Best Clothes Dryers

A reliable tumble dryer can give you clean, dry clothes - and fast. Whether you decide on a heat pump, condenser or vented dryer, a washer dryer combo, or no dryer at all, don't let a lack of information about these home appliances leave you high and dry. Continue reading...

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Based on 826 reviews
Haier HDV40A1

Haier HDV40A1 🏆 2024

4.1  (38)
 Summary
  • Capacity4 kg
Natalie
NatalieQueensland5 posts
 
Couldn't have picked a better dryerI've never purchased a haier appliance before this dryer and I'm surprised with the quality as it's top notch also days clothes very quickly fatser then other brands I've owned in the past! Looks amazing also Show details
Bosch Serie 8 Heat Pump Tumble Dryers

Bosch Serie 8 Heat Pump Tumble Dryers

3.1  (262)
 Summary
  • Capacity8 kg and 9 kg
$1,399Bing Lee
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Sarah
SarahSydney3 posts
  WTW87564AU
Overpriced and poor qualityLint filter barely lasted a year. Plastic latch on the door snapped - Designed fault as the whole door has to be replaced due to the built in plastic latch. Show details
Beko BDP83HW

Beko BDP83HW

3.8  (27)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $1,599
  • Capacity8 kg
Paul
Paul8 posts
 
Esatto EVD7

Esatto EVD7

3.4  (36)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $447
  • Capacity7 kg
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Denise C.
Denise C.NSWSydney Surrounds, NSW
 
It's great but hard to get partsHi I'm after a latch for my dryer door can't find one anywhere Show details
Haier HDV60A1

Haier HDV60A1

3.5  (30)
 Summary
  • Capacity6 kg
Lucie
LucieQLDSouth East Queensland, QLD3 posts
 
Fisher & Paykel Vented Dryer DE Series

Fisher & Paykel Vented Dryer DE Series

3.3  (34)
 Summary
  • Capacity4.5 kg and 6 kg
$401Bing Lee
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G Ball
G BallQLDSouth East Queensland, QLD
  DE6060M2
Worst dryer ever- don’t waste your moneyThumps the sheets into a bundle and doesn’t dry. I have tried to seperate the sheets, straight back into a big round ball wrinkled and not dry!! Show details
Westinghouse WDV457H3WB

Westinghouse WDV457H3WB

5.0  (9)
 Summary
  • Capacity4.5 kg
Pitpat
PitpatTASHobart, TAS140 posts
  Verified
Rinnai DrySoft Series

Rinnai DrySoft Series

4.6  (10)
 Summary
  • Capacity4 kg, 6 kg and 9 kg
Bill
BillNSWSydney, NSW35 posts
  6
electricity coststhis paid for it's self with reduced electricity bill .. it's very quick and does a full 6kg load

it's exhausted through the ceiling then out a vent in the barge boards

the soft dry handles all delicates with ease

but as with all clothes dryer you must keep the filters clean if you don't want a house fire

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Haier HDHP-AN1 Series

Haier HDHP-AN1 Series

4.3  (10)
 Summary
  • Capacity8 kg and 9 kg
$1,099Bing Lee
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shazba
shazbaNSWSydney, NSW5 posts
  HDHP80AN1
Simpson SDV556HQWA

Simpson SDV556HQWA

3.9  (11)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $399
  • Capacity5.5 kg
Toni
Toni12 posts
 
Love Simpson. Wouldn't buy anything else!I have used this machine daily since the floods in February. It honestly hasn't missed a beat. We’ve barely had any sunny days over the last few months so using my dryer has been the only option. Show details
Beko 7kg BDP710W

Beko 7kg BDP710W

3.7  (12)
 Summary
  • Capacity7 kg
Dave
Dave7 posts
 
Euromaid DE6KG

Euromaid DE6KG

2.5  (45)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $1,099
  • Capacity6 kg
Geoffrey Pye
Geoffrey PyeNSWSydney, NSW7 posts
 
