Tumble dryers: Best Buys
Is your tumble dryer slow and costing you the earth to run?
Don’t be fooled into buying a badly-performing tumble dryer – arm yourself with our test ratings and reviews before you buy. It's hard to tell in the shop which models will be quick, cheap to run and convenient - if you end up buying a bad one it will rob you of both your precious time and your hard-earned cash.
Energy running costs are a common concern when buying a tumble dryer, so Which? calculates the annual running cost for every dryer we test. The results reveal that costs per year can vary from £39 to a wallet crunching £139.
Our independent reviews show you which dryers will dry your clothes quickly, evenly and without running up huge energy bills.
We tumble dried more than 1,500kg of shirts, jeans, sheets, towels and pillowcases last year in order to separate the best dryers from the worst.
The worst tumble dryers can take more than 30 minutes to dry one kilo of laundry, while many Best Buys take under 20 - with the speediest taking less than 15 minutes per kg.
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Video: What makes a Best Buy tumble dryer?
Reviews you can trust
Even if a tumble dryer does well in the lab, it can't be a Which? Best Buy unless we're sure it's built to last. Every year we survey 35,000 people to uncover the most reliable brands, so you can be confident in your Best Buy.
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- Reviews of 89 tumble dryers.
- 22 Best Buy tumble dryers that dry clothes quickly and evenly.
- Reviews of tumble dryers from 18 brands.