This is The Wise Adventurer’s comparison and review of the best ski boot dryers for snow season. If you’re still cramming your feet into cold soggy boots every morning or trying to dry your ski gear over a floor vent, you’re in the right place.
We analyzed and compared dozens of ski boot dryers currently on the market, and overall found the DryDuy Force Dry to be the best bet for the overwhelming majority of folks out there. We love the Force Dry because it’s both incredibly fast drying and incredibly gentle on gear, while also coming in at a price point anyone can afford.
With that being said, we know the Force Dry won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, which is why we’ve also included four of our favorite alternatives for every sort of skier. Whether you’re looking for something a bit more simple and robust or something to dry multiple pairs of boots at a time, there’s a ski boot dryer in the list below that’s sure to suit your needs. We’ve also included a handy buyer’s guide down at the bottom, in which we explain what makes any boot dryer worth buying and how to select the right one for yourself.
Ready to kiss cold boots and shoes goodbye? Let’s dive in!
|DryGuy Force Dry: Best Ski Boot Dryer Overall
|A fast-working forced air ski boot dryer that turns anything dry and toasty in two hours or less. Adjustable towers rotate and extend to accommodate tall ski boots and running shoes alike. See Review
|DryGuy Force DX: Highest Overall Quality
|The same excellent drying power of the Force Dry, but with an extra set of towers. Handles multiple pairs of boots or gloves at once to keep the whole crew happy. See Review
|Peet Original Boot Dryer: Best On A Budget
|Versatile, effective, and affordable. A bulletproof convection boot dryer that pulls double duty for gloves, helmets, or anything else you manage to get wet out on the slopes. See Review
|DryGuy Travel Dry: Best Portable Option
|A combo heat and forced air boot dryer that easily fits into your carry-on. Additional car charger lets you pre-heat your boots on the way to the slopes. See Review
|Peet Go! Portable Electric Dryer: Honorable Mention
|A simple convection boot dryer that runs on wall power or the 12V power in your car. Affordable, rugged, and travel-friendly. See Review
Best Ski Boot Dryers Of The Year
DryGuy Force Dry: Best Ski Boot Dryer Overall
– Type of Dryer: Forced air
– Size: 10” x 9” x 5” (25cm x 23cm x 13cm)
– Avg drying time: 1-2 hours
– Capacity: One pair
– Price: $$
DryGuy makes the world’s most popular fan-assisted dryers, and their Force Dry is our favorite ski boot dryer overall. We’re fans of the Force Dry because it delivers serious drying power in a compact package, and does it at a price that won’t break the bank.
The Force Dry will dry most boots and shoes in around an hour, and also works great for drying out your gloves. We appreciate that DryGuy intentionally set the Force Dry’s heating temperature to a constant 105°F, which is gentle enough for any material from thick leather hiking boots to hard plastic ski boots.
Perhaps our favorite feature of the Force Dry, however, is its unique extending heat ports. Both of the ports on the Force Dry can be extended several inches for taller boots, and also rotated a full 180 degrees to accommodate the largest and heaviest boots in your collection. We also love that DryGuy recently introduced an entirely digital version of the Force Dry, which replaces the physical auto-shutoff dial with an easy-to-read display, and also offers the option of running air only/no heat, which is ideal for drying wool gloves and socks.
Our main complaint with the Force Dry is that like all fan-assisted boot dryers, it generates a bit more noise than a traditional convection dryer. We’ll also note that there have been some issues reported with the analog dial malfunctioning on the original model, so spending a few extra bucks on the digital model might be worth considering.
|– Fast drying at an affordable price
– Towers rotate and extend to accommodate all footwear types
– Gentle enough for any boot or glove
|– Some quality issues reported with non-digital version
– Fan creates noise
DryGuy Force DX: Highest Overall Quality
– Type of Dryer: Forced air
– Size: 15” x 13” x 8” (38cm x 33cm x 20cm)
– Avg drying time: 1-2 hours
– Capacity: Two pairs
– Price: $$$
Take everything we love about the DryGuy Force Dry above and double it and you’ve got the DryGuy Force DX. With twice the number of drying towers, the Force DX is capable of handling four ski boots at once or both your ski boots and ski gloves after a long day on the mountain.
