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Tumble dryer??

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BobandBenway Thu 14-Feb-13 12:15:16

We've survived for years without one, but with no. 4 on the way and constant rain, I'm giving in! However, never had one before so need some help please!

I'm thinking about a condenser, as we have a space for it. Could rearrange the kitchen to put a vented one in, but I'd rather not have the hassle unless they are substantialy cheaper and/or more efficient & reliable.

I'm not sure whether it's worth paying more for a better brand, or buying a cheaper one and accepting we'll need a new one in a few years - which works out better? I'd rather pay more for a good, reliable machine, but dp thinks we should just get a cheap one as it's not worth paying double. A few years ago we bought a Siemens washing machine but to be honest, we don't notice much difference to the cheapo one we had had for years before that. However, I'd still rather pay more for a machine that lasts as apart from anything else, it just seems more environmentally responsible!

I also think I should get as high an energy rating as I can - I know we've survived without a tumble dryer so far, but I just know that once we get it, we'll be using it all the time! I've never had one before so I have no idea how much they cost to run and how much more expensive a C or D rated one will be to run compared to an A rated one? Is the saving in running cost worth paying more for an A rated machine?

I've been looking at these ones to start with:

Anyone any advice?

Thanks smile

bootsycollins Thu 14-Feb-13 12:23:53

Go with the Bosch, seriously excellent dryer. Really drys brilliantly as opposed to just taking hours to achieve hot steamy damp creased washing. Has a sensor timer too so just chuck it in and let the magic happen smile

BobandBenway Fri 15-Feb-13 15:35:38


After doing some number crunching, realised that the cheaper models just aren't worth it due to ongoing running costs.

The John Lewis one comes out best overall so think I may go with that, though really prefer the Siemens and the Bosch. Does anyone have a John Lewis tumble dryer? What do you think?

knitterati Tue 26-Feb-13 19:17:56

I have a JL washer/dryer. Would recommend - v quiet & efficient, with a great drum size. Think the JL branded white goods are made by AEG anyhow.

MUMMYDUDE Sat 13-Apr-13 22:27:03

We have a large capacity Zanussi 7kg sensor dryer. We have a large capacity washing machine too so with all the washing that the kids generate I can more done at once. When I picked ours, I concentrated on the models with the larger capacity - better for large bedding items too.

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