Condenser or Vented Tumble Dryers: We Help You Choose

Posted on 11th April 2022 

After spending 21 hours comparing 26 models in writing our comparisons, here are our tips to help you choose between condenser and vented tumble dryers.


The condenser tumble dryer, easy to install

Sèche-linge à condensation

  • Closed circuit operation
  • Can be plugged in anywhere
  • More reasonable power consumption
  • Need to empty the container
  • Need to air the room regularly
  • Need to maintain the condenser regularly

The condenser dryer works in a closed circuit, with a heating element. The humid and hot air is sent through a condenser which collects the water in a container.

This makes it very easy to install, as it only requires an electrical outlet. You just need to remember to air the room in which it is located. However, the container must be emptied after each cycle and the condenser needs regular maintenance.


The vented tumble dryer, becoming increasingly rare

Sèche-Linge à Évacuation

  • Low price
  • Low maintenance
  • Need to install an exhaust duct to the outside
  • High power consumption
  • Increasingly rare on the market

The vented dryer also uses a heating element, but its circuit is not closed. The hot, humid air needs to be expelled from the appliance. To do so, it is equipped with an exhaust duct, at least 1.2 m long, which must be connected to the outside via a vent or an open window.

The installation is therefore much more demanding, in addition to the fact that the power consumption is usually quite high. These appliances are usually in the C energy category, which brings additional costs compared to a low purchase price.



Although both types of dryer are based on the same drying principle, they differ in the way they discharge the collected water and therefore in the overall size of the appliance.

If you’re not sure which one to choose, we can only advise you to choose a condenser tumble dryer, for its ease of installation and more reasonable power consumption. Moreover, the increasingly unpopular vented tumble dryer is now becoming rare on the market, meaning that spare parts could not be available in case your dryer breaks down.

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