Blomberg DV17540 Review
Despite its tiny stature, the Blomberg DV17540 tested well.
While the demand for compact washers and dryers may not be terribly high in the standard American market, it does exist. With that in mind, we tested the Blomberg DV17540, a compact dryer that retails for about $690.
Despite its tiny stature, we still tested it using full standardized loads; to our surprise, it actually did pretty well. Normal cycles turned out perfectly, and while the Delicate and Bulky tests didn't produce outstanding results, the Blomberg DV17540 actually scored higher than many full-sized models. It lacks any real extra features, and has no cycle customization; what it lacks in versatility, though, it more than makes up for with spatial economy.
Design & Usability
A simple layout with a high-end touch or two
This white, compact little dryer looks like a standard machine that's been squashed down several sizes.
Cycles are selected using a plain knob that clicks easily into place, and while it looks like perhaps there are glowing indicator lights alongside, they are actually just dark painted dots. Drying status is monitored using a series of indicator lights that notify users as to how damp the clothes are, but there's no timer to indicate how much time is left in a cycle. There are three additional buttons: the On/Off power switch, the Start button, and the Signal button. By holding the Start and Signal buttons simultaneously for three seconds, one may activate the child lock.
The inside of this unassuming little machine is actually coated with stainless steel, a high-end touch that will keep the drum from rusting or discoloring after prolonged use. The little paddles, however, are made of white plastic, so you may want to keep an eye on how well they hold up. You'll notice too the small outlet found on the side of this machine, located near the back—that's for the matching compact washer, which must either be stacked, or else sit immediately next to the dryer (nearest the outlet).
The door is the Blomberg's most contradictory component. It's surprisingly lightweight, yet doesn't swing on its hinge. While easy to close, it can be quite stubborn when it comes to opening, requiring a fairly forceful pull. This lint trap has two screens that close to form a small compartment. It's easy to access and shouldn't prove any difficulty to clean, with one caveat: the small portion that makes up the hinge also collects lint, and this tiny bit of screen may be a bit of a pain to get to for large fingers.
Performance & Features
A compact machine that packs a hefty little punch
This DV17540 has an adequate set of automatic cycles, but the lack of drying features means users must place complete trust in the manufacturer's settings.
Despite being a compact dryer, this machine boasts a full set of available cycles. It covers most of the basics, with Cottons and Permanent Press options coming with different selectable dryness levels. A Delicates setting is also found here, though bulky or heavy duty options are noticeably absent; Cottons Extra Dry is the closest cycle option available that could be considered comparable. Four other specialized options are provided, in addition to a Refresh setting that doesn't use any heat, and Timed Programs available for 15, 30, or 75 minutes.
This machine lacks any customizable setting in the traditional sense. Timed Dry is limited to three preset durations, and only Permanent Press and Cotton cycles offer different dryness settings. Other cycles are completely preprogrammed, and there's no temperature adjustment option whatsoever.
With the exception of our Quick Dry test, results were much better than we expected. Even though the Blomberg DV17540 is a compact dryer, we still used full standardized loads of about eight pounds for Normal, Delicate, and Bulky tests—Quick Dry tests require a four pound load. Despite taking on proportionally larger amounts of clothes compared to a full-sized model, this little machine managed to get perfect results on the Normal setting. Delicate and Bulky tests also managed to deliver very respectable percentages of moisture removal. Our Quick Dry test, however, exposed this machine's weakness: it definitely needs time to heat up. On another high note, drying times were never noticeably longer than average. All and all, this compact machine packs a nice little punch.
The little dryer that could?
Every type of appliance can be broken down into tiers, and compact dryers are no exception. The Blomberg DV17540 proved itself to be a decent mid-range compact appliance, offering respectable—albeit imperfect—performance for a price tag that's quite reasonable compared to higher end compact models.
Online sale prices were scarce, but we did manage to find one that reduced the $690 MSRP down to $549. The issues we had with it, specifically its lack of features and its inability to customize cycles, are common with compacts. The big draw with this type of model isn't function as much as it is spatial economy, though, and in that respect, this tiny little thing should keep you quite happy.
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