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Best Tumble Dryers (2022 UK)

There are many ways to dry clothes, but tumble dryers are probably the easiest. You don’t need to wait for dry, windy weather to hang things on the line and you don’t need to worry about having your heating on and hanging everything over the clotheshorse – simply pop your clothes straight from the washing machine, into the dryer and set it away.

This is one of the main reasons why many people opt to own a tumble dryer. Ease and speed!

Choosing a tumble dryer to fit your personal needs can sometimes feel a bit daunting, so we’re here to help make that decision that bit easier with our list of the best tumble dryers in the UK. There’s something for everyone, with vented and condenser models in a multitude of capacities.

 

Best Tumble Dryers in the UK

1. Beko DTLCE70051W 7Kg Condenser Tumble Dryer

Beko DTLCE70051W 7Kg Condenser Tumble Dryer

Dryer type: Condenser
Load capacity: 7 kg
Dimensions: 84.6 x 59.7 x 56.8 cm
Energy rating: B

This Beko condenser tumble dryer is ideal for medium-sized households thanks to the 7 kg drum capacity.

The relatively small footprint of this tumble dryer and the condenser box makes this tumble dryer an ideal choice for flats or houses where space is limited.

If you want to dry multiple fabric types at the same time, you can do so thanks to the Mixed Dry programme. And if you like putting your laundry away fresh from the dryer, the Cupboard Dry cycle will have them ready for you.

Features

  • 9-hour delay timer
  • Childproof lock
  • 15 drying programmes
  • Sensor drying function
  • Noise level: 65 dB
  • Anti-crease programme
  • Cupboard and iron dry settings
  • Dedicated sports and synthetics programmes
  • 1 year manufacturer’s warranty

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Water reservoirs and filters are easy to empty and clean
  • Choice of programmes
  • Can thoroughly dry mixed loads of laundry
  • Quick drying cycles

Cons

  • No reverse drum function
  • Can be loud during use
  • Outside of the machine can get quite hot

Summary

This affordable condenser tumble dryer from Beko is a great choice for medium-sized families who are limited on space.

The tumble dryer can handle everything from a normal clothing load through to more specialised sportswear with ease. 

However, some people do find that it can be loud during some cycles, and the machine can get quite hot too.

 

2. Candy Smart CSEC8DF 8Kg Condenser Tumble Dryer

Candy Smart CSEC8DF 8Kg Condenser Tumble Dryer

Dryer type: Condenser
Load capacity: 8 kg
Dimensions: 85 x 59.6 x 60 cm
Energy rating: B

With an 8 kg capacity, this Candy Smart condenser dryer has more than enough space to dry three or even four people’s clothes at once.

This tumble dryer can be controlled remotely from a compatible smartphone, and the built-in sensors ensure the dryer never runs for longer than it needs to.

Added programmes such as the dedicated shirt function, cotton iron-free function and dedicated denim programme make this tumble dryer an ideal choice for busy families.

Features

  • 24-hour delay timer
  • LED display
  • 14 drying programmes
  • Sensor drying
  • Dedicated shirt, eco and extra dry cycles
  • 1 year manufacturer’s warranty

Pros

  • Water tank is easy to empty and clean
  • Good range of programmes and settings
  • Quick dry programme is great for last-minute emergencies
  • Can dry mixed fabrics at the same time with the Mixed Dry programme

Cons

  • Feet aren’t adjustable
  • Water reservoir is right at the bottom of the machine, which can be hard to access for anyone with injuries or disabilities

Summary

Overall, this Candy tumble dryer is an affordable choice that will tick a lot of boxes for most households.

The capacity is perfect for most medium-sized families, and the range of programmes can tackle everything from the kids’ school uniform to formal shirts.

However, if you aren’t very tech savvy, you might struggle at first to get to grips with all the different programmes and settings.

The feet aren’t adjustable either, so you might need to get creative if your floor is uneven.

 

3. Beko Pro DCX83120W 8 kg Condenser Tumble Dryer

Beko Pro DCX83120W 8 kg Condenser Tumble Dryer

Dryer type: Condenser
Load capacity: 8 kg
Dimensions: 84.6 x 59.7 x 58.9 cm
Energy rating: B

This 8 kg Beko Pro condenser tumble dryer makes use of sensor drying to avoid using more power than is necessary, and to keep your clothes looking their best for as long as possible.

The automatic anti-creasing function is a lifesaver for those of us who hate ironing and the internal light makes it even easier to find that odd sock that gets left behind.

