Heat Pump or Condenser Tumble Dryer: We Help you Choose

Updated on 8 May 2023

After hours of testing and analysis, here are our tips for choosing the product that best suits your needs.


The heat pump tumble dryer, the economical long-term solution

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  • Energy saving
  • Lower drying temperature
  • No need for a water drainage system
  • Longer cycles
  • Higher purchase price

The most recommended system today, the heat pump tumble dryer uses ambient air and a refrigerant to dry your clothes and transforms the hot steam into water. The water is then collected in the tank or disposed of directly via a drain.

The operation of the process is at a low temperature, which has the advantage that your clothes are less damaged in the long term, but it takes a little longer to get them completely dry.

Although more expensive to purchase, this type of tumble dryer consumes less energy and allows considerable energy savings.


The condensation tumble dryer, faster but more energy consuming

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  • Shorter cycle times
  • More affordable purchase price
  • No need for a water drainage system
  • Drying at high temperatures
  • High energy consumption
  • Potentially more expensive in the long term

The condensing tumble dryer works in a closed circuit. A resistance produces the heat needed to dry the clothes, which is why the process is more energy-intensive since this resistance needs a rich and constant power supply.

In addition, to ensure fast drying, this type of machine uses a high temperature, which is much less gentle on the laundry. In the long run, your clothes could become damaged much faster.

However, with a heat pump tumble dryer, there is no need to connect a drain hose as you can simply empty the tank after each cycle.


In conclusion

As you can see, the main difference between these two types of tumble dryers is their energy consumption, which is directly related to the drying process.

Given the many advantages of the heat pump tumble dryer, it seems to us to be the better choice, despite its higher price. Indeed, while a condensation tumble dryer may seem more attractive because it is cheaper to buy, its energy costs will completely reverse the trend in the long run and leave you with a substantial bill.


Translated by Ramsés El Hajje

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