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Tumble Dryer Buying Guide

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Having been around for quite some time now – since the 1950s in fact – washer dryers are nothing new and are pretty self explanatory. They’ve been developed over decades to bring efficiency to doing the laundry in a busy household.

Advantages

One of the biggest advantages for washer dryers is the fact that you save on space. One appliance takes up far less room than two, meaning you maximise the space in your
kitchen or utility. This is great if you have a small household and need to get through your laundry quickly.

Washer dryers still come with the same features combined from each appliance, but the more you pay the more features and functions you will get. If there is a particular kind of wash you need then keep an eye out for it on the features list.

Disadvantages

With a smaller drum size you’ll find there is a very specific drawback to having a washer dryer. You simply won’t be able to fit as many clothes in your drum and therefore will find yourself doing more loads which could slow down your progress.

If you have a large household then you might find yourself wanting to surge your way through your washing only to be scuppered by the backlog being broken into small
loads. It’s important to think about the practicalities of a washer dryer and whether it suits your family and their habits.

Energy Efficiency

Tumble dryers come with an energy efficiency rating just like other appliances. Based on their energy consumption and drying performance they are awarded a grade between A and G – A being the best, most efficient rating. Trading Standards monitor manufacturers who conduct tests themselves to gauge efficiency.

It’s common knowledge that a tumble dryer is more costly to run, but with a heat pump condenser you might be able to bring the costs down. Similarly, try to manage your loads and only use the tumble dryer when you really need it, such as in winter when it’s hard to hang washing out to dry.

You can also get savvy with your settings to lower your energy bills. For example, if you live in an area with cheaper tariffs at night you could delay your dryer to come on and take advantage of this.

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