Last updated: August 21, 2017.
Buying a dryer machine can be nerve-racking, especially when there are so many different brands and models to choose from. This makes it difficult to find the right machine that meets your needs. But the good news is, we’ve taken the time to research the market, and have uncovered the top 10 best tumble dryers available in the UK in 2017.
Below are our reviews of the top 10 best tumble dryer machines.
Our favourite tumble dryer in 2017
|Indesit Eco Time IDV75 Vented Tumble Dryer
Affordable and reliable, this dryer is ideal for the average household.
|Beko DCU7230W 7 kg Condenser Dryer
With 15 drying cycles this machine is very versatile.
Our number 3
|Beko DCU8230W 8 kg Condenser Dryer
With an 8 kg capacity this machine is ideal for larger families.
- 1. Indesit Eco Time IDV75 Vented Tumble Dryer – best tumble dryer in the UK in 2017
- 2. Beko DCU7230W 7kg Load Sensor Condenser Dryer
- 3. Beko DCU8230W Condenser Tumble Dryer
- 4. White Knight C44A7B 7kg reversing vented tumble dryer
- 5. Hoover Dynamic Next DNCD91B Condenser Tumble Dryer
- 6. Hotpoint Aquarius TVHM80CP Tumble Dryer Vented 8kg Polar
- 7. Beko DRVS62W Vented Tumble Dryer
- 8. White Knight WK44AW
- 9. White Knight 37AW
- 10. Hotpoint FETC70CP 7kg Freestanding Condenser Tumble Dryer
- Other Good Tumble Dryers to Consider
- Choosing a Tumble Dryer
1. Indesit Eco Time IDV75 Vented Tumble Dryer – best tumble dryer in the UK in 2017
Dryer type: Vented
Drum capacity: 7 kg
The Indesit Eco Time IDV75 Vented Tumble Dryer is one of the more affordable tumble dryers. As it is a vented model it needs a special vent or to be near a window or outside door, which does limit where it can be placed.
This dryer’s 7 kg capacity makes it a great option for a larger family and with its simple control panel, pretty much anyone will be able to use it. With suggested time settings for various fabric types, you’ll be able to set your dryer and maybe even nip out knowing you’ll have dry clothes when you get back.
The simple, clean white design of the Indesit Eco Time IDV75 means it will fit in seamlessly in most environments, and the black lettering on the control panel is easy to read. The dial used to set the time on the machine is sturdy, but it tends to make a fair amount of clicking noise when turned and also only moves clockwise.
There is a button to select low or high heat and also a programme to refresh clothing, so you can remove mild odours or re-plump fabric.
The dryer runs with a small amount of noise, but to switch it off, you have to use the noisy dial again rather than a button. There is also no sound or visible notification that the cycle has finished, so you will need to keep an eye on the machine when you know it is approaching the end of the cycle.
This tumble dryer has a B level energy rating, so is relatively eco friendly. You will also be covered by a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty in case anything becomes broken. The door on this tumble dryer can feel a little flimsy or loose, but when closed it seals perfectly well.
The Indesit Eco Time IDV75 is a good all-round machine. It’s basic and simple, but it does the job it’s meant to!
2. Beko DCU7230W 7kg Load Sensor Condenser Dryer
Dryer type: Condenser
Drum capacity: 7 kg
The Beko DCU7230W Condenser Dryer has the added function of a load sensor which stops the machine once the desired dryness level is achieved. This machine also has reverse tumble action which helps prevent your clothes from getting tangled, making ironing easier afterwards.
At a slightly higher price but still good value for money, the Beko DCU7230W offers 15 different drying cycles. The super easy-to-empty water reservoir is located at the top of the machine, making it a great dryer option for those who have back problems or for elderly people. It is also a fab option for a family as this dryer has a child lock and the water reservoir is out of reach of children.
Available in white, black or silver, you’ll be able to match all of your other appliances. As this dryer is built with a condenser, you will not be limited to where you can place it.
