Tumble dryers are available as condenser or vented models. But for an environmentally friendly drying alternative, why not try a spin dryer?
Condenser tumble dryers can be placed anywhere in your home, as the water vapour extracted from your clothes during each drying cycle is condensed into an easy to remove and empty water tank. A great example of one of our most popular condenser tumble dryers is the LG RC9011A.
Vented tumble dryers such as the Beko DRVS73W are designed to be installed next to an external facing wall, so that the water vapour extracted from your clothes during the drying process, can be pumped outside via a vent hose.
Unlike vented or condenser tumble dryers, spin dryer use centrifugal force to extract the water from your clothes instead of heat.
Spin dryers are commonly used in gyms and swimming pools for customer convenience, so you don’t have to go home with soaking wet swimwear in your bag.
Tumble dryers are one of the biggest consumers of electricity and account for approximately 6-10 percent of household energy. So as most of us are unable to hang our washing out on the line to dry 365 days a year, spin dryers are a perfect alternative. Spin dryers do not need to generate heat, so they use much less energy per cycle than a tumble dryer.
Spin dryers can remove more water in two minutes than tumbler dryers can in 20 minutes. So although spin dryers are not designed to completely dry your clothing until it is ready to wear, they do save significant amounts of time and energy. All you have to do after the spin cycle is over is hang up your clothes for them to dry fully.
If you are interested in buying a spin dryer, some things to look out for are the rotational speed - the higher the better, typically you should look for models with around 2,500 to 3,300 RPM. Water is removed from most spin dryers by gravity, however if you are willing to invest a little more money, some top of the range models come with a pump which speeds up the drying process.
So give a spin dryer a whirl instead, and save some money on your energy bills!
Spin dryers can remove more water in two minutes than tumbler dryers can in 20 minutes.