BUYING IN-STORE VS. ONLINE
Whether you’re going to buy your tumble dryer online or in-store, it’s important to do your research first to get the best deal. We compare both methods below to help you choose the best option for you.
BUYING A TUMBLE DRYER IN-STORE
The main advantage to buying your tumble dryer in-store is that you can do some physical checks of the machine before you buy:
Make sure you measure the appliance before purchasing to ensure it will fit into the space you have in mind for it at home.
The tumble dryer door should be easy to open. Check the angle that the door opens to, and make sure the porthole is wide enough for loading.
Ensure the control panel is simple to use. Check that the display is easy to read and that you can understand how to set up a cycle using the buttons and dials.
Buying in-store means that you can do some physical checks.
The lint filter needs to be cleaned often to prevent it from becoming clogged with fluff from your clothes.
It’s important to check the filter to make sure you can remove and replace it with ease. Keep in mind that some models have double sided filters which are harder to clean.
If it’s a heat pump tumble dryer you’re after, it’s worth checking that there’s easy access to the microfilter, so you can keep your appliance working at its best. Alternatively, look for a self-cleaning model.
If you’re looking to buy a condenser tumble dryer, make sure the water container is easy to access and remove.
Make sure that the model you have your eye on has all the features you need. If you’re buying in-store, you can also ask staff for help.
BUYING A TUMBLE DRYER ONLINE
Buying online is more convenient than visiting a store – you can browse and order a tumble dryer 24 hours a day, and you don’t even have to leave the house.
However, you can’t examine the machine or get personalised advice.
Most online retailers have a review section for tumble dryers. Customers who have already made a purchase can rate machines on various attributes, such as ease of use and value for money.
Confirmed purchasers can also leave positive and negative comments about their experience with the appliance alongside their rating.
Detailed product descriptions can be found online, which come in handy when deciding between different models. You can easily find out about the appliance size, features and functionality for every model in stock on the site.
Website product filters can be handy when comparing tumble dryers. You can filter by things like brand, price, energy rating, and drying type to find a specific tumble dryer. Search functions are also helpful if you’ve got something in particular in mind.
Buying online is sometimes cheaper than buying in store. Many retailers offer free delivery, have exclusive online discounts, and put on seasonal sales.