Phenomenally slow & loudHad this dryer for years now. It is a very simple dryer & it is progressively getting worse with age. It takes on average 3 hours to dry anything (towels take forever) & it is ridiculously loud. It’s only saving grace was it was cheap when bought & has lasted longer than expected. Actually wish it would die so we could get a better one. Show details
Euromaid
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Hi Geoffrey, thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. Your comments are will be passed on to our team to ensure continuous improvement. Thanks

LG 9kg Heat Pump Dryer 9 Series

LG 9kg Heat Pump Dryer 9 Series

3.1  (18)
 Summary
  • Capacity9 kg
$1,499Bing Lee
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Cheryl
CherylNSWCentral West, NSW5 posts
  9kg Heat Pump Dryer 9 Series
Great machine couldn’t live without itA great machine. I dry everything in it. Very economical Show details
Solt Heat Pump Dryers GGSHP

Solt Heat Pump Dryers GGSHP

3.8  (10)
 Summary
  • Capacity7 kg, 8 kg and 10 kg
Don
DonVICSouthwest, VIC4 posts
  GGSHPD800W
Fisher & Paykel DH9060 Series

Fisher & Paykel DH9060 Series

3.5  (12)
 Summary
  • Capacity9 kg
$1,819Bing Lee
Kaz
Kaz7 posts
  Verified DH9060FS1
Speed Queen Rear Control

Speed Queen Rear Control

4.8  (6)
 Summary
  • Capacity9 kg
Peter
PeterQLDFar North Queensland, QLD
  ADE3TR
the best washervery nice unit, quite, easy to use, is a sturdy machine with quality finishes and looks great
load any clothes and has easy to use cycles Show details
Hisense PureJet Heat Pump Dryer

Hisense PureJet Heat Pump Dryer

4.0  (8)
 Summary
  • Capacity8 kg and 9 kg
Lia R.
Lia R.5 posts
  HDFY90H 9kg
Would never go back to front loaderThe machine has great finsctions and is user friendly. Ample room for big sheets and compact in my small laundry. Show details
Ariston N11HPLWAU

Ariston N11HPLWAU

4.0  (8)
 Summary
  • Capacity8 kg
Sarah L
Sarah L
 
Haier HDV50E1

Haier HDV50E1

4.0  (8)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $609
  • Capacity5 kg
DMW-ARP
DMW-ARPVICGreater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC7 posts
  Verified
AEG T8DHC862B Heat Pump Dryer 8kg

AEG T8DHC862B Heat Pump Dryer 8kg

2.4  (27)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $2,299
  • Capacity8 kg
Damon M.
Damon M.VICSouthwest, VIC
 
Solt GGSVDE45W

Solt GGSVDE45W

4.8  (5)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $288
  • Capacity4.5 kg
Lily0622
Lily0622NSWSydney, NSW57 posts
 
Fisher & Paykel DE7060G2

Fisher & Paykel DE7060G2

2.8  (13)
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  • Capacity7 kg
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Andrew S.
Andrew S.
 
Rolls sheets into balls - Look elsewhereWe regret buying this dryer, its bundles the sheets into a ball and then bangs around until you pull them out, stuff them back in and repeat up until 5-10 times per load. Drives you absolutely mad. Looking online it seems like a common problem with F&P dryers. Unacceptable design flaw for a 2023 dryer. Show details
LG DVH45-08W

LG DVH45-08W

4.6  (5)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $1,449
  • Capacity8 kg
Norbert
NorbertVictoria3 posts
 
Just a great dryer to useThe dryer was so easy to use and the cleaning process just as easy. I drys the cloths very and I hardly ever need ironing. The dry is very quite in operation and does not disturb us Show reply
Hisense Heat Pump Dryer Series 5 HDFS80HE

Hisense Heat Pump Dryer Series 5 HDFS80HE

4.8  (4)
 Summary
  • Capacity8 kg
Matt
MattVICGreater Melbourne (Inner), VIC2 posts
 
Amazing productHad many dryers in the past. This is by far the best I've had. I highly recommend this product. Show details
Electrolux EDV705H3WB

