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Our Favorite Compact Ventless Dryers of 2021

  1. Best Overall

    Miele TWI180 WP

    Pros

    • Plugs into 120 V outlet

    • Ventless

    • 99.5% clothes dry

    Cons

    • Expensive

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  2. Best Value

    LG DLEC888W

    Pros

    • Best value for ventless condenser dryer

    • Simple controls

    • Sensor Dry

    Cons

    • Slower drying

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Miele T1 compact ventless dryer
Credit: Miele
Best Overall
Miele TWI180 WP

When it comes to space-saving dryers, the Miele T1 tops the list. Unlike most compacts, the T1 can plug into any regular 120V outlet and work just fine. It doesn’t even need a vent or drain. Instead, all the excess water gets pumped into a drawer in the upper-left corner of the unit. While it does require you to empty it out after every cycle, it means this dryer needs no extra infrastructure to run. However, there is an option to bypass the drawer, and have the collected water go down the drain.

The T1 features specialized cycles for everything from tablecloths to denim. During testing, the T1 got laundry more than 96% dry on the Normal, Express, and Delicates cycles, all while keeping its internal temperature under 150°F—the point at which fabric starts to degrade.

As well as drying, the T1 has steam options to eliminate wrinkles and a system called FragranceDos to always keep your clothes smelling fresh, without adding overwhelming scents.

While the T1’s German engineering wowed us with its performance, you will need to adjust your American sensibilities (and your budget) to this dryer. You’ll be waiting a lot longer for cycles to finish, between an hour and an hour-and-a-half per load. Also, while the cycle list is extensive, navigating the menus to get to them is way more complicated than turning a dial and pressing start.

Even considering its faults, the Miele T1 is one helluva dryer, compact or otherwise.

Pros

  • Plugs into 120 V outlet

  • Ventless

  • 99.5% clothes dry

Cons

  • Expensive

LG DLEC888W
Credit: LG Electronics
Best Value
LG DLEC888W

The LG DLEC888W condenser dryer dries well and is more spacious and easy to use than the other models we tested. Its 4.2-cubic-foot drum offers the most space for the money, while remaining just 24 inches wide. On the usability front, this LG simultaneously offers the most features and the easiest-to-use controls.

All the standard cycles on this dryer are easy to read and understand, and it had the most responsive buttons of any of the ventless dryers we tested. You can create custom cycles or even download new ones from an NFC-equipped phone.

When it actually came to our drying tests, which involved weighing standard loads of laundry before and after drying, this LG hit the mark on every cycle. Sensor Dry got our test laundry into a wearable state in a little over two hours.

While it wasn't the fastest dryer on the list, it did have consistent cycle times. Our philosophy is that we'd rather have consistently moderate drying times than a roll of the dice.

One cycle—Bulky Item—pleasantly surprised us. In an hour and 15 minutes, it got 99.7% dry. That's hard for a standard dryer, let alone a condenser model.

Pros

  • Best value for ventless condenser dryer

  • Simple controls

  • Sensor Dry

Cons

  • Slower drying

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How We Tested Ventless Dryers

The Testers

Hi there! We're Reviewed's appliance testing team. We (Jon Chan and Kyle Hamilton) have spent many years testing major appliances including washers, dryers, refrigerators, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners, and robot vacuum cleaners.

We have plenty of experience testing these products in the lab, but we've also used them like normal people would in the course of their daily lives. You can feel confident that when we recommend a product, we're giving it our Reviewed stamp of approval, which means two things: Firstly, this appliance performs well, and secondly, this appliance is easy to use.

The Tests

Every dryer that comes into the Reviewed labs gets put through the same testing regime, which addresses both performance and user-friendliness.

Performance tests include a drying performance, as in how much water does each major dryer cycle actually remove from your clothes, and how quickly can it achieve that level of dryness, as well as a maximum temperature test, where we record the maximum temperature in each dryer cycle. Some like it hot, but if dryer temperatures get too hot, it can damage your clothes.

The best dryers completely dry your clothes at a temperature that is hot (140°F-150°F), but not too hot, and have short cycle times.

Beyond these performance tests, we also assess the usability of each dryer, based on our experience, both during testing and during more casual use. Our main goal is to get the answer to one question: How easy is it to actually use this dryer? This involves cumulatively assessing the control panel, the door, the vent (if one exists), and any smart features that are included.

