TUMBLE DRYER FEATURES
Tumble dryer technology is continually improving, and modern models have an impressive range of features. This section of our buyers guide gives an overview of what features are available, from self-cleaning systems to heat pump technology.
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Typically, tumble dryers have an interior light, so that you can see everything inside the drum for easy unloading.
Some brands also have models with a reversible door, which allows you to open the tumble dryer from the left or the right. Having a reversible door gives you more options for placing the dryer in your home.
DRYING CYCLE ADDITIONS
Some tumble dryers have an anti-crease feature, which kicks in once the cycle is complete.
The drum continues to rotate occasionally until you open the door, to keep your clothes as crease-free as possible.
Keep an eye out for cool air settings as well. These are multi-functional, allowing you to cool down your clothes at the end of the cycle, so they aren’t too hot when unloading. Or, freshen up items that have been stored away, to remove musty odours.
Tumble dryers built with heat pump technology tend to be a bit more expensive than regular condenser dryers.
However, it’s worth investing, as they’re more energy efficient and cheaper to run. While standard condenser dryers release the warm air used to dry your clothes, heat pump technology is designed to retain and re-use this during the cycle.
Some top-of-the-range condenser tumble dryers come with an automatic self-cleaning system. The condenser is cleaned during the cycle using the water extracted from the laundry. This smart feature ensures optimum drying performance, as the condenser remains lint-free.
Take a look at our energy efficiency section for more details.
Tumble dryers with heat pump technology tend to be a bit more expensive, but they’re more energy efficient and cheaper to run.
DISPLAY AND CONTROLS
Electronic control dials are used to select the drying program or the specific drying time required, depending on the model.
Some tumble dryers also have buttons that shorten drying times. For heat-sensitive fabrics, it’s beneficial to invest in a tumble dryer with a temperature selector, to ensure that clothes are cared for as well as properly dried.
Sensor drying models often have an LED panel, which tells you the status of the cycle at a glance. Some designs can also estimate the drying time remaining, while others have a convenient buzzer button, which turns on an audible alarm to let you know when your clothes are dry.
Warning LED lights serve as a handy reminder for emptying the water container or cleaning the lint filter, helping you keep your appliance working at maximum efficiency.
If you’re willing to pay a little extra, you can get a tumble dryer with a time delay setting, giving you the option to start the cycle when it suits you.
Another common feature is a child lock, which prevents little fingers from altering the cycle settings while the appliance is in use.
BRAND SPECIFIC FEATURES
Many manufacturers have developed unique tumble dryer features:
Anti-vibration – Siemens has created a range of tumble dryer models with Antivibration design, to give increased stability and decrease noise during use.
Anti-tangling – Some Hotpoint tumble dryers have Anti-tangling technology, to prevent your clothes from wrapping around each other and creasing during the cycle.
AirWash™ – Samsung’s AirWash™ technology uses hot air alone to refresh and deodorise a few items at once. This process removes light odours and leaves your clothes smelling fresh.
Hoover Talks – For their top-end models, Hoover has developed the Hoover Talks system. This allows you to control your tumble dryer using your voice through your phone. Launch programmes, receive updates about the machine’s status, and even ask for customised advice on how to dry garments.
Protective drum – Also, many Bosch models have a fabric-protecting drum structure, to protect your clothes and make sure they stay in tip-top condition for as long as possible.
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Many manufacturers have developed unique tumble dryer features.