Electrolux EDV705H3WB

3.1  (8)
 Summary
  • Capacity7 kg
Lainie
Lainie4 posts
 
Electrolux Clothes Dryer - We love it!Good price for a family on a budget like us.
Gets the job done
Especially like the anti-crease function. Show details
Samsung Smart AI Heat Pump Dryer DV90T8440SH

Samsung Smart AI Heat Pump Dryer DV90T8440SH

3.0  (8)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $1,899
  • Capacity9 kg
Paryce
ParyceNSWSydney, NSW3 posts
 
Samsung
Samsung   DM   
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Hey Paryce, I am so sorry to hear about the negative experience you have had. I would love to take a look into what is going on here. I have reached out to you via private message, please respond when you can. Regards,

Brian
Samsung AU

Haier HDC80E1

Haier HDC80E1

1.7  (39)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $989
  • Capacity8 kg
Very disillusioned
Very disillusioned
  Verified
Asko T408HD

Asko T408HD

2.3  (12)
 Summary
  • Capacity8 kg
PhoLoong
PhoLoong3 posts
 
Asko
Asko   DM   
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Electrolux EDV605H3WB

Electrolux EDV605H3WB

3.2  (6)
 Summary
  • Capacity6 kg
Desley
Desley6 posts
 
Bosch Serie 4 WTH8300AU

Bosch Serie 4 WTH8300AU

4.0  (4)
 Summary
  • Capacity8 kg
Oli B.
Oli B.7 posts
 
Fantastic productTook a little bit of te to work out the programs..However very happy with this dryer..
Very energy efficient...reasonably quiet and alerts you when it's done..
Glad we bought it.This is our first dryer purchase and will stick with this type of a dryer. Show reply

A dryer in a laundry with freshly dried clothes inside

Common questions about clothes dryers

Do clothes shrink in the dryer?

Yes, sometimes clothes will shrink in the dryer due to an excess of heat and the motion of tumbling wet fabric. Certain natural fibres are more prone to shrinking than others, namely cotton, wool and linen. If most of your clothes are made from these materials (particularly in winter), shrinking is a legitimate concern.

Ways to safeguard against it include: drip drying clothes made from these materials, drying on a lower heat setting, or choosing a dryer with auto-sensors that will more accurately stop a cycle before over-drying occurs.

How long does it take clothes to dry?

This can be a tricky question to answer because it depends on so many variables. These include: the size of your laundry load (a larger bundle will take longer to dry), how wet your clothes are (dripping or simply damp), and the spin cycle you’ve used (using a fast spin cycle on your washing machine will make them more dry to begin with).

As a general rule of thumb, try to stick to: smaller drying loads consisting of damp clothes spun on a faster cycle, provided it doesn’t ruin your clothes. This will help make your drying times faster.

Are clothes dryers expensive?

Dryers can be expensive but are there are affordable models, too. A basic vented dryer costs around $350-$400, while a washer-dryer combo that includes a heat pump dryer can set you back $6,000.

Ultimately, you’ll want to invest in a household appliance that lasts. It’s easy to buy a cheap clothes dryer in the short term and think you’re making a huge saving, but if you come to rely heavily on your dryer, and it turns out to be unreliable, you could spend more money in a short period of time to replace it with a sturdier model. That said, not all ‘cheap’ models will be sub-par; some may be suited to your needs. Do your research beforehand by looking for reviews that comment specifically on the features and functions you most value in a dryer.

Do I really need a dryer?

While convenient, for many people a dryer isn’t as essential as a washing machine. If you live in an area that gets a lot of sun, or if you don’t need your clothes speedily dried, you can save money by skipping a dryer purchase altogether.

Some alternatives to traditional dryers include: hanging clothes up on a clothesline or clothes rack outside, non-electric dryers like this Kogan Portable Heated Drying Rack, a drying cabinet or a dehumidifier, which removes moisture in the air to help clothes strung over your dining chairs dry faster on rainy days.