By combining the performance data with our own observations, we can make solid recommendations for someone looking for any type of dryer at any price point.

What You Should Know About Buying a Ventless Dryer

There’s usually two reasons you’re buying a compact, ventless dryer: You want to save energy, or it’s the only dryer that will fit your space. Most of the things people say they want in a dryer—high capacity, fast drying, clothes that come out fully dry—you just aren’t getting here. The ventless design doesn’t allow it to check all those boxes.

What is a compact dryer?

A yellow measuring tape stretches into the drum of a dryer showing it measures 24 inches
Credit: Reviewed / Jonathan Chan

A compact ventless dryer typically measures 24 inches.

All the ventless models we tested were compact—a standard width of 24 inches wide. It is very common to see compact dryers that are ventless, since these features complement each other and support the same use case.

Smaller than the standard size dryer that Americans are used to, a compact dryer can fit about half the amount of clothes as a traditional dryer, and they’re quite popular in European homes. They are great options for people living in apartments, condos, and even tiny houses. Why, because they can fit anywhere, including interior bathrooms or the kitchen.

How does a ventless dryer work?

The drainage tank of a compact ventless dryer is pulled out
Credit: Reviewed / Jonathan Chan

Ventless dryers drain condensation into a tank that you then have to empty into a sink.

A ventless dryer solves some real problems by working in a way that’s quite different from a conventional dryer. It eliminates the need for running a dryer duct, which is helpful if you live in a building that simply doesn’t give you an option to have a vented dryer.

It also uses drastically less energy than a conventional vented dryer—both for the dryer and for your home’s HVAC system (which has to replace the air your typical dryer sucks out of the room)—by condensing the moisture out of your clothes into a tray or tank that you can empty or drain into your standpipe or a nearby sink.

All this results in a more efficient dryer that can be installed in more places.

Though ventless dryers are more efficient in terms of the energy usage per cycle, they tend to take longer to dry your clothes. They are not fast. Where a conventional dryer typically takes about an hour to dry clothes, a ventless dryer can take anywhere from two to four times as long.

Ventless dryers also get hot enough to warm a room, so keep that in mind if you live in a small space.

If you're willing to tolerate the idiosyncrasies of these space-saving dehumidifiers on steroids, read on.


Other Ventless Dryers We Tested

Bosch 500 Series WTW87NH1UC Heat Pump Dryer

The Bosch 500 Series Heat Pump Dryer draws moisture out of clothes using heat pump technology rather than by heating up air from your home and venting it outside. You will need to drain water from the dryer via hose or periodically empty the small tank.

From an aesthetic point of view, this compact dryer looks great, even with a relatively simple white finish with its stainless door. It features 12 pre-programmed cycles on top of the typical time-dry, with the option to adjust the heat level and the dryness level you prefer.

We aren’t in love with its drying performance in any of the standard cycles. To be clear, our tests show the clothes get dry just fine; it just takes a lot longer to get there. Its normal cycle takes a full 105 minutes to get a load fully dry, a “quick” cycle takes 70 minutes, 85 minutes on delicates, and more than two hours for bulky items to only get 82% dry.

However, considering this machine is such an energy saver, and if you are willing to baby it and don’t mind the small capacity, this is an eco-friendly alternative to conventional vented dryers.

Pros

  • Energy efficient

  • Tons of installation options

  • Dries clothes

Cons

  • Takes forever

  • Complex controls

  • Needs draining

Blomberg DHP24412W

What we like best about the Blomberg DHP24412W is that it uses a heat pump to get clothes dry, which costs more up front but saves up to 25% electricity costs over conventional dryers in the long run.

I also boasts an impressive cycle list and easy-to-read large font size on the controls. Out of the 16 different cycles, though, only five are iterative, with three drying levels for Cottons and two for Permanent Press. The other 11 are all different modes, ranging from Jeans and Mixed Fabrics to Wool Refresh and Jogging Wear.

The DHP24412W's cycles took longer than those on full-size machines, but it was fairly quick for a compact and had no problems getting clothes dry. It even got a bulky comforter ready to be put back on the bed. That's no small feat—even for a larger dryer.

However, it stumbled twice during our testing: The Quick 30-minute cycle only got our test laundry 76% dry, leaving it sopping wet to the touch. The Bulky cycle lasted two hours, but only achieved 82% dryness.

