Best Tumble Dryer

Best Tumble Dryer

Looking for a new tumble dryer? We review a host of brilliant models including Miele, Logik, Indesit, Beko and more, to suit various needs and budgets.

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Best Tumble Dryers

Welcome to our handy guide to help you find the best tumble dryers on the market today. 

Largely considered a luxury by those who don’t have one, but more often a necessity by those who do, a tumble dryer works by circulating hot air around wet clothing and ‘tumbling’ it like a washing machine to evaporate the moisture within. The Great British weather isn’t exactly known for its long periods of dry heat that suits hanging up washing outdoors for an ‘au naturel’ airing out, so having a tumble dryer allows wash loads to be processed faster.

As with all household appliances, technology is moving quickly in the tumble dryer space. There’s now a great variety of models available and there’s enough on offer to suit every budget, house and purpose. Let’s run through some of the top-rated tumble driers currently on the market.

Best Tumble Dryers Results

Below are the overall tumble dryers winners - you can read more about them in our guide - or simply by following the links. 

Best Overall Tumble Dryers

Indesit Ecotime Condenser - more info here - £199.99

LG Heat Pump Tumbler Dryer – Wifi Enabled - more info here - £749.99 

Miele Heat Pump Tumble Dryer - more info here - £1099.99

Best Cheap Tumble Dryer

Logik Vented Tumble Dryer - more info here - £159.99

Most Stylish Model 

Grundig Heat Pump Tumble Dryer - more info here - £249.99

Best Condenser Tumble Dryers

Beko 10k Condenser Tumble Dryer - more info here - £259.99

Hotpoint Aquarius Condenser Tumble Dryer - more info here - £249.99

Best Vented Tumble Dryer

Indesit Ecotime IDV75S Vented - more info here - £259.99

At Professional Cleaners UK we test and review products awarding and selecting the very best based on a number of factors. We are independently owned and views expressed are our own. We are a national professional cleaning company that may receive a small commission from the companies we review; this helps us keep our product review pages free of subscriptions for you.  

We hope you enjoy the guide and find the tumble dryer you are looking for.  

1. LG - 8kg Heat Pump Tumbler Dryer – Wifi Enabled - £749.99

This LG model isn’t your standard tumble dryer - it really is the Rolls Royce of them – you’ll find a whole host of features that you may not expect and won't find in any other tumble dryer. 

The LG FDJ608W can hold up to 8kg of laundry and has an A+++ energy rating, which is the highest you can get. What’s more, it’s WiFi-enabled, so you can control your laundry drying from your phone! The Smart ThinQ app can be downloaded to Apple or Android devices and allows you to download specialised drying cycles, monitor the appliance, and start, stop or pause drying.

The impressive A+++ energy rating of the LG FDJ608W is primarily down to its heat pump. The LG Dual Inverter Heat Pump uses very little energy and can be used in conjunction with LG’s exclusive EcoHybrid technology to enable a variety of further eco modes. The model also has a drying rack to manage delicates and folded items without damaging them.

SUMMARY: A world-beating model there are no faults. It comes with a price tag but you are paying for quality, so if you are looking for high-class results and high-usage this really is the one for you. It's perfect for busy households who have a variety of dying needs and demand top results. 

For more information or to purchase this model click here.

2. Miele TWF640 8kg Heat Pump Tumble Dryer - £1099.99

It's no surprise see market leader Miele in the guide and the Miele TWF640 is the perfect tumble dryer for the eco-conscious consumer who demands superb results - it comes with an A+++ energy rating.

Miele’s EcoDry technology means it runs at minimal energy and cost, and compared to other models saves up to 58% in power consumption. Miele dryers run with a program called PerfectDry, that adjusts the duration of each drying cycle to suit the load within it so that performance is optimised bespoke each time.

The TWF640 is also a good bet if you find yourself often in need of a dry cycle done quickly – its EcoSpeed function works to dry loads as quickly as possible without invoking unnecessarily heavy energy usage. Reviews rank it highly for its quiet function and its fragrance feature which can scent your load as it dries!

