For busy working adults, finding time to dry your clothes on a clothesline in the sun seems almost impossible. And it just seems sad to spend your weekends, well, doing laundry. A dryer is convenient and a huge time saver. The biggest advantage is that you can do your laundry at any time of the day, even when it is raining cats and dogs outside. Clothes dried in the dryer also require less pressing, which means ironing gets easier. That being said, clothes dryers do take up quite a bit of power. And like buying a washing machine, TV or fridge, buying the right dryer in Singapore can be quite daunting. So here is our dryer Singapore buying guide, where we show you how to pick the right dryer for your home.
This article was updated on 6 February 2020.
2020 Dryer Singapore Buying Guide: How to Buy a Dryer
Table of contents: How to Buy a Dryer
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- Before buying a dryer, make sure to measure your space to ensure that the dryer model will fit
- Get the right capacity for your home. Dryers usually range from 7kg to 10kg
- Buy an energy-efficient dryer in Singapore. Look out for the energy label on the machine
- Buy from a reputable brand. You will not go wrong with Samsung and LG as they are reliable and innovative brands. Bosch is also a good brand.
Make sure to apply for a credit card that will give you rebates so you have extra savings.
Types of Dryers
Dryers work by drawing air from the room and into the machine. The air is heated and circulated through the clothes to absorb moisture. There are different types of dryers, each with its pros and cons. I will go through each of them below so you know which dryer to buy for your home, based on your needs.
There are 4 types of dryer in Singapore:
- Vented dryer
- Condenser dryer
- Heat pump dryer
- 2-in-1 washer-dryer
A vented dryer uses heat air and blows it through tumbling clothes. The warm, damp air is blown out of a dryer, ideally outside your house through a duct.
- If you are on a budget, this is the cheapest option.
- Reliable and low maintenance
- Quickest drying time
- Most economical: Uses one-fifth less energy than a condenser dryer as it does not need to convert the air to moisture
- Vented dryers are noisy and energy-consuming (most will only have 1 tick for energy rating).
- Your space needs to be able to accommodate a vent/ducted hose to expel the air out of the house (out of a window or wall)
Recommended Vented Dryer in Singapore
Why buy this dryer:
- The Sensitive Drying system combines warm air currents and a gentle drum structure to dry clothes, making it fabric-friendly
- Duo-Tronic sensor: These built-in sensors monitor moisture levels and temperature differences to prevent overheating
- EcoSilence compressor makes it quieter
- The AntiVibration design makes it stable
- Display for time remaining: so you know when your laundry will be dry
- This model retails for $1,399 but is on discount on Lazada.
If you prefer other brands, here are other models you can consider.
In a condenser dryer, the hot air is moved to a condensing chamber, where it is condensed into water. The water is stored in a tank or drained away and the heat (a small amount of moisture) is released into the room where your dryer is. You will need to empty the water on a regular basis, though some models have the water pumped out of the washer into the plumbing when needed. 2-in-1 washer dryers (covered below) uses a condenser dryer.
- More freedom to place this anywhere (your room should still be well ventilated to allow the warm air to escape the dryer)
- Clothes take a longer time to dry. Depending on the model, the condenser tank might need to be emptied.
- Less energy-efficient compared to a vented dryer. Converting the air to water needs a lot of energy.
- More expensive than vented dryers but has more variety.
Recommended Condenser Dryer in Singapore:
Why buy this dryer:
- This model comes with AllergyPlus that helps to eliminate up to 99.99% of germs and bacteria, even at low temperatures without adding chemical additives. If you have sensitive, irritable skin, this is a good feature to have. AllergyPlus is effective in reducing allergenic residues such as pollen, animal hair and dust mites. It is good if you have babies or children at home. Dryers do take up quite a lot of energy, but this model has a 2 tick energy rating.
- It also features an AntiVibration Design making it stable and quiet.
- Its Duo-Tronic sensor monitors the temperature to prevent overheating.
- Lastly, it’s sensitive drying system combines warm air currents and a gentle drum structure to dry clothes gently.
- If you need a bigger model, here is an 8kg model but it is only 1 tick.
- The retail price for this dryer is $1,799 but you can get it on Lazada at a discount!
Other brands you can consider:
Heat pump dryers
A heat pump dryer uses a heat pump to warm the clothes rather than electricity. The air is heated and blown through damp clothes, the air is cooled and water drained off, then the air is reheated again. A small built-in pump will handle this heating and cooling process. Only a small amount of moisture is released into the room air.
- The biggest advantage of a heat pump dryer is that it works in a closed-loop system. You do not need an external air duct (for vented dryers) or empty the water container (condenser dryers)
- It is also more energy-efficient
- Much quieter as they circulate the warm air instead of the dryer instead of letting it outside the machine
- Can be placed anywhere in your home
- More expensive upfront
- Might take longer to dry your clothes, but does it with greater care compared to electric tumble dryers
Recommended Heat Pump Dryer in Singapore:
Why buy this dryer:
- Reliable, energy-efficient, smart and fast
- For those who are worried a dryer is going to rack up your electricity bill, fret not. The Samsung DV90N8289AW 9KG Heat Pump Dryer has an impressive 5 ticks energy efficiency. Each load only costs $0.45 to dry! It uses a ‘refrigerant’ instead of electricity to heat the air and also recycles the air to avoid energy wastage, making it very cost-efficient. This makes the higher upfront cost worth it.