Features

  • Sensor drying with 4 levels of dryness
  • LED display
  • Child lock
  • Automatic anti-creasing
  • Auto cool-down phase at the end of the cycle
  • Dedicated BabyProtect, jeans, shirts and sport programmes
  • 66 dB noise level
  • 1 year guarantee

Pros

  • Dries laundry quickly
  • Easy to use and programme
  • Sensor dry saves on unnecessary energy usage
  • Can be plumbed in
  • Sleek design

Cons

  • Too loud to use in open-plan living spaces
  • Towels, bed sheets and heavier items can take a long time to dry
  • Anti-crease feature doesn’t work very well with all fabrics

Summary

This sleek Beko tumble dryer has a stylish appearance that would look right at home in any modern property.

The tumble dryer has a range of features that will take the hard work out of laundry, and the handy interior light will make lost socks a thing of the past.

However, the tumble dryer can be quite loud during use, and some items can take a long time to dry thoroughly.

 

4. Beko DTKCE80021W

Dryer type: Condenser
Load capacity:
8 kg
Dimensions: 88 cm high x 65 cm wide x 58.5 cm deep
Energy rating: B

Another Beko condenser tumble dryer in our list, but this one has an 8 kg capacity which may appeal more to smaller households or people who don’t use their tumble dryer for every wash load. With some great features and a drain hose included, this well-priced machine would suit many a home.

Features

  • 1-year manufacturer guarantee
  • Sensor drying – 4 levels
  • Timed programmes
  • Anti-crease function
  • Large porthole door
  • Drain hose included
  • 15 drying programmes
  • Indicator lights for filter cleaning and full tank
  • Delay start timer

Pros

  • Can use the included drain hose to let condensation out without needing to empty the reservoir
  • Short 0.5 kg load function is great for last-minute items
  • Anti-crease keeps things moving until you empty the drum
  • Good value

Cons

  • No porthole window to see inside
  • May not be the best build quality

Summary

This washing machine is a great choice for those shopping for a tumble dryer on a budget, but still wanting a decent load capacity for larger items like bedding and towels. The condenser drying function of the Beko DTKCE80021W means it can be placed anywhere without the need for ventilation – perfect for flats or rentals.

 

5. LOGIK LCD8W18 8 kg Condenser Tumble Dryer

LOGIK LCD8W18 8 kg Condenser Tumble Dryer

Dryer type: Condenser
Load capacity: 8 kg
Dimensions: 84.5 x 59.6 x 60.9 cm
Energy rating: B

This condenser tumble dryer from Logik has a handy 8 kg drum capacity and a choice of 15 drying programmes to help you make light work of all manner of fabric types.

To protect your clothing and your energy bills, this tumble dryer makes use of sensor drying to ensure the cycle never runs longer than it needs to.

If you can’t stand ironing, this tumble dryer has an anti-crease programme that will knock the wrinkles out of your freshly dried clothes.

Features

  • 15 drying programmes
  • 66 dB noise level
  • Sensor drying
  • Automatic anti-creasing function
  • Delicates programme
  • Internal drum light
  • 1 year manufacturer’s warranty

Pros

  • Good value for money
  • Easy to use
  • Lint filters are easy to clean
  • Water reservoir is easy to access and empty
  • Light in the drum makes it easy to find stray socks
  • Anti-crease function saves on ironing

Cons

  • Can be noisy during use
  • Drying results aren’t as good with heavy fabrics such as towels and bed sheets

Summary

Overall, this Logik tumble dryer provides fairly good value for money.

The machine has plenty of features to make light work of most family laundry tasks, and the internal drum light makes it easier to find those straggler socks.

However, some people find that this tumble dryer can be quite loud during use.

 

6. Indesit I2 D81W UK 8 kg Condenser Tumble Dryer

Indesit I2 D81W UK 8 kg Condenser Tumble Dryer

Dryer type: Condenser
Load capacity: 8 kg
Dimensions: 85 x 59.5 x 61 cm
Energy rating: B

Indesit is a common household name, and with good reason. This Indesit condenser tumble dryer has a handy 8 kg capacity and has been designed to be as easy to use as possible.

This tumble dryer has a staggering 18 different drying programmes, and can dry a half-load of cotton in as little as 81 minutes.

