Self-cleaning condenser

It’s oh-so-important to clean your dryer’s condenser regularly, but this is no one’s favorite chore. For this reason, almost every new heat pump dryer has a self-cleaning condenser. This means that you no longer need to clean the condenser, also known as the heat exchanger. Want to know more? Read all about heat pump dryers with a self-cleaning condenser here.

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What is a self-cleaning condenser

With a self-cleaning condenser you don’t have to clean the condenser yourself

A self-cleaning condenser is a feature that clothes dryers can have when they dry your laundry using a condenser. These are the heat pump dryer and the condenser dryer. Most clothes dryers with a self-cleaning condenser operate with a heat pump. This is also the most energy efficient dryer currently on the market. Normally, you need to manually clean the heat exchanger of your dryer.

Generally, it is recommended to do this once a month. This will make your dryer last longer and keep it drying properly. If your dryer has and self-cleaning condenser, you don’t have to worry about this at all. The dryer can then clean the condenser itself, by rinsing it while it is drying.

Type of condenser cleaning

There are dryers on sale with three different ways of cleaning the heat exchanger. The ‘automatic cleaning’ we have just discussed, with this the condenser of the clothes dryer automatically rinses clean properly during drying by means of the self-cleaning condenser. In addition, dryers are also available with ‘easy cleaning’ and ‘manual cleaning’.

  1. For clothes dryers with manual cleaning, you have to take care of cleaning the condenser yourself. With most clothes dryers, this requires you to remove the heat exchanger from the dryer, and rinse it under the faucet or a shower head. This option is most common with a regular condenser dryer.
  2. If you choose a clothes dryer with ‘easy cleaning’, you don’t need to remove the condenser from the dryer. This is fixed. Once a month you can easily clean the filter with your vacuum cleaner. Most heat pump dryers have simple cleaning or automatic cleaning, so a self-cleaning condenser so you have no maintenance at all.

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If you are looking for a new dryer, the heat pump dryer is the best choice in most cases. This is a relatively quiet dryer with low energy consumption. If you choose a heat pump dryer with a self-cleaning condenser, you will soon get an economical heat pump dryer in your home. Most models with a self-cleaning condenser have energy class A++ or energy class A+++.

In the list below you will find our selection of the best dryers with a self-cleaning condenser from 2021. When making this top 5 we looked at energy consumption, maximum fill weight (size of the drum), different drying programs, consistent performance and noise level, among other things.

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Dryers without a condenser

If you want a new dryer without a heat exchanger, you should look at the air extraction dryer. This only needs a heat element when drying your laundry. Because of this, it does not have a condenser. In purchase, the air-flow dryer is very inexpensive, but in use they are the least economical of all types of clothes dryers. Therefore, keep in mind that your energy consumption with an air dryer is significantly higher than the average condenser dryer or heat pump dryer. This is bad for the environment and causes high energy bills. If you want to keep your energy consumption low, choose an energy-efficient heat pump dryer.

Purchase price

In general, heat pump dryers are more expensive to buy than condenser dryers. On the other hand, we would like to mention that heat pump dryers consume considerably less energy. This will keep your costs of using your new dryer a lot lower. If you choose a heat pump dryer in energy class A+++ (the most energy-efficient), you can save up to 75 euros per year on your energy costs compared to a condenser dryer in energy class B. Over its lifetime (about 12 years), that’s about 900 euros. Are you on a budget and need a new dryer? Then choose a cheap dryer and look at condenser dryers.

How to buy a heat pump dryer with a self-cleaning condenser

There’s a lot to consider when picking out a new dryer. Want to buy an energy-efficient heat pump dryer with low maintenance? Then you’re already well on your way! But of course, there are many more specifications and options to consider when buying a heat pump dryer. Keep the following tips in mind when looking for a heat pump dryer with a self-cleaning condenser.

Fill weight

The fill weight of a dryer indicates how many pounds of laundry will fit in the drum. We recommend buying a heat pump 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 3 or 4 person household needs a dryer with a fill weight of 8 kg. Most heat pump dryers have a fill weight of 8 kg.
  3. A large household of 5 or more people will need a dryer with a fill weight of 9 kg or more.

Energy class

The heat pump dryer dries more economically than the other types of dryers. But there can still be a difference in how energy efficient two different heat pump dryers are. For this, you look at the energy label. Most heat pump dryers with a self-cleaning heat exchanger have energy class A++ or A+++. This allows you to save up to 888 euros on your energy costs over its lifetime compared to the energy consumption of a conventional condenser dryer.

Drying programs

Like your washing machine, tumble dryers also offer 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 as long as possible. Almost all new heat pump dryers also have an eco program, to further reduce energy consumption during drying, or a program that makes your laundry ‘extra dry’.

Noise level

The noise level of a clothes dryer indicates how loud it is while running drying programs. Almost all clothes dryers make a lot less noise than the average washing machine, but the noise can still be distracting. If you want a quiet clothes dryer, you should look for one that produces less than 65 dB (decibels). Dryers are divided into 3 categories when it comes to noise level: loud (67 dB or more), normal (65 dB or 66 dB) and quiet (64 dB and under). Most heat pump dryers are quiet, producing 64 dB or less.

