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  • Hah, the amount of time I spent researching washing machines instead of doing work probably would have paid for a much more expensive washing machine...

  • Just buy the most expensive one at the beginning and save on all the research which will make you want to buy the deluxe one anyway.

  • It would take me about 9 years to recoup the additional cost of a £800 tumble dryer on a purely energy saving comparison.

    Yeah this and being scared about having it in a cold environment put me off. Plus they can't be DIY repaired as easily if that sort of thing is important to you.

  • Yeah, I'm fine with having an 'old tech' tumble dryer with a drum, belt, motor, heater and a vent. Had to change the belt once, but pretty easy to DIY repair.

  • Have you considered renting a washing machine?

    How many in your household/how many washes will you do a week?

    Unless you're in for a Miele, it won't be economically serviceable and if you rent it's someone else's problem.

    PS Don't be drawn-in by high spin speeds: excessive wear on the machine for diminishing drying returns.

  • There's only two of us for now and 3 loads a week. I didn't know renting was a thing? Good to tell me about spin speeds, I was definitely drawn in, MOAR SPINNY.

  • For 3 washes PW I would look at renting: that doesn't warrant a Miele.

    Everything else is built in a handful of different factories with different brand-tax.

    I'll try and find my reference (a white-goods engineer).

  • I love this forum 😄.

  • Bought myself a Ninja 3.8L air fryer before Christmas and it's been pretty amazing.

    Great for veg - roast potatoes, home made chips, sweet potato, grilled peppers, roast carrots.

    Does a fantastic job on salmon, chicken legs, sausages, roast pork, beef, chicken breasts.

    Anything breaded, makes great schnitzel. Spring rolls come out perfect, samosas, supermarket falafel too.

    It's great at reheating left-overs, great for frozen foods - oven chips, croquettes.

    I did worry buying it it'd be a bit of a one trick pony but it's far from the case. I managed a roast dinner in it a few weeks ago doing batches (potatoes, carrots, roast pork etc.), we do salmon once a week, did chicken legs tonight, lots of veg goes in there too.

    I reckon it gets used 4 out of 5 meals in some way because you can just set it and walk away with great results. An instant read thermometer is pretty essential kitchen gadget too and particularly useful timing with an air fryer as the timings do seem to vary from one to another. Like for salmon in the Ninja it's about 3 minutes less than some air-fryer recipes are suggesting.

    Easier to clean than a bunch of messy greasy pans too.

    I would say that for chip lovers nothing comes close to a deep fat fryer though, air fryer chips are still basically oven chips in taste but they do come out quicker and crispier. Supermarket oven chips however must have some magic coating as they come out super crispy.

    My wife's told me I talk about the air fryer too much.

  • I do think if you have a top end oven already then maybe an air-fryer isn't gonna make a big difference. Our oven though is shit and might be next on the upgrade list.

  • buy an old miele washer dryer for 200 quid or so on ebay
    get it delivered to you by anyvan for 50 quid or so

    better than any modern crap and they keep on going forever and ever
    platypus approved©

  • As someone who has designed and developed kitchen appliances for 8 years this thread is quite interesting

  • Agreed. I've got a Miele washing machine. 8 years old, heavy use (tw0 kids, frequent cycling kit for me, running kit fir the wife...etc) and it hasn't skipped a beat. They're outstanding.

  • Had a John Lewis washing machine and fridge freezer both of which survived five years of us and ten years of tenants. They were pretty basic things but soldiered on admirably.

  • Just ordered a washing machine this Samsung one.

    Heat pump dryers, can they go in a garage or do they need to be in a warm house?

  • Heat pump dryers, can they go in a garage or do they need to be in a warm house?

    When I researched general guidance seemed to be at least 10°. But soul said he has no problem with his Samsung in an uninsulated garage.

    I'd go with the manufacturers recommendation if new as that will govern the warranty.

  • More containers bought. Making progress is like gaining ground in the first war, but it's slowly getting better.

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  • How noisy is it?

  • OK this is wise advice. I will wait and check temperatures when I move in before I hit the buy button.

    In other Samsung news, I ordered a new 4 door fridge freezer and I'm almost as excited as new bike day. What has happened to me?

  • I have an ao voucher if anyone wants it? 20 quid off anything over £299 and 30 off anything over £399.

  • We have ours in the garage and not had any issues -bought in October and used through winter.

  • I'm on the market for a tumble dryer but i'm not sure i can quite stretch to a heat pump one, even with my staff discount.

    Having said that, there is one that's an extra 150 quid but it 4 times as energy efficient

  • Is your garage insulated?

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