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White Knight 44AW review

 Review: October 2016  
 

Rating: 4 stars

In a nutshell: The White Knight 44AW is a very economical vented tumble dryer. Simple to use, with a timed drying cycle and 2 heat settings, it will dry a family-sized laundry load within one to two hours. Reverse action tumbling and a cool-down period leave your clothes crease-free and ready to iron or put away. It's a highly-recommended basic dryer.

Best buy: White Knight 44AW White from Buywise Domestics (£131.14)



 

Design

The White Knight 44AW is a "back to basics" appliance with perhaps the simplest control panel that we've seen on a tumble dryer. With just a timer and a high/low heat setting to select, you really can't go wrong.

There are no advanced features such as different programmes, or auto-dry functions like you get in more expensive dryers, but this machine has the key advantage of simplicity, and puts you firmly in control.

This is an electric vented dryer, so you need to position the rear vent hose either permanently through a hole in the wall, or by opening a window or door and running the hose outside while the machine is running. Failure to vent properly will lead to a build-up of damp and mould.

The door is reversible for flexibility of installation.

Drying performance

The machine has a moderate 6kg capacity, which should be enough to handle most laundry loads in a single batch.

Unlike more expensive models, with the 44AW you simply select the high/low heat setting and the drying time and set it going. You'll need to experiment to find out how long you need, but typical loads will be dry in one to two hours. The dryer uses reverse tumble action to prevent clothes becoming tangled, and to ensure even drying.

A key advantage of this appliance is the degree of control it gives you. You can be confident that you can get your clothes completely dry, provided you set the run time correctly. The dryer also includes a cool programme, designed to leave your clothes ready to put into the cupboard with no ironing needed.

With a noise level of 65dB, this model is averagely noisy for a tumble dryer - about midway between the wash and spin noise levels of a typical washing machine.

Reliability

White Knight products are engineered to be very simple, so there is less to go wrong. They have a strong reputation for reliability, and should give you many years of reliable service. Just be sure to clean the fluff filter regularly.

Conclusion - a popular, basic dryer

The White Knight 44AW is the kind of machine your mother used to use. Simple to run, yet economical and reliable, it's a cheap option that's highly recommended, provided that you can find a way to vent it.


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