If your house is anything like mine your laundry pile NEVER ENDS! Just recently my laundry basket looked like this. This was due to the very wet winter we have been experiencing in Cape Town not my complete laziness! Due to the near constant rain often I didn’t do the washing for almost a week because I didn’t want to be left with a mountain of WET washing! I always prefer to line dry my clothes in the sun so on the first sunny day I usually race to do as many loads as is possible to fit on my washing line. Unfortunately Murphy’s Law would have it that whenever I do get my act together and catch up on 3 loads in one day (and leave the house feeling very smug at how productive I have been) it starts to rain while I am far from home and when I get back the washing on the line is wetter than when it was first hung up! Eventually I concede to doing a few loads in the tumble drier but this is under duress because of the huge amounts of electricity it uses. I feel ill while it is running for 2 hours!
Recently I read about a new specialist laundry dryer called the Spindel and wondered whether it might change my life…. It made big promises of a faster drying, lower energy costs and reduced damage to fabrics which all seemed interesting so I was keen to look into and then…. they came to me!
Spindel is a specialist laundry dryer that uses centrifugal force instead of heat to remove up to 80% of moisture from garments in just three minutes.
I was quick to agree to try out this new “green” product for a review and very keen to see how it worked. From the first load of washing I loaded into the Spindel I was hooked. I haven’t stopped using it since it arrived at my home (sometimes as much as 5 times in one day!) It is the best domestic gadget I have come across – up there with the washing machine and dishwasher in terms of life changing!
The way the Spindel works is that you load it with the washing that has come straight out of the washing machine (after the spin) and then pop it on for 3 mins while you get on with something else. The machine spins up to 2800 RPM (as opposed to 600 – 800RPM for a front loader) and eliminates excess water using centrifugal force. As the process happens without any heat it is safe for all clothes including delicates, hand washing and polyester mix clothes that might shrink in the tumble drier. After the water starts to slow down you turn it off, shake out the clothes and hang them out to dry – inside or out they will dry in a fraction of the previous time and some fabrics can even be ironed immediately.
If you still prefer to use a tumble drier (for towels for instance) you can then put that on for a much shorter cycle, thereby saving electricity and reducing heat damage to your clothes. Another benefit is that the extra spin removes excess detergent often left behind in the fabric that can cause skin problems and cause the colours to fade or the fabrics to be damaged. Spindel is compact enough to be stored away in a cupboard after use (55cm high x 36cm wide), but still offers an impressive load capacity of 4.5kg – I used the Spindel twice to spin one load from my front loader machine.
Spindel has certainly changed the way I do laundry now and I was super keen to show my domestic helper who comes to me once a week. In no time had she mastered the Spindel and seemed really impressed with it when I asked her opinion. Even my kids have been fascinated with learning how to use it and are more than happy to help me with the laundry now – loading the Spindel, switching it on, watching the water and taking it out have become a new fun activity to them! I’m super pleased that I won’t be struggling for days to dry all my laundry over the backs of chairs and on clothes horses around the house and especially glad to say goodbye to damp smelling clothes. I can highly recommend the Spindel for all family homes, I would even go so far as to say that it would be a new must have for your wedding registry or a great gift for kids leaving home for university!
I thought it might be helpful to do a demonstration of how the Spindel works. Think of this as my bad infomercial…
And if you’re still not convinced here are some frequently asked questions about the Spindel:
Will my laundry be completely dry after using Spindel?
No, the majority of the moisture will be removed, but the fabrics will still be slightly damp. This will allow you to air dry your laundry in a fraction of the time and avoid additional wrinkling. The level of dampness will depend on the type and thickness of the fabric. For example, certain fabrics will be ready to iron immediately if necessary (i.e. synthetic fibres), whilst others may require some air drying (i.e. cotton).
Exactly how energy efficient is Spindel?
Spindel will only consume about 15 Watts during a standard 3 minute cycle – this is similar to using a 60 Watt light bulb for just 15 minutes! In comparison, one tumble dryer cycle can consume over 3 000 Watts (depending on the model). This means that the Spindel uses 100 times less electricity than a tumble dryer thereby saving money and reducing your impact on the environment. Using Spindel before you tumble dry will reduce your tumble dryer cycle time by up to 75%.
How long will my laundry take to air dry after using Spindel?
This depends on a variety of factors such as the ambient temperature, humidity and the type and thickness of the fabrics. Generally, most fabrics that are hung up in the late afternoon will be dry the next morning. Of course, very thick fabrics or very cold temperatures will result in a slightly longer drying time.
Spindel is available at selected independent appliance stores at a recommended retail price of R1 599 with a 12 month warranty. For more information please visit www.spindel.co.za or contact 0860 555 135 or email: [email protected].
Disclaimer: I received a Spindel to use and keep for the purposes of this review.
Images: Kathryn Rossiter