Dryer advantages and disadvantages
Buying a heat pump dryer or a condenser dryer; what to look for
If you’ve just washed your clothes, towels and bedding, you have 2 choices. You can either put your laundry in the dryer or hang it on the clothesline. Both options have their advantages and disadvantages. If you are still in doubt about buying a new clothes dryer, here are all the pros and cons of drying with a clothes dryer.
Advantages of a dryer
- Your laundry is ready to dry a lot faster when you use a dryer. If you hang your laundry, it will take longer to dry.
- You save time because you don’t have to hang up your laundry. You put it in the dryer, and you fold it when it’s dry.
- No hassle with laundry racks. Not everyone has a clothesline in the garden or on the balcony, then your laundry ends up hanging inside.
- This takes up a lot of space and not everyone has room for it.
- Your laundry comes out of the dryer nice and soft. When you hang it up it often feels a lot harder and rougher. Especially with towels, this can be annoying.
- Less chance of discoloration. The sun can be great for drying your clothes, but the sunlight also makes your clothes ugly faster. When drying in a clothes dryer, you don’t have this risk.
Disadvantages of a dryer
- Clothes dryers are expensive. For the purchase of a new clothes dryer you will soon pay 300 euros, and this can go up to about 2000.
- Another disadvantage is the increased risk of wear and tear. By using a high temperature, dryers are bad for your laundry. With every wash, lint comes loose from your laundry, which wears down your clothes and makes the fabrics thinner. The lint is collected in the lint filter.
- A dryer takes up a lot of space. Dryers are large appliances. However, you can often put the dryer on top of your washing machine. Do you have little space and you have to buy a new washer and dryer? Then you can also consider a washer-dryer combination.
- High energy costs. Dryers consume a lot of electricity and often result in higher energy bills. Hanging out your laundry, on the other hand, costs you nothing.
- Your laundry will be cleaner and whiter because of sunlight. UV radiation kills bacteria and acts as a natural bleach that breaks down stains.
Buying a tumble dryer, what to look out for
After reading the pros and cons above, have you decided that you are going to buy a dryer after all? Well, good! Dryers make your laundry wonderfully soft and can save you a lot of work and time. However, there are still a few things you need to take into account when buying a new dryer. The following tips tell you exactly what to look for when buying a dryer.
Type of dryer
There are different types of clothes dryer. Before you buy a new dryer, it’s good to know what the difference is. The heat pump dryer is the most popular. Of all the types of dryers, the heat pump dryer is in fact the quietest and most energy efficient. This is because the heat pump dryer dries with the help of a heat pump and a refrigerant. This combination means it dries at a lower temperature, which means your laundry lasts longer and uses less energy.
The condenser dryer is also still fairly common. Condenser dryers use an electric heating element when drying, so they use more energy than heat pump dryers. In third place, you have the air-flow dryer. The consumption of this type of dryer is the very highest. For this reason, we do not recommend purchasing a vented dryer.
Of all the types of dryers, the heat pump dryer consumes the least energy. Both for the environment and for your own energy bill, it is very beneficial to use less energy. For that reason, we recommend in almost all cases to buy an energy efficient heat pump dryer. How efficient a dryer is, you can see from the energy label. A dryer is energy efficient from energy class A++, but a new heat pump dryer with energy class A+++ consumes less energy. With a heat pump dryer in energy class A+++, you can save up to 75 euros per year on your energy costs – compared to an average condenser dryer. Although heat pump dryers are more expensive to buy, it is often cheaper to buy a more expensive, energy-efficient dryer.
The build quality of a clothes dryer says something about its expected lifespan and its drying performance. However, not all outlets and suppliers are equally transparent about the build quality, so you can also look at the brand and price range. According to the Consumers’ Association, these are the best brands for clothes dryers: Miele, Bosch, Siemens, AEG and Samsung. Beko, Indesit and Zanussi come out best in the test for value for money, according to the Consumers’ Association.