Buy a condenser dryer

Condensation dryers dry with a relatively hot temperature, which makes your laundry dry faster. To reach that high temperature, the condenser dryer does require a lot of energy, therefore the condenser dryer is not very energy efficient. But because the prices of condenser dryers are not as high as, for example, a heat pump dryer, a condenser dryer may still be the right choice for you. Read everything you need to know about the condenser dryer here.
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Why buy a condenser dryer

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Buying a new clothes dryer can be tricky. If you’re looking at a new condenser dryer, the following question may come to mind: why should I buy a condenser dryer? There are a number of advantages and disadvantages to buying a condenser dryer. One major advantage is that most condenser dryers are relatively inexpensive to purchase. Another added benefit of the condenser dryer is that it will dry your clothes faster than a heat pump dryer, this is because of the high drying temperature. Unfortunately, this does cause the dryer to use more energy so your energy costs will be higher.
There are also other advantages and disadvantages to buying a condenser dryer, which we will cover in more detail later in the page. To make the choice easier for you, we have explained the different types of condenser dryers below. This way, you can choose which type of condenser dryer is perfect for your situation or you can immediately check out the best condenser dryer of 2022.

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Why buy a condenser tumble dryer

Before we explain to you why you should or shouldn’t buy a condenser dryer, we’d like to give you an explanation of the different types of dryers. These are the duct dryer, the condenser dryer and the heat pump dryer. If you look at energy consumption, the extractor dryer is the worst, and the heat pump dryer the best. It uses the least energy per drying cycle and is therefore the most friendly choice for the environment and your energy bill. The condenser dryer is right in between.

In addition, the biggest difference between the different dryers is in the way condensation drains. The drain dryer uses a hose to lead the moisture outside through a window or a hole in the wall. With both the condenser dryer and the heat pump dryer, you have the choice of using a tank – which is a condensate tray that collects the moisture and you have to empty it after each drying cycle – or you can connect it to the drain. By connecting your dryer to the water drain, you won’t have to worry about the moisture from your clothes dryer.

Now that you know more about the differences between the types of dryers, we’d like to explain the pros and cons of the condenser dryer.

The advantages of buying a condenser dryer:

  1. Relatively inexpensive to purchase.
  2. Your laundry is dry quickly due to the use of a heating element.
  3. Condensation is discharged through a reservoir or the water drain.

The disadvantages of buying a condenser dryer:

  1. Lots of energy costs.
  2. The high temperature makes your laundry wear out faster.
  3. Bad for the environment.

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Features of the condenser tumble dryer

The condenser tumble dryer uses a heating element to dry your clothes and other laundry. The high temperature that is achieved means that your laundry is quickly dry. Unfortunately, this way of drying is not economical. The condenser dryer needs a lot of energy to reach the high temperature. Also, the high temperature is not very good for your laundry. As a result, your clothes will wear out faster when using a condenser dryer and there is a greater chance that your clothes will shrink while drying.

The condensation drain of the condenser dryer can be done in 2 different ways. You can use the reservoir. This built-in condensate tray collects all the moisture during the drying process. After each drying session, you need to empty the reservoir into the sink. If you have a water drain in the room where you want to place the dryer, you can also connect the condenser dryer to it. That way, the moisture will automatically wash away and you won’t have to worry about it anymore. Not all condenser dryers come with a condensation drain hose, so you may have to order this separately.

Compare Condenser Dryers

Most of the dryers you will find are heat pump dryers. However, all stores and online shops always have a variety of condenser dryers in their range as well. Because the average dryer lasts about 12 years, you do not want to make a mistake when buying a new condenser dryer. So you know what to look out for when buying a new dryer. Read on to find out how to compare the different models and find the best condenser dryer for you.
Condensate drain

The condenser dryer almost always has 2 ways for the moisture to drain. Through a reservoir that you have to empty after each drying cycle, or through the water drain. Most models offer both of these options. Do you have a specific preference for one of these methods of moisture removal? Then choose a condenser dryer that you are sure has that option.

Still not quite sure? Then take a look at our dryer selection guide. With this tool, you can easily answer a few questions, and we will select some of the best washing machines for you.

