So you’re looking for the best condenser dryer?
They are super energy efficient and you don’t have to try and deal with a big ventilation pipe.
Well once again I got my war paint on and hunted high and low for the best condenser dryers in the UK.
And I found some crackers! I’ve put them all in the table below and go into more detail later on for those who need it.
So here are the best Condenser dryers in the UK.
|Name||Approx Energy Cost Per Year||Best For||Price|
|Bosch Heat Pump||£36||Best Overall, Self Cleaning, Efficient, Quiet||£££|
|Samsung Heat Pump||£33||Anti Tangle, Efficiency||£££|
|Siemens Smart Dryer||£25||Energy Efficiency||£££££|
|Beko Budget Dryer||£79||On A Budget||££|
|Indesit Budget Dryer||£79||Occasional Use||££|
|Miele Ironing Professional||£69||Ironing After||£££|
|LG Sensor Condenser||£71||Germ Conscious||££|
Don’t forget to have a look at my washing machine recommendations as well!
Need more info? Read on.
Condensor Dryer vs Ventilated Dryer
You’ll be pleased to know that whether you go for a ventilated dryer or a condenser dryer you will get dry clothes!
But on a more practical note, there’s just a couple of differences between the two.
Ventilated dryers need their vents to go outside, so either the tube needs to get built into the wall or hung out a window which isn’t very practical, especially in winter.
Condenser dryers, on the other hand, don’t need a vent and all the water gets caught in a tray which you empty.
Ventilated dryers are usually cheaper to buy initially but generally end up using more electricity. So Condenser dryers are the most cost effetcive.
Advantages of Buying A Condenser Dryer
- Can put it anywhere In the house, you don’t need a window or built in vent
- Cheaper to run saving you money long term
- More efficient drying cycles so your clothes dry faster
- More drying options
Disadvantages of Buying A Condenser Dryer
- Makes the room very hot
- You need to empty a water tray
Will A Condenser Dryer Guzzle Electricity
I used to be convinced that tumble dryers burnt through electricity like a bonfire, but on my hunt for the best condenser dryer, I found that’s not always the case.
Far from it in fact.
Some Condenser Dryers come with heat pump technology which is a crazy efficient system used to take the moisture out the air inside the dryer.
The result is, you can get a tumble dryer that uses a quarter of the power of a regular model. The downside is they are more expensive but you can normally make the money back in electricity saved.
A Quick Example Of The Savings
The average price of electricity is currently about 14p per KWh.
With that in mind a cheaper less efficient dryer will cost about £70-£90 per year in electricity for a family of four.
Meanwhile, a much more efficient model will only cost £25-£35 per year. A huge saving of £50 a year!
AND a tumble dryer can last you 10-15 years as long as you take care of it properly so that’s £500-£750 you’ll SAVE over it’s lifetime, which is often close to or more than the cost of the condenser dryer itself.
I understand that the initial payment for a higher quality dryer isn’t always possible, but if you can I absolutely recommend getting a more efficient model.
In each review further on I’ve included the approximate cost per year to run. This is trusting John Lewis’s Estimates of power usage and the average electricity price to be correct.
How To Make Sure You Get Your Monies Worth
It’s a big purchase and you want to get your monies worth when you’re buying a condenser dryer.
I’ve talked about the savings on energy but I also want to say that please please make sure you take care of your dryer properly.
Take a look at the manual when yours arrives and see what it says on cleaning.
Keep filters cleaned, keep the water tray empty and anything else that it asks you to do. Getting condenser dryers repaired is a pain in the backside and normally totally preventable.
Best Condenser Dryer UK Reviews
Congratulations you made it to the main event!
I’ve hunted through the forests of information and cut through all the bullshit to bring you the best condenser dryers available in the UK.
Where you Can Buy Them
I’ve linked each one through to John Lewis so you can check out more information but also because they’re a great place to buy from.
Generally they do free delivery after 3 days, great customer service and for a small extra fee they can dispose of your old dryer
For another fee you can have it installed, there isn’t a huge amount to install but they take all the packaging away and can put it where you need it to go which is handy.
Best Overall Condenser Tumble Dryers
Bosch Heat Pump Condenser Dryer
Electricity per Year: 259
Power Cost Per Year: £36
- 9kg Load
- Self Cleaning
- Dryness Sensor
- Quiet Cycles
The Bosch heat pump condenser dryer was an easy choice as one of the best. It’s really energy efficient, has the biggest load capacity on the list and it’s self-cleaning!
Self-cleaning means all the lint automatically gets flushed away making it extra safe in preventing dryer fires. So even if you forget, it’s all good!
And there’s a dryness sensor which detects when your clothes are actually dry. So when it’s running if your clothes are dry it will stop early saving you electricity and stopping your clothes getting damaged.
It’s not the most energy efficient on the list but it is in the top three of energy efficiency and the price gets a lot more as they get more efficient so this is the most cost-effective.
It’s got 14 different settings so you can keep all your clothes the size they’re meant to be and the shape they’re supposed to be. No bras will get eaten or t-shirts get shrunk. (If you put it on the wrong setting though I’m afraid I can’t help…)
Overall, hands down the best condenser dryer on the list, cost effective, self cleaning and doesn’t run too loud.
Samsung Heat Pump Condenser Dryer
Electricity per Year: 235 KWh
Power Cost Per Year: £33
- 8 kg Load Limit
- Graphite Colour
- Sensor Drying
- Anti Tangle Drum
Another strong contender for the top stop, slightly more efficient than the Bosch above but it doesn’t have a self-cleaning feature.