In addition to the added capacity, we also appreciate that DryGuy adds the option of “air only” drying, which makes the Force DX suitable for more sensitive natural fibers like wool or alpaca. Typically you’d have to upgrade to the digital version of the Force Dry to get this feature, so we love that it’s included in the price of the more “premium” Force DX.
More or less everything else about the Force DX is identical to the Force Dry, including its three-hour timer and automatic shut-off function. The Force DX also adds a pair of removable “extension tubes” to the package, which are ideal for handling taller boots or separating muddy footwear from whatever else you happen to be drying.
We don’t have any major complaints with the Force DX, other than the fact that it costs more than the compact Force Dry or any traditional convection ski boot dryer, but to be fair, you’re getting twice the drying power as well. Apart from that, we will note that we’d appreciate an additional pair of DryGuy’s extension tubes in case we need to dry two tall pairs of boots at once, but the shorter tubes will certainly get the job done when called upon.
|– Classic DryGuy performance, but double the capacity
– On/off heat switch included
– Extension towers accommodate boots up to 16” tall
|– More expensive than the DryGuy Force Dry
– Only one pair of extension tubes included
Peet Original Shoe Dryer: Best On A Budget
– Type of Dryer: Convection
– Size: 11” x 5” x 14” (28cm x 13cm x 36cm)
– Avg drying time: 8-10 hours
– Capacity: 1 pair
– Price: $
The boot dryer that started it all. Peet was the first name in boot dryers, and their original convection design has remained almost entirely unchanged for half a century because it simply works.
So what makes the Peet Boot Dryer such a legendary product? We’re partial to the Peet dryer because it couldn’t be simpler, combining a gentle convection heat system with a simple yet rugged design that will likely outlive you and your next of kin. Simply throw any pair of ski boots, hikers, or shoes on top of the Peet’s towers, plug it in, and walk away: whatever it is, it’ll be warm and dry when you come back in the morning.
We also love that the no-frills design of the Peet dryer means that although it’s easily the best-selling and most recognized boot dryer in the business, its price remains among the most affordable out there. As far as we know a Peet dryer has never damaged, shrunken, or otherwise compromised any boot ever made, so whether you’re drying a GoreTex ski boot or a thick leather hiker, your footwear is in good hands. We’ll also note that the Peet offers optional accessories for drying gloves or even helmets, so it’s not just limited to footwear.
As far as drawbacks go, the Peet dryer’s only real shortcoming is that because it’s a gentle convection design rather than a forced air model, it takes much longer to dry out a pair of boots than its competitors. This is definitely an “overnight” kind of boot dryer if you’ve been out on the slopes all day, but there’s also something to be said for the worry-free “set it and forget it” nature of the Peet dryer, which uses so little energy many owners simply leave them plugged in all winter.
|– Legendary reliability, fool-proof simplicity
– Gentle heat is safe to use on any boot or material
– Silent operation
|– Lacked of forced air makes for longer drying times
– No on/off switch or indicator
DryGuy Travel DX: Best Portable Option
– Type of Dryer: Forced air
– Size: 11” x 7” x 3” (28cm x 18cm x 8cm)
– Avg drying time: 3-5 hours
– Capacity: 1 pair
– Price: $
While we’d all love to live next door to our favorite ski run, the best ski trips often require travel to one degree or another. If you’re hooked on the feeling of slipping on warm dry boots everytime you hit the slopes, the DryGuy Travel DX lets you take that luxury abroad.
We’re fans of the Travel DX because it combines the same basic approach as a full-sized DryGuy (heat and forced air), and folds it down into a package small enough to slip into any backpack or carry-on bag. A small fan in the “toe” of each dryer keeps the air moving throughout your boot, while a gentle heating element helps speed the process along.
