Cheap dryer

Tumble dryers under €500 are labelled as a "cheap tumble dryer". Indesit, Zanussi and Beko generally sell cheaper dryers. < Is it time for a new tumble dryer, but you need to economise? Below, we have made a list of the best cheap tumble driers of 2022. Use it to your advantage!

Cheap dryer



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Buy a cheap clothes dryer

Dryers come at very different prices. You can buy a dryer for as little as 250 euros, but some people will pay 2000 euros for it. There are several reasons why people choose a more expensive dryer. Some people are very attached to certain brands. And for a bigger brand, you often pay more. Research by the Dutch Consumers’ Association shows that users of a Miele tumble dryer are the most satisfied with their purchase. Miele tumble dryers perform well and they do a lot to improve user-friendliness. On the other hand, Miele is the most expensive brand for clothes dryers. Other brands that score high according to the Consumers’ Association are Bosch, Siemens and AEG.

But of course, the brand and price range are no guarantee of a good appliance. The brand and the price may be an indication of good design and good materials, but it is not a guarantee. And it certainly doesn’t mean that cheaper clothes dryers are necessarily bad. Indesit and Zanussi tumble dryers are also very satisfied with their value for money.

Best cheap tumble dryer of 2024

Want to buy a cheap tumble dryer, but need it to be of quality? In the following list you will find our top 5 cheap dryers. When making this selection, we compared numerous cheap tumble dryers based on factors such as their fill weight (drum capacity), energy label, noise level and customer reviews. These are the best value-for-money tumble dryers of 2024!


Best cheap 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.
The Whirlpool WGD5000DW is a top load dryer that runs on gas. It has a large maximum capacity of 7.0 cu. ft., enough to fit in even the largest of loads that you throw at it. Spend less time on chores and more on things that matter more. Weighing only 113 lbs., and measuring 27.75 inches deep, 43.38 inches high and 29 inches wide, it will fit in most laundry spaces perfectly. The vent is located at the rear. The square, metal door is hamper style which makes it more convenient to load and unload laundry quickly. The vent is located at the back. Enjoy the Built-in interior lighting to easily see inside and conveniently find any article of clothing. Let the Whirlpool WGD5000DW do the work for you. Handle any kind of load with 13 different dry cycles including air fluff, delicates, extra dry and more. The Wrinkle Shield™ Option protects from creases and wrinkles setting in by continuing to tumble the laundry every five minutes after the cycle is complete. The AccuDry™ Sensor Drying System allows every load to dry evenly the first time using two sensors that measure the temperature and moisture levels inside the tub and automatically stops the cycle when the load is dry. The adjustable end of cycle signal alerts you when the cycle is done so you can take it out on time. You can even adjust the volume to become louder or set it on mute. Five drying temperatures available so you can dry your laundry the way you want: no heat, extra low, low, medium and high. With timed dry, you can set exactly how long you want your drier to run from 20 to 70 minutes. The Whirlpool WGD5000DW gas dryer is proudly designed, engineered and assembled in Ohio, USA, just for you. This machine comes with a power cord.
The LG DLGX8101V front load matching gas drier will perfectly pair with your favorite LG washing machine. The massive 9.0 cu. ft. maximum load capacity will allow you to dry even more loads in even less time. Weighing only 161 lbs., and measuring 32.1 inches deep, 40.8 inches high and 29 inches wide, stack it on top of your matching LG washer to save space. Because the square glass door is reversible, you have even more flexibility in placement. Venting options are 3-way including the back, left side and right side. The NeveRust stainless steel drum is low maintenance, won’t rust or chip nor snag your clothes. Featuring 14 dry cycles, you have a plethora of choice including delicates, cotton, heavy duty and even special cycles like SteamFresh™, SteamSanitary™, Anti-Bacterial and more. With the SteamFresh™ cycle, refresh clothes and reduce wrinkles in just 20 minutes, so your outfit will be ready in no time without the need for ironing. The SteamSanitary cycle uses the highest temperature provided by steam to help get rid of germs and bacteria while still being gentle on all kinds of fabric. The LG SpotClean cycle enhances the performance of stain removal treatments by harnessing the power of steam to gently loosen soil and penetrate fabrics. The LoDecibel™ Quiet Operation lets you enjoy a quiet time while the drier runs. Get an alert whenever it’s time to clean the ducts with FlowSense, to ensure that your machine runs at its tip top shape. Smart features like the SmartDiagnosis ™ helps diagnose and solvce problems quickly with the LG SmartThinQ app, saving you a call to the customer care service. This drier also has standard features like interior lighting to help you with loading and unloading, child lock, end-of-cycle signal, status indicator and others. The LG DLGX8101V comes with a power cord.
Your search for the perfect drier is done with the GE GFD65GSPNSN front load drier. This front load matching gas drier handles up to 7.8 cu. ft. of laundry in one go, so you can do more in less loads. Stack your matching GE washing machine on top or put it on an optional pedestal (model # GFP1528PNSN), it’s up to you. Weighing just 137 lbs., and measuring 32 inches deep, 39.75 inches high and 28 inches wide, it will fit in most laundry closets and the smallest laundry spaces. The reversible glass door lets you see inside so you can see the drying action. Up to 90 feet of venting capability and 4-way venting, so you can place it anywhere. This machine is packed with amazing GE features. Choose from 12 different dry cycles to give each load the right kind of dry it needs. The 12 dry cycles include SteamRefresh which will have your favorite outfit refreshed and free of creases in no time. SteamDewrinkle does the same with any load size. The Wrinkle Care option lets you skip ironing by drying fabrics without heat to reduce creasing. Protect your family with the Sanitize Cycle which helps in sterilizing fabrics by using high temperature levels. This smart-home enabled machine has built in Wi-Fi so you can start, pause and stop every cycle with your smart device anywhere you are. Get notified when your load is at the ideal moisture level for ironing or final air drying with Damp Alert. The Vent Sensor alerts you when it detects blockage and restricting in your vent. Quiet-By-Design so you won’t even know the laundry is running from the next room. With five heat selections and five dryness levels, you have full control of how you want your laundry done. Enjoy this plethora of features and others with this amazing washer. The GE GFD65GSPNSN comes with hoses.