The Samsung however, I like the Anti Tangle Drum Technology (and the colour I can’t lie). The drum can spin both ways which helps prevent your clothes getting tangled together and helps the clothes dry faster.
Because wet parts can often get caught between clothes so when the drum stops and spins the other way they get separated and the moisture can be released.
The Samsung also has an anti-wrinkle feature so you can dry clothes without heat which stops them getting wrinkled which is neat.
Overall, it’s a strong buy with the anti tangle drum technology and great energy efficiency.
Siemens Heat Pump Condenser Dryer
Electricity per Year: 176 KWh
Power Cost Per Year: £25
- Most Energy Efficient
- Control Via Mobile Phone
- Self Cleaning
This is definitely one for the technology nuts because you can control it from your mobile phone! The idea being that while you’re out you can set it to start.
My problem with that is, if you leave wet clothes in the dryer all day they’ll start to smell even if they then get tumble dried. So not really sure of the practical side of that but I still really want it anyway, is that bad?
Fortunately, whether that floats your boat or not there are loads of other great things about this washer.
It is the most efficient on the list because of a cleverly designed drum, keeping bills at their lowest possible amount. And it’s self-cleaning keeping the whole thing running smoothly.
The downside is it’s quite a bit more expensive than the two above. So it’s still a great dryer and it’s by far the most efficient but I’m not sure the extra price is worth it.
Overall, The best smart condenser dryer with its app capabilities and the right choice for the conscious energy user.
Best Budget Condenser Dryer Under £300
Generally budget dryers aren’t nearly as efficient but sometimes you don’t have enough money initially to get a more expensive model and that’s fine. You can still get a great condenser dryer for under £300.
Beko Budget Dryer
Electricity per Year: 561
Power Cost Per Year: £79
- Anti Deep Crease
- 8kg Capacity
- Dryness Sensor
The Beko Dryer is a great budget model, not the most efficient but it does a great job at drying clothes!
What I really like about this one is the final cool tumble, this tells the machine to do a periodical spin after the cycle has finished.
Which stops deep creases forming on your clothes because they’re not left in one position too long. Great if you tend to forget that you’ve put a load on in the first place.
Apart from that there’s an adjustable dryness sensor so you can select the levels of dryness you want and it will stop accordingly through the cycle.
Overall, a great budget dryer which’ll give you everything you need.
Indesit Budget Condenser Dryer
Electricity per Year: 561
Power Cost Per Year: 79
- Clean Filter Indicator
- Drying Sensor
- Refresh Setting
A couple of things were really cool about this model (apart from the price), one being the filter indicator which tells you when to clean the filter.
You need to clean the filter regularly, but we’re only human so sometimes we forget. Luckily the indicator will tell you when you need to get the filter cleaned.
The refresh setting was also good, it’s a short 20-minute cycle to freshen up clean clothes. So if it’s been worn once or sitting in the cupboard a long time you can give it a quick spin to clean it up and make it wearable again.
Overall, a nice little tumble dryer great for occasional use.
Runner Ups For The Best Condenser Dryers
These are some other great buys that didn’t make the cut to be further up the list, Mostly because they don’t use a heat pump so aren’t as efficient. But they’re all still great condenser dryers.
Miele Ironing Professional
Electricity per Year: 494
Power Cost Per Year: £69
- Produces Easy Iron Clothes
- 7kg Capacity
The Miele has a specially designed drum that creates pockets of air under your clothes stopping them from being pressed against the side and making them easier to iron.
The capacity is a little smaller than the others but 7 kg still allows for a decent size of washing load to be put in.
Other than that it’s all in good working order, nothing else special but it’ll certainly get your clothes dry!
Overall, a great tumble dryer if you do a lot of ironing.
LG Sensor Dryer
Electricity per Year:
Power Cost Per Year: £71
- Antimicrobial Water Tank
- Anti Tangle Spin
- Temperature Sensor
The LG is another great dryer this time featuring a temperature sensor and a moisture sensor.
This stops your clothes getting damaged by ensuring the temperature doesn’t get too high, which also stops the machine itself being damaged.
I also really like that the water tank has antimicrobial properties so nothing can start growing in it. Because stagnant water can be a germ haven, especially if it’s warm as it will be if it’s coming out a tumble dryer.
It also has similar technology to the Samsung further up which means it prevents tangles by spinning both forwards and backward.
Again not the most efficient but not the worst either.
Overall a strong buy, it’s a great price and I like the anti-tangle and antimicrobial features.
Electricity per Year: 504
Power Cost Per Year: £71
- Anti Vibrate
- Anti Crease Phase
The Bosch Classixx is all you need in a condenser dryer. It’ll get your clothes dry and do its best to ensure they aren’t super creased when they come out.
It’s basically the little sibling of our top pick from further up.
But what I really like about this one is that it has anti-vibration technology. So while it’s running it won’t feel like your whole house is trying to collapse itself.
It won’t start walking away of its own free will.
Overall, a great choice that’ll fill all the basic needs a condenser dryer should.
F.A.Q On The Best Condenser Dryers
Can I put my condenser dryer in a cupboard?
As long as it runs with the door open and has plenty of space to take air in then yes. They need to be able to take in air from the surrounding to dry properly otherwise it struggles and can get damaged.
Why Does My Laundry Room Get So Warm?
Condenser dryers use a lot of heat to dry clothes and condense the water and a lot of that gets thrown out into the room causing it to get very hot.
How do condenser dryers work?
Basically, the drum spins and heats up causing the moisture to evaporate out the clothes. This then feeds into another compartment where a heat pump takes the heat out the air causing the humid air to turn back into water which gets caught in a tray. Leaving you with nice dry clothes.