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Can a condensor dryer be placed and used on carpet? Is it true they are more expensive and take longer to run than a vented dryer? Thanks.
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Can a condensor dryer be placed and used on carpet? Is it true they are more expensive and take longer to run than a vented dryer? Thanks.
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#1
I wouldn't say it costs more. It's fine to use on a carpet. Condenser are far better than vented imo
#2
Ours is on carpet and it's fine. Used 3-4 times a week. 3-4 towels takes around an hour. Just don't over fill the drum. The more space the clothes have to tumbl in the drum the faster they will dry. They cost more to buy but a better alternative than sticking a pipe out your window in the middle of winter if the vented dryer does not have a proper vent installed in the wall.
#3
I can't see why they would cost more to run - they retain the heat, whereas a vented dryer will pump some of it out.
From my experience (having owned both) - vented will dry quicker. Condenser is more to buy but you obviously don't need to use a core and drill a wall.
I can't say I noticed a difference in the cost of running them.
A condenser will be fine on a carpet.
#4
Ooh brilliant. Thanks. Exciting weekend ahead of looking at tumble driers. The things I get frills from these days! Do any of you know anywhere that will have good New Year deals on them?
#5
louisebarker
Ooh brilliant. Thanks. Exciting weekend ahead of looking at tumble driers. The things I get frills from these days! Do any of you know anywhere that will have good New Year deals on them?
With you on this. I love our condenser dryer - best purchase of 2016. Still get excited about always dry clothes in winter.
#6
geeadamg
louisebarker
Ooh brilliant. Thanks. Exciting weekend ahead of looking at tumble driers. The things I get frills from these days! Do any of you know anywhere that will have good New Year deals on them?
With you on this. I love our condenser dryer - best purchase of 2016. Still get excited about always dry clothes in winter.
lol x Do you mind me asking which one you went for please?
#7
Genuine Q: Is there any advantage over getting a separate dryer over a Washer/Dryer?
I can see the separate units meaning that the cycle will be much quicker (can wash another load while the previous load is in the dryer) but Im asking specifically about how well they dry compared to a combi unit?
#8
I had one, it was rubbish. Would never have another. The door wouldn't stay closed as it had a cheap magnetic catch. Had to wedge stuff against it to keep it going. Then it would take about seven years to get a load of washing dry. Have a second hand cheap as chips vented in the garage now and couldn't be happier with it
#9
118luke
Genuine Q: Is there any advantage over getting a separate dryer over a Washer/Dryer?
I can see the separate units meaning that the cycle will be much quicker (can wash another load while the previous load is in the dryer) but Im asking specifically about how well they dry compared to a combi unit?
Washer/Dryers are very inefficient and often will break, They take longer to dry and most are crap.
#10
psychobitchfromhell
I had one, it was rubbish. Would never have another. The door wouldn't stay closed as it had a cheap magnetic catch. Had to wedge stuff against it to keep it going. Then it would take about seven years to get a load of washing dry. Have a second hand cheap as chips vented in the garage now and couldn't be happier with it
That doesn't really negate them all, My condenser dryer is fine and doesn't have a magnetic catch ;).

True vented dry a little faster and are probably slightly more efficient than some and fine if you're happy to bore an hole in the wall or keep in garage etc.. A condenser can go anywhere and the ones with heat pumps are more energy efficient.
#11
louisebarker
Ooh brilliant. Thanks. Exciting weekend ahead of looking at tumble driers. The things I get frills from these days! Do any of you know anywhere that will have good New Year deals on them?


I got mine from John Lewis, it was a managers special ex display, so hit a Bosch one for about £150 with a long warranty.
Just try John Lewis, currys etc and look for the special offers
#12
118luke
Genuine Q: Is there any advantage over getting a separate dryer over a Washer/Dryer?
I can see the separate units meaning that the cycle will be much quicker (can wash another load while the previous load is in the dryer) but Im asking specifically about how well they dry compared to a combi unit?




The only advantage of a washer / dryer is the space you save. They don't wash or dry as well as separate units (mine used to make clothes smell strange), if one breaks they both break, they are more inefficient energy wise and having owned one (granted it was about 12 years ago and they might be better now), I wouldn't even consider another
#13
louisebarker
geeadamg
louisebarker
Ooh brilliant. Thanks. Exciting weekend ahead of looking at tumble driers. The things I get frills from these days! Do any of you know anywhere that will have good New Year deals on them?
With you on this. I love our condenser dryer - best purchase of 2016. Still get excited about always dry clothes in winter.
lol x Do you mind me asking which one you went for please?
It's an Indesit and even though I'm looking at it, I can't see a model. It's black, got it from Tesco direct using sale + voucher for £190ish delivered.

