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We have a washer dryer, but don't use the dryer much at all. I don't like the way it fades clothes and makes them look older. I also feel like they're expensive to run, but I've never actually looked into the running cost.

They're popular, so I'm guessing others use them more than we do. So what do you think?

ClaireF1978
23 days ago
What do you think of this?
Ann1984
Ann198423 days ago

I be lost without my tumble not ruined any of our clothes and I have dried wash loads in them if it breaks it needs to be replaced same day running cost not really noticed hid the smart metre 😂

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garygemmell
garygemmell23 days ago

Average is 3kw so if you have it on for an hour at current Scottish Power rates during the day that would be £0.66p per hour and as it is an inductive load it will register a higher amount of leccie if you have a Smart meter - not so smart meters as they would lead you to believe just another con in the long line of big business and government cons!

Rarely higher than 3kw as you average plug is 13amp@240v - notice how the manufacturers obfuscate by calling them energy b+ a+ but dont actually tell you the wattage which is really how you calculate the cost!

Would never have one myself apart from being a fire hazard they fill the air with minute particles that can cause lung infection due to the damp and bacteria that breed on them!

As I keep saying there is no substitute for the good old days and a whirlygig in the back garden to dry naturally!

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"Lab tests carried out by Dutch scientists have shown that some of today's 'smart' electrical meters may give out false readings that in some cases can be 582% higher than actual energy consumption,"

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/06/smart-energy-meters-giving-readings-seven-times-high-study-finds/

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Pjran
Pjran22 days ago

I love my tumble dryer especially for whites. I hate hanging out whites only to be pooped on.

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ClaireF1978
ClaireF1978
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22 days ago

That's really interesting, I didn't realise that about smart meters, but we've never had one anyway!

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hspexy
hspexy23 days ago

We don’t have a dryer, but on occasion we’ve had to nip to the launderette to use their dryers to thoroughly dry out padded coats, etc. I think it’s more economical that way, as it’s unnecessary to dry out everything

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MeestairChrees
MeestairChrees22 days ago

I wouldn't even know where a laundrette was. I can't say I've ever seen one anywhere near me.

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Mummy18
Mummy1823 days ago

I have one but only use it for towels, bedding, socks and underwear. I don’t like how it can shrink some clothes

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Pjran
Pjran22 days ago

My clothes only shrink after cruise holidays.

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Mummy18
Mummy1822 days ago
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KirsteyJames
KirsteyJames22 days ago

We have one and its great, i dont know we would dry the amount of clothes that are washed without it. We do at least 2 wash and tumble drys every day - perks of a teenager and toddler 🤣 we do have a rail on the wall above the radiator for the few things that cant be tumble dried though.

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Lynibis
Lynibis22 days ago

I wouldn't be without mine, it is a condenser dryer so doesn't need any vent through wall etc. I use it 2 to 3 times a week, not at all in summer when I hang washing outside. I believe it costs me about 50p per dry so well worth it for me as I couldn't cope with drying clothes indoors during bad weather. It is not good for your home either, causing damp and exacerbating mould.

Don't recollect anything shrinking, can usually get away without ironing and have had them for many years, since early 90s.

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nina090976
nina09097622 days ago

We have a condenser dryer too,it's ideal if you need an item of clothing washed&dried at the last minute 🙂 I mostly hang my washing out to dry,even throughout winter,might take longer to dry but trying to be more eco friendly x

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ClaireF1978
ClaireF1978
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22 days ago

This basically what we do too. Occasionally dry a load of towels too if everything has built up and I need to get back on top of the laundry.

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gerrykelly25
gerrykelly2522 days ago

I have a heat pump tumble dryer. They are slightly more expensive than condenser or vented dryers to buy, but are much more energy efficient. I haven’t had a problem with fading. The clothes also come out with hardly any creases - which saves on the ironing. I used to have a a combination washer/dryer, but like you, I found it expensive and slow. The clothes were always very creased also.

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angemski
angemski22 days ago

I couldn't be without a tumble dryer. I prefer fresh-air drying but our climate is unpredictable. I haven't had any shrinkage problems with the fabrics but it's important to get a unit with multiple heat settings.

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AnnaAddams
AnnaAddams22 days ago

I do understand why people get them but I wouldn't get one even if I had the space for one. Would rather just have the heating on and put the clothes on the radiator.

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Lynibis
Lynibis22 days ago

https://www.smartvacuums.co.uk/dry-clothes-indoors-top-tips/

If you scroll down it gives you the health hazards of drying indoors. It is also not good for the heating system. Dryers are not expensive to run and so worth it.

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ClaireF1978
ClaireF1978
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22 days ago

Lynibis thanks that's interesting. I think I will have to look into heated airers.

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Glitterandgold
Glitterandgold22 days ago

I couldnt live without ours either, it's on most days especially during the colder months.

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KimGoode
KimGoode22 days ago

I would be lost without my dryer, I still use my washing line and radiators but couldn’t do without.

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MeestairChrees
MeestairChrees22 days ago

Don't have one unfortunately, but want one. When I get more room at some point, definitely!

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Lynibis
Lynibis22 days ago

When I lived in a flat in the 90s I put the tumble dryer between the bedroom window and my bed, draped a pretty cloth over top and used as a bedside table lol. It was a vent dryer so I just stuck the hose out of the window.

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MeestairChrees
MeestairChrees22 days ago

Lynibis interesting and novel idea! But I don't have room for that either 😋 when I move house though...

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