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Finding the best clothes dryer 2022 is not an easy task. That's because there are an infinite number of different tumble dryers and no two are alike. With the help of the information you'll find on this page, it's easy to find a good tumble dryer that suits the needs of you and the rest of your household. Find out everything you need to know about the best tumble dryer of 2022.

Best dryer

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October

Yannick
Yannick

A wash geek since 2017

Best buy tumble dryer

Just because Miele, Bosch, Siemens, AEG and Samsung are the best brands for tumble dryers, does not mean that they also have the best buy in their range. This is because washerdryers from these brands are generally a lot more expensive, and Miele in particular scores poorly when it comes to value for money, according to research by the Dutch Consumers’ Association. Do you need a new tumble dryer and want to know what the best buy is? Here’s our top 5! Every tumble dryer on this list delivers excellent quality and comes at a great price. Which dryer will soon be drying your laundry?

Best tumble dryers of 2024

Do you need a new tumble dryer, and would you like the best? You’ve come to the right place! According to extensive research by the Dutch Consumers’ Association, Miele, Bosch, Siemens, AEG and Samsung are the best brands for tumble driers. Washing machines from these brands are often more expensive to buy, but you get something for it. In terms of ease of use, longevity and drying quality, you can expect more from these brands. The list below shows the best tumble dryers available at the moment. In making this selection, we’ve looked at things like the fill weight, energy class, noise level and the different programs. This is the top 5 best tumble dryers of 2024.