Edited By: geeadamg on Jan 13, 2017 08:01
#14
geeadamg
louisebarker
geeadamg
louisebarker
Ooh brilliant. Thanks. Exciting weekend ahead of looking at tumble driers. The things I get frills from these days! Do any of you know anywhere that will have good New Year deals on them?
With you on this. I love our condenser dryer - best purchase of 2016. Still get excited about always dry clothes in winter.
lol x Do you mind me asking which one you went for please?
It's an Indesit and even though I'm looking at it, I can't see a model. It's black, got it from Tesco direct using sale + voucher for £190ish delivered.
You'll regret buying an Indesit in a years time when have to call them to come and repair it, A nice £130+ call out charge ;(.
#15
I disagree with the comment they are cheaper to run, OR faster than a vented drier; my experiences with several brands say the opposite, even on a couple of rather expensive models.

Yes, they use less KW per hour, but they take longer than vented, so cost more per load; and with many, there is still a slight damp feeling to the clothes if you dont remove them within a few minutes of the cycle finishing.

There are newer condenser driers fitted with Heat Pumps, they may be an improvement, however I havent had one to play with.

The biggest issue I have had with C/Ds is fluff build-up in the heat exchanger element, and iffy sensors in the water trays; I had so much fluff inside one Bosch, I had to bypass the exchanger and run it as a vented dryer for a couple of weeks before the fluff was dry enough to clean out of all the airways and unblock the sensors.

I've had various C/Ds at work for 20+ years, yet I still use vented at home - that says it all.
#16
118luke
Genuine Q: Is there any advantage over getting a separate dryer over a Washer/Dryer?
I can see the separate units meaning that the cycle will be much quicker (can wash another load while the previous load is in the dryer) but Im asking specifically about how well they dry compared to a combi unit?




​Get separate. I have both setups. Combined washer dryers are PITA. Think about it, if you have 2 loads to do, the 2nd load can be washing whilst the 1st being dried. The drying cycle on mine is no where near as quick or efficient as my separate condenser dryer.

Edited By: dothedealnow on Jan 13, 2017 10:08: spell
#17
shauneco
geeadamg
louisebarker
geeadamg
louisebarker
Ooh brilliant. Thanks. Exciting weekend ahead of looking at tumble driers. The things I get frills from these days! Do any of you know anywhere that will have good New Year deals on them?
With you on this. I love our condenser dryer - best purchase of 2016. Still get excited about always dry clothes in winter.
lol x Do you mind me asking which one you went for please?
It's an Indesit and even though I'm looking at it, I can't see a model. It's black, got it from Tesco direct using sale + voucher for £190ish delivered.
You'll regret buying an Indesit in a years time when have to call them to come and repair it, A nice £130+ call out charge ;(.

I read the reviews and took the risk. Checked it wasn't one of the recalled ones and apparently it's a Hoover brand with a Indesit badge. It has a five year warranty too. You can do it with any product - find people who have had problems and and find people who sear by them in equal measure. I'm very impressed with the one I have.

louisebarker
geeadamg
louisebarker
Ooh brilliant. Thanks. Exciting weekend ahead of looking at tumble driers. The things I get frills from these days! Do any of you know anywhere that will have good New Year deals on them?
With you on this. I love our condenser dryer - best purchase of 2016. Still get excited about always dry clothes in winter.
lol x Do you mind me asking which one you went for please?

Found it - http://www.tesco.com/direct/indesit-ecotime-condenser-tumble-dryer-idcl-85-b-h-k-black/133-9266.prd I paid £183.20 delivered. There were cheaper ones but I wanted a high economy rating and B was the highest I could find on any dryer. I also have it in the bedroom and tend to dry clothes in evening so it warms the whole room up. I haven't found any problems with excess moisture but our bedroom has wooden floors so less soft furnishings to trap moisture.
#18
geeadamg
louisebarker
geeadamg
louisebarker
Ooh brilliant. Thanks. Exciting weekend ahead of looking at tumble driers. The things I get frills from these days! Do any of you know anywhere that will have good New Year deals on them?
With you on this. I love our condenser dryer - best purchase of 2016. Still get excited about always dry clothes in winter.
lol x Do you mind me asking which one you went for please?
It's an Indesit and even though I'm looking at it, I can't see a model. It's black, got it from Tesco direct using sale + voucher for £190ish delivered.

don't do it, you will regret it very quickly, warranty is usually on parts and labour warranty costs are very expensive. You will need an engineer to come out, there to fix it, betting there is a 75% of that happening.


