BEST BOOT DRYERS | MAY 2018

Boot dryers not only remove moisture from boots, shoes, gloves, hats and other garments, but they also help reduce or eliminate odors and fungus. There are many varieties of boot dryers, and our team did extensive research to help you choose the best one for your needs. We looked at four-boot, travel, forced-air and convection boot dryers, as well as the best overall and the best value. Each boot dryer in our list includes its top features, specifications and other considerations. Be sure to check out our buying guide below for key considerations and a price breakdown to help you decide which boot dryer is best for you. Read more about our methodology.

Best Overall

96

The PEET Dryer 2-Shoe Electric Shoe and Boot Dryer uses thermal convection technology to dry boots, shoes and other garments. Safe for all materials, quiet, energy efficient, a 25-year warranty and more make the PEET 2-Shoe Boot Dryer our top pick.

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Best Value

91

The Jobsite Boot, Shoe & Glove Electric Dryer is not only easy on the budget, but it dries your footwear and garments with a quiet convection drying system safe for all materials. Other features, such as 21” extensions and an indicator light to show the dryer is on, make this our best budget buy in boot dryers.

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Best by Category

Best Four-Boot Dryer

92

The PEET Dryer Advantage 4-Shoe Express Shoe and Boot Dryer’s forced-air drying system will dry and deodorize all your footwear and garments quickly and effectively. Loaded with features, and the ability to dry four items at once, this PEET Dryer is a great choice to share with family or friends.

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Best Travel Boot Dryer

91

The DryGuy Travel DX Boot Dryer is a great choice for a compact dryer that easily fits into your luggage. The DryGuy DX has a unique combination forced-air and convection drying system, which quickly and safely dries your shoes and boots. The dryer fits directly into your footwear. Two dryers are included with your purchase.

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Best Forced Air Boot Dryer

94

The DryGuy DX Forced-air Boot and Garment Dryer is a powerful dryer that dries most items in one to two hours. With four drying tubes and two removable 16” extensions, you can dry boots, shoes, gloves and other garments safely and thoroughly in record time.

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Best Convection Boot Dryer

91

The DryGuy Simple Dry Boot Dryer uses a convection drying system that silently dries all types of shoes, boots, mittens and gloves. The unique fluted drying tubes and boot supports improve air circulation. All this and more make this DryGuy model our best choice for a convection boot dryer.

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Boot Dryers BUYING GUIDE

  • KEY CONSIDERATIONS

    What Items You Want to Dry 

    First, you should consider what you want to dry with your boot dryer. Most dryers will hold a variety of boots, shoes, gloves, hats and other apparel. For taller items such as waders or large garments, you may need to purchase extensions, which are available for many boot dryer models. Usually, boot dryers are safe for most materials, such as leather, rubber, vinyl, neoprene, canvas, synthetics, fleece, felt and microfiber, but be sure to check the model’s specifications before purchasing.

    Number of Items You Want To Dry

    Boot dryers typically come with either two or four drying tubes, so you should consider how many items you’ll be drying. For instance, if you’re only drying ski boots for yourself, a regular two-boot dryer should be fine. If you have a family or group sharing the dryer, a four-boot dryer may be a better choice.

    Type of Heat

    Boot dryers come with either forced-air or convection drying systems. Forced-air dryers use a fan to circulate the air and dry faster than convection type dryers, usually in one to four hours. Convection boot dryers can take three to eight hours to dry your boots, but these dryers have no motor, so they operate very quietly. Plus, there are no moving parts to wear out or malfunction.

    Portability

    You should also consider if you’ll be taking your boot dryer with you when you travel, for instance to a ski cabin, boat, RV or hotel. Many boot dryers are portable enough to pack in your car, but there are some boot dryers specifically designed for travel that will fit in your luggage.

    Sturdy Construction

    Before purchasing a boot dryer, you should also look at the dryer’s construction. In particular, the tubes that hold your boots should be sturdy.

  • PRICE BREAKDOWN

    You can find basic two-boot dryers for $25 to $35. Good quality boot dryers with sturdier construction and either forced-air or convection drying systems are available for $40 to $60. Many of these include extensions for taller boots. Higher priced models for $70 and above may include four drying tubes, timers and the option for heat or no heat.

FULL product reviews

We research hundreds of products in order to bring you a final, unbiased list of the very best. We also use a proprietary algorithm to score each product in terms of quality, value, and brand reputation. These subscores are then weighted to calculate our overall scores. Read more about how we calculate our scores.

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Best Overall

TOP PICK

PEET Boot Dryer

The PEET Dryer 2-Shoe Electric Shoe and Boot Dryer safely dries your boots and garments made from any material. The convection drying system has no motor, which makes this dryer practically soundless when plugged in. Using less electricity than a light bulb, this PEET Dryer model dries and deodorizes footwear in three to eight hours. The base and drying tubes are sturdy, and PEET Dryer stands by their construction with a 25-year warranty. All this and more is why ReviewLab chooses the PEET Dryer 2-Shoe Electric Shoe and Boot Dryer as our top pick.

