Buying a tumble dryer
Vented, condenser or heat pump? Our guide will help you choose the best dryer for your home.Shop all tumble dryers at Argos
What type of tumble dryer is best for me?
What's an integrated tumble dryer?
This type of tumble dryer is designed to be concealed behind a cabinet door, so that it can be easily accessed when needed and hidden away when not.
Tumble dryer sizes - What capacity do I need?
Small tumble dryers for flats
If you live in a flat or smaller home, you may want to opt for a more compact model which offers enough drying space for a single person or couple. These tumble dryers take up a lot less room than full size machines, making them convenient for places with limited space.
Features to look for
Dry cycles and features vary from machine to machine, so when choosing a dryer, make sure it includes the features you need before you buy.
If you don't take your clothes out when the cycle finishes, the dryer will spin the drum to stop creases from setting in.
You can program your dryer to have your clothes ready at a certain time, such as when you get home from work.
A half load setting helps save energy and time when you only need to dry a few items of clothing.
The drum can rotate both ways during the drying cycle. This helps to prevent tangles and reduce creases.
Filter full indicator
Alerts you to when the filter needs changing. Not cleaning the filter is one of the main reasons dryers become damaged.
Freshen up cycle
Using cool air, a freshen up cycle helps refresh clothes that have become dusty or have a slight odour.
Automatic sensor, manual and smart tumble dryers
Energy efficient ratings
Energy ratings for tumble dryers range from A+++ to C. The higher the energy rating, the more electricity you’ll save per cycle and the cheaper your utility bills will be. Most heat-pump tumble dryers are rated A+ to A+++.
Cost of running a tumble dryer
It's hard to estimate the exact cost of running a dryer, as prices and efficiency ratings vary, as do electricity costs. On average, the most energy efficient models will cost around £30 per year, whereas a dryer with an energy rating of ‘C’ could cost close to £100 to run.
Below is a list of costs based on averages across many models, each with an 8kg drum being used three times a week with a full load.
- Vented dryer - £77 per year
- Condenser dryer - £80 per year
- Heat pump dryer - £30 per year
Tumble dryer running costs - five things to consider
- How many times a week will you use your dryer?
- The average dryer will last about 10 years.
- A low cost dryer may cost you more in running costs over the long term.
- Larger dryers are more efficient than smaller dryers (if you fill them).
- A+++ is the highest energy rating for a tumble dryer, with C being the lowest.
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