Types of Clothes Dryers

Heat pump dryers · See all

Fisher and Paykel heat pump dryer

These work by using hot air to absorb moisture from clothes and dry them. Heated air passes through the drum, then the evaporator, which removes the moisture. This water collects inside a removable condensation tank, which you then empty regularly. Heat pump technology is unique, as it conserves energy by recycling hot air after each heat pump drying cycle.

Pros
The most energy efficient clothes dryers; many heat pump dryers have an 8 star energy rating and higher.
Heat pump dryers are the cheapest to run. If you don't mind splashing out initially, this might be worth it if you're drying clothes frequently, for example multiple times a week.
Suitable for apartments, as they don't put too much moisture or hot air into a room.
Cons
The most expensive clothes dryers to buy, these can cost around $1200 to $4500, or up to $6000 for a washer dryer combo that includes a heat pump dryer.
Models tend to be larger in capacity, starting at around 8kg, which can be a disadvantage or impracticable if you’re lacking on laundry space.
Cycle lengths are longer than for other types of dryers, as heat pump dryers use a lower temperature to dry clothes.

Condenser dryers · See all

Fisher and Paykel condenser dryer

Condenser dryers remove water from clothes using a heater element, which evaporates moisture that collects inside a condenser tank. This small container is then removed and emptied. You can also remove leftover moisture via a hose pipe that drains water from the dryer into the sink, if that’s easier.

Although they use a similar drying method, the difference between condenser dryers and heat pump dryers is that after a heat pump drying cycle is complete any leftover air is reused, whereas with a condenser dryer it essentially goes to waste.

You'll need good ventilation in your laundry, as condenser dryers increase the level of heat and moisture in the air.

Pros
Suitable for apartments or laundry setups where positioning your dryer near a window isn’t possible, since condenser dryers don’t need to be vented outside.
The second most affordable dryers to buy after vented dryers (however they can still be pricey, often costing between $899 and $1499).
Cons
Don't often come in small sizes, as they're often available in large 6 to 8kg capacities.
Too heavy to be wall mounted, however you can stack a condenser dryer on top of a front-loading washing machine after buying a stacking kit to save space.
The most expensive dryers to run, as condenser dryers tend to be less energy efficient.

Vented dryers · See all

Electrolux vented dryer

The most basic and common dryers, vented models transfer hot, damp air from the dryer drum to the air outside, via a hose pipe. Vented dryers need to be located near a window or a wall for this reason. To prevent a buildup of hot air in your laundry, good ventilation or a venting/ducting kit may be needed.

Pros
Vented dryers are the cheapest type to buy, selling for as little as $349. If you’ll only be using your vented dryer rarely, it's a cost-effective pick (as these vented types are expensive to run).
These can be wall mounted, as they’re light in weight, which saves floor space in your laundry.
Cons
Vented dryers are usually expensive to run, which may not be sustainable for large households, or if you plan to use your dryer frequently. Make sure you budget for the ongoing costs of running your dryer as well as the initial purchase price.
Cheaper models might not have auto sensors. This means you’ll have to manually pre-set a drying time by guessing how long it will take to dry clothes. This can overdry clothes, which wastes energy and also runs the risk of shrinking clothes.

Washer dryer combos · See all

Electrolux washer dryer

This is an option worth considering if you’re in the market for both a new washing machine and dryer. Integrating both functions into one appliance, a washer/dryer combination can save space in your laundry, and possibly also money.

A 7kg model can cost upwards of $1200. While this can be cheaper than buying both a washing machine and a dryer separately, it’s likely more expensive than buying just a washing machine or a dryer on its own. Make sure you’ll regularly use both appliances before investing in a washer dryer combo, so it’s worth your while.

A quick note on gas clothes dryers · See all

While this guide focuses on electric dryers, gas clothes dryers are also available – though they’re much less common. You’ll need a gas connection and professional installation, which can be costly. Also, as only Rinnai and Speed Queen sell gas dryers in Australia, they’re much pricier than your average electric clothes dryer.

If you’re okay with all that, gas clothes dryers are more energy efficient than electric dryers, ands also dry clothes faster.

