These Portable Dryers Are Affordable and Apartment-Friendly

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Whether you're short on space, don't have the proper hookups, or are renting your place and the landlord won't pay to have a full-sized machine installed, you should consider purchasing a portable dryer. They may not be as powerful as full-sized models, but they work much more quickly than air-drying. Plus, they'll help you avoid the laundromat.

When shopping for a portable dryer, consider its capacity, cycle selection, energy efficiency, and size. Portable dryers only have drums ranging from 1.5 to 3.6 cubic feet, but large models can cost just as much as standard machines. Also, pay attention to whether it has a moisture sensor or not. These sensors detect your laundry's dampness and will shut off the machine when your clothes are ready. That way, your clothes won't get over-dried and you can save on energy costs.

Don't go into purchasing a portable dryer thinking you'll be able to dry several towels or heavy bedding, either. A portable dryer should only be used to dry small loads for one to two people. Most portable dryers can only dry five towels at most. Lastly, be sure to check out our guide to shopping for a portable washing machine here!

1 Panda PAN865W 2.65-Cubic-Foot Portable Dryer
amazon.com
$288.83

Best Overall

The Panda PAN865W checks all the boxes for what a portable dryer should be. It's reasonably priced, but doesn't feel cheap. It looks great and has a nice see-through window, so you can check up on your clothes without interrupting the cycle. Most importantly, it features a humidity sensor, which will save you time and money since it'll stop drying as soon as your clothes are dry — that way you can start another load ASAP.

This dryer features a 2.65-cubic-foot capacity, which is enough space for two pairs of pants, three shirts, a few socks, and a couple pairs of underwear. The dryer plugs into a standard-size, 120-volt outlet and has a touch-sensitive control panel with five cycles, and three air temperatures. 

There's even a child lock so curious kids don't open it up. It's about 27 inches tall, but can be mounted or stacked on top of a portable washing machine.

Related: Read Our Guide to Built-In Dryers Here

2 Magic Chef MCSDRY15W 1.5-Cubic-Foot Portable Dryer
amazon.com
$156.18

Best Budget

This Amazon best-selling portable dryer may not have a soil sensor, a large capacity, or several cycle selections but it is cheap, energy-efficient, and works well at drying your clothes. It only runs at a maximum of 850 watts, which is the same amount of energy a hair dryer uses.

Despite its affordable price, it still is equipped with a stainless steel drum, two temperature settings, and a convenient viewing window. This dryer features a 5-cubic-foot capacity, enough space for 5.5 pounds of clothes — which translates to a few shirts, a towel or two, and a pair of jeans.

    3 GE Spacemaker 3.6-Cubic-Foot Portable Electric Dryer
    homedepot.com
    $649.00

    Best Splurge

    The GE Spacemaker portable dryer offers a 3.6 cubic foot drum, so it's one of the largest portable models you can buy. It's also one of the best models you can buy to stack. It features three dry cycles and three heat selections. There’s a mode for cottons, timed drying, or just a quick fluff cycle to get wrinkles out of your shirts. 

    Our only complaint about the dryer is that its door is not reversible, and its left swing door only opens up in one direction. Regardless, it’s a quiet and reliable option that's backed by a 1-year warranty.

    4 Panda PAN875W 3.75-Cubic-Foot Portable Dryer
    amazon.com
    $429.95
    $339.99 (21% off)

    Best for Its Bigger Size

    For those who are worried about downsizing to a portable dryer, fear not! This Panda portable dryer will have your back. It features a 3.75-cubic-foot capacity, which is only a quarter of a cubic foot smaller than our top compact dryer pick in our best dryers guide. You'll have enough space to dry a handful of towels, or even your bed sheets.

    Granted, this model — like all portable dryers — will take slightly longer than a full-sized model to dry your clothes, but it’s much better and faster than laying them out for an entire day on a clothesline outside. Like the other Panda dryer we previously mentioned, this one features a child lock, a stainless steel drum, and the intelligent humidity sensor which will stop the cycle when it detects that your clothes are dry.

    5 Panda PANSP22 Portable Spin Dryer
    amazon.com
    $152.64

    Best Spin Dryer

    A spin dryer won't completely dry your clothes, but instead uses centrifugal force to partially dry them. The way it works is that your wet clothes are flung outward to the drum edge and the water escapes through holes. You probably have used a spin dryer at your gym's locker room to quickly dry your wet bathing suit.

    This unit comes at a much larger scale — it can stow and dry 22 pounds' worth of clothes. Plus, you need to place a small bucket underneath it to catch the water from your wet clothes. It sports a stainless steel finish, offers a 3,200 RPM high spinning speed, and is 26 inches tall. The dryer is also available in white.

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