How to choose a correct type of dryer.

In our days there are 3 different types of dryers that are the most popular on Australian market that can be purchased:

  1. Regular vented dryer.
  2. Condenser dryer.
  3. Heat pump dryer.

This has made it harder for the shoppers to choose what they really need. We will look into each type of dryer type and tell about their pros and cons.

Regular vented dryer

Regular vented dryers are cheap to buy but expensive to run. This type of dryer simply suck in the air from your laundry, blow that air through a heater and then force the hot air into the drum to heat up the clothes to dry them and then blow out the hot moist air right back into your laundry. This causes your laundry to fill up with moisture and if the room is not well ventilated there will be waterfalls running down the walls. There are venting kits that can be installed to a vented dryer to direct the hot moist air outside but this increases the cost of the dryer and some laundry rooms simply do not have any where to connect a venting kit to. Also this type of dryers are very weak and if used frequently do fail much more often compared to a condenser dryer. This type of dryers is good for people who only use the dryer rarely or don't do big loads of washing.

Vented dryers have 2 types of operation controls. The cheapest is a timer operated type where you simply choose low or high heat temperature setting and turn the timer dial to how many minutes you want the dryer to run. And then there are electronically operated vented dryers that have a moisture sensor that will stop the dryer as soon as the clothes reach the selected dryness level selected. The electronic operation dryers are slightly more expensive to buy but they can save on operation costs due to the moisture sensor letting the main control board know that the clothes are dry and there is no need to run any longer and stop the dryer. But with a bit of practice with the timer operated dryer, it is possible to learn how much time a particular size and type of washing will need to get dry. Also the timers break down much less than the electronic control boards.

Pros:

  • Cheap to buy
  • Cheap to repair
  • Can be mounted on the wall

Cons:

  • Weak in design
  • Not designed for heavy or frequent use
  • Very power hungry (expensive to run)

Condenser Dryer

Condenser dryers are nearly twice the price of a vented dryer. This type of dryers are closed circuit, meaning they do not blow out the hot moist air out of the the machine but instead circulate it through a condenser and then back into the drum. The condenser condenses the moisture from the air and pumps the condensed water into a container that needs to be drained at the end of the cycle. Condenser dryers produce a small amount of warm air because the condenser needs to be cooled but this air does not have any moisture in it. For best results this dryer needs a small amount of ventilation to perform at its peak. 

Condenser dryers have slightly better energy efficiency rating compared to regular vented dryers and are a better option for households that use the dryer for nearly every load of washing. All condenser dryers are controlled by a electronic control board and have a moisture sensor that stops the dryer as soon as the clothes are dry. Can be installed in rooms that are not ventilated and most importantly are much more heavy duty compared to vented dryers. Also do keep in mind that condenser dryers are very heavy and can not be mounted on the wall but can be placed on top of a front loading washing machine.

Pros:

  • More durable
  • Need minimal ventilation
  • Better energy efficiency

Cons:

  • Expensive to buy
  • Can be expensive to repair
  • Cant be hung on the wall

Heat Pump Dryer

Heat pump dryers have 50-60% better energy efficiency compared to the vented dryers but are astronomically expensive to buy. The only way that you will make your money back on the energy efficiency of this dryer is if you need to dry multiple loads of washing per day every day. 

Instead of a heating element, this dryer has a heat pump, pretty much a reverse cycling air conditioner. This type of dryer does not need any venting what so ever.

These dryers seem to be designed quiet well and should have a good life expectancy. But because heat pump dryers are new on the market and are still very expensive, not many people buy them and only the time can tell how well they will perform.

Pros:

  • Energy efficiant
  • Do not need ventilation

Cons:

  • Expensive to buy
  • Expensive to repair