Don't Buy this condenser tumble dryerTerrible tumbler and better alternatives revealed

28 June 2016

dry clothes from tumble dryer Best Buy tumble dryers leave clothes evenly dried when the beep goes

Our latest Which? tumble dryers reviews reveal a condenser tumble dryer to be avoided at all costs.

The rogue tumble dryer has a problem in turning warm, damp air from the drum into water. In our tests we found that much of the moisture escapes into the room. This means steamed up windows in your home, something that condenser dryers are designed to help you avoid.

To make sure you avoid this Don't Buy dryer, and get a model that won't steam up your house, see our Best Buy tumble dryers.

Tumble dryers test results

It's a shame the Don't Buy dryer does such a terrible job letting moisture escape, because in other ways it's not a bad machine. It dries quickly and its drying results weren't terrible at all. But the significant failing of not being able to turn enough of the warm and damp air from the drum into water has led this model to receive dreaded Don't Buy status.

Find out which other models make our list of Don't Buy tumble dryers.

Best Buys vs Don't Buy tumble dryers

It's impossible to see the differences between the best and the worst tumble dryers when you're in the shop or when you're browsing online. And that's where Which? tests come in.

The best dryers we've seen will dry 1kg of laundry in under 15 minutes, the worst take more than twice as long to do this same job. For one tumble dryer recently tested, we found that to dry a full 8kg of cottons took nearly three-and-a-half hours. You could drive from London to Leeds in that time.

We also measure how accurately and evenly tumble dryers dry clothes. The best dryers will leave clothes evenly dried when the beep goes at the end of the program. This means that when you put the clothes away you're unlikely to find the odd wet sock. 

The worst dryers have inaccurate drying sensors, which means that it's pot luck whether your clothes will be dry, or still damp, at the end of the program.

Tumble dryer energy costs

We also work out how much dryers cost to run and publish this in our tumble dryers reviews. You won't find this kind of information on the energy label. The most energy efficient tumble dryers will halve your energy costs.

How we test tumble dryers

You can trust our tests because they’re based on how you use your tumble dryer. This means that we fill them to 70% rather than right to the brim. We test both cottons and synthetics and we use small loads as well as larger ones.

We also test tumble dryers on their two main drying programs: cupboard dry and iron dry, so that we can paint a true picture of how well each dryer works.

The full list of tumble dryers we’ve just tested, including our Don't Buy, with links to each review, is listed below.

Blomberg TKF 7431 – £270
Hoover VTC 5911NB-80 – £248
Hotpoint FTCF87BGG – £280
Hotpoint FTCL871GP – £450
Russell Hobbs RH8CTD600 – £300
John Lewis JLTDH20 – £549

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