A dryer is a very worthwhile investment for any household. Regardless of whether you have space to air dry your clothes or not, you always want to be done with the laundry as fast as you can. But for smaller households or for those on a tight budget, this can be quite a problem. Keeping that in mind, we tested out the best portable dryers on the market for a week and shortlisted our favourites to make sure you can have the best products.

The List of Top 7 Best Portable Clothes Dryers That are Lighter, More Convenient and Dries Clothes in a Flash

Today, we have for you a list of the Best Portable Clothes Dryers and a buyers’ guide. Whether you’re a frequent traveller or just have a smaller living space, these dryers are the best thing you can do for your clothes. Let’s get into it.

#1. Magic Chef Portable Laundry Dryer

Taking the first spot on our list is the Magic Chef Portable Laundry Dryer and for good reason. It has a good, spacey 2.6 cubic foot capacity which makes it ideal for average to large washloads. The stainless steel inner drum resists corrosion and rust and makes certain to give out only the best output while the swinging door with viewing window lets you watch what’s going on inside to ensure everything goes smoothly.

The adjustable timer control is located at the bottom along with the rest of the options which make control and selection really easy. Aside from that, the dryer also features a PTC heating element which helps greatly in drying clothes quickly and efficiently. It features 5 drying options with Hi-Lo temperatures and a Lint and an Air intake filter as well. You can put it up anywhere you like due to its compact size and if you want, even up on the wall with the help of its wall-mounting hooks.

Overall, it is perfect for the average household with a regular washload. It’s inexpensive, simple, yet very efficient making it ideal for anyone just wanting to get the job done quickly and easily. The materials also ensure it is durable and lasts a long time making it a worthwhile investment.

Features
  • Stainless steel inner drum
  • Multiple drying options with Hi-Lo temperatures
  • Can be mounted on the wall (wall-mount hooks and kit is included)
  • PTC ceramic heating element and enhanced drying with lint and air intake filter
  • Swinging door with viewing window
Pros
  • Compact and easy to shift/handle
  • Good modes
  • Very efficient
Cons
  • Might get a bit loud after a few uses

#2. Sentern Portable Clothes Dryer by Merax

The Sentern Dryer is one of the best things you can do for your laundry. It features a classic, compact design that can easily be moved from one corner to the other and is just small enough to be taken on trips with you. The wide heating options selection it offers might just be its best feature. You can choose from Air dry, hot, warm, cool, and anti-wrinkle which just about covers all the bases and makes for the ideal selection.

Not only does it features a lot of options, but it also does it with extreme efficiency due to the Inner drying machine component working at 120V and 60Hz which lets the machine reach up to temperatures of 140 degrees. Despite, being very powerful, the dryer is quiet as a mouse with a clothing capacity of 9 lbs- perfect for small to average washloads. It’s made with all the timeless components of a dryer with an outer metal hardshell, stainless steel inner tub, lint and air intake filter, and an integrated viewing window.

You can also mount it up on the wall for maximum floorspace preservation and easier access. Overall, it makes for the perfect inexpensive choice for an RV or small apartment to get the weekly washing done.

Features
  • Compact design
  • 5 drying modes
  • Inner powerhouse lets it function at high voltage raising inner temperatures up to 140 degrees
  • Quiet tumble dry
  • 9 lbs capacity
Pros
  • Good heating option selection
  • Accelerated drying
  • Inexpensive
Cons
  • Controls at the bottom call for a bit of bending down which a lot of people prefer not to do

#3. Panda Portable Spin Dryer

The Panda Portable Spin Dryer is perfect for an average washing load in any household with a capacity of 16-22 lbs. You can put any load in here and expect Panda to work its magic with its 3200 RPM spinning speed making the work easy and fast. It features a gravity drain which makes it perfectly portable and easy to operate.

Despite the lack of options, the dryer is perfectly capable of getting the work done with its increased efficiency which dries at a much faster speed than other dryers. Its cylinder design also makes it perfect for putting in small places and the outer dark grey design blends in with any exterior. The top is a glass lid so you can watch the inside happenings easily. It is important to note that it guarantees a 90% drying meaning the clothes will be slightly damp that can be air-dried to completion in less than half an hour.

