How to choose the right dryer

In the market for a new clothes dryer? There are 3 main types to choose from: condenser dryers, vented dryers and the newer heat pump dryers.

Operating each of these types of dryers is essentially the same; it’s how they work on the inside that differs. The main factor to consider when choosing a dryer is the size and configuration of your home and the kind of space the dryer will be housed in.

 

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Vented Dryers

How do they work?

Vented dryers (aka tumble dryers) work by drawing in cool, dry air, heating it and passing it through the drum where the wet laundry is. That same air, now hot and humid after picking up moisture from the clothes, is vented out while new, dry air goes in.

 

Installation and maintenance

Because they blows out hot, wet air, vented dryers can fog up the laundry room. Thus, it’s strongly advised that you connected a vented dryer to an outdoor vent.

As well as moisture, lint is also extracted in the drying process and passes out through the vent. The ducting for a vented dryer should be as straightforward and short in length as possible otherwise it will be prone to lint build-up, which can slow down the dryer and cause it to overheat.

 

How do they compare?

Vented dryers are more common and more affordable than condenser dryers, and their design allows them to be wall-mounted or positioned on the floor.

Vented models are known for their fast drying time. A drawback of this is that they put more stress on clothes than condenser dryers, though some models now come with ‘cool tumbling’ and ‘low temperature’ options. 


 Vented Dryer

 

Condenser Dryers

How do they work?

The main difference between a condenser dryer and a vented dryer is that the former does not have an external vent. While vented dryers simply get rid of hot air after it has gone through the drum to dry the load, in condenser dryers the air goes through a heat exchange which uses condensation to cool it and extract the water vapour that it picked up from the wet clothes.

Once the air is dry again, it goes through once more to keep collecting moisture, and so on until the clothes are dry. The water extracted from the air is either collected in a tank, which needs to be regularly manually emptied or drained away (if the dryer is connected to the plumbing).

 

Installation and maintenance

With no air duct, a condenser dryer can be installed almost anywhere, as long as it’s on the floor – they’re too heavy to be wall-mounted. This makes them a great choice for apartment dwellers.

Though they don’t vent hot air, condenser dryers can get quite hot when running. So, if you house yours in a cupboard, just make sure to leave the cupboard door open when the dryer is running, to give it some ventilation. Also, you will need to regularly clean out the lint from the filter.

 

How do they compare?

A condenser dryer does take a little longer to dry clothes, but the upside of this is that it’s gentler on clothes.

If your home does not easily allow for ducting, which is required for a vented dryer, then a condenser model is your best bet.  

 

Condenser Dryers

 

Heat Pump Dryers

A heat pump dryers is like a condenser dryer crossed with a reverse-cycle air conditioner. It has two circuits; one dries the laundry with hot hair, while the other extracts the heat from the air and then re-heats so it can go through the drum again and again.

Hot dry air enters the drum and absorbs moisture from the wet clothes. An evaporator cools the hot damp air and releases its humidity. The air, now cool and dry, passes through a condenser where it is reheated before entering the drum again. This design makes heat pump dryers very energy efficient. 

 

Features

Clothes dryer settings and features can make doing the laundry just that little bit easier. Here are some of the best ones to look out for.

 

Reverse Tumble Action

This feature prevents clothes from tangling by alternating the movement of the drum between clockwise and anti-clockwise.

 

Time Delay

Let’s say you want the dryer to run while you’re out and finish just as you get home. If you know you’ll be home in 3 hours then this option allows you to delay the dryer operation to end in exactly 3 hours.

 

Anti-Crease

This feature helps you save on ironing by intermittently tumbling the clothes in unheated air at the end of the cycle, which prevents creasing. 

 

Water Tank Indicator

This will alert you to when your condenser dryer’s water tank is full and needs emptying

 

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