Features

  • 18 drying programmes
  • Dedicated cotton, synthetic and delicate drying programmes
  • Dial and button controls
  • 1 year labour guarantee, 10-year parts guarantee

Pros

  • Easy to set up and use
  • Water reservoir is easy to access and clean
  • Fairly quiet during use
  • Good value for money

Cons

  • No anti-crease function
  • Lint filter can be tricky to clean
  • No display
  • Not sensor controlled

Summary

Overall, this Indesit tumble dryer is a simple, easy-to-use appliance that offers the basic functions.

The timer and settings are all easy to use, and this tumble dryer can even dry delicates without the risk of shrinkage.

However, you might find that you miss modern features such as sensor drying.

 

7. LOGIK LVD7W18

Dryer type: Vented
Load capacity:
7 kg
Dimensions: 89 cm high x 66 cm wide x 57.5 cm deep
Energy rating: C

A simple yet practical tumble dryer here from Logik with a good-sized 7 kg capacity – ideal for smaller households or those who use their tumble dryer infrequently.

The 1-hour drying programme makes quick work of that shirt you need dry “right now” and the wide opening door is perfect for getting towels and sheets in and out of the drum.

Features

  • 1-hour dry function
  • 4 programmes
  • Sensor drying
  •  Wide-opening door
  • Button and LED indicator control panel
  • Ventilation hose

Pros

  • Good value for money
  • Good drum capacity
  • Easy to use
  • Simple design – looks fine in any decor

Cons

  • Energy rating isn’t the best available
  • Not the most quiet of tumble dryers
  • Sensor dry may not be the most accurate

Summary

If you’re looking for a tumble dryer which just does what it says on the tin, then this vented Logik dryer could be the one for you – so long as you have the ability to direct the condensation hose outside.

It only has 4 drying programmes in total, but this is ideal for ease of use and sensor drying means you shouldn’t end up “baking” your clothes.

 

8. Indesit I1 D80W UK 8 kg Vented Tumble Dryer

Indesit I1 D80W UK 8 kg Vented Tumble Dryer

Dryer type: Vented
Load capacity: 8 kg
Dimensions: 85 x 59.5 x 67 cm
Energy rating: C

Indesit’s I1 vented tumble dryer has a wide range of programmes to tackle just about every fabric type with ease, including dedicated cotton, delicates and synthetics programmes.

In total, you have 16 different programmes to choose from! In addition to the wide range of programmes, this tumble dryer benefits from adjustable feet, a reverse tumble action and a simple dial operation.

Features

  • 16 drying programmes
  • Special cycles for cotton, synthetics and delicate fabrics
  • Internal drum light
  • 69 dB noise level
  • 1 year labour guarantee, 10-year parts

Pros

  • Very easy to use
  • Laundry comes out almost crease-free
  • Can dry a full load of cotton in just 129 minutes
  • Quiet during use

Cons

  • Fluff and lint can easily collect in the door seal
  • No sensor drying
  • No display
  • Door can seem stiff

Summary

Like the Indesit condenser dryer on this list, this vented tumble dryer is a simple appliance that offers good performance without compromising on price.

The tumble dryer is fairly quiet during use, and it can dry a full load of washing pretty quickly.

However, some people do find that fluff can very easily collect in the door’s seal, which can be tricky to clean thoroughly.

 

9. Beko DHR83431G 8Kg Heat Pump Tumble Dryer

Beko DHR83431G 8Kg Heat Pump Tumble Dryer

Dryer type: Heat pump
Load capacity: 8 kg
Dimensions: 84.6 x 59.7 x 58.9 cm
Energy rating: A++

This Beko tumble dryer is an energy efficient choice thanks to the heat pump technology.

In addition to saving on your energy bills, this tumble dryer has a staggering 16 drying programmes, including dedicated settings for sportswear, synthetics and anti-crease.

This tumble dryer even has a handy setting that will leave bulky items such as blankets or towels perfectly dry.

Features

  • 16 drying programmes
  • Childproof lock
  • 24-hour delay timer
  • Button and dial controls
  • 65 dB noise level
  • Reverse drum action
  • Auto cool down feature
  • 1 year manufacturer’s warranty

Pros

  • Very energy efficient
  • Easy to use and set up
  • Instructions are easy to understand
  • Fairly quiet during use
  • Achieves good results on all fabric types
  • Can be plumbed in
  • Stylish and modern appearance

Cons

  • Energy efficiency comes at a cost – some cycles can take a long time
  • More expensive than some other types of dryer

Summary

This Beko tumble dryer has a huge range of features and cycles that will make light work of just about any laundry task. However, the greatest benefit of this Beko heat pump tumble dryer is its energy efficiency.

