Buyers Guide: Tumble dryers

Buyers Guide: Tumble dryers


Posted 16th Apr 2013

During the summer months it’s easy to dry clothes outside in the fresh air, but with winter on the way, consider treating yourself to a tumble dryer to lighten your laundry load!

When the sun is shining and the breeze is blowing there’s nothing more satisfying than hanging out clean sheets to dry in the warm air – indeed the smell of freshly laundered linen is hard to beat! But when the summer comes to an end and winter is upon us, all of a sudden drying endless baskets of clothes and linen becomes a chore, and that’s where the humble tumble dryer comes into action.

From fully-integrated to space-saving designs, there’s a dryer on the market to suit your needs. When it comes to buying, there are three main requirements which should be top of your list: budget, energy efficiency and user-friendliness. On top of these considerations it’s essential to keep in mind a capacity which fits your laundry requirements and a size to suit your space.

Handy buying tips

Garment-specific cycles– programmes specially designed for certain fabrics and garments such as ‘denim’, ‘delicates’ and ‘wool’.

Sports kit programmes – handy if you’re on a health kick or have lots of grubby PE kits to get dried in a hurry.

Refresh – a useful cycle for hand-washable garments which gently helps remove creases and odours.

Sensor drying – a built-in sensor in the machine makes programme decisions for you, including drying times.

Easy-clean fluff filters – make sure the machine’s fluff filter is easy to access, remove and clean.

Your Home Tip

When shopping for a machine keep in mind that the vast majority of tumble dryers are still rated C or less for energy efficiency.

Expert advice

Amanda Cawood, Product & Marketing Manager at Caple, has these top tips…

  • Make life easier by choosing a model with a large door. Loading and unloading is made fuss-free with a bigger door..
  • Many tumble dryers have a capacity of around 5kg – 10kg which is great for families, but for a couple a capacity of between 5kg – 6kg will suffice. Thinking about your needs will result in the most effective use of energy, which will not only make you eco-friendly, but will save on energy bills.
  • Vented tumble dryers need to be fitted with a venting kit to allow the moist air to escape. Be aware of this when thinking about which model to buy and where you will place it.
  • Choose a tumble dryer to co-ordinate with the kitchen or utility room by either matching the colour and material to your existing appliances, or integrate it by hiding the dryer from view behind a kitchen door.
  • It is essential to check the manufacturer’s recommendations for the ventilation space needed around the tumble dryer. However, as a rule of thumb, a clear space of about 5mm – 10mm will keep the appliance well ventilated and will ensure a good fit.





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