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The 10 Best Tumble Dryers - May 2017

Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every tumble dryer on the market in the UK to determine our top 10 list.
In total we compared over 1,100 tumble dryers, 127 reviews and 4,460 prices. Last updated 26 May 2017.

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DV6000
#1 in Tumble Dryers

Samsung DV6000

  • Just released a month ago
  • Moderately priced
  • Has a child lock
Heat Pump
Front
8kg
Drying System
Loading Type
Drum Capacity
  • £484.95
    PRC Direct
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iQ300 WT45N200
#2 in Tumble Dryers

Siemens iQ300 WT45N200

  • Keenly priced
  • Only released two months ago
  • Has a reversible doors
Condensation
Front
7kg
Drying System
Loading Type
Drum Capacity
  • £390.00
    eBay
    Save £109.00 (22%)
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  • More shops: 3
  • £529.00 Appliance City
  • £509.00 Next Domestic Appliances
WTM85250
#3 in Tumble Dryers

Bosch WTM85250

  • Not expensive
  • Only released two months ago
  • Self-cleaning system
Condensation
Front
8kg
Drying System
Loading Type
Drum Capacity
  • £549.99
    George Robertson
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WTN83200
#4 in Tumble Dryers

Bosch WTN83200

  • Low-priced
  • Only released eight months ago
  • Has an Anti-Crease function
Condensation
Front
7kg
Drying System
Loading Type
Drum Capacity
  • £367.00
    Next Domestic Appliances
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  • More shops: 8
  • £367.00 Boots Kitchen Appliances
  • £369.99 Argos
DSX83410
#5 in Tumble Dryers

Beko DSX83410

  • Moderately priced
  • Has a moisture sensor
  • Only released six months ago
Heat Pump
Front
8kg
Drying System
Loading Type
Drum Capacity
DSX93460W
#6 in Tumble Dryers

Beko DSX93460W

  • Has a moisture sensor
Heat Pump
Front
9kg
Drying System
Loading Type
Drum Capacity
  • £349.00
    eBay
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D1013A2
#7 in Tumble Dryers

Hoover D1013A2

  • Has a moisture sensor
Heat Pump
Front
10kg
Drying System
Loading Type
Drum Capacity
  • £389.00
    Amazon UK
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WT33A280
#8 in Tumble Dryers

Siemens WT33A280

  • Moderately priced
  • Supports adjustable spin speed
  • Very high running costs
Vented
Front
7kg
Drying System
Loading Type
Drum Capacity
  • £422.41
    eBay
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WT33A200
#9 in Tumble Dryers

Siemens WT33A200

  • Self-cleaning system
  • Supports adjustable spin speed
  • Very high running costs
Vented
Front
7kg
Drying System
Loading Type
Drum Capacity
  • £422.41
    eBay
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DV80K6010CW
#10 in Tumble Dryers

Samsung DV80K6010CW

  • Reasonably priced
  • Has an Anti-Crease function
  • Has a child lock
Heat Pump
Front
8kg
Drying System
Loading Type
Drum Capacity
  • £480.00
    eBay
    Save £70.00 (13%)
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  • More shops: 13
  • £549.95 Amazon UK
  • £579.00 Appliance City

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Tumble Dryer Brands

Find out how tumble dryer brands compare. The average rating for each brand is based on the rating of all of their tumble dryers. Click on a link to compare all tumble dryers made by your favourite brand.

Logo Brand Number of Tumble Dryers Price Range Average Rating
Miele logo Miele Tumble Dryers 32 £499 - £1,695
Bosch logo Bosch Tumble Dryers 27 £175 - £1,076
AEG logo AEG Tumble Dryers 25 £160 - £1,035
Siemens logo Siemens Tumble Dryers 21 £220 - £1,025
Other brands Other Tumble Dryer Brands 119 £55 - £825

Choosing the Right Tumble Dryer

Tumble dryers take damp, clean clothes and rotate them in a heated drum, removing the moisture from the clothes to dry them quickly and effectively. There are two main types of dryers - condenser and vented. Here are the main advantages and differences between them:

Condenser Tumble Dryers

These dryers work by taking the moisture from the damp clothes and storing it in a water trap, which must be emptied after every couple of cycles. These dryers have no need for hoses or vents to remove the moisture, and so are more suitable for smaller apartments, or places where setting up an outside vent would be troublesome. However the tradeoff is a need to empty the water trap frequently, otherwise you may find the dryer not working as effectively.

Vented Tumble Dryers

These tumble dryers work by separating the moisture from the damp clothes, then venting the damp air outside via a hose. The venting means that there is no need to empty water traps after every cycle, making it simpler to use. However the dryer may require specialist installation, especially if the vent needs to be placed through an exterior wall.

