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Four Best Buy tumble dryers in new Which? reviews

30 July 2016

Four Best Buy Tumble Dryers In New Which? Reviews

We put drying full and half loads of clothes to the test when we review tumble dryers

We ve just tested seven new condenser and heat-pump tumble dryers ranging in price from 270 for a condenser from Beko to 850 for an energy-saving heat-pump dryer from Miele. But is it worth paying top-dollar for a heat-pump tumble dryer? Or is a cheaper conventional condenser dryer good enough for you?

Tumble dryers from brands including Beko, Bosch, Miele and Hotpoint were included in our most recent tests.

There are Best Buy condenser, vented and heat-pump tumble dryers on our site check out our Best Buy tumble dryer reviews to find a great dryer from a reliable brand. 1

Condenser tumble dryers vs heat-pump dryers

Both types of dryer extract water from your just-washed clothes in the same way. Warm and damp air leaving the drum is passed through a chilled condenser a cold metal box. As the air hits the condenser, water is collected in a tank, which you can empty. If you plumb your machine in, you can drain the water away, as you would with a washing machine. The difference between conventional condenser dryers and heat-pump dryers is energy use. Heat-pump machines use less than half of the energy of a normal condenser. They manage this by re-using heat passing out of the drum to continue to dry clothes. But heat pump dryers are usually more expensive to buy. Our tumble dryer reviews2 will give you an estimate of how much the model you’re looking at will cost to run, so you can work out which is the best value type of dryer for you.

How we test tumble dryers

To find out which dryers are best we test them with four different loads of clothes, two types of fabric to two separate dryness settings. We attempt to completely dry almost full-loads and half-loads of cottons as well as a load of polyester shirts. We also try to dry clothes to the point they can be finished off with an iron. We find out how well the dryers actually dry by weighing the clothes before they are dried and again afterwards.

Latest tumble dryer reviews

Follow the links below to read the individual reviews of the seven most recently-tested tumble dryers.

Beko DCY9316W3 270
Bosch WTH85200GB4 499
Bosch WTWH7560GB5 690
Bosch WTYH6790GB6 740
Hotpoint TCFS93BGP7 280
Miele TKB540WP8 850
Miele TMB540WP9 850

Prices checked July 2016.

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References

  1. ^ Best Buy tumble dryer reviews (www.which.co.uk)
  2. ^ tumble dryer reviews (www.which.co.uk)
  3. ^ Beko DCY9316W (www.which.co.uk)
  4. ^ Bosch WTH85200GB (www.which.co.uk)
  5. ^ Bosch WTWH7560GB (www.which.co.uk)
  6. ^ Bosch WTYH6790GB (www.which.co.uk)
  7. ^ Hotpoint TCFS93BGP (www.which.co.uk)
  8. ^ Miele TKB540WP (www.which.co.uk)
  9. ^ Miele TMB540WP (www.which.co.uk)

Sydney driver pulled over for using his mobile phone leads police to a £45MILLION meth haul

  • Police stop man using his mobile phone, find three kilos of meth on Friday
  • Saturday a man was caught moving 10 kilos in a suitcase in St John’s Park
  • Hours later they recovered ?1.4 million in cash in a house on Canberra St
  • Afterwards, a raid on a house in Marrickville uncovered 76.7kgs of meth

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A routine traffic stop by police of a driver who was talking on his mobile phone has led to the seizure of nearly ?45 million worth of methamphetamine. Police said they pulled a 26-year-old man over in Haymarket, in inner Sydney, on Friday after they spotted him using his phone while driving. Superintendent Danny Doherty, operations manager for the Central Metropolitan Region, says the man’s demeanour prompted officers to take a closer look.

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Sydney Driver Pulled Over For Using His Mobile Phone Leads Police To A  £45MILLION Meth Haul

In a series of raids over the weekend, officers recovered 90 kilograms of the methamphetamine, with a street value of ?45million (pictured)

‘His behaviour, mannerisms and certain other information they had formed an opinion they had to search the vehicle – three kilos of meth were allegedly found in the car,’ Superintendent Doherty told reporters on Sunday. The discovery led police to stop a 30-year-old Marrickville man carrying a suitcase along Canberra Street in St Johns Park, in the city’s west, on Saturday afternoon. Inside the suitcase was another 10 kilograms of meth, police say.

