The 10 Best Tumble Dryers - June 2017
Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every tumble dryer on the market in the US to determine our top 10 list.
In total we compared over 1,170 tumble dryers, 138 reviews and 62 prices. Last updated 20 June 2017.
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Choosing the Right Tumble Dryer
Tumble dryers take damp, clean clothes and rotate them in a heated drum, removing the moisture from the clothes to dry them quickly and effectively. There are two main types of dryers - condenser and vented. Here are the main advantages and differences between them:
Condenser Tumble Dryers
These dryers work by taking the moisture from the damp clothes and storing it in a water trap, which must be emptied after every couple of cycles. These dryers have no need for hoses or vents to remove the moisture, and so are more suitable for smaller apartments, or places where setting up an outside vent would be troublesome. However the tradeoff is a need to empty the water trap frequently, otherwise you may find the dryer not working as effectively.
Vented Tumble Dryers
These tumble dryers work by separating the moisture from the damp clothes, then venting the damp air outside via a hose. The venting means that there is no need to empty water traps after every cycle, making it simpler to use. However the dryer may require specialist installation, especially if the vent needs to be placed through an exterior wall.
The capacity of the drum in your tumble dryer will determine how many clothes you can fit in a single cycle. Drum capacity is measured in Kg, with a single Kg being equivalent to a single outfit. Bigger dryers have bigger capacities, which may be necessary for families - single people and couples may find it far cheaper and more energy efficient to buy a smaller dryer.
Most models of tumble dryer contain several different programs for clothing of different material, as well as different temperatures and spin levels for more delicate pieces of clothing. While not all of these programs may be necessary, more programs is generally a good sign of a higher-end and more capable tumble dryer.
Many dryers also contain an anti-crease setting - this causes the the drum to rotate unheated at the end of cycles, in order to minimise wrinkling on laundry. This setting is extremely helpful if you plan on leaving laundry tumbling while you go out, or overnight. If left unmoved, your cleaned laundry will develop unsightly creases, as the clothing is all jumbled up and folded at strange angles from the spin drying. However periodically rotating the drum causes the laundry to shift anew, stopping creases developing.
Some more advanced models of tumble dryer will have a moisture sensor installed. This sensor detects the dampness of the clothes, and automatically adjusts the cycle to give just enough time for the clothes to be completely dried. This saves both time and money, since the dryer will automatically stop once the clothes are dry.
All our tumble dryers are graded on their energy efficiency. The higher the grade, the less energy will be used per cycle, and the cheaper the dryer will be to run. Look for a dryer graded at A++ or above for the best efficiency in daily use.
Tumble Dryer Retailers, Prices and Features
Tumble Dryer Prices
The price range of tumble dryers is from $70 to $1,796 and in total we found prices for 18 tumble dryers. The average price of a new tumbler is $763 and the 80% of laundry dryer are priced between $450 and $1,164. The cheapest tumble dryer that we found is the Siemens iQ700 at only $71, and the most expensive is the LG DLEX9500K at $1,795.
Tumbler Brands - Price Range
Bosch laundry dryer start at $799 and the most expensive Bosch tumble dryer costs $1,254. The average price of Bosch laundry dryer is $1,042 which is the highest average price of all tumble dryer brands.
LG laundry dryer start at $545 and the most expensive LG tumbler costs $1,795. The second highest average tumbler price out of all brands is LG laundry dryer with an average price of $1,034.
The average price of Whirlpool tumble dryers is $740 which is the third highest average price of all tumble dryer brands. Whirlpool tumble dryers range in price from $315 to $1,164.
Tumbler Brands - Average Ratings
We have checked 3 expert reviews and 30 user reviews for laundry dryer and used these reviews to calculate the average rating for each brand of tumbler. The top three tumble dryer brands are Samsung, Whirlpool and Frigidaire. Samsung has an average rating of 89%, Whirlpool has an average rating of 59% and Frigidaire has an average rating of 25%.
Biggest Tumble Dryer Retailers
The biggest tumbler retailer by number of products currently for sale is Appliances Connection. We found 9 current tumbler offers from Appliances Connection. The second biggest tumbler retailer is eBay with 7 offers. That means Appliances Connection is significantly bigger than eBay when it comes to tumble dryers. Best Buy is the third biggest retailer with 5 current offers.
When Are Most New Tumble Dryers Released?
We couldn't see any noticeable pattern in the release dates for new laundry dryer over the last 3 years. The biggest month last year for new tumbler releases was September, with 69 new tumble dryers released that month. December was the biggest month in 2015 for new tumble dryers, with 113 new tumble dryers released that month. In 2014 most new laundry dryer were released in September, with 109 new laundry dryer released that month.
How Fast Do Tumbler Prices Drop After Release?
On average laundry dryer drop in price by 15% in the first 6 months after release. That means a saving of $113 on a typical $763 new tumble dryer if you wait 6 months before buying.
Across the range of laundry dryer, the drum capacities range from 3kg to 20kg. The drum capacities of the majority of laundry dryer range from 7.7kg to 8.4kg. The SamsungDVE50M7450 has the biggest drum capacity. This tumble dryer is a 20kg capacity tumbler and is on sale for $599.00. The tumbler with the smallest drum capacity is the SamsungDVE50M7450, which is a 7kg capacity tumble dryer and sells for $659.00.
Biggest Tumbler Retailers
The biggest tumble dryer retailer by number of products currently for sale is Appliances Connection. We found 9 current tumble dryer offers from Appliances Connection. The second biggest tumble dryer retailer is eBay with 7 offers. That means Appliances Connection is significantly bigger than eBay when it comes to tumble dryers. Best Buy is the third biggest retailer with 5 current offers.
Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Laundry Dryer?
With the cheapest price on 5 laundry dryer, Appliances Connection is most frequently the cheapest tumbler store.
Proportion of Tumble Dryers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?
With the cheapest price on 55.6% of its laundry dryer, Appliances Connection is most frequently the cheapest tumble dryer store.