Other factors to consider before buying a dryer

Size

Consider how much available laundry space you have for a clothes air dryer. This will influence the size of any new dryer you're interested in. While freestanding dryers will take up more floor space, other types of dryers can prevent this. You can invest in a stackable dryer instead, which sits on top of, or below, your washing machine. Just make sure you have enough unobstructed vertical space. A wall-mountable clothes dryer is another option for saving laundry floor space. Remember also that the size of a clothes dryer is often determined by its capacity.

Capacity

The capacity of a tumble dryer is measured in kilograms, and determines the amount of dry clothes a dryer is able to comfortably house. The smaller your household or family size, the smaller the kilogram capacity that should be sufficient. A dryer with a higher capacity will house a large drum that dries clothes faster, but using more power.

You can use the below info as a general rule of thumb to determine the dryer capacity to opt for:

Another way of estimating capacity is that 1kg is roughly equal to one outfit, consisting of a top, pants, and underclothes.

Energy efficiency

Energy efficiency is measured as a star rating in Australia. 10 stars are awarded to clothes dryer machines with the most energy efficient design possible (however this is rare). 1 star indicates that a model uses an excessive amount of water and electricity to operate.

Not only is a higher energy rating gentler on your power bill, it’s also more eco-friendly. If this is a priority for you, consider buying a heat pump dryer, which will recycle hot air. You can also increase the energy efficiency of your clothes cleaning routine generally by using a cold wash setting on your washing machine instead of warm or hot water. Even on a long cycle, this is more efficient than using a hot, quick wash.

Features

  • Anti-wrinkle function: This reduces the amount of wrinkles in clothes, by tumbling them on a gentle cycle after the regular cycle is complete.
  • Auto sensors: These automatically detect when a load has finished drying. This offers a more accurate (and hassle-free) method than guessing how long your clothes will take to dry, which can overdry or underdry them.
  • Child safety locks: Child safety locks require you to enter a ‘secret code’ by pressing a special series of buttons before the dryer turns on. This prevents children from accidentally turning on the dryer, or climbing in and closing it shut before it starts.
  • Delay time function: A feature that delays the start time of a drying cycle. For example you can program your dryer to end its cycle just after you wake up, or you can program it to run during off-peak energy periods to save money.
  • Delicates program: This program is more friendly for drying precious garments, as it uses a gentle, low temperature. Just to be safe, avoid putting silk, cashmere, rubber or pleather in your dryer, as they may melt or become otherwise damaged, even on a delicate cycle.
  • Drying rack: A rack protects delicate or precious items that should avoid taking a tumble. These include items that aren’t clothes, for example a child’s favourite soft toy or a pair of canvas shoes.
  • Extra dry program: This does what you'd expect it to, by getting your clothes closer to a zero percent moisture content, rather than the 6% maximum moisture content allowed for dryers sold in Australia. In most cases, the extra dry program isn't really necessary and may even shrink clothes.
  • Lint filters: These are easiest to access when they're front mounted. They should be cleaned after every drying cycle. If lint builds up, it can create a fire hazard or decorate dry clothes with lint bunnies.
  • Reverse tumbling: A feature similar to an agitator in a washing machine. The dryer drum reverses the direction of tumbling periodically, to ensure every inch of clothes are dried and tangle-free.
  • Reversible door hinges: These allow the dryer door to push inwards rather than outwards, making them a suitable option if you have limited space in your laundry.
  • Sanitise cycle: This cycle claims to kill bacteria and allergens that can lurk in clothing.
  • Woollen program: A woollen program uses less heat to reduce the chance of your wool or wool-blend clothes shrinking. However, there’s still some risk that woollen clothing can shrink, so use with caution.

Extra features on Bosch Series 8 Heat Pump Dryer

Wrapping up

We hope you're now equipped you with the information you need to invest in a trustworthy dryer, or be satisfied with your decision not to buy one. Before buying a dryer, remember to consider: the amount of space in your laundry and whether it's well ventilated, the size of your household, materials of your clothing, and how frequently you'll be drying clothes. These will all help determine if a dryer is a viable and convenient option for your household.

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