Overall, the compact design makes it perfect for dorm rooms, small apartments, and RVs and its capacity ensures you can get a lot done at once. The spinning speed is its star feature and helps you dry clothes a hundred times faster than it would naturally. It is perfect for the price and the best product you can find.

Features
  • Stainless steel drum and steel exterior
  • 110V outlet and 3200 RPM spinning speed
  • Gravity drain
  • Fast and efficient and saves line time
  • Dries up to 90%
Pros
  • Very fast and efficient
  • Compact design with large capacity
  • Excellent for the price
Cons
  • No such cons found

#4. Nina Soft Spin Clothes Dryer by The Laundry Alternative

If something really small and portable is what you’re looking for, then this is perfect for you. This ventless portable dryer is perfect for people who travel a lot or even small dorms or apartments. It is a spin dryer rather than a heat one so rather than drying the clothes fully, it dries until damp to reduce the line time and save energy and space.

With a speed of 1800 RPM, you are guaranteed to get the best results in the shortest amount of time without any venting or drainage system. Its 12 lbs capacity makes it the perfect candidate for small to average loads and makes it a good choice for anyone living on their own too due to it being quite cheap, very effective, and having a 3-year warranty. It is a bit heavy to lift if you’re an older person or have any physical disabilities but is the best choice for any household otherwise.

Overall, with its lovely design, efficiency, speed, and highly portable nature, it is perfect for any household, RV, or vacation house. It has a three-year warranty, a good spinning speed, and a low price making it a worthwhile investment.

Features
  • Ventless and portable
  • 1800 RPM speed
  • 3-year manufacturer warranty
  • 12 lbs capacity
  • Perfect for trips
Pros
  • Small and portable
  • Easy to use
  • Inexpensive
Cons
  • It is heavy

#5. Panda PAN865W Compact Laundry Dryer

Panda clearly has some of the best laundry items you can get which is why this is the second time one of them has appeared on this list. It has an 8.8 lbs capacity making it good for small washloads and having a lighter design too. With its 120V outlet, you can plug it in in any socket with ease and be guaranteed the best results. Not only that, but it has a sleek, streamlined design making it perfect for households with more modern decor.

The dryer is pretty high-tech with a touchscreen control panel, a smart humidity sensor, safety child-lock, and automatic as well as manual modes.  It has multi-installation modes like side-by-side, stacking, and wall mount which make it a very versatile product for any household. With a steel body, a stainless steel inner drum, an integrated viewing window, and a chic looking design, not only is this dryer highly functional but also looks great, not to mention its high-tech features just sweeten the deal.

Overall, this dryer is perfect for any small household with a capacity that is just enough for the weekly washing. It is highly functional, versatile, and modern making it the perfect buy.

Features
  • 120V outlet
  • 6 cubic feet/ 8.8 lbs capacity: perfect for smaller loads
  • Stainless steel drum and integrated viewing window
  • Intelligent humidity sensor, touchscreen control pad, and automatic modes
  • Multi-installation modes
Pros
  • Good for the price
  • Efficient and fast
  • Visually appealing
Cons
  • No such cons to be found

#6. Portable Ventless Clothes Dryer With Heater by Panda

This is a very useful and innovative design. Rather than the classic dryer, you can hang your clothes up on this and use the airtight bag to shut them in after which, the machine will blow hot air upwards to dry them. It is perfect for anyone not wanting something really noisy and low-budget since it costs only 65 dollars and makes for a super handy and nifty gadget.

The stand is made of stainless steel that resists any corrosion or rust and the heat vent is powered by a 120V outlet making it perfect for any household. This is especially great if you can’t really afford to get a dryer and are living in a closed area. It can hold up to 22 lbs which is a lot more than the average dryer and can be fooled up for compact storing too. It takes up to an hour and a half to dry fully but this majorly depends on how big the washload is.

Overall, it is a great buy on its own or to accompany an existing dryer. It’s great for small areas and traveling and due to it being super cheap and having a long warranty, its perfect for any students too. You can’t really go wrong with Panda after all.

