Dryer for a small family

The fill weight is one of the most important aspects when buying a new clothes dryer. After all, you do not want a dryer that is too big or too small. Are you looking for a dryer for a small family? Find out all you need to know about tumble dryers for small families. 

 
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When is a dryer suitable for a small family

Families with 1 or 2 children need a minimum of 8 kg filling weight

A medium-sized household, needs a medium-sized clothes dryer. The fill weight of a clothes dryer is very important, because both a clothes dryer that is too big and one that is too small can be very annoying. The fill weight of a clothes dryer indicates how many pounds of laundry will fit in the drum per drying cycle. This is also known as the “capacity” of the dryer.

If you have a dryer that is too big, you will find that you can’t fill the drum. And that’s a waste. That way, you’ll use more energy per drying cycle than necessary. A dryer that is too small is also very annoying. This means that you will have to switch on the dryer more often – and you will use more energy unnecessarily. But how much fill weight do you need? That’s a good question. Our advice is to choose a dryer with at least as much fill weight as your washing machine. A dryer for a small family with 1 or 2 children needs a fill weight of 8kg.

That way, you can always use all your laundry in the dryer. Are you buying a new dryer and a new washing machine? Then we recommend the following load capacities per household:

  1. For a household of 1 or 2 people: a dryer with 6 or 7 kg fill weight. In general, you will find a 7kg load more often than a 6kg load. This is referred to as a small clothes dryer.
  2. For small families with 1 or 2 children: a tumble dryer with 8 kg filling power. Most of the dryers sold today have a filling weight of 8 kg.
  3. Large families of 5 or more: a dryer with 9 kg filling weight or more. Tumble dryers with a 9 kg drum capacity are considered to be large washers.

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Best tumble dryers for a small family in 2022

Are you looking for the best clothes dryer that will allow you to dry all the laundry of your medium-sized household (3 to 4 people)? Then a dryer with an 8kg fill weight is the right choice for you! In the following list you will find our top 5 of the best 8kg dryers at the moment. When making this selection, we naturally looked first at the capacity (size of the drum).

Then we compared them based on factors such as energy class, different programs, build quality, expected lifespan and customer reviews. These are the best options for clothes dryers with a fill weight of 8 kg. 

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Buying a clothes dryer for 3 or 4 people; what to look out for

As we said earlier; the fill weight is one of the most important aspects of a clothes dryer. But of course, there are many other things to consider when buying a new dryer. The following tips will tell you exactly what to look out for. 

Types of dryers

There are three different types of dryers: the air-flow dryer, the condenser dryer and the heat pump dryer. Of these, the airflow dryer uses the most energy and the heat pump dryer is the most energy efficient. Heat pump dryers are often more expensive to buy, but because they are so energy efficient, they are often cheaper. 

Condensate drain

The moisture that a dryer extracts from your laundry naturally has to go somewhere. What it does with the water varies with each type of dryer. The air dryer leads the water outside through a hose, a window or a hole in the wall. For both condenser dryers and heat pump dryers, you have the choice of a tank in which the water is collected (a condensation trap that you have to empty a few times a week) or a hose that is connected to the water outlet.

Energy label

The energy label of a clothes dryer indicates how energy-efficient the appliance is. Heat pump dryers use less energy than clothes dryers and condenser dryers, but there can still be a difference. 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+++, even though energy class A++ is also considered energy efficient.

Programs

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. Almost every new tumble dryer has an eco-program to dry your laundry in an energy-efficient way, and many also have special anti-allergy programs.

Build quality

The build quality of a clothes dryer says something about its sturdiness and expected lifespan. Dryers are divided into 3 categories: basic, medium and premium. If this is not mentioned for the dryer you have in mind, you can also look at the price range and brand. According to the Consumers’ Association, these are the best brands for clothes dryers: Miele, Bosch, Siemens, AEG and Samsung. In general you pay a little 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.

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