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Best best dryer

Pair the GE GTD72GBSNWS top load matching gas dryer with your favorite GE washer, available in two finishes: Diamond Gray or White. This dryer comes with a total maximum capacity of 7.4 cu. ft., enough to handle up to 15 towels in one drying cycle. Enjoy the large capacity in a reasonable size. This dryer weighs only 118 lbs., and measures 30.5 inches deep, 46 inches high and 27 inches wide. The reversible glass door gives you the opportunity to place it in many different room configurations, and the interior light helps you look for specific articles of clothing when the cycle is done. Enjoy the flexibility of placing your dryer anywhere with up to 120 ft. venting, designed for optimal airflow, wherever you choose to place it. With 12 different dry cycles, you can choose the right kind of drying for different kind of fabrics, from delicates to bulky/comforter, to mixed loads. The Sanitize Cycle reduced up to 99.8% of common household bacteria so you can keep your loved ones safe. Avoid repeatedly having to set up your dryer with the My Cycle Settings which lets you save your personal preprogrammed settings for future use. The GE GTD72GBSNWS comes with Sensor Dry which helps prevent over drying of fabrics thanks to the innovative dual thermistor technology which monitors temperature and moisture in the dryer continually. The Wrinkle Care option lets you skip ironing by drying fabrics without heat to reduce creasing. With Quick Dry, you can dry a full load in less time so your clothes will be ready in no time. This dryer lets you choose from four different drying levels and four different temperature options. Heat up your clothes and release set wrinkles with the Warm Up feature. Never forget when it’s time to clean the vent with the Check Vent Alert, so you can keep your dryer functioning at its best. The GE GTD72GBSNWS does not come with accessories.
The GE GFD55GSSNWW is a front load matching gas dryer with a large maximum load capacity of 7.8 cu. ft. Use the optional stacking kit model GFA28KITN and pair it with the perfect GE washer. Weighing only 135 lbs., and with True32 Closet depth at 32 inches deep, 39.75 inches high and 28 inches wide, you can place this machine in the tightest laundry spaces. Have even more flexibility in placement because it has a reversible glass door that you can see through. The LED interior light lets you see even more clearly so you can find every little article of clothing. The vent can be extended up to 90 ft. long and you get 4-way exhaust options: rear, right, left and bottom for even more installation flexibility. With 10 different dryer cycles, you can choose the right type of care for your every laundry need from delicates to bulky/bedding. This dryer is smart home enabled with Built-in Wi-Fi so you can control and monitor your laundry with any smart device. When in a hurry, you can finish small loads in 23 minutes or less with Quick Dry. Protect your family with the Sanitize Cycle which helps in sterilizing fabrics by using high temperature levels. The Wrinkle Care option lets you skip ironing by drying fabrics without heat to reduce creasing. Get notified when your load is at the ideal moisture level for ironing or final air drying with Damp Alert. Sensor Dry helps prevent over drying of fabrics thanks to the innovative dual thermistor technology which monitors temperature and moisture in the dryer continually. The Vent Sensor alerts you when it detects blockage and restricting in your vent. Enjoy 5 different temperature options, four separate dryness levels, timed dry and other GE dryer features like My Settings, delay dry and much, much more. The GE GFD55GSSNWW does not come with accessories.
If you want a dryer without all the bells and whistles but performs well, the Whirlpool WGD4950HW might be the right one for you. It features a large 7.0 cu. ft. capacity so you can do more laundry in less loads. Weighing only 113 lbs., with measuring 28.25 inches deep, 43 inches high and 29 inches wide, it will look beautiful in many smaller laundry spaces. Easily transfer loads from the washer to the dryer and from the dryer to the laundry basket without worrying about clean clothes falling on the floor with this wide-opening door. Because it also features an interior light, it’s easy to find any small article of clothing that you may leave behind. With 14 separate dry cycles, you can choose the best kind of dry for every laundry type. The Whirlpool WGD4950HW has must have features like the AutoDry™ Drying System which helps prevent over drying by monitoring the moisture content and automatically stopping the cycle when it hits the right level. Timed Dry lets you control your drying schedule; you can set it up from 20 to 70 minutes according to your needs. Three temperature levels are available to choose from: low, medium or high, so you can give your laundry the right type of drying it needs. Air Fluff lets you dry without heat for those delicate fabrics. Drying without heat also makes sure that creases won’t set in. If you don’t want creases but have loads that do need heat for drying, the Wrinkle Shield™ Option safeguards from creases and wrinkles from setting in by continuing to tumble the laundry every five minutes after the cycle is complete. The end-of-cycle signal lets you know when it’s the load is done. The Whirlpool WGD4950HW is proudly Designed, Engineered and Assembled in the U.S.A. It comes with a power cord.
If it is a simple, no-nonsense drier that you want, the GE GTD33EASKWW might be the right one for you. This top load matching electric drier has a huge maximum capacity of 7.2 cu. ft., so you can get more laundry done in less cycles. The white-on-white coloring is classic and will look amazing in your laundry room. Weighing a measly 104 lbs., and with measurements of 29.5 inches deep, 44 inches high, and 27 inches wide, this machine is compact and can be placed in most smaller laundry rooms and spaces. Because the square, steel door is reversible, you have even more freedom in placement. The long venting capability of up to 120 ft. allows you to position this drier just about anywhere. Pair that with the 4-way exhaust options (rear, right, left and bottom) and you can literally put your drier anywhere. With an aluminized alloy drum, it not only resists corrosion and rusting, but also improves energy efficiency. Make setting cycles simple with the rotary electromechanical controls. Cleaning lint is easy with its upfront lint filter, too! The GE GTD33EASKWW is simple but does the job well. Choose from the three heat selections (less dry, more dry, or optimum dry) to give every load the right kind of dry they need. Doing laundry should be simple. Avoid unnecessary complications with 3 drying cycles. The cottons cycle takes care of most kinds of fabric well. The Easy Care Cycle includes casuals, cool down, less dry and more dry. Quick Fluff gives your clothes a quick dry with no heat to release wrinkles and creases. Because it has a removable up front lint filter, cleaning is easy and takes no time. With the end-of-cycle signal, your drier will let you know when the cycle is done so you can take your laundry out in time and avoid creases from setting in. The GE GTD33EASKWW does not come with any accessory.
The GE GTD42EASJWW is a great top load matching electric dryer that comes in a great price point. It delivers in performance using world class GE technology, but without all the extra bells and whistles to drive the price up. With a huge maximum capacity of 7.2 cu. ft., you can fit in even the largest of loads including beddings and comforters. It measures 29.5 inches deep, 44 inches high and 27 inches wide and only weighs a measly 101 lbs., so it is compact and will fit in the smallest laundry rooms and spaces. Encased in a classic white-on-white body, it will look great in any home. Featuring 4-way exhaust options (rear, right, left and bottom) and up to 120 ft. of long venting capability, you can place this machine nearly anywhere you wish. It has a right swing steel door for a sleek look. Because it has interior lighting, loading and unloading is easier and you can find any article of clothing quickly. Cleaning is quick and simple with the removable up front lint filter. With an adjustable end-of-cycle signal, your drier will let you know when the cycle is done so you can take your laundry out in time and avoid creases from setting in. Aluminized alloy makes for a durable drum that resists corrosion and chipping. With Auto Dry, clothes come out feeling good and looking great because it continuously monitors the air temperature during the cycle and sets the optimal drying time. The Wrinkle Care extended tumble reduces wrinkling and creasing by continuing to tumble at the end of the cycle with no heat, preventing wrinkles from setting in. With four heat selections from Air Fluff (no heat), low, medium and regular, you can choose the best temperature to dry each load. It features four drying cycles to help you get the drying done quickly: Casuals, Delicates, Cottons and Easy Care. The GE GTD42EASJWW does not come with any accessory.

