TUMBLE DRYER PROGRAMMES
Tumble dryers have a variety of programmes, from basic timed cycles to specific settings for particular fabrics. Some models even have intelligent sensors that protect your washing.
Before you buy, it’s a good idea to decide which programmes you need, and which ones are available in your price range. This handy guide will help you choose the right tumble dryer for you.
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Sensor drying technology detects the size and weight of the laundry load, to make sure the dryer is only on as long as it needs to be.
Once you reach your chosen level of dryness, the appliance switches off.
You can save energy and money by buying a model with this function, and it also protects your clothes from over-drying shrinkage and damage.
Sensor drying is available on both inexpensive and top-of-the-range models, so no matter your budget, you’ll be able to find a model with this feature.
The majority of tumble dryers with sensor drying technology have variations of the following dryness settings you can choose:
With the iron dry setting, laundry is left slightly damp to make light work of ironing your garments. The downside is that you’ll need to iron the clothes straight away for maximum effectiveness.
The hanger dry setting is ideal for items like sweatshirts, which don’t require ironing. Any light creases will drop out when your washing is hung up.
This setting ensures your laundry is dry enough to put away immediately, once the cycle is complete. It’s worth noting that manufacturers may have different definitions as to what constitutes cupboard dry, so check the model specifications before you buy.
The extra dry setting means a longer cycle time, to ensure bulkier items are completely dry. This setting is perfect for drying items like bedding and towels.
Sensor drying is available on both inexpensive and top-of-the-range models.
PROGRAMMES BY FABRIC TYPE
More often than not, tumble dryers come with separate drying settings for clothing made from cotton and synthetic materials.
To take care of delicate fabrics or wool, some tumble dryers have a specialised cycle which uses gentle heat and minimal tumbling. This ensures that more sensitive materials are not affected by the drying process, giving your laundry the care that it needs.
Synthetic programmes are only capable of drying approximately half the amount of clothing compared to a programme for cotton garments, due to the nature of the fabric.
To take care of delicate fabrics or wool, some tumble dryers have a specialised cycle.
PROGRAMMES BY TIME
Some of the more wallet-friendly tumble dryers require you to set the drying time manually, rather than being sensor-controlled.
Therefore, a degree of guesswork is needed to achieve your desired level of dryness.
Some tumble dryer manufacturers offer a range of special programmes, designed to perform specific functions.
Outdoor wear programmes dry more substantial items like coats and jackets with ease, whereas lingerie programmes give your light, delicate items the TLC they need. Some manufacturers even offer programmes designed for drying garments such as jeans.
Super quick programmes get your clothes ready to wear again in a jiffy. The speed of the cycle can vary greatly depending on the manufacturer, so it’s worth doing some research before you buy.
Easy iron programmes alternate between warm and cool air during the cycle to ensure your clothes are as crease-free as possible.
Outdoor wear programmes dry heavier items with ease, whereas lingerie programmes give your light, delicate items the TLC they need.