Alternative to the tumble dryer
Drying clothes is annoying, especially in winter, when it often takes several days to dry. This is especially true if you do not have your own laundry room. A tumble dryer, on the other hand, not only costs valuable space in the kitchen or bathroom, it also consumes significant amounts of energy.
While the exhaust air must be routed outside with a hose when the exhaust air dryer is installed, the Condenstrockner can be anywhere in the apartment; however, a heat exchanger (condenser) liquefies the water vapor that ends up in a water tank. That costs even more energy than an exhaust air dryer.
Clothes sling: The eco-miracle?
All in all unattractive, I thought - and came up with this alternative: a spin dryer, actually a device as in Uromas times and the precursor of modern tumble dryer - offers this opposite but in fact you great advantages, energy and space saving. Significantly cheaper it is with under 200 Euro too.
My test device, a MNW3-WS-3500-SS-V3, was provided to me by the company oneConcept in the color white. The same sling is also available in stainless steel, but this is impractical because you can see every fingerprint here.
How does the clothes slinger work?
The device is round and measures 35 x 65,5 x 41,5 cm (WxHxD) and weighs about 11 KG. Inside is a barrel-shaped laundry drum made of stainless steel, as you also know from the washing machine. The operating principle is simple: the laundry is thrown once again much faster than is possible in the washing machine. As a result, as much water as possible is pressed out of the machine, which flows off via the water drain at the side opening. There is no drain connection necessary, it is enough to just place a container.
It is practical that the device manages completely without complicated operating elements. If you press a button on the side, the hatch opens at the top. To start it is sufficient to push the safety lever over the closed lid and the drum hurls the laundry with up to 2800 RPM (actually up to 3200 rpm at 60 Hz, but not in Germany, here only 50 Hz are available) ,
The drying process
Despite its compact size, the stainless steel drum holds up to 6 kg of laundry, which is easily held in place via the enclosed safety cover, a round plastic mat. If you forget these, there is a risk that the laundry will migrate into the cavity between the drum and the housing.
However, the 6 kg are related to the wet wash, I make the drum always only to a three-third full, otherwise the drying effect is too low. Therefore I can say that I need for a washing machine charge about 3 centrifugal discharges.
The water is removed
This is not a problem though, as every spin cycle lasts only about 5-6 minutes, which ultimately saves not only time but also energy. Because the principle is a completely different than the dryer: The laundry is not dry puffed but the water is pulled out. Depending on how much the laundry was previously thrown during washing, the water flows or trickles out.
The spin cycle can be stopped at any time by unlocking the safety bolt. Depending on how heavily the sling was filled, the machine hops heavily at the beginning and end of the runtime.
As a result, it can be said: The laundry is not dry from the sling, but noticeably drier than from the washing machine. Instead of drying the laundry in the air for several days afterwards, the laundry is now usually dry within one night. In addition, the extracted water significantly reduces the humidity.
And even with a tumble dryer, the sling still helps to save energy, because the drying process is much faster, since much water is already withdrawn. A worthwhile purchase that can be placed anywhere, where there is a power outlet and simply looks chic.
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