What is a quiet dryer
A dryer under 65 dB can be called quiet
If you have a noisy home or like to turn on the dryer at night, it can be annoying if your tumble dryer makes too much noise. For this reason, there are also silent tumble dryers on the market. These produce less noise than average, so you can run drying programs without worry. How much noise a tumble dryer produces is indicated by its noise level.
This indicates in decibels (dB) how much noise the dryer produces. The lower the number of decibels, the quieter the dryer. A tumble dryer should not produce more than 65 dB to fall under the noise level ‘quiet’. You can find the noise level of tumble dryers on the energy label.
Best silent dryers of 2022
For the best quiet clothes dryers of 2022, you’ve come to the right place! The list below is our top 5 for quiet clothes dryers. Every dryer in this top 5 is a heat pump dryer, because they are the most economical and environmentally friendly dryers. In making this selection, we naturally first looked at the noise level of a variety of clothes dryers.
Then we compared them based on fill weight, expected lifespan, energy class, energy costs per year and the different drying programs. Which tumble dryer will you choose?
The Electrolux ELFE7637AW is the best silent dryer of July 2022!
Different noise levels for tumble dryers
Depending on the number of decibels of noise a dryer produces during drying, it is classified in one of three categories: loud, normal and quiet. In the following overview, we explain the differences and tell you which sound level is suitable for which type of household.
Sound level 'loud'
A clothes dryer is considered ‘loud’ when it produces 67 dB or more while drying. This is quieter than an ‘extra quiet’ washing machine, which is why you can safely put these two appliances in the same room. For example, a laundry room, the bathroom or an enclosed kitchen.
Sound level 'normal
A clothes dryer is labeled with noise level ‘normal’ when it produces 65 dB or 66 dB of noise. Again, this is obviously a lot quieter than the average washing machine, which is why you can place them in the same room without worry. Drying your laundry at night would be possible without any problems, even if your dryer is facing a bedroom.
Sound level 'silent'
We speak of a quiet clothes dryer if it produces 64 dB or less when used. So a quiet clothes dryer still makes noise, but it is anything but overpowering or distracting. You can place this type of dryer without concern in an open kitchen or in a room next to a bedroom. You can easily switch it on before going to bed so that your laundry is perfectly dry the next morning.
Buying a quiet dryer; what to look out for
We understand when someone wants to buy a dryer that doesn’t make too much noise. Whether you have young children, thin walls or your tumble dryer is in an open kitchen – it can be very nice if it does not make too much noise. But of course, there are many other aspects that are very important when buying a new dryer. In addition to the noise level, find out what else you should look for in the tips below.
Type of dryer
When it comes to clothes dryers, you have a choice between a duct dryer, a condenser dryer and a heat pump dryer. The energy consumption of clothes driers is the highest and that of a heat pump dryer is the lowest. For this reason, the heat pump dryer is the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly dryer. Most of the quiet washing machines currently sold are heat pump dryers.
The fill weight of a clothes dryer indicates how much laundry will fit in the drum at one time. Ideally, you should choose a dryer with at least as much fill weight as your washing machine. Otherwise, you can look at the size of your household.
- If you are with 1 or 2 people, we recommend a 6 kg or 7 kg fill weight.
- If you are with 3 or 4 people, it’s best to choose a dryer with 8 kg fill weight.
- Do you have a household of 5 people or more? Then buy a dryer with at least 9 kg fill weight.
The energy class of a dryer indicates how energy-efficient the appliance is. You choose a dryer with a good energy label to save on your energy costs, but also because it is an environmentally friendly choice. To dry your laundry as energy-efficiently as possible, choose a heat pump dryer with energy class A+++. These are slightly more expensive to buy than, for example, a condenser dryer with energy label B, but you save money in use.
The moisture that is extracted from your clothes during the drying cycle has to go somewhere. Dryers have different methods for this. With an air-dryer, the moist air is expelled through a hose – either through a window or a hole in the wall. With heat pump dryers and condenser dryers, this can be done using a reservoir (condensation pan that needs to be periodically located) or via water drainage. Most heat pump dryers and condenser dryers offer both of these options.
Due to the composition of your family or household, you may need specific drying programs. Dryers, like washing machines, offer all kinds of different programs designed for a particular type of load. These include wool, baby clothes, shirts, sportswear, extra dry, silk and special programs for allergy sufferers.
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. Most quiet clothes dryers fall under the top class. However, not all dryer manufacturers and suppliers are equally transparent about the build quality. If this is not mentioned, you can also look at the price range and the brand. Of course, an expensive A-brand dryer is not necessarily a good choice, but the brand and the price can be an indication that the appliance 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, these brands are also on the more expensive side, which is why they score less well when it comes to value for money according to the Consumers’ Association. Brands that do score well in this category are: Beko, Indesit and Zanussi.