SUMMARY: Miele is a market leader and this is their premium dryer. Although the price tag is initially high it saves a staggering 58% in power usage, so its an investment that will repay you. Quick and intelligent drying combined with some lovely features (namely the fragrance feature), means that this model passed all our tests with flying colours. Highly recommended.

For more information or to purchase this model click here. 

3. Indesit Ecotime IDV75S Vented Tumble Dryer - £199.99

 

 

This Indesit is a little gem. It looks sleek in grey does a fantastic job and is one of the cheapest around. Find out more about this star machine...

Another budget option that works well for busy families, the Indesit Ecotime has a 7kg capacity and a 120-min cycle that can tackle even the most demanding of loads without manual intervention.

Unusually amongst dryers on the consumer market, the Indesit Ecotime is silver so doesn’t need to stand out as a large white appliance if your kitchen doesn’t fit that colour scheme. The Indesit Ecotime is simple, stylish and easy to use – ideal for a household that needs the convenience of a tumble dryer without a hefty price tag.

SUMMARY: We can't believe the price tag on this as it came out as one of the best machines in our guide; superb results, looks great and a staggering price. Highly recommended for all. 

For more information or to purchase this model click here.

4. Grundig 8kg Heat Pump Tumble Dryer - £249.99

 

This sleek and beautiful Grundig dryer doesn't just look pretty, it does an outstanding job as well.  

A black tumble dryer, it looks smart and neat amongst even the busiest of kitchens or utility rooms, and its 8kg capacity is more than enough for most busy families.

A sensitive sensor monitors moisture levels in the drum to prevent over-drying and can be set to care for delicate fabrics such as silks and chiffons. The modern, interactive LCD touchscreen display updates it likens it to other smart devices and gives a usability unrivalled by any other tumble dryer model. What’s more, it’s anti-crease cycle continues to randomly roll the drum for up to 2hrs post-dry cycle so that even if you can’t get to your clothes right away, they’ll continue to stay dry and neat.

SUMMARY: A stunning model which delivered great results. This was the most stylish looking of all the models. Perfect for those who want good results but also want the dryer to fit in with a stylish kitchen or utility room. 

For more information or to purchase this model click here.

5. Logik LCD7W18 7kg Condenser Tumble Dryer - £159.99

Logik is a favourite here at Professional Cleaners UK, delivering good quality products at cheap price and this solid, condenser tumble dryer did great in our tests. 

A budget option for those not looking to splash the cash to heavily on a dryer, the Logik LCDYW18 holds a solid 7kg load and it has all the basic features you’d expect. An anti-creasing feature helps fight against wrinkling, and the two-way tumbling guarantees an even dry throughout. It also works with sensor drying; ending the drying cycle automatically when the items within it are free of moisture.

The Logik LCD7W18 looks plain and simple, fitting in nicely to any aesthetic, and works brilliantly for anyone looking for a no-nonsense model.

SUMMARY: This was a great cheap option, delivering results beyond its price tag. We felt this model was perfect for busy households, young professionals and students - who wanted results over anything else. 

For more information or to purchase this model click here.

6. Beko 10k Condenser Tumble Dryer - £259.99

Beko is something of an unknown but their machines are always very good and deliver results - which is precisely what this model does!

The must-have budget tumble dryer for families, sports teams, or anyone who needs big loads of laundry doing, the Beko DTBC10001W is reasonably priced and holds an impressive 10kg of washing.

An automatic sensor detects dryness levels to automatically switch off a cycle when needed, and anti-creasing technology allows for less ironing once everything’s out of the dryer. The Beko has an extra large porthole door for quick and easy loading and unloading and can handle the likes of large duvets and linens without fuss. What’s more, you don’t need to grab laundry straight out of the drum once it’s complete – the reverse action drum will sporadically keep rotating for 2hrs post-dry to keep item wrinkle-free and warm.

