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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.

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We’ve selected our top five cheap tumble dryers, whether you’re after a spacious dryer if you do a lot of washing, a more economical heat pump dryer or just the very cheapest Best Buy tumble dryer around.

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 condenser tumble dryer whizzes through up to 10kg loads of laundry, delivering perfectly dry items on both the cotton and synthetics programs. It's also easy to load, unload, program and maintain.


It's a dryer at the cheaper end of the scale, but this model can more than keep up with pricier rivals. It’s quick to dry and delivers great results with accurate and even drying across cotton and synthetic loads.


This Best Buy Blomberg dryer excels at all its most important tasks, drying all types of laundry quickly and well. You won’t have any problems loading, programming or maintaining it either.


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


It’s good at drying, but the praise ends there for this tumble dryer. You’ll find it noisy, frustrating to use and there are sometimes wet items left in the load. Overall it’s a very poor machine.


This vented tumble dryer may get your laundry nicely dry, but it takes forever to deliver the goods. It’s also inefficient, making it expensive to run long-term. You should look elsewhere.


It can hold 10kg of clothes and has a handy smartphone app, but don’t be fooled by this cheap tumble dryer. It’s inefficient, noisy and leaves your clothes full of creases. Don’t buy this disappointing dryer.

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.


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