Overall star rating: 4.5/5
Price on writing: £549 | Buy now from AO
What we like
Large drum, ideal for big families
Cools laundry after cycle ends to avoid burning hands
Has a delay timer
Lets you know when water tank and filters are full
Has sensor dry which reduces unnecessary tumbling
What we don't like
Not a fan of the anti-wrinkle programme
It can take a while to dry larger loads
Ease of use: 5/5
Ease of cleaning: 4/5
Value for money: 5/5
I was a huge fan of this appliance long before we even bought it - mostly because we’d had to make do without a tumble dryer for several years (the eco-smugness was not worth the mouldy windows and the stench of inadequately dried cotton).
However, now the tumble dryer honeymoon period has well and truly passed, I can report that we are still extremely happy with the Beko. It’s quiet and saves energy, plus it can easily handle a family of five’s laundry on a day-to-day basis. I found it very easy to use and, better yet, my windows are no longer mouldy.
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Beko B5T4923RW: what is it?
The Beko B5T4923RW is a heat pump tumble dryer with a spacious 9kg drum. We chose this particular model because it had excellent consumer reviews and the energy rating was good (on the old ratings scale), which helped to offset the guilt at buying a tumble dryer after two years of using airers, however unwillingly!.
I liked that it had a nice large drum and it wasn’t as eye-wateringly expensive as some of the higher-end family dryers. We opted for the Beko brand because we’d inherited a Beko washing machine a few house moves ago and had been really impressed with its longevity.
How easy is the Beko B5T4923RW Tumble Dryer to use?
It’s extremely easy to use. Just make sure you’ve emptied the water tank and the lint trays before use, then put your laundry in, select the programme you want, and press go.
There are quite a few different settings and I tend to go for the same ones most of the time - '5kg in an hour' is good for smaller loads, 'cottons-eco' if I’m not in a hurry, 'synthetics' if it’s a mixture of materials. I’m also a frequent user of the timer programme for a 10-minute panic-dry of damp PE tops on many a morning.
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Beko B5T4923RW Tumble Dryer: what features does it have?
I really like the Sensor Dry feature - it lessens dry time and gives peace of mind that it won’t be tumbling away unnecessarily. I also really like the drum light and how easy it is to use the machine. Another great feature is the child lock for added safety.
I’m not a huge fan of the wrinkle prevention feature, which means the machine will tumble intermittently if you don’t unload it straight away. I never unload it as soon as it’s finished, so it will often just keep tumbling randomly, though you can turn this off.
How noisy is the Beko B5T4923RW Heat Pump Tumble Dryer?
The noise level is 64dB and has never bothered us, particularly compared to the vented machine it eventually replaced, which, by the end of its life, could be heard from three doors down!
We keep the dryer in the kids’ playroom but tend to run it during the week while they’re at school - my husband’s office is in the room above without any doors separating them, and he’s happy to work with it on in the background (he does use noise-cancelling headphones, though).
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Beko B5T4923RW: how long does it take to dry a full load of washing?
It depends on the load - a full wash load of clothes takes about one-and-a-half to two hours to dry fully. Towels and/or bedding might be more like three. You can add extra dry time to your setting in 10 minute intervals depending on what level of dryness you want.
There’s also a Sensor Dry feature which ends the cycle automatically if your laundry is dry before the programme is due to end, so dry times can be less than the timer initially indicates.
How do you clean the Beko B5T4923RW Heat Pump Tumble Dryer?
Day-to-day, you just need to remember to clean out the two lint trays, which is easy enough to do with a cloth or the little brush you can find beneath the front panel at the bottom of the machine. The condenser is down there too, and you need to clean that fairly regularly as it collects lint, hair and fluff.
I empty the water tank every time I use the tumble dryer, but the Beko has a full tank sensor to let you know when it needs emptying - going by how much water is in it after an average load, this probably needs emptying every other time.
It’s also a good idea to give the sensors on the inside of the drum a good wipe to keep them working properly as well.
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How energy efficient is the Beko B5T4923RW?
In the world of washing machines, tumble dryers and washer-dryers, energy efficiency is key. In the past, the old rating system used letters from A+++ to D, with A+++ being the most energy-efficient. However, the new A-G system simplifies things, making it easier for consumers to grasp efficiency at a glance. Under the new system, A represents the most energy-efficient appliances, while G indicates the least efficient.
This Beko has been graded A++ using the old system, and according to reviews, it costs around 15p an hour to run. As a general rule of thumb, products that were once A++ on the old scale are now D or E. So while it's fairly efficient, it's not the very best out there in terms of energy consumption.
Does the Beko B5T4923RW meet the needs of a family of five?
Yes. I tend to do an average of five washes per week to keep on top of my family’s laundry and the machine is very capable of handling this. I do try to only use the machine when it’s too cold or damp outside to hang the washing out, so roughly six months of the year.
Type: Freestanding | Capacity: 9kg | Energy rating: A++ (on old scale) | Drying Performance: C | Annual energy consumption: 258.6 kWh | Number of settings: 15 | Noise level: 64dB | Delay timer: Yes | Dimensions: H84.6 x W59.8 x D60.5
How we tested the Beko B5T4923RW Tumble Dryer
Used four times a week on average over the winter
Tested in a family household for nearly two years
I put the Beko B5T4923RW Tumble Dryer through its paces in my family home, scoring it on a number of different factors including ease of use, features, drying capabilities, noise levels and settings.
About the author
Jenny Wonnacott is a Content Editor for Mumsnet, specialising in writing, editing and optimising pregnancy care and child play content pages. As a parent of three primary school-aged children, Jenny is passionate about making Mumsetters' lives easier through rigorous research of all items recommended in reviews and buyers' guides.
She regularly tests out products for Mumsnet too, assessing whether their quality withstands the wear and tear of everyday family life.
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