Best tumble dryer for a small budget

A tumble dryer is not a straightforward purchase, with prices starting at around £250 and going up to £2,250. And if you want a heat pump dryer – which we do recommend, because they keep your energy costs down – you’ll soon be out 350 euros. The brands Beko, Zanussi and Indesit offer several dryers in a lower price range, but also more expensive brands Bosch Samsung and AEG have several models for a friendly price. If you need a new tumble dryer but are stuck on a budget, we’re here to help. Because in the list below, you’ll find our top 10 cheap tumble dryers. Each of these is designed to give you the best drying experience and is available at a great price.

Best buy washer dryer; what to look out for

Don’t underestimate buying a new washer dryer. Not only because of the price, but also because there is more to it than you might think. After all, clothes dryers have a host of specifications that determine whether a particular clothes dryer will suit your family or not. Because sometimes you can’t see the wood for the trees when you’re shopping for a dryer, we’ve put together a list of tips for you. The following tips explain exactly what to consider when buying the best tumble dryer that is perfect for your household.

Types of tumble dryers

There are different types of tumble dryers; the airflow dryer, the condenser dryer and the heat pump dryer. Airflow dryers are becoming less and less popular day by day because they have a very high energy consumption. The opposite is true for heat pump dryers; they are the most energy-efficient dryers and are the most widely sold. The condenser dryer is somewhere in between. The difference between the condenser dryer and the heat pump dryer is that the heat pump dryer works with a heat pump and a refrigerant, while the condenser dryer dries with a heating element. For that reason, the heat pump dryer uses less energy. In addition, the warm air from a condenser dryer can be harmful to your laundry. Another way in which the airflow dryer differs from the condenser dryer and the heat pump dryer is the condensation drain. The air dryer drains the moist air during drying through a hose to the outside. This is done through a window or a hole in the wall. With condenser dryers and heat pump dryers, most models offer the choice of drainage via the water outlet or a reservoir. This is a condensation pan that collects the water, which you need to empty into the sink after each drying cycle. If you have a water drainage system in the room where you will be putting your dryer, we recommend you to go for this option. This way, you don’t have to worry about the humidity of the dryer. However, if you do not have a drain there, the condensate tray is a great alternative.

Fill Weight

The fill weight is one of the most important features of a dryer. This is because it determines whether the size of the dryer fits the size of your household or family. It indicates how many kilograms of laundry will fit into the drum. You want to buy a dryer with a fill weight that is in proportion to the number of people in your household. Otherwise, it can make drying more difficult and increase your energy costs. That’s because if you buy a dryer that’s too small, you’ll have to wash more often, which means you’ll use more energy. And if it’s too big, you’ll have to save laundry or wash it half-empty – which is a shame because it means you’re not getting the most out of the programme. That’s why we always recommend getting a dryer that has at least as much capacity as your washing machine. That way, you can be sure that all your wet laundry fits into the dryer. Buying a new washer dryer and washing machine? Use the following chart as a guide:

  • A household of one or two people should consider a 6kg or 7kg dryer. A 6kg fill weight is not common, but a 7kg fill weight is.
  • A family of 3 or 4 will need a dryer with an 8kg fill weight. Most dryers have a 8kg fill weight.
  • A family of 5 or more will need a dryer with 9kg fill weight or more.