Capacity

The capacity of the drum in your tumble dryer will determine how many clothes you can fit in a single cycle. Drum capacity is measured in Kg, with a single Kg being equivalent to a single outfit. Bigger dryers have bigger capacities, which may be necessary for families - single people and couples may find it far cheaper and more energy efficient to buy a smaller dryer.

Programs

Most models of tumble dryer contain several different programs for clothing of different material, as well as different temperatures and spin levels for more delicate pieces of clothing. While not all of these programs may be necessary, more programs is generally a good sign of a higher-end and more capable tumble dryer.

Many dryers also contain an anti-crease setting - this causes the the drum to rotate unheated at the end of cycles, in order to minimise wrinkling on laundry. This setting is extremely helpful if you plan on leaving laundry tumbling while you go out, or overnight. If left unmoved, your cleaned laundry will develop unsightly creases, as the clothing is all jumbled up and folded at strange angles from the spin drying. However periodically rotating the drum causes the laundry to shift anew, stopping creases developing.

Sensor Drying

Some more advanced models of tumble dryer will have a moisture sensor installed. This sensor detects the dampness of the clothes, and automatically adjusts the cycle to give just enough time for the clothes to be completely dried. This saves both time and money, since the dryer will automatically stop once the clothes are dry.

Energy Efficiency

All our tumble dryers are graded on their energy efficiency. The higher the grade, the less energy will be used per cycle, and the cheaper the dryer will be to run. Look for a dryer graded at A++ or above for the best efficiency in daily use.

Tumble Dryer Retailers, Prices and Features

Tumbler Prices

In total we found 220 laundry dryer ranging from £55 to £1,695. The average price of a new tumbler is £487 and 80% of tumble dryers are priced between £150 and £904. The most expensive tumbler that we found is the Miele TMV840 at £1,695, and the cheapest is the Logik LVD7W15 at only £55.

Tumbler Brands - Price Range

Miele tumble dryers range in price from £499 to £1,695, and the average price of Miele tumble dryers is £965 which is the highest average price of all tumble dryer brands.

The second highest average tumbler price out of all brands is Maytag laundry dryer with an average price of £817. Maytag laundry dryer range in price from £817 to £817.

Bauknecht laundry dryer range in price from £652 to £652, and the average price of Bauknecht laundry dryer is £652 which is the third highest average price of all tumbler brands.

Tumble Dryer Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 3 expert reviews and 30 user reviews for laundry dryer from across the internet and used these reviews to determine the average rating for each brand of tumble dryer. The top three tumble dryer brands are Samsung, Whirlpool and Frigidaire. Samsung has an average rating of 89%, Whirlpool has an average rating of 59% and Frigidaire has an average rating of 25%.

Biggest Tumble Dryer Retailers

We found 136 current offers for laundry dryer from eBay making it the biggest tumbler retailer. That is much bigger than the second biggest retailer, Currys for whom we found 82 current offers for laundry dryer. The third biggest retailer is ao with 68 current tumbler offers.

When Are Most New Laundry Dryer Released?

Over the last 3 years we couldn't see any noticeable pattern in the release month for new tumble dryers. September was the biggest month last year for new laundry dryer, with 69 new laundry dryer released that month. The biggest month in 2015 for new tumbler releases was December, with 113 new laundry dryer released that month. In September 2014 109 new laundry dryer were released making it the biggest month that year for new tumbler releases.

How Fast Do Tumbler Prices Drop After Release?

On average laundry dryer drop in price by 8% in the first 6 months after release. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of £39 on a typical £487 new tumble dryer by waiting 6 months before buying.

Drum Capacities

Comparing all laundry dryer, the drum capacities range from 3kg to 16kg. The drum capacities of most laundry dryer range from 7.7kg to 8.4kg. The Maytag3LMEDC300YW has the biggest drum capacity. This tumbler is an 10.5kg capacity tumbler and sells for £817.20. The Maytag3LMEDC300YW, which can be purchased for £127.97, has the smallest drum capacity and is a 3kg capacity tumble dryer.

Biggest Tumble Dryer Retailers

The biggest tumble dryer retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 136 current tumble dryer offers from eBay. The second biggest tumble dryer retailer is Currys with 82 offers. That means eBay is much bigger than Currys when it comes to tumble dryers. ao is the third biggest retailer with 68 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Tumble Dryers?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest tumble dryer prices (found to be cheapest for 107 tumble dryers).

Proportion of Tumble Dryers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest tumbler prices (found to be cheapest for 78.7% of its tumble dryers).

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