Best Heat Pump Tumble Dryers (UK 2018)

If you’re looking to buy a tumble dryer but want to keep your electricity bills as low as possible, a heat pump dryer could be a good choice. Heat pump tumble dryers are still relatively new—heat pump technology was first used in Switzerland and Germany around 13 years ago.

Heat pump dryers remove the moisture from clothes by heating the air in the drum, and then the air is passed through an evaporator to remove the moisture. The resulting condensation is stored in a collection tank, and the warm, dry air is then reused to continue drying clothes.

Heat pump tumble dryers are much cheaper to run (around 50% cheaper than vented or condenser dryers) and are better for the environment due to using less energy, but until recently these appliances were expensive to buy.  Manufacturers are now starting to produce cheaper heat pump tumble dryers, but which are the best ones to buy based on both price and drying performance?

About Heat Pump Tumble Dryers

What is a heat pump tumble dryer?

A heat pump tumble dryer is a relatively new piece of technology that it is a lot cheaper and more energy efficient to use compared to a standard condenser dryer.

Heat pump dryers reuse the air that’s already circulating in the dryer. The air passes through the drum and evaporates the moisture from your washing making sure it’s thoroughly dry. As this hot air is reused within the machine this means that energy isn’t wasted through the drying process.

What are the advantages of a heat pump tumble dryer?

The first advantage of choosing a heat pump tumble dryer is the energy saved. With a heat pump dryer customers can save at least half of the energy consumed by an electric dryer, which is good for the environment and also keeps your electricity bill down.

Heat pump technology also makes drying your clothes quicker, which is ideal for large households that need to dry a large load quickly. Another added bonus is that heat pump tumble dryers are usually a lot quieter than standard condenser dryers.

Investing in a heat pump tumble dryer is a great choice for your electricity bill, as heat pump technology means that the customer can save about half the energy cost. This innovative technology is in every way a step in the right direction for tumble dryers as it also benefits the environment as a result of the machines’ system of reusing air to evaporate moisture from the load. However, heat pump tumble dryers are more expensive than other dryers, so there’s a bigger up-front cost.

Now that you know a bit more about heat pump dryers, let’s look at some of the best models on the market in the UK right now.

 

 

1. Beko DHR73431W Heat Pump Tumble Dryer

Beko DHR73431W Free Standing Condenser Tumble Dryer

The Beko DHR73431W is a reasonably priced heat pump tumble dryer, and like most heat pump dryers will save you more than 50% in energy compared to traditional vented or condenser tumble dryers. It has a sleek and modern design, and boasts some useful features too, but how does it compare to other heat pump tumble dryers?

Features and specifications

  • 7 kg drum capacity, making it ideal for medium-sized households.
  • Impressive A++ energy rating.
  • Sensor drying technology, which can tell how much moisture is left your laundry and changes the settings accordingly.
  • Handy LED display letting you know how long is left until the end of the cycle.
  • Water tank full indicator lets you know when it’s time to empty the tank.
  • 16 different drying programmes to choose from.

Pros

  • Very economical to run thanks to the heat pump technology and A++ energy rating.
  • A delay timer function means you can choose when your clothes are dried – ideal if you have a cheaper electricity tariff at different times of the day.
  • Dries clothes nice and evenly, meaning no damp areas on any items of laundry.
  • Very easy and simple to use.
  • Condenser is effective and reduces the amount of steam and condensation in the kitchen or laundry room.

Cons

  • Drying clothes can take much longer, up to 70 minutes longer than the equivalent load in a traditional condenser dryer, and you have to be careful not to overload the drum or performance is reduced.
  • Sensor dryer technology is satisfactory but isn’t as accurate as on some other heat pump tumble dryers, and you may need to add on additional drying time.

Verdict

The Beko DHR73431W is a good heat pump dryer for the price with some nice features and will save you energy costs if you don’t mind longer drying times.

