Which? uncovers Best Buy energy-saving tumble dryersTis the season for an energy-efficient Best Buy

02 December 2013

Man reaching into tumble dryer

The results from our latest tumble dryer reviews are in, revealing two new Best Buy tumblers that give great results. Our test included tumble dryers from big brands including Hotpoint, Zanussi and for the first time, Samsung.

December is upon us and it’s bringing plenty of chilly weather with it. Drying clothes outdoors in the winter isn’t always practical or speedy, nor is covering every available inch of radiator space with damp laundry particularly desirable. It’s at this time of year when owning a good, energy-efficient tumble dryer can be a real advantage.

We’ve discovered two new Best Buy tumble dryers that could help take the stress out of getting your laundry dry when it’s freezing outside. Best Buy models dry clothes swiftly and evenly while keeping energy usage under control. Which? members can log in to read full tumble dryer reviews - and if you're not already a member, you can get instant access to all our independent reviews by taking out a £1 trial subscription.

Heat pump tumble dryers

Two of the models we've just tested use energy-efficient heat pump technology. Heat pump condenser dryers trap the moisture from your laundry into a reservoir, like a conventional condenser dryer, but typically use about half the energy. Heat pump dryers tend to be more expensive to buy than traditional condenser or vented models, usually costing around £600 to £700. But with such low running costs, a heat-pump dryer is much kinder to your energy bills.

We’ve just tested the Samsung DV70F5E0HGW heat pump tumble dryer. As well as a heat pump, it comes with some hi-tech features including Smart Check, which enables you to troubleshoot program errors using your smartphone. This model's official energy rating is A++, which is very unusual for a tumble dryer - as most models are B or C-rated.

This is also the first time we’ve tested a Zanussi condenser tumble dryer with a heat pump. The Zanussi ZTH485 is rated A+ for energy and, compared to other heat-pump dryers, is a bit of a bargain at just £399 from Currys and John Lewis. 

Do these tumble dryers deliver on their promises? Read our full Samsung DV70F5E0HGW review and Zanussi ZTH485 review now to find out.

Tumble dryers on test

The full list of tumble dryers we've reviewed and rated is:

  • AEG T76280AC
  • Bosch WTC84101GB
  • Bosch WTW863S1GB
  • Hotpoint AQC9BF7E
  • Indesit IDCE7H35BTM
  • Samsung DV70F5E0HGW
  • Zanussi ZTH485.

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