Best Tumble Dryers Under £300

If you don’t have the space or time to dry your clothes outside, a tumble dryer is the way to go. Tumble dryers range in price from around £150 to well over £500. A good budget if you’re looking for something affordable yet reliable is £200-£300.

Read on for some advice about choosing a tumble dryer, or skip down to our top picks of the best tumble dryers for less than £300 in 2017.

 

Choosing a tumble dryer

Tumble dryers come in two types: condenser dryers and vented dryers. Condenser dryers collect the moisture extracted from clothes into a container, which needs to be emptied regularly. Vented dryers extract moisture by way of your plumbing, which means they are more complicated and expensive to install.

Here are a few important things to look for in a good tumble dryer

  • Automatic: This means that the dryer uses sensors to switch itself off once your clothes are dry, thereby saving energy.
  • Energy efficient: Tumble dryers used to be very inefficient, but things have improved greatly in recent years. Look at the dryer’s energy efficiency rating.
  • Good capacity: The capacity of tumble dryers is usually given by the weight of wet clothing they can hold measured in kilograms. A good capacity for a tumble dryer in the £200-£300 price range is 8kg.

 

Best Tumble Dryers Under £300

Model NameCapacityEnergy EfficiencyNoisePrice
Beko DCX831008 kgB66 dBSee on Currys.co.uk
Hotpoint Aquarius TCM580BP8 kgB69 dBSee on Currys.co.uk
Hoover DNCD913BB9 kgB68 dBSee on Currys.co.uk
Beko DCU82308 kgB65 dBSee on Currys.co.uk
Beko DCX71100S7 kgB66 dBSee on Currys.co.uk

 

Beko DCX83100 Condenser Tumble Dryer

Beko DCX83100 Condenser Tumble Dryer

Price: See on Currys.co.uk
Capacity: 8kg
Energy efficiency rating: B
Noise level: 66 dB

The DCX83100 from Turkish brand Beko is a good budget tumble dryer for families. This freestanding condenser dryer can be bought in either white (DCX83100W) or black (DCX83100B).

This dryer has a generous 8kg capacity and includes some smart features such as sensors which detect when your washing is dry and then turn the dryer off to save energy. There’s also an anti-creasing feature that rotates the drum periodically after the cycle has finished, preventing creases and thereby making ironing easier.

The Beko DCX83100 is a condenser dryer, which means it collects water into a container. The container is easy to remove and empty, and the dryer also comes with a drain hose which you can use optionally.

Features

  • Sensor drying (automatically stops the machine when your clothes are dry)
  • 16 special care programs
  • Anti-creasing feature
  • Auto cool down
  • Drain hose included

Pros

  • Lots of cycles to choose from
  • Straightforward and easy to use
  • Easy to empty the water container
  • Good drum capacity

Cons

  • The shortest general cycle is 90 minutes. It would be good to have a shorter cycle.
  • Very noisy
  • Design isn’t very attractive

Summary

The Beko DCX83100 is a great tumble dryer for families looking for something inexpensive and reliable. The biggest drawback with this model is that it can be very noisy, though this might not be an issue if you have a separate utility room.

 

Hotpoint Aquarius TCM580BP Condenser Tumble Dryer

Hotpoint Aquarius TCM580BP Condenser Tumble Dryer

Price: See on Currys.co.uk
Capacity:
8kg
Energy efficiency rating: B
Noise level: 69 dB

The Aquarius TCM580BP Condenser Tumble Dryer from well-known brand Hotpoint is an attractively designed tumble dryer with some innovative smart features.

The 8kg capacity allows more clothes to be dried in one cycle, and the optional heat settings allow delicate clothes to be dried gently on a lower setting, and towels and sheets to be dried quickly on a higher setting.

The anti-aging feature helps keeps clothes looking newer for longer. Clothes float gently in the innovative wave design drum, helping to retain the colour brightness and fabric softness.

Clothes are less creased and easier to iron thanks to the reverse tumble action, and there is an easy to use timer allowing extra flexibility when planning laundry.

The Aquarius TCM580BP collects water into a new larger bottle, which means less emptying and less effort.

