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Heat pump dryer or condenser dryer?

A heat pump dryer and a condenser dryer technically do the same thing. Both dry your laundry after you've washed it. They also drain moisture the same way. But there are still some major differences between the two. With an A+++ heat pump dryer, you can save up to € 75 in annual energy costs. A condenser dryer, on the other hand, isn't energy-efficient at all. In this article, you can read why this is and what else is different.

Comparing dryers

Heat pump dryer Condenser dryer
Energy-efficient Yes No
Better for your laundry Yes (due to low temperature) No (due to high temperature)
Dries quickly No Yes
Drain options Condensation water tank/condensate drain hose Condensation water tank/condensate drain hose

Energy consumption

AEG heat pump dryer

Heat pump dryer: very energy-efficient

Although a heat pump dryer is a bit more expensive, it'll save you a lot of money every year. With an A+++ model for 8kg of laundry, you can save up to € 75 in annual energy costs compared to a condenser dryer with energy label B. With an A+++ model, you can save up to € 999 on average during the lifespan of the appliance. In the example, we use a dryer that lasts up to 12 years on average depending on its usage.

Siemens condenser dryer

Condenser dryer: not energy-efficient

In comparison to an A+++ heat pump dryer, a condenser dryer doesn't dry very energy-efficiently. A condenser dryer with a B energy label uses € 75 more in annual energy costs on average compared to an A+++ heat pump dryer. During the entire lifespan of the device, a condensation dryer will cost you an extra € 999 on average. In this example, we also use a dryer that lasts up to 12 years on average depending on its usage.

Drying temperature

Drying temperature heat pump dryer

Heat pump dryer: low (laundry stays nice longer)

With a heat pump dryer, your laundry will look good for a long time thanks to the low drying temperature. This is because a heat pump dryer works with a heat pump and a coolant. The coolant of the heat pump dryer ensures that the dryer dries at a lower temperature. Unlike a condenser dryer that works with a heat element, your laundry doesn't come into contact with high temperatures in a heat pump dryer. As a result, your laundry will look beautiful for longer and shrink or wear less quickly.

Drying temperature condenser dryer

Condenser dryer: high (laundry wears faster)

Due to the high drying temperature of a condenser dryer, you have a greater chance of your laundry shrinking or wearing. Unlike a heat pump dryer, which works with a heat pump and a coolant, a condenser dryer uses a heat element to dry laundry. As the element is getting warmer, the dry air reaches a high temperature. Your laundry won't last as long with a condenser dryer as with a heat pump dryer.

Cycle duration

Drying time heat pump dryer

Heat pump dryer: dries less quickly

When drying with a heat pump dryer, you have to be patient because of the low drying temperature. An A+++ heat pump dryer with an 8-kilo load capacity takes an average of 2 hours and 45 minutes to dry a full drum of laundry. This is half an hour longer than with a condenser dryer. Remember that your laundry with a heat pump dryer lasts longer and you save a lot of energy.

Drying time condenser dryer

Condenser dryer: dries quickly

Because a condenser dryer uses a heat element to dry, your laundry dries relatively quickly. On average, a condenser dryer takes 2 hours and 15 minutes to dry 8 kilos of laundry. This is half an hour faster than with a heat pump dryer. Remember that with a condenser dryer, your laundry will wear faster and you use a lot of energy. This is due to the high drying temperature.

Water drain in the condenser reservoir or drain pipe

Dryer drain

Both a heat pump dryer and a condenser dryer collect the water in the water reservoir. You can find this reservoir in the top left corner the machine. You generally also connect a condensation drain hose. With this hose, you connect the dryer to the drain in your laundry room or kitchen. That way, you never have to empty the water reservoir. There are also dryers with a drain pipe that leads outside. These are vented dryers. We don't sell this type of dryer.

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