Wondering which tumble dryer to buy? We reveal the bestCondenser, vented and heat pump dryers tested

24 December 2013

LG RC9055AP2Z tumble dryer

Our latest tumble dryer tests have returned results for five tumble dryers from Beko, Candy, Indesit, LG and Zanussi. Whether you’re after a cheap vented or condenser dryer, or a feature-packed model such as LG’s new hybrid heat pump dryer, our reviews put you in the know about the best tumble dryers and those worth avoiding.

Our tumble dryer reviews show just how well tumble dryers from major manufacturers dry your clothes, how easy they are to use and how much you can expect to added to your household bills.

We reveal the cream of the crop in our Best Buy tumble dryers section. Only Which? members have access to our independent reviews and test results, but if you’re not already a member you can get instant access to all our reviews by signing up for a £1 trial to Which?.

LG’s new Hybrid versus a cheaper Candy

Among the latest tumble dryers on test is an innovative heat pump model from LG. While most condenser dryers use a regular heater to dry your clothes, new-style heat pumps dryers re-circulate the air. Heat pump tumble dryers are a lot more energy efficient so will cost you less to run, but they often take longer to dry your clothes and are more expensive.

Which? tumble dryers expert Adrian Porter says: 'The LG RC9055AP2Z is the first tumble dryer we’ve tested to have both a regular heater and a heat pump. 

£36The LG RC9055BP2Z may only cost this much to run per year - but does this justify the hefty price tag?

'If you buy this LG you can choose between just using the heat pump on the eco setting for energy-efficient drying, or using both the heat pump and regular heater for faster running times.

'If you dry your cottons on the eco mode, you can expect to add about £36 to your annual energy bills, but you’ll likely pay about £650 for this dryer in the shops.'

The Candy GCC590NB condenser dryer we’ve just tested is currently available for an incredibly economical £200 – and can dry the same amount of clothes using just a regular heater, but will add £95 a year to your bills.

Over five years, based on current electricity prices, you’ll have paid £830 for the LG versus £675 for the Candy. That’s a big difference in costs, but is the more feature packed LG worth the extra cash? Our full tumble dryer reviews reveal all. And if you're confused about what tumble dryer type you should buy, our guide to choosing a tumble dryer reveals the pros and cons of each.

Tumble dryers on test

The full list of tumble dryers in our latest test is as follows. Prices correct as of 17 December 2013.

Beko DVSC711W (£180)
Candy GCC590NB (£200)
Indesit IDCA8350BH (£290)
LG RC9055BP2Z (£650)
Zanussi ZDC47201W (£319)

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