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 2023
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 2023!
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.
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.
With a massive capacity of 8.0 cu. ft., the Electrolux ELFE7637AW front load matching electric drier lets you spend less time on laundry and more time on things you love. Weighing only 139 lbs., and measuring 31.5 inches deep, 38 inches high and 27 inches wide, this vented drier will fit perfectly in smaller laundry rooms and closets. Stack it on your Electrolux washer to save even more space or put it on top of matching pedestal model number EPWD257UTT (sold separately). It has a four-way venting option to give you even more flexibility in placement. The reversible glass window lets you look at the drying action and With Luxury-Design® Lighting, loading and unloading clothes is easier because you can see the inside of the drier clearly.
Choose from any of the 11 dry cycles to handle every job you throw at it. Get garments ready in 15 minutes with Fast Dry. The Extended Tumble Option helps in keeping your clothes wrinkle free by continuing to tumble even after the cycle ends without using heat. Air Dry handles clothes with low heat to protect your most delicate garments. With 5 temperature options so you can give every load the right kind of dry. The Balanced Dry Technology prevents temperature spikes to keep fabrics cooler throughout the dry cycle. Special sensors monitor the temperature and dampness level during the cycle to prevent over drying or under drying with the LuxCare® Dry System. Know when the cycle will end in 90 seconds with Predictive Dry™, so you don’t have to keep checking if the cycle is done and you can get it out in time before creases and wrinkles set. With Perfect Steam™, the steam comes from the bottom up to release wrinkles and reduce static to keep your clothes looking great.
The Electrolux ELFE7637AW does not come with additional accessories.
The GE GFD85GSPNRS is a great looking, front-load matching gas dryer available in Sapphire Blue or White. The massive total load capacity is at 7.8 cu. ft., allowing you to comfortably dry bulky items like beddings and comforters. Place it in the tightest of spots because it is not only stackable, but also features a true closet depth at 32 inches deep, 39.75 inches high and 28 inches wide. Enjoy even more flexibility in placement with its see-through reversible glass door and 4-way exhaust options with 90 ft. of venting length. See the inside of your drier more easily with its LED interior light. The stainless-steel drum is not only durable but resists rust and prevents clothes from snagging.
Because you have 12 different dryer cycles available to choose from, you can choose the right type of drying for different fabrics. Enjoy the benefits of steam with PowerSteam. Remove wrinkles and static, refresh small loads and keep clothes looking fresh. This dryer is smart home enabled with Built-in Wi-Fi so you can control and monitor your laundry with any smart device. With Washer Link, choose the perfect settings in combination with your GE Washer in one go. Protect your family with the Sanitize Cycle which helps in sterilizing fabrics by using high temperature levels. When in a hurry, you can finish small loads in 23 minutes or less with Quick Dry. Reduce cling static on fabrics at the end of the cycle as a gentle mist spray near the end of the cycle. 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. Standard features include end-of-cycle signal, adjustable legs, control lock, delay start, lint filter, and much more.
The GE GFD85GSPNRS comes with hoses and a power cord.
If you are looking for your next GE drier, the GTD45EASJWS might just be the one for you. This top load matching electric drier has a huge maximum capacity of 7.2 cu. ft. to let you do more laundry at once and save time in doing chores. It weighs just 101 lbs., and with compact measurements of 29.5 inches deep, 44 inches high and 27 inches wide, it will fit in many rooms with different configurations. Get more flexibility in placement with its long vent capability of up to 120 ft. and 4-way venting (rear, right, left and bottom). The reversible glass door allows you to peek inside and see the drying action. Know exactly when the cycle is completed with the adjustable end of cycle signal. The drum is made of aluminized alloy which improves energy efficiency and resists corrosion. With the adjustable end of cycle signal, you will know exactly when the cycle is completed so you don’t leave your clothes in the drier for too long and prevent creases and wrinkles from setting in. The interior light helps make loading and unloading laundry more convenient.
Doing laundry should be simple. Avoid overcomplicating things and too many choices with four dry cycles that can handle any job you theow at it. Four heat selections allow you to choose the right kind of temperature for different fabric types. Prevent creasing and wrinkling with Extended Tumble which programs the machine to keep tumbling without heat after the cycle is over. With Sensor Dry, your clothes will look great and fresh because dual thermistors continually monitor the temperature and moistures levels during the cycle to prevent over drying. Decide how long you want each load to tumble with Timed Dry. De-Wrinkle garments within 20 minutes or give your clothes a fast refresh with Quick Fluff. Discover all these must-have features and more.
The GE GTD45EASJWS does not come with additional accessories.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.