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Bosch WTE86300US 3.9 Cu. Ft. White Electric Condenser Dryer Review

The Bosch WTE86300US is part of a rare breed of compact condenser dryers that retails for about $1200. There's absolutely no reason to buy this if you have the necessary ventilation required for a traditional dryer. Apartment dwellers that don't have the luxury of punching a hole in the wall, however, may appreciate its geographic versatility.

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Dry Cycles

A quick glance at the cycle knob may cause you to think this machine has a ton of options to choose from. This isn't necessarily true. Rather than allowing you to customize the dryness level of a cycle using a different button, the Bosch lists the dryness levels available for the Regular and Permanent Press options as separate selections. As such, this machine really only has six options: the aforementioned Regular and Permanent Press settings, as well as two short programs (one without heat), an actual Short Program setting, and a specialized option for Wools. It's an unusual set up that may not make a whole lot of sense at first. If you're going to use the machine for specific types of laundry, you'll want to keep the manual to see what the ideal cycle to use would be.

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A small list of cycles looks larger due to the different dryness levels available.

Customization

While you can select different dryness levels by choosing the appropriate option for Regular and Permanent Press cycles, there are no other customizable features anywhere on this dryer. There is no cycle with a manually adjustable duration and you can't change the temperature settings. Control of the dryer is essentially taken completely out of your hands with this machine.

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There are only two controllable extra feature, since the Wrinkle Block is programmed into the regular cycles.

Additional Drying Options

There aren't very many features to speak of with the Bosch. There's a Wrinkle block setting that's built into the dryer already, so it'll be in effect whether you want to use it or not. Normally, the additional tumbling will go into effect for one hour; if you turn on the "Easy Ironing" option, that time will extend to two hours.

Two distinct features can be used at the consumer's discretion: the Low Heat option, as well as a delayed start time. The Low Heat setting can be turned on to reduce the overall heat used for a given cycle; this is meant to protect delicate fabrics, but it comes at the cost of longer drying times. Also, given that the condenser takes so long, it may be a viable option to run the machine while you're sleeping. For that, you have the delayed start feature. Using the timer in the center of the control panel, you can set the Bosch to start up to 24 hours later in 30 minute increments. This will allow you to plan your laundry to finish at the time you expect to wake up or arrive home from work, for instance.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Design
  3. Drying Speed & Performance
  4. Drying Features
  5. Controls & Usability
  6. Conclusion
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