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Tumble Dryers buying guide

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Introduction to Tumble Dryers

Tumble dryers are a great convenience, saving time, offering softer clothes, and reducing wrinkles. With a tumble dryer, you won't have to worry about the weather, not to mention that not everyone has room to hang a clothesline. Electric tumble dryers have been around for nearly a century, and the basic idea hasn't changed much. They spin your clothes, using air and/or heat to remove any moisture.

When you're comparing tumble dryers, do you know where to start? Let Price Inspector show you the way.

Handy tips to think about when buying a tumble dryer

  • Energy efficiency can range from A+ to G. The higher-rated tumble dryers are generally more expensive, but in exchange, you'll reduce your energy expenses and reduce your carbon footprint.
  • Review the available features. Tumble dryers offer a variety of different heat settings, and some have a heat sensor to stop when the load is dry. Others have manual timer capabilities or let you set how dry you want the load to be, such as iron dry, cupboard dry, extra dry, or hanger dry. Reverse tumbling lets the drum move both directions, which separates the clothes and lets them dry quicker. Some tumble dryers also have an added anti-crease feature. This means they continue to rotate every now and then even once your clothes are dry. Another option is a cool air setting, letting you refresh clothes after they have been stored.
  • Is home delivery available, or will you have to arrange to pick it up? If it's available, is it free or an extra cost? Do they offer pickup of your old tumble dryer, and if so, how much does it cost?
  • What size do you need? Most full-sized tumble dryers have a capacity of 6Kg, which is about the same size as your average washing machine. Therefore, an average size tumble dryer should be sufficient, unless you will be routinely washing and drying over-sized loads.
  • Consider a larger drum, even if you don't need a larger capacity dryer. A larger drum will be able to handle both large loads and heavy items like wet towels or duvets.

Types of Tumble Dryers

There are three main types of tumble dryers, each available in a variety of sizes and colours.

  • Vented dryers are the most common variety, removing hot, damp air and filtering it outside through a hose. These are usually quicker, less expensive, and more energy efficient. You will need a nearby window or external vent for the hose.
  • Washer dryers help conserve space, but they usually offer less drying capacity than washing capacity, so you might sometimes have to split your loads.
  • Condenser dryers remove the water like a vented dryer, but instead of releasing the moist air through a vent, they empty the water into a container which you will have to empty. This is a good option if you do not have an external vent or window. However, these tumble dryers are usually more expensive.

Summary and Price Inspector's advice

Now that you have figured out the size and features you want, it's time to start comparison shopping between brands, and Price Inspector is here to help. Popular brands for comparison include Indesit, Hoover, Hotpoint, Beko, White Knight, Bosch, and Creda.

For a basic intro model, expect to pay around £87, while for a tumble dryer with a high capacity, large drum, and all the available features, you could spend as much as £350.

Buying Guide to Tumble Dryers
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