Filling weight

The fill weight of a dryer indicates how many kilograms of laundry can fit in the drum and is also known as its drying capacity. We recommend buying a condenser dryer with at least as much fill weight as your washing machine. This ensures that all your wet laundry fits into the drum of your dryer. Are you buying a new dryer and washing machine? Then use the overview below as an indication:

  1. A household of 1 or 2 people needs a dryer with a fill weight of 7 kg.
  2. A household of 3 or 4 people needs a dryer with a fill weight of 8 kg.
  3. A household of 5 or more people needs a dryer with a load of 9 kg or more.

Energy rating

The energy label of a condenser dryer indicates how economical the appliance is with energy. A dryer is considered ‘energy efficient’ if it has energy class A++ or A+++. Energy class B is the lowest energy label that a dryer in the Netherlands may have.

Drying programs

Just as your washing machine has different wash programs, condenser dryers also offer several programs for different types of laundry. For example, there are special programs for wool, shirts, silk, baby clothes and towels. These programs ensure that your laundry dries perfectly and your clothes last longer. Almost all modern tumble dryers also have an eco-program, to further reduce energy consumption while drying, or a program that makes your laundry ‘extra dry’.

Noise level

Even though clothes dryers produce significantly less noise than washing machines, the noise can still be distracting. If you would like a quiet condenser dryer, look at the noise level. The noise level is expressed in decibels (dB) and divided into 3 categories: loud (67 dB or more), normal (65 dB or 66 dB) and quiet (64 dB or less). The average condenser dryer produces between 65 dB and 67 dB while drying.

Build quality

The build quality of a dryer says something about the sturdiness and longevity of an appliance. Looking at the build quality, all dryers are divided into basic, middle and top class. If the build quality is not mentioned, the brand and price can also be an indication of the build quality. According to the Consumers’ Association, these are the best brands for clothes dryers: Miele, Bosch, Siemens, AEG and Samsung. Of these, AEG, Bosch and Siemens have condenser dryers in their range. Specifically for the condenser dryer, Siemens and Bosch come out best in the test according to Consumers’ Association, especially the models Bosch WTN83202NL, Siemens WT43N202NL, Bosch WTG86492NL and Siemens WT46G492NL. The “best brands” are generally more expensive, and therefore score less well in the “price-quality ratio” category, according to Consumers’ Association research. Brands that do score well in this category are Beko, Indesit and Zanussi. Zanussi also produces condenser dryers. According to the Consumers’ Association, the Siemens WT43N202NL is the ‘best buy’ in the category ‘condenser dryer’. This device is relatively inexpensive and dries quickly and well.


Condenser Dryer assortment

Amana NGD4655EW |

Amana NGD4655EW

Introducing the Amana NGD4655EW. This top load matching gas drier can handle up to 6.5 cu. ft. of laundry every load. It features 11 dry cycles to handle every kind of challenge you throw at it. This machine has exiting...


The GE GTD45GASJWS is a top load matching gas dryer sitting at an affordable price point. The maximum capacity is quite large at 7.2 cu. ft., so you can do more laundry in less loads. It has 4 heat selections...


The GE GTD72GBPNDG is a wonderful top load matching gas drier with a maximum load capacity of 7.4 cu. ft. It boasts a total of 12 unique dry cycles to help you get through any kind of laundry swiftly. The...
LG DLGX8101V |


With a massive 9.0 cu. ft. maximum capacity, the LG DLGX8101V is the high~volume gas drier you’ve been looking for. With TrueSteam® Technology to practically help you skip ironing and 14 separate dry cycles to give you exactly what you...


