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Offline Blossom

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« on: November 17, 2017, 09:31:42 AM »
I'm a Brit and have lived away from the UK for 20 years in a country that was quite hot.  We arrived in the UK in June this year.

I grew up here with no central heating and washing machines that were only one step up from smacking your clothes against a rock in a river (going back a long time).  So I thought I would be well equipped for life in my nice new comfy house.  In Summer, if you have access to a clothes line, you get dry clothes with a fresh air smell - lovely.  But Winter is creeping in (or galloping, depending on where you are) and you can hear him laughing when I put my washing machine on. Notice I am identifying Winter as a man.

This morning I admitted defeat.  We have to buy a dryer! Hubby agreed straight away.

We actually took towels and sheet to the laundry (not the laundromat), but we can't keep doing that.  The rest of our clothes are waiting for an appropriate time to be washed - which may be next summer!!!!

We are very very lucky (I know) because not only do we have a laundry room, it is a good size as well, so can fit one in.  I will be looking for one which has a condenser so that you don't have to worry about condensation. Plug in, turn on, dry clothes.

We have no children so don't have a mountain of clothes to get through (although hubby tries his best!) but having clothes on radiators is not the look I'm going for.

So commiserations to those with damp clothes drying all over the house/flat on this chilly morning.




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Re: Dryer
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2017, 09:44:23 AM »
I will never live without a dryer again!

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« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2017, 09:53:38 AM »
When I moved to the UK a little over a year ago, I fully intended to assimilate in every way. After a few months I did throw in the towel (pardon the pun) and bought a beko. DSX83410W. It is a condenser dryer, easy peasy, plug in anywhere. I have it on, all day, everyday, and haven’t had a single hiccup. Worth every pence. This model is a heat pump (recycles the hot air) but I’m sure you can get a regular one much cheaper. If we go back to the states I’d wish to take it with. Best dryer I’ve ever owned.

Here in Glasgow I see them at the Charity shops all the time, and they come with warranties even from there. British Heart foundation offers a 6 month warranty. Good luck


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Re: Dryer
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2017, 10:11:03 AM »
I find that I mainly use my dryer in winter/cold/wet months but even then, sometimes I still end up hanging them on a clothes horse...but saying that, I like the feeling that I *have* the dryer. I wouldn't want to be without it by choice because I like that I have a backup. It's really saved me when I've accidentally washed something I need for the next day as I know it won't dry properly in time by hanging so I just pop the load into the tumble dryer! I love my condenser tumble dryer as I can pretty much more I wherever without worrying about vents and stuff. It's brilliant! :D Highly recommend.

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Re: Dryer
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2017, 10:13:06 AM »
Yes, knowing the dryer is there will be great.  By the end of next week, hopefully!

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Re: Dryer
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2017, 01:38:36 PM »
Did you know that Santa was horribly disfigured in a dryer related accident?  To this day, he won't visit houses with a tumble dryer.

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Re: Dryer
« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2017, 05:11:36 PM »
Did you know that Santa was horribly disfigured in a dryer related accident?  To this day, he won't visit houses with a tumble dryer.

Jimbo, my house could burn to the ground tonight and so long as my family got out safely, I'd be straight out buying another one tomorrow!

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Re: Dryer
« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2017, 05:30:29 PM »
Santa has been through therapy and is fine now. Yo ho ho!

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Re: Dryer
« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2017, 09:26:54 AM »
Lol Jimbo...

We don't have a separate one, we have a Bosch all in one, but our consdensor dryer function works pretty darn well. 

(Not that I can access my washing machine with my beer making equipment sitting in front of it, hahah  ;) )
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Re: Dryer
« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2017, 11:40:51 AM »
I've decided to get a tumble dryer.  I have been using a Dri-Buddi for years, and it works ok-ish.  But I am sick of having it sitting in a corner of the living room, so have decided to get a tumble dryer that can sit on the worktop in the kitchen... I've got an area of wasted worktop space in the kitchen, behind the door, which is currently only used for stacks of cookery books and supermarket bags-for-life.  It's a good place for a vented dryer, being right next to a window... don't know why it's taken me 3 years to realise this!

Thinking about getting this one:  https://whiteknightdryers.com/shop/white-knight-c36aw-inverted-compact-vented-tumble-dryer/


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Re: Dryer
« Reply #10 on: November 18, 2017, 11:54:17 AM »
I've decided to get a tumble dryer.  I have been using a Dri-Buddi for years, and it works ok-ish.  But I am sick of having it sitting in a corner of the living room, so have decided to get a tumble dryer that can sit on the worktop in the kitchen... I've got an area of wasted worktop space in the kitchen, behind the door, which is currently only used for stacks of cookery books and supermarket bags-for-life.  It's a good place for a vented dryer, being right next to a window... don't know why it's taken me 3 years to realise this!

Thinking about getting this one:  https://whiteknightdryers.com/shop/white-knight-c36aw-inverted-compact-vented-tumble-dryer/

Albatross, our vented dryer is a White Knight (standard size one) and I LOOOOOOOVE it.  Cheap and cheerful and works really well.  I think you will wonder what you did without it!

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Re: Dryer
« Reply #11 on: November 18, 2017, 01:52:25 PM »
Oh man, I would love to have a decent dryer. Ours is an old condenser washer/dryer, but the dryer function doesn’t work that well and it would take a super long time to dry a full load. So I really only use it to dry towels, or to take the wrinkles out of something (I suck at ironing).

I’m a neat freak and it would drive me nuts to have clothes all over the house- no way! Our clothes airer stays in the guest bedroom. In summer I dry on the line as much as possible.

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Re: Dryer
« Reply #12 on: November 18, 2017, 02:10:21 PM »
I've decided to get a tumble dryer. 

Congratulations!  ;D.  You'll never look back!
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Re: Dryer
« Reply #13 on: November 19, 2017, 08:58:12 AM »
That tumble dryer looks great Albatross!
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Re: Dryer
« Reply #14 on: November 19, 2017, 09:31:29 AM »
Dryers are essential! OMG, really! I've watched neighbors hang out clothing as the sun comes up. They start to dry, it rains, they start to dry, it rains. The next day the clothes are still hanging on the line and not dry!

Which leads me to American quilts. I brought over several queen-sized quilts. NO way even one is going to fit in my combo washer/dryer, which holds a towel and a few pairs of jeans on a good day. I've looked in the windows at the local wash-a-teria and I'm not seeing like triple-loaders or anything.  Is it the practice here that you have to send large items like this out to be cleaned and returned by a specialist service? (Ouch!)