The beloved clothes dryer may just be the unsung hero of your household when you need your washing dried and its not ideal weather outside. It’s particularly prominent during those winter months when the school uniforms and work shirts are in demand and natural drying simply takes too long, but even during the rainy summer months your clothes dryer will come to the rescue – think big nights out and favourite outfits still damp. If you’re won over by the thought of a clothes dryer, or just need a new one, the end of financial year sales could provide the ideal opportunity to bag a bargain, with retailers usually cutting their price tags. Read on for Canstar Blue’s guide to EOFY clothes dryer sales.
Clothes Dryer Sales
Australian households spend an average of about $633 on their new clothes dryers, our research shows. For that price you’ll typically find standard 5kg-6kg capacity dryers, which should be big enough for most families. The downside is that cheap clothes dryers often mean low energy-efficiency ratings, which will result in higher running costs over time. Nevertheless, they should get their basic job done – drying your clothes. The brands featured in our annual customer ratings for clothes dryers include Simpson, Bosch, LG, Electrolux and Fisher & Paykel, so let’s see what they have to offer this EOFY sales time.
|Simpson SDV457HQWA Vented Dryer||4.5kg||$449||$339|
|Electrolux EDV6552 Vented Dryer||6.5kg||$699||$477|
|Bosch WTA74201AU Serie 4 Vented Dryer||7kg||$999||$649|
|Fisher & Paykel DE8060P2 Condenser Dryer||8kg||$1,349||$969|
|LG TD-H802SJW Heat Pump Dryer||8kg||$1,949||$1,648|
Source: Appliances Online, May 2019
Simpson SDV457HQWA 4.5kg Vented Dryer – $339
Simpson is one of the cheapest brands around when it comes to clothes dryers, but it’s also deemed good value for money. The Simpson 4.5kg vented dryer has a recommended retail price of $449 but can be found for an even cheaper price this EOFY sales time. It may not have the highest energy-efficiency rating (just 1.5 stars) but it does offer a straightforward design without any nonsense. According to the Standard Test, it should add around $60 to your annual electricity bill each year (based on 0.29c/kWh). It’s a suitable size for a household of two to three people and if you’re tight on space, it’s also wall-mountable.
In terms of design features, you can expect a stainless steel drum, a child safety lock door and a simple rotary dial control that allows you to select the drying time and start the cycle. It’s boasted for reverse tumbling action – where the drum alternates between spinning clockwise, and anti-clockwise, to reduce the chances of clothes tangling. It features a delicates cycle with a lower temperature setting, which is claimed to ensure that delicates are dried gently and effectively. The ‘Auto Cool Down’ setting is part of the final drying cycle and is stated to help to reduce creasing.
Electrolux EDV6552 6.5kg Vented Dryer – $477
For something a little smaller, you might like to consider this 6.5kg vented dryer ($699 RRP) from Electrolux. Despite the low cost, it has a reasonable two star energy efficiency rating, likely adding around $85 to your electricity bills each year. Nevertheless, it features a number of functions to help get the job done.
The model is equipped with a delay start function as well as several drying programs including a delicate, anti-crease and quick dry cycle. It’s also boasted for the ‘Sensor Dry’ program to gently and precisely dry your clothes then stop the drying cycle once the contents are dry. Its Fast 40 cycle is stated to dry small loads in 40 minutes. Being the parent company of Simpson, Electrolux clothes dryers feature the same reverse tumbling system to reduce clothes from tangling. For safety, it has a child lock and can be wall mounted to save on space.
Bosch WTA74201AU 7kg Serie 4 Vented Dryer – $649
Bosch has a wide range of clothes dryers that typically sit in the premium price category. However, you can find this Bosch 7kg vented dryer ($999 RRP) for under $700 this EOFY sales time. The 7kg capacity is most suited for a household of three or four people. It might not have the same energy-efficiency score as the higher end Bosch dryers – two stars in total – but you can still expect similar features and technology with this model. You can expect it to add around $145 onto your electricity bill each year.
The main features of this model include ‘moisture sensors’ that are claimed to help reduce over-drying, and the uniquely-sculpted side panels, said to minimise noise levels by absorbing the dryer’s vibrations. There are a number of cycles to choose from, such as cottons, synthetics, sportswear and towels. It also allows you to set your own timed program with options of warm drying or cool airing. The 24-hour delay start time might also come in handy if you want to make use of the off-peak energy times.
Fisher & Paykel DE8060P2 8kg Condenser Dryer – $969
Fisher & Paykel has one of the largest ranges of dryers, with prices to suit most budgets. You can pick up the 8kg Fisher & Paykel condenser dryer ($1,349 RRP) for less than $1,000 this EOFY sales time. Similarly to the other brands above, it has a low energy-efficiency rating of two stars, which in turn should add around $100 to your annual energy costs. Nevertheless, it’s a large capacity unit, suitable for a household of four or more people.
The Fisher & Paykel model features 11 drying programs, with a delay start system that allows you to set a start time most convenient for you. It’s also boasted for automatic moisture sensors inside the drum that shut off the cycle to prevent any over-drying of your clothes. Additionally, you’ll find an automatic cooldown function as part of the cycle for extra safety. It also comes with a drying rack for any items you don’t want to tumble around, such as your shoes or backpacks.
LG TD-H802SJW 8kg Heat Pump Dryer – $1,648
A bit higher on the pricing spectrum, the LG 8kg condenser dryer is typically priced at $1,949, but can be found for around $1,650 during sales periods. Heat pump dryers are known for long-term energy savings because of their high star ratings. This model boasts NINE stars, meaning it should add less than $35 to your annual power bill. So, if you’re in the market for a high end clothes dryer, you might like to consider this LG 8kg dryer. The 8kg capacity would be suitable for large households of four or more people.
For the additional price you can expect 14 washing programs including Air Dry and Delicate. It’s designed with a stainless steel drum and an LED light inside, if you want to keep an eye on your clothes while they’re tumbling around. It might entertain the kids for a bit. It also has in-built moisture sensors to monitor the heat exchange, and control the drying time, as well as the temperature. It also comes with a drying rack for any items you don’t want to tumble. What’s more, you can even connect the dryer to LG’s Smart ThinQ app and remotely monitor your drying and troubleshoot any errors from your smartphone.
Should you buy a clothes dryer this EOFY sales time?
If you’re in the market for a new clothes dryer, then the EOFY sales time might prove to be a good time to score yourself a nice bargain. This large household appliance is typically a long-term investment, so it would be wise to look around and save a few dollars if you can. When deciding on which clothes dryer to go with, you might like to consider the capacity, features and the energy-efficiency rating, along with the actual purchase price. Keep your households needs in mind and try to find the best dryer to match them at the right price. To see which brands received the highest ratings in our latest consumer review, follow the link below.
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