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Weird Q...

August 22nd, 2008 (09:18 pm)

Sometimes, really weird things do come to mind, but... ^^;

For those folks who('ve) live(d) in England or are familiar with everyday life over there, I have a strange question:

How common are tumble dryers over there?? Is it something pretty much everyone has, is mostly only in laundromats, or...?

Yes, I know it's a weird question, but it's something that popped into mind a few days ago, and I figured I'd ask here. ^^; I'd really appreciate if someone out there could enlighten me. ^^;


Posted by: kitten on the keyboard (thinking_lotus)
Posted at: August 23rd, 2008 12:19 am (UTC)

not sure what you mean by "tumble dryer," but it's a lot more common to have those 2 in 1 washer/dryers, or an HE front-loader washer, because then the clothes come out almost dry and only have to hang for a bit to be completely dry. I can' think of anyone I know who has the washer/dryer pair that's common in the US. But I don't think it's limited to laundrettes ...

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 23rd, 2008 01:16 pm (UTC)

...but it's a lot more common to have those 2 in 1 washer/dryers..

Hmm, learn something new every day. ^^; Do clothes come out fully dry from those or mostly dry?

Cheers for the info! ^_^

Posted by: kitten on the keyboard (thinking_lotus)
Posted at: August 23rd, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC)

well, it depends on how long you dry them. Basically, yes, but the drying cycle might be a bit longer than with a separate dryer. But, I don't know for sure, I've never done a test.

Posted by: サヤカ (sayaka86)
Posted at: August 23rd, 2008 02:35 am (UTC)

if you're talking about dryers.. well.. on uni campus and laundromats we have that.. but it depends on the household whether they have it? because tumbledryers use up a lot of energy, and it's not very environmental friendly etc... england is trying to be environmental friendly, what with their biodegradable plastic bags etc

but as far as i know, for homes, we only have washing machines that spins the clothes somewhat dry [it's damp, but not dripping water, if you get what i mean], and we just hang them up on a clothes rack or sthg to let them dry completely...

obviously due to the UK's temperamental weather these clothes rack with the clothings are usually indoors. so it's a mini foldable clothes rack thingie.but everything dries nice and well in a night, all year round :p

then again.. i was in london.. so people don't hang their laundry outside, due to the lack of space & air quality.. =.=' but when i was visiting a friend in essex, i don't remember seeing clothes lines in the garden or a dryer, so i guess they do the same thing too? cause i recall seeing some clothes rack in the laundry room.. hmm~

hopes that answers you? :p and sorry it's long :p

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: August 23rd, 2008 01:19 pm (UTC)

Wow, thanks for the info! ^_^ That's exactly what I was wondering about. It's a very similar situation in Japan where you have tumble dryers at the coin laundry, but most people just wash their clothes and hang them to dry.


Posted by: サヤカ (sayaka86)
Posted at: August 23rd, 2008 11:58 pm (UTC)

:p no problem..

but I think the Japanese hang their laundry on their verandas/balconies? [learnt that from watching animes and J drams haha] :p but yeah guess it's somewhat similar :p

Posted by: サヤカ (sayaka86)
Posted at: August 23rd, 2008 02:36 am (UTC)

and oh.. i think one of the reason we didn't have a dryer was cause electricity was expensive :p

Posted by: minidori (minidori)
Posted at: September 4th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)

I lived in London for several years and always had a tumble dryer, though hardly used it. Found it more cost and energy efficient to just hang my clothes up in the drying closet (where the hot water tank (for heating the house) is stored).

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