What to look out for when buying a tumble dryer

There are so many different dryers on the market that it is hard to choose just one. Each dryer has its own specifications and features, but which one should you buy? In this article, we will show you what to look out for when buying a heat pump dryer or a condenser dryer.

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Buying a new dryer

The type of dryer

Some clothes dryers have more specifications than others. For example, a number of features can greatly enhance the ease of use. Some of the features you could choose from we have explained below.

Heat pump dryer
A heat pump dryer is the most energy efficient dryer. The drying temperature of this dryer is low which means that clothes will stay beautiful longer. Because of this low drying temperature, it does take longer for the clothes to dry.

Condensation dryer
A condensation dryer is less energy efficient. The drying temperature of this dryer is higher which means that the clothes do not stay nice as long. However, the high drying temperature means that the clothes dry faster.

The best heat pump dryer
The best condenser dryer
What is the difference between a heat pump dryer and a condenser dryer?
How does a heat pump dryer work?
How does a condenser dryer work?
What is a heat pump dryer?
What is a condenser dryer?

Energy consumption

Take a good look at the dryer’s energy label. This will tell you what energy class the dryer is. With a high energy class, the dryer consumes little energy and you therefore have an energy-efficient dryer. Does the dryer have a low energy class? Then the dryer also consumes more energy.

It is important to keep an eye on this because with a dryer with a high energy class you can save on annual energy costs. With a dryer with a low energy class, you will be more expensive annually.

 

The best energy-efficient dryers
Energy consumption dryer

Filling weight

It is important to pay attention to the fill weight of the dryer. The fill weight of a dryer depends on the size of your household. The fill weight refers to how many pounds of laundry you can put in the dryer. Do you have a household of 5 people? Then you need more fill weight than a household of 3 people.

What fill weight do you need?

Noise level

When buying a dryer, also consider the noise level. If you put the dryer right next to your bedroom, you may want to consider buying a quiet dryer. Below, we explain at what decibel (dB) a dryer is quiet or loud.

  1. A quiet tumble dryer (61 tm 64 d B)
  2. An average-sized dryer (65 to 66 dB)
  3. A loud clothes dryer (67 tm 69 dB)

Which sound level of tumble drier should I choose?

Build quality

The build quality of the clothes dryer is also important. Do you want to use a dryer for a long time? Then you should choose a dryer with good build quality.

What is the build quality of a dryer?

Moisture emissions

Normally, a clothes dryer has to catch the condensation that is released when drying the wet clothes. This condensation is then collected in a condensation pan or discharged through the water drain. However, some clothes dryers release more moist air than others. How much moist air is released during dry air drying is indicated by the condensation efficiency class. Is the dryer in a room with little ventilation? Then it is best to get a dryer with a condensation efficiency class A. If you have a dryer with a low condensation efficiency class, then you could end up with mildew in that room.

Moisture emissions from a tumble dryer

Different drying programs

Many people skip this step when buying a clothes dryer, but it is helpful to consider the drying programs that the clothes dryer offers. A tumble dryer may have different types of drying programs for wool, silk and jeans, for example. It is therefore useful to pay attention to this as well.

What drying programs are there?

Ease of use

Some clothes dryers have more specifications than others. For example, a number of features can greatly enhance the ease of use. A number of features that you could choose from we have explained below.

Water drainage
A clothes dryer can have a condensate pan or water drainage hose. If the dryer has a condensation tray you will need to empty this tray regularly. There are also clothes dryers with a water drainage hose, this is very convenient because you don’t have to remember to empty the condensate tray.

How does a clothes dryer drain water?

Indicator
There are clothes dryers with an indicator that tells you when the lint filter needs to be cleaned. This way, you are notified that the lint filter needs to be cleaned. It is very important that this happens regularly, do many lint remain? Then the dryer can overheat and this can be a very fire hazard. Apart from that, the dryer dries worse and consumes more energy.

Anti-crease
There are also dryers with an anti-crease option. The dryer will then continue to run so that the clothes do not lie on top of each other and wrinkle.

Self-cleaning condenser
You can choose a dryer with a self-cleaning condenser. The dryer will then flush the heat exchanger itself when it is drying. This keeps the dryer in good working order and saves you cleaning work.

What is a self-cleaning condenser?

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