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Updated: 15 Feb 2022

Gas tumble dryers explained

Gas tumble dryers are cheap to run, but can be tricky to install. Find out if a gas dryer is the right fit for your home.
Matt Stevens
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Gas tumble dryers are one of four different types of tumble dryer you can buy. 

The others are condenser, heat pump and vented.

To find out more about these, read our guide on how to buy the best tumble dryer.

How much do gas tumble dryers cost?

The gas models we've tested from White Knight cost around £500. 

At the time of writing that makes them more than twice the price of the cheapest electric vented tumble dryers available, but is cheaper than the average price of the heat pump tumble dryers we've tested, which is £640.

How much do gas tumble dryers cost to run?

Gas tumble dryers cost far less to run than most electric dryers. 

On average, a standard electric vented tumble dryer will add around £66 to your annual energy bills. 

A gas dryer uses almost no electricity and we estimate you’ll pay around £40 a year for gas, making it significantly cheaper to run.

However, if energy-efficiency is important for you, you may want to consider a heat pump dryer. They are the most efficient dryer type of all, with yearly energy costs as little as £25.

Head to our heat pump tumble dryers guide to find out if this is the right dryer type for you.

How much do gas tumble dryers cost to install?

Even though gas tumble dryer running costs are low, bear in mind that you will need to pay a Gas Safe engineer to install one. 

The installation charge will vary according to how much work it requires to safely run gas to where you want the dryer, but the cheapest quotes we found at the time of writing were between £100 and £150.

Pros and cons of gas tumble dryers


  • Gas vented tumble dryers have low running costs compared to electric vented dryers and tend to dry clothes well.


  • Gas dryers need to be installed by a Gas Safe registered engineer, which can be expensive.
  • Like electric vented tumble dryers, gas vented models need to be positioned near a window or door to vent the air away, which may limit installation options.
  • There aren’t many gas dryers on the market, so your choice will be limited.

Compare our tumble dryer reviews.