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Energy-saving tumble drying tips

by Adrian Porter Back to advice guides

Discover the cheapest and most expensive-to-run tumble dryers - and how much you're paying to power yours

Energy-efficient tumble dryers

  • Condenser dryers with heat pumps and gas vented dryers are the most efficient models
  • Filling your dryer to its limit every time will save you energy and money
  • Always clean the lint filter to save energy and avoid fires

Tumble dryer energy ratings range from A+++ for a really efficient heat-pump condenser model right down to G for a proper energy guzzler. Most tumble dryers have an official C-class energy rating - but energy use between models with the same rating can still vary by around a third. A washing line is far better for your electricity bill, but an A-rated dryer will cost you around half as much to run as a C-rated dryer.

Discover the cheapest and most expensive-to-run tumble dryers - and how much you're paying to power yours - using our tumble dryer energy cost calculator.

Are there any energy-saving dryers on the market?

The most energy-efficient tumble dryers on the market are gas-vented dryers and condenser dryers with heat pumps. Both these types of dryer have running costs of as little as £30 a year, while regular condenser and vented dryers have typical running costs of just under £100 a year.

Condenser and vented dryers have typical running costs of just under £100 a year

Tumble dryers that cost you less to run get our coveted 'Energy Saver' stamp of approval. Use the filters next to our tumble dryer reviews to reveal the tumble dryers that can save you money.

Thrifty tumble-drying tips

  • Choose a more efficient tumble dryer to keep your bills down
  • Try to fit the maximum load in your tumble dryer every time
  • Use a high spin speed on your washing machine to make your washing as dry as possible before using your tumble dryer
  • Clean the lint filter every time you use the machine - a blocked filter prevents the hot air from circulating freely, so clothes take longer to dry
  • Position your dryer in a well-ventilated room to stop the tumble dryer from overheating
  • Dry clothes for ironing together with other clothes - start the load on an iron-dry setting, remove the clothes that need ironing, and then put the rest on a cupboard-dry program
  • Make the most of good weather by drying your clothes outside and leaving the tumble dryer switched off
  • Fasten duvet covers to stop small items getting trapped inside the cover and staying damp
  • Untangle everything between taking it out of your washing machine and putting it in your dryer - large knots of washing take longer to dry