Features
  • Foldable rack
  • Control panel at the bottom
  • 120V outlet
  • Very easy to assemble and disassemble
  • Perfect for smaller living areas
Pros
  • Fun and innovative design
  • Very cheap
  • Very efficient
Cons
  • The design might not be to some peoples liking

#7. Compact Electric Vented Dryer by Haier

If you’re looking for something super small and handy, this might just be the one for you. With a very compact and portable design, you can be sure that this little guy won’t be causing you any trouble. It provides an electrical use interface which gives you the statistics of the machine as you work and provides optimal results. The drum is zinc-coated steel which makes this dryer very durable.

It has three auto-dry settings, a timed dry cycle, five timed dry settings and three temperature settings which makes this a very useful dryer with a lot of variety. You can also enable the end of the cycle timer so that you remember to take it out when it’s done. The temperature dryness sensor is optimized and will operate according to the needs which leaves you to only select the mode and let the machine handle the rest of the work. Overall, it is perfect for any small apartment with one or two people living in it.

The capacity is geared more towards smaller washing loads but running it twice isn’t that big of an issue. The only problem it does pose is if you overload it, it won’t give good results. Despite being a bit expensive, you can be assured of the quality and know that you’re making the right choice.

Features
  • Zinc coated steel drum
  • Variety of functions to ensure the best drying experience
  • Interior lint filter
  • End-of-cycle signal
  • Can be mounted on the wall
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Wide variety of functions
  • Fast and highly efficient
Cons
  • Less capacity

How to Pick the Right Compact Clothes Dryer for Better Performance – Ultimate Buyers’ Guide

When getting yourself a dryer, you need to be sure of what you need. Despite the wide variety of products out there making it very confusing to look for your perfect one, it can actually be very easily streamlined to what you need. When getting a dryer, consider the type of dryer you need, the build of it, the functions, and the capacity. Let’s get into it.

Type

The most common dryers are the heat and spinner dryers. While one heats your laundry under it is 100 percent dried, the one spins it and squeezes out all the water leaving it only slightly damp. While heat dryers are generally a lot more effective, they are also more expensive and bulkier which makes them slightly hard to transport and deal with especially in super small spaces. Spinner dryers are much cheaper and can be transported very easily making them the ideal choice for students or people who are frequent travellers. The capacity in both is mostly the same and the result only varies slightly. Consider which one works for you better before making your purchase.

Build

This refers to how the dryer is built. Most dryers come in a cubic shape which takes up a lot more space than cylindrical dryers which do the same thing occupying a lot less space. The drainage is also a big issue. Unless it is a gravity drain, you can’t really call it portable since otherwise, it’ll be needing a proper drain connection. Make sure what you get is optimized to your living space. If you have no proper space, then a cylindrical gravity drain dryer is the one to go for. If you have some space and can get a regular cube-shaped dryer with proper drainage, then go for it.

Functions

This depends a lot more on the type of clothes you’ll be needing to dry. Make sure the dryer you get has the necessary functions according to the most-washed fabric, your time, and schedule. A heating dryer is the one that generally has a larger variety while the spinning dryer doesn’t really need it since all it does is spin your clothes.  When selecting a heat dryer, make sure to carefully check all the functions it has to offer.

Capacity

Again, this depends more on your washload than anything else. If you’re living in a house with more people, you might want to get a dryer with a larger capacity (above 16 lbs). If two or fewer people live in your house, anything less than 16 would do and if there’s just one person, then capacity- as long as its above 7 lbs- won’t really matter. Make sure that whatever you get is geared towards your needs.

Last Verdict

And that brings us to the end of the best portable clothes dryers! We hope you found this informative and helpful. If you have any suggestions or feedback, please leave them down in the comments below. As always, thank you for reading and until next time!

About the author

Lisa Scholfield

Lisa Scholfield is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of "The Digital World". Her books have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist.

Lisa lives in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, a medium-sized dog, and an attack cat. Before she started writing "The Digital World", she experimented with various occupations: computer programming, dog-training, scientificating… But her favorite job is the one she’s now doing full time — writing product reviews.

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