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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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Introduction

The Bosch WTE86300US is one of the few condenser dryers available in the American market today, and has an MSRP of $1199. You may be asking yourself, "What exactly is a condenser dryer?" Well, we could go into all the technical details about the internal workings of the machine, but the short answer is that it's a dryer which requires no external venting. You're still going to need a 220V outlet, but the fact that you don't have to hook it up to a big metal hose that requires you to punch a hole in your wall means it can be a big convenience for consumers living in apartments or condos.

The even bigger question, however, is whether or not the Bosch condenser dryer is worth buying if you have the option of hooking up a conventional appliance. The answer, perhaps unsurprisingly, is no. Cycles take about twice as long in this machine than in a normal dryer (though that may have more to do with the fact that it's a compact) and overall drying performance—though fairly regular and effective—isn't exponentially superior to full-sized conventional dryers available for a lower price. Given that it's essentially a specialty item, sale prices are scarce; the best we found dropped the MSRP to about $1075. Unless you're looking for something that will keep your walls intact, that money would be better spent on a higher-end full-sized model.

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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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