There are two types of tumble dryer, including condenser and vented models. Condensers work by separating moisture from the air and storing it in a water container. You’ll need to empty this container after each cycle. Vented models come with a large hose that’s designed to transfer the moist air outside. This saves you having to empty a container, but may require some installation if you wish to vent through a wall.
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Drum capacity is measured in kilograms, with 1kg being equivalent to 1 full outfit. The bigger the drum capacity the better because the extra space gives clothes more room to dry properly and helps to prevent creases, cutting down on ironing time. If you want to dry large amounts of clothes, take a look at models above 9kg. You'll have plenty of room for the week's washing, or bulkier items like towels and bedding. Or, if you want something even bigger, drums that are 10kg or above will dry more in one go, meaning fewer drying loads per week.
Take the guesswork out of drying with a model that uses clever sensors. These work by automatically assessing the weight and moisture levels in your clothes. The machine can then figure out exactly how long the cycle needs to last, saving you energy and money. And, because it knows when to stop, it prevents your clothes getting damaged from over-drying.
Cut down on your ironing time with a handy anti-crease setting. Sometimes known as reverse action, this feature minimises creases in your work shirts by spinning the drum in different directions. If you’re out when the cycle is finished, some anti-crease settings will gently spin your clothes a couple of times an hour to prevent tangling.
A tumble dryer's energy efficiency is rated on a scale that ranges from an ultra efficient A+++ through to D. Tumble dryers used to be inefficient and expensive. There was a time when it was hard to find a model with an energy rating better than C, which would cost around £110 per year to run. Around a third of our range is rated an amazing A+ which can cost as little as £50 per year to run. We also have a wide range of A++ rated models that you can run for £35 per year – costing less than £3 a month.
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