What's the difference between tumble dryer types? Choose Vented, Condenser or Heat Pump?

Tony HuynhAugust 01, 2021

Which is better vented or condenser tumble dryer?
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What's the difference between tumble dryer types? There are 3 types of dryers based on how the machine dries clothes. I will share with you about these three types so that you can get more information and choose the one which is best for you.

Vented Dryer

As the most basic of the three types of dryers, vented dryers are also the simplest in terms of using electrical resistance to generate heat, heat the air, and dry clothes. It can be understood that the operation of a vented dryer is similar to the operation of a hairdryer.

Vented dryer

Low investment cost, relatively durable use

Due to the simple structure and mode of operation, the vented dryer is completely suitable for those who do not want to invest a lot and still meet all the needs of drying clothes in the family.

Prices are also slightly different depending on the distributor. For example, if I check the price of a vented dryer on the website, the suggested retail price is nearly 7 and a half million, but on some electric supermarkets or online sales sites, the price is cheaper, about more than 5 million. Depends on the promotion. This price is easy for anyone who wants to use a clothes dryer.

As for the durability, you also know, the simpler the goods, the harder it is to damage, long-term use, less damage. I have been using a clothes dryer with this vent solution for 7 years now and it has been working continuously without any problems.

Requires assembly space that can be vented

When you decide to buy this machine, you must remember to prepare a spacious and cool place, guys. The reason is because the machine dries clothes by letting steam escape directly out of the vent pipe, ideally you should place it near a window for the best steam to escape into the air. A few other ways you can refer to is to lead the vent pipe outdoors, or leave the machine on the balcony. Those who have a tight laundry room should not use this type of dryer.

Very fast drying

I tried through the dryers and found that the vent is the fastest dryer. In times of urgent need for one or two items, 10 to 15 minutes can be used. Usually, each batch of washing takes about 30 minutes, 45 minutes or 1 hour to dry completely.

Wrinkled clothes after drying

Due to the use of very hot temperatures for drying, clothes dried with vented dryers tend to be more wrinkled and wrinkled than heat pump dryers. Therefore, companies often offer solutions to reduce wrinkles and in fact it helps to partially solve this wrinkles. However, in my experience, with a vented dryer, it will iron clothes. It's also normal, no machine will dry out completely.

Power consumption but acceptable

Because of using the heat from the bar, it becomes difficult to avoid consuming an excess of energy for heating. You also don't need to stress too much, life. As time goes on, manufacturers also offer solutions to help limit electricity waste by equipping sensors or changing the drying process so that heat is used more efficiently. When using, note that using the correct features on the machine is also a way to reduce electricity waste.

Condenser Dryer

It is a significant improvement from the vented dryer, with the same principle of heating the air through the heating element, but with an integrated condenser to "separate" the water vapor in the air after drying, turning it into liquid water and discharge into the container or straight outside from the pipeline.

condenser dryer

More convenient, solve the problem of lack of vent space

If the vented dryer needs space to drain air or ducts to drain hot air, from the condenser dryer line upwards this problem has been completely solved. In other words, there are no restrictions on installation conditions.

Hot and cold air is recirculated in the drying system which also helps in energy efficiency, reducing energy loss and obviously reducing excess power consumption.

The cost is higher than the ventilation dryer.

In general, the price of a condenser dryer is more expensive than a vented dryer, so it will be suitable for those who want to use a slightly more advanced dryer and are not limited in terms of space.

Heat Pump Dryer

The highest-tech dryer, with good electricity efficiency and less wrinkled clothes. Of course it will cost more than the two above. The principle of operation of the machine is a bit similar to that of an air conditioner, but in the opposite direction, the machine is hot. It uses compressed gas in a closed tube to generate heat. This temperature is put into the drying drum to dry the clothes. And during that heating it also produces cold air, that cold gas to condense moisture into water.

Heat Pump Dryer

No space needed to vent

Just like condenser dryers, heated dryers don't need space to vent moisture out, so they don't need a large space or hot air duct system. So you guys leave the machine in a closed laundry room, in the washing cabinet whatever.

Slower drying

Depending on the quantity and drying cycle, the heat pump dryer will dry slower than the resistance machine (the two above). However, in practice, it does not affect much because we often plan to do laundry according to the plan, only need to urgently need a few laundry items, after drying, then wear them immediately. I switched from a vented dryer to a heat pump without any problems.

According to my research, heat pump drying is slower than vent drying from 15 to 20 minutes.

Reduces wrinkles and damage to clothes

Because the temperature entering the drum can be controlled and maintained at a low level, heat pump dryers do not wrinkle and damage clothes like dryers vent or condensate on top. You can roughly say that one side blows very hot and strong air into dry and the other side blows hot air and gently blows in to dry.

Usually, heat pump dryers cost more, so manufacturers also equip additional technologies and solutions to make it better. For example, sensors to control the main temperature, amount of clothes, drying cycles suitable for a wider range of clothes.

Heat pump dryers reduce wrinkles. But to what extent is up to you. You want neat, flat clothes, you wear a shirt and trousers to work... then you need to iron it again. Jeans or T-shirts are less wrinkled and can be worn immediately.

Bottom line

After all, I think the Vented dryer is still the most optimal solution in all aspects, which I recommend the most. Only if you don't have space or can't install an exhaust pipe, then you will consider a condenser or heat pump.

Heat pump dryers have more technology, protect clothes, are less delicate, but on the contrary, they are much more expensive, drying a little longer.

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