TUMBLE DRYERS REVIEW SUMMARY: Beko is not a name you may be familiar but they are a top-class outlet and this model, although perhaps not the prettiest is very well priced and can handle big loads, time after time. Perfect for families or households who are going to have daily drying needs. 

For more information or to purchase this model click here.

7. Indesit Ecotime IDV75 Tumble Dryer - £259.99

Another model from Indesit, the Ecotime IDV75 is the child of the Ecotime IDV75S; slightly cheaper, a little more basic, but still just as impressive in its features.

A 7kg capacity suits most households just fine and its reverse tumble action reduces creasing and keeps items separate so you’re not stuck unravelling a big pile of drying when you unload! The Ecotime IDV75 has 12 drying programmes and comes in white.

TUMBLE DRYERS REVIEW SUMMARY: A cheap and hardy model if you are looking for a no-nonsense dryer this is for you. A very low price doesn't detract from good results time after time. 

For more information or to purchase this model click here. 

8. Hotpoint Aquarius Condenser Tumble Dryer - £249.99

 

A mid-range tumble dryer, the Hotpoint Aquarius is the model you need if you’re looking for the ease of a dryer in the house without breaking the bank.

An 8kg capacity drum is completed with a variety of high to low heat settings and an innovative wave design that lifts clothes and allows them to ‘float’ rather than lie flat; preserving their softness for longer and helping prevent the ageing process. A reverse tumble action works to help prevent tangled bundles of clothes upon unloading, and the programmes range from 20mins through to 2hrs depending on the type and dampness of the load you’re drying. A good energy efficient model so running costs are very reasonable. 

TUMBLE DRYERS REVIEW SUMMARY: A lovely model with some great features it was a really good condenser version, attractively priced and with a good variety of drying times to suit those with busy lifestyles. 

For more information or to purchase this model click here.

9. Logik 7kg Vented Tumble Dryer - £159.99

Don’t be fooled by the price tag on the Logik LVD7W18 – it packs a punch!

Select from four drying programmes to suit different loads, including a 1hr express dry for when you really don’t have time to wait for dry items. It also has a delay timer to dry on demand as required so you can fit your laundry around your schedule rather than allowing your day to be dictated by your domestic duties!  The Logik LVD7W18 comes with a 1-year manufacturers guarantee and is energy rated C – so not the best, but far from the worst.

TUMBLE DRYERS REVIEW SUMMARY: The cheapest of all the models in our guide, it stood out from hundreds of others on the market as having a decent energy rating and solid results. This was a perfect model for those who need a dryer but don't want to break the bank. 

For more information or to purchase this model click here.

10. Indesit Ecotime Condenser Tumble Dryer - £199.99

You didn’t think the Ecotime family was done, did you? The IDC8T3B has a minimalist look and a large easy-to-use dial mechanism to program it – not dissimilar to a standard washing machine. Its dual anti-tangle rotation swirls items both ways to reduce tangling and ensure a thorough dry.

This model features a variety of programmes, including a unique ‘Refresh’ option which works well for items only worn once or things straight off the shelves. The 8kg capacity is more than enough for most laundry loads, and its high to low temperature options allow for a variety of different fabrics to be properly cared for as they’re dried. It's rated as energy efficiency level B (in part, not higher because of its many different programmes) and can dry a full 8kg load in 154 minutes. The Daddy of the Ecotime family, it’s worth spending the little extra cash on if you need bigger loads handled quicker than a standard dryer would give you.

TUMBLE DRYERS REVIEW SUMMARY: Another great model offering fantastic value for money. A lovely, solid and energy-efficient model with good drum capacity.

For more information or to purchase this model click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the most popular questions we get asked: 

So, which tumble dryer is best?

