Clothes Dryers Review & Ratings

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Canstar Blue’s annual clothes dryers review has seen five brands rated on performance & reliability, drying time, quietness, warranty, design, value for money and overall satisfaction. Compared brands include Simpson, Bosch, Fisher & Paykel, Electrolux and LG.

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In Canstar Blue’s 2018 clothes dryers review, Simpson has been rated highest, scoring five stars from customers in important areas such as performance & reliability, drying time and value for money. Simpson takes the crown for the second year in a row.

Simpson leaves other clothes dryer brands in a spin

Many Aussies are lucky in that drying clothes during the summer months is quite literally a breeze.  However, it’s not so easy for others, and when winter arrives, we’re all left wondering what to do with those wet socks and undies. Sure, if you leave them outside for long enough, they’ll dry eventually. But what if time is of the essence? You may need to buy a clothes dryer!

A clothes dryer (or tumble dryer, if you prefer) can be the unsung hero of your laundry room. Our latest survey on the subject found that 40% of Australian consumers use a clothes dryer after every wash. It’s there for you throughout the year, but especially during the colder months when school uniforms and work shirts need drying, pronto! You might think that all clothes dryers are more or less the same, but our customer ratings suggest otherwise. They should all get the basic job done perfectly fine (i.e. they’ll dry your clothes), but the manner, and time, in which they do so can vary significantly. That’s why you should do your research now – to avoid getting your head in a spin later.

So, where can you find the best clothes dryers in Australia? To offer some guidance, Canstar Blue produces an annual review of clothes dryer brands, asking consumers across our great brown land what they think of the dryer they own and operate. Our customer ratings are based on the responses of those who have purchased a new dryer in the last three years, giving you an idea of what to expect should you choose one of the reviewed brands.

For the second year in a row, Aussie-born brand Simpson has been rated the highest, achieving five-star reviews in the most important areas, including overall customer satisfaction. It leads the way from Bosch and LG on four stars overall, with Fisher & Paykel and Electrolux scoring just three stars overall.

  • Simpson excelled in most research areas again, scoring five stars on performance & reliability, drying time, design and value for money, in addition to overall satisfaction. It scored four stars on quietness.
  • Bosch received four stars in most categories, but was notably the only brand to rate five stars when it comes to noise levels. However, for performance & reliability, it was deemed worthy of just three stars.
  • LG was also a fairly solid performer, scoring four stars in most areas like Bosch. Its only five-star rating was awarded for drying time, along with Simpson. But LG was marked down in the noise levels department, scoring three stars.
  • Fisher & Paykel received a disappointing three stars in almost all research categories. The one and only exception was value for money where it achieved a creditable four stars.
  • Electrolux had to settle for just three stars across all research categories.

It’s worth pointing out that Simpson is an Australian brand owned by Swedish appliance manufacturer Electrolux, so their respective outcomes in our 2018 ratings are intriguing. It’s also interesting to note that two of the (generally) cheapest brands around – Simpson and LG – performed better than two of the (generally) most expensive brands in Fisher & Paykel and Electrolux. Perhaps this is because clothes dryers are a fairly basic appliance, and unlike with washing machines, consumers are not too concerned with fancy features.

Read on for a guide to the five brands in this year’s review, in addition to some of the best brands that didn’t receive the minimum sample required to be included. We’ll then provide details on the different types of clothes dryers, their features and what you need to consider before buying.

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Top Clothes Dryer Brands

To help you decide which clothes dryer will be best for your needs and budget, here is a guide to some of the leading brands in Australia.

Simpson

One of the cheapest brands around when it comes to clothes dryers, Simpson offers a very concise range of vented clothes dryers based on size capacity. The Simpson Ezi Loader series has vented dryers with a 4kg, 5kg or 6kg capacity, which naturally has an impact on their prices. Prices can vary between retailers, but going by Appliances Online, we see that the 4kg model could be found for under $350, while the 5kg model costs around $400 and the 6kg model is the priciest at about $450.

Across the full range, you can expect a stainless steel drum, a child safety lock door, and a simple rotary dial control that allows you to select a drying time and start the cycle. Dryers boast a reverse tumbling action where the drum alternates between spinning clockwise and anti-clockwise to reduce the chances of clothes tangling. They also feature a delicates setting, with lower temperatures, apparently to ensure delicates are dried gently and effectively, while the ‘Auto Cool Down’ function – part of the final drying cycle – helps to reduce creasing. If space is an issue, Simpson’s clothes dryers are wall-mountable and all have a 1.5 energy efficiency rating, with a two year warranty.


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Bosch

Bosch has a wide range of vented, condenser and heat pump clothes dryers, which generally command premium price tags. Even Bosch’s vented dryers can cost upwards of $700, while its high end heat pump dryers often come with prices of more than $1,600. However, for the money you should get quality with large capacities and good energy efficiency scores.

