Dryers Buying Guide


1. Type

There are several different types of dryers in the market. The most common ones are Vented, Condenser and Heat Pump
 

a) Vented

These dryers are typically the cheapest. But they generate a lot of warmth and damp air. Therefore, you will need to either vent this air outside or to install these near a well ventilated area to prevent moisture on walls and ceilings.
 

b) Condenser

These dryers don’t need to be vented outside. They separate the water from the moist air into a container that typically needs to be emptied after each load. Some models allow for the water to be pumped out automatically. These dryers can be installed in any reasonably ventilated room. 
 

c) Heat Pump

These dryers are the most energy efficient and don’t require venting. Heat pump dryers don’t create moisture or hot air. They are significantly cheaper to run over a long period of time but are typically more expensive to purchase.
 

2. Dimensions

Make sure you measure up the space available for your dryer. Also keep in mind you will need to allow enough space for ventilation around the unit, a few centimetres on each side should be enough for this.
 
Some dryers can also stack on top of washing machines and even be mounted on a wall upside-down, so keep this in mind when looking at where you want to place your dryer. Also remember to place your dryer in a spot that will allow for easy access for the door to open. Keep in mind that vented dryers need to place near a window and wall.
 

3. Size/ Capacity

Dryers range is size significantly and can range from 4kg all the way to 16kg. When looking at what size you need please consider that a large dryer will use more power and energy then a smaller dryer.
 
Dryers capacity or size is measured in kg. This refers to the amount of dry clothes it can handle. For example, if you have a 6kg washing machine and you have just finished your wash, that 6kg of clothes will weigh more when wet however a 6kg dryer is still rated to wash that. In simple terms the weight of clothes dry = what the dryer can handle.
 
A general rule of thumb for sizes are (POC = Pieces of Clothing):
 
1-2 People = 10 – 20 POC = Less than 5kg
2-3 People = 20 – 25 POC = 5kg to 6kg
3-4 People = 25 – 30 POC = 6kg to 7kg
4-5 People = 30 – 35 POC = 7kg to 8kg
5+ People = 35+ POC = 8kg and above
 
 

4. Energy Efficiency

Dryers tend to use more energy than most other products. As with most products a dryer’s energy efficiency is rated in stars. The more stars the more energy efficient that dryer is. Heat Pump dryers are bar far the most energy efficient often getting 6 stars or more, but they are much more expensive to purchase upfront.
 
You can often save money when looking at the features of your dryer. For example, features that allow the dryer to run on off peak times or even dryers that have inbuilt sensors to detect the moisture and stop drying when your clothes are dried.
 

5. Features

 

Display

Some dryers now have full displays. These dryers tend to have more programs and offer more options. They also tend to be more expensive.
 

Programs

Most dryers in particular the more expensive ones can have lots of programs that in reality can be very useful, some programs to look out for:
  • Extended Tumble – Less creases in clothes
  • Steam Cycle – Removes odours and wrinkles
  • Delicate – Softer and more fragile fabrics
  • Sanitation – Eliminates bacteria
  • Eco Mode – Less power, less money
 

Filters

Most dryers have lint filters. Some have them at the rear meaning they can be difficult to access. Make sure to keep this in mind when choosing as dryers with front lint filters are much easier to access. Also for best results make sure to clean the filter before each load.
 

Sensors

Some dryers will have sensors to automatically detect the moisture of the clothes. This can be a huge feature as it will protect your clothes from over drying but will also save you money by stopping the dryer sooner than if in manual mode. 
 

Speed

The speed in which your clothes dry depend on several aspects such as, how wet or damp the clothes are, how many items you have in the dryer and even the size of the dryer. Typically, the more room in the barrel the more the hot air can move around making it faster to dry. If you are trying to dry fast some ideas may be, don’t put to many items in the dryer, look at larger dryers with more space.
 

6. Installation

Considerations when installing a dryer
  • Make sure you measure the space
  • For vented dryers ensure there is good ventilation and ensure it is installed next to a door or window
  • If space is limited, you can look into stacking on a washing machine and mounting on a wall