Getting your hands on the right tumble dryer isn’t always as easy as it seems. There are a number of different models, designs, and features to suite your hectic lifestyle.
Consider what features and technology will be right for you and look for a machine that encompasses all these things and a quality energy rating to keep bills low.
Types of Tumble Dryer
Condenser tumble dryers can be plugged into anywhere in the house and don’t need to be connected to an exhaust hose or vent. They work by condensing the moisture from your damp clothing into water and depositing it into a container that you need to empty.
Some condenser models come with a hose so you can drain away the water instead of manually pouring it out.
This is generally the cheapest kind of tumble dryer available. They work by pumping out the warm damp air from the drum and your clothes. This is usually deposited out of the machine through a hose or vent.
Heat Pump Condenser
These tend to be the most expensive models because they are so energy efficient meaning that the running costs of these models is a lot less. They will not send your electricity bill through the roof.
They are just like any other condenser and can be placed anywhere in the house, as long as there is a power supply.
They tend to work in the same way as vented models as they pump the warm damp air out from the drum, but run on gas instead of electricity.
They are cheaper to run but can be tricky to install because you need a gas engineer to fit them.
This is a handy feature that tends to be available for most automatic models around these days. The machine has a sensor inside the drum which stops the machine once your laundry is dry.
This feature is handy so that you don’t end up opening the machine with your clothes still wet. It also means that your clothes don’t get too exposed to heat and shrink.
Capacity can be measured in the same terms as washing machine capacity. It’s measured in Kilograms and determines the size of the drum and how much laundry you can dry at one time.
You can get very small ones from 3kg all the way up to 9kg which is close to the standard machine.
Larger drums increase hot air flow and mean that you can dry more clothes per cycle. It saves more energy because you don’t have to use it as often. With more space comes less creasing too, which is a real bonus.
Each product is given an energy rating either A, B or C. These determine how eco-friendly and efficient these dryers are.
Obviously the more efficient the machine the less electricity you will be using which will cut down a lot on electric bills.Heat pump dryers tend to be the most economical because they conserve the heat inside the drum to dry clothes.