With all this wet weather around at the moment we have been talking about buying a clothes dryer for a while, it feels like we haven’t had a day without rain since Christmas.
I’ve never gone to the dark side and bought one, I don’t know why, the fear of using it all the time, the high prices of electricity, I’m not sure, but anyway now we have a few places where we can still hang clothes to dry outside and inside the dryer will be only used for extreme situations of long periods of wet weather and if we need something dry for the kids quickly.
Dryer buying in Brisbane, notably Brisbane Northside can start with Googling the local white good suppliers in the area to see who stocks a clothes dryer for a start.
Before we left home I had narrowed it down to The Good Guys, Harvey Norman, Retrovision and Master to be the places we would go, now in saying that me and my beloved don’t like to do the endless shopping to save a dollar trick, if we something we like, it’s of a good quality and about the mid price range, generally we will buy it.
All these places are within a good driving range for us in Morayfield, so not much time in the car at all.
First stop was Harvey Norman, no reason for them first as it ended up being the first place we went past after going around the roundabout next to it.
Harvey Norman Morayfield was quite surprising, great range for cheap dryers through to the more expensive dryers, the cheap dryers were around the $300 to $400 mark and then from there they went up to around the $1200 mark.
From here, as we were impressed with their range and also service even though the shop was full, we went to The Good Guys at Morayfield, don’t get me wrong, we have bought a TV from The Good Guys here before, they just didn’t cut it in the selection of dryers and also in service as we couldn’t get to talk to anyone, so regardless, we went back to Harvey Norman as we had our eye on a dryer that already ticked all the boxes for us.
What we were looking for in a Clothes Dryer ::
• Price, mid range.
• Quality, it was well made and didn’t look cheap and nasty.
• We could hang the dryer.
• Size capacity of the dryer, a little larger and pretty close to the same capacity of our washing machine as you want to be able to wash and the dry and it fits.
• Was it in stock, take it away today and start using it.
The difference in the dryers are you definitely get what you pay for, the bells and whistles get added to the dryer as the price goes up, so to know what dryer to buy it comes down to a few things, these are the main differences in the dryer models;
The main differences in a Clothes Dryer ::
• What you want the dryer to do.
• Size of the dryer, how much do you want it to dry, it is measured in kg’s.
• Dryer sensors with automatic switch off.
• Brand, good, bad, home in house brand or well known.
• Hot or Cold dryer.
• Selecting the type of clothes or material being dried.
• Being able to hang the dryer on the wall.
In the end after ticking all our boxes the dryer we settled on was a Whirlpool 6kg Sensor Dryer, looks good, was available for me to go back and pick up on the day.
We ended up getting the extended warranty on the dryer too as we don’t want to have to replace it within 5 years and you can’t be too careful these days with electrics.
Also, before making the purchase of a dryer, make sure it fits in your car, we have a car the dryer fitted in easily when the seats were down.
The hanging of the dryer wasn’t too bad if you have the right tools and a measuring tape.
Dryers hang upside down generally, this is generally so the knobs and timer aren’t at the top because you will need a ladder to turn them on, the Whirlpool Clothes Dryer came with a sticker that you put on if you hang it upside down, and it’s reversed so you can read it after you hang.
The dryers these days are a lot lighter than what they used to be and also they have upgraded the hook system too for hanging, it has a little more room for movement and is easily done with one person, I haven’t owned a dryer, but as a electrician I have hung quite a few over the years.
Dryer hung, sticker on, plugged in, dry your towels, done and dusted.
Overall, buying a clothes dryer on the Northside of Brisbane was a good experience, although it’s not the most complex white good around dryers have a surprising amount of differences in price and selling features, so don’t be afraid to ask questions, work within your budget and be prepared for hanging the dryer too.