Our Top 5 Best Buy Tumble Dryers



top 5 recommended tumble dryers

Let’s be honest, doing the laundry can be a bit of a hassle. But, with the right home appliances, you can take a lot of the time and effort out of the job. For many, a good washing machine is all they feel they need and are happy to hang out the washing to dry. More and more people however now see a tumble dryer as an essential addition to todays smart homes in order to make the process as painless as possible.

Buying a tumble dryer can undoubtedly make drying your clothes easier, but which is the best tumble dryer to buy? You have numerous models to choose from, and performance (and cost) can vary greatly.

In this post, we are going to cover some of the issues that are important when it comes to finding the right tumble dryer, and we’re going to recommend a few of our favourites.

For further information please check out our tumble dryer buying guide here.

 

The benefits of having a tumble dryer

You’ll still find many people that prefer hanging their clothes out to dry. If that is your preference, that’s fine. Hanging your clothes will save on energy, and for some, it is just what they are used to. That said, there is no denying that there are plenty of ways that a person can benefit from having a tumble dryer in the home.

For starters, it’s just easier than hanging the clothes to dry. Loading all of the wash into a basket and taking it to an outside line takes time and effort. Simply placing it in a machine (that most likely sits next to the washing machine) and turning it on will be much easier.

washing hanging on a line to dry

As an additional point, a tumble dryer often provides better drying results. Many fabrics come out of the dryer and softer than they would from being hung on a rack or a line. Further, if you have to hang your clothes indoors, they can often often end up smelling musty if there is not enough warmth and ventilation to dry them quickly.

Additional concerns are the obviously the weather and the available space for hanging up washing. You might not have a good location for a line, and even if you do, the English weather is not always going to cooperate with your drying needs. Both of these issues can be eliminated by having a dryer. You can of course hang up washing indoors, but you’ll struggle to dry it easily in colder months, unless you cover your radiators with washing (and if you do that your radiators will be far less effective at heating your home meaning you’ll spend more on gas or electricity). Although there is no denying tumble dryers do consume a fair amount of electricity they are far more energy efficient than they used to be (with heat pump tumble dryers being the most energy efficient) and all good online retailer’s websites should state roughly how much energy they will consume, assuming average use, and how much the machine will add to your electricity bill per year. See the example from ao.com’s website shown below for the Bosch WTE84106GB which has an energy rating of B which is pretty average. You can find out more about average running costs in our buying guide.

image showing the energy efficiency info for bosch tumble dryer

Using a dryer will also dry your clothes faster. Depending on the conditions, clothes that are hung out to dry can take many hours before they are ready (and may also need turning to make sure they are dry on both sides). Even the slowest dryer will have a load of laundry dry in a fraction of the time it takes on a line, and that is even under the best of conditions. Not to mention, a dryer can be great for when you need a few items ready in a hurry. Just put the pieces that you need in, adjust the heat setting (if required), and they could be ready for you in less than an hour.

 

 Things to consider

When you shop for a tumble dryer, you are going find that, like most home appliances, there are a vast array of different models available. Many peoples’ primary concern will be budget, but there are numerous other factors that you’ll need to consider

Vented vs Condenser

Firstly, you are going to need to decide between getting a vented or a condenser model. The main practical difference between these types of machines is what they do with the moisture that they extract from the laundry. A vented machine has a hose that vents the moist air outside of the home. A condenser model collects the moisture from the hot air in a reservoir that will need periodic emptying. This is a concern on two fronts. Condenser models tend to cost more than vented models, but condenser models also tend to be easier to install. A vented machine will need to be close to wall (so the external hot air vent can be installed) whereas a condenser model can basically go anywhere in the home, be it a kitchen, utility room, even a cupboard as the water in the moist air is ‘condensed’ rather than being expelled. If however you’d looking to site your new dryer in a shed or a garage you’d probably opt for a vented model as it should be relatively easy to fit a new external vent to outbuildings. The models below are a mix of vented and condenser models but if you know you’re specifically looking for the best condenser tumble dryer you can see our top 5 here.

Capacity

Capacity is another important point to consider. A dryer’s capacity can be measured in both volume and weight. The volume tells you the actual size of the drum, but weight is more important because this tells you how much laundry the machine can handle. In selecting the right capacity for a dryer, there are two basic points that you want to take into account. First, you want ensure that you get a machine that can handle your needs. For just two or three people, a smaller drum size will work well (5-7kg), but if the machine is going to be used for a large family, it will be more advantageous to go with a larger machine (8kg drum or maybe even 9kg). This is especially true if you want to use the machine to dry sheets and bed linen.  Beyond that, you also want the capacity of the dryer to be equal to or greater than the capacity of the drum in your washing machine. It is much more convenient if you can just take the entire load of laundry from the washing machine and stick it all in the dryer without having to remove items.