Within hours police swooped on a home in the same street, where they arrested a 21-year-old man and allegedly seized ?1.4 million cash.

Sydney Driver Pulled Over For Using His Mobile Phone Leads Police To A  £45MILLION Meth Haul

The raids began when police pulled over a man for talking on his phone while driving and found him to be acting suspicious

Sydney Driver Pulled Over For Using His Mobile Phone Leads Police To A  £45MILLION Meth Haul

PIctured: Ann Street in Marrickville, where police uncovered 76.7 kilograms of meth

Another search warrant was executed at a home on Ann Street in Marrickville, where police say they found almost 76.7 kilograms of meth.

‘That equates to 900,000 street deals that have been prevented from hitting the streets, with an estimated street value of ?45 million. So that’s a significant impact on this network, he told reporters.

‘I was there last night, and to see nearly 77 kilos of meth in a room – that’s the largest amount of meth I’ve seen in 31 years in policing.’

The 30-year-old and the 21-year-old are in custody and will face Parramatta Local Court later on Sunday over proceeds of crime and drug charges. The 26-year-old man, from Hornsby in the city’s north, has already appeared in court and is expected to remain behind bars until he reappears in Central Local Court on Thursday. He has been charged with supplying a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug.

Sydney Driver Pulled Over For Using His Mobile Phone Leads Police To A  £45MILLION Meth Haul

In a home on Canberra Street in St John’s Park, police found ?1.4million cash (pictured)

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A driver pulled over for using his mobile phone leads police to a £45MILLION meth haul

  • Police stop man using his mobile phone, find three kilos of meth on Friday
  • Saturday a man was caught moving 10 kilos in a suitcase in St John’s Park
  • Hours later they recovered ?1.4 million in cash in a house on Canberra St
  • Afterwards, a raid on a house in Marrickville uncovered 76.7kgs of meth

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A routine traffic stop by police of a driver who was talking on his mobile phone has led to the seizure of nearly ?45 million worth of methamphetamine. Police said they pulled a 26-year-old man over in Haymarket, in inner Sydney, on Friday after they spotted him using his phone while driving. Superintendent Danny Doherty, operations manager for the Central Metropolitan Region, says the man’s demeanour prompted officers to take a closer look.

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A Driver Pulled Over For Using His Mobile Phone Leads Police To A  £45MILLION Meth Haul

In a series of raids over the weekend, officers recovered 90 kilograms of the methamphetamine, with a street value of ?45million (pictured)

‘His behaviour, mannerisms and certain other information they had formed an opinion they had to search the vehicle – three kilos of meth were allegedly found in the car,’ Superintendent Doherty told reporters on Sunday. The discovery led police to stop a 30-year-old Marrickville man carrying a suitcase along Canberra Street in St Johns Park, in the city’s west, on Saturday afternoon. Inside the suitcase was another 10 kilograms of meth, police say.

Within hours police swooped on a home in the same street, where they arrested a 21-year-old man and allegedly seized ?1.4 million cash.

A Driver Pulled Over For Using His Mobile Phone Leads Police To A  £45MILLION Meth Haul

The raids began when police pulled over a man for talking on his phone while driving and found him to be acting suspicious

A Driver Pulled Over For Using His Mobile Phone Leads Police To A  £45MILLION Meth Haul

PIctured: Ann Street in Marrickville, where police uncovered 76.7 kilograms of meth

Another search warrant was executed at a home on Ann Street in Marrickville, where police say they found almost 76.7 kilograms of meth.

‘That equates to 900,000 street deals that have been prevented from hitting the streets, with an estimated street value of ?45 million. So that’s a significant impact on this network, he told reporters.

‘I was there last night, and to see nearly 77 kilos of meth in a room – that’s the largest amount of meth I’ve seen in 31 years in policing.’

