We’ve tested heat-pump, condenser and vented clothes dryers to find the most efficient, easiest to use and fastest.
Overall score breakdown
The overall score is made up of:
Energy efficiency (50%)
Drying time (50%)
About our test
According to the Australia New Zealand Standard our test is based on, clothes dryers must be capable of drying a full load to a moisture level of 6% or less. However, not all settings achieve this. While the setting stated on the dryer’s energy rating label must be able to dry clothes to this required moisture level, some settings are programmed to leave items damp so they’re easier to iron.
If you’re using the energy rating label setting and haven’t overloaded your dryer and you’re still getting damp clothes, then your dryer isn’t doing its job properly.
Our clothes dryers test uses a standard load of cotton bed sheets, small towels and pillow cases. This allows us to compare clothes dryers fairly and repeat the test year after year. We test using a 3.5kg (dry weight) load, which gets a lot heavier when wet at a 90% moisture level. This is the same size load we use when testing washing machines – it’s about the average amount a consumer washes at one time.
A load with a moisture level of 6% will meet the Australia New Zealand Standard but we look for better than that in our testing. So when we test clothes dryers, we’re looking for a moisture level closer to 2-3% by the end of the drying time. It’s not often that we find a clothes dryer that can’t achieve a moisture level of less than 3%. When we do, we apply a penalty to the overall score. This is because we think any dryer should be capable of drying your clothes to the point where you can hang them in your wardrobe or put them in a drawer straightaway.