We review 24 clothes dryers priced from $299 to $2899.
Shopping for a clothes dryer can be intimidating. Through our rigorous testing, we reveal which models:
- use the least amount of energy
- cost the least to run
- dry clothes quickly
- are whisper quiet.
Considering a gas-powered or heat pump model? Are they more efficient? Will they help you reduce your carbon footprint?
To help you make the right decision, we purchase the most popular clothes dryers on the market, bring them back to our laboratories and test them. Models tested include electric vented, heat pump condenser, condenser and gas-powered clothes dryers.
On this page, you'll find:
Also check out our reliability survey to see how the various dryer brands rate over time.
Brands and models tested
AEG T76280AC Lavatherm
# Asko T754C
# Asko T784C
Bosch Maxx 7 Sensitive WTV74100AU
Bosch WTE84101AU MaXX7 Sensitive
# Bosch WTW84360AU
Electrolux EDV 605
Electrolux EDV505 Sensor Dry
Fisher & Paykel DE40F56A Aerodry
Fisher & Paykel DE50F56A Aerologic
Fisher & Paykel DE50F56E1 Aerosense
Fisher and Paykel DE60F60EW1
Miele T7944C Honeycomb
Rinnai Dry-Soft 6 (A)
# Whirlpool SDRY60
(A) Gas model
# Newly tested
How we test
Energy efficiency Our tester, Mohamed Jawahir, puts a standard wet load of washing into the clothes dryer (size dependent on its capacity) and measures how long it takes to dry and how much energy is used. The energy efficiency and drying time scores are based on the amount of energy and time used per kilogram of clothing.
Our testers dry the clothes (the Australian Standard test load) until they're completely dry. They then saturate and spin dry in a washing machine. Following this, water is sprayed evenly throughout the load while the weight is measured. This process continues until the moisture content is up to 90%.
The load is then placed in the clothes dryer to assess its drying performance and energy efficiency.
Drying time If the clothes dryer has a sensor to determine when the clothes are dry and automatically turns off, Mohamed uses it, otherwise he tests using the timer.
Ease of use The testers also assess the labelling and intuitiveness of the controls and how easy the filter is to access and to clean.
For more information on Washing and drying products, see our Laundry and cleaning section.