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The best tumble dryers in the UK 2020

We compare tumble dryers available to buy in the UK, based on performance, size and energy efficiency. Whether you need a condenser dryer or a small tumble dryer, we've got the one for you!

Looking for the best tumble dryers on the market right now? It’s no surprise – the cooler and damper days make drying your clothes outside into a bit of a gamble.

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We’ve rounded up our favourite models, based on performance, energy efficiency, size and other considerations. Scroll down for our picks, after a few key tips on what you should consider before making your choice from our expert:

What to look for – checklist

Simon Bentley, Partner and Assistant Buyer for large electricals at John Lewis & Partners, goes through the things you need to consider before buying a new tumble dryer:

  • Before purchasing a dryer, you must know the dimensions of the space you’re hoping to slot it into, especially if you’re planning on putting the dryer in an enclosed spot.
  • Take the drum size into consideration before you buy. Go for a bigger option if you have a large family or a washer-dryer combination to save space. A large drum size is around 9kg-12kg. 
  • To save more money on your energy consumption, look out for models that have an A energy rating or above. 
  • A 9kg tumble dryer with a heat pump will be kinder to clothes as it doesn’t direct the heat onto the fabrics. Instead it warms the ambient air that surrounds them, which makes it more energy efficient, too.

So rather than trying to calculate the odds of your washing drying before the rain arrives, why not dry them indoors with a tumble dryer? The energy-efficient models on the market today are kinder to your clothes and the planet, suit households of all sizes and won’t make your electricity bills skyrocket. Here are eight of our top picks:

Hoover Dynamic Next DXC8TCE tumble dryer, £289.99, Very

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Load Capacity: 8kg
Size (W x D x H): 59.6 x 60 x 85cm
Energy Rating: B

Your clothes will be ready to wear in no time with the Hoover Dynamic Next tumble dryer. This condenser model collects water from your clothes in a reservoir (instead of venting it outside), has a roomy 8kg capacity, a 40-minute rapid dry program and a care indicator to let you know when it needs a service.

You can operate it manually or, if you have an Android smartphone, you can use the Hoover Wizard app to control, monitor and manage the dryer via your device.

Beko Free-standing tumble dryer DPHR8PB561, £499, AO.com

Beko Tumble dryer DPHR8PB561W

Load Capacity: 8kg
Size: 59.7 x 65.4 x 84.6cm
Energy Rating: A+++

Wave goodbye to time-consuming, expensive drying cycles with Beko’s Free-standing dryer. Select its RapiDry mode and you’ll be able to dry 5kg of laundry in just one hour while still maintaining an A+ energy rating. To save even more energy, simply put the dryer on a lower setting.

The Beko also has sensors to check on moisture levels and prevent your laundry from over-drying, and its automatic anti-creasing function will rotate the drum periodically for up to two hours after the finished cycle to minimise creases.

Bosch WVG30462GB series 6 free-standing washer dryer, £679, John Lewis & Partners

John Lewis & Partners Bosch Series 6 Freestanding Washer Dryer

Load Capacity: 7kg
Size: 59 x 60 x 85cm
Energy Rating: A

Thanks to the innovative motor developed by Bosch, this washer-dryer is whisper quiet. It also has a VarioPerfect function that allow you to decide exactly how you want to save energy – select EcoPerfect to reduce appliance’s energy consumption by 50 per cent, or choose SpeedPerfect to cut the time it spends working by 65 per cent and have your washing finished in just an hour.

LG V9 FDV909W 9kg heat pump tumble dryer, £999, Currys

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Load Capacity: 9kg
Size: 60 x 68 x 85cm
Energy Rating: A+++

With a generous 9kg drum capacity, this condenser dryer from LG has plenty of room to dry your family’s clothes. It also features a dual inverter heat pump that recycles the hot air circulating in the drum so that it doesn’t have to generate so much heat. This enables the machine to dry your laundry more quickly, but use less energy in the process.

Hotpoint NTM1081WKUK 8kg heat pump tumble dryer, £370, AO.com

Hotpoint NTM1081WKUK tumble dryer

Load Capacity: 8kg
Size: 59.5 x 65.5 x 84.9cm
Energy Rating: A+

With its 8kg load capacity, this Hotpoint tumble dryer is a great choice for medium-sized households. It’s A+ energy rating means it’ll be kind to the environment, as well as your utility bills. And to top things off, this tumble dryer also has an anti-allergy programme, which dries with a higher temperature to eliminate pollen from your clothing so you can breathe easy during hay fever season.

Galanz DUK002W 8kg tumble dryer, £249.99, Home Essentials

Galanz 8kg Tumble Dryer

Load Capacity: 8kg
Size: 59.5 x 63 x 85cm
Energy Rating: B

This condenser tumble dryer from Galanz will fit comfortably into a modern kitchen or utility space with its sleek white design and ice-blue LED display screen. As well as its contemporary look, this model has an 8kg drum capacity, 15 drying programs, a child lock, a handy delay timer and a sensor system that will stop your laundry from over-drying and using excess energy.

Candy Rapido ROH10A2TCE heat pump tumble dryer, £480.97, Appliances Direct

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Load Capacity: 10kg
Size: 56 x 60 x 60cm
Energy Rating: A ++

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There’s no need to cover your radiators with damp washing with this dryer, as it has a whopping 10kg drum capacity, making it suitable for large families. The dryer has four levels to choose from: Ready to Iron, Dry Hanger, Dry Wardrobe and Extra Dry. It also has sensors that automatically monitor the level of moisture in your laundry and stops the cycle once your laundry has dried to your preferred level. The heat pump makes this appliance more energy efficient too, so while the dryer is huge, your bills shouldn’t be.