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Best Buy tumble dryers

by Matt Stevens

The best tumble dryers are cheap to run and quick to dry. Scroll down to discover the top tumble dryers we recommend.

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Don't get lumbered with a tumble dryer that's slow to dry, leaves clothes still wet or over-dries them, and that costs you a bomb to run. 

Our tests go further to make sure the Best Buy tumble dryers we recommend are models you can really rely on come wash day. And we also tell you about the really poor scoring Don't Buy tumble dryers that could be a pricey mistake if you buy one.  

  • We sit through hours and hours of drying clothes to separate the best and the worst tumble dryers. The best need just 15 minutes to dry 1kg of laundry. The worst will take 30 minutes. That means the fastest dryers churn 6kg of wet laundry into dry clothing in an hour and a half; whereas the slowest dryers will take three hours – the time it takes to watch a Lord of the Rings film.
  • We ignore the energy ratings printed on the label and actually test how much energy each dryer uses so we can tell you which tumble dryers are cheaper to run. 
  • We reveal those models that dry so unevenly that your clothes will need hanging on radiators or the washing line to finish them off.

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How we uncover the best tumble dryers

Drying: We tumble dry more than 1,200kg of clothes every year. To check how dry each tumble dryer leaves clothes we weigh the clothes used in our tests before and after drying. We do this three times for each of the four loads of washing we test per dryer. That's us hitting the weighing scales with a load of washing 24 times for each tumble dryer we test.

Creasing: We grade the creases on the back of the shirts we've dried and down the button line. For all machines tested since 2013, if a machines gets four stars from us for creasing, it leaves about the same amount of creases as if you'd just taken a garment out of the washing machine and left it to dry naturally.

Steam: We measure the moisture released from condenser dryers into the air to see which models will turn your house into a steamy sauna. The best machines trap up to 95% of the moisture from your clothes. The worst we've seen will only hold on to 45%.

Tumble dryer reviews you can trust

We test tumble dryers from all the big brands – cheap and higher end, including models from Beko, Bosch, Hotpoint, Zanussi, Miele and more. And we've discovered that even the most trustworthy names can drop the ball.   

Which? is independent – we work for you, the consumer, so you can be sure that our product recommendations are influenced only by our test results. We don't take advertising and we buy all the products that we test ourselves, so our advice helps you to make the right choice first time and avoid costly mistakes.

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