As far as the division of labour in our home sits the laundry pile is one which sits with me. Never one to overlook a chance to delegate, the opportunity to review the AEG T88595IS Heat Pump Tumble Dryer for Mumsnet was a dream.
One of the reasons the laundry pile is my domain is because my husband hasn’t got the hang of separating. Whether that be colours, blacks and whites or understanding which clothes are too delicate to survive a tumble dryer.
So many cross words of clothes lost.But it seems we might be on the verge of getting past this laundry stand-off with the arrival of a new tumble dryer.
The AEG T88595IS Heat Pump Tumble Dryer has so much going for it before you even get to the bit that really did get me excited.
It has a 9kg drying capacity- fantastic for a family of 5 when all the laundry is getting done on the weekend.
It has a super silent drying cycle- no more sniping at Mr J when he leaves the kitchen door open and the sound of the dryer reverberates around the home.
The energy rating is A++. We do try to conserve energy as much as possible- Mr J is an absolute star at hanging the washing on our washing line. But winter means a few things – our rotary washing line needs to withstand the elements (this has yet to happen) and the opportunities for clothes to air dry is rare. Our tumble dryer has always taken the place of a dishwasher- representing our priorities (I can always wash dishes I can’t dry our volumes of laundry in a hurry). There are a couple of features of this tumble dryer which have been especially valuable for us, and will be more so as the months roll on.
The tumble dryer has the ability to look after silks and wool. The dryer comes with a Woolmark stamp of approval, and my more insignificant stamp is also added. The tumble dryer has specific capacity for delicates but just knowing they’re looked after and I don’t need to wait too long for them to air dry is massive plus.
The tumble dryer also has a steam facility which reduces the need to iron even more as well as removing odours which haven’t necessarily been knocked out by the washing machine. In our home between the dogs, cats, mud and sand this is something which we’ll value. And did I mention it negates the need to iron? In terms of the less important but lovely nonetheless points. I loved the red lights, and I loved how easy the symbols are to get my head around – simple things. And I love that at the start and end of each cycle there’s a light inside the drum. I really appreciate the countdown of time- the fantastic thing about the tumble dryer is that it’s intelligent – so it modifies the time and speed of the cycle of accommodate what you’re drying.
I also appreciate how easy it is to do the housekeeping. The water container has a little flue to air pouring excess water into the sink or the container for holding water for the steam function. The fluff filter is enclosed so you can empty it into the bin without excess falling on the kitchen floor.
And it has a little tune it plays when the cycle is complete. Not loud or intrusive but perfect for keeping the laundry cycle going.What didn’t I like? I’m not convinced about the drying capability on some of the cycles. I’m going to carry on playing with this, but it makes me think the energy efficiency may be offset by the need for longer drying cycles. This isn’t a biggy for me. The clothes are still getting dry in great time- and I did I mention the delicate and steam functions? The pluses for the machine are great, and my negative is a quibble.
If you want to see a little glimpse of it in action, along with a lot of my waffling about the tumble dryer (which I have hopefully written more concisely), check out this YouTube video:
Retailing at £850 in John Lewis and Curry’s, the AEG T88595IS Heat Pump Tumble Dryer is at the high-end of the market. In the past we’ve spent around £500 on our machines. Some truth will be borne out in durability which I hope withstands our previous purchases. How does it compare to other machines? It does so much more. And it’s functionality which our family will benefit from in terms of providing a ‘one-stop’ approach to getting our laundry done.
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