 

2. Samsung DV90M50003X/EU 9 kg Heat Pump Tumble Dryer

Samsung DV90M50003X/EU 9 kg Heat Pump Tumble Dryer

The Samsung DV90M50003X/EU 9 kg Heat Pump Tumble Dryer has a stylish appearance with a modern graphite finish, and a large drum capacity of 9 kg. Like most heat pump tumble dryers, this appliance has a great energy rating of A++, and also boasts some innovative features, but with a high price tag, is this tumble dryer a good buy?

Features and specifications

  • A 9 kg drum capacity, suitable for larger households.
  • Quick dry programme available for smaller loads, which dries 1 kg of laundry in just 35 minutes.
  • This machine comes with the Samsung Smart Check app, which lets you diagnose problems quickly and easily.
  • Automatic sensors adjust temperature and drying time, helping to lower energy consumption even further.
  • You can choose from 14 different programs and 3 drying temperatures.

Pros

  • A++ energy rated machine with lower energy costs thanks to the heat pump technology and other features such as the automatic sensors.
  • 35-minute quick dry program is excellent if you need to dry a few items in a hurry.
  • Has lots of user-friendly features, such as an internal drum light, a well-designed water tank and an easy-to-clean filter.
  • Leaves laundry feeling soft and fluffy due it’s gentle drying process.

Cons

  • As with many other heat pump dryers, it can take longer to dry laundry.
  • Some users find that a lot of the features and extra programs aren’t really necessary and can be confusing.

Verdict

The Samsung DV90M50003X/EU 9 kg Heat Pump Tumble Dryer is an excellent dryer with good performance and some useful features. It also has a stylish appearance and will look good in any kitchen or laundry room.

However, it’s not one of the cheapest heat pump dryers currently available, and it may not be worth the extra money if you don’t think you’ll use some of the advanced features.

 

3. Bosch Serie 8 WTW87560GB

 

Bosch Serie 8 WTW87560GB Free Standing Condenser Tumble Dryer

The Bosch Serie 8 is equipped with 15 different programs, with easy to clean filters that drain easily making this tumble dryer a practical machine. The large drum is designed to handle a large load, drying it thoroughly as a result of heat pump technology making it great for a large family!

Features and specifications

  • 9 kg drying capacity
  • A++ energy rating
  • Estimated annual energy consumption of 259 kWh
  • Cycle duration of 157 minutes

Pros

  • 9 kg drum is softer on more delicate fabrics
  • Self-cleaning condenser
  • Quiet
  • Energy efficient (A++ rating)
  • 2-year warranty
  • 15 drying programmes

Cons

  • Expensive
  • When drying a large load it can take quite a while

Verdict

Though it is perhaps at the higher end of the price spectrum for an average family the 2-year warranty and high percentage of positive customer reviews highlight that it is more than worth the price in this instance.

Regarding negative customer reviews, the general sentiment is that the machine takes too long to dry the load and sometimes clothes are still damp after the cycle. Though these problems could be a result of specific circumstances it is still worth remembering when choosing a tumble dryer.

 

4. Grundig GTN38250HGCW Heat Pump Tumble Dryer

Grundig GTN38250HGCW Heat Pump Tumble Dryer

The GTN38250HGCW Heat Pump Tumble Dryer from German brand Grundig is mid-priced, and like other heat pump dryers uses heat-pump technology to keep energy costs low. The machine is white with a stylish black and chrome door and display panel, and also comes in black (model number GTN38250HGCB).

With an 8 kg drum and 16 programmes you can enjoy a practical, energy-efficient and hardwearing model that can take a large drying load in one go without costing the earth!

Whatever you need a tumble dryer for, the Grundig is a more than a suitable option for any lifestyle and with a 5-year guarantee you can rest assured that support will be provided in the rare event of a malfunction.

Features and specifications

  • An 8 kg drum capacity means this machine is suitable for medium to large households.
  • Intelligent sensor drying automatically detects the levels of moisture in the drum and stops drying when the required level is achieved, helping to protect clothing from over-drying.
  • Digital display showing remaining drying time.
  • A++ energy rating.
  • 16 programs and 3 drying temperatures to choose from.
  • Estimated annual energy consumption of 230 kWh

Pros

  • Dries clothes nice and evenly, without leaving damp areas.
  • Really good digital display.
  • As with most heat pump dryers, you’ll save money on energy costs.
  • Condenser is very effective, which means less steam on windows in the room whilst the dryer is running.
  • Dryer sensor is accurate and stops once the clothes are dry, and not before whilst laundry is still damp.
  • 5-year guarantee.
  • Relatively quiet.

