Cheap clothes dryers: What’s available?

In an age where we have dishwashers to clean our dishes and washing machines to wash our clothes, many of us still rely on clotheslines when it comes to drying our belongings. In the Australian heat, buying an appliance to dry your clothes might seem counter intuitive, but for those who own one, their clothes dryer is a reliable time saver. You can’t always rely on the weather.

So why don’t more of us own one? The answer for most people is probably that a clothes dryer is, like most other household appliances, rather expensive to buy and similarly expensive to run. But what if we could find you a handful of clothes dryers that cost less than $700 to buy? Well, we’ve done just that, and listed them along with their energy usage and running costs – because the purchase price isn’t the only expense you’ll face. The electricity used to power your dryer will eventually cost you much more than the appliance itself.

We came up with these figures using the base assumption that the average Australian household runs their clothes dryer five times per week. If you run your clothes dryer more or less than five times a week, your annual running costs will differ from the costs in this article. These figures were calculated using an electricity price of $0.29/kWh. Be aware that electricity rates vary across the country, so this will also impact your own personal running costs.

Simpson 39P400M

This clothes dryer from Simpson is a small model, suited to apartment living or smaller households. It offers hot and warm temperature settings, and comes with features such as a child safety lock and a safety thermostat.

  • Purchase price – $325
  • Energy consumption – 190kWh
  • Energy used each year – 950kWh
  • Annual running cost – $273
  • Running costs over 10 years – $2,727
  • Total cost of ownership over 10 years – $3,052

Fisher & Paykel DE50F56A2

Also known as the AeroLogic, this Fisher & Paykel clothes dryer uses a Quad Fin system to improve the speed and the evenness with which it heats your clothes. It also has tumble acting reversing, which prevents clothes from tangling and bunching together inside the dryer. It can be wall mounted and has a 5kg capacity.

  • Purchase price – $377
  • Energy consumption – 245kWh
  • Energy used each year – 1225kWh
  • Annual running cost – $352
  • Running costs over 10 years – $3,516
  • Total cost of ownership over 10 years – $3,893

Simpson 39S500M

This Simpson clothes dryer comes with six different cycles, all of which can be run at one of two temperatures, hot or warm. It also comes with features such as a child lock, tumble action reversing, progress indication and timer control.

  • Purchase price – $429
  • Energy consumption – 230Kwh
  • Energy used each year – 1150kWh
  • Annual running cost – $330
  • Running costs over 10 years – $3,301
  • Total cost of ownership over 10 years – $3,730

Electrolux EDV6051

With an easy-ironing function and reverse tumbling action, this clothes dryer from Electrolux has six different cycles, including one for delicates and an anti-crease cycle. It will remind you if the lint filter needs cleaning, and comes with a child lock.

  • Purchase price – $528
  • Energy consumption – 265
  • Energy used each year – 1325kWh
  • Annual running cost – $380
  • Running costs over 10 years – $3,803
  • Total cost of ownership over 10 years – $4,331

Fisher & Paykel DE6060G1

This Fisher & Paykel clothes dryer comes with a bundle of smart features, including an auto-sensor, automatic cool down, a lint filter indicator, and the ability to program the appliance to five different dryness settings. It comes with six different cycles including one for delicates, and comes with a drying rack for added convenience.

  • Purchase price – $678
  • Energy consumption – 265Kwh
  • Energy used each year – 1325kWh
  • Annual running cost – $380
  • Running costs over 10 years – $3,803
  • Total cost of ownership over 10 years – $4,481

The cost of cheap clothes dryers

While these clothes dryers vary in initial purchase price, they all share one thing in common – their running costs add up to a hugely significant amount of money over the course of 10 years. In some cases, their purchase price is almost equalled in running costs after just a single year of ownership. So while you may see the prices of these clothes dryers and think to yourself “I can afford that easily”, you should definitely also consider their running costs and the impact they’ll have on your electricity bill before you go rushing off to your local appliance store.

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