Is Your Clothes Dryer As Efficient As It Could Be?

Clothes dryers are common household appliances. As fewer people have a garden where they can dry their laundry, more people are turning to a clothes dryer as an easier, consistent way of drying their laundry. On the surface, it looks like they would be using a lot of electricity removing water from wet clothes, but is that the case? In this article we use some of the test data from the EECA testing of clothes dryers in New Zealand.

You can see the best and worst performers here but go to this site to find how energy efficient your clothes dryer is.

Some Top Energy-Efficient Clothes Dryers

Miele clothes dryer

Miele clothes dryer

According to the tests by EECA, the clothes dryer with the best energy-rating was the MIELE TCE 630 WP. They give it a 10-star energy-rating. The machine has an energy consumption of kWh/52 after uses 94. The annual running cost is $165.

This is an unusual product category and test as the top five models in this test were all Miele.

The second-placed non-Miele clothes dryer was the BOSCH WTY877W0AU with an 8-star energy-rating. Its annual running cost is $263 base on an energy consumption of kWh/52 after 150 uses.

The third-placed brand was the BEKO BDP83HW also with an 8-star energy rating. Its annual running cost is $219, an energy consumption of kWh/52 after 125 uses.

Least Efficient Clothes Dryers

However, Miele also had one of the worst-performing models in the energy-rating test. Their MIELE PT 7135 C was reported to have an annual running cost of $553.

The worst model was the SIMPSON SDV401 with an energy-rating of only 1.5 stars.

It clearly pays to check each model, not the brand when you are doing your research.

Best Annual Running Costs For Clothes Dryers

Miele 2nd place clothes dryer

Miele 2nd place clothes dryer

The best clothes dryer for annual running costs was also the most energy-efficient machine, the MIELE TCE 630 WP. Its annual running cost is just $165.

Other models that did well in the annual running cost test include:-
MIELE TCR870 WP with an annual running cost of $198 and the AEG T97689IH coming in with an annual running cost of $215.

A less well-known brand that did well is the ROBINHOOD RHHPD7W. Robinhood is part of an Australasian group, Monaco Corp, that manufactures and imports a range of domestic appliances. This model has an annual running cost of around $229 and has an energy consumption of kWh/52 pre 131 uses.

Summary

The tests were all based on using a dryer seven times a week. This might sound a lot to some households in which case your annual running costs will be less. In large part, Miele is a very good brand for energy efficiency and running costs but do check for each model.

At some stage, your clothes dryer will need some form of maintenance, whether that is a service or a repair. Whichever it might be, if you search this website you can find a local appliance repair company near you.