 Unfortunately, this energy efficiency does come at a cost, which means that this dryer is more expensive than some of the alternatives on this list, and the cycles can take longer too.

 

10. Samsung Series 5 OptimalDry™ DV80TA020AE 8Kg Heat Pump Tumble Dryer

Samsung Series 5 OptimalDry DV80TA020AE 8Kg Heat Pump Tumble Dryer

Dryer type: Heat pump
Load capacity: 8 kg
Dimensions: 85 x 60 x 65 cm
Energy rating: A++

Samsung’s Series 5 OptimalDry tumble dryer has a handy 8 kg capacity and is a very energy efficient choice.

This tumble dryer uses sensors to monitor the cycle’s progress, automatically adjusting the length of the cycle to achieve great results without tumbling your laundry for too long.

For those last-minute Sunday night school uniform emergencies, this heat pump tumble dryer even has a Quick Dry programme.

Features

  • Sensor drying
  • 14 drying programmes
  • Quick dry programme
  • Childproof lock
  • 19-hour delay timer
  • Reverse tumble action
  • Dedicated wool and synthetics cycles
  • 5-year manufacturer’s warranty

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Good drying results with a range of fabrics
  • Very energy efficient
  • Internal light makes it easy to empty and clean the drum
  • Fairly quick cycles

Cons

  • Settings can seem complicated at first

Summary

This Samsung heat pump tumble dryer is incredibly energy efficient, however it is one of the most expensive on this list.

The sensors will automatically adjust the drying time to protect your clothing, and the choice of 14 drying programmes will help you tackle any laundry task.

However, if you aren’t very tech savvy, you might find learning to use this dryer requires a learning curve.

 

Which Tumble Dryer Type Is Best: Condenser, Vented or Heat Pump?

The most common types of tumble dryer readily available on the market today are condenser, vented and heat pump.

Each of these types of tumble dryer is available in different sizes, and many are available either integrated or freestanding.

Despite the similarities, there are some key differences between condenser, vented and heat pump tumble dryers, and these tend to be most noticeable in the upfront cost and ongoing energy costs.

Which type of tumble dryer is right for you will depend on a variety of factors, including where the tumble dryer will need to be installed and what your budget is.

Vented tumble dryers

Vented tumble dryers are at the lower end of the price range. However, they are not suitable for all homes and properties.

The moisture that is removed from the wet laundry needs to go somewhere, and this type of dryer expels it through a hose.

This means the tumble dryer has to be placed next to a wall with a vent cut out, or next to a window or door.

In addition to this type of tumble dryer needing access to the outside, they also tend to have the highest ongoing energy costs.

Condenser tumble dryers

Condenser tumble dryers collect the water removed from clothing in a reservoir, which you will then need to empty once it is full.

Condenser dryers are more expensive than vented dryers, but they are still considerably cheaper than heat pump dryers are.

A key benefit of a condenser dryer is that it does not need a hose, which means it can be placed anywhere in your home.

All you need to do is make sure that the dryer has adequate ventilation around the appliance, and that the surrounding temperature is not too hot or too cold.

If you are looking at purchasing a condenser tumble dryer, you need to be aware that the container will need to be emptied regularly, sometimes after every cycle.

If the condenser box is full, the cycle will not be able to run.

Like vented tumble dryers, condenser dryers can attract quite high running costs, depending on the exact model that you are looking at.

Heat pump tumble dryers

Heat pump tumble dryers are relatively new, and offer many of the same benefits that you could enjoy from a condenser dryer.

The key difference between condenser and heat pump dryers is what happens with the warm air that passes through the condenser box.

In condenser dryers, this hot air is simply expelled from the appliance after passing through the condenser box.

In a heat pump tumble dryer, however, this hot air is passed back through the drum. This can save money in the long run as the machine is not needing to constantly heat up cold air.

Much like condenser dryers, heat pump dryers do also have a condenser box that will need to be emptied in between cycles, and it is worth remembering that the drying cycles can be quite long in this type of tumble dryer.

However, this energy efficiency does come at a cost. Heat pump dryers tend to be much more expensive than both condenser and vented dryers.

The cost is coming down as the technology becomes more commonplace, but they are still considerably more expensive than vented dryers.

 

Conclusion

If we had to pick just one tumble dryer to recommend for most households, it would be the Beko DTLCE70051W. It’s affordable, has a good choice of programmes, and is ideal for medium-sized households with its 7 kg drum capacity.