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Don't Buy tumble dryers

by Matt Stevens

These Don't Buy tumble dryers are poor at drying, leave your clothes creased and could cost a fortune to run. We've also highlighted those subject to a fire-risk safety alert

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Buy a bad tumble dryer and you could end up with a mix of still-wet and frazzled-to-a-crisp clothes in the same load, or clothes that take ages to dry. The worst tumble dryers use loads of energy, are expensive to run and are noisy. We also discovered some models that are potentially unsafe. 

Our expert tests separate the tumble dryers you should avoid from those recommended Best Buy tumble dryers

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The difference between the best and worst tumble dryers

It's impossible to tell in the shops which tumble dryers do a great job and those that make drying day a chore. Choose badly and you'll end up with under or over-dried clothes or loads that are half dry and half wet.

A tumble dryer might look like it comes at a bargain price, but what you can't see is how much it costs to run, and how it's going to steam up your whole house. 

Worst still, it could be a tumble dryer that has safety issues. 

Our unbiased expert testing reveals the Don't Buy tumble dryers you should avoid. 

The best tumble dryers, on the other hand, are a breeze to use – you just set the automatic sensor and you can be sure your clothes will come out evenly cupboard dry. And you can be smug in the knowledge that each time you put the tumble dryer on, you're not throwing money down the drain. 

Why you can trust Which? tumble dryer reviews

Which? has reviewed the latest tumble dryers from all the leading brands, including AEG, Beko, Bosch, Hotpoint, Indesit, Miele, White Knight and Zanussi. Our in-depth, impartial testing means you can trust our recommendations of which tumble dryers are going to dry quickly and evenly and those that are woeful at getting the water out of your washing. 

  • Every single tumble dryer we review goes through the same set of tests, including drying quality, speed, noise and energy use – so you can compare our reviews with confidence.
  • Each tumble dryer gets a Which? review score so you can immediately see, at a glance, which are the best and the worst. And you can compare models on their different features and specifications. 
  • Our tests cover all price ranges and brands of tumble dryer and include all the latest vented, condenser and heat pump tumble dryers, both integrated and freestanding.

If we find that a tumble dryer is bad enough to be a Don’t Buy, you can be sure that it’s one to avoid. No matter how attractive the price may be, it won’t do a good job in your home and is best left in the shop.

Find out which tumble dryers are Don't Buys and which are Best Buys by joining Which? today.

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