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If you haven't got a lot of space and need a small tumble dryer - then read on. We've chosen 5 of the best mini dryers that are perfect for the winter months and if you're drying smaller loads.

Here's our top 3 on the UK market for 2020:

     The Best Small Tumble Dryers of 2020

White Knight C37AW Compact 3kg Tumble Dryer
Energy Class C; 2 heat settings / 140 minute timer; Dimensions: H67cm x W50cm x D47cm; 3kg Capacity
Indesit IS41V Freestanding C Rated Vented Tumble Dryer - White
Cool Cycle: Y; Drying Capacity: 4kg; Drying Type: Vented; EBAY: FixedPriceItem
Hotpoint V4D01P Tumble Dryer White 4 Kilogram - Vent on the Front
Vent is on the front; High and Low Heat Setting; Timed Tumble Drying; 66 dB Noise Level; Anti Tangle Technology

Last update on 2020-08-07 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

What size is the smallest Tumble Dryer?

What size is the smallest tumble dryer? Well, it all depends on what you mean by "Size". 

In terms of load capacity, the smallest tumble dryer on our list is just 3kg. For comparison, this means it can handle around 15 t-shirts or 3 pairs of jeans or 6 large towels.

In terms of dimensions, the smallest is 67cm x W 49cm x D 48cm.

Which tumble dryers are best?

You might be wondering how to choose the best tumble dryer. This is exactly the same problem we had deciding upon our shortlist.

Besides getting clothes dry, here's our top 3 criteria:

1. Safety First

After all the appalling house and flat fires caused by tumble dryers, we rank safety as being the most important feature.

We looked at the manufacturer's track record, is there a "lint full" alarm and how easy is it to remove and clean the filter.

2. Energy Efficient

The best tumble dryers are energy-efficient. It shouldn't have the carbon footprint of a small village and cost loads to run.

3. Quiet

You don't want to put up with a banging, rattling metal box whenever you need some clothes dry in a hurry.

The best models should be quiet and put out less than 65db.

Small tumble dryers for flats

If you're living in a flat, it's likely you've got a lot less space to play with.

A stackable tumble dryer will help as you can put on your washing machine or worktop.

If you've space by an exterior wall (or next to a sink) you should consider a vented tumble dryer. These are usually cheaper than the condenser types. Also, you can be sure all of the hot air goes outside (which is not always the case with condensers).

Small Tumble Dryer Reviews

Here are our reviews of the best small dryers on the UK market in 2020.

If you're in the market for a small tumble dryer then the White Knight C37AW is pretty hard to beat.

It's really compact and measures just H 67cm x W 50cm x D 47cm. That means it's only a few inches bigger than a piece of carry on luggage.

So it'll fit in the smallest of spaces, like on top of your washing machine or even in your shed (and there's wheels so it's easy to move, too).

White Knight small tumble dryer

This mini-dryer can handle 3 Kgs of laundry in one go. To give you an idea, that's roughly 3 bath towels, 4 hand towels and 4 t-shirts.

There are 2 drying speeds for and a total drying time of 2 hours and 20 minutes - enough to get the dampest pair of jeans dry.

At 64 db it's pretty quiet. Despite being rated "C" for energy efficient it uses 2.05 kw/h of electricity per cycle. That's around 31p depending on your local provider.

You do need to know this is a vented tumble dryer and the supplied hose fits in at the rear. The good news is it's nice and easy to install. Just open the packaging, plug-it in and you're good to go.

The only real downside with this model is the power cable is just 1 meter long. This means you might need use an extension cord if you're far away from a socket.

However, this model is perfect if you're in a flat or need a small and compact dryer. And for the price, it's excellent value for money.


  • Drys 3 KGs of Clothes
  • Small, Light & Compact
  • Has wheels
  • Easy to install
  • Made in the UK
  • Great Price


  • "C" Rated Energy Efficiency
  • Short power cord

This 4kg model from Indesit has a really small footprint - it measures just 67cm x W 49cm x D 48cm. That's 2/3rds the size of a standard-sized dryer.

Even better - this one fits flat against a wall and that 48 cm depth is the total measurement. It includes the rear plate, power cord and door rim.

This one is a vented tumble dryer (i.e not a condenser) and the hose fits at the front.

The filter is also at the front and incredibly easy to take out, clean and replace (which is important given the fire concerns with all these appliances).

Indesit 4kg tumble dryer

Here's a video showing how easy this is:

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The filter is also at the front and incredibly easy to take out, clean and replace (which is important given the fire concerns with all these appliances).

Features wise, it does have a reverse tumble action. This prevents all your clothes clumping together and gets them dry quicker.

The standard cycle is 130 minutes - but there is a shorter synthetics cycle. It will dry 4kg of clothes and owners have reported it's just big enough to take a king-size duvet.

The main drawback with this model is there isn't a quick dry programme. So that's not good if you need something in a hurry.

The biggest selling point here is the small size and that it can be put flat against a wall.

If you're looking for a tumble dryer for your flat or small apartment - this could be the one for you.


  • Easy to use
  • Reverse-tumble action
  • Depth is only 48cm
  • Fits flat against a wall
  • Easy to remove filter


  • No quick dry cycle

This Hotpoint dryer is almost the same as the one above. Both are 4 KGs, both have a "C" level energy-efficiency, and both are exactly the same size - 67cm x W 49cm x D 48cm.

So apart from the price - what is the difference?

Well, the first big difference is the drying time on this one is quite a bit shorter.

A load of cottons will take 95 minutes compared to 135 minutes in the Indesit dryer. A partial load takes only 53 minutes.

Hotpoint 4KG tumble dryer

As with the Indesit model, there is a reverse-tumble mode to prevent your clothes getting tangled. The hose is at the front and the filter pulls out easily from just inside the door.

There's also a 20-minute "Refresh programme". So if you find something at the bottom of the laundry basket that you absolutely need this setting (and some fragrance...) could be a life-saver.

Another difference is Hotpoint gives you a 10-year parts warranty in addition to 1-year of labour.

All told, this is a great small dryer that will suit a small space like a flat, caravan or house boat.


  • 2/3rds the size of a standard dryer
  • Reverse-tumble action
  • 20-minute refresh cycle
  • Filter removes easily
  • 10-year parts warranty


  • No quick dry programme