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Miele TDA 140 C

Price: £535.00

Type and Size


Condenser dryers collect the moisture from your laundry and store it in a removable water tank, which you will need to empty when it fills up. As you do not need to attach a hose to a vent, like you do for vented dryers, you have more freedom over where a condenser dryer can be installed in your home.


Heat pump condenser tumble dryers are about twice as energy efficient compared to regular condenser tumble dryers, but tend to cost a lot more in the shop. Similar to regular condenser tumble dryers, they take the moisture from your laundry and deposit it all into a water tank, which will need to be emptied when it gets full.


This is a vented tumble dryer, so the moisture taken from your laundry will be pumped out through a hose that either needs to be connected to a vent or hung out of a window. This will limit where you can install this type of dryer in your home.


There are only a few gas tumble dryers on the market. Currently you can only buy a vented dryer that runs on gas, not a condenser model. The main benefit to having a gas dry is the running cost - generally, they cost about half as much to run compared to regular electric vented and condenser models, making them as efficient as heat pump condenser models. However, gas dryers need to be installed and maintained by a Gas Safe Engineer with a special qualification, and cost of installation will vary. Make sure you get a installation quote from an engineer before you buy, not after.


The maximum amount of clothes you can dry at once using the cotton dry programs/settings. Capacity is always measured in the weight of dry clothes - as a rough guide, a kilo of clothes could be a men's cotton shirt and a pair of jeans - or just four cotton shirts.


Most tumble dryers are white, but you can find stainless steel, silver, graphite and black machines.


The maximum amount of clothes you can dry using the synthetics program or setting. This capacity will always be smaller than the max/cotton capacity, so be careful not to overfill the drum. Capacity is always expressed as the weight of dry clothes.


The height of the tumble dryer in cm. Most models will be 84-85cm high, unless they are compact models, which are much smaller.


How wide the tumble dryer is in cm. It is rare to have a tumble dryer that is not 60cm wide unless it is a compact dryer.


How many cm deep this tumble dryer is. For models we've tested, this will include the space at the back taken up by tubes. Depth can vary from 50-70cm, though most models we've tested are around 63-65cm deep.

Energy use


The EU Energy label given to dryers. Ranging from A+++ (most efficient) to G (least efficient), you will typically only see an energy label of A to A+++ on heat pump and gas dryers. Regular condenser and vented dryers tend to have a B or C rating.


An estimate of how much this dryer will add to your electricity bills. This is not calculated using the energy label, but is based on how much electricity this model uses to dry a load of cottons, three times a week, every week for a year.



Tumble dryers with this feature use a sensor to detect when your laundry is dry, and are known as automatic dryers. The sensor means you do not need to set the drying time yourself as the drum should stop as soon as your clothes inside are ready. A good sensor means drying times are tailored to each load, helping you save money by not over drying - but some are better than others. Check our star rating for 'Dryness of clothes' before you buy.


On timer models, this can be read from the dial. Automatic models (that use a sensor) may have a digital display to show an estimate of how much time there is left until your clothes are dry.


Whether starting the dryer can be delayed - useful if you want to take advantage of cheap-rate electricity. If the machine will be turned on while unattended, make sure a smoke alarm is fitted nearby.


Dryers with this feature allow you to swap the opening direction of the door, this can help increase the number of places where it can be comfortably installed in your home. It's a good idea to place your dryer next to your washing machine, with the doors opening outward from each other, in opposite directions. That way, the doors will not get in the way when you're transferring laundry from your washing machine to your dryer.


For condenser dryers only: whether there is a light to indicate when the water container has become full and needs emptying.


A lint filter light will indicate when the main lint filter needs to be cleared of fluff. However, to keep running costs down and your dryer working efficiently, it's recommended to clear your lint filter before/after every drying cycle. Heat pump dryers will also have an extra filter, called the micro filter, which also needs to be kept clean.


Vented dryers only: The hose to vent warm air to the outside can be installed on the rear, left or right hand-side of different dryers - some models have more than one option. This tells you which sides the hose can be installed on.


Condenser dryers only: some condenser models come with a hose that you can attach directly to a waste pipe, like you do your washing machine. This means water will not collect in the water tank, but drain away automatically. This saves you from emptying the tank yourself, but most supplied hoses are quite short, so the model will need to be installed quite near to a waste pipe. If no hose is supplied and you are interested in this feature, check with the manufacturer to see if one can be purchased.

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