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Last updated: 22 February 2018

With so many types and features on offer, shopping for clothes dryers can be intimidating. Their job is pretty simple, but a smart buy will save money and time in the long run.

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We review condenser, electric-vented and heat-pump clothes dryers to tell you which models:

  • dry clothes the fastest
  • use the least energy
  • cost the least to run
  • are the quietest
  • have the best member-rated reliability scores.

Our Recommended list will tell you at a glance which dryers we rate the best.

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The manufacturer's recommended retail price. Prices are generally always flexible, so shop around both online and in bricks-and-mortar stores for options.

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Whether the dryer is electric-vented, condenser or heat-pump condenser.

Capacity (kg)

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The manufacturer's claimed capacity. This is the weight of the laundry when dry.

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Features

Wall mountable

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Most electric-vented dryers can be wall-mounted, but you may need to buy mounting brackets separately. Condenser and heat-pump dryers are generally too heavy for wall-mounting.

Stackable

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Generally most dryers can be stacked on top of a front loading washing machine, but some require stacking brackets, sold separately.

Auto-sensing

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An auto-sensing program means the dryer will stop when it senses the load is dry.

Timed drying

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This means instead of or in addition to a sensor, you can turn the knob of the dryer dial to choose how many minutes the dryer will run.

Delay-start feature

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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 to take advantage of off-peak rates.

Woollens program

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This is for tumble drying woollens or delicate fabrics with gentle heat and minimal tumbling.

Test results

Energy-efficiency score

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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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Drying time score

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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.

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Cycle time (min)

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How long the cycle took on the program we used.

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Energy and water ratings

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The energy rating in stars claimed by the manufacturer, based on a full load cycle.

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Costs

Cost to dry 1kg of items

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This shows the cost per kg of drying a load of clothes, irrespective of the dryer capacity, and will give you an even comparison regardless of the total capacity of the appliance. It's calculated by multiplying the energy we measured for a run by the cost of energy (currently $0.30), and dividing by the 3.5kg (dry weight) of our test load.

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Running cost over 10 years

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Based on drying a full load about three times a week (150 times a year) for 10 years, calculated at 30c/kWh. Clothes can make up to 3.7% of your average household's energy usage, so look for the lowest number to avoid paying more for your energy than necessary.

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These scores are taken straight from our brand reliability survey, but do not add to the overall score. These scores refer to the brand only, not the particular model.

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