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.
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.