geeadamg
shauneco
geeadamg
louisebarker
geeadamg
louisebarker
Ooh brilliant. Thanks. Exciting weekend ahead of looking at tumble driers. The things I get frills from these days! Do any of you know anywhere that will have good New Year deals on them?
With you on this. I love our condenser dryer - best purchase of 2016. Still get excited about always dry clothes in winter.
lol x Do you mind me asking which one you went for please?
It's an Indesit and even though I'm looking at it, I can't see a model. It's black, got it from Tesco direct using sale + voucher for £190ish delivered.
You'll regret buying an Indesit in a years time when have to call them to come and repair it, A nice £130+ call out charge ;(.
I read the reviews and took the risk. Checked it wasn't one of the recalled ones and apparently it's a Hoover brand with a Indesit badge. It has a five year warranty too. You can do it with any product - find people who have had problems and and find people who sear by them in equal measure. I'm very impressed with the one I have.
louisebarker
geeadamg
louisebarker
Ooh brilliant. Thanks. Exciting weekend ahead of looking at tumble driers. The things I get frills from these days! Do any of you know anywhere that will have good New Year deals on them?
With you on this. I love our condenser dryer - best purchase of 2016. Still get excited about always dry clothes in winter.
lol x Do you mind me asking which one you went for please?
Found it - http://www.tesco.com/direct/indesit-ecotime-condenser-tumble-dryer-idcl-85-b-h-k-black/133-9266.prd I paid £183.20 delivered. There were cheaper ones but I wanted a high economy rating and B was the highest I could find on any dryer. I also have it in the bedroom and tend to dry clothes in evening so it warms the whole room up. I haven't found any problems with excess moisture but our bedroom has wooden floors so less soft furnishings to trap moisture.

you are confusing Hoover with someone else, probably hotpoint, Hoover is a totally separate company.
#19
from which

How much do I need to spend - and how much do tumble dryers then add to my bills?Vented dryers can cost as little as £100, but you'll need to spend twice that to get a good vented tumble dryer - and more to get a Best Buy. Typically, vented models add around £100 to your annual electricity bills, but that figure will vary with the size of the drum. As a rough guide, expect a 6kg-capacity model to add £78 to your annual bills, a 7kg-capacity drum to add £87, and an 8kg-capacity drum to add £113.50.Condenser dryers are a bit more expensive than vented dryers. Prices start at around £190 - but you'll need to pay slightly more for a good condenser dryer, and though we have found Best Buy condenser dryers that cost around £250, it's likely you'll pay more for a Best Buy. Average energy running costs are about £92, but you can expect to pay about £76 a year for a 6kg-capacity drum, £92 for a 7kg-capacity drum and £104 for an 8kg-capacity drum

Read more: http://www.which.co.uk/reviews/tumble-dryers/article/tumble-dryer-faqs - Which?
#20
Had both types, got condenser now. Efficient and so convenient. You can put it anywhere. Only thing to remember with any dryer it's too complete the cycle-including the cool part at the end. If you don't you risk having a fire! Oh, and remember to empty the water tank regularly.
#21
geeadamg
shauneco
geeadamg
louisebarker
geeadamg
louisebarker
Ooh brilliant. Thanks. Exciting weekend ahead of looking at tumble driers. The things I get frills from these days! Do any of you know anywhere that will have good New Year deals on them?
With you on this. I love our condenser dryer - best purchase of 2016. Still get excited about always dry clothes in winter.
lol x Do you mind me asking which one you went for please?
It's an Indesit and even though I'm looking at it, I can't see a model. It's black, got it from Tesco direct using sale + voucher for £190ish delivered.
You'll regret buying an Indesit in a years time when have to call them to come and repair it, A nice £130+ call out charge ;(.
I read the reviews and took the risk. Checked it wasn't one of the recalled ones and apparently it's a Hoover brand with a Indesit badge. It has a five year warranty too. You can do it with any product - find people who have had problems and and find people who sear by them in equal measure. I'm very impressed with the one I have.
louisebarker
geeadamg
louisebarker
Ooh brilliant. Thanks. Exciting weekend ahead of looking at tumble driers. The things I get frills from these days! Do any of you know anywhere that will have good New Year deals on them?
With you on this. I love our condenser dryer - best purchase of 2016. Still get excited about always dry clothes in winter.
lol x Do you mind me asking which one you went for please?
Found it - http://www.tesco.com/direct/indesit-ecotime-condenser-tumble-dryer-idcl-85-b-h-k-black/133-9266.prd I paid £183.20 delivered. There were cheaper ones but I wanted a high economy rating and B was the highest I could find on any dryer. I also have it in the bedroom and tend to dry clothes in evening so it warms the whole room up. I haven't found any problems with excess moisture but our bedroom has wooden floors so less soft furnishings to trap moisture.
Reviews don't mean much in a years time when they break which unfortunately most do and calling them out means spending an uneconomical amount etc..

I hope you have more luck with yours than a majority of people do with Hotpoint/Indesit products. Hoover/Candy are a separate company but they're not much better these days. Most things comes down to using cheap mass produced poor quality parts. They shifted production to Poland from the UK and it's been down hill ever since :(. True Hotpoint once were a very good respected manufacturer but not anymore :(.
#22
I have no buyers remorse yet (even though this thread is trying to convince me I should). Had it since September and has been flawless. It's a £180 dryer. Maybe I should have paid double for twice as much use. I dunno.

Louise - sorry your thread got hijacked by my bad buying choices.
#23
geeadamg
I have no buyers remorse yet (even though this thread is trying to convince me I should). Had it since September and has been flawless. It's a £180 dryer. Maybe I should have paid double for twice as much use. I dunno.
Louise - sorry your thread got hijacked by my bad buying choices.

Don't worry about it, if we help one person avoid the high possibility of misery our job will be done :) good luck with your
#24
Wow so many comments thank you.

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