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You've just washed some clothes and now they need to dry. Sure, you can hang it on a clothes horse, but it's winter, it's cold outside and having a clothes horse standing around in your flat for 2-3 days isn't much of an eye-catcher. On top of that, there is all the moisture in the air. You can easily solve this problem with a Bosch tumble dryer.

In our Bosch tumble dryer test 2021 we want to present the advantages and disadvantages of these tumble dryers from Bosch. We also answer the most important questions you might have before buying a Bosch tumble dryer. After you have read through everything, you will know exactly where to buy a Bosch tumble dryer, how much you have to spend on it, which different models are available and which criteria you have to consider before making a decision.




The most important Facts

  • The most popular models of Bosch tumble dryer are the series 4, series 6 and series 8.
  • There are 3 different types of Bosch tumble dryers: exhaust air dryer, condensation dryer and heat pump dryer.
  • The energy consumption of a Bosch tumble dryer depends on the tumble dryer type. A heat pump tumble dryer has a lower energy consumption than the other types.

The Best Bosch Tumble Dryer: Our Picks

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a Bosch Tumble Dryer

What makes Bosch tumble dryers different from other manufacturers?

In addition to the standard functions and programmes, a Bosch tumble dryer offers a synthetic, warm dryer and allergy plus programme.

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The first tumble dryers can be dated back to around 1800. At that time, the first hand-operated tumble dryer was invented in France by M. Pochon. (Image source: pixabay.com / RyanMcGuire)

In addition, a Bosch tumble dryer of the newer generation has LED drum lighting so that the laundry can be put in and taken out easily even in low light.

The standard programme is the cotton cupboard dry programme and takes 117 minutes for a full load and partial load.

How much does a Bosch tumble dryer cost?

The price range of Bosch tumble dryers is quite wide. The cheapest model we found for you is around 330 euros.

In contrast, the most expensive Bosch tumble dryer costs around 1,500 euros.

Bosch tumble dryer price
WTA73200 approx. 330€
WTYH7710ES approx.1.500€

The three most popular Bosch tumble dryer models are the Series 4, Series 6 and Series 8. On average, a Series 4 tumble dryer costs around 500 euros, a Series 6 around 570 euros and a Series 8 around 800 euros.

The difference in price is due to the functions and features of the Bosch tumble dryer, but also to its energy consumption per year.

How loud is a Bosch tumble dryer?

A Bosch tumble dryer produces an average of 65 decibels (dB). You can compare this noise level with the volume of a small group of people, for example.

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If not cleaned properly, vegetable oils or animal fats can catch fire through spontaneous combustion when the laundry is heated at temperatures above 70° Celsius. Therefore, always make sure that such soiling has been removed before the drying process. (Image source: pixabay.com / Frantisek_Krejci)

Normally, this is not considered annoying, but if you are a noise-sensitive person and have the possibility, we recommend placing the tumble dryer in the basement.

What alternatives are there to Bosch tumble dryers?

In addition to the numerous Bosch tumble dryer models, there are other manufacturers that also offer high-quality tumble dryers. If you are interested in other manufacturers, you should take a look at the following suppliers:

  • AEG
  • Siemens
  • Miele
  • Samsung
  • Bauknecht

What Types of Bosch Tumble Dryers are there and which one is right for you?

You can distinguish between the following Bosch tumble dryer models:

  • Bosch Series 4 tumble dryer
  • Bosch Series 6 tumble dryer
  • Bosch 8 Series tumble dryers

What distinguishes a Bosch Series 4 tumble dryer and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The Bosch Series 4 tumble dryer has a capacity of 8 kg and dries pleasantly quietly thanks to its anti-vibration design.

With its gentle drum structure, the laundry is not only dry, but also fluffy, soft and wrinkle-free.

Advantages
  • Capacity of 8 kg
  • Sensitive Drying System
Disadvantages
  • Energy efficiency class A+

Unlike the other models, the Bosch Series 4 tumble dryer only has an energy efficiency rating of A+.

What distinguishes a Bosch Series 6 tumble dryer and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Compared to the Bosch 4 Series tumble dryer, the Bosch 6 Series tumble dryer has a capacity of only 7 kg.

On the other hand, this model has an energy efficiency rating of A+++. The Bosch Series 6 tumble dryer was rated GOOD (1.9) by Stiftung Warentest.

