Most Economical & Efficient Tumble Dryers in the UK (2017)

Tumble dryers are one of the most expensive home appliances when it comes to energy costs. However, they’re incredibly useful and convenient, especially in the winter when it’s too cold and damp to dry clothes outside.

Thanks to advances in technology, running a tumble dryer isn’t as expensive as it used to be. There are lots of great energy-efficient tumble dryers on the market, and you can save a lot by choosing a more economical model.

We’ve researched the market and picked out 5 of the most economical tumble dryers available in the UK in 2017. The most economical tumble dryer we could find was the Miele T1 TMG840WP Heat Pump Tumble Dryer. Scroll down for our reviews of this and other tumble dryers, or read on for some advice about choosing an economical tumble dryer.

How much do tumble dryers cost to run?

The most popular tumble dryers use about 4.5 kWh per cycle. According to the Energy Saving Trust, electricity in the UK costs an average of 14.37 pence per kWh, so running the average tumble dryer would cost about 67p per cycle.

As well as giving a figure for the energy consumption per cycle, tumble dryer manufacturers usually give a figure for the energy consumption per year. This figure is calculated by multiplying the per cycle figure by 120, so it assumes you will use the tumble dryer 120 times a year, or roughly 2-3 times a week. If you use your tumble dryer a different amount, the annual energy usage could be a lot different. Assuming you use it 120 times a year (540 kWh in total), the yearly cost of running the average tumble dryer will be about £77.60.

 

How much could you save by choosing an energy-efficient tumble dryer?

The most energy-efficient tumble dryer we could find on the market is the Miele T1 TMG840WP Heat Pump Tumble Dryer, which has an annual energy consumption of 169 kWh. This would cost about £24.30 a year to run compared to the average tumble dryer, which would cost about £77.60. This means it would be about 3 times cheaper than the average tumble dryer.

However, the most energy efficient tumble dryers (those with an A+++ rating) are typically very expensive, often costing over £1000. If you spent £1000 on a very energy efficient model it would take a long time for it to pay for itself compared to a less efficient budget model.

 

What affects how economical a tumble dryer is?

The running costs of a tumble dryer are affected by several factors, which are explained below.

  • Energy efficiency rating: Tumble dryer energy efficiency ratings range from D to A+++. In general, the better the rating, the cheaper it will be to run. A+++ rated tumble dryers tend to be very expensive to buy, so it might make more sense to choose a more budget-friendly but still efficient A++ rated tumble dryer.
  • Tumble dryer type: Heat pump tumble dryers are typically cheaper to run than regular condenser or vented tumble dryers since they are more energy efficient. Gas vented tumble dryers are also relatively economical.
  • Drum size: The bigger the drum size, the more the tumble dryer will cost per cycle. A tumble dryer with a 10 kg drum could cost twice as much to run per cycle compared to one with a 6 kg drum. However, you can dry a lot more washing, so it will probably be more cost effective to use a larger tumble dryer if you can fill it.
  • Usage: Obviously, the more you use your tumble dryer, the more it will cost to run. You can combine tumble drying with air drying or using a dehumidifier to reduce costs. Some ways to improve tumble dryer efficiency include cleaning the filter each time you use it and drying similar clothes together so you don’t unnecessarily dry quick-drying clothes for too long.

 

1. Miele T1 TMG840WP Heat Pump Tumble Dryer – cheapest tumble dryer to run in the UK

Miele T1 TMG840WP

Annual energy consumption: 169 Kwh
Energy efficiency rating: A+++
Type: Heat pump condenser
Drum capacity: 8 kg

The Miele T1 TMG840WP is the cheapest tumble dryer to run we could find available in the UK.  It uses heat pump technology to help it achieve the highest possible energy efficiency rating of A+++.  Based on a cost of 14.37 pence per kWh, this tumble dryer would cost about £24.30 a year to run.

This tumble dryer is designed in a very smart way to keep running costs as low as possible. It uses a filter to prevent the heat exchanger from getting clogged up with fluff, so you don’t need to clean the heat exchanger to keep it running efficiently. The EcoFeedback feature displays information about energy consumption on the LED display, so you can check exactly how much energy it’s using.

With an 8 kg drum capacity, this tumble dryer is a good size for the average household. It has a good choice of drying programmes including wool and delicate cycles as well as a SteamCare programme to remove creases. One nice feature is that LED lighting illuminates the drum, so you won’t lose any more odd socks when you empty the dryer.

While this dryer is very cheap to run, it’s very expensive to buy. However, this model is made to a very high standard and is tested for the equivalent of 20 years of use, so it should last you a long time. It can also be bought with a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty, giving you peace of mind.

Buy on AO.com

 

2. AEG T97689IH3 Condenser Tumble Dryer

AEG T97689IH3 Condenser Tumble Dryer

Annual energy consumption: 177 kWh
Energy efficiency rating: A+++
Type: Heat pump condenser
Drum capacity: 8 kg

This is another A+++ rated tumble dryer that is very cheap to run. The AEG T97689IH3 would cost about £25.40 a year to run at 14.37 pence per kWh, making it the second most economical tumble dryer we could find on the market.

