Best clothes dryers: NZ buying guide

Hanging washing and waiting for it to air-dry can get tedious. Let’s find the perfect clothes dryer for your home.

Last updated: 30 April 2024

Let’s be honest, hanging washing and waiting for it to air-dry can get tedious. Winter is around the corner, and there's nothing worse than a sudden rain shower or morning frost to ruin all your hard work. So, whether you're tackling the weekly family wash or just trying to avoid draping socks over every surface, let’s find the perfect clothes dryer for your home.

Types of clothes dryers

The dryer aisle can be a dizzying spin cycle of options. But that means, there’ll be a dryer that suits your home perfectly.

1. Heat pump dryers

The eco-friendly choice, these work by recycling air through the drum, gently coaxing moisture from fabrics using a lower temperature. They're for the patient environmentalist who values a softer touch and lower energy bills over quick drying. While they cost more upfront, the savings in energy use are substantial over time. 

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2. Washer dryer combos

The space-savers of the dryer world, these guys wash and then dry your clothes in the same machine. They work well for apartment dwellers or small homes where space is at a premium. However, they often have a smaller capacity for drying than they do for washing, and the cycle times can be lengthy. 

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3. Condenser dryers

They remove moisture from your clothes by cooling the hot, humid air inside the drum, causing water to condense into a container. No vent means they can live anywhere with a power outlet. They're typically quicker than heat pump models but can be a bit thirstier for energy. They’re a solid middle ground if you need flexibility in placement and faster drying than a heat pump model.

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4. Vented dryers

These are the straightforward, no-frills cousins in the dryer family, blowing hot air into the drum and out through a vent, which means they need to be placed near an external wall or window. They’re usually more affordable and dry clothes quickly, but they can be harsher on fabrics and less energy efficient. If you're after a budget-friendly option and have the right space for venting, this is your go-to.

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Top clothes dryer brands in NZ

Strap in for the ultimate showdown of dryer brands, where we match tech to textiles and see who comes out on top.

1. Fisher & Paykel

Best for energy-conscious households, Fisher & Paykel offers models that excel in efficiency without skimping on drying power. Their heat pump dryers are a standout, great for regular use with a gentler touch on clothes and your electric bill.

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2. Samsung

Samsung leads in innovation with smart dryers that can diagnose issues and be controlled remotely. Ideal for tech-savvy users, their models often feature steam drying to reduce wrinkles, making them perfect for those with a busy lifestyle looking to minimise ironing time.

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3. Bosch

Compact yet powerful, Bosch dryers are designed for those with limited space but high standards. Their condenser models are particularly suited for apartments, as they don’t require external venting, and have great drying consistency.

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4. Electrolux

With a focus on fabric care, Electrolux dryers come with precise moisture sensors and tailored programs. They're great if you cycle through a variety of fabrics, from delicate to heavy-duty towels.

Browse our range of Electrolux clothes dryers

5. Midea

Offering straightforward, user-friendly models at a competitive price point, Midea is perfect for first-time buyers or those on a budget. Their vented dryers are reliable, no-frills options that get the job done effectively.

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6. LG

LG stands out for versatility, with models featuring dual-opening doors and the ability to add steam to reduce allergens. Their range is particularly appealing for families needing customisable drying options and advanced fabric care.

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7. Miele

For those willing to invest in top-tier fabric care, Miele’s dryers are hard to beat. Known for longevity and premium features like fragrance dosing, they’re suited for discerning users who prioritise garment care and long-term performance.

Browse all Miele clothes dryer listings on Trade Me. 

8. Westinghouse

Reliable and straightforward, Westinghouse dryers are built for ease of use. They're an excellent choice for those who prefer a no-fuss, dependable dryer that can handle bulkier loads easily.

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9. Haier

Haier dryers are compact and cost-effective, making them ideal for singles or couples in small living spaces. Their condenser models are super convenient for those without the option of external venting.

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10. Beko

Beko is all about practical dryers that strike a balance between performance and price. Their energy-efficient heat pump models are a good match for environmentally conscious consumers looking for a cost-effective drying solution.

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11. AEG

AEG specialises in advanced dryers with a focus on preserving fabric integrity and offering precise drying. They're best for those who value their wardrobe highly and want professional garment care at home.

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Buying new vs. used clothes dryers

Buying a second-hand dryer doesn't always mean you're stuck with outdated technology. On Trade Me, you can find newer (pre-loved) models, blending the best of both worlds: modern features at a reduced price. This gives you the efficiency and enhanced capabilities of the latest dryers without the steep price tag of buying new. However, you always need to vet the deal carefully for any wear and tear or warranty issues. 

Browse our range of new and used clothes dryers.

Ready, set, dry!

And there you have it — a whirlwind tour through the world of modern dryers. Once you’ve made your choice, you’ll be grabbing your laundry basket with a smile, and enjoying those warm, fluffy towels and perfectly dried jeans — no matter what the weather outside is doing. 

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