There are no one-size-fits all when it comes to household appliances or, more specifically, tumble dryers. However, when it comes to identifying which might be the best model for you, there are some considerations to take into account:

  • How big is the space you have to install the dryer; will a regular tumble dryer fit?
  • How big a load does your tumble dryer need to be able to hold? Those with larger capacities tend to cost more
  • If you’re likely to use your dryer a lot, would an energy-efficient model save you lots of money on your bills?
  • Are you at home often and able to grab your laundry as soon as it’s dry, or do you need something with a timer or delayed auto-tumble feature?
  • Do you have a set colour scheme for the room your tumble dryer will be in that it needs to fit?
  • What’s your budget?
  • Are you looking for energy efficiency? A particular drum capacity? Small tumble dryers? Vented tumble dryers? A condenser dryer? Sensor drying or something with low running costs? Quick drying time? A water container you need to empty every time or a simple control panel? An easy iron option? 8kg heat pump? A reversible door? A high-street brand or John Lewis model? Anti-crease options? There are so many factors to consider., there is a type of tumble dryer for everyone. 
  • Do you need something with specific programmes for different fabrics?
  • Does the model you like come with a decent manufacturer’s warranty, and if so, how long for?

Weigh up your wants and needs in a dryer, and choose a model to fit.

Are condenser tumble dryers better than vented tumble dryers?

Tumble dryers work in different ways. A condenser tumble dryer works by collecting all the moisture into a reservoir tank that sits in the dryer unit itself. Once full, the water needs to be emptied from the tank. A vented tumble dryer is what’s installed in homes where you see large plastic tubes hanging out of a window. The long, flexible plastic hose attaches to the tumble dryer and excess moisture flows out of it. This does mean that the dryer needs to be close enough to an external wall or window in order to drain out. Whether a condenser or vented tumble dryer is right for you depends on the model and your requirements; but if space is limited and you can’t guarantee it will be placed close to a window, then a condenser tumble dryer would work better than a vented. You should also look at heat pump tumble dryer options.

What other different types of tumble dryers are there?

The newest models of tumble dryers are heat pump dryers, which work by using hot air to extract water from the items within, which then evaporates in a tank. Heat pump tumble dryers are considerably more expensive than the more traditional condenser and vented models, as they’re newer, and as a result also tend to have more added features. The most energy-efficient tumble dryers are heat pump dryers, so that initial investment will soon pay off in lowered energy bills.

Is it worth having a tumble dryer?

If you get through a lot of laundry and struggle to dry it fast enough, or find that your radiators end up draped with clothing and your house starts to feel a little damp, a tumble dryer is for you. Tumble dryers do take up room but allow for a fast turnaround of laundry and less ironing loads. Drying out laundry sufficiently and without it attracting a lingering damp smell is particularly difficult in the winter and through colder weather, and hanging it internally when wet can cause damp to spread quickly throughout a home as the moisture levels in the air increases rapidly. A tumble dryer is by no means an essential member of the white goods category, but once you have one, you’ll truly never look back. Its convenience and ease transforms the way you manage your usual chores and certainly lessens the load in a domestic sense; but definitely not in a laundry one!

What we Looked For

As you are probably aware, buying a tumble dryer is no easy task. When we looked at various options, we looked at the following different types of tumble dryer models and ways to grade them: 

  • Condenser tumble dryer (or a condenser dryer) - we look at these traditional types which use a water tank to collect the access water. 
  • Heat pump tumble dryer - we looked for heat pump technology, these tend to be more expensive than a standard condenser. We have explored heat pump tumble dryer options in the guide selecting some top models. 
  • Drum capacity and drum size  - although the aim is for dry clothes different households have different needs, so we look at different sizes and loading capacities, also called drum capacity.
  • Energy efficiency - we look for energy-efficient options to keeps running costs, drying time shorter, energy bills cheaper and overall efficient drying
  • The best deals - you can dry your clothes knowing we have looked for the best value for money in all our models. 
  • Drying process - different process options and times. 

Summary - Best Tumble Dryer

We hope you have found a model suitable to dry your clothes!

We have looked at heat pump tumble dryer options, various drum capacity variations and we have outlined all you need to know, so hopefully, you can find something perfect for your needs and budget. 

If you like this guide be sure to check out our guide to the best washing machines, best steam cleanersbest dishwashersbest vacuum cleaners, best washer dryers, best fridge freezersbest air purifiers and best pressure washers as well. 


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