Choosing a tumble dryer

We don't all have the space to hang our washing indoors and the weather is too unpredictable to keep hanging washing outside. You can cut down time and safe space by using a tumble dryer to dry your washing. Whether your budget's big or small, we've put together this handy guide to help you choose one of these great kitchen appliances with the features you need.

How to choose your tumble dryer

A tumble dryer is a great time saver, plus it can give you softer clothes and remove creases caused by washing. There are three main kinds of tumble dryer to choose from - all available in a range of sizes that can be built-in or freestanding:

  • Vented
    This type of tumble dryer removes hot damp air from the machine and filters it outside via a hosepipe. They tend to be quicker, cheaper to buy, and use less energy. But you'll need to make sure there's a window nearby or an external vent.
  • Condenser dryers
    These machines separate water from the moist air inside the dryer into a container that needs to be emptied after drying. If you are not able to fit an external vent or not sited near a window then they're a more flexible, convenient option, but they do tend to be more expensive.
  • Washer dryers
    These are a great option if you're short on space. However, these often have a smaller capacity for drying than washing, so drying loads sometimes need to be split.

Whichever kind of tumble dryer you choose, make sure you check the care guidelines for your clothes before you use it - because of the high temperatures involved, not all fabrics are suitable for tumble drying, and especially not very delicate items. Also make sure you check the filter regularly for stray fluff and fibres.

Useful features

Useful featuresAll tumble dryers will have at least two settings for cottons and synthetics, and some may also have an extra programme for delicates. Some also have heat sensors that can detect when the load is dry, and others have a timer that lets you choose when and how long your dryer runs for.

As with some other kitchen appliances including dishwashers, ovens and washing machines, top-of-the-range dryers come with built-in intelligence known as fuzzy logic. This automatically works out the most efficient drying programme for the load using sensors, and you can often choose how dry you want your clothes to be. Iron dry leaves them slightly damp for easy drying, cupboard dry leaves them extra dry so you can wear them straight away, and hanger dry gives optimum dryness for hanging without creasing.

A reverse tumble feature moves the drum both ways with a regular break to allow the clothes to separate. This helps your clothes to dry more quickly and easily. Some tumble dryers also have an added anti-crease feature. This means they continue to rotate every now and then even once your clothes are dry. Also look out for a cool air setting, which can be used to air fabrics that have been stored away.

Saving Energy

Saving EnergyTumble dryers are given a rating between 'A+'' and 'G' for energy efficiency, with 'A+' being the best. Look out for the Energy Saving Recommended mark on 'A'-rated dryers, this will be listed in the product details. They're usually a little bit more expensive, but choosing one of these is an easy way to make sure both your carbon footprint and your energy bills are as small as possible. Check out our Eco Guide to find out more about saving energy

You can also cut costs and energy used when tumble drying by spinning your clothes on a faster spin in the washing machine to take out as much water as possible. Another tip is drying clothes made of the same materials together and not putting too much in the machine at once so that the clothes dry quicker.


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