Energy rating

When looking for an energy-efficient dryer, look at its energy label. This tells you how efficiently the appliance dries. The type of dryer it is, largely determines how energy-efficient it is. An air vent dryer has a high energy consumption, a condenser dryer slightly less and the heat pump dryer is the most energy efficient. Energy-efficient heat pump dryers are expensive to buy, but because they are so efficient at drying, they save you a lot of energy costs. That’s why an A+++ heat pump dryer is often the most energy-efficient option. A heat pump dryer in energy efficiency class A+++ can save you up to €888 in energy costs compared to a condenser dryer in energy efficiency class B. This includes options like a self-cleaning condenser, lint filter, app-based controls, delayed start and an illuminated drum. Think you and your household could benefit from features like these? The noise level of a dryer indicates, in decibels (dB), the amount of noise it produces while it is drying. The noise level of most clothes dryers is nowhere near the noise level of the average washing machine. However, if you plan to use the tumble dryer at night, for example, it may be nice to have a quiet tumble dryer in your home. Dryers are divided into 3 categories when it comes to noise level: loud, normal and silent. A tumble dryer is rated ‘quiet’ if it produces less than 65 dB. Most dryers produce between 64 dB and 66 dB, but there are also several models that produce 63 dB or less.

Drying Programs

Dryers have different programs for different types of laundry. For example, there are special programs for wool, shirts, silk, bedding and towels. These programs ensure that your laundry is dried to perfection and that it lasts longer. Almost all modern tumble dryers also have an eco program, to further reduce energy costs. Many dryers also come with an ‘extra dry’ programme.

Building quality

The build quality of a dryer tells you about its sturdiness and expected lifespan. Looking at build quality, all dryers are divided into basic, mid-range and top-range. If the build quality is not specified for a tumble dryer, the brand and the price can also give an indication of the build quality. According to the Consumers’ Association, these are the best brands for tumble driers: Miele, Bosch, Siemens, AEG and Samsung. These brands are generally more expensive, and therefore score less well in the category ‘price-quality ratio’ according to research by the Consumers’ Association. Brands that score better in this category include Beko, Indesit and Zanussi.

Common questions

Buying a new tumble dryer is no easy task, so we are happy to answer all your questions about the different types of tumble dryers. If your question is not answered here, don’t hesitate to contact us or your local washer dryer supplier.

Which dryer dries the fastest?

A condenser dryer generally dries a lot faster than a heat pump dryer. A heat pump dryer uses low temperatures which means it takes longer for your clothes to dry. A condenser dryer uses a higher temperature which dries your laundry quickly. However, it uses a lot of energy, making it the less energy-efficient option.

Drying your laundry at a high temperature can also be harmful to your clothes. You reduce the chance of wear and tear if you dry it at a lower temperature.

What is a good affordable clothes dryer?

Sometimes you are stuck on a budget but really need a new dryer. Then of course it is nice to buy a cheap tumble dryer. However, be aware that cheaper dryers are often the least efficient – which means that your annual energy costs will actually rise. That’s why you should look for an energy-efficient heat pump dryer that offers good value for money. This will keep your energy costs down, but you won’t be paying more than you need to.

According to the Consumers’ Association, the Beko DS7331PX0BX is the best dryer with an excellent price-quality ratio.

What does a dryer cost per turn?

Aside from the purchase of your dryer, you also pay annually for the energy it consumes. Depending on the type of tumble dryer you have, these costs can vary per drying cycle. Drying with a condenser dryer will cost around 1.40 euros per drying cycle, and drying with a heat pump dryer will cost around 0.75 euros per drying cycle.

The exact cost will depend on your dryer’s energy class and the current level of electricity prices.

What should I look for in a clothes dryer?

When you’re looking at new clothes dryers, there are a lot of things to look for. Here are the key points:

  • The right dryer for you will have the same fill weight as your current one or more.
  • We say a dryer is energy efficient when it is rated A++ and above. Energy class b is the least efficient.
  • The type of dryer can also be important; the most popular dryer at the moment is the heat pump dryer, followed by the condenser dryer.
  • To get a quiet dryer, choose a low noise level. You have a choice of quiet, medium and loud.
  • If you want to minimise maintenance, choose a dryer with a self-cleaning condenser.
  • Most dryers have several different drying programs, find out if a dryer has the one you like.

What is the most energy-efficient tumble dryer?

An energy-efficient dryer is at least A++ energy, but A++ energy is the most efficient. Most dryers with a heat pump now have this, so there are many energy-efficient clothes dryers being sold.

How long does a dryer last?

How long a dryer lasts depends on several aspects, such as how often you use it, how well you maintain it as well as the build quality and brand. According to the Consumers’ Bid, Miele dryers last the longest, averaging 16 years. Other dryers have a life of 10 to 11 years.

Yannick
Yannick

A wash geek since 2017

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