Cons

  • Drying times are a lot longer than on other machines, particular for cottons. Some users say that it takes over 3 hours to dry their laundry.
  • The filters can be tricky to clean and replace.
  • Cleaning the filter can be difficult
  • Buttons can take a few minutes to respond

Verdict

The Grundig GTN38250HGCW works well at drying clothes and is reasonably priced for a heat pump dryer, so it’s a good choice if you want to save energy costs.  However, be aware that it does take a lot longer to dry laundry than traditional condenser dryers, and there are quicker heat pump dryers around.

 

5. LG RC8055EH2M Heat Pump Tumble Dryer

LG  RC8055EH2M Heat Pump Tumble Dryer

The LG RC8055EH2M Heat Pump Tumble Dryer costs around £800 (at the time of writing), but for that price you will get some innovative features and technology and energy savings too thanks to the heat pump technology. It has a modern, steel finish and a sleek design, but how well does it perform?

Features and specifications

  • 8 kg drum capacity means this machine is suitable for medium to large households.
  • A++ energy rating.
  • Innovative drum design rotates clockwise and counter-clockwise, protecting clothes from tangling and creasing.
  • Weighs clothes then uses sensors to determine the optimum temperature and drying time.
  • Water tank has been designed with antibacterial material to prevent unpleasant bacteria build up.
  • Speed mode which uses a conventional heater alongside the heat pump technology for when you need to dry laundry in a hurry.

Pros

  • Very accurate sensors give great drying results without having to add extra drying time.
  • Illuminated drum makes loading and unloading easier.
  • Design is very attractive and the machine is well made and reliable, and easy to use.
  • Clothes are well protected, staying soft and with no shrinkage, and with little creasing during the drying process.
  • Filter is easy to clean, and the antibacterial water tank is an added bonus.

Cons

  • Drying times can be very long, although there is the option for a speed dry.
  • The initial cost for this machine is quite high.
  • Quite a noisy machine to run, so may not be suitable for open plan areas.

Verdict

You will need to pay a bit more for the LG RC8055EH2M Heat Pump Tumble Dryer than for some other dryers, but it’s a good quality machine that performs very well and saves energy costs over time.

 

6. Beko Select DSX83410W Heat Pump Tumble Dryer

Beko Select DSX83410W Heat Pump Tumble Dryer

Heat pump tumble dryers can typically be much more expensive than vented or condenser dryers, but this model from Turkish brand Beko can be bought for a relatively low price.

It also has an excellent energy rating of A++, but does it have the same range of features as higher priced models, and how well does it dry clothes?

Features and specifications

  • 8 kg drum capacity, suitable for larger families.
  • Sensor drying technology prevents over-drying clothes by checking for moisture levels.
  • There are 16 different programs to choose from, including an option for heavy items such as denim.
  • Anti-crease function rotates the drum every 60 seconds for up to two hours after drying has finished, until you’re ready to unload the laundry.
  • Excellent digital display, with time remaining indicator, and a 24-hour time delay function.

Pros

  • Clothes are dried gently and evenly, so you won’t find damp items amongst your dry clothes.
  • Easy to use, with a useful drum light. The digital display is lockable and child-proof.
  • Condenser works effectively, so you shouldn’t end up with steam in your kitchen or laundry room.
  • Very economical to run.

Cons

  • Can take a very long time to dry clothes – this is the biggest problem most users found with this model.
  • Can be noisy to run.
  • The drying sensors aren’t always accurate, so some loads may still be damp, and others may be over-dried.

Verdict

The Beko Select DSX83410W does take a long time to dry clothes, and the sensor drying function isn’t one of the best available, however this heat pump dryer is a good price for this type of machine, drying clothes evenly whilst saving money on energy bills.

 

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