Condenser Tumble Dryers - An Introduction
Condenser tumble dryers dry articles of clothing by condensing the air into water vapour and extracting the water from the dryer. In most instances, the water is collected in a container that must be emptied periodically. In other instances, water is removed via a pipe.
The articles of clothing are first heated with air and that air is cooled by a heat exchanger to produce the water vapour. This method is beneficial due to its energy saving technology. In order to save energy, the consumer must tolerate an increase in drying times. The room will also be slightly warmer with this method because the air is recycled rather than dispersed via a vent outdoors. Though not required, in some instances venting technology is used in conjunction with condenser dryer technology.
Traditional dryers heat cool air to dry laundry and vent the air outside to prevent the room from warming. Unlike the condenser tumble dryer, the traditional dryer does not recycle the air. Therefore, the traditional dryer is continually using power to warm air from a cooled state. Consumers prefer condenser tumble dryers because no vent ducting is required, and the dryer uses recycled air.
Most condenser tumble dryers have the new front-loading design. Many of the condenser tumble dryers feature Sixth Sense Technology, Automatic Sensor Drying, reduced noise and energy levels, Automatic Anti-Crease Technology and capacities that range from 3kg – 9kg. The price points range from the mid 100s to several thousand pounds. Several companies manufacture condenser tumble dryers. Examples are listed below.
Europe has established an energy rating for condenser tumble dryers. Energy efficiency is rated on a pre-determined standard that is typically displayed on the EU Energy label. The classification of energy efficiency is denoted by letters A through G. A represents the most energy efficient product and G represents the least energy efficient product.
The ratings are as follows:
C: < 0.73
D: < 0.82
The label contains the following in addition to the ratings:
• Noise levels measured in dB(A)
• Energy Consumption measured in each cycle
• Classification of condensing or venting dryer
• Capacity of cotton
Types of of Tumble Dryer
Many types of condensing tumble dryers are available for the consumer. The Slimline condenser tumble dryer, Integrated condenser tumble dryer, and the Freestanding condenser tumble dryer are types of condenser tumble dryers that many consumers desire.
Freestanding Condenser Tumble Dryer
This particular style of dryer stands alone and is a separate entity from the washer.
Integrated Condenser Tumble Dryer
These dryers contain both the washer and dryer combination all-in-one. This is a solution for an individual who likes to save time. Many consumers also desire the functionality and space conservation that a washer and condensing dryer all-in-one combination unit can provide.
Slimline Condenser Tumble Dryer
This type of condenser tumble dryer has a smaller footprint that will fit will in space conscious environments.
The loading capacity of the condenser tumble dryer are available in the following sizes: 3kg condenser tumble dryer, 6kg condenser tumble dryer, 7kg condenser tumble dryer, 8kg condenser tumble dryer, and 9kg condenser tumble dryer.
Brands of Condenser Tumble Dryers
The list is by no means exhaustive. However, below are a few examples of condenser dryers offered by manufacturers. These items may be purchased in stores in the UK or in online UK stores.
AEG Condenser Tumble Dryer
The AEG condenser tumble dryer is available in 7kg and 8kg loading capacity. The unit possesses multiple settings and automatic sensors that allow the machine to stop drying when the moisture levels have reached the pre-set request. The system is quiet and is energy efficient. Most of the AEG machines received a B rating. The average price of an AEG condenser tumble dryer is 500 pounds in the UK.
Bosch Condenser Tumble Dryer
The Bosch condenser tumble dryer is offered in both 7kg and 8kg loading capacity. The dryers feature front-loading capability. This feature will allow the units to be stacked one atop another in space conserving areas. With this technological design, dryer times are shortened. Moisture levels are monitored with sensors to provide the adequate laundry drying. These machines are quiet due to its sound absorption features. Bosch products range in price from the mid 200s to 700 pounds in the UK.
