Condenser Tumble Dryers Vs Heat Pump Tumble Dryers  

Shopping for a new Tumble dryer can be overwhelming. With various options available, including condenser tumble dryers and heat pump tumble dryers, it’s essential to understand the differences and weigh up their pros and cons.

In this guide, we explore the types of tumble dryers available and help you work out which is the best option for you.

Benefits of investing in a tumble dryer

Considering buying a tumble dryer but still determining the benefits? Here are five reasons they are worth investing in:

  • Faster drying process: Instead of waiting for clothes to air dry, a tumble dryer allows you to get the job done in just a few minutes. No more waiting for your laundry to dry naturally.
  • More reliable than the weather: Fed up with bad weather making it difficult to dry your laundry? With a tumble dryer, you won’t have to rely on unpredictable weather conditions. Rain or shine, your appliance ensures your clothes are dry and ready when you need them.
  • Cuts the risk of mould: Air-drying clothes in your home can lead to condensation on cold surfaces like windows or walls. This excess moisture creates an ideal environment for mould to grow, which can be a health risk if you’re susceptible to allergies.
  • Ideal if you don’t have a garden: Living in an apartment, flat or anywhere without a garden? Owning a tumble dryer makes it easy to dry your laundry.
  • More hygienic: The high temperatures tumble dryers use can kill any lingering germs or bacteria on your clothes after washing.


What is a Condenser tumble dryer?

Condenser tumble dryers work without an external ventilation hose. Instead, hot air passes through your wet clothes and absorbs all the moisture. The hot air then moves to a container (sometimes called a reservoir), where it condenses into water and is stored. You’ll need to empty the reservoir when it’s full – most machines will alert you when this needs doing.

What is a Heat Pump tumble dryer?  

Heat pump tumble dryers use a closed-loop heat exchange system to dry your laundry. Here’s how it works:

  1. Hot air circulates within the dryer and absorbs the moisture from your clothes, drying them effectively.
  2. Once the air passes through the drum, it moves to an evaporator. This extracts water from the air and stores it in a tank.
  3. Any dry air remaining after the evaporation process is sent back to the drum and used again to dry your clothes.
  4. This process repeats until the end of the cycle.

Like with condenser dryers, you’ll need to empty the water tank regularly, ideally after every couple of cycles.  

What is the main difference between Condenser and Heat Pump dryers?

Both condenser and heat pump tumble dryers use hot air to extract moisture from your wet clothes. However, the main difference between the two is that heat pump models recycle that hot air, making them a more energy-efficient option.

Benefits of a Condenser tumble dryer  

Investing in a condenser tumble dryer brings many benefits, from shorter drying cycles to flexibility when it comes to installation. Other benefits include;

  • They can be placed anywhere in the home

    Condenser tumble dryers don’t require external ventilation, making them flexible as you can install them wherever you like in your home. However, you must ensure that the area in which you choose to install your condenser tumble dryer is well-ventilated and benefits from a regular supply of cool air.

    Read more about the best places to install tumble dryers in our comprehensive guide.


  • They reach high temperatures to dry your clothes

    Another benefit of condenser dryers is the high temperatures they can reach. Most can achieve a maximum temperature of between 70°C and 75°C, which means shorter drying cycles than other types of tumble dryers.

  • Avoids damp rooms with built-in condenser

    Because of the built-in condenser system, these types of tumble dryers reduce the risk of dampness in your room. However, to limit condensation, you must ensure that the appliance is installed in a good-sized, well-ventilated room.

Benefits of a Heat Pump tumble dryer  

There are also plenty of benefits of using a heat pump tumble dryer, from high energy efficiency to extra protection for your clothes.

  • They’re more energy efficient

    Heat pump tumble dryers are much more environmentally friendly. Their closed-loop heat exchange system allows them to operate using up to 60% less energy than other options, making them highly energy efficient.

    These types of tumble dryers can also be cheaper to run. Because they recycle energy by using air from previous cycles, you may find that you’re spending less on utility bills as you aren’t using as much electricity.


  • Better protection for your clothes

    Due to their lower temperatures, heat pump tumble dryers protect your clothes better. Many fabrics can shrink, fade, or lose their shape in dryers that use higher temperatures. But heat pump models are much gentler on your laundry, operating with a maximum temperature of 50°C.

  • No need for external ventilation

    Like condenser tumble dryers, heat pump tumble dryers don’t need to be attached to an external ventilation hose. That means you can put them in the most convenient spot within your home.

Finding the right tumble dryer for you

You’ll find many options when shopping for a tumble dryer with AEG, and it’s important to consider what’s best for you. Things worth thinking about include:

  • The space you have.
  • The capacity you need for your household.
  • The types of fabrics you regularly dry.

Our 9000 series heat pump tumble dryers feature 3DScan Technology, offering more precise drying thanks to a sensor that checks the humidity within your laundry and adjusts the cycle time accordingly.

If you’re part of a large household and require a machine which can get through loads faster, a condenser dryer may be for you. Our 6000 series includes ProSense Technology, fine-tuning cycles and ensuring they dry your clothes effectively in minimum time.