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Beko DCU8230X White

This feature-packed large load tumble dryer is quick and highly efficient.

Are you looking for an efficient condenser tumble dryer with a large capacity and tons of great labour-saving features? Then cast your eye towards the Beko DCU8230X.

Review:

With dimensions of 84.6 cm (H) x 59.5 cm (W) x 59.8 cm (D) and a load capacity of 8kg, this machine should be sufficient for a large household. 8kg will allow you to wash a duvet or 22 hand towels, making this one of the more spacious machines on the UK market. As a condenser tumble dryer the moisture extracted from your clothes is captured in a receptacle that needs periodically emptying. But the DCU8230X also allows you to plumb into a drainpipe for direct and automatic disposal.

There are a total of 15 programmes for different drying options, with 11 of these sensor-driven (i.e. will conclude the cycle when the machine stops detecting moisture) and five of the programmes timed. Timed programmes give you more control, but run the risk of wasting electricity and causing heat damage to your clothes. There are reports that the moisture sensors struggle to accurately detect moisture levels when the drum isn’t very full – so you might want to use the timed option for small loads. You can select ‘extra dry’, ‘cupboard dry’ or ‘iron dry’ – the last of these leaving a bit of dampness to help with the ironing process. There’s also an ‘Xpress’ option if you’re in a hurry; a helpful end of cycle buzzer; a time delay if you want to put the drying off for a few hours; a child lock; reverse action to reduce creasing; an auto cooldown phase; an easy-access filter; and indicators for lint buildup and the water tank.

Thankfully this machine is also extremely proficient at drying – and drying evenly at that, whatever the fabric. It’s energy efficient for a tumble dryer (with a ‘B’ rating) and at 66 decibels is about average for noise levels. All in all this is a very effective tumble dryer.

What’s hot:

  • Quick and even drying
  • Packed with features
  • Energy efficient

What’s not:

  • Excessive creasing
  • Lighter loads confuse sensors
  • Extra dry setting doesn’t always dry clothes completely

Why you should buy it:

The Beko DCU8230X is an excellent condenser tumble dryer. It’s packed with great features, has a whopping 8 kg load capacity, and most importantly it dries with the best of them.