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Top 5 tumble dryers

By Matt Stevens

Choosing your next tumble dryer is easy – just pick one from our expert's selection of the top Best Buys and your clothes will be perfectly dried.

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Picking out a new tumble dryer from rows of nearly identical white boxes can feel a bit like a guessing game. Just from looking at them, you won’t know which models will take ages to dry clothes, if they’ll leave your walls slick with condensation or if the noise they make will drive you potty.

To help narrow the search, we’ve put together a selection of five Best Buy tumble dryers below, including heat pump, condenser and vented models – so there’s something for everyone.

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Top five best tumble dryers

Today's best price £669.99
Which? score 77%
Reviewed Jan 2015
Best Buy
Energy saver
Dryness of clothes:
4 out of 5
Evenness:
4 out of 5
Energy use:
5 out of 5
Maximum capacity (kg):
Member exclusive
Synthetics capacity (kg):
Member exclusive
Energy label:
Member exclusive

Not only is this heat-pump dryer brilliant at keeping bills low, it's still one of the fastest heat-pump dryers we've tested since updating our test programme in 2013. It's also easy to use. In short: it's expensive, but excellent enough to be worth the money.

Today's best price £779.99
Which? score 77%
Reviewed Jul 2016
Best Buy
Energy saver
Dryness of clothes:
5 out of 5
Evenness:
5 out of 5
Energy use:
5 out of 5
Maximum capacity (kg):
Member exclusive
Synthetics capacity (kg):
Member exclusive
Energy label:
Member exclusive

This heat-pump dryer does everything you'd want from a tumble dryer. It works quickly, leaving the load perfectly dry at the end of the program, and it uses just half the energy of a condenser or vented dryer. That's why it is a Best Buy.

Today's best price £889.99
Which? score 76%
Reviewed May 2017
Best Buy
Dryness of clothes:
4 out of 5
Evenness:
4 out of 5
Energy use:
5 out of 5
Maximum capacity (kg):
Member exclusive
Synthetics capacity (kg):
Member exclusive
Energy label:
Member exclusive

This is an excellent tumble dryer. It dries quickly, accurately and evenly, and does a wonderful job of keeping energy bills low. So that's why we're happy to make it a Best Buy.

Today's best price £719.00
Which? score 69%
Reviewed Dec 2015
Best Buy
Dryness of clothes:
4 out of 5
Evenness:
4 out of 5
Energy use:
3 out of 5
Maximum capacity (kg):
Member exclusive
Synthetics capacity (kg):
Member exclusive
Energy label:
Member exclusive

Even a couple of years on from its launch, this is an outstanding tumble dryer, one of the best vented models we've ever tested and we're very happy to add it to our Best Buy tumble dryers.

Today's best price £535.00
Which? score 68%
Reviewed Jun 2015
Best Buy
Dryness of clothes:
4 out of 5
Evenness:
3 out of 5
Energy use:
3 out of 5
Maximum capacity (kg):
Member exclusive
Synthetics capacity (kg):
Member exclusive
Energy label:
Member exclusive

This is an excellent all-round tumble dryer – it’s easy to use and will whizz through most types of laundry loads in no time at all. It does a great job of catching condensation, so it won’t leave your walls and windows damp. Its energy use is average for a model of its size, so it won’t be the cheapest to run, but that aside it’s a great choice.

Recommendations and test scores in the table above correct as of September 2017. 

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How to buy the best tumble dryer

The best tumble dryers are those that are quick and accurate at drying and cheap to run.

Our tests have discovered that the best tumble dryers on the market can dry a 6kg load of wet laundry in an hour and a half, whereas the slowest dryers take double this time. 

The most efficient dryers will cost around £23 a year to run, and the least efficient will cost you more than £140. 

Discover those tumble dryers that will make your life easier without racking up energy bills by browsing our tumble dryer Best Buys

We've also found that a surprising amount of tumble dryers fail to dry a load of clothes evenly, leaving you with soggy surprises that will need to be draped over a radiator or hung out on a washing line. 

Make sure you don't end up with a tumble dryer that cause you trouble by avoiding these Don't Buy tumble dryers

Tumble dryer reviews you can trust

Every tumble dryer we review is tested to see how quickly it dries clothes, how easy it is to use, how noisy it is and how much it will add to your electricity bills. 

Automatic dryers should make life easier by using a sensor inside the drum to monitor laundry. These dryers don’t require you to set the drying time yourself. Instead, they should simply stop the program when it detects that the clothes are dry. But you might be surprised by just how many automatic dryers leave clothes wet on at least one of the four programs we test on.

We also weigh condenser dryers to help find out how much of the moisture removed from clothes made it into the water tank, and how much was free to waft back into your home and stick to the walls and windows. The best condenser dryers trap more than 90% of moisture – the worst struggle to hold on to 60%.

As well as our extensive lab tests, we also contact thousands of tumble dryer owners every year to gather their views on the brand of dryer they own and any faults it has experienced. From the feedback, we are able to create reliability ratings and customer satisfaction scores for the major brands. You can see how the major brands stack up in our guide to the best tumble dryer brands.

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