Difference between a dryer and a heat pump dryer

If you want to buy a new clothes dryer, you will come across many heat pump dryers. In fact, a heat pump dryer is a type of clothes dryer. If you want to learn more about heat pump dryers and the other types of clothes dryers, you’ve come to the right place! We will explain to you in detail the difference between a heat pump dryer and a tumble dryer.

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What's the difference between a dryer and a heat pump dryer

Specifications
  • Water drainage
  • Air outlet
  • Purchase price
  • Energy consumption
  • Energy costs
  • Drying temperature
  • Better for your laundry
  • Energy label
Heat pump dryer
  • Tank or drainage hose
  • Not to environment
  • Medium-high
  • Low (eco-friendly)
  • Approximately €40 per year
  • Low
  • Yes (low drying temperature)
  • A and above
Dryer
  • Tank or drainage hose
  • To/not to environment
  • Low-to-moderate
  • High (bad for the environment)
  • Approximately €115 per year
  • High
  • No (high temperature)
  • B and below

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Different types of dryers

Before you start shopping for a new dryer, it is good to know that there are different types of tumble dryer. You can choose between the heat pump dryer, a condenser dryer and an extractor dryer. We would like to explain how these dryers differ from each other so that you can better assess which type of dryer best suits you and your household.

Heat pump dryer

A heat pump dryer dries your clothes using a heat pump and a refrigerant. As a result, the heat pump dryer has a low drying temperature. This causes it to take a little longer for your laundry to dry, but it is better for your laundry.

In addition, that lower drying temperature also ensures that your energy consumption remains low. This makes the heat pump dryer the most economical dryer you can choose. In general, these are also the more expensive clothes dryers. However, because they are so energy efficient, this is often the most 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. As the average tumble dryer has a lifespan of 12 years, you’re guaranteed to get that investment out of it.

With heat pump dryers, most models give you a choice of how you control the condensation drain; it either drains through a drain hose to the water outlet, or it collects in the 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.

Condensation dryer

Condensation dryers dry with the help of an electric heating element. The high temperature dries your clothes quickly, but this high drying temperature and dry air can be harmful to your clothes, the risk of shrinkage and wear is greater with a higher drying temperature.

In purchase, the condenser dryer is a relatively inexpensive clothes dryer. However, because of the heating element, the energy costs of a condenser dryer are higher. A heat pump dryer is therefore much more economical than a condenser dryer. Most condenser dryers have energy class B. If you search 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.

Like the heat pump dryer, condenser dryers allow you to choose how you drain the condensation; you can connect your dryer to the drain or use the tank to collect the water.

Vented dryer

Vented dryers are being produced and sold less and less. Like the condenser dryer, this is a relatively inexpensive clothes dryer to buy, but the energy consumption is high. At most, they have energy class B, for which reason we do not recommend buying this type of dryer. In the end, you will only end up paying more for it.

With vented dryers, the warm, moist air is expelled through an exhaust hose. This is done through a window or a hole in the wall. Collection in a reservoir or connection to the water outlet is usually not possible with these dryers.

 

Buying a heat pump dryer or a condenser dryer

Now that you know the difference, which dryer will you choose? Will you choose a heat pump dryer that dries your clothes energy-efficiently, but is on the expensive side? Or will you go for a condenser dryer that dries all your household’s laundry in no time? Find our top 5 of both the condenser dryer and the heat pump dryer below.

Best heat pump dryer 2022

Heat pump dryers use a low temperature to dry your laundry, so they’re economical on your clothes and your energy costs. Even though heat pump dryers come with a price tag, they are often the economical choice because they keep your energy bills nice and low. Heat pump dryers are therefore a good choice for the environment and your wallet. These are the best heat pump dryers of 2022!

Best condenser dryer 2022

Heat pump dryers are expensive. A condenser dryer, on the other hand, you can also get for a very reasonable price. In terms of energy costs, this will be a little more expensive, but if you want your laundry to dry quickly, this may still be the right dryer for you! Take a look at the list below for the best condenser dryers of 2022.