Tumble dryer

Quietest Tumble Dryers (2022 UK)

It’s not just washing machines that can be prone to causing a racket, tumble dryers can be just as noisy, depending on the model you choose.

On this page, we’ve collected the quietest tumble dryers we could find on the market.

Quiet tumble dryers are the perfect option for an open plan living space, as you don’t want to be watching your favourite series and not be able to hear it due to a noisy appliance. A quiet dryer is also great for anyone living in flats that have little to no sound insulation.

If a quiet tumble dryer is something you think you might need, then read on, as we take a look at some of the quietest tumble dryers in the UK.

Quietest Tumble Dryers in the UK

1. Samsung Series 9 DV90T8240SX/S1 9 kg Heat Pump Tumble Dryer

Samsung Series 9 DV90T8240SX S1 9 kg Heat Pump Tumble Dryer

Noise level: 62 dB
Type: Heat pump
Capacity: 9 kg

This futuristic-looking heat pump dryer from Samsung is one of the quietest on the market with a noise rating of just 62 dB.

This dryer is manufactured with sound-absorbent materials to keep it as quiet as possible.

The Samsung Series 9 DV90T8240SX/S1 is expensive to buy but cheap to run since it’s so energy efficient. Because it uses heat pump technology which recirculates hot air in the drum, it’s very energy efficient and will save you money on your bills in the long run.

It also uses sensors to measure the moisture level and automatically stops the cycle when your clothes are dry. These features help give it an energy efficiency rating of A+++, the highest possible for a tumble dryer.

One of the best features is the Quick Dry 35 programme which can dry 1 kg of laundry in 35 minutes—very convenient when you need to dry a few clothes in a hurry before going out.

 

2. Bosch WTX88RH9GB Serie 8 9 kg Heat Pump Tumble Dryer

Bosch WTX88RH9GB Serie 8 Heat Pump Tumble Dryer

Noise level: 62 dB
Type: Heat pump
Capacity: 9 kg

For a 9 kg heat pump machine, this tumble dryer from Bosch is a relatively price-accessible model and great if you need more space to fit a family’s worth of laundry or the entire household’s bedsheets in one cycle.

This tumble dryer uses heat pump technology, which is different from vented and condenser machines and is a very efficient and more environmentally-friendly way to get your clothes dry.

Heat pump dryers can often keep clothes looking better for longer as they are more gentle, which is perfect for baby/kids clothes and delicates.

A 62 dB noise level means you can enjoy a quieter drying cycle which won’t disturb the family, especially if you make use of the delay timer to run the drying cycle overnight during lower-cost energy hours.

Many modern homes have open plan living spaces but with noise levels as low as a general conversation coming from your tumble dryer, there won’t be any major distraction or disturbance of your normal everyday routine.

 

3. Siemens iQ700 WiFi-Connected 9kg Heat Pump Tumble Dryer

Siemens iQ700 WiFi-Connected 9kg Heat Pump Tumble Dryer

Noise level: 62 dB
Type: Heat pump
Capacity: 9 kg

Here’s another pricey but exceptionally quiet heat pump tumble dryer, this time from Siemens. With a noise level of 62 dB, this is one of the quietest we could find on the market in the UK.

The iQ700 uses what Samsung call the ‘intelligentCleaning’ system to automatically catch and remove fluff to make the machine as efficient as possible. It will let you know when the fluff needs to be emptied, which is only about once every twentieth cycle, not every cycle like with a regular tumble dryer.

This tumble dryer also uses sensors to determine how wet your clothes are and automatically stop once they are dry. Unsurprisingly, the Siemens iQ700 has the highest possible energy efficiency rating of A+++.

Other convenient features include the delay timer, which lets you program the machine to start any time within 24 hours and the Home Connect App, which lets you control the dryer from your phone.

 

4. Beko B3T4911DG 9Kg Condenser Tumble Dryer

Beko B3T4911DG 9Kg Condenser Tumble Dryer

Noise level: 64 dB
Type: Condenser
Capacity: 9 kg

The Beko B3T4911DG is the quietest condenser tumble dryer we could find in the UK, with a noise level of 64 dB.

This dryer has a capacity of 9 kg, so it’s a good choice for families who need to dry a lot of clothes at once.

This tumble dryer is much cheaper than the heat pump dryers reviewed above, so it’s a good choice if you want something affordable and quiet. It’s not the cheapest dryer on the market by a long way, but it’s about half the price of many heat pump dryers.

