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Clothes dryers to avoid buying

It's back to the drying board for these low scorers in our lab test.

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Last updated: 12 May 2022

Advertising around clothes dryers can be full of hot air, making it hard to sort the winners from the wet blankets when it comes to the best model for you. 

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Dry hard: Our experts have tested clothes dryers for years in our dedicated lab.

Dryers are also quite energy-hungry appliances, which means you'll cop bigger power bills for your dryer's lifespan if you pick poorly. 

Here at CHOICE, we don't want anyone to be left high and dry by average products – so our experts review the most popular clothes dryers on the market meticulously in our labs. 

We evaluate key indicators including drying time and energy efficiency, and we analyse and compare features, cycle times, running costs, noise rating and lots more to help you choose better. 

CHOICE members can access all this info in our full clothes dryer product reviews. But just so you don't have to deal with a disappointing dryer, we asked our testers to reveal the worst test performers below.

simpson sdv457hqwa clothes dryer

Small load, big power bills: This Simpson used the most energy of all the dryers in our tests.

1. Simpson SDV457HQWA

  • CHOICE Expert Rating: 61%
  • Price: $499*
  • Load capacity: 4.5kg

The lowest-rated dryer in our tests, this small capacity Simpson has big issues. Despite its little load, it used the most electricity of all the models we tested and cost the most to run by a notable margin. Even units with double the capacity used less power. 

On top of its big energy appetite, this vented dryer also ranked third last in our drying time test, meaning you're paying more and waiting longer for pretty average results. 

Sure, the model is relatively cheap, but that's no excuse – our testers found that Aldi's similar-capacity Stirling dryer performed better for half the price (if you can get it in their sales). 

Read our full Simpson SDV457HQWA clothes dryer review.

2. Fisher & Paykel DE7060G2

  • CHOICE Expert Rating: 66%
  • Price: $829*
  • Load capacity: 7kg

Unlike the more basic Simpson, this Fisher & Paykel boasts plenty of handy features including child lock control, automatic dry sensor, anti-crease program and delayed start – as you'd expect from its higher price tag.

Unfortunately, those bells and whistles are undone by this vented unit's actual drying performance and power consumption. 

Its scores for energy efficiency and drying time were a bit better than the Simpson's, but it was still fairly ordinary overall, ranking second-last in our lab test. Our experts found better models with similar features for less money.

Read our full Fisher & Paykel DE7060G2 clothes dryer review.

3. Haier HDV70E1

  • CHOICE Expert Rating: 67%
  • Price: $689*
  • Load capacity: 7kg

Uncannily, this Haier and the previous Fisher & Paykel have almost identical features – and performed equally average in our tests. 

Both received the same middling score in our energy-efficiency test, but the Haier scored one percent better for drying time, just edging ahead. For what it's worth, it's also notably cheaper than the Fisher & Paykel.

Read out full Haier HDV70E1 clothes dryer review.

beko bdc710w clothes dryer

Dryer beware: This Beko condenser underwhelmed our expert testers.

4. Beko BDC710W condenser

  • CHOICE Expert Rating: 67%
  • Price: $849*
  • Load capacity: 7kg

This Beko is a condenser dryer. This means it collects moisture from the hot exhaust into a reservoir or drain, rather than pumping it into the air (so there's less dampness and chance of mould in your laundry). 

Condensers are more complicated machines and usually more expensive. Sadly, our tests found this model scored the same as more traditional vented dryers and even came with fewer features and programs. The Beko did score better in our drying-time test, but it lost marks for energy efficiency. It was also notably noisy when operating. 

Read our full Beko BDC710W clothes dryer review.

Again, our experts found similar models that were superior and cheaper (with bigger capacity to boot) so it really does pay to check out all our full reviews.

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