Within a few days of getting it the almost transparent plastic had burst all along it's wires, rendering it even more useless than it's shortness already had. If you don't mind buying a cheap replacement (in my case two metres longer and much thicker) then this really isn't the end of the world. Slightly more permanent and unchangeable is the high energy rating, it really does eat up your electric, and having kids means it's on pretty much permanently in my house, not so silently stealing my money. Oh and it leaks. The angle of the hose vent means you haven't got much of a chance of punting out a couple of loads a day without making enough stray water vapour to form a small puddle under the machine. But hey, it 's a small one, and you can always have a towel handy. If you have a power cut, there's a handy red reset button on the back to get your dryer out of it's non-starting confusion and back into work mode, one easy button on the front to choose your heat, and a straightforward dial to choose your time - I often feel that's a bit pointless though as it's rarely less than the maximum time. The fluff guard in the door doesn't do a great job, my machine has plenty of stray fluff visible in the bottom, and the overall feel of the door is cheap and plasticky. But at the end of the day, it dries clothes when it's raining, and for the price what more do you want?

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      07.05.2013 19:58
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      Brilliant dryer!

      This white knight dryer is essentially a simple, non condenser dryer with a tube out of the back to dispose of the hot air. This poses no problems if you have a window nearby or, like us, are willing to make a hole in the wall! The dryer does not have a lot of fancy buttons or 500 different programme options...that is in part what makes it so easy to use. This dryer does exactly what it says on the tin...it drys your clothes time after time after time and, take it from me, you will love it that the design is so simple because that means it never breaks down and nothing ever goes wrong with it! I've had mine for ages, it's been moved about 5 times, dealt with roughly, filter not cleaned enough, and still it works perfectly.
      The dryer has two temperatures, low and high, and a sensor dry feature which means that the dryer stops when your clothes are dry, and so saves you energy. The 6kg capacity is spacious enough for about 8 big towels, and is amazing for all those wet days when otherwise nothing would dry. If I had any gripe with the dryer it would be that the hot setting is very hot and some clothes, particularly baby clothes, can shrink. I use the low setting and have no problems. I heartily recommend this dryer.

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      12.10.2012 14:58
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      A great home appliance

      I feel as though I wash clothes constantly. The laundry-wash-dry-iron-put away cycle never ever ends.

      Memories of my own mother moaning that she couldn't get the washing dry on a rainy day fell on deaf ears at the time; but they ring true now!

      In the UK we can't, unfortunately, rely on glorious weather every day - or even dry weather, to dry our clothes on the washing line outdoors. These fast paced, modern times we live in also mean that none of us either have the time, or indeed relish the thought, of having clothing draped over radiators or hanging off every available surface in the house waiting for them to dry naturally. It is therefore extremely practical almost to the point of necessity, for us to invest in a tumble dryer.

      For this reason I treated myself to a White Knight Sensordry tumble dryer. At a price of just £70 I thought this was very reasonable considering the amount of use I would get out of it. It couldn't be easier to use. The wet clothes are simply transferred from the washer to the dryer. The time you want the dryer to be on for is selected via a rotating dial on the front of the dryer. This ranges from 0-120 minutes depending on the amount you want to dry; a standard wash usually taking about 60 minutes. The only other 2 buttons on the dryer are to control the temperature- one hot and one cool. The hot option dries the clothes much faster, and mine is generally set to this. However, for more sensitive clothing perhaps made from a lighter material may require the 'cool' setting to avoid heat damage.

      The dryer has a removable filter at the front of the machine, located just at the bottom of the door. This is where any bits of fluff accumulate, so after each session it's best to just pop it out, remove the fluff from the filter, and pop it back in - this just avoids any blockages, and is such an easy 5 second job.

      I have had this appliance about 5 years and have never had a problem. I couldn't manage without it, particularly during the winter.

      A highly recommended buy.

