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Best Tumble Dryer

Author Dean
Dean
15th August, 2021 | 10 minute read

Want to know what the top tumble dryers on the market are? In this article, we'll explore the best tumble dryers that are available. We'll discuss how tumble dryers work, what different types there are, and the best products in terms of category.

Two white tumble dryers

This article will prove particularly helpful for anyone planning to buy a new tumble dryer, now or in the future.

What Is a Tumble Dryer?

A tumble dryer or clothes dryer is a household appliance that is employed to remove moisture from a dry load (usually clothing, although it could be used to dry bedding as well as other textiles).

Towel in a tumble dryer

A tumble dryer is generally used soon after textiles have been washed through a washing machine.

Anyone looking for a quick and effective way to dry their washing should avail of a good quality tumble dryer.

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How Does a Tumble Dryer Work?

While the process will vary a little depending on the type, brand, and specific product, broadly speaking, tumble dryers work as follows:

  • A tumble dryer is turned on.
  • It draws air in and heats up the clothes within to dry them.
  • Moisture is extracted and either put into a container or release to the outdoors as condensation.

Types of Tumble Dryer

There are many forms of tumble dryer available. Before we get into the best products out there, let's look at the various types of categories and their pros and cons.

Vented Tumble Dryer

A vented tumble dryer uses a physical vent to release moisture/water from your machine. It is then released to the air outside of a household. A long, flexible hose is employed to connect the tumble dryer to its vents.

Vented tumble dryer

Condenser Tumble Dryer

A condenser tumble dryer collects water in a reservoir (i.e., water tank) that is fixed internally within the tumble dryer. Instead of venting the water, the tank collects the water and works as a dehumidifier. Whether it be a small condenser tumble dryer or a larger one, there are options for every homeowner.

Vented tumble dryer

Heat Pump Tumble Dryer

Heat pump dryers work by heating air and absorbing moisture from laundry. It then drains moisture away in the form of condensed air. Heated air is used to dry the clothes while the condensed is extracted.

Heat pump tumble dryer

Best Tumble Dryer

Let's now discuss the best tumble dryer products on the market. We'll explore the features of these tumble dryers as well as their pros and cons.

Best Vented Tumble Dryer

Indesit IDV75 Ecotime

Indesit IDV75 Ecotime Dryer

This relatively cheap tumble dryer comes with 12 drying programmes, a timer dial that goes up to two hours, and features reverse tumble action.

Further, the IDV75 is fairly quiet, has a big drum size, dries clothes rapidly, and is easy to use. However, it doesn't really have any fancy features.

Things we liked
  • Fairly inexpensive
  • 12 drying programmes
  • Reverse tumble action
Things we didn't like
  • Lacks fancy features
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Hotpoint TVHM80CP

Hotpoint TVHM80CP Dryer

While fairly basic, this vented tumble dryer is a high-quality option all the same. It comes with an 8kg capacity, is fairly easy to use, and can avoid tangling clothes in the process of drying.

In addition, the TVHM80CP has a lint filter that's fairly easy to clean, and it provides good bang for your buck. Further, this tumble dryer has an energy C efficiency.

Things we liked
  • Can dry clothes without tangling them
  • Good value for money
  • Lint filter is quite easy to use
Things we didn't like
  • Low energy-efficiency
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Candy Grand'O Vita CSVV9LG Vented Tumble Dryer

Candy Grand'O Vita CSVV9LG Vented Tumble Dryer

The CSVV9LG includes a 9kg capacity, is perfect for a mid-sized household, and it may be controlled via an Android smartphone. Its Sensory Drying technology also picks up on moisture levels as a way to tell when the cycle should end.

It's also spacious, which is well-suited to larger washes and comes with a mixed dry programme. One downside worth noting is taking it might take a bit of time to get the hang of using its various features.

Things we liked
  • Sensory Drying technology
  • Spacious tumble dryer
  • It can be controlled with an Android phone
Things we didn't like
  • It takes time to get used to
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AEG T65170AV Vented Tumble Dryer

AEG T65170AV Vented Tumble Dryer

The T65170AV comes with many features and makes drying clothes/textiles especially straightforward. Among its settings include a useful refresh setting, which is perfect for freshening up clothes such as summer clothes in a short space of time.