Advantages
  • Energy efficiency class A+++
  • EasyClean filter
Disadvantages
  • Capacity of 7 kg

Thanks to the EasyClean filter, cleaning the condensation filter is easy as it is located in the base of the tumble dryer.

What makes a Bosch Series 8 tumble dryer stand out and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

With an A+++ energy efficiency rating and a capacity of 8 kg, the Bosch Series 8 tumble dryer allows you to dry large amounts of laundry at a low cost.

With the SelfCleaning Condenser, you'll never have to clean your Bosch tumble dryer manually again.

Advantages
  • Energy efficiency A+++
  • Capacity 8 kg
  • SelfCleaning Condenser
Disadvantages
  • Weight

What's more, the Bosch Series 8 tumble dryer is quieter than other tumble dryers, with a maximum decibel rating of 62.

One disadvantage of this model is that it weighs a few kilograms more than Bosch's other models.

Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate Bosch Tumble Dryers

In the following section we show you which criteria you need to consider in order to be able to evaluate and compare a Bosch tumble dryer.

We have found 3 criteria that will help you make your decision:

Dryer type

Depending on whether you want to dry a lot or a little laundry and which installation options are available to you, a different type of Bosch tumble dryer is suitable for you.

There are basically 3 types of Bosch tumble dryers:

  • Heat pump dryer
  • Condense dryer
  • Air extractor dryer

Each of these products has a specific technique for drying laundry. To make it easier for you to understand which type of dryer has which features, we have created the following table:

Bosch tumble dryer Price
Heat pump dryer Compared to the Bosch condenser dryer, the heat pump dryer from the same manufacturer uses much less electricity. The drying process is basically the same as for a condenser dryer. The difference, however, lies in the heat pump. The heat pump dryer uses the already heated air again and again, thus saving the need for constant heating.
Condense dryer The Bosch condense dryer does not require connection to a water or exhaust air system. All that is needed is a power connection. Draught air is heated in the rotating drum. The hot air extracts the moisture from the laundry. Next, the condenser cools this moist air and thus condenses the water in the air. The residual water is collected in the condenser tank.
Exhaust air dryer The exhaust air dryer is the cheapest type of dryer in terms of price. With this type of dryer, the heated air, which has absorbed the moisture from the laundry, is released to the outside via an exhaust hose. For this purpose, an exhaust hose leading to the outside is absolutely necessary.

Capacity

Another important criterion is the capacity of the Bosch tumble dryer. A distinction is made between 7.8 and 9 kilograms.

Remember that your wet laundry weighs much more than your dry laundry.

To make the right decision here, we recommend that you base your decision on the capacity of your washing machine.

Energy consumption

If you invest in a Bosch tumble dryer, it should ideally use as little energy as possible.

The energy consumption of a Bosch tumble dryer depends on the type and model.

To illustrate the differences in energy consumption, we have found examples of different types of Bosch tumble dryers. In the following table you can see which model, of which type, with which energy efficiency class consumes how much energy/year:

Model Type Energy efficiency class Energy consumption
Bosch Series 4 WTA73200 Air extractor dryer C 504 kWh
Bosch Series 6 WTG864H1 Condenser dryer B 616 kWh
Bosch WTW 86591 Heat pump dryer A 236
Bosch Series 4 WTH83001 Heat pump dryer A+ 233 kWh
Bosch Series 4 WTR85V80 Heat pump dryer A++ 212 kWh
Bosch Series 8 WTWH7591 Heat pump dryer A+++ 176 kWh

As you can see, the type is a decisive criterion for energy consumption.

Facts worth knowing about the Bosch Tumble Dryer

How do you clean your Bosch tumble dryer?

If you want your Bosch tumble dryer to last you a long time, proper cleaning is very important. There are several parts in the dryer that need cleaning.

To clean the housing, an extra dryer cleaning product is not necessary. You only need a soft cloth and possibly some washing-up liquid.

You can also simply wipe out the drum inside your dryer with vinegar solution.

What is the warranty on Bosch tumble dryers?

In principle, the warranty for tumble dryers is one year, but Bosch offers a 2-year manufacturer's warranty for all household appliances.

If you wish, you can even extend this warranty by 36 months. An extension for your Bosch tumble dryer costs only 99 euros.

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