Choosing a tumble dryer
Types of tumble dryer
- Air vented driers expel the damp air from your laundry through a flexible hose. This can be put through a window or permanently installed to a vent through the wall.
- Condenser driers extract the damp from the air and collected in a water container. The container will then either drain automatically or be emptied out manually each time.
Opening and closing the door
- Can the door be hinged on either side?
- If there's an opening button, is it non-slip and easy to push?
- Does the shape and size of the door handle make it easy to grip?
- Can the door be opened and closed with little force?
Loading and unloading laundry
- Does the drier have wheels or castors?
- Can you reach the drum without bending down or stretching?
- Does it have a wide door to make loading and unloading easy?
Clearing the filter
- The filter collects lint that has been shed by the washing. Most sit behind or near the door.
- Can you get to the filter without bending down too far?
- Can you take out the filter to clean it easily – without force or fiddly actions?
Air vented driers: fitting the vent hose
- Are multiple venting positions available?
- Can you fit and disconnect the vent hose easily?
- Condenser driers: emptying the water
- Can water be piped down the drain?
- If not, can you get to the container without bending down too far?
- Can you remove and replace the container easily?
- Are there any sharp edges?
- Are labels and markings large and do they contrast well with their background?
- Are buttons easy to press? Large buttons that stick out are better.
- Are dials large and easy to grip and turn?
- Are positions on the dial well-spaced? Cramped settings need more precise control.
- Are the controls well-spaced, so that you don’t press the wrong one accidentally?
More to consider
If you have poor sight…
- Some manufacturers provide tactile controls for free. They will either send an engineer to your home to fit them or send you a kit.