Top five cheap tumble dryers for 2020
By Alice Williams
Find a bargain Best Buy with our pick of the best cheap tumble dryers to buy this year.
Some other inexpensive dryers aren’t quite the bargain they first appear, as they’re awkward to use, guzzle energy and leave your clothes damp. So we've also highlighted the worst tumble dryers you should avoid. Scroll down the page to see them.
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Best cheap tumble dryers
This dryer's excellent drying sensors work well to ensure that clothes don't come out still damp at the end of programs. It does have high energy costs, but it's one of the quickest dryers we've tested so it's an ideal Best Buy for those who need their clothes dried in a hurry.
This is one of the cheapest dryers you can buy, and with the clothes drying you get from it you can be sure you're getting bang for your buck. It's not particularly efficient when it comes to energy usage, but it gets the job done quickly and to a very high standard.
Pricing, recommendations and test scores correct of November 2019.
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Three cheap tumble dryers to avoid
When tumble dryers can cost the best part of £1,000, it can be tempting to go for the cheapest deal you can find.
Watch out though, as great, inexpensive dryers are a rare breed.
Although it's perfectly possible to get excellent drying on a tight budget, some cheap dryers are tricky to use, leave your clothes damp and run up your energy bills so much that you might as well have paid more upfront to start with.
Worst cheap tumble dryers
How to get the best deal on a tumble dryer
Getting a cheap tumble dryer isn’t just a case of picking the right model. Use our top tips to keep costs low when you’re buying a new machine.
Wait for the sales
Most of us buy a tumble dryer in a rush to replace a broken machine or to kit out a new home. If, however, you want to upgrade your machine and can afford to wait a little while, you may find a cheaper deal at another time of year.
It pays to shop around
Once you’ve selected the right tumble dryer for you, search for the model number online. Retailers often have different prices for exactly the same machine, sometimes by £100 or more, so make sure that you’re not missing a promotion or deal price by not comparing stores.
Check for additional costs
Your new bargain tumble dryer might come with some nasty surprises on the bottom of the receipt if you’re not careful. You should consider delivery charges when you’re shopping around and installation fees, if you’re not setting up your dryer yourself. Manufacturers may have deals with different retailers, so double check to make sure that everything you expect is included in the price.