7 Portable Dryers That’ll Take the Stress Out of Laundry Days in Your Tiny Apartment

published May 19, 2023
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If there’s one thing every apartment dweller wishes for when on the hunt for the perfect place, it’s an in-unit washer and dryer. While some of us are lucky enough to have such a setup, more often than not that is not the case. If you’re one of those people, we’re here to tell you that not all hope is lost. In fact, there are tons of options out there for small-space-friendly washers and dryers you may not be aware of! Today, we’re going to talk about dryers. These devices are a must-have for anyone who loves hand washing, hates pulling out a clunky drying rack, and doesn’t have a traditional dryer within reach. Below, we rounded up seven of the best portable dryers that’ll make your dream of an in-unity laundry set up less of a dream and more of a reality.

Have you ever used a portable dryer before? Have a pick you swear by? We want to hear all about it. Tell us about your portable dryer experiences in the comments below!

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With over 1,100 five-star ratings, the Euhomy Compact Laundry Dryer is a bestseller — and for good reason. Boasting an impressive 2.6 cubic feet capacity, this compact pick can handle up to nine pounds of laundry and features four drying modes: Strong, Intelligent, Eco, and Normal. Complete with a handle for easy transportation, it can also be mounted on the wall to save space.

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Did that last pick sound a little too big for you? Try the Panda Compact Portable Dryer. Featuring a similar design as our previous pick, it offers a smaller 1.6 cubic feet capacity, can handle up to 5.5 pounds of laundry, and offers two heat modes.

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Ever wished you could bring a dryer with you when you travel? Well, now you can! This tiny portable dryer comes with its own drying bag that ingeniously condenses into the base for easy traveling. Once ready to use it, pull the bag down, turn on the dryer, hang your clothes inside, and let this bad boy do its thing.

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Another customer favorite, the Laundry Alternative Ninja Spin Dryer is another great option to consider. Featuring a 22-pound capacity (!), this electric pick is quiet, compact, and durable. It is important to note that spin dryers don't completely dry your clothes (only up to 90 percent) so don't be alarmed when your clothes come out slightly damp — they'll be dry in no time.

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Like the idea of a spin dryer but want one with a little more style? This option from Panda features a stainless steel design that won't clash with your decor while still giving you the drying power you're looking for.

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Coming with its very own stand, we're big fans of the Nikithia Portable Dryer. Another great pick for traveling, we love this this one can dry up to 13 pounds of clothes on the included rack as well as the fact that it can handle longer garments thanks to its tall design.

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If a combo washer and dryer is on your wishlist, we've got the perfect pick for you. This portable washer and dryer can clean and dry about one week's worth of clothes in a single cycle. "You can fit about a week’s worth of underwear, socks, shirts (dependent on the weather, of course), and maybe a pair of jeans for good measure into one 28-minute load. (Yes, that includes rinse and dryer cycles). It is not built for towels and sheets, but we all have our flaws, don’t we?" says AT contributor Molly. "Do air-dried clothes feel a little stiff? Sure. But I cannot beat the convenience of being able to cook dinner, do laundry, and watch Netflix at the same time, all in the comfort of some freshly washed sweatpants."