Difference between a dryer or condenser dryer

Before buying a new clothes dryer, it is good to know that there are different types of dryers. This is because one type of clothes dryer may suit you better than another. Everything you need to know about the condenser dryer and the other types of tumble dryer, you can read here.

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What is the difference between a dryer and a condenser dryer

Specifications
  • Water outlet
  • Air outlet
  • Purchase prise
  • Energy consumption
  • Energy costs
  • Drying temperature
  • Better for your laundry
  • Energy label
Condenser dryer
  • Tank or drainage hose
  • Non-environmental
  • Low-to-moderate
  • High (bad for the environment)
  • Approximately $115 per year
  • High
  • No (high temperature)
  • B and below
Dryer
  • Tank or drainage hose
  • Non-environmental
  • Medium-high
  • Low (eco-friendly)
  • Approximately $40 per year
  • Low
  • Yes (low drying temperature)
  • A en above

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Different types of dryers

The heat pump dryer, the condenser dryer and the (air) extractor dryer are all dryers that are currently on the market. If you are orientating on a new dryer, it is useful to know what the differences are and which type of dryer suits you best. Where exactly the difference lies, we will explain it to you in detail below. 

Condenser dryer

Condensation dryers dry with the help of an electric heating element. The condenser dryer reaches a relatively high temperature, which means your clothes are dry quickly. When you dry at a high temperature, however, you do have one disadvantage; it’s not good for your laundry. High temperatures can be harmful to your clothes and other laundry. The chances of wear and shrinkage are higher with higher drying temperatures.

The condenser dryer is relatively inexpensive to buy. Which is nice for many households, because a clothes dryer is not a casual purchase. What you have to take into account, however, is that a condenser dryer consumes quite a lot of energy. So even though you save money on the purchase of your new dryer, in some cases you will spend more on energy costs. Most condenser dryers are energy class B. If you look carefully, you will find an energy-efficient condenser dryer (with energy label A++ or A+++), but in general you should look at heat pump dryers for that. A heat pump dryer is more energy efficient than a condenser dryer.

Another important point when buying a new clothes dryer is the condensate drain. Most condenser dryers have two options for this:

It drains through a drain hose and goes directly into the water drain.

Don’t have a free water drain in your laundry room, for example because your washing machine is already connected to it? Then the condensation ends up in the built-in reservoir of your dryer. You then need to empty the moisture from the reservoir after each drying cycle.

Heat pump dryer

A heat pump dryer dries your clothes using a heat pump and a refrigerant. As a result, the heat pump dryer dries at a lower temperature. This causes your laundry to take longer to dry completely, but it is better for your laundry. The chance of wear and shrinkage is many times smaller with a heat pump dryer.

Because the heat pump dryer uses a low drying temperature, the energy consumption also remains low. This makes the heat pump dryer much more economical than a condenser dryer. On the other hand, heat pump dryers are more expensive clothes dryers. However, because they are so energy efficient, this can still be the more economical choice. If you choose a heat pump dryer with energy label A+++ (the most energy-efficient), you can save up to 75 euros per year on your energy costs – compared to a regular condenser dryer with energy class B. Over the lifetime of your dryer (12 years on average), you will get the investment out of it in most cases.

As with condenser dryers, heat pump dryers give you a choice of how you want to get rid of the moisture; it’s either drained to the water outlet with a drain hose, or the condensation is collected in a tank.

In addition, most heat pump dryers are equipped with a self-cleaning condenser. This keeps the heat exchanger clean, and you need to do less maintenance. The condenser dryer, on the other hand, rarely has a self-cleaning condenser.

Vented dryer

Vented dryers are being produced and sold less and less. Like the condenser dryer, this is a relatively inexpensive dryer to buy, but the energy consumption is high. You won’t find them with an energy label better than energy class B, for that reason we don’t recommend buying this type of dryer. Vented dryers make your energy costs so high that it is wiser to buy a more expensive and economical dryer.

The vented dryer also uses a relatively high drying temperature which means you are done drying quickly. Again, however, your laundry will wear out faster.

To get rid of the condensation: with a vented dryer, the warm, moist air is led outside via an extractor hose. This is done through a window or a hole in the wall. Collection in a tank or connection to the drain is rarely possible with these dryers.

Buying a heat pump dryer or a condenser dryer

Now that you have gone through all the differences, advantages and disadvantages of both the heat pump dryer and a condenser dryer, you may know a little better which type of dryer suits you your household. Even if you already know what kind of dryer you want, there are still a number of different dryers to choose from. To give you a helping hand, we have made a top 5 of both dryers. Which dryer will you choose?

Best condenser dryer 2022

If you want a cheap dryer that dries your laundry quickly, choose a condenser dryer that dries at a relatively high temperature. When making this top 5, we listed the best condenser dryers of 2022 for you. In making this selection, we looked at our other variables including the fill weight, expected lifespan, noise level and energy class. Is your new dryer among these?

Best heat pump dryer 2022

Do you prefer to dry energy efficiently? Then you should look for a heat pump dryer that dries at a relatively low temperature. This keeps your energy consumption low and your clothes beautiful for longer. When making this top 5, we also made a comparison between a variety of heat pump dryers. We looked at the energy class, the fill weight, the noise level and the expected life. These are the best heat pump dryers of 2022.