Hoover Condenser Tumble Dryer
The average Hoover condenser tumble dryer has a B rating in terms of efficiency. Hoover offers a 7kg and an 8kg capacity dryer for the consumer. Most models are quiet with ratings of below 70 dB(A). Other features include multiple settings, automatic moisture sensors, digital controls, intermittent tumbling after drying and a fluffing option. Hoover even produces an all-in-one washer and dryer unit for the space conscious and time savers. These units are equally as energy efficient and can complete a wash and dry cycle in 59 minutes. The price point averages approximately 400 pounds in the UK. Many condensing dryers can be found for more or less.
LG Condenser Tumble Dryer
LG condenser tumble dryer offers multiple colours to consumers. Many of the dryers feature LED controls, drying racks, automatic drying sensors, and multiple temperature control options. The dryer is available in both 7kg and 8kg loading capacity. Some feature front loading doors with a viewing window and others feature front loading doors without. The prices for the product range from the upper 300s to 600 pounds in the UK.
Miele Condenser Tumble Dryer
The Miele condenser tumble dryer has several features that a consumer will find valuable. The “Perfect Dry” function is a mechanism installed in the dryer that measures moisture levels. The sensors will stop the drying cycle when the articles of clothing are dry. Miele’s system defines “perfectly dry” as an article of clothing that is neither damp nor over-dried. This particular system contains a 7kg capacity with Honeycomb drum to gently launder the articles of clothing. Several of Miele’s condensing models have a 4.2 litre container for condensed water. The condensed water vapor container can be emptied less frequently with the larger capacity reservoir. Most of Miele’s products received a B rating for energy efficiency. The prices of this product range from the lower 500s to above 1000 pounds in the UK.
Zanussi Condenser Tumble Dryer
The average Zanussi condenser tumble dryer has a C rating in terms of energy efficiency. The reverse tumble action allows maximum air flow through the articles of clothing and allows laundry to dry without tangling. At the end of each cycle, the dryer contains a special intermittent drying feature to keep clothes from wrinkling and reduce the need for ironing. An indicator light will emit when it is time to empty the water vapor container. The loading capacity of the typical dryer is 7kg. The prices begin at 200 pounds in the UK and progress upward from this price point.
List of Brands of Condenser Tumble Dryers
• AEG condenser tumble dryer
• Aquarius condenser tumble dryer
• Bosch condenser tumble dryer
• Creda condenser tumble dryer
• Hoover condenser tumble dryer
• Maytag condenser tumble dryer
• Hotpoint condenser tumble dryer
• Indesit condenser tumble dryer
• Logixx condenser tumble dryer
• Miele condenser tumble dryer
• Siemens condenser tumble dryer
• Whirlpool condenser tumble dryer
• White Knight condenser tumble dryer
• Zanussi condenser tumble dryer
To purchase a condenser tumble dryer, the consumer must determine which features are an absolute necessity. Multiples settings, dryer racks, LED controls or Digital controls are all desirable features that must be weighed against the selected budget.
Experts recommend selecting a dryer with an energy efficiency rating of an A or B. Of the brands selected, the following manufacturers provide products that meet this guideline: Miele, AEG, and Hoover. For the price, each of these condenser tumble dryers would be a good buy for the consumer. AEG is one of the few companies that offer a dryer with an A rating for energy efficiency. Others may also meet the energy requirements but were not included for the sake of brevity. A C rating is also acceptable. The consumer will find that most brands meet this requirement.
The dryer should also possess a large capacity water vapor container or a pipe that drains the water condensation. Water reservoirs are often selected over pipe drainage to maximize the number of places that the unit can be placed within the home. Consumers should measure their space and buy a dryer with dimensions that match their desired location. If the consumer has large items to launder, be certain to select a larger capacity dryer that will fit in the desired space. Most of the brands offer a loading capacity of at least 8kg. Some offer 9kg loading capacity.
Generally, the price of a condenser tumble dryer is more than a traditional gas or electric dryer; however, many consumers can find the dryers for relatively cheap online in the UK. Experts recommend that the consumer comparison shop to find the best deal.