With energy costs punching higher from one day to the next, you might be wondering which appliances in your home are contributing the most to your sky-high monthly bill.
We've collected energy usage data for the most common kitchen appliances , from everyday essentials like your fridge freezer to handy extras such as air fryers, so you can discover how much each of them costs (on average) to run.
Read on to find out which appliances guzzle the most energy and get handy hints and tips on how you can reduce the amount you spend on energy each month.
Based on our current testing data, the table below summarises the average annual running costs of each large appliance in your kitchen.
|Appliance||Average annual running cost||Sample size|
|Tumble dryer (condenser)||£141.19|
|Fridge freezer (American style)||£120.16||100|
|Fridge freezer (freestanding)||£84.94||178|
|Fridge freezer (integrated)||£72.41||30|
|Built-in electric oven||£64.18||259|
Our tests show that condenser tumble dryers are the most expensive appliances to run by quite a sizable margin, costing the average household just over £140 per year (based on data from 24 models). This is more than twice the amount you can expect to spend if you're the owner of a heat pump model. Heat pump dryers are far more energy-efficient, and will only cost you around £56.04 annually
Coming in second place are American-style fridge freezers, which will set you back around £120 each year (based on data from 100 models). Freestanding and integrated models tend to be smaller and because of this, significantly cheaper to run, costing £84.94 and £72.41 per year respectively. Fridge freezers need to be on 24/7 to keep your food fresh and safe to eat, which explains their higher energy usage.
Covering the bottom half of our table, the average built-in electric oven costs £64.18 per year to run - this is based on data from 259 models we've put through our lab tests. Your washing machine isn't far behind, so you can expect to spend around £63.25 annually on keeping your clothes spick and span.
Find out how much your appliances are costing you with our running cost tools:
While we don't collect annual running costs for small kitchen appliances in the same way we do for large ones, we're still able to estimate which ones are pricier to run by using their average wattage.
The small kitchen appliance with the highest wattage by some margin is the humble kettle. The average kettle has a power rating of around 3,000W, and each boil will cost you around 3p. This means that boiling your kettle three times a day, every day, will cost you around £32 per year (based on the latest energy price cap figure).
Another interesting product is the air fryer - the average model we test has a power rating of just over 1,600W (based on 43 models). These are often cheaper to run than larger appliances such as ovens as they complete the same tasks quicker (and using less energy). It's the same story for microwaves, which have an average wattage of 800W based on the 138 models we've tested.
Smaller, less frequently-used appliances such as blenders and juicers tend to have a power rating of well under 1,000W, so your regular morning smoothie habit shouldn't have too much of an impact on your energy bills.
If you're looking to reduce the amount you spend on energy each month, there are a handful of things you can do in your kitchen to help.
Specific tips will vary depending on exactly the type of appliance you're planning on buying, but there are a few blanket rules to follow that will help you get your hands on the most eco-friendly option possible.
Firstly - and this may sound like a no-brainer - make sure you buy an appropriately-sized appliance for your needs. For example, if there's only two of you there's no need to buy a large American-style fridge freezer. Instead, opt for something smaller that won't require as much energy to run.
Some types of appliances are inherently more energy-efficient than others too, such as heat pump tumble dryers. In some cases, these can be a pricier investment in the short term, but it's usually worth it in the long run as they'll pay for themselves over time.
A surefire way of knowing you've chosen one of the most eco-friendly options out there is to choose one of our Eco Buy products. These are appliances that not only score well in our performance tests, but will have the smallest environmental impact out of all the models we've tested in their category.
Products currently carry our Eco Buy recommendation in the following areas:
You've probably heard of 'off-peak energy' before, so you might be wondering if you could save yourself some money by using your appliances in the evenings or at night time as opposed to during the day.
The type of tariff you're on will determine whether or not this is true. Some energy companies do offer cheaper prices at certain off-peak times (usually around 10pm until 8am) for customers on specific contracts, meaning you will pay less for electricity at night than you would during the day.
However, official advice from the Fire Service means that we would not recommend running appliances such as your washing machine or dishwasher overnight, or anytime you're not in the house. Anything with a high wattage or a motor runs a fire risk and should not be left unattended.