The 30-year-old and the 21-year-old are in custody and will face Parramatta Local Court later on Sunday over proceeds of crime and drug charges. The 26-year-old man, from Hornsby in the city’s north, has already appeared in court and is expected to remain behind bars until he reappears in Central Local Court on Thursday. He has been charged with supplying a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug.

A Driver Pulled Over For Using His Mobile Phone Leads Police To A  £45MILLION Meth Haul

In a home on Canberra Street in St John’s Park, police found ?1.4million cash (pictured)

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Four new Best Buy washer-dryers

22 July 2016

Four New Best Buy Washer-dryers

The Siemens washer-dryer (left) is 615 more than the Beko (right)

We’ve just tested washer-dryers ranging from 369 to nearly 1000. But should you splash out on a pricey Siemens, or is a cheaper Beko just as good?

Washer-dryer models from these brands, plus AEG, Samsung, Siemens and Zanussi, have just been put through our rigorous tests and we’ve found four new Best Buy washer-dryers.

Make sure you don t buy a dud check out our Best Buy washer-dryer reviews to find a great machine from a reliable brand.1

Cheap v pricey washer dryers

The cheapest washer-dryer we ve just tested is the Beko WDR7543121W ( 369). It has a reasonable washing capacity of 7kg and can dry 5kg of cottons, which is more than many machines. It spins at a healthy 1,400 rpm, it s A-rated for energy and a cottons wash at 40 C takes 2hrs 46m. The most expensive washer dryer just tested is the Siemens WD15H520GB ( 984), which comes with a faster than average 1,500 rpm spin speed, and satisfactory wash capacity of 7kg, but at 4kg dries 20% less than the Beko. It s also A-rated for energy and washing a load of cottons is quicker at 2hrs 26m. It uses air, rather than water, to cool the condenser. This kind of tech helps to save water while you dry.

But the only way to find out which machine is best for washing and drying clothes is to head to our washer dryer reviews where you’ll find the best choice for your budget.2

Four New Best Buy Washer-dryers

We weigh the clothes to see how well each washer-dryer dries

How we test washer dryers

To find out how well washer-dryers handle stains, we test them with cloths coated in dried blood, grease, oil and ink and wash them in the drum alongside sheets and other items of clothing. We test both cotton and synthetic cloths and we wash both on their 40 degree wash programs.

When testing for drying, we dry cottons and synthetics to two dryness levels and then record how quickly the machines dry the clothes, how accurately the machines dry and how evenly dried the load is. To find out how well each machine dries, we weigh the clothes before and after the program.

Latest washer-dryer reviews

Follow the links below to read the individual reviews of the most recently-tested washer-dryers.

AEG L75670NWD3 549
AEG L76684NWD4 549
Beko WDA914401W5 464
Beko WDIR75431016 429
Beko WDR7543121W7 369
Beko WDX8543130W8 400
Samsung WD80J6410AX9 649
Siemens WD15H520GB10 984
Zanussi ZWD71460NW11 400
Zanussi ZWD81660NW12 549

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References

  1. ^ Best Buy washer-dryer reviews (www.which.co.uk)
  2. ^ washer dryer reviews (www.which.co.uk)
  3. ^ AEG L75670NWD (www.which.co.uk)
  4. ^ AEG L76684NWD (www.which.co.uk)
  5. ^ Beko WDA914401W (www.which.co.uk)
  6. ^ Beko WDIR7543101 (www.which.co.uk)
  7. ^ Beko WDR7543121W (www.which.co.uk)
  8. ^ Beko WDX8543130W (www.which.co.uk)
  9. ^ Samsung WD80J6410AX (www.which.co.uk)
  10. ^ Siemens WD15H520GB (www.which.co.uk)
  11. ^ Zanussi ZWD71460NW (www.which.co.uk)
  12. ^ Zanussi ZWD81660NW (www.which.co.uk)

How President Erdogan’s FaceTime stopped the Turkish coup

  • Recep Erdogan was in Marmaris when troops attempted to seize control
  • Military personnel occupied strategic locations across Istanbul and Ankara
  • Erdogan rang CNN Turk on FaceTime and demanded to be put live on air
  • He convinced supporters to take to the streets and face down the military

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As heavy armour rumbled through the streets of Ankara and Istanbul, Turkish President Recep Erdogan was in Marmaris on the Mediterranean coast on a post-Ramadan holiday. Heavily-armed troops seized strategic locations across the two main cities, officers entered the building of the state-run TRT TV station and demanded the presenter read out a statement announcing the coup. The plotters, however, ignored social media and privately run TV stations in their haste to take control of the country.

