If you’ve made the tricky decision between a condenser dryer and a tumble dryer already, your next decision should be a bit easier: choosing the right tumble dryer make and model.

Most of us have a budget in mind when shopping around, and there are enough brands to provide a solution at every price point.


Tumble dryers all work by expelling warm air through a hose, so there’s a fairly limited amount of variation on that theme. In general, the fanciest machines have the most dryer heat/ time combinations, better displays, more intuitive controls, and better child locks.

More expensive dryers sometimes have quick dry settings, or settings designed to quickly freshen up an item you want to wear the same day.

In truth, a basic machine with analogue controls can do just as good a job, but it depends what you’re looking for. If you don’t have any space to line dry clothes, you might opt for more programs; if you have indoor space for an airer, or a large garden, you may not need the dryer all year round, and could potentially get by with something more basic.


While the physical size of a tumble dryer rarely differs, the capacity might, and that can make a huge difference to its usefulness.

For a family of four, a 3kg dryer is rarely large enough for a full load. Something 6kg or higher will be much more convenient and avoid the need to run the dryer multiple times a day.

For very large families, or sporty types that need to do lots of washing, you can buy machines with 8kg or 9kg capacity. Bear in mind that running big tumble dryers half-full is likely to waste energy, although you can get machines that switch off if they detect that the clothes have dried which can help.

Energy Rating

Any appliance that generates heat will use more energy than average. Dryers and kettles are both good examples.

For the best savings, opt for a machine with an energy rating of B or above. The very best machines might have a rating of A+ or better, for example.

If you have Economy 7 at home, you’ll save money by running your dryer overnight, so you may wish to buy one with a timer or delayed start setting. That way, you can fill the dryer during the day and run it while you’re asleep.

Brand Reputation

In the appliance market, some brands have a better reputation than others. After all, most of us would expect a budget appliance to have a shorter lifespan than a high-end one.

That said, there are bargains to be found. We’ve heard reports of mid-range tuble dryers lasting for a decade or more if well looked after.

 At the top end of the market, Bosch and Miele offer a huge range of settings and features. Mid-range models tend to perform well with slightly fewer settings to choose from. Budget options like White Knight and Beko offer excellent bang for your buck.

 Some Hotpoint, Whirlpool, and related brands have been tarnished by serious fire safety problems, and subsequently, a very long wait to have the fault repaired. It’s not a great advert for the company. If you’re concerned about this recall, we advise not buying used tumble dryers that might have been affected.

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Final Points

Tumble dryers may require alterations to your window, or the fitting of a vent for the hose. Remember to factor in the cost of sorting this out; nobody wants to have a window permanently wedged open for their dryer, and certainly not in the middle of winter. If this sounds like a hassle, consider a condenser dryer or a combined washer/ dryer instead.



*The information in this blog is designed to provide helpful information on the subjects discussed. Please seek a professional for expert advice as we can not be held responsible for any damages or negative consequences upon following this information.

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