Tumble Dryer buying guide

Tumble dryer buying guide

Learn the difference between a condenser dryer, a vented dryer and more in our guide to finding which tumble dryer is best for your home.

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What are the different types of tumble dryer?

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Moisture is pumped out through a hose, which can be placed through an open window or professionally installed through a vent.

They're less expensive to buy, but are less energy efficient, so they cost more to use.

Want to find out how to take care of your vented tumble dryer? Read our guide to installation, maintenance and cleaning.

Condenser tumble dryers Shop all condenser tumble dryers

Moisture is condensed into water and stored in a tank. You can empty the tank easily when it's full.

They cost more than a vented dryer, but they can be used anywhere in your home. They cost about as much to use as a vented dryer.

Heat pump tumble dryers Shop all heat pump tumble dryers

Gathers water in a tank like a condenser, but the hot air doesn't escape and is re-used.

They're more expensive to buy, but cost significantly less to run. They can be placed anywhere in your home.

What about a washer dryer?

The obvious benefit of having a washer dryer is that it costs you less to buy one single appliance, and it saves space.

However, the drum size of a washer dryer is much smaller, so there's less room for hot air to circulate inside.

This is fine if you're mostly washing and drying small loads. But if you're likely to fill the drum, it may take more cycles to dry fabrics, costing you more.

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What's an integrated tumble dryer? Shop all integrated tumble dryers

An integrated appliance is one that's designed to sit behind a cupboard door in your kitchen.

This makes everything in your kitchen match. You won't be able to see the tumble dryer until you open the cupboard door.

How much can I fit in a large or small tumble dryer?

W6kg drum

Fits 30 t-shirts
or a single duvet
Ideal for couples

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7kg drum

Fits 35 t-shirts
or a double duvet
Ideal for a family of 3

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8kg drum

Fits 40 t-shirts
or a queen size duvet
Ideal for a family of 4

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9kg drum

Fits 45 t-shirts
or a light king size duvet
Ideal for large families

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10kg drum

Fits 50 t-shirts
or a heavy king size duvet
Ideal for large families

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How much does it cost to run 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.

These costs are based on averages across many models, each with an 8kg drum being used 3 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 - what 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.

The difference between automatic sensor, manual and smart tumble dryers

Automatic sensor dryers

These detect when your laundry is dry and stop the dryer. There's no need to set a timer.

The dryer doesn't run longer than it needs to and your clothes should be properly dried when you open the dryer.

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Manual dryer

These use a programmable timer. Any pre-sets are based on an estimate, it may take less or more time to dry your clothes.

They are usually less expensive than an automatic sensor dryer.

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Smart WiFi dryers

WiFi enabled tumble dryers can be controlled by an app on your phone.

You can program the timer to have your clothes ready at a certain time, and get alerts when your fabrics are dry.

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Important tumble dryer features

Different fabric cycles are available with each tumble dryer - make sure a dryer has the cycles you need before you buy.

Other useful features to look out for include:


If you don't take your clothes out when the cycle finishes, the dryer will spin the drum to stop creases from setting in.

Delay start

You can program your dryer to have your clothes ready at a certain time, such as when you get home from work.

Half load

Helps you to save energy when you only need to dry a few items.

Reverse tumble

The drum can rotate both ways. 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

Helps to freshen up clothes that have become dusty or have a slight odour.

Delivery and collection

2-man delivery

Many of our dryers are available for next day delivery. We'll bring the dryer to the room of your choice.

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Take home a dryer today

Selected tumble dryers are available to pick up in-store and take home today.

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If you have an old dryer, we can collect it and take it away to be recycled.
Please note we're not able to install tumble dryers.

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