Some of the features you will find across the Bosch range include moisture sensors, claimed to monitor the temperature and moisture throughout the drying process, in order to dry your clothes to a selected setting. Bosch’s heat pump dryers are also boasted for eight-star energy efficiency ratings, thanks to the ‘ActiveAir’ technology that reuses existing heat during the drying cycle, giving you efficient dryers but at a rather premium price. Bosch vented and condenser dryers have lower energy efficiency ratings, and as such, generally lower prices.


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LG

LG is one of those brands that likes to play at both ends of the price market, with some of the cheapest appliances around, in addition to some of the most expensive. However, LG doesn’t mess around with vented or small dryers, with all of its models boasting a capacity of at least 8kg, whether you’re looking for a condenser or heat pump dryer.

Its top of the range 9kg heat pump dryer has an energy efficiency rating of seven stars and comes with a recommended retail price of more than $2,700! The 8kg condenser dryer, however, gets just two stars for energy efficiency. Both feature LG’s Smart ThinQ technology to remotely monitor your drying via the LG app, which other LG dryers are also equipped with. Additionally, you can expect a number of washing programs for wools, delicates and bulky cycles. Some LG clothes dryers also come equipped with a few accessories, such as a stacking kit, to stack your dryer on top of your washer, and a drying rack for items you don’t want to tumble dry, like backpacks and shoes. All models come with a two year warranty.


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Fisher & Paykel

Fisher & Paykel offers one of the largest ranges of vented, condenser and heat pump dryers in Australia. You’ll find dryer capacities of between 4.5kg and 8kg, with prices to suit most budgets. You can pick up a Fisher & Paykel vented clothes dryer for around $450, while its top of the line heat pump dryer – with a six-star energy efficiency rating – can be found for closer to $1,500.

The Fisher & Paykel dryers feature 10 or more programs, with a delay start system that allows you to set a start time most convenient for you. Additionally, you’ll find an automatic cool down function as part of the cycle for added safety. The smaller capacity models tend to sit lower on the energy efficiency ratings scale, with some rated only two stars, so while you may be paying a bit less upfront, you could pay for it with larger energy bills over time.


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Electrolux

The parent company of Simpson, Electrolux has a much broader range of dryers, but it still keeps prices relatively low for modest vented models. These can be found for as little as $500, but Electrolux is also a big player when it comes to heat pump dryers, with large 9kg capacity models bringing seven stars for energy efficiency. These dryers will cost you close to $2,000.

The full range features a delay start function, as well as a number of drying programs from woollens and silks to automatic and extra quick cycles. The larger capacity heat pump clothes dryers are boasted for their Advanced Sensor Dry technology, featuring moisture sensors that are activated during the cycle to eliminate any over-drying which can be harmful to your clothes and your power bill. Similarly to Fisher & Paykel, you can expect high energy ratings for larger capacity models, while the smaller dryers are rated just two stars.


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Samsung

Samsung sits in the high end of the price spectrum with its range of heat pump dryers and washer dryer combos. Samsung’s dryers cater for large households with load capacities starting from 7kg and maxing out at 9kg. You can find the range priced between $1,199 and $2,449 RRP, and expect six stars and up for energy efficiency ratings with the heat pump dryers, while the combos sit at three to four stars.

The Samsung DV80M5010IW 8kg Heat Pump Dryer (pictured) features moisture sensors to continuously adjust drying time, as well as 14 drying programs to cater for a number of loads, including delicate, wool and a 35 minute Quick Dry cycle.


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Haier

Haier specialises in vented clothes dryers, with just the one condenser dryer option available. The dryers range from 4kg to 8kg in size capacity, with prices sitting between $350 and $530 depending on size. The condenser dryer has a slightly higher price tag at around $800.

Featuring traditional dial controls, the Haier dryers aim to get the job done without any extra and costly features. Haier vented dryers are designed with reverse tumble action, and two temperature settings of warm and cool for the 4kg capacity unit, while the larger units have additional settings and programs.


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V-Zug

If you’ve budgeted for a clothes dryer that’s priced $4,000 and up, then the Swedish manufacturer V-Zug might be one to consider. Its clothes dryer range provides heat pump dryers, condenser dryers and top of the range ‘Refresh Butlers’. Expect high energy efficiency ratings for these premium prices as well as more than 25 programs and a sleek design with electronic controls.

The Refresh Butler is not a clothes dryer in itself but it does feature drying capabilities for soaked jackets and fabrics that require special care, as boasted by V-Zug. One of these will cost you more than $28,000, but you can rest assured that it has other advanced functions for that price.


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Smeg

Smeg is another brand at the premium end of clothes dryers. It has a concise range of models, featuring both condenser and heat pump dryers. Prices start from $1,300 and max out at closer to $2,200. There isn’t much variation in capacity – 7kg to 8kg – with these sizes being a suitable option for households of four or more people.

