The best tumble dryer 2019

Find the best tumble dryer and you can free your home from dripping clothes, condensation and overloaded radiators

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Finding the best tumble dryer can be a daunting task between nightmare-inducing memories of jumpers shrunk to Chihuahua size and recent reports of fire hazards. But, as this handy guide to the best tumble dryers proves, that doesn't have to be the case.

If you're looking free your home from dripping clothes, condensation and overloaded radiators, this is the article for you. If you don't have outside space to hang your clothes – or the weather to do so – a tumble dryer is pretty much essential. And, if you take a lot of care washing clothes, then drying them properly too is paramount. So, sit back, relax and read our recommendations when it comes to the best tumble dryers...

Once you've browsed our pick of the best tumble dryers, see our advice on how to buy the best tumble dryer at the bottom of the page, or skip right there for more specific buying advice. We've covered everything from energy efficiency and ensuring you choose a tumble dryer with the right load size, to the difference between condensing and venting options. 

Then, find more advice and inspiration for other household essentials over on our appliances hub page.

What is the best tumble dryer?

When it comes to the best tumble dryer, our top recommendation comes in the form of the Bosch WTW87560GB Heat Pump Condenser Tumble Dryer, which offers everything you could need in a tumble dryer for a very affordable price.

A handy heat pump means this model if far more economical than many of its competitors, as proven by its A++ energy rating. On top of this, it's self-cleaning and has a large load capacity, which is perfect for larger households.

Not sure whether you're looking for a stand alone tumble dryer, or an all-in-one washer dryer? Browse the following guides before making a final decision:

The best tumble dryers you can buy right now

Bosch WTW87560GB Heat Pump Condenser Tumble Dryer

1. Bosch WTW87560GB Heat Pump Condenser Tumble Dryer

Best tumble dryer for flexibility: Get the best of both worlds with this heat pump condenser model

Specifications
Best for: Large volume
Dimensions: H84.2 x W59.7 x D67cm
Energy rating: A++
Load capacity: 9kg
Reasons to buy
+ Large load capacity + Self-cleaning condenser system 
Reasons to avoid
- Instruction manual reportedly not the best 

If you’re undecided as to which type of dryer is right for you, this Bosch WTW87560GB heat pump condenser tumble dryer looks to be an ideal middle ground, so long as there’s room in the budget. 

Heat pump and condenser

Its heat pump makes it far more economical than a conventional condenser dryer, as attested to by its A++ energy rating, but it may also be economical in terms of saving you time, as its condenser system is self-cleaning, automatically rinsing away fluff for a very clean and efficient machine. 

Great for a big household

But it really earns our top spot with its large load capacity, up to 9kg, a great insurance policy for particularly heavy laundry days or bigger households. 

Value for money

In our opinion, this is the very best tumble dryer you can buy. The price tag may be a little higher, but as this model has heat pump and condensing functionality it is a good longterm investment as it can be placed anywhere. So no need to worry if you move to a home where it won't have access to an external wall to be vented.

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2. Samsung DV90M8204AW

Best tumble dryer for those who want a connected home: A smarty-pants offering from Samsung that works even when you’re not there

Specifications
Best for: Best smart home
Dimensions: (H)85.0 x (W)59.5 x (D)58.0
Energy rating: A+++
Load capacity: 9kg
Reasons to buy
+ Control washes through the app + Incredibly efficient 
Reasons to avoid
- Most expensive on our list 

This machine will save you both time and energy which is why we rate the Samsung DV90M8204AW tumble dryer. You certainly get your money's worth if you live in a household that does a lot of washing.

Efficiency

With an impressive A+++ energy rating, and heat pump technology to constantly recycle air inside the drum, this Samsung model is the most efficient tumble dryer on our list. However this tech comes at a cost. If you can afford the initial outlay though, it’ll save you lots of pennies and energy in the long run, thanks to that clever wasteless system. 

Smart capabilities

Perhaps its biggest value, and the one that sets it apart from our Bosch pick, lies in its talents as a 'smart' appliance. Using the Samsung Smart Washer app from an Android or Apple device, you can choose the drying programme and check on your wash’s progress even if you’re not home. Sound good? Check out our guide to smart washing machines too.

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3. Miele TDA 140C 7kg Load Condenser Dryer

Best condenser tumble dryer: quick-drying and sweet-smelling

Specifications
Best for: Best condenser
Dimensions: H85, W59.5, D58cm
Energy rating: B
Load capacity: 7kg
Reasons to buy
+ Protective honeycomb drum design + FragranceDos for amazing smelling laundry 
Reasons to avoid
- Can’t see through door 

At first glance, some may not be a fan of the vaguely old fashioned design with its opaque door that means you can’t keep an eye on your load as it dries, but this Miele TDA 140C dryer proves it’s what’s on the inside that counts. 

