The first thing that struck me about this machine was that it represents a very significant improvement in quality over our previous AEG tumble drier. It looks very stylish with lots of chrome and reassuringly positive acting dials and buttons. It is also much quieter than our old unit even without using the optional ‘quiet’ setting.
The instruction book is reasonably clear and the controls are quite intuitive, making it relatively easy to operate. The internal light is quite useful.
Clothes come out wonderfully dry and un-creased using the ‘cupboard dry +’ setting. The washing seems very soft with no evidence of any shrinkage. The SensiDry technology appears to work very well by reducing the drying time to suit the characteristics of the actual load.
The excess heat extracted and reused by the heat pump technology means that the utility room stays noticeably cooler during operation than before. I haven’t been able to verify the energy consumption, but based on the manufacturer’s quoted figures, it is over twice as efficient as our previous AEG drier. Based on our usage of around 20 times a week, we could therefore potentially save around £200 to £300 per year in electricity bills over our old machine, which should help to off-set the relatively high initial purchase price.
The audible programme-finished indicator is quite pleasant, and much less irritating than the overly loud one on our previous dryer, meaning that you now know that the drying is finished, but don’t feel the need to have to jump up immediately to switch it off before it drives you insane with its persistent irritating beeping.
The only downside I can see is that we now want to get the matching washing machine.
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