Dryer fill weight

There is a lot involved in buying a tumble dryer. This is because there are a number of different tumble dryers, all with different features. This can make it difficult to find the right tumble dryer for you. We are happy to explain what to look out for when buying a new dryer. Today, we’re zooming in on the fill weight of a dryer.

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What is a dryer's fill weight?

Choose a dryer with enough fill weight.

When buying both a washing machine and a clothes dryer, you may come across the term ‘fill weight’. The fill weight indicates how many pounds of laundry will fit in the drum. It is also called the capacity or drum capacity of the dryer or washing machine. The drum capacity indicates the maximum fill weight. The dryer often fits more laundry if you stuff, but this is not recommended. It is bad for the clothes dryer, and may not dry your laundry properly. It is important to buy a dryer with the right amount of fill weight, otherwise you will be using unnecessary energy. If you buy a dryer with too much fill weight, you will not get a full drum when you run your drying program.

And that is a shame, because you will not get the most out of the drying cycle. If you buy a dryer with too little fill weight, you will run into the problem that you have much more laundry than will fit in the drum. This means that you will have to dry several small loads, which means that your dryer will be on more often than necessary. This also increases your energy consumption unnecessarily.

The maximum fill weight varies by clothes dryer. Most dryers have a fill weight of 8 kg, but there are also dryers with 7 kg and 9 kg fill weight.

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How many kg of filling weight do I need?

How much fill weight you need depends on several aspects. If you are shopping for a new clothes dryer, keep the following tips in mind when deciding how much fill weight you need.

Choose a dryer that has at least the same drum capacity as your washing machine. That way, you can be sure that all your wet laundry goes straight into the dryer’s drum. Are you buying a new dryer and a new washing machine? Then you’ll have to figure out the right fill weight for you and your household in a different way. To give you an indication of what size you need, take a look at the chart below:

1-2 persons
  • 7 kg
3-4 persons
  • 8 or 9 kg
5 or more persons
  • from 9 kg

7 kg fill weight: this is considered a smaller capacity for a clothes dryer or washing machine. For this reason, models with a 7 kg fill weight are most often used by a single household or a couple.

8 kg fill weight: most clothes dryers sold have a fill weight of 8 kg. This type of dryer is suitable for a household of three or four people, such as a small family with one or two children.

9 kg fill weight: this large capacity is mainly used for families and households of five people and more. Tumble dryers with 9 kg fill weight are also very common.

The size of a household is one of the most important factors when it comes to the fill weight, but of course there is more to it. Certain households wash and dry more for many different reasons. For example, they have small children in the house, there is an allergy that requires more frequent washing or because someone in the family does a lot of sport. These can all be reasons to go for a larger fill weight, even though a fill weight of 8 kg is generally sufficient and a good choice for most households.

The best dryer for you

Have you figured out how much water weight you need? Well done! In the lists below, you will find the best tumble dryers of 2021, sorted by fill weight. First, of course, we looked at the drum capacity, but then also at the types of dryers (we recommend heat pump dryers), the energy class, noise level and any extras such as a self-cleaning condenser.

Dryers 7 kg

Do you have a small household and are looking for a new clothes dryer? Then a dryer with a capacity of 7 kg is for you! In general, these clothes dryers come with least, which can make it difficult to find a clothes dryer that perfectly matches your needs and expectations. Below you’ll find our top 5 with the best clothes dryers with 7 kg fill weight.

Dryers 8 kg

Most dryers have a fill weight of 8 kg. As a result, the range of these is huge! This does not necessarily make the purchase of a new dryer any easier. For this reason, we have made a selection of the best 8kg dryers for 2021. Which dryer will soon be spinning at your place?

Dryers 9 kg

If you have a large family, you’ve come to the right place. Maybe you don’t have a big family, but you do have a big washing machine of 9 kg or more? Then this is also the place to be! Below you will find the best tumble dryers with a large fill weight, at least 9 kg. We hope you’ll find the right dryer for you!