Vented Tumble Dryer

A vented tumble dryer removes moisture through a vent that can be fitted to an external wall, or through a hose. But you must bear in mind that if you are going to purchase a vented tumble dryer you need to ensure that you place the dryer near an external wall or window. This then ensures that you can have a vent fixed through the wall to allow the moisture to escape outside. Or if you are planning to use a hose to remove the moisture, a window should be close by to allow you to hang the hose out of the window, to again remove the moisture from your home.


Vented dryers are cheaper than condenser dryers as they are more economically friendly to run as they are not having to convert the moisture, they are simply just expelling it from your home. Vented dryers use about a fifth less energy than a condensed dryer would use to dry a full load, but if you have a super energy efficient dryer with a heat pump then they are even more efficient. If you want to know what a heat pump dryer is keep reading.

They are reliable and low maintenance as you don’t have to worry about emptying any water from the machine, as it does it all for you. But if you don’t have the space available to accommodate a vented dryer then maybe a condenser dryer is the one for you.

Heat Pump Tumble Dryer


A heat pump tumble dryer works in a similar way to a condenser dryer just with an added extra. In a condenser dryer, the hot air that passes through the wet clothing is passed through a condenser, which takes out the moisture, storing it in a water reservoir. A condenser dryer then expels the leftover hot air.


In a heat pump dryer, the dry air that remains after passing through the condenser is recycled back into the drum where it is reused. This means that this type of tumble dryer doesn’t use as much energy heating up fresh, cold air, making it by far the most efficient type of tumble dryer available on the market.


There are a variety of benefits of investing in a heat pump tumble dryer, most notably that they cost less to run. 

The heat pump recycles the warm air left over from the previous rotation, so the machine will not be heating up cold air every time, saving you a fortune on the cost of running your tumble dryer.

As a result of this, a heat pump tumble dryer is much more environmentally friendly when compared to vented or condenser models. Some heat pump tumble dryer models offer energy savings of as much as 50% when compared to existing condenser or vented tumble dryers.

Heat pump tumble dryers operate at a slightly lower temperature than most vented and condenser dryers do. This protects your clothing, helping them last longer, and stopping them shrinking during the drying process too.

Like a condenser dryer, you can install a heat pump tumble dryer just about anywhere. A heat pump tumble dryer stores the water in a water reservoir much like a condenser dryer does, and you don’t need access to a vent or window like you would with a vented machine either.

Condensor Tumble Dryer


Condenser tumble dryers remove moisture in a different way to vented, they do not need an external vent, so you can put your condenser dryer wherever you need it to fit. In a condenser dryer the hot air is moved to a condensing chamber where it is condensed into water, it is then collected and stored in a container under the machine. On certain models the water is pumped out of the washer using the machine plumbing when needed, but this is dependent on the model you are buying. You will then need to manually empty this water out on a regular basis, this is something you don’t have to worry about with a vented machine. But you have a lot more freedom with a condenser machine as you can plug them in anywhere and they are ready to start.


They are less energy efficient as vented, as air is being converted to water, using a lot of energy. They cause up to 15 percent more than vented dryers, however the majority of models now come with heat pump technology that has credible energy ratings.


Condenser dryers are slightly more expensive than vented dryers, but, they offer convenience which many people want when it comes to the washing!