  • 96overall
  • 97quality
  • 96value
  • 89brand

Why We Recommend It

  • Silent drying system. The PEET Dryer 2-Shoe Electric Shoe and Boot Dryer uses a convection drying system that’s virtually noiseless. Warm air rises from the base of the unit through channeled air chambers and is circulated with a patented airflow design.
  • What you can dry. This dryer will accommodate shoes and boots from kids’ sizes to men’s size 13. Some users comment that they’ve used it for their steel-toed boots and waders. You can also dry gloves, hats and other garments made from leather, rubber, vinyl, neoprene, canvas, synthetics, fleece, felt, microfiber and more.
  • 25-year manufacturer warranty. PEET Dryer guarantees your 2-Shoe Electric Shoe and Boot Dryer to be free from defects in workmanship and materials when used under normal conditions for 25 years. This guarantee is a factory-direct offer only.

Other Considerations

  • Size. The overall size is 18” high x 10” wide x 9” deep. Some reviewers comment that they wish the dryer were smaller.

Best Value

TOP PICK

Jobsite Electric Dryer

Reasonably priced, the Jobsite Boot, Shoe & Glove Electric Dryer gently, noiselessly and effectively dries your footwear and garments with a convection drying system that’s safe for all materials. In four to six hours, your wet boots will be dry and odor free, and gloves, hats and other garments will be dry in even less time. The dryer is safe to leave on overnight, and an indicator light tells you the unit is plugged in and operating. With 21” removable extensions, you can dry taller boots and larger garments. The Jobsite Boot, Shoe & Glove Electric Dryer is a great choice for the budget-minded shopper and ReviewLab’s choice for best value boot dryer.

  • 91overall
  • 91quality
  • 96value
  • 87brand

Why We Recommend It

  • Silent drying system. The Jobsite Boot, Shoe & Glove Electric Dryer uses a convection drying system, which has no motor, so the dryer operates silently, as attested to by many reviewers who agree that this boot dryer is very quiet.
  • What you can dry. The Jobsite Boot, Shoe & Glove Electric Dryer’s convection drying system safely dries footwear and garments made from any material. Some users comment that this Jobsite dryer never overheats, which could harm some materials. Dry boots, shoes, gloves, hats and more. And with the 21” extensions, you can dry those taller boots or garments.
  • Indicator light. This boot dryer conveniently includes an indicator light, which lights up when the dryer is plugged in and operating.
  • Compact and portable. Jobsite Boot, Shoe & Glove Electric Dryer measures 11.2” high with a base 10.5” x 5.5”, small enough to take with you to the cabin, boat or hotel.

Other Considerations

  • No off/on switch. This dryer operates by plugging and unplugging the power cord. Some users say they wish it had an on/off switch.

BEST BY CATEGORY

Best Four-Boot Dryer

why buy?

A boot dryer is great to keep boots, shoes, gloves, hats and other apparel moisture and odor free. With the convenience of a four-boot dryer, you can dry more items at once.

Top Pick

PEET Dryer Advantage

The PEET Dryer Advantage 4-Shoe Express Shoe and Boot Dryer uses a forced-air drying system that dries boots, shoes, hats, gloves and other garments in under four hours. Extra features include a switch that gives you the option to have heated airflow or no heat. There’s also a timer and digital readout that can be set for a maximum of 240 minutes. Safe for all materials, the PEET Dryer Advantage 4-Shoe Express Shoe and Boot Dryer is a great choice for a four-boot dryer.

  • 92overall
  • 95quality
  • 71value
  • 89brand

Why We Recommend It

  • What you can dry. With four of the PEET Dryer exclusive DryPorts, you can dry any combination of boots, shoes, gloves, hats and other items. The maximum heat of this dryer is 105 degrees F, and it’s safe for all materials, including leather, PVC, rubber, neoprene, canvas, synthetics, cloth, fleece, felt, micro and all modern fabrics. Several purchasers note that this dryer thoroughly dried their gloves and helped maintain their shape as compared to putting the gloves in a traditional clothes dryer.
  • Forced-air drying system with extra features. The PEET Dryer 4-Shoe Express Shoe and Boot Dryer uses a forced-air drying system that dries your shoes, boots and other garments in under four hours, depending on the size of the item and how wet it is. This dryer includes a switch that gives you the option of heat or no heat. It also has a timer with a digital readout showing the minutes set and those remaining for a maximum of four hours.
  • Two-year warranty. Unlike many boot dryer manufacturers which typically offer a money-back guarantee or one-year warranty at the most, PEET Dryer guarantees your 4-Shoe Express Shoe and Boot Dryer to be free from any defects in workmanship or materials when used under normal conditions, for two years. This guarantee is a factory-direct offer only.

Other Considerations

  • Can’t turn off unused DryPorts. All DryPorts blow air whether you have boots on them or not. Several users say they wish they could turn off the vents that aren’t being used.

Best Travel Boot Dryer

why buy?

Whether you’re heading to the mountains to ski, river rafting, participating in other sports events or simply traveling in hot, humid weather, a travel boot dryer that easily fits in your luggage is a great choice for drying boots, shoes and other items in your cabin, hotel room or even in your car.

