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Post# 542432   9/8/2011 at 15:41 (4,475 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        

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I`l never get used to these new patterns of drying, am babysitting so using the Ultima WDD960 - 1600rpm washer dryer...

Cottons 3kg - High Heat
10 mins tumble
2 mins distribution
10 mins tumble
2 mins distribution
10 mins tumble
10 mins SPINNING UP TO 1600rpm - how weird is that!!
2 mins distribution & pumpout

now tumbling intermittent fast / slow

Nearly Dry!!! and Super Silent....Yay!!

Post# 542435 , Reply# 1   9/8/2011 at 15:51 (4,475 days old) by marthalover4eve ()        
Thermal spin

its called a thermal spin its to get creases out of clothes

Post# 542438 , Reply# 2   9/8/2011 at 15:56 (4,475 days old) by aquarius1984 (Planet earth)        
OMD! no! lol

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Thermal Spin to get creases out?

More like set them in,

However only if you were to stop the machine directly after.

The theory behind the Thermal spin is that the fabrics are more relaxed when hot and steamy so the fast spin helps to release more water to cut down on tumble drying times.

Everything creases but the heat and residual time of drying after smootehs it all out again to an acceptable level.

Once lived in a houseshare that had an Indesit WasherDryer 1200 and was always impressed at the drying times it offered although its small by todays standards 5kg tub made a fair mess of jeans and heavy items even with a much reduced load. Id love to see how these larger capacity machines do with such loads.

Post# 542441 , Reply# 3   9/8/2011 at 16:25 (4,475 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
"Thermal Spin"

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Well ya learn nu stuff everyday!!! LOL.....although the Thermal Spin is used to move the moisture out of the clothes quicker than normal drying, not only to take out the creases...

This isnt a new technique though it was used in washer extractors in russian laundries in the 60`s - pressurized steam was used to aid drying!!

Well my drying is done and not a crease in sight and it had really cooled the load down unlike the Fagor washer dryers which leave the load very hot at end of cycle

Post# 542443 , Reply# 4   9/8/2011 at 16:27 (4,475 days old) by Haxisfan (Europe - UK / Italy)        
It must generate some scary creases there!!

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I'm more inclined to think that a similar behaviour would set stubborn creases in your clothes... come on chestermikeuk... you tried it... you must know... does it really crinkle your clothes to death? How does it compare to other washer-dryers you used previously?

The Indesit washer-dryer I used on holiday was wrinkling my stuff like there's no tomorrow... but I don't think it was doing a thermal spin which I can only assume (in a weird but logical way of thinking) that would make matters worse.

Well, let me know... I'm really curious ;-)

Post# 542586 , Reply# 5   9/9/2011 at 13:26 (4,474 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        

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Put a 3kg load in and set auto dry, high heat, cupboard dry sensor setting - the timer started to read 140mins, then it went through the routine and I timed completed the dry load in just over 60 mins...all dry, no creasing and clothes and tub where cooled down which doesnt happen in the Fagor, & Zanussis have used ...

Must admit am very impressed, its very quiet in action and it completed the job to great satisfaction....I`ll plug my leccy meter in next time to see how many units it used...

Cheers, Mike

Post# 542592 , Reply# 6   9/9/2011 at 14:04 (4,474 days old) by gorenje (Slovenia)        

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From what I know the thermal spin extracts more water from the clothes.

Post# 542603 , Reply# 7   9/9/2011 at 15:07 (4,474 days old) by AquaCycle (West Yorkshire, UK)        

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Thanks for the info Mike - very interesting read! This makes me even more curious about the new Hotpoints. Wondering if they've finally got their finger out with the reliability issues.

Post# 542895 , Reply# 8   9/11/2011 at 02:40 (4,473 days old) by dj-gabriele ()        

Oh, fantastic :) I always wanted a washer dryer as I don't feel the need for separate machines (I always dry outdoors unless there's really bad weather) and a washer-dryer would suffice for me.
This Hotpoint really feels good!

Post# 542933 , Reply# 9   9/11/2011 at 08:26 (4,473 days old) by gizmo (Victoria, Australia)        

We just got back from a holiday in New Zealand, first couple of nights we stayed at an apartment that had an Ariston washer/dryer that did a spin during the dry phase, I have never heard of a thermal spin, I thought it was a faulty timer!

It sure set some killer wrinkles in the clothes, my partner is pedantic about ironing and was very annoyed about the creases in the clothes, they just wouldn't come out despite plenty of steam ironing.

Next couple of nights we had a Candy washer/dryer, it was much more civilized - quieter,didn't dance around on spin, dried faster,not so wrinkly results.

thermal spin sounds stupid to me, but we don't have a dryer at all at home, so what would I know?

Post# 542952 , Reply# 10   9/11/2011 at 08:47 (4,473 days old) by Haxisfan (Europe - UK / Italy)        
@ gizmo

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Where was the Candy appliance... in New Zealand or in Australia?? I never knew Candy made it over there!

When I hear something nice about a Candy machine I just melt :-P

Anyway I'm sure that any washer-dryer would crinkle clothes to an extent, and if you're not used to a washer-dryer at all than you would notice the difference. A drying only machine is yet again another story... if used sensibly it might even take away the hassle of ironing!

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