Features

  • 16 Special Care programs
  • Anti-aging technology to protect clothes
  • Anti-creasing feature
  • Two drying temperatures

Pros

  • Innovative and helpful features for a reasonable price
  • Nice sleek design
  • Good capacity ideal for families
  • Good drum capacity

Cons

  • Doesn’t have sensor drying
  • The timer doesn’t say how much time is left for a cycle
  • Can be tricky to empty the water bottle

Summary

The Aquarius TCM580BP Condenser Tumble Dryer is a great choice for families looking for an inexpensive dryer with some new and innovative features that help care for clothes.

This tumble dryer is sleek and attractive, but the lack of sensor drying is a potential drawback.

 

Hoover DNCD913BB Freestanding Condenser Tumble Dryer

Hoover DNCD913BB Freestanding Condenser Tumble Dryer

Price: See on Currys.co.uk
Capacity:
9kg
Energy efficiency rating: B
Noise level: 68 dB

The Hoover DNCD913BB condenser tumble dryer is a stylish black tumble dryer with an impressive 9kg capacity.

This tumble dryer has three temperature settings, and also a delicate wool finish cycle – allowing plenty of flexibility for drying different laundry items.

There is also a relax 12 minute program, which helps reduce creases in cotton fabric saving ironing time.

A refresh cycle is available which uses cool air to freshen up clothes when then isn’t time to do a full wash and dry.

The Hoover DNCD913BB has various flexible timing options, such as a 23 hour delay timer, and a rapid 40 minute program ideal for busy families in a hurry to dry clothes.

This product is a condenser dryer, water is collected into a container which is simple to remove and empty.

Features

  • Delay timer
  • Three drying temperatures
  • 15 programs
  • Anti-creasing program
  • Sensor control

Pros

  • Flexible timing
  • Sleek and fashionable design
  • Rapid drying option available
  • Excellent drum capacity

Cons

  • Sleek and fashionable design
  • Can only use pre-set drying settings/times
  • Difficult to use different programs
  • Noisy

Summary

The Hoover DNCD913BB offers flexibility and time saving features for busy families, at an affordable price. One downside of this tumble dryer is the noise level, and setting the different programs can be complicated.

 

Beko DCU8230 Condenser Tumble Dryer

Beko DCU8230 Condenser Tumble Dryer

Price: See on Currys.co.uk
Capacity: 8kg
Energy efficiency rating: B
Noise level: 65 dB

The DCU8230 from Turkish brand Beko is a basic but good value tumble dryer for families.

This freestanding dryer has an 8kg capacity, and boasts some useful features, such as a built-in sensor to save energy and dry clothes perfectly, ready to put away. Reverse action tumbling prevents creasing reducing ironing time.

The Beko DCY8230 is a condenser dryer, collecting water into a simple to remove container.

Features

  • Sensor drying (automatically stops the machine when your clothes are dry)
  • Anti-creasing feature
  • Interior light

Pros

  • Quiet
  • Good drum capacity
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Can take too long to dry clothes
  • Not many special programs
  • Auto-temperature controlled (can’t choose high or low heat)

Summary

The Beko DCY8230 is a good value dryer and quieter than some other models of tumble dryer, making it a good choice for inside a kitchen.

This tumble dryer doesn’t have as many special features or programmes as other models, but is simple to use.

 

Beko DCX71100S Condenser Tumble Dryer

Beko DCX71100S Condenser Tumble Dryer

Price: See on Currys.co.uk
Capacity:
7kg
Energy efficiency rating: B
Noise level: 66 dB

The Beko DCX71100S is a freestanding tumble dryer with a silver finish.

This tumble dryer has a 7kg capacity, and has three temperature settings for ultimate control when drying different types of laundry.

Laundry remains crease free thanks to the drum that rotates every 60 seconds for up to two hours after the cycle has finished. The reverse action of the drum helps to decrease clothes further.

Clothes are cooled at the end of the cycle and there is an extra-large door allowing clothes to be emptied easily.

This model is a condenser dryer, and the container is easy to remove and empty. The dryer also comes with a drain hose if preferred.

Features

  • Sensor drying (automatically stops the machine when your clothes are dry)
  • Anti-creasing feature
  • Three temperatures
  • 15 programs

Pros

  • Quiet
  • Good drum capacity
  • Easy to load and empty
  • Good choice of programs and settings
  • Silver colour

Cons

  • Smaller drum capacity than some models
  • Takes a long time to dry clothes
  • Noisy
  • Unattractive design

Summary

The Beko DCX71100S offers a good range of drying programs, special features and different temperatures for drying clothes. The smaller drum size and longer drying times may be a problem for some families.

 

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