LAUNDRY APPLIANCE PRICES
The capacity and programmes will have a big impact on the price of washing machines, tumble dryers, and washer dryers. Consider which 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 £170 up to around £2,000. The more programmes and functions an appliance has, the more expensive it is likely to be. So, it’s important to decide which features you will need.
The spin speed and capacity tend to have the greatest impact on a washing machine’s price. You’ll be able to find a model with a 7-8kg capacity under and around £200, which is ideal for most homes.
Models with a higher spin speed are popular, as they help to reduce the drying time. A slower spin speed can lead to longer washing cycles, but the initial cost may be cheaper. Prices start to increase from £200 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 may be cheaper.
Tumble dryers are expensive to run, with the cost per year varying from £30 to around £120 so you should take the energy efficiency of the model into account.
These are the cheapest type of dryer available, and you can purchase a basic model for around £150. But, they have extremely high running costs and can add to your energy bill significantly if you are using them every day.
A good condenser tumble dryer is a little more expensive to buy, costing around £200. These types of dryers have slightly lower running costs than vented models, which is worth considering if you want to save money in the long run.
HEAT PUMP DRYERS
Costing around £300-£600, these dryers are the most expensive, but they do have very low running costs. So, if you have a large family and wash several loads a week, they could save you money on your energy bills.
You can take further steps to make your dryer run as efficiently as possible. By not overloading the drum, the air can circulate properly, which will shorten the running time. You should also clean the lint filter after every drying cycle, so your machine is free from fluff and can run smoothly. These steps will ensure that the machine will run efficiently 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 a new laundry appliance as it’s a really convenient alternative.
However, it can be argued that washer dryers are more likely to break down. This is because they have many parts, as one appliance is doing the work of two machines.
Bear in mind that they normally wash more clothes than they can dry, so you’ll need to run it more frequently than if you had separate appliances.
If you are set on a washer dryer, you’ll probably need a budget of around £300.