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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!

Ruhrpott Thu 14-Aug-14 13:14:58

We had vented one in a shed for years, we even tiled the shed floor to keep stuff clean if they fell out. We just drilled the hole in the shed wall and fitted the vent. It's a bit of a pain going out in the rain but I quickly got used to that.

Washer driers are rubbish, the drums are too small and everything comes out creased.

sashh Thu 14-Aug-14 12:59:54

I use a washer dryer and have for years. You can't dry a whole load, only a half load but if you know that what's the problem?

In fact the only problem I had was when a friend stayed and used it as she would her own separate dryer, she nearly burned the house down setting it to dry three times.

I know lots of people hate them, but they seem to be people who have never used them.

Anyway how big is your bathroom? Could you have a washer or dryer in there?

Agggghast Thu 14-Aug-14 12:37:54

My friend had one installed in the airing cupboard in her bathroom. It had to be installed by an electrician with some sort of non removable plug and that is on the landing. Always seems very efficient system things come out, folded and onto the shelves.

HelloDoris Thu 14-Aug-14 12:30:29

Our tumble dryer lives in the hallway. Not ideal but I couldn't be without it..

ICanSeeTheSun Thu 14-Aug-14 11:38:30

Had a washer dryer, never again.

Muddledandunsure Thu 14-Aug-14 08:52:54

I live in a teeny tiny house and my condenser dryer lives in the dining room, along with the 5ft freezer, it's not ideal but it's the only place it could go.

SenatusPopulusqueRomanorum Thu 14-Aug-14 07:45:03

The washing machine is in the kitchen and I have a condenser drier in the bathroom. It is not inconvenient.

Frogisatwat Thu 14-Aug-14 07:39:10

My next door neighbour keeps her tumble drier in one of those plastic half shed/ cupboard type things.

We've got ours in the garden shed which is a proper brick building with electricity and it's fine. It's vented and has the added advantage that it really helps air circulation in the shed in winter, no damp or mildew on anything. If you're going to have it somewhere remote look for one with a sensor so it carries on till everything's dry, not just a fixed time one as it's annoying to go out and find things need longer. Also an anti-crease action at the end of the run is handy as you don't hear it finish as you would in a house. We've got absolutely nowhere to put one inside the house, or a clothes horse as all our rooms are very small. Not even anywhere we could put one of those ceiling airers (we had one of those in our old house and it was brilliant - worth considering).

FairyPenguin Thu 14-Aug-14 07:23:36

I have a compact tumble dryer in my bathroom - we run an extension lead in when we need to use it.

dementedma Thu 14-Aug-14 07:17:09

Just to say have lived in flats all my married ljkfe and have raised 3 Dcs and never had a tumble drier. Stuff goes outside where possible and on radiators or clothes horse otherwise. I don't have a condenser and the flat isn't rotten with damp...maybe I'm just lucky but it can be done.

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?

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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...

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

Woken? Meant would!

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 15:20:24

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!

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.

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