This AEG tumble dryer has an extra dry function for heavier clothing items and a delayed start option that lasts for as long as nine hours. Beyond that, it can leave clothes particularly smooth and warm, and it's fairly quiet. In addition, the T65170AV is costlier to run because of its lower energy rating.

Things we liked
  • Various settings
  • Extra dry function for heavier items
  • Quiet appliance
Things we didn't like
  • Low energy efficiency
  • Pretty costly to run
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Best Condenser Tumble Dryer

Siemens Avantgarde WT7HX940GB Condenser Heat Pump

Siemens Avantgarde WT7HX940GB Condenser Heat Pump

While this tumble dryer is quite dear, the WT7HX940GB tumble dryer has a 9kg capacity, A+++ energy efficiency.

It can be controlled with an Android or Apple smartphone, and it can dry clothes with a fairly fast 40-minute programme.

Things we liked
  • 9kg capacity
  • Highly energy-efficient tumble dryer condenser
  • It may be controlled with a smartphone
  • Fast 40-minute programme
Things we didn't like
  • Not cheap
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Zanussi ZDC8203WZ Condenser Tumble Dryer

Zanussi ZDC8203WZ Condenser Tumble Dryer

The relatively inexpensive ZDC8203WZ is a versatile tumble dryer with a quite large door, making it easy to load and unload clothing.

Unfortunately, it's pretty loud, only has an energy efficiency rating of B, and doesn't have that many features. But, its price tag offers good value for money, all things considered.

Things we liked
  • Versatile
  • Easy to load and unload
  • Fairly large door
Things we didn't like
  • Good value for money
  • Not the most economical or energy-efficient
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Beko DTKCE8002W1W Condenser Tumble Dryer

Beko DTKCE8002W1W Tumble Dryer

An even more budget-friendly tumble dryer than the ZD8203WZ is this condenser tumble dryer from Beko. It comes with a solid 8kg capacity, offers a great performance, and provides high-end sensor drying.

Among its features are its anti-crease technology. However, it has an energy efficiency rating of B.

Things we liked
  • Low cost
  • 8kg capacity
  • Anti-crease technology
  • Great sensor drying capabilities
Things we didn't like
  • Low energy-efficiency
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Best Heat Pump Tumble Dryer

Miele TSJ663 WP WiFi-enabled Heat Pump Tumble Dryer

Miele TSJ663 WP WiFi-enabled Heat Pump Tumble Dryer

The first heat pump tumble dryer we're looking at is this energy-efficient and hi-tech product from Miele.

The TSJ663 WP is sensor-operated, has a large 9kg drum capacity, can be controlled with a tablet or smartphone, and has features like FragranceDos², which can infuse clothes with a beautiful speciality scent.

Things we liked
  • Large 9kg capacity
  • Energy-efficient
  • Hi-tech product
  • Smartphone- and tablet-control
Things we didn't like
  • Expensive
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Bosch WTW85231GB Heat Pump Tumble Dryer

Bosch WTW85231GB Heat Pump Tumble Dryer

This tumble dryer is a mid-priced tumble dryer with strong energy efficiency and performance. Among its programmes are those for shirts, cotton, sportswear, and delicates. This Bosch appliance comes with an integrated condenser designed to enhance its drying function.

The WTW85231GB has an anti-crease feature along with its SensitiveDrying system. It also has an energy efficiency rating of A++, it's eco-friendly, and comes with a two-year warranty.

Things we liked
  • Good energy efficiency
  • Eco-friendly
  • Strong performance
  • Various programmes available
Things we didn't like
  • Some quality lost
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Samsung DV90N8289AW

Samsung DV90N8289AW Tumble Dryer

This fairly new appliance from Samsung is an energy-efficient tumble dryer with a solid 9kg drum capacity, a delayed timer of up to 24 hours, and a range of programmes such as Outdoor care, Mixed, and Wool.

Notably, the DV90N8289AW comes with a handy shoe-drying rack. This tumble dryer has a large porthole, dries clothes rapidly, is highly energy-efficient, and comes with minimal clothes tangling. However, clothing may come out creased.

