A reasonably-priced basic slimline dryer that works quickly and evenly
The Hotpoint V4D01P is a relatively cheap vented tumble dryer with a pretty diminutive load capacity. UK buyers looking for something small and cheerful should consider this for the longlist.
This is one of the more compact models out there, with a 4kg load making it suitable for small households only. The outer dimensions of 67(H) x 49 (W) x 48 cm (D) are perfect for those of you with limited space at home. It’s also light on features, but does have a few tricks up its sleeve. Firstly you’ll notice the 13 useful auto-programmes covering a range of different fabric types. There’s also a very handy reverse tumble action to stop clothes from getting bunched up and overly creased. Finally, if you want to air a dry item or two that’s been kept in a drawer too long or only worn once, there’s a very convenient 20 minute ‘freshen up’ option. A full load of cotton items will take 135 minutes to dry – pretty quick against the average.
As a vented dryer it’s important to know that the moisture extracted from your fabrics escapes via a hose pipe, so you must ensure you keep this model near a vent or window. Most importantly of all, the V4D01P dries quickly and evenly – probably the two key functions you want most from a dryer. It has a fairly poor energy efficiency rating of ‘C’ but as a small machine it won’t gobble up your electricity.
Finally, it produces 66 decibels of noise, which is just above average and approaching being noisy for an appliance of this type.
- Quick – especially with cotton
- Even drying
- Decent value
- Very small loads
- Above average noise
- Lacking in features
Why you should buy it: This is an above average tumble dryer that dries well and is pretty cheap. Its slimline dimensions make it ideal for a household with limited space, and although it’s not all singing, all dancing, it knows how to dry.