Vented, Condenser, Heat Pump... which dryer should I buy?

Vented, Condenser, Heat Pump... which dryer should I buy?

Choosing the right dryer doesn't need to be a tough decision. Once you work out which dryer is right for your lifestyle and home, you can then work out the most affordable option for you. Here's our overview of the three different types of dryers on the market because, at the heart of it, the main differences between them centres on the way each model extracts hot air. Here's the lowdown..

Vented dryer:

If you're after great drying results on a budget, this could be right for you. Vented tumble dryers draw in air which is then heated to dry your clothes, and the moisture that evaporates from your clothes is then vented through an external vent. This is done via a duct or vent hose connected to an outside vent. This keeps your power bills to a minimum, as unlike a condenser dryer the appliance does not covert hot air into water; it simply expels the air from your home. When purchasing a vented tumble dryer, you must make sure that there is a suitable location in your house for the appliance. The dryer needs to be installed near an external vent that has been fitted into an external wall, allowing the damp air to escape outside. Thanks to the external vent, there is no need to worry about emptying water from the machine.

Condenser dryer: 

If you need a tumble dryer that dries your laundry slightly quicker, a condenser dryer could be the money shot. Similar to heat pump tumble dryers, condenser dryers do not need an externally vented hose, meaning you will be able to install the dryer anywhere in your home. However, a condenser dryer does need a constant supply of cool air to function. When installing your appliance, make sure you place the dryer in a well-ventilated room, where warm air can easily escape. A condenser tumble dryer uses high temperatures to dry your clothes, reaching a maximum temperature of 70-75 °C. Although the drying times for cycles in condenser tumble dryers are shorter than cycles in heat pump dryers, the high temperature combined with the expulsion of hot air means the appliance uses significantly more energy.

Heat pump dryer:

Using a closed-loop heat exchange system, heat pump tumble dryers dry clothes at a lower temperature (max 50°C), providing better protection for your laundry. Although drying times are slightly longer when compared to condenser tumble dryers, heat pump dryers offer great energy savings, keeping your utility bills to a minimum. A heat pump tumble dryer uses hot air to absorb moisture from your clothes. After this air passes through the drum, it goes through the evaporator, which removes the moisture. This is then collected and stored in a tank. The remaining air is reheated and used to continue drying your clothes. While both condenser and vented tumble dryers release the hot air used to dry clothes, heat pump technology reuses it. 

In a nutshell...

While condenser dryers convert hot air into water, ready to be removed by the user, vented dryers expel hot air through an external vent. Conversely, heat pump tumble dryers reuse hot air, keeping energy consumption to a minimum. So, after you've established which type of dryer you are able to install in your home, you can then refine your decision-making even further by considering - 

If you're watching your money, and you have the space and ability in your home to vent the dryer through an external wall, then a vented option might work best for you.

If your priorities are fast action and a large capacity to get as much drying done as possible with each load – which is often the case for families and large households – then a condenser dryer may be best suited to your needs. 

On the other hand, if reducing your carbon emissions and saving on energy in the long term is more important to you, then a heat pump dryer is an ideal choice, that is if you’re prepared to pay a little more upfront. 

When shopping for a new dryer, it’s also important to consider the additional features, functions, design and cycles of each model, plus energy efficiency.

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