Things we liked
  • Energy-efficient
  • 9kg drum capacity
  • Various programmes
  • Delayed time of up to a whole day
Things we didn't like
  • Clothing could come out creased
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Candy GVSH9A2DCEB-80 Heat Pump Condenser Dryer

Candy GVSH9A2DCEB-80 Tumble Dryer

With this heat pump dryer from Candy, you get a one-year guarantee, A++ energy rating, smart technology accessibility, a sleek design and plenty of room due to its 9kg drum.

It may not be the best choice if you're not great with tech as it's quite a hi-tech modernized product.

Things we liked
  • One-year guarantee
  • 9kg drum capacity
  • Great energy rating
  • Smart technology offered
Things we didn't like
  • Not ideal for all consumers
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Best Small Tumble Dryer

Cookology Mini Tabletop Vented Tumble Dryer

Cookology Mini Tabletop Vented Tumble Dryer

This mini dryer weighs only 17kg, is compact, light, and has a noise output of only 56db. It also measures 58.5cm in height x 49.5cm in width. It has five drying programmes, such as anti-wrinkle. This mini dryer takes about 20-30 minutes to dry items.

It has a 200-minute timer, one-year guarantee, and it can be either wall-mounted or used as a tabletop dryer. However, it's uni-directional, so reverse action is not possible.

Things we liked
  • Quiet
  • 6kg capacity
  • Lightweight and compact
  • 20-30 minutes to dry
Things we didn't like
  • Uni-directional
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Hotpoint 4KG Tumble Dryer

Hotpoint 4KG Tumble Dryer

Moving on to this Hotpoint tumble dryer, we have a product with a 20-minute refresh cycle, two-thirds the size of a regular tumble dryer, a 10-years parts guarantee, a one-year labour guarantee, and a filter that's easy to remove.

However, it doesn't come with a dry quick programme, unfortunately.

Things we liked
  • Two-thirds as large as a regular tumble dryer
  • Great warranties
  • Easy-to-remove filter
Things we didn't like
  • No dry quick programme
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Teknix Compact Tumble Dryer

Teknix Compact Tumble Dryer

If you'd like a dryer that's the size of carry-on luggage, then the Teknix Compact Tumble Dryer is ideal for you. It produces a mere 57db of sound, is easy to use, the door can open 180°, has a two-year guarantee, and can also be wall-mounted.

With that said, it has just two drying programmes, namely high and low.

Things we liked
  • Two-year warranty
  • No larger than a carry-on suitcase
  • 57db of sound
  • Ease of use
  • Door may open at 180°
Things we didn't like
  • Just two drying programmes
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What to Consider Before Buying a Tumble Dryer

Before deciding what tumble dryer is right for you, there's a couple of points you need to take into account. Let's break down some examples.

Type

Different types of tumble dryers will be more suited to some homeowners than others. For instance, you may want a compact dryer if you don't have much space. How the tumble dryer works would also suit different homes depending on your property, with an example being a vented tumble dryer that may or may not suit your home.

Size/Capacity

The right size of a tumble dryer will depend on the size and number of loads you'd need to dry on a regular basis. Of course, you may be limited as to the size of the tumble dryer you can choose if your home is short on space.

Tumble dryer

Where You'll Put It

Before making a purchase, you need to ensure that whatever type and the specific product you go for, it'll be able to fit in your home no problem.

FAQs

Which is better, a vented or condenser tumble dryer?

This will depend on your needs and preferences. As discussed earlier, each option has its pros and cons. So, it's best to weigh these up in terms of your own requirements to make a decision.

How much does it cost to run a tumble dryer?

While it will vary based on the type and size of the tumble dryer, this will likely land about £0.67 per cycle. It's reasonable to expect that an average household will spend somewhere between £60 and £100 per year on tumble drying running expenses.

What is an integrated tumble dryer?

This is simply a built-in tumble dryer.

What is the best tumble dryer 2020?

Arguably, the Samsung DV90N8289AW would take this title.

Where can I buy a good tumble dryer?

Plenty of stores provide good products, and you could also check out a website like eBay.

Sources

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  3. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/interiors/home/best-tumble-dryers1/
  4. https://helpwiththewashing.co.uk/tips/drying-ironing/best-small-tumble-dryers/
  5. https://www.heatpumpsource.co.uk/blog/best-heat-pump-tumble-dryers/