Top Pick

DryGuy Travel DX Boot Dryer

The DryGuy Travel DX Boot Dryer is designed to fit directly into your boots and shoes and uses a hybrid forced-air and convection drying system that blows warm air into the toes of footwear. Other features include an LED indicator light on the plug to show when the dryer is on and operating and an AC/DC power adaptor for use inside or in your car. Two dryers are included with your purchase. These features, plus the compact design, make the DryGuy Travel DX Boot Dryer’s an excellent choice for a travel boot dryer that you can take anywhere.

  • 91overall
  • 92quality
  • 89value
  • 85brand

Why We Recommend It

  • Compact. The DryGuy Travel DX Boot Dryer measures 13” x 10” x 3” and weighs only 1.25 pounds, making it a convenient boot dryer that easily fits in your carry-on or other luggage.
  • Combination forced-air/convection drying system. The DryGuy Travel DX Boot Dryer uses a unique hybrid forced-air and convection drying system. A fan at the front of the dryer draws air over heating elements into the toe of your boot. The air is heated to 99 degrees F to quickly dry your footwear without damaging the material.
  • AC/DC power adaptor. This DryGuy boot dryer comes with an AC/DC power adaptor, which allows you to use the dryer in a regular electrical outlet or in your car.
  • Quiet operation. Several reviewers note how quiet this dryer is; one user notes that the pair of dryers are so quiet, he has to put his ear up to them to make sure they’re on.

Other Considerations

  • Cord length. The total cord length is approximately 10 feet, and a few users note it can be cumbersome.

Best Forced Air Boot Dryer

why buy?

By using a fan to circulate air into your boots, forced-air boot dryers have faster drying times than alternative convection boot dryers. Some models include a switch that allows you to choose heated or non-heated air flow.

Top Pick

DryGuy DX Forced Air Dryer

The DryGuy DX Boot and Garment Dryer’s powerful forced-air drying system will dry most items in one to two hours. And with the four drying tubes, you can double up on boots, or dry shoes and gloves at the same time. For larger boots, use the two 16” removable extensions, which are included; the DryGuy DX easily holds two adult ski boots. With additional features such as a quiet rotary blower, a three-hour timer and a heat/no heat switch, you’ll see why we made the DryGuy DX Boot and Garment Dryer our best choice for a forced-air boot dryer.

  • 94overall
  • 96quality
  • 90value
  • 85brand

Why We Recommend It

  • Fast drying time. The DryGuy DX Boot and Garment Dryer uses a powerful forced-air drying system that dries most items in one to two hours. And though forced-air dryers are typically noisier than convection models, several purchasers note that this dryer is quiet.
  • Four drying tubes. With four drying tubes, you’ll be able to dry more items at once. The DryGuy DX boot dryer safely dries boots, shoes, gloves, hats, balaclavas, underwear, socks and more.
  • 16” extensions included. The DryGuy DX Boot and Garment Dryer comes with two removable 16” extensions, which conveniently let you dry larger boots. This dryer easily fits two adult ski boots.
  • Extra features. For added convenience and ease of use, the DryGuy DX Boot and Garment Dryer includes a three-hour timer and a switch to let you choose heat or no heat.

Other Considerations

  • Can’t turn off unused tube vents. All of the drying tubes blow air whether you have boots over them or not. However, several users say they block the vents that aren’t being used with dry gloves or other items.

Best Convection Boot Dryer

why buy?

The advantage of a convection boot dryer is that the drying system has no motor, so it’s very quiet, which can be a plus if you’re drying items nearby while you sleep. A convection boot dryer uses radiant heat versus forced air; the warm air circulates naturally and soundlessly.

Top Pick

DryGuy Simple Dry Boot Dryer

The DryGuy Simple Dry Boot Dryer uses a noiseless convection drying system that dries shoes with naturally rising heated air, which reaches a maximum temperature of 105 degrees F. You can safely dry shoes, boots, gloves and hats made from any material in three to eight hours, depending on the wetness, size and material of the item. This DryGuy dryer is economical to use, consuming only 30 watts of power, less than a standard lightbulb. With the addition of a drip tray to catch excess water, the DryGuy Simple Dry Boot and Glove Dryer is an excellent choice for a convection boot dryer.

  • 91overall
  • 92quality
  • 87value
  • 85brand

Why We Recommend It

  • Better air circulation. The DryGuy Simple Dry Boot Dryer has a unique fluted design on its drying tubes and boot supports that allows the heated air to circulate more thoroughly inside your boots and gloves.
  • Sturdy construction. This DryGuy boot dryer is made from thick molded plastic, making it sturdy enough to hold heavy boots. A handful of reviewers comment on the good quality of this boot dryer.
  • Economical to use. Consuming only 30 watts of power – less than most lightbulbs – the DryGuy Simple Dry Boot and Glove Dryer won’t add a bundle to your energy bills.
  • Drip tray. The built-in drip tray is a convenient added feature that catches excess water, preventing wet boots and gloves from dripping water on your floor or carpet.

Other Considerations

  • No off/on switch. This dryer operates by plugging and unplugging the power cord. Several purchasers say an on/off switch would be an improvement.