Tumble Dryer Sizes and Dimensions
Knowing the size of your new tumble dryer is important, as you’ve probably picked a space for it already. Some appliances vary a lot in size, but thankfully tumble dryers come in two distinct types – full size and compact.
This section of our buyers guide is mainly about the physical dimensions of tumble dryers. This often relates to the amount of washing they can hold, but it’s not always true that you can fit more into a larger machine. For more information on tumble dryer capacities, click here.
Full Size Tumble Dryers
Full size tumble dryers are usually of a typical size and are much more common than compact models in the UK.
If you want enough space to take a load straight from the washing machine and dry it, you’ll need one of these designs.
These dryers normally measure 85 cm in height, 60 in width and 60 cm in depth, although there is some variation between makes and models. Some Beko models are shallower than usual, such as the WMC126W, which is only 45 cm front to back.
If you have particularly short counters you want to fit your tumble dryer under, or a very specific sized hole in your kitchen you’re looking to fill, it’s worth spending time researching the slight differences in size between different models. However, working with the standard dimensions will give you a good idea whether a tumble dryer will fit.
Compact Tumble Dryers
For those with significantly less space or lower laundry drying requirements, a small, compact tumble dryer could be perfect.
These occupy a significantly smaller footprint, with dimensions around 67 cm tall, 49 cm wide and 48 cm deep.
These small, handy appliances can be easily slotted into a kitchen or utility room. However, they often have smaller internal capacities and are more difficult to get hold of.
It’s not just the size of the overall appliance you should be considering.
The size of the door can have a noticeable impact on how easy the appliance is to use. If you’re frequently washing large, bulky items, getting them in and out of smaller portholes can become a real chore.
For the front loading models most common in the UK, portholes range in size from small 27 cm diameter openings to huge 40 cm ones that can easily take everything you throw at them.
The size of the door can have a noticeable impact on how easy the appliance is to use.
See in Store for Real Size
If size is an important factor for you when purchasing a new tumble dryer, it’s worthwhile visiting a shop so you can see the tumble dryer for real. Sometimes when manufacturers list dimensions, they don’t include hoses or pipes at the back. To make absolutely sure the new tumble dryer will fit, pop into your local store first.
This is especially important if you’re intending to buy a vented model, as you’ll also need space for the hose.