Find everything you are looking for in a gas drier with GE GFD65GSPNSN. This front load matching drier has can handle up to 7.8 cu. ft. of laundry in one go. The benefits of PowerSteam are sure to make your...
Whirlpool WGD7120HW |

Whirlpool WGD7120HW

The Whirlpool WGD7120HW is a modern~looking gas dryer that would look great pair with a matching top~load washer. It has a big maximum capacity at 7.4 cu. ft. to ensure you can fit in even your largest loads. Enjoy up...
Maytag MGD5630HW |

Maytag MGD5630HW

The Maytag MGD5630HW is a front load matching gas dryer with a maximum capacity of 7.3 cu. ft. The large capacity allows you to wash bulky items like beddings and large jackets. It features 10 dry cycles to cover a...
Whirlpool WGD4815EW |

Whirlpool WGD4815EW

Say hello to the Whirlpool WGD4815EW. This top load matching gas drier can handle up to 5.9 cu. ft. of laundry each time. With 15 separate dry cycles, you can get through any type of laundry in a breeze: Auto...
Whirlpool WGD5000DW |

Whirlpool WGD5000DW

The Whirlpool WGD5000DW is a top load matching gas dryer with a large total maximum capacity of 7.0 cu. ft. It has a total of 13 different drying cycles which include delicates, jeans and more. Exclusive features include AccuDry™ Sensor...
Maytag MGDC465HW |

Maytag MGDC465HW

The Maytag MGDC465HW is a large capacity top load matching gas dryer that can hold up to 7 cu. ft. of laundry at one time. Enjoy plenty of choices with 12 unique dry cycles such as heavy duty and options...
Whirlpool WGD6120HW |

Whirlpool WGD6120HW

The Whirlpool WGD6120HW is a top load matching gas dryer that can handle up to 7.4 cu. ft. of laundry every load, so you can get ride of piles and piles of laundry quickly. It features a whopping 35 dry...
Maytag MGD7230HW |

Maytag MGD7230HW

Get a great~looking dryer with the Maytag MGD7230HW top load matching gas dryer. The maximum capacity of 7.4 cu. ft. lets you do more laundry in less loads. Enjoy 7 dry cycles to handle your every drying need. Choose steam~enhanced...


If you are in the market for a dependable, no frills, gas dryer, then look no further than the GE GTD33GASKWW top load matching dryer. With a maximum capacity of 7.2 cu. ft., fit in even the bulkiest of your...


The GE GFD55GSSNWW is a smart home enabled, front load matching gas dryer featuring a large maximum capacity of 7.8 cu. ft., enough to fit in large items like comforters. 10 different dry cycles are available for your choosing. The...


The GE GTD72GBSNWS is a top load matching, gas dryer which features a large maximum capacity of 7.4 cu. ft. Watch the drying action with its glass door and find items quickly with the interior lighting. Featuring 12 separate dry...
Whirlpool WGD4950HW |

Whirlpool WGD4950HW

The Whirlpool WGD4950HW is a top load matching gas drier with a large capacity of 7.0 cu. ft. It includes 14 unique wash cycles for your every drying need. Featuring amazing Whirlpool features like the AutoDry™ Drying System and the...
Maytag MGDX655DW |

Maytag MGDX655DW

The Maytag MGDX655DW is a top load matching gas dryer that can handle up to 7.0 cu. ft. of laundry in every load. With 13 dry cycles, you can choose the most appropriate one for every kind of fabric. Save...


If what you are looking for is a reliable, no frills, gas dryer, then look no further than the GE GTD42GASJWW top load matching dryer. With a maximum capacity of 7.2 cu. ft., fit in even the bulkiest of your...
LG DLG7301WE |


The LG DLG7301WE is a top load matching gas dryer with a large maximum capacity of 7.3 cu. ft. Equipped with 8 dry cycles, you can choose the best one for any type of load freely. It comes with lots...


Welcome the GE GFD85GSPNRS front load matching gas dryer into your home. With a maximum capacity of 7.8 cu. ft., you can dry bulky items like beddings comfortably. 12 dryer cycles allow you to dry your clothes the right way....


Introducing the GE GFD85GSSNWW front load matching gas drier. This machine has a total maximum, capacity of 7.8 cu. ft. to handle even your largest loads like comforters, beddings and jackets. Stack it on top of your GE washer or...
Whirlpool WGD5620HW |

Whirlpool WGD5620HW

The Whirlpool WGD5620HW is a front load matching gas dryer with a large maximum capacity of 7.4 cu. ft. that allows you to dry more loads of laundry in less time. It features a whopping total of 36 dry cycles...