The wide porthole door makes loading the dryer easier, but if you like to keep an eye on your washing during a cycle, then there is no window to do so. The varied settings on the easy-to-use control panel will guarantee to dry your clothes within the cycle time.
The light inside the drum and sound played when a cycle is finished are great features, as well as a rapid dry function for any last minute items, up to 1.5 kg. Quiet, speedy and with a B level energy rating, this dryer is great value. It’s made by a reputable brand and is a good sized 7kg tumble dryer for larger loads.
3. Beko DCU8230W Condenser Tumble Dryer
Dryer type: Condenser
Drum capacity: 8 kg
The Beko DCU8230W Condenser Tumble Dryer is in fact the same as the DCU7230W only with a larger capacity drum. The 8 kg Beko model would be perfect for a household with a big family or for shared accommodation.
As with the 7 kg model, this dryer has an easy-access water tank at the top of the machine, making it more practical to empty. The machine also has a signal light telling you when the tank is in need of emptying, but it also comes with a hose which does allow you to drain the machine to an outside drain.
Due to the larger capacity drum, this dryer is one of the more pricey models in our roundup, but it has so many great functions that make it worth paying that little bit more.
The time delay function allows you to take advantage of off peak electricity times, with options for a 3, 6 or 9 hour delay. You can set this model to different levels of drying with options for Iron Dry, Cupboard Dry and then Anti-Creasing to suit your laundry routine.
The sound that plays when a cycle is finished can be cancelled, which is great when using the off-peak electricity hours or if you are out and do not need the buzzer to go off. Cycles can also be paused and even cancelled, which is great if you need to stop a cycle for any reason. Cycles include Jeans, Freshen Up, Delicates and multiple settings for Cottons and Synthetics.
We found this great video on YouTube talking through the DCU8230W Beko tumble dryer and describing its functions as well as how to maintain it.
As the 8 kg model is the same as the 7 kg model, all of the features discussed on each are true of both capacity models.
Dryer type: Vented
Dryer capacity: 7 kg
If you want to stand out among users of dryer machines, go for this model. Unlike most tumble dryers that come in white colours, this one is black. It is strong, energy efficient and durable with lots of drying options.
The White Knight C44A7B is very easy to operate, less noisy than most tumble dryers out there, and dries clothes with fewer creases on them.
Clothes that are dried using this machine require minimal ironing because of the few creases created on the clothes.
The drum feature in this model is large enough that it can hold a whole family’s load in one operation, and will dry the clothes incredibly well. It’s also very quiet when running.
5. Hoover Dynamic Next DNCD91B Condenser Tumble Dryer
Dryer type: Condenser
Drum capacity: 9 kg
Hoover’s Dynamic Next DNCD91B Condenser Tumble Dryer is available at a good price for a large capacity machine. A 9 kg drum is above the average size of most household tumble dryers, so this is great for a larger family, its quick-dry function is perfect for last-minute items such as school uniforms or that top that needs to be dry for tonight!
The delay timer can be set to as long as 24 hours and the control panel is relatively easy to decipher with its LED screen to show how much time is left of the cycle.
With the condenser water tank being at the bottom, it can be more awkward to empty and a slightly smaller porthole may not be great for the larger (up to 9 kg) loads. The aesthetics of the machine will fit well into a kitchen or laundry room, available in white only, it does not have the choice of some other brand models.
The built-in sensor monitors the moisture levels of your laundry so it will stop the machine when the desired dryness level has been reached. The Hoover Dynamic Next DNCD91B is easy to use and gives good results when drying larger loads of washing. This dryer is well built and comes with a 1-year manufacturer guarantee.
When used in a smaller room, it can cause condensation to build up on the windows, which may be a flaw of the condenser design. Another drawback is that the drying time of this 9 kg tumble dryer can be quite long, especially when drying towels or thicker fabrics such as jeans.
