Buy an energy-efficient heat pump dryer
Are you looking for an energy-efficient dryer? Then you’re in the right place by looking at a heat pump dryer. A heat pump dryer is generally a lot more energy efficient than a condenser dryer, simply because of the technology used in the dryer. However, not every heat pump dryer is energy efficient. An environmentally friendly dryer must meet requirements for energy consumption and build quality. An energy-efficient heat pump dryer with at least an A++ energy label and at least a mid-range build quality may call itself an eco-friendly heat pump dryer. We explain what the different components mean and how they affect you. We also let you know what to look out for when buying an energy-efficient heat pump dryer.
A heat pump dryer currently has an energy label between A+ and A+++-10%. This means that not all heat pump dryers are actually environmentally friendly. An eco-friendly dryer has an A+++ energy label or higher. Moving up one energy class can make a substantial difference to your annual energy costs. To give you an idea, we list the cost savings in the table below. The savings relate to the average savings in energy costs over the lifetime of 12 years, a fill weight of 8 kilograms and 160 drying cycles per year. The comparison made is the indicated energy label compared to a dryer with an energy label B.
Best energy efficient heat pump dryer of 2023
A heat pump dryer is by definition an energy efficient dryer. To make sure you buy the best energy efficient dryer of 2023 we made an overview for you. This list is based on price/quality ratio, drying performance, and for now, one of the most important features: the energy label.
Building quality and lifetime
The build quality of a heat pump dryer varies between basic, mid-range, and top-of-the-range. An eco-friendly heat pump dryer has a mid-range or top-of-the-range build quality. So if a heat pump dryer has an A++ energy label with a basic build quality, it is not yet environmentally friendly. The construction quality indirectly determines the service life of the heat pump dryer. Of course, the service life is also determined by other (unforeseen) factors, but it mainly depends on the materials that are used and the maintenance. In general, the better the construction quality of the heat pump dryer, the longer the service life. A longer lifespan is not only good for your wallet, but also for the environment. This is because it reduces the energy needed to produce and transport a new heat pump dryer. An energy-efficient heat pump dryer may therefore not call itself energy-efficient if it has to be replaced after just a few years.
Within the interest of your wallet and the environment, the build quality is also a specification to consider when looking for an environmentally friendly heat pump dryer. Build quality is determined by a few specifications. The more a heat pump dryer has, the better the build quality. These specifications are use of durable materials such as a stainless steel drum, stainless steel hinges in the door and a housing of metal with enamel. A brushless motor so there are fewer parts that can break down. Low moisture emission for minimal wear and tear and rust. A self-cleaning condenser and cleaning indicators to keep maintenance to a minimum. Finally, anti-vibration walls to prevent vibration and subsequent damage to materials. A basic class model has less than 50% of these specifications, a middle class model has 50 to 70% of the specifications and a heat pump dryer is in the top class at over 70% of the specifications.