Features & Programs

Finally, you want to look into what the machine has to offer in regard to features and programmes. Consider whether the machine has special programmes to handle different types of fabric. Look for features like a sensor drying program and options that prevent the creasing of clothes (not something you’d care about with sports clothes but makes a huge difference with shirts, blouses etc which you’ll need to iron). Check also whether the model has an LED display of control panel showing the selected programme and drying time remaining etc. Please bear in mind if you use ‘sensor’ drying cycles then times are only estimates as the machine has no way of knowing exactly how long it will take for the load to reach the desired level of dryness (cupboard dry, iron dry, bone dry etc).

Washer Dryers vs Tumble Dryers

If you’re short on space (as many of us are these days due to the ridiculous house prices) you way be considering a washer dryer as an alternative to a tumble dryer. Washer dryers have come a long way in recent years and you can now find some highly recommended models (both freestanding and integrated). You can find a selection of our top picks for freestanding washer dryers here and integrated washer dryers here. Without going into too much detail our recommendation would always be to get two separate machines if you possibly can, but if you can’t then a good Washer Dryer would certainly be an workable (although not as energy efficient) alternative. You can find out more by reading our washer dryer buying guide here which explains the pros and cons of washer dryers including (energy efficiency, differing washing and drying capacities etc).

Noise Levels

If you’ve had a tumble dryer in the past you are probably aware that they can be quite noisy. Not all are, but some definitely make quite a racket. We will always try to highlight this info as part of our reviews but you can also find this information on any good retailer’s website. Domestic appliance noise levels are quoted in decibels (dB) and range between about 40 and 80dB for tumble dryers with an average around 60dB. For comparison purpose 30dB is said to be the level of a whisper, conversational speech would be about 60dB and 90dB would be similar to a lawnmower. If noise is a big issue for you you should look for a model in the 40-50dB range but bear in mind, as with everything you’ll probably pay at least a small premium as these machines tend to be higher-end.

image showing a sample noice level indicator on a retail site

Heat Pump Technology

You may have heard of or read about heat pump tumble dryers but not be 100% sure what they are, or whether you should look to get one. Put simply, heat pump tumble dryers use an advanced drying process to re-use the hot moist air that has passed through your clothes after the excess water has been condensed into the reservoir. The hot air is then re-heated rather than allowed to escape. This means the amount of energy used by heat pump models during the drying process is significantly lower than traditional dryers. Sounds good right? Well it is good, but as always there’s a catch. Heat pump tumble dryers tend to cost quite a bit more than regular models. You can expect to pay £300 – £500 for a decent one although prices are coming down as the technology becomes more mainstream. The good news is you’ll save on your electricity bill – probably to the tune of 50% compared to a regular dryer. So you could be looking at spending £30 – 40 per year rather than £70 – 80. There is another catch though, and that is that heat pump dryers tend to be slower that regular dryers – not good if you’re in a hurry, but fine if you’re not.

So the bottom line is, buying a heat pump condensing dryer will not necessarily be a money saving option as you’ll pay more up front but less in running costs – but you will be doing the planet a favour so, if your budget stretches, why not take a look at some of new heat pump condensing models on the market.

 

To get a more detailed look at selecting the right tumble dryer, and how the different features work, you can read our buying guide for tumble dryers.

Below you’ll find our top 5 picks for the best tumble dryer 2017. You’ll notice under each listing there is a price comparison table which allows you to see which retailers are currently offering the best deals on each machine. Currently we compare prices at John Lewis, ao.com, Currys, Appliances Direct, Very, Argos, B&Q, Co-op Electrical Shop, Electrical Discount UK, Hughes and Boots Kitchen Appliances (if you’ve not heard of them this is actually a white-label offering by ao.com but they set their own prices and are often the cheapest in the market so well worth a look – service is by ao.com so is excellent). These prices are updated every morning at 5am so you can be sure the deals are up-to-date but it’s always worth clicking through the top few as some retailers periodically offer additional discounts or run promotions which could save you even more.

