Tired of struggling to the laundromat or the building’s dingy laundry room? Need to dry clothes overnight for work the next morning? If you have a small home or apartment, a portable clothes dryer could be the answer.
This article will tell you how big they are, how much laundry they can handle and how quickly can they dry clothes.
Plus, these top four portable dryers won’t send your electricity bill through the roof.
The Laundry Mini is only a spin dryer and does not have a heater like a regular tumble dryer. The 1750 rpm spin cycle extracts a lot more water than a regular washing machine, but it is not going to completely dry your clothes. Laundry comes out slightly damp and will need a little further air drying. With a 2.2lb capacity, the Laundry Mini can handle about two pairs of jeans per load. This will take about five minutes to spin dry.
Fits on Your Kitchen Counter
The Mini is easy to set up – just unpack it, give a few tweaks, and plug it in. Make sure you remove the locking brace on the bottom of the unit that keeps it from shifting about during shipping.
Weighing only 15lbs and just a little bigger than a microwave oven, the plastic Mini is small and light enough to sit on your kitchen counter and fit under the sink when you are not using it.
- Powerful and fast spin
- Simple controls
- No hook-ups required
- Compact and light
- No heater
- Load needs to be balanced
- Prone to shifting when at full spin
Amazon customers rate the Mini very highly. Coming with a two-year warranty, it is reliable and convenient. Make sure you don’t put the Mini near the edge of a table though – the full spin might cause it to topple off.
The Dr. Dry will get spun dry clothes to completely dry in just a couple of hours, even when full. The drier’s gentle heating action is especially good for delicates and shouldn’t shrink or damage fine fabrics.
A bag ‘tent’ and heater, the Dr. Dry is very easy to set up – just erect the heat insulated cover and plug-in the heater. The 110V heater is in the bottom half of the supporting rod. There are two sets of four arms radiating out from the top to hang your clothes on. It also comes with a free rack for drying towels.
You Won’t Know It’s There
You can either set the heater on a timer or simply switch it on. The heater is quiet and efficient enough not to send your electric bill spiraling.
When disassembled, the Dr. Dry will fit in a regular laundry basket.
- Will completely dry clothes
- Decent capacity
- Can be awkward to assemble
Dries Towels and Sheets
Amazon customers say the Dr. Dry can cope with bed sheets and towels. You just need to flip these over every so often to make sure all the sides get dry. The Dr. Dry comes with a two-year warranty and overall is a great portable clothes dryer for small homes.
The Ventless is another simple ‘heater in a tent’ design. It takes about two to two-and-a-half hours to dry a full load of 22lbs. Smaller amounts of clothing are finished much quicker, while things like towels can take longer.
The 120V heater pumps out a gentle, warm heat that doesn’t leave clothes wrinkled. Laundry comes out easy to iron.
The Ventless is very easy to set up – just slot together the two vertical poles and the hanging arms on the top.
- Compact enough to put in the corner of a room
- Easy to set up in about 5 minutes
- Slow for larger amounts of laundry
- Limited hanging space
Keeps in Heat
Amazon customers report a couple of niggling little problems with the Panda Ventless. The bag zipper can be a bit fiddly, and trouser leg bottoms tend to sit on the base of the canopy. Other than that the Ventless is very good at retaining heat. It also packs away to fit in the bottom of a cupboard. The Ventless comes with a one year manufacturer’s warranty.
This Panda is a small hot air tumble drier machine (as opposed to a heater in a bag). It is available in two different sizes – an 8.8lbs capacity machine and a 13.2lbs version.
Dry Work Shirts Quickly
Measuring 25.60″ x 18.11″ x 29.33″ and weighing 44lbs this Panda needs a sturdy table to stand on, tucked away on the floor somewhere. It comes with handy wall mountings if your home is large enough to hang it out of the way somewhere.
At 110V, the heater will not dry clothes as quickly as a regular, 220V tumble drier. Two pairs of pants, three shirts, and some underwear, for example, will dry in under two hours. Lighter loads typically take less than an hour. There are four temperature settings and a removable lint filter.
- Stainless Steel Drum
- Transparent lid
- Screeching noise if overloaded
- Can’t be packed away and stored
This Panda comes with a one-year warranty and tends to retail a little cheaper than other brand’s same type of machines. Amazon customers have given it high marks for performance and convenience -. The energy-efficient motor is also thrifty with the electricity. If you want something more substantial than a bag-type clothes dryer, the Panda is perfect for just throwing in your wet clothes and going off to do something else. The Panda Portable Compact is available in two sizes:
No More Tokens
Modern portable dryers offer an affordable alternative to frequent trips to the laundromat. Your main choice is whether you want a rigid machine or a collapsible heater and bag arrangement. This will most likely depend on the size of your home. Whichever you choose, you will save money and time in the long run. You also won’t have to dig around anymore for the right coins or tokens.
Click here to read more about the Laundry Alternative Mini Portable Countertop Spin Dryer.
Click here to read more about the Dr Dry Portable Clothing Dryer 1000W Heater.
Click here to read more about the Panda Portable Ventless Clothes Dryer Folding Drying Machine with Heater.
Click here to read more about the Panda Portable Compact Clothes Dryer Apartment Size 8.8lbs Capacity.