SIZE AND DIMENSIONS
Knowing your new tumble dryer’s size is essential, 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 much more common than compact models in the UK.
If you want enough space to dry a load straight from the washing machine, you’ll need one of these designs.
These dryers usually measure 85 cm in height, 60 cm 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 DTGC8001W, which is only 54 cm front to back.
If you have particularly short counters, or a specific space in your kitchen, it’s worth spending time researching the slight differences in size. However, working with the standard dimensions will give you a good idea of whether a tumble dryer will fit into your home.
COMPACT TUMBLE DRYERS
For those with significantly less space or lower laundry drying requirements, a small, compact tumble dryer could be perfect.
These models occupy a much smaller footprint, with dimensions around 67 cm tall, 49 cm wide and 48 cm deep.
These small, handy appliances are easy to slot into a kitchen or utility room. However, they often have smaller internal capacities and are more difficult to find.
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 simple the dryer 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 most common front-loading models, portholes range in size from small 30 cm diameter openings, to huge 48 cm ones that can easily take everything you throw at them.
The size of the door can have a noticeable impact on how simple the dryer is to use.
SEE IN-STORE FOR REAL SIZE
If size is an essential factor when purchasing your new tumble dryer, it’s worth visiting a shop so you can see the appliance for real. Sometimes, when manufacturers list dimensions, they don’t include hoses or pipes at the back. To make sure the new tumble dryer will fit, pop into your local store first.
This is especially important if you intend on buying a vented model, as you’ll also need space for the hose.