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With so many types and features on offer, shopping for clothes dryers can be pretty intimidating. Although their job is pretty simple, a smart buy will save money and time in the long run – so it pays to do your homework.
We review 22 models, priced from $349 to $2999, to tell you:
List of brands we tested in this review.
The manufacturer's recommended retail price. Prices are generally always flexible, so shop around both online and in bricks and mortar shops for options.
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We base CHOICE recommendations on a dryer reaching at least 75% overall, 75% for drying time and at least 70% for energy efficiency.
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Whether the dryer is electric-vented, condenser, heat-pump condenser, or gas-powered.
Claimed capacity from the manufacturer.
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We measure how long it takes to dry 3.5kg of wet washing and how much energy is used. The energy efficiency and drying time scores are based on the amount of energy and time used per kg of clothing.
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If the dryer has a sensor to determine when the clothes are dry and automatically turns off, we use it, otherwise we test using the timer.
The energy rating in stars claimed by the manufacturer, based on a full load cycle.
Based on drying a full load about three times a week (150 times a year) for 10 years, calculated at 28c/kWh. Clothes can make up to 3.7% of your average households energy usage, so look for the lowest number to avoid paying more for your energy than necessary.
An auto-sensing program means the dryer will stop when it senses the load is dry.
This means instead of a sensor, or sometimes in addition to, you can turn the knob of the dryer dial to choose a number of minutes that the dryer will run.
This allows you to delay the start of the drying cycle meaning you can set the dryer to come on later in the day or night and take advantage of off-peak rates.
This is for tumble drying woollens or delicate fabrics with gentle heat and minimal tumbling.
Most electric vented dryers can be mounted on a wall, making it easier to use than being on the ground. You may need to buy mounting brackets separately. All condenser and heat pump condensers we've tested are too heavy to be wall mounted.
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