Tumble Dryer Capacities
Find out precisely what tumble dryer capacities mean, and whether a large or small model is right for your family with our simple guide.
WHAT CAPACITIES ARE AVAILABLE?
The capacity of a tumble dryer refers to the dry weight of clothes you can fit inside the drum.
There is an extensive range of capacities available – perfect if you live alone, with your partner or you have a large family. The most common sizes tend to be 7 kg-9 kg, although it’s possible to find smaller and larger models too.
It’s important to remember that the usable capacity for tumble dryers is different, depending on the type of clothing you’re drying. For example, you should typically halve the advertised capacity when it comes to synthetics like polyester. So, if you have a 7 kg tumble dryer, you can dry up to 3.5 kg of synthetic clothing in one go.
Likewise, to always ensure perfect dryness, you should never overfill your tumble dryer. Sometimes, filling a dryer to 100% capacity can affect results. To get the best results every time, fill the drum to 70% of the dryer’s full capacity.
The larger the tumble dryer capacity, the more drying you can do in one go. Every kilogram is roughly equal to a whole outfit, including trousers, top, underwear and socks.
It’s useful to buy a tumble dryer with the same capacity as your washing machine. Doing so will mean that you can easily transfer your entire wash between the two appliances.
DOES SIZE MATTER?
Larger drums generally help improve the flow of hot air, decreasing drying times and improving energy efficiency.
The increased space in the drum also reduces creasing in your clothes, as fabrics have room to move freely. Some models can even hold a duvet – ideal for when you need to freshen up your bedding.
Compact tumble dryers tend to be slower and less energy efficient, but relatively cheap to buy. These are probably better for someone living alone, or on a tight budget.
It’s useful to buy a tumble dryer with the same capacity as your washing machine.
YOUR DRYING NEEDS
When deciding on your tumble dryer’s capacity, it’s wise to think about your family’s needs and drying habits.
The table below will give you a broad idea of what each capacity can hold, to help you decide what will work best for you at home.
If you only want to do a few small loads a week, then a capacity of 4 kg to 6 kg should be just right.
Tumble dryers with a 7 kg to 8 kg capacity can handle more clothes if you do more laundry, or if you occasionally need to dry a few larger items.
If you have a large family that needs to do a lot of drying every week, then it’s probably worth going for a model of 8kg+ to cope with the bulkier loads.