Last updated: January 24, 2023.
Based on 233 electric dryers, see how long dryers take to dry clothes and which is the fastest clothes dryer on the market, here. The fastest clothes dryers across various brands are also listed.
Fast clothes dryers don’t just save you time, they also save you money by keeping your energy bills low.
Below you’ll get key dryer cycle time results, based on 233 different electric clothes dryers, along with details on the fastest clothes dryers available.
- Dryers take between 34 minutes and 80 minutes to dry clothes.
- On average, dryers take 64.5 minutes to dry clothes.
- The Miele – TWB120 WP is the fastest clothes dryer (47% faster than average).
Continue reading to see the fastest dryers offered by several major brands.
Note: the data used (233 dryers in total) for this post was sourced from ENERGY STAR, various manufacturer websites and other online resources. The data relates to electric tumble / clothes dryers only (i.e. not gas).
How long do dryers take to dry clothes
Dryers take between 34 minutes and 80 minutes to dry clothes.
Timed test cycles for 233 different dryers reveals that, on average, dryers take 64.5 minutes to dry clothes. However, 73 minutes is the most common duration.
These times are based on test cycles required to achieve ENERGY STAR certification.
Many online sources suggest dryers take roughly 30 to 45 minutes, but don’t provide a credible source.
Actual drying time varies with load size, fabric type and dampness, along with many other factors.
For example, delicates can take less than 15 minutes to dry while heavier fabric, commonly used for towels, can take over 3 hours to dry.
The ENERGY STAR test cycle duration, noted above, adds a certain amount of standardization to dryer drying times.
This, in my opinion, is an improvement over using manufacturer stated drying times or drying times that are not supported by a large scale, independent, credible study.
Fastest clothes dryer
With a drying time of just 34 minutes (47% faster than average), the Miele – TWB120 WP is the fastest clothes dryer.
View dryer details on energystar.gov.
This dryer is the fastest ENERGY STAR certified clothes dryer and managed to gain the converted “ENERGY STAR Most Efficient” label.
The time of 34 minutes is based on a test cycle. The actual drying duration can be shorter depending on factors such as dryer setting, load size, fabric and dampness.
Dryer cycle time – key to energy efficiency
Dryer cycle time is a key energy efficiency factor for dryers.
The longer the drying cycle, the more energy is consumed by the dryer.
To be ENERGY STAR certified, dryers must have a test cycle shorter than 80 minutes.
Energy conscious consumers look for ENERGY STAR certified dryers. The level of market demand for dryers with this certification suggests that dryers without this certification are less energy efficient, ultimately taking longer to dry.
Combined Energy Factor (CEF) is a key indicator of energy efficiency. To get the CEF figure, dryer load weight is divided by the power consumed to complete a cycle.
The higher the CEF figure, the more efficient the dryer.
Fast dryers use less power, which means that their CEF will be higher.
Get more details about energy efficient dryers, here, and see how much they cost to run, here.
Next, let’s take a look at dryer cycle time for various brands.
Samsung dryer cycle time
Samsung dryer cycle time ranges from 60 minutes to 73 minutes.
On average, Samsung dryers have a cycle time of 67 minutes. However, 65 minutes is the most common cycle time for Samsung dryers.
With a cycle time of 60 minutes, the fastest Samsung clothes dryer is the Samsung – DV22N680*H*.
This dryer is not just ENERGY STAR certified, it’s an “ENERGY STAR Most Efficient” dryer.
Get more details about this dryer, including the price, on Home Depot, here.
Whirlpool dryer cycle time
On average, Whirlpool dryers take 72 minutes to dry clothes.
The most common Whirlpool dryer cycle time is 73 minutes.
Whirlpool dryer cycle time ranges from 64 minutes to 75 minutes.
The fastest Whirlpool clothes dryer, which also uses the least amount of electricity per load, is the Whirlpool – WHD5090G**. Get more details on energystar.gov.
Miele dryer cycle time
Miele delivers some of the fastest and most efficient dryers on the market.
Miele makes 4 appearances in our table of 11 of the most efficient dryers.
Miele dryer cycle time ranges from 34 minutes to 53 minutes.
On average, Miele dryers take 38 minutes to dry clothes.
The most common Miele dryer cycle time is 37 minutes.
With a cycle time of just 34 minutes, the fastest Miele dryer is the Miele – TWB120 WP (view details on energystar.gov).
GE dryer cycle times
GE dryer cycle times range from 58 minutes to 72 minutes.
On average, per load, GE dryers take 61 minutes to dry clothes.
The most common GE dryer cycle time is 59 minutes.
The fastest GE clothes dryer is the GE – GTD84EC*N*** (get more details on energystar.gov), which has a drying time of 58 minutes.
As mentioned, fast clothes dryers don’t just save you time, they save you money by keeping your electricity bills low.
You can get drying time details on all ENERGY STAR certified dryers on energystar.gov, here.
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