Energy consumption dryer

We all want to reduce our energy consumption, either because it’s good for the environment or simply to keep our energy bills low. Because clothes dryers in general consume a lot of energy, we always recommend buying an energy-efficient clothes dryer when you need a new one. Here you can read all about the energy consumption of a clothes dryer.
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How much energy does a dryer use

An energy-efficient dryer can save you a lot of money.

The most energy-efficient way to dry your laundry is, of course, to hang up your clothes, towels and bedding. This costs you no electricity at all and is therefore the best option for your energy bill and the environment. However, drying with a drying rack or clothesline also has its drawbacks. It generally takes longer for your laundry to dry, the sun can affect your laundry, and it can take up a lot of space. If you don’t have the time or inclination to wait, or if you don’t have a place to hang your laundry, a clothes dryer can be a very nice solution. ‘How much energy does a clothes dryer use’, is your question? Of course, this varies from one appliance to another.
Technology seems to be getting better by the year, making clothes dryers more and more energy efficient. Exactly how energy-efficient a clothes dryer is depends largely on the type of clothes dryer and its energy label. You can also look at the energy costs per year. We’ll be happy to explain how it all works.

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Energy consumption different types of dryers

There are three different types of dryers currently being sold; the heat pump dryer, the condenser dryer and the (air) exhaust dryer. Of these three types, the heat pump dryer is the most energy efficient. This is because it uses a heat pump and a refrigerant during the drying process, creating a relatively low drying temperature. This lower temperature keeps the power consumption low, and also keeps your clothes beautiful longer. Unfortunately, the average heat pump dryer is more expensive to buy than most other dryers. However, because they use so much less energy, you can often still save money on a good heat pump dryer than a regular condenser or extractor dryer. The condenser dryer is second in line when you look at energy consumption. It uses a condenser and an electric heating element.

This dries your laundry faster, but uses more electricity and will wear out your clothes faster.

The drain dryer uses the most electricity while drying. This is a somewhat outdated type of clothes dryer, which is why we don’t recommend buying air extraction dryers.

Dryer type
  • Heat pump dryer 50 euros per year
  • Condenser dryer 120 euros per year

Energy label for clothes dryers

The energy label gives you an indication of how energy-efficient your dryer is. In the Netherlands, a new dryer needs at least label B. Dryers with energy label C or lower may no longer be sold. Heat pump dryers usually have energy label A++ or A+++, which means that they dry efficiently. Condenser dryers more often have energy label B or energy label A, and are therefore not considered energy-efficient dryers.

Tumble dryers with a good energy label are also often more expensive to buy than a less efficient tumble dryer. This deters some from going for an energy-efficient clothes dryer.

However, because these keep your energy costs so much lower, they do end up being the cheaper choice. Think of it as an investment!
Consumption kWh per year
  • Energy label A++ consumes 177 kWh per year
  • Energy label A++ consumes 220 kWh per year
  • Energy label B consumes 504 kWh per year

Energy costs per year

Most dryer manufacturers and suppliers also list the energy cost per year of each dryer. Many heat pump dryers have energy class A+++, but that doesn’t mean you all use the exact same amount of energy. By looking at the energy consumption per year, you can make a comparison between different heat pump dryers to find the most energy efficient dryer.

 
Cost per year
  • Energy label A++ costs 40 euros per year
  • Energy label A++ costs 53 Euros per year
  • Energy label B costs 120 euro per year

Best energy-efficient dryers of 2022

Want to buy an energy-efficient dryer? You’ve come to the right place! In the list below, you will find the best, most energy-efficient clothes dryers of 2022. Of course, we looked at the energy consumption of a range of new dryers, but we also looked at the fill weight, noise level and different drying modes – all important when buying a new dryer! Which heat pump dryer will soon be drying your laundry?

Practical tips for more efficient drying

Drying your laundry using a tumble dryer consumes a lot of electricity. Of course, it is much more economical to hang your laundry out to dry, but this is not an option for everyone. For this reason, we have listed a number of tips for drying your laundry more energy-efficiently using a tumble dryer. Energy-efficient drying is not only good for the environment, but also for your wallet, as it keeps your energy costs down. Here are our tips for reducing your consumption:

Fill to the maximum filling weight

The fill weight of a dryer indicates the maximum amount of laundry that can fit in the drum at one time. By filling the drum as full as possible, you’ll get the most out of the drying process and your power consumption. Note: Do not go over the maximum fill weight! This can be detrimental to your dryer and may cause your laundry to not dry properly or evenly.

Trade in your old dryer

It may not sound very economical or sustainable to replace your old dryer while it’s still working fine, but it may be using a lot more electricity per drying cycle than it should. Want to use less power? Then replace your old dryer for an energy-efficient clothes dryer, with this you can save up to 100 euros per year in some cases.

Then a cheap dryer may sound like a good deal, but often you are actually more expensive. The average energy consumption of these devices is namely much higher, so your energy costs will remain high.

Clean the filter

When dust builds up in the lint filter of your dryer, it has to work harder (and use more energy) to get your laundry dry. It also increases the risk of fire. By cleaning the filter regularly, your dryer will work better, last longer and reduce your energy consumption.