6. Hotpoint Aquarius TVHM80CP Tumble Dryer Vented 8kg Polar
Dryer type: Vented
Dryer capacity: 8 kg
This is another powerful machine by Hotpoint. The Aquarius TVHM80CP tumble dryer is a large appliance with an 8 kg capacity that can hold a very large load. It comes with valuable features designed to make drying your clothes a lot less stressful.
This machine is rated ‘C’ for energy efficiency, comes with two heat setting buttons, nine different programmes, a handy rotary control, and a quiet 69dB noise level. The control buttons are useful for drying various types of clothes.
This appliance is designed to last a decade, regardless of how often you use it. When it comes to running it, you won’t be disappointed because it’s reliable and will deliver any time you need it to get some drying done.
7. Beko DRVS62W Vented Tumble Dryer
Dryer type: Vented
Drum capacity: 6 kg
The Beko DRVS62W Vented Tumble Dryer is also on the lower end of the price range of our top 10. At 6 kg this is one of the smallest of our 10 best tumble dryers but is still an average size for a smaller household.
The machine is well built and sturdy with a 1-year manufacturer’s guarantee, but there’s a slight issue with the door being tough to open, though it does close and seal brilliantly. The drum has a large opening which is perfect for getting washing in and out and it has a square door without a window.
This makes is vented so you will need to place it somewhere with access to a vent or window, which limits placement in your kitchen or utility room. As with other Beko models, the control panel is pretty simple to use with a dial for settings and buttons for start, pause, buzzer silence and cancel.
The DRVS62W is relatively quiet when running but as with all smaller capacity dryers, the energy rating is lower, this model being level C.
This would be a great tumble dryer choice for a smaller household, and is suited to a home with a small child; as mentioned earlier, the door is tough to open making it near impossible for children and it also has a child lock feature which can be set with the two buttons.
With a “freshen up” setting, this machine is perfect for any items which have been waiting in the ironing pile that bit too long. You’ll always know when the cycle is finished by the little tune that plays to let you know, unless you choose to silence it. 12 choices of cycle make this a great little tumble dryer!
8. White Knight WK44AW
Dryer type: Vented
Dryer capacity: 6 kg
This is a strong and powerful tumble dryer that gives you value for money. The White Knight WK44AW is a simple machine, and is very easy to operate. The design is almost perfect; it’s very nicely built.
The simple timer dial feature that comes with this machine allows you to control the temperature while it’s running. It does not make a loud noise like most tumbler dryers out there in the market. It’s so quiet that you will easily forget it’s running when in use.
Due to its strength and large size, it has the capacity to take a lot of clothes, and can dry up to 6kg of clothes within a short amount of time.
Another wonderful quality of the White Knight WK44AW is that when it’s set up and running, the clothes don’t become excessively hot like in most tumble dryers. The benefit of this feature is that the machine utilises less electricity. This is especially beneficial to people who would like to use the White Knight WK44AW tumble dryer for more fragile clothes.
The drum feature is spacious enough to accommodate lots of clothes at once instead of drying them in chunks.
One of the most crucial features of a tumble dryer is the filter, and it usually needs regular cleaning. This can become a tedious work particularly if the filter is located in a difficult to access part of the appliance. Fortunately, the filter in this model can easily be accessed for regular cleaning without breaking a sweat. So if you’re looking for the best inexpensive tumble dryer in the UK this year, this is one of them.
9. White Knight 37AW
Dryer type: Vented
Dryer capacity: 3 kg
This is another product by White Knight, one of the leading manufacturers of tumble dryers in the United Kingdom. There’s a reason White Knight dryers are so popular—they are durable and are available in different models designed for the specific needs of different households.
The White Knight 37AW is a strong tumble dryer with dimensions of 47 x 50 x 67 cm. This makes it an ideal dryer for people with less space in their house.
This machine is very easy to operate. Even if you’ve never used a tumble dryer before, you’ll be able to manoeuvre it and know what to do when you find yourself in front of it for the first time.
The White Knight 37AW is a front loading tumble dryer. A catch is integrated into the door system that allows you to flip it open effortlessly. When you’re drying your laundry in this machine, the door stays unlocked. This makes it easy for you to open the appliance to check the progress of your laundry without interfering with the operation.
