Laundry Appliance Prices
Capacity and programmes will have a large impact on the price of washing machines and tumble dryers. Consider what features you need before making your purchase.
Read this section of our buyers guide to find out more.
The prices of washing machines can vary from £175 up to around £1000.
As we briefly mentioned earlier, the more programmes and functions an appliance has, the more expensive it will be. So, as a consumer, it’s important to decide how many features you need.
The spin speed and capacity tend to have the greatest impact on a washing machine’s price. Models with a higher spin speed are popular, as they help to reduce drying time. Those with a slower spin speed can lead to longer washing cycles, but the initial cost will be cheaper. Prices start to increase when washing machines have a spin speed over 1200 rpm.
Machines with a slower spin speed can lead to longer washing cycles, but the initial cost will be cheaper.
Tumble dryers are expensive to run, with the cost per year varying from £30 to over £100 – it’s worth taking energy efficiency into account when you make the purchase.
These are the cheapest type of dryer available, and you can purchase a basic one for around £100. However, they have extremely high running costs, and can add to your energy bill significantly if you are using them every day.
A decent condenser dryer is a little more expensive to buy, costing around £250. These types of dryers have slightly lower running costs than vented dryers, which is worth considering if you’re looking to save extra money in the long run.
Heat Pump Dryers
Costing around £600, these dryers are the most expensive, but they do have extremely low running costs. So, if you have a large family and constantly have the washing on, they could end up saving you money on your energy bills.
You can take further steps to make your dryer run as efficiently as possible. By separating fabrics and loosening the load, the air can circulate properly, which will shorten the running time. Also, clean the lint filter after every drying cycle. These steps will ensure that the machine will run as efficiently as the day you bought it, and keep running costs as low as possible.
Condenser dryers do have slightly lower running costs than vented dryers.
It’s tempting to buy a washer dryer if you need new laundry appliances – it’s almost a 2-in-1 offer.
However, some research shows that washer dryers need to be repaired more often. They have many parts, and one appliance is doing twice the work.
Bear in mind that they normally wash more clothes than they can dry, meaning that you’ll need to run it more frequently than if you had separate appliances.