- The Superspeed mode can dry your clothes in just 81 minutes. Pair it with the Samsung WW90M74FNOR 9 KG QuickDrive Front Load Washer (4 Ticks) (on superspeed mode too) and you can wash and spin-dry your clothes in just 39 minutes. In total, this means getting washed, dried and ready-to-wear laundry only takes 2 hours!
- The retail price of this model is over $2,000, but it is selling at a discounted price on Lazada and you can get it for just $1,700.
If you prefer other brands, you can consider these:
- LG TD-H90SD 9 KG Dual Inverted Heat-Pump Dryer (5 Ticks)
- Electrolux EDH903BEWA 9KG Heat Pump Dryer (5 Ticks). There is also an 8KG Model.
- Whirlpool HSCX10431 10 KG Heat-Pump Dryer (5 Ticks)
This is a combination of a washing machine and clothes dryer in one. It uses an integrated condenser dryer. Only a small amount of moisture is released into the room air. Water is used for cooling. This is a common option for small households in HDBs or condos.
- A washer-dryer is good for compact spaces
- A closed-loop system
- More choices for models to choose from
- A 2-in-1 price. No need to spend another $500 on a dedicated dryer.
- Not as effective as a dedicated dryer
- Long drying cycle time
Recommended 2-in-1 Washer Dryer in Singapore:
- Samsung’s EcoBubble technology froths detergent with air and water before the cycle begins. This generates cleansing bubbles to penetrate the fabrics and removes dirt up to 40x faster than conventional dissolved detergent. This allows you to wash your clothes as effectively in cool water as you would in warm water, and claims to save energy up to 70%. The bubble soak technology also helps to loosen and remove stains more effectively,
- Though front-loaders are said to have longer cycle times, this model delivers powerful cleaning in less than an hour. It uses speed spray to rinse your clothes more powerfully and accelerates the spin speed to complete your washing in under an hour.
- This model comes with an AirWash technology that you can use to deodorise and sanitise your clothes with heated air. Without using any water, detergent or chemical you can have fresh-smelling clothes.
- Samsung’s digital inverter motor uses magnets to drive the drum’s rotation. This results in less friction, less noise, and vibration. The reduced friction also cuts down on the wear and tear on the machine’s working parts. Samsung provides an 11-year warranty on the motor, which is the entire lifespan of your washing machine.
- This model also comes in 9/6 kg and 10/7kg.
Check prices on Lazada for:
For a more value buy, get a combo set:
So, which dryer should I get?
After going through the different types of dryers, you must be wondering, which one is for me?
If you have space constraints (and do not wish to stack), get the 2-in-1 washer dryer.
- For our home, we use a Samsung 8kg / 6kg Ecobubble washer dryer. This means it can wash an 8kg load and dry a 6kg load. Do note that the drying function is also not as effective as a dedicated dryer (unless you do a 3-hour drying cycle, which takes up a lot of energy.) We only activate the drying function if we need it urgently, or if it is raining outside. Do also note that the dryer function will not work well if you have wet towels in the drum (I tend to remove them before activating the drying mode).
If you do not wish to hang dry your clothes at all, get a separate dryer.
- I would suggest getting the heat-pump dryer. Though it has the highest upfront cost, it is the most energy-efficient, so your electricity bill will not be too high. The eventual bill savings may offset the higher cost at the start.
- If you are on a budget, get a vented dryer (but make sure your space can accommodate the air duct).
- If you are not able to set up your air duct, then opt for a condenser dryer.
If you want a complete solution for stacking your dryer on top of your washer, HomeSpace includes a free stacking kit when you buy their dryers.
HomeSpace sells Beko and Elba dryers. Their price range is affordable and comparable to Electrolux, Sharp, and EuropAce.
Beko is one of the leading home appliances brands from Turkey. Though not as well known in Singapore, it is actually popular in the UK (one in 3 machines in the UK are either Bosch or Beko). You can read this article comparing Bosch and Beko. Elba on the other hand, is from Italy and is owned by Fisher & Paykel.
Their products below come with a free stacking kit and some even include free gifts with some purchases. See their products and prices below. Prices are accurate at the time of posting and are subject to change.
- Beko 7Kg Vented Square Door Dryer (DRVS73W) $379
- Beko 7Kg Condenser Dryer (DCY7202XW3) $642
- Beko 7Kg Heat Pump Dryer 5 Ticks (DPY7405W3) $948
- Beko 9Kg Condenser Dryer (DCY9402GXB1)$746
- Beko 8Kg Heat Pump Dryer 5 Ticks (DPY8506GXB1) $1,135
- Elba 7Kg Vented Dryer (EBD747V) $459
- Elba 7Kg Vented Dryer (EBD702V) see-through Door $429
- Elba 7Kg Condenser Dryer (EBD796C) $854
- Elba 8Kg Heat Pump Dryer 5 Ticks (EBD881H) $1,180
Where to buy a dryer in Singapore
You used to only be able to buy a dryer from stores, but now you can purchase them online for the ultimate convenience and even enjoy discounted prices! Lazada is my go-to for shopping electronics. If you prefer to see the fridge in-person, you can always pop by to any of the consumer electronics stores like Best Denki, Courts, Harvey Norman and Gain City near you to check it out before purchasing online.
Financing your home purchase
If you would like to take up a loan for your home purchases, consider a personal loan, as renovation loans do not give you the cash upfront. You can find the best personal loan suitable for you on Singsaver.
We hope that our Dryer Singapore buying guide will help you to buy the right dryer for your home. Do also read our other buying guides too. Please do share this along with your friends if you have found this useful. Do look forward to more buying guides that we will be releasing soon!
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