Updated on December 2, 2020 by Lyric Fergusson
Having a clothes dryer in your home is a great convenience, and more and more people are doing laundry at home. However, laundry rooms and spaces are often tucked into small or tight areas. This means there is often not a great deal of space to vent your clothes dryer, and fitting vent pipes into tight spaces can be a pain. Some dryer vent hoses are designed for tight spaces, and their hoses are meant to bend and shape to fit just the space you have.
It can be easy to be overwhelmed when trying to select the right dryer vent hose for your space. Below is a list of our seven favorite dryer vent hoses for tight spaces:
The Best Dryer Vent Hoses for Tight Spaces
(Best value — $)
Why it’s great: The iPower Flex Air vent hose is designed to extend or contract to different lengths, making it customizable to your space. It features a built-in steel wire to keep it rigid while remaining flexible. The thermal endurance of this vent hose (the temperature of air it can handle) has a wider range than most. It’s also designed with a fireproof coating, which gives you extra peace of mind when running your dryer.
Keep in mind: Some customers had difficulty getting the hose to fit correctly onto certain dryer vents.
(Least expensive — $)
Why it’s great: The Yuji 4-inch dryer vent hose is both flexible and durable. It’s design to have no rigid elbows, meaning it can flex around corners and angles. This allows air to flow more freely, with less resistance, meaning your dryer can run more efficiently. It is made of aluminum with rigid steel helix-shaped supports, and can be easily cut to fit your customized space.
Keep in mind: Because it’s flexible, the material is very delicate, and can tear easily.
(Widest applications — $$)
Why it’s great: Made of sturdy laminated aluminum, the VIVIHOME 4-inch flexible dryer vent hose is easy to install, even in tight spaces. Users praise the thick-walled construction and the sturdy clamps, which stay put even with machine vibration. At 25 feet long, it also provides plenty of hose to work with. It works with almost all major brands, and be used for venting a variety of different appliances.
Keep in mind: Because the vent itself is a fitted four inches, some buyers had difficulty fitting it over a four-inch vent.
(Best clamp design — $$)
Why it’s great: The Konduone Ultra Durable dryer vent hose is true to its name – it provides ultra-durability while still being easy to install. The clamps on this vent hose are designed differently than most; they can simply be pinched to open wider, making it easy to slip over both the vent hose and the vent itself. Users also appreciated the size of the vent hose. While many hoses struggle to or just barely slip over a vent, the Konduone Ultra Durable is made to easily slide right over the vent with ease. This dryer vent hose also has a fire-resistant coating and a 3-month warranty to provide extra peace of mind.
Keep in mind: Be sure to check that this will fit your dryer, as some Samsung owners did not feel it fit their models.
(Best for large vents — $$$)
Why it’s great: The iPower 6-inch dryer vent hose is for appliances with a slightly larger vent than is typical. This hose is made of durable three-layer aluminum with a built-in steel wire reinforcement for extra strength. It features a flame-retardant coating to provide extra safety, and comes with a pair of standard screw-down hose clamps.
Keep in mind: Some customers felt for the price, the quality did not meet their expectations.
(Best for tight spaces — $$)
Why it’s great: This periscope-style dryer vent allows for the tightest application in a narrow space. It can be mounted only 2.5” from the wall, meaning it will take up almost no space in your laundry area. It can also be adjusted to fit whatever length you need – the vent is made of two pieces that slide over each other, making for very easy customization. Lastly, Whirlpool has been a trusted name in home appliances for many years.
Keep in mind: Be sure to measure your space, as this periscope-style vent requires at least 3 inches clearance from a perpendicular wall.
(Great customer reviews — $$)
Why it’s great: Made of heavy-duty aluminum and then laminated with PET for extra durability, the VIVOHOME 4-inch flexible dryer vent hose is a solid choice. This vent hose has strong, positive, customer reviews, citing durable construction and easy installation. It is extremely flexible, making it easier to work with around bends and corners. The sturdy connectors slip right onto vents and tighten down easily for a secure connection.
Keep in mind: Though this is pricier than a few of the dryer vent hoses on the list, it does include two hoses for the cost.
FAQs about dryer vent hoses
1. Do all dryers need venting?
In a short answer, yes. While drying your clothes, dryers expel warm, very moist air, which can cause issues if it builds up in your home. Additionally, most also emit lint from your clothing, which can build up and cause dust and other issues in your home. Most building codes will require that a clothes dryer be vented directly to the outside.
2. What’s the difference between vinyl and metal hoses?
Dryer vent hoses are made from different materials, and each has its own benefits. Do not use a plastic vent hose, as these are not safe when they become too hot (often the result of blockage). Foil flex hoses – like most on the list – are more easily bent, making them more convenient to work within tight spaces. A semi-rigid aluminum duct is not quite as easy to bend but holds its shape better when bent and twisted. They are also more efficient, as the air leaving your dryer has come into contact with less friction. Vinyl hoses can be more durable than aluminum, but they are not as safe as aluminum, which will not catch fire.
3. How long should my dryer vent hose be?
Just long enough to go from your dryer vent to the outside. Excess hose length can lead to extra lint buildup and inefficient drying. To shorten a dryer vent hose, you can often cut it with tin snips or a similar tool. Be sure to give yourself about six inches of extra hose to bend and fit around the vent fittings.
4. Is it okay to vent into a crawlspace, attic, or basement?
No, this is never a good idea. Because lint travels through your dryer vent hose, it can build up indoors if not vented directly outside. Lint is highly combustible, meaning it creates a dangerous fire hazard. Regular cleaning of the vented area is necessary to reduce risk, and this is not easy in attics and crawlspaces.
5. Does my dryer vent need cleaning?
Yes! Dryer vent hoses often fill up with lint and dust, even when properly vented to the outside. Unclean vents are the leading cause of dryer fires. Cleaning the vents is not hard, but needs to be done a few times per year. It can also save you money to clean your vent regularly, as it will make your dryer run more efficiently.
6. How do I tell if my dryer vent needs to be cleaned?
One of the most telling signs is if your clothes are taking too long to dry. While it depends on the model of the dryer if it takes longer than 45 minutes to dry a regular load of clothing, check your vent for any blockages. Another sign it may need cleaning is a warm or hot smell while drying clothes. Be sure to check your lint trap regularly, and your vent hose a few times a year.
Everyone has to do laundry, and customizing your laundry space can make doing laundry a more enjoyable chore. Even though laundry rooms can be cramped, the dryer vent hoses listed above will help fit everything into even tight spaces. By choosing the right dryer vent hose for your space, you can maximize the usable space in your laundry room, while keeping your home safe.