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Tumble Dryer Buying Guide

Make picking out that new tumble dryer a whole lot easier with our buying guide. We’ll explain the difference between heat pump and condenser models, and much more.

Choose your type

There are three types of tumble dryer to choose from.


Condenser tumble dryers remove moisture from your clothes and store it in a removable tank. This kind of dryer is ideal if you can’t vent the moisture outside using a hose, but you’ll need to empty the tank after each cycle ends.

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Heat pump

Heat pump tumble dryers recycle hot air created inside the drum to dry clothes, which makes them really efficient. This saves a lot more energy, but programmes may take a little longer to dry laundry, so bear this in mind when you’re shopping.

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Vented tumble dryers remove moisture from your clothes and feed it outside through a vent. They come with a long hose to help you do this, but you may need to get it installed by a professional if you want to vent the moisture out through a wall. While vented models tend to be the cheapest on the market, they’re also the least energy efficient.

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Choose your size

Tumble dryer drum sizes

How much does a tumble dryer cost to run?

It depends on the type of tumble dryer and the amount of times you use it a week. An average load of just 5kg a week will cost you around £23 per year. Keep your bills down by doing one big load a week instead of a few smaller ones, plus it’s less work too.

Did you know?

Most tumble dryers are freestanding, but we sell integrated ones too.

Key Features

Tumble dryer energy rating

Energy rating

This tells you how energy efficient the model is. A more efficient appliance means you’ll save more money on your energy bills. A+++ tumble dryers are the most efficient on the market. Look out for models with an A rating or above for less power consumption.

Tumble dryer sensor drying

Sensor drying

This uses clever sensors to work out how wet your laundry is. This means your drying cycle will only end once your clothes are perfectly dry.

Tumble dryer anti crease


With the anti-crease function, your tumble dryer will run at a much lower speed at the end of the cycle to take care of your clothes and stop creases.

Tumble dryer large door

Large door

Don’t spend any more time doing the laundry than you need to with a handy large door. With more room to get into your dryer, it’ll be quicker and easier to load and unload.

Tumble dryer delay timer

Delay timer

Take advantage of late-night energy prices with the handy delay timer feature. You’ll be able to set the time you want your tumble dryer to start drying your clothes, whether that’s during the night or just in time for when you get home from work.

Tumble dryer reverse action

Reverse action

This feature changes the direction of the drum at the end of the cycle to loosen your clothes and get rid of any creases. This means your clothes will be ready to wear fresh out of the drum and you’ll have less ironing to do.

Tumble dryer filter full indicator

Filter full indicator

A simple but essential feature, the filter full indicator will let you know when your tumble dryer’s filter is full of fluff so you can empty it. This means you can always keep your machine in top condition and working at its best.

Tumble dryer quick dry

Quick dry

Need some clothes in a hurry? Not a problem with quick dry. This speedy cycle can dry a small load of clothes in as little as 15 minutes. So, it’s ideal for when you need a last-minute outfit change.

How to measure

Tumble Dryer Measurement Guide

Get your measuring tapes at the ready and find out how to measure for your new tumble dryer

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Installation & Delivery


We'll take care of the DIY and install your new product for you

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We offer delivery 7 days a week, including weekends, on all items

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How much does it cost to run a tumble dryer?
What size tumble dryer do I need?
Do you sell compact tumble dryers?
What is the difference between a vented tumble dryer and a condenser?
How often do you need to empty a condenser dryer?
Do heat pump dryers take longer to dry?
Where can I put a tumble dryer?
What tumble dryer can I have in my garage?
What is tumble dryer lint?
What amp fuse does a tumble dryer use?
What extension lead do I need for a tumble dryer?
What is a front vented tumble dryer?
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How do I find the lint filter on my tumble dryer?
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