What’s even cooler is that DryGuy includes a 12V adaptor with the Travel DX, which allows us to heat/dry our boots in the car on the way to the slopes. There’s nothing quite like starting your day on the mountain by stepping straight into a pre-warmed and perfectly dry boot, and because the Travel DX uses the same low, gentle heat as Dryguy’s full sized model, you can do the same for your hiking boots, running shoes, and sneakers as well.
The main tradeoff we’ve found with the Travel DX is that due to its compact size and less powerful fan, it takes much longer to heat and/or dry boots than either of DryGuy’s full-sized models. You’re looking at around 2 hours for a damp boot and closer to 5 for a properly soaked one, so overnight drying may still be required. We’ll also note that although many users have had good results drying their gloves, DryGuy doesn’t recommend using the Travel DX for anything other than footwear.
|– Forced air drying that travels with you
– Works in the car or at the home
– Gentle enough for all footwear
|– Takes a bit longer than the full-sized version
– Not recommended for gloves
Peet Go! Portable Shoe Dryer
– Type of Dryer: Convection
– Size: 6” x 6” x 3” (15cm x 15cm x 8cm)
– Avg drying time: 4-6 hours
– Capacity: 1 pair
– Price: $
If you’re leaning more toward the rock-solid reliability of a convective dryer but want something more compact, we’ve got good news for you: the folks at Peet also make a travel-friendly version of their popular convective boot dryers called the Peet Go!.
In addition to its compact dimensions, we love the Peet Go! For all the same reasons as the original Peet dryer. It uses gentle heat that’s safe with any boot and material, works great with minimal power draw, and operates completely silently. We also appreciate that Peet includes a standard 12V adaptor with the Go!, so you can warm your boots in the car while you drive to and from the slopes.
Another surprising benefit we found with the Peet Go! Portable is that although it uses slower convective drying technology, it actually dries boots at about the same speed as a portable forced air dryer. You’re looking at about 3 to 8 hours with the Peet Go! as opposed to 2 to 5 with something like the DryGuy Travel DX, but either way we’re still talking about somewhere between a long mid-day intermission and a full overnight dry.
Truth be told the extra dry time is really the only issue we’ve found with the Peet Go!, and while the difference between these and a forced air model seems negligible to us, at the end of the day, forced air is still a bit faster. We’ll also note that the price is basically the same between the two options, so you’ll have to pick between outright performance and outright reliability if you’re choosing between the two.
|– Travel-friendly convective drying
– Simple, reliable, and silent
– Works at home or in the car
|– Longer dry times
– Costs about the same as a forced air model
Buyer’s Guide To The Best Ski Boot Dryer
Whether you’re a first-time buyer or you’re just looking for a replacement ski boot dryer for one that recently bit the dust, we believe a few important features should drive your decision to buy one dryer over another. Below we break down the specific metrics we look at when we’re evaluating a boot dryer, so whether you’re considering one of our picks above or another model that didn’t make our list, here’s everything you need to know.
Your boots are cold and wet, and you want them warm and dry: simple enough, right? The only question remaining is how quickly can your boot dryer of choice take your footwear from soaking wet to warm and cozy.
Ultimately the main deciding factor in any ski boot dryer’s total drying time is what type of dryer it is. We’ll get more into the details below, but for now just know that forced air dryers work very quickly, while traditional convection dryers work more slowly.
So how fast is fast? In our experience, the best ski boot dryers using a combination of forced air and heat will dry pretty much any boot in two hours or less. Depending on how wet your boot of choice is and what materials it’s made of (leather can take quite a while to dry), many boots can be completely dried in about an hour.
Convection dryers, on the other hand, typically require several hours to completely rid a boot of moisture, which is why most owners opt to leave their boots on them overnight. Of course, damp boots will dry much faster than completely waterlogged ones, but generally speaking, there’s no such thing as a “fast” convection boot dryer.
While there’s value in the simplicity of a no-frills boot dryer like the classic Peet convection dryer, we’ve found a few extra features over the years that add serious value to any model. We’re especially fond of those dryers that dry more than just boots, and include attachments that work with wet gloves, hats, or even ski helmets.
