Thinking of investing in a new tumble dryer? Here, Liam Gawne from Miele provides some pointers on what to look out for. Why own a tumble dryer? Sometimes there aren’t enough hours in the day to hang your washing out to dry, while others struggle with humidity where they live and often people don’t have time to spend ironing. For these reasons, a tumble dryer is a must-have appliance for any modern home. They have the ability to vastly speed up the laundry process, and it also leaves fabrics feeling soft, warm and fluffy. Does size count? In general, the majority of tumble dryers boast a similar load size or capacity – ranging from around 6kg to 7kg. A tumble dryer with a 7kg load capacity will easily service a family of four. If however, you have a bigger family, or you need to tumble dry heavy items, then it would be wise to invest in a model with a larger capacity. What type of dryers are available? Dryers can be divided into three general categories. Namely, the following:
- Vented dryers operate by taking the damp air produced by the drying process and discharging outside your home via a plastic apparatus to prevent condensation. A permanent vent can be installed, or you can hang a hose out of an open window. These types of dryers are generally cheaper than other models, and they are energy efficient, but the drawback is that they need to be installed near a window or outside wall.
- Condenser dryers cost a bit more, but they are more practical. These work by separating water from the moist air, which goes into a container that is emptied after every cycle, or can be drained out through a waste outlet. The condenser dryer can be installed anywhere as long as the room is well ventilated.
- Heat pump dryers dramatically reduce energy consumption. They operate on the principle of two closed circuits. The cooling circuit has two functions – firstly, heat energy is transferred to process air, and secondly, residual heat from the drying process is recovered. A further advantage of this kind of dryer is the more gentle treatment and care of fabrics, as this technology allows drying temperatures to be reduced by up to 25%.