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      14.01.2011 00:00

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      Have run mine for 6 years and while the capacitor has burnt out on the motor twice, this was easily replaced by our engineer (first under guarantee, second 5 years later).So why persist, we use our dryer alot, twice a day for 6 years is a big load and is located in the garage.A tough life and many dryers before have not lasted long under such punishment.So after six years I am getting a second to share the load.

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      06.01.2011 01:32
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      A GREAT PRODUCT AT A GREAT PRICE

      I purchased this white knight tumble dryer a little over a month ago. I had been thinking about it for a while as I have a family of four and with the winter well and truely upon us it was taking forever to get my washing dry. I wasn't sure of the make and model at first so I looked at other models. However this one offered me a 6kg drying capacity at a very reasonable price. The reverse action is particularly good as it aids drying time and helps prevent clothes sticking together when drying. There are 2 settings on the tumble dryer gentle or high and the drying timer goes up in 20 minute increments. Therefore allowing you to manage the time of the clothes that you are drying.

      A particularly good feature that the dryer has it that the is a built in vented hose on the bottom of the dryer at the back. When my dryer is turned on my hose stretches up to my window so it saved me money from having to buy an additional vent pack. Another added bonus is that it comes with one years free insurance cover which you call the number on the front of the dryer and register the guarantee and they will then send out your free insurance cover to you. That also helped save some money. I also find this dryer great value as it does not bounce along the floor like other models I owned in the past. Also when it is on a drying cycle it makes very little noise. Just remember to clean the lint from the filter after every use and check that none of the vents are blocked. The filter is situated just in front of the drum at the front of the dryer.

      So all in all I am very pleased with this product and would rate it quite high. The only thing that would bring my rating down just a little is that it is only energy efficiency C but hey ho I guess you cant have everything. Just a little point to note, if you wanted to stack this on top of your washing machine you can purchase stacking equiptment direct from the manufacturer there is an order form for spares and accessories in the booklet that comes with the dryer. However my friend purchased her stacking kit online and saved herself some money. Overall for me this was a very good buy as I get all the childrens bedding dry in one day and I dont even need to iron it. So if you hate ironing like me then enjoy your new purchase.

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        12.08.2009 11:18
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        Good value and a must in this weather!

        I was given this tumble drier a little over three years ago when I was pregnant with my daughter. A man at my husbands work was having his kitchen refitted and gave the drier to him saying it was quite old and probably on it's last legs! Three years on and it is still going although it is starting to sound a bit ropey!

        The White Knight drier retails at around the £150 mark (available in the Argos catalogue for £149.99 cat no 480/0189) and I think this is very reasonable. The machine features a large 6kg load level so you can dry quite a lot of washing at once. It is energy rated C which isn't bad for a tumble drier as they are one of the worst culprits for eating electricity. The vent hose is from the rear which can be a little inconvenient depending on what space you have available for it. Mine sits happily on top of the washing machine which saves space.

        I would definitely recomment this drier and when my gifted one finally gives up I will be replacing it with the same product! Good value for money and very needed in the current climate!

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        28.11.2006 15:11
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        efficient..what more can i say

        i bought this to replace my old creda model that i had had for years..The thing that attracted me to this was not only the fact it was more efficient on the energy but it looked fresh and clean and had the added feature of reverse tumbleaction which will make the clothes less tangled..

        It also has a great feature called sensor dry which in simple language basically means if your clothes dry before the drying cycle has finished the machine will stop the program which saves your electricity usage..It works by detecting the moisture in the drum..It has 2 Heat settings and final cool tumble to reduce creasing. Comes with reversible door and can hold a weight of 6kg which is ample if you have a large family to cater for..
        The dryer is vented and comes with the vent kit supplied..
        I wouldnt be with out my tumble dryer, this is one piece of equipment i definitely couldnt be with out..I paid £128 and this was worth every penny so far ..

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      Freestanding / Timer Control / Energy efficiency: C / Width in cm: 60 / Short name: White Knight 447WV