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 2023
For the best quiet tumble dryers of 2023, 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.