If you're in the market for a new dryer, it's natural to be a little overwhelmed. Even if you've narrowed that search to just European brands, the choice can be just as hard. That's why the experts at Appliances Connection have created a list of the three best European dryer brands of 2021.
Bosch is by far one of the best European dryer brands out there. With German engineering and a huge variety of smart features, Bosch has an abundance of dryers available that will suit whatever needs you have. For the highest-end features, look to their 800 Series, whose condenser dryers have a sensitive drying system that adjusts each cycle's power to the load, keeping your clothes looking their best for longer. As condensing dryers, they also don't require ventilation, so you have more placement options than a traditional dryer. Bosch dryers in both the 800 and 500 Series have Home Connect™ technology that connects to your Wi-Fi so you can control your laundry from anywhere in your home via your smartphone. As a recent recipient of the ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award, Bosch also makes some of the most efficient dryers you can buy, so you can save money on your electric bill and reduce your impact on the planet to boot.
Miele's German innovation and heavy-duty parts make for some of the most robust, reliable dryers in the world. Look for smart features that let you control your dryer from your smartphone using the Miele@Mobile app and WiFiConn@ct technology. Dryers in the Classic Series also come with a FragranceDos system that automatically dispenses your chosen scent into your clean clothes and heat-pump technology that allows you to dry even delicate clothing quickly and safely. Miele dryers also include honeycomb drums that help agitate clothes gently. Other features to look out for include the PerfectDry system that automatically adjusts your dryer's cycles based on the moisture level and DirectSensor controls that allow you to maximize your control of the appliances with the touch of a few buttons.
For compact, budget-friendly dryers with a high load capacity and precision German engineering, it's hard to beat Blomberg. Their 24-inch dryers routinely hold more than 4 cu. ft. of laundry, making them great choices for apartment dwellers and people who live in small spaces. Blomberg's control panels are all electric, ergonomically positioned, and easy to use: in many models they can even suggest the ideal temperature and cycle settings for your laundry. Many of their dryers come with a jeans cycle meant specifically for heavy-duty clothing that can be hard to dry. Also look for LED interior lighting to make sure you never miss that one sock, and Aquawave drums that gently tumble your clothing. Their OptiSense™ technology uses four different sensors to measure the exact conditions of each load and adjust them accordingly. Blomberg is also a pioneer of the closed-loop heat exchanger, which means their ventless heat pump dryers work at a 40% lower temperature than traditional dryers. This further helps keep your clothes looking like new.
How many years does a dryer last?
An average dryer will last between 8 and 12 years. High-quality brands, such as the ones listed in this post, can last even longer, especially if you keep them clean and well maintained.
How do you know if your dryer is going bad?
If the drum struggles to turn, the clothes don't get as hot as they should, you hear popping or banging sounds during the cycle, or the dryer stops mid-cycle, you should look into replacing your dryer. If your dryer is particularly old, it may be worth the investment to upgrade it anyway, as the energy savings a modern dryer affords are top-notch.