How does steaming work during drying?
A heat pump dryer equipped with a steam function has additional built-in technology whereby water is pumped through a steam generator. The steam generated there is blown through the drum. During the drying process, the steam is blown through the material at regular intervals. Depending on the program you have selected, the steam is sent through the drum more often or at a higher speed. For example, with sensitive materials, a lot of steam is released and the speed at which the drum rotates is adjusted to avoid damaging the fabric. The steam supply is located at the top and bottom of the drum, which means that the steam is quickly dispersed through the drum. The steam function works with large amounts of laundry as well as smaller loads. Whether you put two shirts or ten towels in the dryer, setting it to the right program will ensure that your laundry is dry and wrinkle-free. Most dryers have several drying cycles, so you can find one that suits the material of your clothes. Don’t worry, even heat pump dryers with a steam function are no less energy-efficient and still have energy class A or higher.
The best heat pump dryer with steam function
If a heat pump dryer with steam function sounds like music to your ears, then it’s a good idea to think about making a purchase. But how do you find the best heat pump dryer for your needs? First, take a look at the number of drying programmes it has. For the best drying results, use a separate drying program for different materials to ensure that your laundry dries properly. For example, cotton needs a different drying cycle from towels.
What should I look for when buying a dryer with steam functionality?
When looking for a heat pump dryer with steam functionality, there are a number of important features to consider. For starters, the number of drying programmes is important. This is because you will get the best drying results if you set the program to suit the material that you want to dry. Different materials all need their own drying program that makes sure the right temperature is used during the drying process. It is therefore not advisable to dry all types of materials at the same time. Most heat pump dryers have about ten different drying programs, so there is a very good chance that you will always find a program that you can use.
You should also pay attention to the fill weight of the dryer, as this is usually lower than with other clothes dryers. On the dryer, this will be indicated by ‘kg fill weight’ and it is usually 8 kilos or 9 kilos. This is enough to dry all the laundry of a family with two children. To avoid having more loads than you can dry, consider getting a heat pump dryer with a steam function that has the same load as your washing machine. That way, you’ll never have leftover laundry. However, most washing machines have a larger build weight than 8kg or 9kg.