How President Erdogan's FaceTime Stopped The Turkish Coup

CNN Turk presenter Nevsin Mengu held up her iPhone during the middle of the coup allowing President Erdogan to directly address his supporters using FaceTime to call them onto the streets to oppose the troops

How President Erdogan's FaceTime Stopped The Turkish Coup

Erdogan said on FaceTime: ‘Let’s gather as a nation in the squares. I believe we will remove this occupation’

How President Erdogan's FaceTime Stopped The Turkish Coup

Initially, it appeared the military coup was going to be successful with troops stationed at strategic locations

Gareth Jenkins, a researcher and writer on military affairs in Istanbul said: ‘This coup was obviously planned quite well but using a playbook from the 1970s,’

He said the plot mirrored those used in Chile in 1973, or Ankara in 1980 and failed to consider modern communications. Rebel forces closed the main route over the Bosphorus in Istanbul and established checkpoints on major intersections and the airport. Helicopters blasted the police headquarters building in Ankara, while a couple of jets roared across the sky at low level.

Erdogan, the rebels thought was powerless. The coup leaders, who described themselves as the ‘Peace Council’ warned the population to remain at home. Isolated inside the holiday resort, Erdogan made an inspired decision, which in all likelihood saved his presidency and showed the major flaw in the rebels’ plans.

With the state media service occupied, Erdogan called a private TV station on his iPhone. He needed to show the 80-million population he was still a freeman and needed to play his major gamble.

How President Erdogan's FaceTime Stopped The Turkish Coup

As Erdogan desperately clung onto power, an Air Force F-16 screamed across the sky to intimidate the people

How President Erdogan's FaceTime Stopped The Turkish Coup

However, Erdogan’s message soon got out, prompting people to take to the streets to oppose the coup

How President Erdogan's FaceTime Stopped The Turkish Coup

Thousands of people faced down the troops, who suddenly looked uncertain by the show of defiance

How President Erdogan's FaceTime Stopped The Turkish Coup

Civilians clambered aboard tanks, challenging commanders to run them down and start a massacre

Sinan Ulgen, of the Carnegie Europe think tank said the failure to shut down the communications networks, social media and private television stations undermined their attempt. Erdogan contacted CNN Turk on his iPhone using FaceTime and ordered the presenter Nevsin Mengu to hold her own handset towards the camera, where he urged his supporters to take to the streets. He gambled that troops would not massacre the civilians.

He said: ‘Let’s gather as a nation in the squares. I believe we will remove this occupation that has taken place within a short time. I am calling on our people now to come to the arenas and we will give them the necessary answer.’

At the time, tanks were rolling across the city. Less than 20 minutes later, prime minister Binali Yildirim was tweeting furiously, denouncing the rebels while stressing the government remained in full control. In the skies above, F-16s screamed across the sky. Military doctrine states that fast jets can intimidate people on the ground without releasing one weapon by their noise alone.

How President Erdogan's FaceTime Stopped The Turkish Coup

However, some people died as a result of clashes after gunfire was reported across Istanbul

How President Erdogan's FaceTime Stopped The Turkish Coup

Erdogan gambled that troops would not fire indiscriminately into large groups of supporters

How President Erdogan's FaceTime Stopped The Turkish Coup

Tank commanders crushed several cars but refused to drive over civilians blocking their path

Yet, emboldened by the pro-government messages on social media, and Erdogan’s unconventional appearance on television, people started streaming onto the streets. Members of Erdogan’s AK Party joined the clamour, directing the fightback. Ulgen said the rebels did not have the full support of the military and had to circumvent the chain of command.

