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New gas tumble dryer ‘costs less to run’

Rinnai Dry-Soft designed to save energy and money

Rinnai Eco Tumble Dryer

Rinnai claims its new Dry-Soft tumble dryer is 70% more powerful than traditional electric models, cutting drying time and energy cost.

Although the Dry-Soft costs £954, Rinnai claims that the dryer will quickly pay for itself as it dries faster than many other tumble dryers. It says the Dry-Soft costs £35-£50 a year to run, which could lead to savings of up to £300 per year for heavy users of an electric dryer.

Which? cookers expert Matt Stevens says: ‘Gas tumble dryers make up a tiny fraction of the tumble dryers market so this new machine from Rinnai is unlikely to appeal to too many consumers in the market for a new dryer. However those that we’ve tested impressed us, and because gas costs less than electricity, they’re very cheap to run. 

‘But the £300 annual saving is over the top – in our tests a 5kg gas dryer used every other day could save about £60 per year when compared to a similarly sized electric machine. And the Rinnai would do well to beat our Best Buys in a drying race – the quickest dryer we’ve tested takes just 15mins to dry one kilogram of wet clothes.’

Energy saving tumble dryers

If you’re looking for ways to cut down on energy, our review of energy saving appliances compares features of eco-friendly tumble dryerswashing machines, dishwashers and fridge freezers to help you to become a more eco-conscious consumer.

Which? has tested 92 tumble dryers, including two gas tumble dryers. Check out our tumble dryer reviews for the Best Buys we recommend – as well as the Don’t Buys we think you should avoid. Which? tests energy efficiency and drying time, so you can pick models which are cheap to run. Running costs of models we’ve tested vary from about £40 to well over £100 a year.

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