This product is also sold at P.C. Richard under the Beko brand name.

Pros

  • Heat pump drying

  • Clear controls

  • Numerous cycles

Cons

  • Door is hard to open

  • Minimal customization

Miele TXR860 WP

The Miele TXR860Wp Eco & Steam Dryer comes with an expensive price tag, but it is a worthy investment.

With temperatures that will be gentle on clothes and 19 specialty cycles that are just right for any linen type, this dryer will help take care of your clothing without adding wear and tear. All of the cycles we ran lasted over an hour, making this not the fastest machine compared to vented dryers, but what you may not get in speed it makes up for in quality.

The maximum cycle temperatures stay below 150°F, the point in which we see clothing fibers start to degrade, meaning it will do a great job of protecting your clothes from heat, while still thoroughly drying them.

In the upper left corner of the machine, you’ll find a water jug where the condensation from your linens empties into. You will have to manually empty it when it reaches maximum capacity. While we did find this a bit cumbersome, the Miele TXR860 WP had a super easy installation that just requires plugging it into a 120V power outlet.

Pros

  • Easy installation

  • Plugs into 120V outlet

  • Ventless

Cons

  • Expensive

  • Have to manually empty water condensation

Fisher & Paykel DE4024P1

Hailing from New Zealand, the Fisher & Paykel DE4024P1 is a condenser dryer that gets the job done.

Our main takeaway after testing is that this model runs fast and hot, compared to other ventless dryers. The Everyday cycle ran for just an hour and a half and reached temperatures north of 170°F—ouch. Even the Delicates cycle reached a pretty scorching 150.7°F—a temperature we normally associate with a Normal cycle. A dryer should not get hotter than 150°F, or it will degrade your clothes.

Pros

  • 100% dry clothes

  • Ventless

Cons

  • Not for big families

  • Runs hot

Bosch 800 Series WTG865H4UC Compact Condensation Dryer

The Bosch 800 Series Compact Condensation Dryer is the company’s top-end compact, ventless model in the U.S., with a standard self-cleaning condenser. It acts like a dehumidifier, condensing the moisture out of your clothes into a tray you can empty or drain into your standpipe or a nearby sink.

This dryer looks great, and it also uses drastically less energy than a conventional vented dryer. And, while it can get your clothes dry just fine, it’ll take a long time to do so—its Normal cycle takes more than 90 minutes to dry a load.

This machine’s biggest drawback is that its Cotton cycle got all the way up to 176.4°F in our tests, which is way above normal—a dryer should max out at 150°F—and can wear your clothes down more quickly over time.

Pros

  • Compact design

  • No vents required

  • Lots of custom options

Cons

  • Takes forever to dry

  • Gets too hot

  • Small capacity

GE GFT14ESSMWW

If you’re in the market for a compact ventless dryer, the GE GFT14ESSMWW is a pretty good pick. It offers decent drying for its price point, though its performance is somewhat offset by its long cycle times and tendency to get too hot on most of its cycles.

Pros

  • Gets laundry completely dry

Cons

  • Cycles take a long time to finish

  • Temperatures get way too hot

Meet the testers

Jonathan Chan

Jonathan Chan

Senior Manager of Lab Operations

@ReviewedHome

Jonathan Chan currently serves as the Lab Manager at Reviewed. If you clean with it, it's likely that Jon oversees its testing. Since joining the Reviewed in 2012, Jon has helped launch the company's efforts in reviewing laptops, vacuums, and outdoor gear. He thinks he's a pretty big deal. In the pursuit of data, he's plunged his hands into freezing cold water, consented to be literally dragged through the mud, and watched paint dry. Jon demands you have a nice day.

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TJ Donegan

TJ Donegan

Executive Editor

@TJDonegan

TJ is the Executive Editor of Reviewed.com. He is a Massachusetts native and has covered electronics, cameras, TVs, smartphones, parenting, and more for Reviewed. He is from the self-styled "Cranberry Capitol of the World," which is, in fact, a real thing.

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Leigh Harrington

Leigh Harrington

Senior Editor, Home

@lahlah_land

Leigh Harrington has been a writer and editor for the last 20 years, covering travel, lifestyle, food, culture, and history, particularly in New England, where she's based. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, DIY-ing stuff, and exploring the world with her daughter and husband.

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