Wet boots are uncomfortable, but they can take up to a full day to air-dry. Thankfully, boot dryers are a great alternative. These handy machines can dry boots or shoes in just a few hours, so you’re ready to comfortably take on your next adventure. The best options operate with a fan, which makes them especially efficient and helps keep foul-smelling bacteria at bay. Many are built to dry two to four pairs at once and can work with a range of materials like leather, fleece and neoprene. Of course, check the particular dryer to ensure your shoes are compatible with the unit. You can also opt for a compact, foldable unit if your floor space is limited. Considering all this, we’ve compiled some of the best boot dryers we could find in every category.
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1. MaxxDry Heavy Duty Boot Dryer
The unit features two removable extension tubes to fit boots up to 16 inches tall. For especially fast results, the dryer can spew out heat that’s up to 105 degrees Fahrenheit.
Pros: One of the key selling points of this item is its noticeably compact design, which makes it easier to store in your home. It also comes with a three-hour timer so you can set the dry time to your liking, plus an optional heat switch that can dry items with or without heat. In addition to drying footwear, the machine is also safe to use on liners and clothes, without shrinking or damaging to delicate items. It comes with a 6-inch power cord for easy maneuverability and a one-year warranty, just in case you’re not fully satisfied with your purchase.
Cons: This unit tends to be noisy.
2. DryGuy DX Forced Air Boot Dryer
Like the Maxxdry, this option includes two removable extension tubes to accommodate boots up to 16 inches tall, a three-hour timer and heat or no-heat switch.
Pros: It’s also able to heat up to 105 degrees Fahrenheit and is safe to use on clothes and liners. It features a whisper-quiet rotary blower. Plus, it comes with a one-year warranty in case the unit is damaged.
Cons: The unit tends to tip over when used with heavy ski boots.
3. Peet Original 2-Shoe Electric Shoe and Boot Dryer
This two-shoe dryer is safe to use on all footwear. It’s made to fully dry shoes within three to eight hours, all while using less electricity than a standard lightbulb, thanks to thermal convention.
Pros: It’s also designed to be silent and comes with a 25-year warranty.
Cons: It doesn’t come with an on/off switch.
4. JobSite Original Boot Dryer
JobSite’s dual-tube shoe dryer dries bulky, damp boots in eight hours and wet shoes overnight with no motor or moving parts for silent usage.
Pros: This drier uses warm air that rises naturally as not to shrink the boot. It naturally deodorizes and prevents odors caused by perspiration. The sturdy base allows you to dry insulated boots, work boots, rain boots and more with a two-year warranty as well.
Cons: The dry cycle time may be too long for anyone in need of dry shoes in a hurry.
5. OdorStop Boot and Shoe Dryer
OdorStop’s dryer is designed to permanently remove odor from shoes with an added deodorizer function.
Pros: This dryer features adjustable tubes to dry boots of different heights. It also includes a high output fan and a three-hour timer with an optional constant setting. The heat and deodorizer function can be used separately, so you can save energy if you just need to freshen up already dry pairs. It comes with a three-year warranty.
Cons: The brand warns that the deodorizer may omit a strong smell and should be used when you’re not in the room.
6. Kooder Boot Dryer
This model evenly distributes 360 degrees of heat with vertical and horizontal air holes throughout.
Pros: Its lightweight compact design makes it ideal for packing. You can expand the length of each dryer by 1 inch.
Cons: This unit may take a little longer.
7. Lavieair Boot Dryer
This dryer emits warm, radiant air to eliminate odor from heel to toe.
Pros: It’s energy-saving and will dry your shoes overnight.
Cons: Some may find it a tad flimsy.