Build quality

The build quality of a dryer says something about its sturdiness and expected lifespan. Looking at build quality, all dryers are divided into basic, mid-range and top-range. If the build quality is not mentioned for a heat pump dryer, the brands and prices can also give an indication. According to the Consumers’ Association, these are the best brands for clothes dryers: Miele, Bosch, Siemens, AEG and Samsung. Brands that score better on value for money are Beko, Indesit and Zanussi.

Self-cleaning heat pump dryer assortment

Whirlpool WED4950HW |

Whirlpool WED4950HW

$968.00
The Whirlpool WED4950HW is a top load matching electric dryer that is friendly on the budget. The maximum capacity of 7.0 is large enough to handle your family’s daily laundry needs and can fit bulky items like beddings without any...
Amana NGD4655EW |

Amana NGD4655EW

$1,113.00
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...
Amana NED4655EW |

Amana NED4655EW

$1,180.00
The Amana NED4655EW is a timeless top load matching electric dryer that comes in a classic white color. The maximum capacity of 6.5 cu. ft. is enough to fit in big loads like bulky jackets, comforters and beddings. It comes...
LG DLGX8101V |

LG DLGX8101V

$708.00
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...
Whirlpool WGD6120HW |

Whirlpool WGD6120HW

$788.00
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...
GE GFD65GSPNSN |

GE GFD65GSPNSN

$733.00
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...
Maytag MGDC465HW |

Maytag MGDC465HW

$880.00
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...
GE GFV55ESSNWW |

GE GFV55ESSNWW

$1,062.00
The GE GFV55ESSNWW is an electric drier with a large maximum capacity of 7.8 cu. ft., so you can do more laundry is less loads. It features 10 separate dry cycles ranging from delicates, to mixed loads to bulky items...
Electrolux EFME627UTT |

Electrolux EFME627UTT

$1,161.00
The Electrolux EFME627UTT is a front load matching electric drier with an attractive design. The ultra~large maximum capacity of 8.0 cu. ft. can handle large loads easily. Equipped with 9 dry cycles for ease of use. Release wrinkles with Perfect...
Whirlpool WGD7120HW |

Whirlpool WGD7120HW

$773.00
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...
GE GFD85GSPNRS |

GE GFD85GSPNRS

$1,086.00
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....
Whirlpool WGD5000DW |

Whirlpool WGD5000DW

$1,114.00
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 MGD5630HW |

Maytag MGD5630HW

$988.00
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...
GE GFD55GSSNWW |

GE GFD55GSSNWW

$924.00
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...
Whirlpool WED49STBW |

Whirlpool WED49STBW

$1,068.00
The Whirlpool WED49STBW is a top load matching electric drier with a maximum load capacity of 7.0 cu. ft. The three specialized dry cycles include Timed Dry, Air Dry and AccuDry. The AccuDry sensor evenly dries every load. The Air...
Maytag MGDX655DW |

Maytag MGDX655DW

$1,042.00
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...
GE GFD85GSSNWW |

GE GFD85GSSNWW

$1,222.00
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...
GE GTD33GASKWW |

GE GTD33GASKWW

$1,098.00
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...
GE GTD72GBPNDG |

GE GTD72GBPNDG

$1,159.00
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...
GE GTD45GASJWS |

GE GTD45GASJWS

$1,118.00
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...
LG DLG7301WE |

LG DLG7301WE

$1,001.00
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...
Maytag MEDX655DW |

Maytag MEDX655DW

$1,197.00
Maytag MEDX655DW is a machine that perfectly does what it must. This top load matching electric dryer has a maximum capacity of 7.0 cu. ft., so you can dry large loads in the comfort of your home. It’s equipped with...
Whirlpool WED5000DW |

Whirlpool WED5000DW

$801.00
The Whirlpool WED500DW is a no~nonsense top load matching electric dryer that comes with all the essentials without piling on features that you might not even need. With a large maximum capacity at 7.0 cu. ft., you can dry more...
Whirlpool WGD4815EW |

Whirlpool WGD4815EW

$1,179.00
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 WGD4950HW |

Whirlpool WGD4950HW

$1,082.00
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...
Whirlpool WED4815EW |

Whirlpool WED4815EW

$1,207.00
Have a look at this dryer from Whirlpool. The Whirlpool WED4815EW top load matching electric dryer has a large maximum capacity of 7.0 cu. ft and features a total of 14 unique dry cycles for your every drying need. It...
Maytag MED6200KW |

Maytag MED6200KW

$802.00
The Maytag MED6200KW is a great top load matching electric dryer that comes with a maximum capacity of 7.0 cu. ft. At this capacity, you are able to fit in bulky items like beddings and comforters without any trouble. It...
GE GTD72GBSNWS |

GE GTD72GBSNWS

$828.00
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...
GE GTD72EBSNWS |

GE GTD72EBSNWS

$1,010.00
GE model number GTD72EBSNWS is an electric, top load matching drier with a generous maximum capacity of 7.4 cu. ft. to ensure it can handle even the biggest of your laundry loads. With 12 separate dry cycles ranging from delicates,...
GE GTD33EASKWW |

GE GTD33EASKWW

$1,097.00
The GE GTD33EASKWW is a top load matching electric drier with a large maximum capacity of 7.2 cu. ft. Take out the complicated choices with 3 separate drying cycles including Cottons, Quick Fluff and Easy Care. With great features like...