The AEG T97689IH3 uses heat pump technology to help it achieve the perfect A+++ energy efficiency rating. Other aspects of the design help keep running costs ultra low. AEG’s OptiSense feature allows the tumble dryer to adjust to the drying load, using the minimum amount of time and electricity needed to get your clothes dry. The dryer only has one filter to clean, so it’s easy to maintain it and keep it running economically.

The 8 kg drum capacity makes this dryer a good choice for families and couples. The dryer offers 16 programmes including programmes for wool, bedlinen, jeans and silk.

This tumble dryer is considerably cheaper than the Miele T1 TMG840WP to buy while still being very cheap to run. The price tag is still quite high, but it’s backed by a generous 5-year manufacturer’s guarantee.

Buy on Currys.co.uk

 

3. Samsung DV90M8204AW Heat Pump Tumble Dryer

Samsung DV90M8204AW Heat Pump Tumble Dryer

Annual energy consumption: 194 Kwh
Energy efficiency rating: A+++
Type: Heat pump condenser
Drum capacity: 9 kg

This tumble dryer is a bit more expensive to run per cycle than the two reviewed above, but it has a slightly bigger drum capacity at 9 kg rather than 8 kg, so it might not be any more expensive in the long run since you can fit more clothes in per cycle. The Samsung DV90M8204AW would cost roughly £27.90 a year to run at 14.37 pence per kWh.

Like the dryers reviewed above, this model uses heat pump technology to help it achieve a perfect energy efficiency rating of A+++.

The Samsung DV90M8204AW uses temperature and moisture sensors to adjust the drying time, helping reduce energy costs. There are also alarms to tell you when the filter and heat exchanger need cleaning, so you can keep the machine running efficiently by preventing it from getting clogged up with fluff. Thanks to dryer’s the smart design, you only need to clean the heat exchanger about once every 25 cycles.

With a 9 kg drum capacity this dryer is a good choice for families and medium-sized households. One impressive thing about this tumble dryer is that you can control it from your smartphone using the Samsung Smart Washer app even when you’re not at home. There is a good choice of programmes including anti-crease, wool and synthetics programmes.

Like most A+++ rated tumble dryers, this model is quite expensive, but it will save you money on energy costs.

Buy on Currys.co.uk

 

4. LG RC7055AH2M Condenser Tumble Dryer

LG RC7055AH2M Condenser Tumble Dryer

Annual energy consumption: 205 kWh
Energy efficiency rating: A++
Type: Heat pump condenser
Drum capacity: 7 kg

If you opt for a tumble dryer with an A++ energy efficiency rating rather than an A+++ rating you can usually save a bit of money on the purchase price. This tumble dryer from LG has an A++ rating and is more affordable than the dryers reviewed above while still being very cheap to run. Based on an energy price of 14.37 pence per kWh, the LG RC7055AH2M Condenser Tumble Dryer would cost about £29.50 a year to run.

This dryer uses heat pump technology to keep energy costs low and reduce the temperature needed to dry clothes, which helps prevent shrinkage.

With a 7 kg drum capacity this model is a bit smaller than the others reviewed above. However, it should offer enough drying space for couples and small families. It offers 14 drying programmes including options for cotton, wool, sportswear and jeans.

Buy on Currys.co.uk

 

5. Beko DHR73431B Heat Pump Tumble Dryer

Beko DHR73431B Heat Pump Tumble Dryer

Annual energy consumption: 209 Kwh
Energy efficiency rating: A++
Type: Heat pump condenser
Drum capacity: 7 kg

At the time of writing, this is the cheapest model in this list. The Beko DHR73431B is both cheap to run and fairly cheap to buy, making it economical all round. Based on energy costs of 14.37 pence per kWh it would cost about £30 a year to run.

The Beko DHR73431B uses sensors and heat pump technology to keep running costs as low as possible. It senses how wet your laundry and then adjusts the drying time so that the dryer uses as little time and electricity as possible. With an A++ energy efficiency rating this model might be slightly less efficient than the most economical models, but it’s still very efficient.

The 7 kg drum capacity makes this dryer a good choice for couples and smaller families. It offers a good choice of programmes including wool, sports and synthetics programmes. You can also delay the start for up to 24 hours which is useful if you’re on an off-peak electricity tariff.

Buy on AO.com

 

How to reduce the costs of running a tumble dryer

Here are some things you can do to minimise the costs of running a tumble dryer:

  • Fill the dryer to full capacity rather than splitting washing into several loads.
  • Check that clothes aren’t tangled up when you put them in the dryer.
  • Put clothes with similar drying times in the same load.
  • Let clothes spin for longer in the washing machine rather than putting them in the tumble dryer for longer. Spinning is more energy efficient than tumble drying.
  • Clean the filter every time you use the tumble dryer.
  • Combine tumble drying with air drying outside if possible.

 

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