Quick drying

Reviewers loved how quickly it dried loads with which previous dryers had struggled. We particularly like the sound of the honeycomb drum, which is designed to form a film of air around the fabric to protect and extend the life of your clothes.

Scent boost

By far the most glamorous feature is FragranceDos, whereby you can add one of Miele’s five specially formulated scents to the load for great-smelling laundry.

Simple but effective

Users found it simple to operate despite ample settings to meet most drying needs, helping to make it our top pick of the best tumble dryers if you're after a condenser.

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4. Hotpoint Aquarius TVFS73BGP Vented Tumble Dryer

Best small tumble dryer: A smaller vented model that goes big on function

Specifications
Best for: Best vented
Dimensions: H85 x W59.5 x D55 cm
Energy rating: B
Load capacity: 7kg
Reasons to buy
+ Excellent value + Quiet to run 
Reasons to avoid
- Requires an air vent 

If your household is small and your dryer use not too frequent, the Hotpoint Aquarius TVFS73BGP is the best tumble dryer for you. 

Big impact on small loads

As a vented model, it’s not as efficient as a heat pump or even a condenser tumble dryer, but if you tend to dry smaller loads, or only dry less high-maintenance items like bedding or towels, it shouldn’t make too much of a dent.

Settings

Some reviewers found the pre-programmed modes took a little getting used to, but you can set your own temperatures for a custom wash. Overall though, they found it simple to use and, crucially, very quiet. 

Value for small homes

Its high praise and small price make it our best pick for first-time buyers, or anyone who’d like a great value dryer for occasional use. 

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5. Zanussi ZDC8203W Condenser Tumble Dryer

Best value tumble dryer for busy homes: A family-friendly condenser with room for large loads

Specifications
Best for: Value
Dimensions: H85 X W60 X D60cm
Energy rating: B
Load capacity: 8kg
Reasons to buy
+ Generous capacity + Easy to use and clean 
Reasons to avoid
- Some found the range of options too much 

Combining a reasonable price with a decent energy rating and a decidedly above-decent load capacity, this Zanussi ZDC8203W model is our best tumble dryer for value. 

Running costs

At a slightly higher price point than the Hotpoint Aquarius, it may not be the natural first choice if it’s your first time buying white goods and you have a rigid budget, but as a condenser model, it will end up saving more money in the long run.

Great for busy homes

This machine is more suitable for bigger households thanks to its ability to dry up to 8kg of laundry in one go. 

And, as its reviewers commented positively on the ease of use and cleaning, as well as its extra dry mode to eliminate guesswork, it seems it might save busy families those extra few minutes, too. 

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How to buy the best tumble dryer

Before you buy, you’ll need to know a little of the lingo, and that includes what type of tumble dryer you should buy for your particular needs.

Energy efficiency

It used to be that tumble dryers were hugely frowned upon for being outrageous energy guzzlers but things have improved greatly and the latest designs are energy efficient and super effective. 

Vented vs condensing

First, there are vented dryers, which take damp air from the drum and pump it out of the machine, and can either attach to a wall vent or be used in a room with the window open. These are usually on the cheaper end of the scale. Then, there are condenser tumble dryers, which remove the water vapour from the drum and deposit it as liquid into a separate tank, meaning they can be installed anywhere, but will usually cost more in the first instance. 

Finally, there are heat pump dryers, which recycle and reuse the warm air to dry clothes, and while they’ll cost more again to buy, they can cut down immensely on running costs. Vented models are pretty outdated now, so most dryers on the market are condensers, with a drawer that collects the water and simply needs to be emptied when it’s full. This is great, as it means you can site the dryer anywhere there’s a plug, without having to hang a ducting hose out the window.

For lower energy consumption, a condenser with heat pump technology passes hot, humid air through a heat pump and re-uses it, resulting in 50 per cent less energy use. 

Capacity

Check out the capacity and make sure it has at least the same kg drum as your washing machine. The larger the drum, the better the air flow and the faster the drying time. There’s less creasing, too. 

Additional features

It’s worth paying more for added benefits such as sensor drying, which reduces the need for ironing, crease care, cool air settings and final cool tumble. Reverse tumble is a handy feature too which separates clothes better and speeds up the drying process.

Energy efficiency contributes greatly to running costs (as does the time the machine is left running and how full you've loaded it). Since tumble dryers cost more to run than washing machines, it makes sense to invest in an A-rated one: heat pump condenser models or ones with sensor drying (see below) being the most energy efficient).

Heat pump technology, available in condensing tumble dryers and some washer dryers, helps contribute to an A energy rating; the hot air produced in the drying process is reused, making the it much more efficient.

Dimensions

Measure up the space you’ve allocated for the new machine and check dimensions of the product you’re interested in carefully. A few mm can make all the difference.

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