Since the Beko B3T4911DG is condenser dryer it’s easy to install and can be placed anywhere as you don’t need to worry about venting moisture outside.

The black design looks modern and would look great in most kitchens.

 

5. Zanussi ZTE7101PZ 7 kg Vented Tumble Dryer

Zanussi ZTE7101PZ 7 kg Vented Tumble Dryer

Noise level: 64 dB
Type: Vented
Capacity: 7 kg

With a noise level of 64 dB, the Zanussi ZTE7101PZ is the quietest vented tumble dryer we could find on the market in the UK.

With a capacity of 7 kg, it’s a good choice for couples and medium-sized households, but it isn’t as big as some of the other options reviewed here.

It’s the cheapest tumble dryer of the five reviewed here, so it’s a great choice if you want something inexpensive and quiet. However, since it’s vented you need to make sure you have a good place to install it where you can vent the moist air outside. It’s also not particularly energy efficient, with C rating for energy efficiency.

 

 

How Loud Are Tumble Dryers?

Appliance noise is usually referred to in dB (decibels) but it can sometimes be a bit difficult to get your head around these numbers.

A decibel is a unit which is used to measure how loud something is—the intensity of a sound. Quieter sounds have a lower dB number and loud sounds have high dB numbers – for example, a whisper might fall between 15 dB and 30 dB whereas a lawnmower might hit 90 dB. A typical sound level for conversation is around 60 dB (depending on who’s talking).

When researching this article, we looked at 100 of the most popular dryers in the UK and found that the average tumble dryer has a noise level of 66 dB. This means that any dryer that has a noise level of 65 dB or less is relatively quiet.

What dB level should I look for in a tumble dryer?

There are a huge variety of tumble dryers on the market, all with their own noise levels, ranging from a super quiet 62 dB right up to 71 dB (and sometimes beyond). 66 dB is about average, and anything less than that is relatively quiet.

The decibel rating of a dryer isn’t the only thing that affects how loud it will be, however. Within your home, the sound could be amplified by the room’s acoustics and the frequency of the sounds coming from your tumble dryer could cause them to sound louder. Nearby resonant objects like furniture, cupboards and work surfaces can vibrate while the dryer runs, making it seem louder. On the other hand, things like carpets can absorb the sound of the dryer, making it seem quieter.

Decibel chart of common sounds

Decibel Chart Of Common Sounds

 

FAQs on the Quietest Tumble Dryers

Which is the quietest condenser tumble dryer?

The quietest condenser tumble dryer we could find in the UK is the Beko B3T4911DG, which has a noise level of 64 dB.

Which is the quietest vented tumble dryer?

The quietest vented tumble dryer we could find in the UK is the Zanussi ZTE7101PZ, which has a noise level of 64 dB.

How many dB is a quiet tumble dryer?

A quiet tumble dryer will have a noise level of 65 dB or below. The quietest dryers have noise levels of just 62 or 63 dB.

Is 65 dB loud for a tumble dryer?

No, 65 dB is slightly quieter than average for a tumble dryer.

What’s the average noise level for a tumble dryer?

When researching this article, we looked at 100 of the top-selling tumble dryers in the UK and calculated the average noise level to be 66 dB. This means that anything less than 66 dB can be considered relatively ‘quiet’.

How can you make a tumble dryer quieter?

Here are a few tips for making your tumble dryer quieter:

  1. Make sure there’s space between the dryer and furniture or other nearby items. If the dryer is in contact with something else, it could make it rattle or vibrate as it runs, adding extra noise to the noise of the dryer itself.
  2. Turn clothes inside out. This will prevent things like metal buttons from hitting the sides of the drum and creating noise.
  3. Put rubber pads under the dryer. This will absorb some of the vibrations and reduce the noise your dryer makes.
  4. Make sure it’s level on the floor. If the floor is uneven or one of the dryer’s legs is off the floor, it will create more noise.
  5. Move the dryer to another room. If everything else fails, move the dryer to another room where the noise won’t bother you so much.

 

Conclusion

If we had to pick just one quiet tumble dryer to recommend it would be the Samsung Series 9 DV90T8240SX/S1. Not only is it the joint quietest dryer we could find at 62 dB, it’s also very highly rated by users and is exceptionally energy efficient.

However, the Samsung Series 9 DV90T8240SX/S1 is quite expensive, so if you are looking for something cheaper, we would recommend either the Beko B3T4911DG condenser dryer or the  Zanussi ZTE7101PZ vented dryer, both of which have noise levels of 64 dB.