The Smeg 8kg Condenser Dryer (SACD82) features 16 different programs and has an energy efficiency rating of two stars. The Smeg 8kg Heat Pump dryer (SAHP86), while at a slightly higher price point, has an energy efficiency rating of eight stars but also features 16 different drying cycles.


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Asko

Swedish brand Asko also falls into the premium selection of clothes dryers, producing both heat pump models and condenser dryers with prices starting at $1,500. Its 10kg Heat Pump Dryer (T410HD.W) has a retail price tag of $2,599 and is boasted for a nine-star energy rating. It features six wash programs and humidity sensors to monitor the drying cycle.

According to the Standard Test, you can expect to pay just $38 annually in energy costs with this model. So while you might be spending more upfront, you can save long term with the high energy efficiency.

Picking a new clothes dryer

There are a number of factors to consider when buying a new clothes dryer, including:

  • Dryer type
  • Capacity
  • Features
  • Upfront cost
  • Energy efficiency

Let’s get some details about each factor to help you pick the best clothes dryer for your needs.

Types of clothes dryers

You might think all clothes dryers are basically the same (they certainly do the same job), but there are some subtle and not so subtle differences that impact their prices, performance and energy efficiency. There are five main types of clothes dryers:

In our latest survey, it was found that 36% of consumers purchased a vented clothes dryer, with heat pump dryers the second most purchased (22%) and condenser dryers the third most common option (19%). Gas clothes dryers had a low purchase rate, with only 4% of shoppers opting for a gas model. Likewise, washer-dryer combos are not very common, despite their seemingly beneficial nature.

Clothes dryer capacity

Capacity is an important factor to consider – not just because of the inconvenience of having to use your dryer multiple times if it isn’t big enough to dry all of your clothes at once, but also due to the impact on your energy bills of having to do so! There is also a potential safety issue at hand here, because regularly overloading your dryer will force its motor to work extra hard, which could lead to overheating.

The capacity of clothes dryers is measured in weight, with most models providing a capacity of between 5 and 9 kilograms. You’re unlikely to know how much your wet clothes weigh, so what capacity will you need?

Capacity Household size
<5kg 1 – 2 people
5kg – 7kg 3 – 4 people
>7kg >4 people

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It’s probably wise to err on the side of bigger if you’re not sure what size capacity you will need. It’s likely going to be cheaper to run a large dryer once than a smaller dryer twice! But be sure to keep in mind the allocated space in your laundry room.

Features

Clothes dryers are arguably the most basic of household appliances – you turn them on and they heat your clothes until they’re dry! But you might be surprised to learn that modern dryers can come with some handy features that make this already simple process just a little bit easier. They include:

  • Moisture sensors:It’s not easy to predict how long your clothes will need to dry, so you could easily set your dryer to an hour, for example, and forget all about it. But what if your clothes dry sooner? Keeping your dryer running with already warm clothes is no good for anyone, including your power bill. In our latest survey, four out of ten respondents admitting to leaving their dryer unattended. Fortunately moisture sensors can detect when the work is done and bring the dryer to an early finish.
  • Various program settings:It’s a clothes dryer’s job to dry your clothes, but there is more than one way to do it. Similarly to how washing machines and dishwashers have different program settings based on how hard or fast you want them to work, the same is true for some clothes dryers. They include settings for certain types of clothing such as wools and cottons, as well as ‘super quick’ cycles if you’re in a hurry, and anti-crease programs if you don’t fancy doing the ironing. Most dryers will also allow for delayed starts which can be handy if you have a flexible pricing energy tariff.

Be aware that the more flashy features you want, the more you’ll likely end up paying, which brings us on nicely to our next point.

Upfront costs

As one of the most basic appliances in your home, clothes dryers can be incredibly cheap. A look at Appliances Online shows that several vented dryers are available for under $400, with a couple even costing less than $300. Brands like Simpson, Haier and Euromaid tend to be the most basic and cheapest of the bunch. At the other end of the spectrum, heat pump dryers can cost as much as $5,000, with the majority priced around the $1,500 mark. If it’s a top of the line dryer you want, brands like Smeg, Asko and V-Zug are worth a look.

Energy efficiency

Keep in mind that the biggest difference between cheap and expensive clothes dryers is often their energy efficiency. If a dryer costs less to run in energy bills, it will likely command a higher purchase price. Vented clothes dryers are notoriously inefficient, with the majority having energy ratings of just two stars or less. Heat pump dryers, on the other hand, can be extremely efficient, with many boasting energy ratings of 5, 6 or even 7 stars. Ultimately, it’s a trade-off between upfront and ongoing costs. If you’re likely to use your clothes dryer a lot, it may be worth investing in a relatively efficient model.

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Frequently asked questions

Canstar Blue surveyed 3,040 Australian adults across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased a brand new clothes dryer in the last 3 years – in this case, 363 people.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then alphabetically. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.

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