There are a number of different factors to consider when purchasing a clothes dryer from the range that are currently on the market. We’ve selected some of our picks for the best available dryers, and we’ve made sure to give you an overview of where each particular product shines and what their most impressive features are, as well as any slight issues that they might possibly have.
Best Overall Dryer
Beko 7kg Heat Pump Dryer
- High 7-star energy rating
- 15 different drying programs
- No color bleed on gentle cycles
- The display doesn’t show a timer to the end of a cycle
- Not all of the programs are super useful
The Beko BDP710W is a great value for money on purchase, and the high 7-star energy rating also means that it’ll save you a pretty penny when the electricity bill comes due as well. This particular dryer is a great option for small apartments since it doesn’t have a vent requirement and can be placed anywhere. On top of all of that, it also has a child lock indicator which adds a bit more safety if you have a toddler on the premises.
The benefit of having a heat pump dryer like this is that it doesn’t require a hose or vent in order to expel the collected moisture from the clothes since it stores it all in a water tank in the machine itself. This makes it easy to place and install, and a cinch to maintain.
Best Budget Dryer
Haier 6kg Vented Dryer
- Both front and rear venting
- Sensor drying
- 2 temperature settings
- No overheat protection
- No automatic drum stop when the door is open
The drum of this dryer can rotate in both directions, which might not sound like it does much, but it actually reduces the amount of lint and creases on the clothes. Speaking of lint, the lint door is mounted on the side and is easily accessible whenever it needs to be cleaned.
Unfortunately, the dryer only has an Energy Star rating of 2, which means that you can definitely get more economic models online. On the bright side, the fact that this model is half the price of almost any other dryers on the market means that what you’ll save on the purchase more than makes up for the slightly higher power bill.
Best Vented Dryer
Fisher & Paykel 7kg Vented Dryer
- Easy installation
- Auto-sensing technology prevents over-drying
- Ten fabric care cycles
- The side vent requires a bit of space in order to work properly
- Low 2-star energy rating
This model actually comes with a built-in drying rack, as well as a side ventilation pipe at the bottom of the machine. Both of these items are quite convenient, but unfortunately, this also means that the dryer will need a bit of space in order to be set up so that it can function properly without the risk of damaging anything that’s located near the vent.
Aside from the positioning, this clothes dryer comes with a reverse tumbling feature that can help your clothes dry a bit more quickly, a 7kg capacity that can easily handle large loads, and even a door that has an open swing of 180 degrees for easy loading and unloading.
Best Heat Pump Dryer
Bosch 9kg Serie 8 Heat Pump Dryer
- A lockable door safety feature
- Automatic self-cleaning system
- Low energy consumption with an 8-star rating
- Slower dry time than venting dryers
- Some customers found it struggles to dry large sheets efficiently
With a capacity of 9kg, this is the largest load that any dryer on our list can take, which means that you can dry a lot more of your clothes in a single cycle. This single feature makes this the obvious choice for large families since you’ll need the space in order to fit those extra few items of clothing in.
Additionally, the AutoDry feature automatically stops the machine once the process is completed. While the initial purchase price might be a bit high, you’re able to do large loads at once and the built-in features prevent any power waste, making this one of the best clothes dryers on our list in terms of running economy.
Best Condenser Dryer
Beko 7kg Condenser Dryer
- Delay-start feature
- Timed drying functionality
- 3-year warranty if you register with Beko
- There is no stacking kit or wall mount included with this model
- No allergy setting
This product comes with a number of drying programs that are all clearly laid out and easy to understand and use. The dryer also comes with a smart sensor that automatically stops the program once it registers optimal dryness levels. However, you might want to disable the AntiCreasing feature that rotates the drum even after the cycle is done since it’s not all that useful and it wastes electricity.
Like most condenser dryers, the Beko BDC710W has a water tank located just below the drum that allows you to easily drain the collected water after the drying process is finished. Thanks to this feature, this dryer doesn’t need a hose or a ventilation port, and there is no maintenance required outside of emptying the tank when it gets full.
Best Premium Dryer
Samsung 8kg Smart AI Heat Pump Dryer
- 9-star energy rating
- Automatically calculates the run time by the load weight
- AI remembers preferred drying settings
- No reverse tumble feature
- The mesh filter has been known to cause snags
A very convenient feature that this product has but not many other dryers do is the door that opens from both sides. While this may seem like an insignificant feature, it allows you to place the dryer anywhere you want without having to worry about being able to open the door, and it also allows more flexibility when loading sheets or other heavy laundry items.
Aside from that, the Samsung DV80T5420AW is also incredibly energy-efficient, it can handle a pretty hefty load (topping out at 8kg), and it even comes with a filter that you can attach to the inside of the drum for more delicate articles of clothing that you don’t want to damage in the standard tumble cycles.
Best Dryer Brands
In general, Beko dryers are focused on energy efficiency and making sure that your power bill stays under control. The company also provides extended warranties for most of their appliances and has helplines in case something breaks. Just keep in mind that the warranties usually require you to purchase the product directly from a Beko distributor, and there have been several reviews from customers that have not been happy with the helpline service.
Some customers have found the controls confusing on Bosch dryers, as there are a lot of settings and their purpose is not always immediately obvious. Luckily, once you get the hang of things, the dryers themselves are incredibly practical, power-efficient, and easy to load. They also make pretty big machines, which is good news for anyone that’s looking to get through all of their laundry in one fell swoop.
How to choose the right dryer
As we mentioned before, there are quite a few factors you need to consider when it comes to choosing the best clothes dryer. Objectively speaking, there can never be a clear winner since different people look for different qualities in their dryers like power economy, purchase cost, or even built-in safety features. This is why we clearly stated what each of our choices is best for. However, there are a few things that you might want to keep in mind when it comes to what sort of dryer you pick.
Vented dryers use a vent or a hose in order to get rid of the hot air that was generated during the drying process. These vents can be placed just about anywhere, however, they’ll need to be set up in a well-ventilated area otherwise the heat that they expel will dramatically increase the humidity in the room.
These are usually the best clothes dryers for people that are looking to save a bit of money on power bills since they use up less power than the heat pumps. This is because they just expel the moisture from a vent rather than converting it into water before drying the clothes.
Heat Pump Dryers
Heat pump or condenser dryers work by heating and condensing the air inside the drum, extracting the moisture from your clothes, and storing it all in a water tank. Most models have the tank placed right under the dryer door itself, which allows easy access for when you need to empty it out after a cycle has finished.
These are the best clothes dryers for people that don’t have a lot of spare room and need to be creative with how they stack their appliances. They can fit virtually anywhere and you only need to have access to the front in order to load your clothes and empty out the water tank.
While we didn’t mention any washer-dryers on our list, they are very much a viable option as well. These machines can help reduce both the amount of space you need to use and the amount of money that you need to spend by combining two appliances into one. You also don’t even need to unload the laundry from one machine into another since all you need to do in order to dry your clothes is to switch from the rinse mode to the heat mode.
A real downside to these machines is that you’ll need to connect two hoses up to it. One of the hoses will need to feed clean water into the machine for the wash cycles, while the other drains the collected water from the dry cycles. The other problem with these appliances is that they’re usually quite a bit costlier than the standard dryers, which is understandable, but they might be out of most people’s price range.