Make picking out that new tumble dryer a whole lot easier with our buying guide. We’ll explain the difference between heat pump and condenser models, and much more.
There are three types of tumble dryer to choose from.
Condenser tumble dryers remove moisture from your clothes and store it in a removable tank. This kind of dryer is ideal if you can’t vent the moisture outside using a hose, but you’ll need to empty the tank after each cycle ends.
Heat pump tumble dryers recycle hot air created inside the drum to dry clothes, which makes them really efficient. This saves a lot more energy, but programmes may take a little longer to dry laundry, so bear this in mind when you’re shopping.
Vented tumble dryers remove moisture from your clothes and feed it outside through a vent. They come with a long hose to help you do this, but you may need to get it installed by a professional if you want to vent the moisture out through a wall. While vented models tend to be the cheapest on the market, they’re also the least energy efficient.
It depends on the type of tumble dryer and the amount of times you use it a week. An average load of just 5kg a week will cost you around £23 per year. Keep your bills down by doing one big load a week instead of a few smaller ones, plus it’s less work too.
Most tumble dryers are freestanding, but we sell integrated ones too.
This tells you how energy efficient the model is. A more efficient appliance means you’ll save more money on your energy bills. A+++ tumble dryers are the most efficient on the market. Look out for models with an A rating or above for less power consumption.
This uses clever sensors to work out how wet your laundry is. This means your drying cycle will only end once your clothes are perfectly dry.
With the anti-crease function, your tumble dryer will run at a much lower speed at the end of the cycle to take care of your clothes and stop creases.
Don’t spend any more time doing the laundry than you need to with a handy large door. With more room to get into your dryer, it’ll be quicker and easier to load and unload.
Take advantage of late-night energy prices with the handy delay timer feature. You’ll be able to set the time you want your tumble dryer to start drying your clothes, whether that’s during the night or just in time for when you get home from work.
This feature changes the direction of the drum at the end of the cycle to loosen your clothes and get rid of any creases. This means your clothes will be ready to wear fresh out of the drum and you’ll have less ironing to do.
A simple but essential feature, the filter full indicator will let you know when your tumble dryer’s filter is full of fluff so you can empty it. This means you can always keep your machine in top condition and working at its best.
Need some clothes in a hurry? Not a problem with quick dry. This speedy cycle can dry a small load of clothes in as little as 15 minutes. So, it’s ideal for when you need a last-minute outfit change.
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There are three main types of tumble dryer to choose from – heat pump, condenser or vented.
Vented and condenser dryers are the most expensive and least efficient run, averaging at £60 to £80 a year. Heat pump tumble dryers are much more energy efficient and cheaper to run. Depending on the model, they average at around £30 to £40 a year, but they’ll take longer to dry your clothes.
This depends on the size of your household, if there’s just one or two of you, then a 4-6kg drum will do nicely. If you’re a family of three or four, you might want to go for a medium sized 7-8kg drum. And if you’re more than four, then you’ll want a nice large drum at 9kg or above.
We sell condenser, vented and heat pump tumble dryers in a range of sizes. Take a look at our range here.
A vented tumble dryer removes moisture from your clothes and gets rid of it through a hose to the outside. Condenser tumble dryers work differently as they store the moisture from your clothes in a tank which can be emptied after each cycle.
We recommend emptying every time you use it.
Yes they do but they will save you money as they use much less energy than condenser dryers.
It’s handy to keep it near your washing machine. But manufacturers recommend that tumble dryers be put in a room with a minimum temperature of 10 degrees.
Manufacturers don’t recommend putting dryers in garages as the room temperature can fall below 10 degrees. Any lower and you risk damaging your machine.
Lint is a mixture of the tiny bits of fabric that shed from the edges of your clothes while they tumble around in the dryer.
All dryers use a 13amp plug – the same as washing machines and dishwashers.
Manufacturers don’t recommend using an extension lead for tumble dryers. You should hook up your tumble dryer to the mains electric.
A front vented tumble dryer vents out the hot air through the door at the front of the machine.
Most models average around 60 to 70db, which is the same as a normal conversation on the decibel scale.
The smallest tumble dryers are ones with a 6kg drum.
Tumble dryer sheets just add a little fragrance to your clothes as they’re being tumbled. This way they come out dry and smelling lovely.
It’s in the bottom of the door seal when you open the door. Empty this after every cycle.
You’ll find your model’s serial number on a label around the door seal.