Saturday, November 26, 2016

Gorenje D722CM Vented Dryer.

After a neighbourhood semi stray cat broke into my laundry and pee'd in my barely 3 year old Westinghouse workhorse of a sensor dryer I was on the hunt for a new one.

Having an outdoor laundry means a vented one is fine and generally it's only used for socks and undies, emergencies when it rains for weeks and towels. Nothing worse than a crunchy towel.

Googling reviews told me that 2 of the major players in the market seemed to leave a lot to be desired. Going off specs alone I decided to take a punt on the little known in Australia Gorenje D722CM. Imported by Asko I figured it was likely a pretty safe bet and I loved that it had a number of cycles to choose from as well as being a hefty 7kgs which was a 2kg upgrade on my last one. 

Upon arrival I was pretty impressed. It looked stylish next to my washing machine, it was solid and build quality was on par with the aforementioned major players. 
  The first run through and I noticed this thing was LOUD. Like, airplane taking off at an airport loud. But that was fine, as I mentioned, it lives in an outdoor laundry and noise wasn't very noticeable in the house. Something to keep in mind if you have an indoor laundry however and young kids who sleep! 

 It has 12 custom cycles plus 3 timed cycles of 30 minutes, 60 minutes and 90 minutes. It has a sensor so once it detects no more moisture in the clothing it will go into a cooling cycle then rotate once every so often for up to 2 hours to prevent creasing. It's important to note that you cannot disable this feature. 

The various cycles, like washing machines, hold various weights of washing. Cotton is up to 7kgs (more on this later), sensitive 2kgs, some are 3.5kgs some 4.5kgs etc. All cycles have the ability to press the cooler temperature button located in the centre square button (-C) and/or an extra dry function (top square button).

Once the cycle has completed, if you find the washing has not dried completely you cannot just hit the start button again. The entire dial has to be rotated to the off position then the cycle started again, complete with lowering temperature and adding extra dry if warranted. 

Drum capacity is huge. Much bigger than my 5kg model and the in door lint filter worked extremely well. It was easy to clean although you have to be careful to click it back into place properly or the outer filter cover won't close properly. It seems to sometimes want to click into some outer area nearby where it's actually meant to click into.
Despite a couple of minor annoyances I generally loved this dryer. Putting socks and undies on cotton yielded a very quick cycle and things were coming out completely dry without being crispy. A few weeks in however I noticed one day that it did not turn off. I had 2 towels, 2 teatowels, 2 small gym towels and 4 facewashers in there. 2 hours later the cycle was still going. A check showed the towels were well over-dry and burning hot to the touch.

Concerned I hoped it was a one off and the next time I used it it worked correctly. However the problem continued intermittently so an Asko technician was sent out to help me. Not having heard of the brand before he had to be briefed by head office as to how the dryer worked. I was told that the cotton feature HAS to have 7kg of washing in it. That any less means that the sensor does not work properly and that if I only have a few kilograms of washing, to use one of the other cycles and also to NEVER put the extra dry feature on. That it shouldn't really have one and is only meant for heavy bedding etc (none of this is mentioned in the instructions, one would think, when purchasing a dryer with a moisture sensor that can hold a maximum of 7kgs would turn off when the washing was dry, no matter how much washing was in the machine, as long as it doesn't exceed the maximum). 

A call to the importer at Asko and I was informed that technically this is not a sensor dryer. It is only a sensor dryer if you have the exact amount of washing in it that the maximum states, otherwise it is a timed dryer and that I should definitely use the other cycles, no using the extra dry feature. 

This proved fruitless. Sensitive cycle, mixed cycle and shirt cycle ALL left my washing still wet even after 2 cycles. Cotton cycle with a lower temperature and no extra dry rendered the machine unstoppable. Frightened of a fire I contacted the company I purchased it from and it was agreed that this is not right. A sensor dryer should cease to dry clothing once the contents are dry and that it may be a fire hazard. Thankfully they offered to allow me to swap it with another product. Stay tuned for that review once it has arrived.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Kambrook 1.5L Glass Electric Kettle-KKE760CLR

I had a gift certificate from a refund at a local store that needed using up. My trusty old Breville Kettle had done my family well for 10 years but it was starting to have a few problems, leaking or not turning on properly. I figured it was as good a time as any to upgrade. Most reviews of kettles out there were pretty ordinary if not dismal. The Kambrook KKE760CLR seemed to have relatively okay one's. Picking up another leading brand's glass kettle while there I noted it felt flimsy and cheaply made (surprisingly so given it's nearly $20 price hike on the Kambrook while on special).

A quick full boil to prep the kettle before it's first use and it was good to go. The cord is plenty long enough that you can move the kettle most places on the bench, it swivels 360 degrees although the blue light is only visible for those of us who pick up the kettle with our left hand. It's sturdily built, all buttons press very easily and it's quicker than my old kettle was to boil. The whole lid flicks up with the press of a button so it's easy to fill. It holds a relatively standard 1.5 Litres of water and the benefit of the glass is that you can see if you're about to dry boil it.

It's an attractive design and has been running well with no leaks or problems at all for the last month. I'm very happy. My only gripe is that the button to boil is very easily pressed and I have knocked it on once or twice when simply wiping the bench. Maybe something to keep in mind if you have young kids who can reach the bench. 

Priced very reasonably compared to other kettles currently on the market. Recommended.