He said: ‘Their blueprint was also ineffective since they failed from the outset to capture any military installations in Turkey or any of the (political) leadership.’

Throughout history, successful revolutions have harnessed the latest communication methods to outwit their enemies. In 1517 Martin Luther used the newly invented printing press to pass on his protestant doctrine and denounce the Roman Catholic church. While, in 1979, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini recorded his messages of revolution on audio cassettes which were copied and passed around Iran to oust the US-supported Shah.

A generation later, Iran’s ‘Green Revolution’ protests against an allegedly rigged presidential election in 2013 were amplified by video shot on mobile phones and disseminated on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

How President Erdogan's FaceTime Stopped The Turkish Coup

With Erdogan’s return to Istanbul, troops began handing their weapons over to police

How President Erdogan's FaceTime Stopped The Turkish Coup

Rebel leader General Erdal Ozturk, pictured, has been arrested and charged with treason

How President Erdogan's FaceTime Stopped The Turkish Coup

Thousands of people congregated outside the parliament building in Ankara following the coup

In Turkey on Friday, aides to Erdogan were able to get messages out to Turkish and international media that the president, in power since 2003, was safe and not under arrest even as soldiers were taking over the TRT television station. His predecessor, Abdullah Gul, also used FaceTime to shout angry defiance at the coup plotters on CNN Turk, and former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu spoke by mobile phone with Al Jazeera television to call the takeover a failure. After broadcasting to the nation, Erdogan boarded the Government Gulfstream IV jet and flew back to Istanbul.

According to Flight Radar 24, his aircraft circled south of Ataturk airport while loyal officials determined whether it was safe to land. Several tanks had been stopped by civilians on the outer roads leading to the airport. His return to Istanbul reinforced the failure of the coup.

The contrast was striking with the ultimately unsuccessful 1991 coup by hardliners against Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, who was reduced to listening to BBC World Service radio at his Crimean holiday home, powerless to intervene as events unfolded in Moscow. The Soviet plotters managed to take control for three days — earning embarrassing recognition from then French President Francois Mitterrand — before Russian leader Boris Yeltsin rallied public opposition to the coup, standing atop a tank in Moscow to harangue the crowd. The Turkish events also had echoes of a 1981 coup attempt against Spain’s young democracy by rebel officers who burst into parliament but failed to win broader military support after King Juan Carlos broadcast to the nation in military uniform urging people to uphold the constitution.

How President Erdogan's FaceTime Stopped The Turkish Coup

There have been mass expressions of support in towns and cities across Turkey for Erdogan since Friday

How President Erdogan's FaceTime Stopped The Turkish Coup

Protesters in Taksim Square in Istanbul demanded the reintroduction of the death penalty for the plotters

As in the failed Soviet coup, the Turkish coup leaders were dependent on raw conscripts who had either not been told the truth about their mission, or had not expected to face popular resistance and quickly melted away or surrendered. All three opposition party leaders quickly condemned the coup and social media amplified calls to demonstrate against it. The rebels bungled an attempt to silence CNN Turk, jointly owned by Turner Entertainment Systems of the United States and Dogan Yayin Holding. A helicopter carrying conscripts with a single officer landed at the station but was told it was impossible to take the signal off the air.

They forced the temporary evacuation of the studio. When CNN Turk came back on air, anchorwoman Nevsin Mengu and general manager Erdogan Aktas described the mood of the young soldiers. Mengu said: ‘These young soldiers had only fear in their eyes and no sign of devotion or determination. They asked us to go offline but we said it was not doable. They didn’t know how to do it so our empty studio was live on TV for the whole time before we regained control.’

During that break, a man in a pink T-shirt wandered into the studio chanting ‘Allahu Akbar’ (God is great) in support of Erdogan. Religious leaders loyal to the president also for the first time used the network of mosques with loudspeakers to urge Turks to go out into the streets in the name of ‘jihad’.

Howard Eissenstat, associate professor of Middle East history at St Lawrence University in Canton, New York, said: ‘He comes out of this tremendously strengthened. This has remobilised a base that was getting sort of tired of him. It gave him at least a moment in which he unified all elements of society against a clear threat.’

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