Best Value Tumble Dryers in the UK

For many UK households a tumble dryer is an essential household appliance, saving us time and effort when it’s not possible to dry our laundry outdoors.

There are many different brands selling tumble dryers in the UK, with the average price of a mid-range machine being around £300-400, and top-of-the-range machines costing well over £1000.

Fortunately, several brands now produce tumble dryers that cost much less than this and are perfect for those of us on a tighter budget. The following tumble dryers can all be purchased for around £200 or less, but which is the best value when it comes to features, running costs and performance?

1. Indesit Ecotime IDV75 Vented Tumble Dryer

Indesit Ecotime IDV75 Vented Tumble Dryer

Type: Vented
Capacity: 7 kg
Energy rating: B

The IDV75 Vented Tumble Dryer from Indesit currently costs less than £200 to buy, and has a good record for reliability.  It comes with several specialist drying programmes, and is straight forward and simple to use, with a large door that makes loading and unloading laundry easy.

As this is a vented tumble dryer you’ll need to hang the hose outside via a window or door, or it can be connected to a wall or window vent. It has a good drum capacity and can dry around 7 kg of cottons in one cycle – enough for an average home, but larger households may prefer an appliance with a bigger drum capacity.

The Ecotime IDV-75 has some useful technology and features, including a reverse tumble action to reduce creasing, and 12 different drying programmes.

This tumble dryer has a B energy rating, meaning that it will cost more to run this machine over time than it would an A rated appliance. It can also take a long time to get clothes completely dry with this tumble dryer, increasing running costs further.


2. White Knight C38AW Vented Tumble Dryer

White Knight C38AW Vented Tumble Dryer

Type: Vented
Capacity: 3.5 kg
Energy rating: C

If you’re looking for a basic machine for a very low initial cost, the White Knight C38AW Vented Tumble Dryer is one of the cheapest tumble dryers available.

It has a 3.5 kg drum capacity, which is only about half the size of most average tumble dryers. However, the compact size of this machine makes it ideal for households with limited space.

One of the biggest problems with this value tumble dryer is the poor energy rating. With an energy rating of C, the lowest available, this machine could end up costing a lot more to run per year than an appliance with an A energy rating (see the most economical tumble dryers here).

Some users complain about very long drying times, and this tumble dryer does have a tendency to leave clothes quite creased. Also there aren’t any special programmes – perhaps not surprising for such a low-cost machine.

According to Which magazine, the White Knight brand offers good reliability, with over 85% of models remaining fault free after five years.


3. Hotpoint Aquarius TVM570P Vented Tumble Dryer

Hotpoint Aquarius TVM570P Vented Tumble Dryer

Type: Vented
Capacity: 7 kg
Energy rating: B

The Aquarius TVM570P from well-known brand Hotpoint currently costs a bit more than some of the other tumble dryers reviewed here, but it’s still very reasonably priced for a big-brand machine. With a 7 kg drying capacity, the Aquarius TVM570P is ideal for average-sized households.

It also offers some innovative features that are missing from some other budget machines, including an easy-iron final tumble cycle, and a reverse tumble action, which means clothes come out of the machine looking much less creased.

It also dries clothes quickly and efficiently, and also dries evenly meaning there are no damp areas left on large items like duvet covers.

This tumble dryer has an energy rating of B, so while it’s not as efficient to run as an A-rated machine, it’s not too bad for a budget tumble dryer – and because it’s fast at drying clothes, you won’t need to run it for as long.

One of the main downsides of this model is the small opening on the drum, which can make it difficult to load and unload laundry.


4. Beko DCX83100W Condenser Tumble Dryer

Beko DCX83100W Condenser Tumble Dryer

Type: Condenser
Capacity: 8 kg
Energy rating: B

The Beko DCX83100W Condenser Tumble Dryer costs around £200 at the time of writing, and doesn’t need to be vented outside – it simply collects moisture into a container which you empty each time you run the machine, or it can be connected to a drain.

With an impressive 8 kg drum size, this is an ideal budget tumble dryer for larger households.

This tumble dryer has some great features for a budget appliance. It uses sensors to tell when laundry is dry, and there’s a control panel with a LED display that will tell you how long is left on a drying cycle. The Beko DCX83100W also has an impressive 16 programmes to suit all different kinds of fabrics.

The choice of programmes, special features and large capacity make this tumble dryer a good value option for large, busy households and it has a reasonable energy rating of B, meaning it’s not too expensive to run. However, it’s worth noting that this machine can be quite noisy to run, and the automatic sensor drying can be unreliable at times leaving some clothes damp.


5. Hotpoint First Edition FETV60CP Vented Tumble Dryer

Hotpoint First Edition FETV60CP Vented Tumble Dryer

Type: Vented
Capacity: 6 kg
Energy rating: C

The Hotpoint First Edition FETV60CP Vented Tumble Dryer is an affordable basic tumble dryer costing around £200 at the time of writing. It has a 6 kg capacity – just about big enough for an average household.

This tumble dryer is simple to run, and doesn’t boast many special features, although it has two heat settings, a cool tumble facility to help prevent creasing and a timer.

It’s great at drying clothes quickly and efficiently, and can dry a large load of cotton laundry in less than 70 minutes – so it’s a good machine if you often need to dry clothes in a rush. However, with a poor energy rating of C, this tumble dryer might not be cheap to run if you use it often.

It’s also noting that this is a noisy machine to run, so you may need to consider where you are going to place it in your home.


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