I NEED a tumble drier - i am drowning in washing and drying (have small children) and think that i will put it in the conservatory - help to hear it up a bit too! (cause it's freezing in there) and will reduce ironing to zilcho! Fed upi with clothes drying everywhere - never ending cycle and I am going nuts today!
What is the main types - whagt does condenser mean? What are the good ones? Any info apppreciated.
As for features - you can get them with a child lock, if that is important to you. The cheapo ones will just have two temps and a timer. The more expensive ones will ahve a moisture sensor, so you can set it to get to a certain level of dryness (eg iron dry, bone dry). You can get an alarm, so you know when it is done (you have to get the clothes out quick to avoid ironing).
We just bought a new vented dryer. We keep it in the garage and have not had any problem with humidity or too much lint flying round. It might also work in the conservatory, especially if you want to heat it up a bit. They are also cheaper, more efficient, and dry the clothes faster.
We had a mid range hotpoint condenser dryer which went bust a few weeks ago. It was only 3 years old and I wasn't particularly impressed at having to replace it. So we got a whirlpool and got the warranty to go with it. It was pretty cheap (around £200) at Sainsbury plus I think about £20 for delivery.
I've got a basic vented one with two temp settings and a time dial and it works a treat. But if I was buying one again I would get one with a sensor so that it stopped when the clothes were dry, I'm either over cooking things or getting home to find it's still damp!
those of you coveting sensor dryers- i have just got rid of my uselesskitchenornament hotpoint set and forget sensor dryer- had it 18 months and the damn thing never dried a load of clothes in all the time we had it!! i used to set it and the dryer would conveniently forget to do it!
now have a lovely condenser dryer which is our heat source at present (once the ch goes on the tumble stops being used its one or the other )