Tumble dryers: Best Buys Best buy

Tumble-dryers are notorious for driving up energy costs - and with good reason. Our tests show that annual running costs can range from £24 to over £100. We also regularly find dryers that leave clothes wet. But you can avoid costly, troublesome models by getting a Best Buy tumble dryer. 

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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 £24 to a wallet crunching £101 depending on size and energy efficiency - but you won't know what a dryer will add to your bills until you check our reviews.

  • 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.

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.

Which? is independent - we work for you, the consumer, so you can be sure that our product recommendations are influenced only by our test results. We don't take advertising and we buy all the products that we test ourselves, so our advice helps you to make the right choice first time and avoid costly mistakes.

  • Reviews of 116 tumble dryers.
  • 17 Best Buy tumble dryers that dry clothes quickly and evenly.
  • Reviews of tumble dryers from 21 brands.

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