If you want a new tumble dryer but you’re concerned about budget then it’s not just the price tag you need to consider.
Choose a heat pump tumble dryer and you’ll enjoy cheaper energy costs over time when compared with the running costs of traditional vented tumble dryers.
Heat pump dryers have traditionally had a higher upfront cost, but prices are coming down – we’ve recently tested three that cost less than £500 each.
As well as being purse-friendly, these dryers offer handy features to help you out on laundry day.
See our round-up of the best tumble dryers that aced our tough tests.
Hotpoint NT M10 81 £358
This Hotpoint heat pump tumble dryer is among the cheapest we’ve tested.
You can dry up to 8kg of cotton or 4kg of synthetic laundry at once.
It has an A+ energy rating, which means it will cost around £47 per year to run.
You’ll also get some fairly bog standard tumble dryer features: you can see how long your program has left to go on and a light on the display reminds you to clean your lint filter. See more essential tumble dryer maintenance tips.
You can delay the start time, though only by three, six or nine hours.
See how quickly, quietly and, most importantly, how well this heat pump dryer can dry laundry by reading the full Hotpoint NT M10 81 review.
Beko DPH8744W £449
Beko has a reputation for making great-value tumble dryers and it has several Best Buys to its name. The DPH8744W is cheaper than many other heat pump dryers we’ve tested.
You can fit a decent 8kg of cotton laundry in its drum, and it uses humidity sensors to calculate the drying time of each load automatically.
Its display shows you how long your program has to run, you can delay the start time in 30-minute increments for up to 24 hours, and there’s a handy light in the drum to stop you missing a stray sock while you’re unloading.
It has an A++ energy rating, and our tests reveal that it costs a conservative £39 per year to run on average.
Find out if this dryer joins the ranks of Beko Best Buys or if you’d be better off looking elsewhere by reading the full Beko DPH8744W review.
Grundig GTN38250MGCG £499
This Grundig dryer is the priciest of the three heat pump tumble dryers we’ve picked out here, but it also has the lowest energy costs – we calculate that it will cost you around £36 per year to run.
You can fit 8kg of cottons or 4kg of synthetic laundry inside, and it uses sensors to tailor the program time to each load.
Other features include a display that counts down your program time, an option to delay the start up to 24 hours in 30-minute intervals, and a light that comes on to remind you to clean your lint filter.
There’s also a child lock to give you peace of mind that small fingers can’t tamper with your settings and a light in the drum.
With an A++ rating and running costs of just £36 per year this machine is certainly conservative with energy, but is its drying performance just as efficient? Find out by reading our expert Grundig GTN38250MGCG review.
How heat pump tumble dryers cost less
Even the least expensive heat pump tumble dryers won’t be as cheap to buy as most condenser or vented dryers.
However, the energy-saving technology inside them means they are much cheaper to run.
We calculate the estimated yearly running cost of each tumble dryer we test. We base our calculation on you running three cotton loads per week.
As you can see above, if you use your tumble dryer this often it doesn’t take long to make your money back.
Compare reviews all the heat pump tumble dryers we’ve tested.