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Which cheap tumble dryer should you buy for winter?

Compare new cheap tumble dryers from Blomberg and Zanussi to see which is better

We just published new reviews of the Blomberg LTK20821W (£320) and Zanussi ZDP7207PZ (£329) tumble dryers. Both are cheap tumble dryers and one was good enough to become a Which? Best Buy.  Buy the other and you’ll come across some annoying niggles.

Read on to see how they compare, so you can make your choice, or go straight to all our tumble dryers reviews.

Blomberg vs Zanussi

Blomberg LTK20821W Zanussi ZDP7207PZ
Price £320 £329
Capacity 8kg max, 4kg synthetics 7kg max, 3.5kg synthetics
Energy label B B
Annual running cost £95 £89
Sensor drying Yes Yes
Delay timer Yes, up to 24 hours Yes, 3, 6 or 9 hours
Reversible door Yes Yes
Child lock Yes Yes
Filter check reminder Yes Yes
Time-remaining display Yes No
Light in the drum Yes No


Blomberg KTK20821W

The Blomberg KTK20821W condenser tumble dryer may be on the cheaper side, but you get quite a lot for your money. The 8kg drum should make short work of a family’s laundry pile, and you can dry 4kg of synthetics at a time.

Sensors in the drum adjust the time and temperature for each drying cycle, according to the load. This should cut out trying to guesstimate how long to leave your clothes in for, and avoid shrinkage from over-drying.

Other user-friendly features include a display to show the time remaining, and a light in the drum so you won’t miss any stray socks when you’re unloading.

Combine these with the more run-of-the-mill tumble dryer features that this Blomberg comes with – a light to remind you to change the filter, a child lock and the option to hinge the door to the other side of the drum – and it’s a decent package for just over £300.

To find out whether it does a decent job of drying, read our full Blomberg LTK20821W review.

Zanussi ZDP7207PZ

Zanussi tumble dryers are more affordable than you might think for such a well-known brand. Just like the Blomberg, the Zanussi ZDP7207PZ  is a condenser dryer, but you do get a little bit less for your money than with the Blomberg, especially when you consider that, at the time of writing, the prices of the two are almost the same.

This Zanussi dryer’s 7kg drum should be enough for a regular household, but you may want to size up if you need to dry lots of sheets or sports kits. And you’ll only fit in 3.5kg of synthetics, compared with 4kg on the Blomberg.

There’s no time-remaining display or a light in the drum for locating left-behind laundry. It does have the handy basics, though, such as a reversible door, which gives you flexibility with where you place your tumble dryer, and a child lock to keep small fingers from fiddling with your settings. And it’s an automatic machine, so sensors will judge when the laundry is dry enough.

Fancy features don’t count towards the test score in our reviews, though, and we’ve come across many tumble dryers with loads of added extras that can’t do the basic job of drying.

Read our Zanussi ZDP7207PZ review to find out whether this no-frills tumble dryer makes the grade.

The best cheap tumble dryers

If you want to spend even less than £300, we’ve previously reviewed models good enough to be named Best Buy tumble dryers that start from just £190. For that price you’ll get a fairly basic machine (although our cheapest Best Buy does use sensors to tailor the drying to each load) but a drying quality that we rated as: ‘Good enough to put the clothes away at the end of the cycle’.

We’ve also found four more dryers that are Best Buys and have come in at less than £300.

But if you want to get the best of the best, you’ll need to up your budget to the £650-mark to get one of our five top tumble dryers for 2018.

Latest tumble dryer reviews

If none of the tumble dryers we’ve highlighted above is right for you, why not have a read through the rest of the latest tumble dryer reviews we’ve just published. Follow the links below for the full lowdown:

Prices correct as of 28 September 2018.

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