Which clothes dryer is cheaper to buy?
When you walk into a home appliance store, you might only consider a dryer’s purchase price. Condenser dryers are cheaper to buy than heat pump dryers, making them an attractive option for lower budgets or households who will only use their dryer occasionally.
Which clothes dryer is more energy efficient?
Heat pump dryers, however, are the more energy efficient option, since they recycle the hot air needed to dry your laundry. Although they are more expensive to initially purchase, their running costs will be lower, saving you money on every electricity bill. DISER has found that heat pump dryers cost you 50% less per load compared to condenser dryers.
To find out exactly how much a clothes dryer will cost to run, check its Energy Rating Label. “The rule of thumb is the more stars, the more efficient the appliance or product,” said a spokesperson for DISER.
If you are likely to use your dryer once a week or more, you might find that a heat pump dryer will be less expensive over its lifetime as compared to a condenser dryer. In fact, the Australian Government’s Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) program has found that 10 years is the typical lifetime of a dryer before it is replaced. That’s a lot of washes to consider.
“If you can afford the upfront cost for a more efficient product, like a heat pump dryer, you will be rewarded with lower running costs in the longer term,” said a spokesperson for DISER. “Consumers should purchase within their means, getting the highest star rating they can for the appliance.”
Which clothes dryer performs better?
Condenser dryers are heavy-duty workhorses that handle large loads and dry your clothes fast with minimal noise. Heat pump dryers work more slowly (and loudly), taking around 30 minutes longer to dry the same amount of laundry.
On the other hand, condenser dryers are more likely to shrink or wear out your clothes due to their higher drying temperatures. Heat pump dryers are much better at preserving your clothes, since they avoid putting your laundry in close contact with high temperatures.
Heat pump dryers also have no need for ducted venting, while condenser heaters need to be placed in a room with good ventilation to prevent mould.