We’ll also note that when it comes to forced air boot dryers, both a timer function and the option to turn heat on/off are worth having. The timer function is ideal because it adds a degree of safety while also limiting wasted energy, while optional heat is great for use on heat sensitive fabrics like merino wool.
One more great feature we’ve found that often goes overlooked is portability. While we all love our full-sized boot dryers that live at home 24/7, no one wants to haul a bulky dryer onto an airplane. For this reason, we also appreciate a good “travel-sized” boot dryer for comfort on the road, especially those options that include 12V car chargers, allowing us to “pre-heat” our boots on the way to the slopes.
Type of Dryer
Boot dryers come in one of two flavors: Convection and forced air. Both options have their pros and cons, so let’s review each briefly.
A convection boot dryer uses only a gentle heating element to dry your boots with no additional airflow provided by an electric fan. Convection dryers are great because the “slow but steady” approach is safe to use on literally any material, and won’t damage or shrink any sensitive liners. We also love that because convection dryers have no electric fans, they’re completely silent to use and all but guaranteed to last a lifetime due to their complete lack of moving parts.
The main drawback of a convection boot dryer is that because there’s nothing to assist airflow into your wet boots, they take much longer to get the job done. Most convection dryers are considered “overnight” boot dryers because they take 8 to 12 hours to dry a completely soaked boot, although we will say they’ll turn a cold boot warm and toasty in under an hour without issue.
The second type of boot dryer is a forced air dryer which, as the name suggests, uses forced airflow from an electric fan (typically accompanied by a heating element as well) to dry boots more quickly. Most high-quality forced air dryers will dry pretty much anything in 1-2 hours, so there’s a major benefit for anyone who can’t afford to wait overnight for their boots to dry.
Most folks prefer forced air dryers for this reason, but they’re not without their faults. The main complaint with these ski boot dryers is that the electric fans can make a fair amount of noise, although every dryer we’ve seen has been quieter than your typical hair dryer on its lowest setting. We’ll also note that because forced air boot dryers have multiple moving parts including fans, switches, and dials, there’s a lot more that can potentially “go wrong” and break, making them less durable than their passive counterparts.
Ease of Use
As far as we’re concerned, simplicity will make or break a good boot dryer. We’ve got enough Bluetooth devices, voice-activated, artificially intelligent gizmos crowding our lives nowadays, and blowing warm air into a cold shoe shouldn’t require an owner’s manual.
This is one of the best arguments we can think of for a traditional convection dryer: Just plug it in and leave your boots on it for as long as you want. Convection dryers use low heat, draw less energy than your average lightbulb, and often work without a single button and/or indicator light as well: There’s literally nothing you can get wrong unless you forget to plug it in.
With that being said, a good forced air dryer is also an incredibly simple appliance, and our favorite options typically feature little more than a timer with an automatic shutoff and an on/off switch for heat. Anything beyond those basic controls is just making a simple machine unnecessarily complex, and we wouldn’t advise spending extra for any additional frills.
Why You Should Trust Us
We’ve yet to meet a single person who enjoys wet boots, especially when it’s cold enough outside to snow. That includes the roughly half dozen members of our small editorial team, all of whom are equally passionate about snowsports as they are keeping their feet dry and happy outdoors.
You’ll notice our product selection here is completely void of any tell-tale “Amazon specials” and consists solely of the brands we know and trust. These are the models we know to work because we’ve either used them ourselves, or our friends and family living in even colder climates than we swear by them. We wouldn’t wish cold wet feet on our worst enemies, much less our beloved readers.
The Wise Adventurer’s Verdict On Ski Boot Dryers
Based on the above criteria, we found the DryGuy Force Dry to be the best ski boot dryer overall. We love the Force Dry because it’s gentle enough for the most sensitive materials, yet still delivers an impressively fast dry time of under 2 hours for even heavy leather boots.
If you’re looking for something a little more “substantial” than the two-boot Force Dry, we feel the exact same way about DryGuy’s Force DX, which applies the same outstanding performance while doubling the total capacity to four drying towers. We also recommend the boot dryer that started it all, the Peet Original, for its reliable performance, incredible ease of use, long-lasting build quality, and versatile range of available accessories.