Dryer for large family
If you have a large household, you need a dryer with a large fill weight. This means that you will always have a full load and can get the most out of your energy consumption! Find out all you need to know about tumble dryers for large households. You can also find out what the best 9kg dryers are in 2022.
When is a dryer suitable for a large family
For a large family, a dryer with a minimum of 9 kg is appropriate
With a large family, there should be a large washing machine. These have more fill weight, which is also called the capacity of the washing machines, so you can wash more laundry at the same time – which is necessary if you need to have the clothes, towels and bedding of many people washed. Of course, you can also opt for a small washing machine, but then you will have to run a wash more often. The energy and water consumption per wash of a large washing machine is, on average, more than a small washing machine. However, a washing machine with a large drum, at least 9 kg, is the best choice for large families, because the washing machine will need to be used less often. That way, you save time and energy and water consumption. For that reason, we recommend large families with more than 2 children to look for a washing machine with a 9kg or 10kg wash weight. With a large washing machine, more laundry fits in the drum, so you only need to wash a few times a week.
In terms of wash weight for tumble dryers, we generally recommend that you have at least the same amount of wash weight as your washing machine. That way, you can always fit all your wet laundry into the dryer. Are you buying a new dryer and a new washing machine? Then we recommend the following load capacities per household:
- For a 1 or 2 person household: a 6kg or 7kg dryer. In general, you will find that a 7kg load is more common than a 6kg load. This is referred to as a small dryer.
- For a family with 1 or 2 children: a dryer with an 8kg filling weight. Most dryers sold today have 8 kg fill weight.
- Large families of 5 people or more: a dryer with 9 kg fill weight or more. Tumble dryers with a 9 kg drum capacity are considered to be large dryers.
Best dryers for a large family in 2022
Are you looking for the best new clothes dryer for a large household? In the list below, you’ll find our top 5 clothes dryers with a 9kg fill weight. These dryers are perfect for families with more than 2 children. When making this selection, we naturally looked at the maximum drum capacity first.
Then we compared the large clothes dryers based on the type of dryer (all models are heat pump dryers), energy label, different programs, noise level and build quality. This is how we came up with a list of the best large clothes dryers of 2022! We hope the perfect clothes dryer for your family is among them.
The GE GTD72EBSNWS is the best dryer for a large family of October 2022!
Buying a large dryer; what to look out for
As we mentioned earlier, the fill weight is one of the most important aspects when buying a new clothes dryer. To save energy, but also for your own convenience, it is important to buy a dryer with a fill weight that is in proportion to the size of your family. But there are, of course, other aspects to consider when buying a new dryer. You can find out exactly what to look for in the following tips.
Type of dryer
There are different types of dryers, the air dryer, condenser dryer and heat pump dryer. The energy consumption of the air dryer is the highest of these, and the heat pump dryer is the most energy efficient. Heat pump dryers are often more expensive to buy, but on the other hand, they are much cheaper to operate because they use much less energy. Ultimately, you are therefore the cheapest with a heat pump dryer.
All dryers must also get rid of moisture. It differs per type of dryer where it leads the water. The air dryer leads the water out through a hose through a window or a hole in the wall. For both the condenser dryer and the heat pump dryer, you have the choice of a tank in which to collect the water (a condensation pan that you empty a few times a week) or a hose that connects to the water outlet.
The noise level of a clothes dryer indicates how much noise the appliance produces while running its programs. All clothes dryers are a lot quieter than the average washing machine, but they still make noise. Therefore, clothes dryers are divided into 4 categories: loud, medium and quiet. Most clothes dryers for large families produce less than 65 dB and therefore fall under the noise level ‘quiet’.
Earlier we explained that the type of dryer has a big influence on the energy consumption, but even between two heat pump dryers there can still be quite a difference. If you want to dry energy efficiently, look at the energy label. Dryers always fall between energy class A+++ to energy class B. For the most energy-efficient dryer, choose a heat pump dryer with energy class A+++. A dryer with a good energy label is usually more expensive to buy, but you save money when you use it.
Ease of use
An average modern clothes dryer uses technology that makes washing and drying much easier for you. This includes features such as an illuminated drum, delayed start, control via an app and a self-cleaning condenser. Do you think you and your household would benefit from such technology? Then make sure your new dryer has these features.
Just like your washing machine, clothes dryers offer all kinds of different programs for different types of laundry, such as wool, shirts, silk, baby clothes and towels. These programs ensure that your laundry dries perfectly and lasts longer. Some tumble dryers also have short programmes that last up to 40 minutes – which can be very useful for a large family that is often busy!
Build quality can be an indication of the sturdiness and longevity of a clothes dryer. For this purpose, clothes dryers are divided into 3 categories: basic, mid-range and top-range. If not listed, you can also look at the price range and brand. Of course, an expensive A-brand dryer is not necessarily a good choice, but the brand and price can be an indication that the device is made with care and from good materials. According to the Consumers’ Association, these are the best brands for clothes dryers: Miele, Bosch, Siemens, AEG and Samsung. In general, you pay more for these brands, so they score less well according to the Consumers’ Association when it comes to value for money. Brands that do score well in this category are Beko, Indesit and Zanussi.