Tumble dryers: Energy-saving tumble drying tips Energy-efficient tumble dryers

Most tumble dryers have an official C-class energy rating - but energy use between models of the same rating can still vary by around a third. A washing line is far kinder to your electricity bill, but an A-rated dryer will cost you around half as much to run as a C-rated dryer.

Discover the cheapest and most expensive-to-run tumble dryers - and how much you're paying to power yours - using our tumble dryer energy cost calculator.

Approximate energy costs – 7kg tumble dryers
ApplianceEnergy efficiency ratingCost per year
(three cotton loads per week)
tumble dryer
Tumble dryer
A£43
B  £104
C  £106

Are there any energy-saving dryers on the market?

The most energy efficient tumble dryers on the market are condenser dryers with heat pumps and gas vented dryers. Both these types of dryer have annual running costs of approximately £45 per year, compared to the more typical running cost of regular condenser and vented dryers, £105.

Tumble dryers that cost you less to run than their we've tested get our coveted 'Energy Saver' stamp of approval. Use our tumble dryer comparison tool and select the 'Energy Saver' tick box to reveal which tumble dryers can save you money.

Thrifty tumble-drying tips

  • Choose a more efficient tumble dryer to keep your bills down.
  • Fully fill Try to fit the maximum load in your tumble dryer every time.
  • Use a high spin speed on your washing machine This will get your washing as dry as possible before using your tumble dryer.
  • Clean the lint filter every time you use the machine A blocked filter prevents the hot air from circulating freely, so clothes take longer to dry.
  • Position your dryer in a well-ventilated room This will stop the tumble dryer from overheating.
  • Sensor models Dry clothes for ironing together with other clothes. Start the load with an iron-dry setting, remove the clothes for ironing, and then put the rest on a cupboard-dry program.
  • Minimise use Make the most of good weather by drying your clothes outside, and leaving the tumble dryer switched off.
  • Fasten duvet covers to stop small items getting trapped inside the cover and staying damp
  • Untangle everything between your washing machine and your dryer - large knots of washing take longer to dry

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