If you’re looking at an electric dryer, it’s important you know that there’s three different kinds – vented, condenser and heat pump condenser. Here are the key differences between electric dryers:
Vented dryers heat up air and pass it into the drum. Once the hot air has become too moist to dry any further, it’s vented out of the drum and replaced with new, dry air. Most vented dryers range from 3kg to 9kg of capacity.
- Most common type of clothes dryer and also the most basic kind
- Generally cheaper to buy, but more expensive to run
- Deals with moist air in a relatively inefficient way, which can lead to a muggy laundry room
Condenser clothes dryers recycle hot air by extracting the water vapour from it and sending it back through the clothes in the dryer, rather than simply expelling the moist air as a vented dryer would do. While this method of dealing with moist air means no humidity in your laundry room, it doesn’t do anything for the heat itself, meaning your laundry will be just as warm as if you were using a vented dryer. Generally more expensive to purchase than a vented dryer, and don’t require as much ventilation as tumble dryers, thus you’re not restricted to where you position the dryer, which is ideal for apartment living.
Heat pump condenser dryers
Heat pump dryers are a type of condenser dryers that recycle heat in the process of extracting moisture. It’s an old form of dryer that appears to be making a comeback due to a desire for more energy-efficient appliances.
- Purchase price is higher than vented or condenser dryers
- Makes up for the higher purchase price by being extremely energy efficient, however it’s worth noting that it’ll take years for that cheaper running cost to offset the higher price tag
- Doesn’t vent heated air or water vapor, so no heat and no humidity for your laundry room.