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Need a tumble dryer, can't fit one in our house!

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MinimalistMommi Sun 10-Aug-14 13:08:56

Cross posted in Good housekeeping.

We live in a teeny tiny house. Currently we have a tumble dryer parked in our front reception room while we renovate our terraced cottage. We don't have room for separate appliances so need to get around this some how. I considered a washer/dryer but we are on a water meter and Which.co.uk explains about how much water they use:

"Are washer-dryers a good idea if you have a water meter?
Your washer-dryer uses the same amount of water to wash as a washing machine does, but you may not realise that it uses an average of 36 extra litres of water for cooling in the drying cycle.

The amount can vary considerably from model to model. The most efficient machines use around 61 litres to wash and dry on the cotton cycle but the worst can use as much as 194 litres.

So washer-dryers may not be the best bet if you have a water meter."

Does anyone have a washer/dryer and noticed high water usage?

I don't want our bills to go sky high but we could never manage without a tumble dryer in the late autumn/winter/early spring. We also don't have room to have something like a heated airer constantly up plus I'm aware it not a great idea to dry all your washing indoors and I don't want to have to use a noisy dehumidifier.

So what can I do? I desperation I'm thinking of paying for electricity to be run outside and have a small purpose built shed to house a vented dryer?

I know someone might suggest wall mounting a tumble dryer on top of our washing machine, but it would work. Our kitchen in teeny with a huge window practically the length of the kitchen so be can't go upwards there if that makes sense, plus it would make kitchen look even smaller and feel claustrophobic. Thanks for listening to me ramble!

MinimalistMommi Sun 10-Aug-14 13:09:34

* wouldn't work. Sorry for typo!

missingmumxox Sun 10-Aug-14 13:22:02

My cousin has done as you suggested, he built a purpose build shed against their back wall, one thing they didn't think of is if it raining, if the rain blows in when they open the door, it might get into the electrics
I brought a tiny tumble dryer, by white knight it sits on a table in the spare bed room with the hose out the window, it is brilliant and very quiet.

SwedishEdith Sun 10-Aug-14 13:25:59

Any space in a bathroom or bedroom? You can put a condenser anywhere

Leviticus Sun 10-Aug-14 13:27:41

We used to have one of those outdoor cupboard/shed things outside with electricity wired (properly) in.

JustGotMyBabyOnBoardBadge Sun 10-Aug-14 13:28:32

I say bite the bullet and get power to the shed for the tumble dryer as the 2n1's are next to useless and temperamental at best! You'll never regret putting power down there as it may come in handy for other things as they crop up and will also add value to your property grin

MrsKoala Sun 10-Aug-14 13:28:35

Don't get a washer dryer. They are monumentally shit. They tale ages to dry the smallest thing. The drums are tiny so you would need to dry a load of washing in batches. Takes about 3 times as long as a normal dryer and creases everything to buggery. I would do the shed thing if i were you.

Morethanalittlebitconfused Sun 10-Aug-14 13:29:21

Have you got a garage attached? Our condensing tumble dryer is in our garage...I know others who have theirs in their shed

shadowbox Sun 10-Aug-14 13:29:27

I have this small condenser dryer :

compact condenser dryer

It's designed to be wall mounted, comes with a bracket.

smilingthroughgrittedteeth Sun 10-Aug-14 13:30:17

We had a small condenser dryer in the cupboard under the stairs in our last house.

We have a condenser drier in our bedroom cupboard. Have you considered absolutely every corner of your house?

TSSDNCOP Sun 10-Aug-14 13:42:23

b&q have got 6x4 sheds for <£200. Pop it in there, put a counter over it for your basket etc.

Probably even have room to house a couple of deck chairs and the mower if you can wall mount it.

MinimalistMommi Sun 10-Aug-14 15:20:24

missing do you know what the approx size is of your tumble dryer? I think I used to have a white knights one about eight years ago, it was fab!

MinimalistMommi Sun 10-Aug-14 15:23:09

Thanks TSS I will have a look.

Annie, we do have a gap in our airing cupboard in the bathroom but I don't know if something electric like that would be allowed in the bathroom?

Also, we do have small space in front main bedroom next to sash window that woken fit a white knights vented dryer but I really didn't want a tumble dryer sat in my bedroom, doesn't really go with our beautiful Feather and Black iron bed blush

MinimalistMommi Sun 10-Aug-14 15:23:30

Woken? Meant would!

MinimalistMommi Sun 10-Aug-14 15:25:23

Mrs people saying how shit washer/dryers are on mumsnet which has made me not run out and buy one already, we've been here for over 18 months now and still have a huge condenser dryer sat where a sofa shuld go on our front reception room, it's ridiculous. Plus the heat from the back of it has made a huge load of plaster come loose behind the wall paper...

BananaPie Sun 10-Aug-14 16:00:44

Our washer dryer works fine. Not sure about the water meter thing, but a friend's parents have the same machine and are on a water meter, and they've never complained.

missingmumxox Wed 13-Aug-14 23:49:06

It's this one... Got to say I have a 6 kg washer and on occasion have stuffed the whole lot in to the dryer shock
Never been a problem, just takes longer to dry
http://www.argos.co.uk/m/static/Product/partNumber/4810447.htm?CMPID=GS001&_$ja=cgid:8328663782|tsid:41408|cid:177573542|lid:47487595022|nw:g|crid:38919619742|rnd:6630934376450618471|dvc:m|adp:1o1

missingmumxox Wed 13-Aug-14 23:50:02

Sorry about the link on the phone app it is shit!

LadySybilLikesCake Wed 13-Aug-14 23:51:45

What about a heated airer (try Lakeland)? You can fold it up when you're not using it.

CointreauVersial Wed 13-Aug-14 23:54:13

I am almost certain that my washer dryer doesn't use any water when I use it as a dryer! I'm not convinced that applies to all models.

Mine dries pretty well (it is self-condensing), perhaps not as well as a standalone dryer, but perfectly fine. The main drawback is you can only do one thing at a time, so it's no good if you have a lot of laundry.

LadybirdSpots Wed 13-Aug-14 23:57:17

I have a condenser dryer sat at the bottom of my stairs, right next to the front door. I hated the idea at first but got used to it really quickly and I don't bat an eye lid now. As someone else said, a condenser one can go literally anywhere.

madamginger Thu 14-Aug-14 00:16:25

I have my condenser in the alcove in the dining room, as does my next door neighbour.
Its tucked out of the way and I don't really notice it much.
We have a separate garage but there is no electricity to it and I don't much fancy going in and out of it in the rain or snow!

PinkLights Thu 14-Aug-14 00:56:03

We had a washer dryer for a while, it was dreadful. Your little shed idea sounds good.

Wh0dathunkit Thu 14-Aug-14 06:28:35

I played kitchen tetris when it became clear that we needed a dryer, and won. If I'd lost that particular game, it would have gone into one of the cupboards, and I'd have got our sparks to wire it up for me. I guess I'm lucky in that the era in which my flat was built was one for designing in lots of storage space - is this an option for you?

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