In other words, the machine stops running automatically when the door is opened, and restarts again when the door is closed. This doesn’t affect the progress of operation. This is one of the main unique selling points that helped propelled this model into our list of the top 10 best tumble dryers in the UK.
Two simple control buttons are located at the main front of the White Knight 37AW tumble dryer machine. The button on the left side gives you absolute control over the amount of time that the machine runs for. The maximum time is 120 minutes, but you don’t need to run the machine for that long to get your laundry done. 30-40 minutes is enough to get the job done.
The control button on the right side is a turnover switch that allows you to select between a cool or hot cycle of operation. The cooler setting helps prevent your clothes from shrinking. The hot setting is perfect for drying sheets and towels.
10. Hotpoint FETC70CP 7kg Freestanding Condenser Tumble Dryer
Dryer type: Condenser
Dryer capacity: 7 kg
Do you have a small space at home, and need a tumble dryer that doesn’t require ventilation? If so, the Hotpoint FETC70CP is the perfect machine for you.
The size of this dryer makes it an ideal machine for people with little space at home. It comes with a big drum that can hold the full contents from a washing machine at once. Even when you fill it up, it dries clothes quickly.
A condenser is located at the top of this tumble dryer which facilitates the emptying of the used water. This feature puts an end to bending down in order to get rid of the used water in the machine.
The Hotpoint FETC70CP tumble dryer is energy efficient. It comes with a LED indicator that shows you the operation mode of the machine, and helps you have complete control over the dryer.
The dryer’s 7kg drum capacity is big enough to hold the full contents of a washing machine at once. Synthetic and cotton drying programmes are valuable features that help you protect clothes that require special care.
Other Good Tumble Dryers to Consider
The models reviewed below were contenders for the top 10 list.
White Knight WK38AW
The White Knight WK38AW is one of the most inexpensive tumble dryers in the UK. Besides being affordable, it also has amazing features with incredible benefits just like the most expensive tumble dryers in the market today.
This model is a reverse tumble dryer that has the capacity to hold loads up to 3kg. Similar to the above model, two control buttons are integrated on this machine and they serve the same functionalities as the White Knight 37AW.
The White Knight WK38AW can be moved easily from one place to another as a result of its mobility wheels. In addition to the mobile wheels, the size also makes it a perfect dryer for someone living alone or a person living in a small flat. This machine has a reverse action feature that helps remove wrinkles from delicate clothes.
Beko DC7112W 7kg Freestanding Condenser Tumble Dryer
The Beko DC7112WK is one of the best tumble dryers in the UK. It’s a 7 kg capacity machine, and is strong and energy efficient. It’s very easy to operate and gets lots of drying done within a short period of time.
Unlike most dryer machines in the market today, the Beko DC7112WK runs quietly so that you can concentrate on other household chores while it gets your drying done for you almost silently.
The control buttons that come with this machine are very useful and intuitive. An LED progress indicator is integrated in the control button system to show the progress of operation being set on the machine. The machine will notify you when you need to get the filter cleaned, and when it’s time to empty the water. The filter can be accessed easily for cleaning without breaking a sweat.
The Beko DC7112WK is rated ‘B’ for energy efficiency and has a reverse action drum with eight different types of programmes designed to for various clothing textures and effective drying operation.
Hoover DNCD813B 8kg Condenser Dryer
The Hoover DNCD813B is a well-built tumble dryer with lots of options for getting your clothes dried. It’s is a strong appliance with amazing features integrated to help make drying a lot satisfying. Quietness is one of the things to look out for when buying a tumble dryer, and this machine is designed to keep noise to a minimum.
This appliance is so easy to operate that even a first time user of it will be able to work it without much trouble. The drum is large enough to accommodate lots of washer loads from your washing machine at once.
Once you choose the appropriate options on the control buttons for drying your clothes, the drying is carried out within a short period of time. The water collector can be accessed and emptied easily.
