The best dryers for wet-weather days

Meet the machines that will deliver soft, fluffy clothes throughout the colder months without blowing your energy bill.

1 Best for… Delicates

The 11 drying programs, including Woollens and Silks Handcare, in this TKB 540 WP Condenser tumble dryer (H85xD63.6xW59.6cm) combine with Miele’s famous Honeycomb Plus drum, that’s specially designed to cushion and protect garments,to ensure your most precious clothes are dried safely.

2 Best for… Ironing-phobes
Boasting a Fast-Iron cycle – a short, heated, conditioning cycle that helps relax fabrics that may have become tangled or stiff – the DYC9913AX model (H85xW60xD60cm) takes the effort out of ironing. Hoover’s innovative Aquavision in-door water reservoir also makes it easy to judge when collected condensed water needs emptying.

3 Best for… Speed
6th Sense technology in this HSCX 10443 dryer (H84.5xW59.6xD65.9cm) senses the level of moisture in each load and adapts to deliver excellent results, dramatically reducing energy use and drying time, for those that don’t need it. A patented SteamCare system can be used to refresh garments that are not quite dirty enough for a wash.

4 Best for… Open-plan kitchens
With Twinair heat-pump technology, the D76SY2B tumble dryer(H85xW60xD60cm) is whisper quiet and returns negligible condensation back into the room, making it the perfect kitchen appliance for those without a separate utility. Its sleek jet-black finish will look smart, too, in a modern country scheme.

5 Best for… Low maintenance
Condenser dryers are a great option for those without the ability to externally vent, but keeping the condenser reservoir clean is a pretty tedious task. This clever WTY86791GB model (H84.2xW59.8xD63.4cm) avoids this thanks to its SelfCleaning system, which automatically cleans the condenser up to four times per drying process.

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