Also, bear in mind that the cheapest price, isn’t always the cheapest price! With white goods like washing machines, tumble dryers etc you also need to bear in mind any additional delivery charges, installation costs or fees for removing and recycling old units. Some retailers make these really obvious and some don’t. You can often save on the delivery cost if you’re happy to wait a few days (rather than opting for next-day delivery) and companies like ao.com also offer an environmentally-friendly option to pick a date when they are delivering nearby to reduce fuel costs which is a great idea. You may well be happy to install the kit yourself but if you don’t fancy that most firms will install new units for approx £20. Please note though that they won’t install integrated appliances as these need a skilled carpenter to attach the fascia door. If you have an existing appliance that you need to dispose of we would generally say opting for this service is advisable for two reasons. One, have you tried lifting a heavy appliance into the back of your car recently and then spending ages waiting in the queue at the local dump to dispose of the pesky thing? Not a great way to spend a day of your weekend. Number two, these retailers dispose of a lot of domestic appliances so yours will (hopefully) be recycled rather than put into landfill as there are govt rules covering the safe disposal of large electrical items. And finally some retailers offer added incentives (extended warranties, cashback etc) to buy from them, with John Lewis being a good example. If you buy a large domestic appliance from John Lewis they will automatically upgrade the warranty to 2 years even if the manufacturer is only offering a one year guarantee. This is well worth bearing in mind if you’re deciding between two similarly-priced retailers.

 

1. Miele T8828 C (Our Top Pick)

Miele T8828 C

If your budget allows, the Miele T8828 C is a condenser dryer that goes far beyond most of the competition. It performs well in number of different ways, and it comes with a great selection of features and programmes that make it one of the most versatile dryers on the current market.

With a total of 12 programmes, the user has no shortage of options for drying clothes. You have the standard programmes like cottons, mixed, and shirts, but you also have special cycles for things like wools, reproofing and denim. In addition to that, you have an automatic sensor drying program, a reverse action drum, and anti-crease settings (great if you don’t have time to iron that school uniform).

This is a 7kg capacity machine, it has controls that are easy to understand and it comes with features that make the machine easy to manage. The nice wide porthole makes it easy to load, plus this is a freestanding model, but there is a kit that can allow for built-in installation. As further points, you have indicators that tell you when to clean the lint filter and for emptying the water reservoir.

Great selection of programmes

Option of sensor or timed drying cycles

Anti-crease feature

Reliable and durable

The price

Want to buy the Miele T8828 C? See who’s cheapest

(Prices updated daily)

 

2. AEG T65170AV

AEG T65170AV

If you are looking for a good vented machine, the AEG T65170AV is a model that could well fit the bill. This unit has a 7kg capacity, a nice selection of features and it performs well for most of the tasks that you could put it to.

The T65170AV from AEG has 12 settings to choose from, and it comes with some helpful features that can be added to the different cycles. Different programmes can be selected for the fabric, and level of drying that you need, then you can add features like anti-crease or delicate for clothes that need special treatment. This is a machine with sensor drying, so there is no need to worry about setting the machine for the right time, and the sensors do seem to perform accurately in most situations.

Operating this machine is fairly straightforward. You just select a programme by using the turn dial, select any added features that you may need and then push the start button, or set the delayed start. One thing that some people may not like is that this vented dryer has no LED display, but it does have some indicator lights to show the progress.

Easy to use

Anti-crease features

 Sensor drying

A little noisy

No display

Like the AEG T65170AV? See who’s got the best price below

(Prices updated daily)
Stockist Catalogue Product Name Price  
AEG T65170AV 7kg Freestanding Vented Tumble Dryer - White £258.97 Visit Store
AEG T65170AV Free Standing Vented Tumble Dryer in White £259.00 Visit Store
AEG T65170AV Free Standing Vented Tumble Dryer in White £279.00 Visit Store
AEG T65170AV Vented Tumble Dryer, 7kg Load, C Energy Rating, White £289.00 Visit Store

 

3. Bosch Serie 8 WTW87560GB

Bosch Serie 8 WTW87560GB

The Bosch Serie 8 WTW87560GB tumble dryer not only performs well, but it is also one of the most efficient machines that you will find. It is a heat pump condenser model, so it is incredibly efficient, but you do not have to compromise on the results.

For drying your laundry it can handle 9kg loads, you have 14 programmes to choose from, and the option of sensor or timed drying program. For the most part, all of these sensor options to perform well, with the towels setting being the exception. If you use the towels setting for your towels, you may need to put them back in for a few minutes to get them completely dry. Nice additional features include special programs like anti-allergy, down wear and wool finish, plus you have options like anti-crease and a low heat setting.

