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Tumble Dryer Buying Guide

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Tumble Dryer Buying Guide

Tumble dryers provide a quick and convenient solution to drying laundry when time and space is limited, making them a must-have appliance for busy households. When deciding which tumble dryer to buy, there are lots of factors to consider; you’ll need to think about your budget and the space that’s available, and whether you’ll benefit from any additional features too.

Types of Tumble Dryer: What Are Your Options?

There are three main types of tumble dryers: vented, condenser and heat pump.
The difference between vented and condenser tumble dryers has to do with the way that they remove moisture from your laundry.
Vented tumble dryers pump out moisture from the machine through a hose and out of an open window or vent. As such, they need to be positioned close to a window or external wall.*
Condenser dryers, on the other hand, collect moisture into a container or ‘reservoir’ inside the machine itself, so you can place them in any well-ventilated room. You’ll need to empty the container yourself though; modern condenser dryers will notify you whenever it’s full.**

* Source: https://www.which.co.uk/reviews/tumble-dryers/article/tumble-dryer-buying-guide/how-to-buy-the-best-tumble-dryer/
** Source: https://www.which.co.uk/reviews/tumble-dryers/article/tumble-dryer-buying-guide/how-to-buy-the-best-tumble-dryer/

What is a Heat Pump Tumble Dryer?

This is a type of condenser dryer that works by reheating circulating air, rather than warming it with a heating element. These models are the most cost-effective, and are gentle on your laundry too. Samsung dryers use heat pump technology as standard.
Because they reuse (not release) warm air like other dryers, heat pump models are the most energy-efficient on the market, using half the energy of conventional dryers.* As such, they’re kinder to the environment** and allow you to make savings on your monthly energy bills. In fact, running costs can amount to as little as £25 per year*** ; dryers that don’t use heat pump technology can cost £77 or more a year**** to run.

* Source: https://www.renewableenergyhub.co.uk/main/heat-pumps-information/heat-pump-tumble-dryers/
** Source: https://www.which.co.uk/reviews/tumble-dryers/article/heat-pump-tumble-dryers#whatisheatpump/
*** Source: https://www.renewableenergyhub.co.uk/main/heat-pumps-information/heat-pump-tumble-dryers/
**** Source: https://www.renewableenergyhub.co.uk/main/heat-pumps-information/heat-pump-tumble-dryers/

White Samsung tumble dryer.

* Source: https://www.renewableenergyhub.co.uk/main/heat-pumps-information/heat-pump-tumble-dryers/
** Source: https://www.which.co.uk/reviews/tumble-dryers/article/heat-pump-tumble-dryers#whatisheatpump/
*** Source: https://www.renewableenergyhub.co.uk/main/heat-pumps-information/heat-pump-tumble-dryers/
**** Source: https://www.renewableenergyhub.co.uk/main/heat-pumps-information/heat-pump-tumble-dryers/

What Size Tumble Dryer Do I Need?

Tumble dryers come in a range of sizes, from compact models for individuals, right up to large 9kg capacity types for families. The larger the drum capacity of your machine, the more items you can dry in one go.
It’s important to remember that the usable capacity for your dryer will vary, depending on the type of items you’re drying. It’s standard practice for the drum capacity to be quoted for drying cotton items only; when drying synthetics like polyester, you should halve the advertised capacity.

Features to Look Out For

Today, tumble dryers come with lots of additional features; it’s worth understanding these when shopping around for a new appliance, as they’re usually designed to save you time and effort (which is never a bad thing!).

White Samsung tumble dryer. Laundry room in family home with sleeping cat in foregorund.

Energy Efficiency and Running Costs

All tumble dryers receive an energy efficiency rating from A-G, in line with EU guidelines. Currently, the highest energy efficiency rating that a tumble dryer can achieve is A+++.
Newer models are more efficient than older ones, but as mentioned, the most energy-efficient types are heat pump dryers. And although you may spend more upfront, you’ll recover costs in the long term by making savings on your energy bills*, when compared to other dryers.

* Source: https://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/blog/dryer-costs-tumble-technologies-improve/
Date: 15.02.2018.

Samsung tumble dryers energy efficiency and dryer running costs.

* Source: https://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/blog/dryer-costs-tumble-technologies-improve/
Date: 15.02.2018.

Tumble Dryer Symbols Explained

Tumble dryer symbols on clothing labels offer guidance on how a particular garment should be laundered. Understanding and adhering to these will prevent damage to your laundry and appliance.
Symbols that you will come across regularly include:

Warning symbols for laundering

Do Not Wash / Do Not Wring / Do Not Bleach / Do Not Tumble Dry / No Steam (added to iron) / Do Not Iron

warning symbols

Bleach

Any Bleach (when needed) / Only Non-Chlorine (colour-safe), Bleach (when needed) / Tumble Dry Cycle

Bleach symbols

Normal

Permanent Press, Wrinkle Resistant, Wrinkle Control / Gentle, Delicates

Normal symbols

Tumble Dryer Maintenance

It’s important to keep your tumble dryer well-maintained (which includes keeping it clean!) to avoid any costly repairs.
As a simple rule of thumb, you should always check the pockets of your clothes whenever you load your tumble dryer.
Avoid overfilling your tumble dryer too. Overloading your machine isn’t just inefficient (you’ll almost certainly be left with a few damp patches!); heavy loads also strain the drum belt, which can lead to breakdowns.

Cleaning a Tumble Dryer

You should clean out the lint filter regularly; in fact, not doing so can be a fire hazard. Clean the filter before or after every load, but remember never to operate the dryer without the lint filter in place.

Samsung multi-layered lint filter.

To Clean the Lint Filter

  • Open the door and pull out the lint filter from inside the drum.

  • Remove any lint from inside the space; you can use a flexible, pipe cleaner brush to clear out the filter compartment.

  • Clean the lint filter and reinstate it. Visit Samsung Parts to buy a new lint filter online, whenever you need a replacement.

Tumble dryer door open with load in.

To Clean the Drum

  • If your tumble dryer has a powder coated drum, stains can be removed with an all-purpose cleaner. For tougher stains, or to remove any leftover cleaning product, tumble old towels or rags. If stains are still visible, it’s worth noting that these won’t affect subsequent loads, so continue to use your tumble dryer as normal.

  • Wipe down stainless steel drums using a damp cloth with a mild-non-abrasive cleaner; remove any residue with a dry cloth.

Installing a Tumble Dryer

Once you’ve decided which tumble dryer to buy, you’ll find installation guidelines in your user manual. Though the installation process is usually straightforward, most people prefer to hire a qualified professional to do this.
If space is at a premium in your home, you should consider installing your tumble dryer stacked on top of your washing machine. Stacking kits can facilitate this, though since they’re designed to fit specific models, you’ll need to make sure that your appliances are compatible with a stacking kit before buying one.
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