White Knight C4317WV Integrated 7Kg Vented Dryer
This is another great appliance by White Knight. This tumble dryer is made of amazing features that will help make drying clothes a lot more enjoyable.
The White Knight C4317WV is a family-oriented tumble dryer with a 7kg load capacity. It comes with a drying time of up to 140 minutes, two different heat setting options, and a reverse action designed to reduce creasing and tangling.
This powerful dryer has the capacity to handle the load of a standard family with ease without showing a sign of weakness.
The White Knight C4317WV features a fluff filter, a flexible vent hose, a safety interlock, and a final cool down tumble. It’s rated ‘C’ for energy efficiency with an energy consumption of 4.48kWh (kilowatts per hour) per operation cycle.
The large drying capacity, combined with a low level of noise of 62dB, makes this model a perfect tumble dryer for a household.
Russell Hobbs RH7VTD500 7Kg Vented Tumble Dryer
This is a vented tumble dryer with a large 7kg capacity capable of holding several loads of washing at once. The Russell Hobbs RH7VTD500 comes with effective control buttons integrated to offer you options based on the level of dryness you want to achieve.
It doesn’t matter whether you prefer to have dried clothes that are a little bit damp for easy ironing or have your towels totally dried; this machine has the appropriate function button for your choice.
The integrated fluff filter helps keep the appliance running to its full capacity giving you satisfying drying results. Once the drying in finished, the machine stops automatically and notifies you with a sound.
If you live in a house with a rough floor, this tumble dryer comes with adjustable wheels that will help install the machine perfectly in your chosen space.
Choosing a Tumble Dryer
We hope our list of the top top 10 best tumble dryers in the United Kingdom has helped you decide which tumble dryer machine meets your needs. For more help choosing a tumble dryer, read the buying guide below.
How much should you pay for a tumble dryer?
Tumble dryers can vary in price from around £100 up to almost £1,700; it all depends upon their brand, capacity and energy rating. But how much should you pay for a tumble dryer? First you need to decide what you need from your tumble dryer, then start looking.
An average price to pay for a tumble dryer is around £100-£300 and dryers in this price range will vary in capacity, meaning you should find something to suit your household size.
Vented or condenser?
There are two main types of tumble dryer, vented and condenser, and both work in different ways.
A vented tumble dryer has a hose from which warm damp air is emitted during the dryer’s cycle. You will need a door or window open for the hose, or a wall vent that the hose can be attached to. This type of dryer can cost just over £100, being the cheaper option when buying a tumble dryer.
Condenser tumble dryers are a little more pricey, coming in at around £300 on average. They work by taking the warm damp air and removing the water vapour, which is collected in a tank. Because there is no need for an outlet or hose, these tumble dryers can be placed anywhere in your home.
Of the two, it can be cheaper to run a vented tumble dryer than a condenser, however there is only a difference of around £3 in energy costs in an average per year (dependent upon the EU energy rating).
What drum capacity do I need?
As with washing machines, the capacity of a tumble dryer is measured in kilograms. You can get tumble dryers with a 3 kg capacity right up to a 9 kg capacity, so you may want to get a dryer with the same capacity as your washing machine.
A larger drum size of 8 kg or above can be more energy efficient if you know you can fill the drum each time you run the tumble dryer. Larger drums mean that your washing can be dried faster than it can be in a lower capacity, compact tumble dryer. This capacity of dryer is best suited to a larger household who have large amounts of washing to get through.
An average drum size of 6-7 kg is the most common so there’s plenty of choice on the market. Which carried out tests on this capacity of tumble dryer (filling them to 70%, simulating how most people use them in their home) and found that 17-21 men’s shirts could be dried in one go.
A 3-5 kg drum size of a compact tumble dryer is less energy efficient, but may be the only option for a home with less available space, such as a flat or house with limited kitchen or utility room. They tend to be slower at drying and are also less energy efficient than higher capacity tumble dryers.
The best advice for choosing a tumble dryer capacity is to match the capacity of your washing machine.