This Serie 8 machine from Bosch has an 9kg capacity for drying a large amount of laundry at one time, and it is exceptionally easy to use. The turn dial can be used for selecting programmes and it has buttons for the added features. In addition to that, it has a nice large LED display the tells the cycle time and you have indicators for things like filter cleaning and water emptying. In our opinion this could easily be the best Bosch tumble dryer that can handle 9kg loads.

 Great selection of features and options

 Anti-crease feature

 Options for sensor and timed drying

 A++ energy rating

 Can be a little noisy

Find the lowest price for the Bosch Serie 8 WTW87560GB below

(Prices updated daily)
Stockist Catalogue Product Name Price  
Bosch Serie 8 WTW87560GB Free Standing Condenser Tumble Dryer in White £679.00 Visit Store
Bosch Serie 8 WTW87560GB Free Standing Condenser Tumble Dryer in White £699.00 Visit Store
Bosch WTW87560GB Heat Pump Condenser Tumble Dryer, 9kg Load, A++ Energy Rating, White £699.00 Visit Store
Bosch WTW87560GB 9kg Heat Pump Condenser Tumble Dryer in White £739.00 Visit Store
BOSCH WTW87560GB Heat Pump Condenser Tumble Dryer - White, White £789.00 Visit Store

 

4. Indesit EcoTime IDV75 (Budget Best Buy)

Indesit EcoTime IDV75

As a budget model, the Indesit EcoTime IDV75 vented tumbler dryer provides a great value. At this price, you are not going to get many of the high-tech features that you would with some of the more expensive machines, but the IDV75 performs well and it has the most important features that make a good vented dryer.

This model does not have sensor drying. Instead, you have a choice of high or low heat, and then you can set the time with a turn dial. While this is not the most versatile selection in regard to functions and programmes, it does mean that the machine is easy to operate and it still performs well. One nice feature that this machine does have is the reverse action drum. While it may not be the full anti-crease protection, it will prevent tangling and wrinkling.

The IDV75 from Indesit is a 7kg machine, it is very easy to operate and it performs well. It may not have the most advanced features (or an LED display), but at this price, it provides a value that is hard to beat.

 Great value for the money

 Reverse action drum

 Easy to use

No sensor drying

It can be a little noisy

Limited features

See which online retailer is offering the best deal on the Indesit EcoTime IDV75

(Prices updated daily)
Stockist Catalogue Product Name Price  
Indesit IDV75 Vented Tumble Dryer, 7kg Load, B Energy Rating, White £158.00 Visit Store
Indesit Eco Time IDV75S Free Standing Vented Tumble Dryer in Silver £184.00 Visit Store
Indesit Eco Time IDV75S Free Standing Vented Tumble Dryer in Silver £199.00 Visit Store
INDESIT IDV75S Vented Tumble Dryer - Silver, Silver £229.99 Visit Store

 

5. Beko 7230W

Beko 7230W

If you are looking for a more affordable condenser dryer, the Beko 7230W is an option that delivers good performance at a low price. It does lack some of the high-end features that you would get from the more expensive models, but it achieves great results and it does have the most important features.

When you consider the price, the 7230W from Beko offers a lot for your money. It has a total of 12 settings that you can choose from, and you have options for sensor drying and timed drying cycles. In addition to this, it has a reverse action drum and the anti-crease protection.

This is a 7kg capacity machine from Beko, and it is very easy to operate. It has indicator lights for telling the features that are on and for indicating the progress of the machine, plus it does have lights to alert you when you need to empty the water or clean the filter. It may not have a LED display, but that seems like a small compromise considering all of the features that you get for the price. If you’re looking for the best value tumble dryer you can find this could definitely be a contender.

 Great value for the money

 Anti-crease protection

 Sensor and timed drying

 Easy to use

 A little noisy

 No display

Check the best price for the Beko 7230W below

(Prices updated daily)

 

In conclusion

When you shop for a tumble dryer, you will find that there are models priced for every budget and designs for just about any home. The above models cover some of the best performing machines at a variety of price points. Depending on your budget and your needs, one of these models could be just right for you – we certainly hope so anyway.

As you shop, take the time to carefully study the different features and specs and don’t forget to read some buyer reviews. If you know what you are looking for, and understand the features that can make a machine better for your circumstances, then you shouldn’t have a hard time working out which tumble dryer is best for your home.

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