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AIBU to buy a tumble drier.

(94 Posts)
alistron1 Fri 04-Apr-14 22:20:13

I have been without a tumble dryer for 17 years. I have 4 kids and work full time.

Bear in mind that I am well tight, but I have a dream that a tumble dryer will make my life better.

Should I loosen my purse strings, or continue living like a Victorian?

Hoppinggreen Fri 04-Apr-14 22:22:26

Depends if you have room for an airer. I have a washer dryer and dry 90% of stuff on an airer in my utility room. If I had to use radiators etc then I would buy a dryer

WooWooOwl Fri 04-Apr-14 22:22:52

Yanbu! You need a tumble drier!

6cats3gingerkittens Fri 04-Apr-14 22:24:27

Buy one, mine is my best friend.

PansOnFire Fri 04-Apr-14 22:24:46

Mine has changed my life - DS is a toddler and continuously needs a change of clothes, I work full time and we have very little space to air dry everything for when we need.

The only thing that tumble dries apart from DS's clothes are towels, bedding and certain pieces of underwear. My clothes still need the radiator and the tank, but it has saved me loads of time for DS's clothes. The other bonus is that anything that goes in there just needs shaking out and lying flat, no need to iron, godsend!

Thesebootsweremadeforwalking Fri 04-Apr-14 22:27:51

No idea how I'd manage without one TBH. I didn't have one pre-DC and bedding was washed according to the weather - wouldn't get away with that now, 2 DC later.

Pipbin Fri 04-Apr-14 22:28:50

I love mine. I got one when we lived in a house that only had storage heaters and was therefore useless to try and dry clothes.
I now live in a house with proper heating but I still use mine. It makes everything so much easier.

YANBU. I don't know how people manage without them. Although I use mine far more in winter than summer.

stonehairbrush Fri 04-Apr-14 22:30:24

YANBU. Pants, socks and towels in the tumble dryer.

And then everything else on a Lakeland heated airer, which you also need to buy wink

alistron1 Fri 04-Apr-14 22:32:46

I am so sick of airers, and radiators full of clothes. I know that running them is expensive - is it worth it though?

Polarn Fri 04-Apr-14 22:33:21

Yabu... I have 2 kids under 5. I've never owned a tumble drier. We just bought some aiirers you hang from the ceiling... The empty space above the stairs is a good place for one.

I always wonder what id prefer... a tumble drier or a dish washer. I think dish washer, although I don't own either!

FloozeyLoozey Fri 04-Apr-14 22:33:41

Far too cold and rainy in Lancashire to do without one, my stuff would never dry outside and takes far too long inside and ends up smelling!

DameFanny Fri 04-Apr-14 22:33:50

Fluffy towels. That is all.

picnicbasketcase Fri 04-Apr-14 22:34:24

YANBU, as long as you have the money to buy it and can afford the electricity to run it. Why would it be unreasonable? I don't have one because I think they cost a lot to run and make clothes kind of misshapen, plus I don't have the space in my utility room for one anyway.. but it doesn't bother me to have clothes drying in the house, which apparently does annoy a lot of people. Considering you have a big family I think it makes a lot of sense.

honeythewitch Fri 04-Apr-14 22:35:27

Yes. Of course you need one! Get a whacking great heavy duty one and you wont have to iron ever again either. (But dont tell the environment police)

But what do you do when it's too warm to have the radiators on but not warm enough to line dry? We've not had the rads on for a few weeks here but have only been able to line dry a few times. Without a drier the house would be full of damp washing so we'd have to open windows and put the heating on.

BlackeyedSusan Fri 04-Apr-14 22:38:43

yabu. think of the cost and the environment.

Downtheroadfirstonleft Fri 04-Apr-14 22:38:59

YADNBU! I only run mine on the half power cycle and it dries v quickly (my washing has 2 extra spins as I assume spinning is cheaper than drying). As it's in my kitchen, the heat is used by us too.

I love mine in the winter (dry outside rest of year).

Letsgoforawalk Fri 04-Apr-14 22:41:29

Shit no. buy one tomorrow. You can still peg out when the weathers good but when you need it it will be there.

stuckindamiddle Fri 04-Apr-14 22:41:29

I posted similar here a few months ago just before buying my first tumble dryer. YANBU. Buy it. Just make an effort to line dry outside whenever possible. For things to dry on an airer in my house when it's too wet or cold to line dry outside it takes 2-3 days or needs the heating on all the time.

Funnyfoot Fri 04-Apr-14 22:41:59

YANBU buy one.
When mine broke last winter I was so close to a meltdown DH went and got a new one the next day.

alistron1 Fri 04-Apr-14 22:47:36

I'm buying one. Tomorrow. With teenage daughters and their clothing turnover, plus towels, plus bedding plus the fact that I need clean clothes - I deserve it right?!

Gruntfuttock Fri 04-Apr-14 22:48:07

I haven't ironed a thing since I got a tumble dryer. Get one now!

Just be there to hang the clothes up as soon as they come out of the tumble dryer.

Morloth Fri 04-Apr-14 22:49:50

I have one, we live in Australia so don't need it that often, but the times where I do it really is very handy.

mameulah Fri 04-Apr-14 22:50:51

I don't know how on earth you are managing without one!

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