Bosch Axxis WTV76100US Review
Only if size is a primary concern is this pricey, slow dryer worth considering.
Designed for small homes, Bosch's Axxis WTV76100US has an extremely miniscule footprint for a full-feature dryer. It's ideal for someone who wants a high-end machine that doesn't take up very much space. The dryer is vented and runs on 220V power, but as long as you have the necessary hookups, it'll fit nearly anywhere.
That doesn't mean the Axxis is without tradeoffs. The biggest is that dry cycles took a very long time—often a half hour longer than average—and the cheapest we could find this unit online was just under $800. For that money, you could take your pick of some of the best full-size dryers on the market. Unless you've got serious space limitations, a larger option is almost certainly a better pick.
Design & Usability
A real looker, but not the smartest
Few dryers look this good. The glass front door gives the unit a sturdy, industrial feel, but its size on the whole makes loading bulky laundry a little difficult. A two-piece lint trap folds open for cleaning, and must be replaced in the same direction it was removed. More than once, we had to take a few minutes to figure out why the lint trap wouldn't fit.
This Bosch has no timer, no digital display, and no custom features. There isn't even a chime to let you know when a cycle is finished. All users will find here is a cycle knob, a touch-sensitive button to adjust cycles for delicate fabrics, and a start/stop control.
Performance & Features
A plain Jane, but thorough
This is a bare-bones machine whose main selling point is its small footprint. There are really only three dry cycles on offer here: Permanent Press, Cotton, and Timed Dry. Within those, there are options for Extra, Very, Regular, or Damp Dry. There's also the ability to choose a Delicates option. Beyond this, there is no way to customize individual cycles for duration, temperature, or dry level.
Insofar as performance goes, with 90-minute cycles, time isn't on your side. The Bosch Axxis WTV76100US did a good job getting clothes bone dry, but it just took too long to do it. Finally, bear in mind that since this dryer has a small drum, so it's even more important not to overload it, as clothes tightly packed together may not have the chance to adequately tumble dry.
To buy, or not to buy?
Found online for under $800, the Bosch Axxis WTV76100US is pricey for a dryer with average performance and long cycles—until you consider just how few compact dryers are on the market.
Price aside, the Axxis has its benefits: It can fit almost anywhere there's a 220V outlet and a vent. Its cycles do take nearly twice as long as conventional dryers, but they manage to get clothes dry without using extremely high temperatures. If you don't have a laundry room, it's also important to note that the Axxis feels well built and is attractive enough to stay in a kitchen, hallway or bathroom.
Don't fret if this is the biggest dryer you can put in your home. It does a good job, though it costs a lot and takes awhile. But unless you can't possibly fit a larger dryer into a space, we'd recommend skipping the Axxis.
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