Silent dryer

A quiet tumble dryer is one that produces no more than 64dB of noise. This noise level is comparable to the volume of a normal conversation. Would you like a tumble dryer that produces less noise? We've got the best silent tumble dryers of 2024 for you. Take a look below and find out which silent tumble dryer is number 1!

Silent dryer



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What is a silent tumble dryer? 

If you have a noisy home or like to switch on the tumble dryer at night, it can be annoying if your tumble dryer makes too much noise. Quiet dryers are available for this reason. These produce less noise than the average, allowing you to run your drying programs without worry.

How much noise a tumble dryer produces is indicated by its noise level. This measures how much noise the dryer produces in decibels (dB). The lower the number of decibels, the quieter the tumble dryer. A tumble dryer should not produce more than 65 dB to qualify for the ‘quiet’ noise level. The noise level of a tumble dryer can be found on its energy label.

Best quiet tumble dryers of 2024

For the best quiet tumble dryers of 2024, 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, as they are the most energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. In making this selection, we first of all looked at the noise level of a range of tumble dryers. Then we compared them based on fill weight, expected lifespan, energy class, energy costs per year and different drying programmes. Which dryer will you choose?


Best silent 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 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.
If you want a dryer without all the bells and whistles but performs well, the Whirlpool WGD4950HW might be the right one for you. It features a large 7.0 cu. ft. capacity so you can do more laundry in less loads. Weighing only 113 lbs., with measuring 28.25 inches deep, 43 inches high and 29 inches wide, it will look beautiful in many smaller laundry spaces. Easily transfer loads from the washer to the dryer and from the dryer to the laundry basket without worrying about clean clothes falling on the floor with this wide-opening door. Because it also features an interior light, it’s easy to find any small article of clothing that you may leave behind. With 14 separate dry cycles, you can choose the best kind of dry for every laundry type. The Whirlpool WGD4950HW has must have features like the AutoDry™ Drying System which helps prevent over drying by monitoring the moisture content and automatically stopping the cycle when it hits the right level. Timed Dry lets you control your drying schedule; you can set it up from 20 to 70 minutes according to your needs. Three temperature levels are available to choose from: low, medium or high, so you can give your laundry the right type of drying it needs. Air Fluff lets you dry without heat for those delicate fabrics. Drying without heat also makes sure that creases won’t set in. If you don’t want creases but have loads that do need heat for drying, the Wrinkle Shield™ Option safeguards from creases and wrinkles from setting in by continuing to tumble the laundry every five minutes after the cycle is complete. The end-of-cycle signal lets you know when it’s the load is done. The Whirlpool WGD4950HW is proudly Designed, Engineered and Assembled in the U.S.A. It comes with a power cord.

Buy a quiet tumble dryer; what should you look for?

We understand when someone wants to buy a tumble dryer that does not make too much noise. Whether you have young children, thin walls or your dryer is in an open-plan kitchen, it can be nice not to make too much noise. Of course, there are many other important things to consider when buying a new dryer. Besides noise level, here are a few tips on what to look out for.

Type of tumble dryer

With regard to tumble dryers, you can choose between a duct dryer, a condenser dryer and a heat pump dryer. The energy consumption of a hood dryer is the highest, while that of a heat pump dryer is the lowest. For that reason, the heat pump dryer is the most energy-efficient and environmentally friendly dryer. The most silent washing machines sold today are heat pump dryers.

Fill Weight

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, look at the size of your household. If you’re a one or two person household, we’d recommend a 6kg or 7kg load. If you’re a 3 or 4 person household, you should go for an 8kg dryer. Do you have a household of 5 or more? The energy rating of a tumble dryer indicates how energy efficient it is. You should choose a tumble 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 in the most energy-efficient way, choose a heat pump dryer with energy class A+++. These are slightly more expensive to buy than, say, a condenser dryer with energy label B, but they will save you money in the long run.

Drainage of condensation

The moisture that is extracted from your clothes during the drying cycles has to go somewhere, of course. Dryers have different methods for this. With a vented dryer, the moist air is expelled through a hose – either a window or a hole in the wall. With heat pump dryers and condenser dryers, this can be done either via a reservoir (condensate drain that needs to be periodically reloaded) or via water drainage. Most heat pump and condenser dryers offer both of these options.

Ease of Use

New clothes dryers are offering more and more options to make drying easier for the user. These include a self-cleaning condenser, delayed start, an anti-cleaning phase and control via an app. Does your family like to use these gadgets? Then choose a tumble dryer that has these features.

Drying Programs

During the course of your family or household, you may have a need for specific drying programs. Dryers, like washing machines, offer all sorts 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. For this purpose, clothes dryers are divided into 3 categories: basic, mid-range and top-range. Most quiet tumble dryers fall into the top category. However, not all manufacturers and suppliers of tumble dryers are as 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 Dutch Consumers’ Association, these are the best brands for tumble driers: Miele, Bosch, Siemens, AEG and Samsung. In general, these brands are also on the more expensive side, 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.

Different noise levels

Depending on the number of decibels a dryer produces when drying, it is classified in one of three categories; loud, normal and quiet. In the following overview, we explain the differences and which noise level is appropriate for which type of household.

Loud noise level

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.

Normal noise level

A clothes dryer is labeled with “normal” noise level 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 put them in the same room without worry. Drying your laundry at night would be no problem, even if your dryer is facing a bedroom.

Sound level quiet

We speak of a quiet clothes dryer when it produces 64 dB or less when used. So a quiet dryer will still make noise, but it is anything but overpowering or distracting. You can place this type of dryer in an open kitchen or in a room next to a bedroom without worrying. You can easily switch it on before going to sleep, so your laundry is perfectly dry the next morning.

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