More features and better specifications

In general, a cheap tumble dryer will have fewer options and features. But of course, you can ask yourself if you need all that ‘fuss’. Dryers today offer several extra features to make washing and drying easier for you and the rest of your household. For example, with a shorter drying time, more drying programmes, a self-cleaning condenser or control via an app. Think you can benefit from this too? Then it might be worthwhile to set aside some extra budget. But if all that matters to you is that your dryer gets your laundry dry, then go for a simple, inexpensive dryer. This is mainly due to the type of clothes dryer, but also to the energy label. There are three types of dryers, and we will explain the differences between them:

  1. Airflow Dryers are often the most economical to buy, but they consume the most energy. So they are cheap at the time of purchase, but they are not a good choice for your energy bill or the environment. That’s why airflow dryers are not as popular as they used to be. Another good thing about the air-flow dryer is that it can only discharge its humid air through a window or a hole in the wall.
  2. The energy consumption of the condensation dryer is lower, but it is slightly more expensive to buy. Condenser dryers drain moisture into a condensate pan (a tank that you must empty manually), or you can choose to connect your condenser dryer to the water outlet.
  3. The heat pump dryer is the most energy efficient of the three. It will be more expensive to buy, but because it is so economical, you can still save money with it. A heat pump dryer in energy class A+++ can save up to € 75,- per year on your energy bill. You can also connect your heat pump dryer to the water outlet, as well as use a condensation tray.
  4. More about the energy class. This is also known as an energy label and determines how efficiently a dryer dries your laundry. A heat pump dryer with energy class A+++ will generally be more expensive to buy than, say, an air vent or condenser dryer with energy class B, but it will save you money in use. Of course, that’s a choice you have to make yourself.

What to look out for when buying a cheap tumble dryer?

A tumble dryer has an average lifespan of around 2500 drying cycles, so it is important that you buy one that suits you and your household. However, since you don’t have to buy a new dryer very often, you may forget what you need to consider. The following tips explain exactly what to look out for when buying a cheap tumble dryer.

Type of tumble dryer

We previously explained the difference between the different types of tumble dryers: airflow dryer, condenser dryer and heat pump dryer. Airflow dryers are the cheapest of these and use the most energy. Heat pump dryers are the most expensive, but also the most energy efficient. For that reason, heat pump dryers are often the cheapest to run, and the most economical in the long run. There are also heat pump dryers in energy class B and condenser dryers with energy label A+++. To keep your energy costs down, choose an energy-efficient dryer.

Condensation drain

The moisture that your dryer extracts from your laundry naturally has to go somewhere. Dryers have 3 ways of getting rid of the water. Air extraction dryers drain the moisture via a hose to the outside, through a window or a hole in the wall. With both the heat pump dryer and the condenser dryer, you have a choice. Almost all of them have a hose that can be connected to the water drainage system, but they also have a condensation tank. This is a tank that needs to be emptied regularly. Choose this option if you do not have a water drain near your dryer.

Fill Weight

The fill weight indicates the capacity of the dryer. In other words, how many pounds of laundry will fit in the drum. We recommend that you buy a tumble dryer with a fill weight at least as large as your washing machine. That way, you can always be sure that it will hold all your wet laundry. Still unsure about the right load? We recommend the following for a 1 or 2 person household: 6 or 7 kg. For a 3 or 4 person household, 8kg. And for a household with 5 or more people, 9 kg or more.

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