Tumble Dryer Buying Guide

White Samsung tumble dryer

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.

What to consider
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.

Vented vs condenser
The difference between vented and condenser tumble dryers has to do with the way that they remove moisture from your laundry.

Vented - moisture needs to escape
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. 1

Condenser – water is collected
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.2

1 Source: https://www.which.co.uk/reviews/tumble-dryers/article/tumble-dryer-buying-guide/how-to-buy-the-best-tumble-dryer. Date not available.
2 Source: https://www.which.co.uk/reviews/tumble-dryers/article/tumble-dryer-buying-guide/how-to-buy-the-best-tumble-dryer. Date not available.

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, making them more cost-effective, and gentle on your laundry too. Samsung dryers use heat pump technology as standard.

Energy efficiency
Heat pump models are the most energy-efficient on the market, because they re-use (not release) warm air, like other dryers. This means use just half the energy of conventional dryers3 , making them kinder to the environment.4

Less energy equals lower bills
They also allow you to save on your energy bills. Running costs can be as little as £25 per year.5 Dryers that don’t use heat pump technology can cost £77 or more a year to run.6

3 Source: https://www.renewableenergyhub.co.uk/main/heat-pumps-information/heat-pump-tumble-dryers/. Date: 2019 (month not available).
4 Source: https://www.which.co.uk/reviews/tumble-dryers/article/heat-pump-tumble-dryers#whatisheatpump. Date not available.
5 Source: https://www.renewableenergyhub.co.uk/main/heat-pumps-information/heat-pump-tumble-dryers/. Date: 2019 (month not available).
6 Source: https://www.renewableenergyhub.co.uk/main/heat-pumps-information/heat-pump-tumble-dryers/. Date: 2019 (month not available).

White Samsung tumble dryer.

3 Source: https://www.renewableenergyhub.co.uk/main/heat-pumps-information/heat-pump-tumble-dryers/. Date: 2019 (month not available).
4 Source: https://www.which.co.uk/reviews/tumble-dryers/article/heat-pump-tumble-dryers#whatisheatpump. Date not available.
5 Source: https://www.renewableenergyhub.co.uk/main/heat-pumps-information/heat-pump-tumble-dryers/. Date: 2019 (month not available).
6 Source: https://www.renewableenergyhub.co.uk/main/heat-pumps-information/heat-pump-tumble-dryers/. Date: 2019 (month not available).

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 at once.

Synthetics need more space than cotton
It’s important to remember that the usable capacity for your dryer will vary, depending on the type of items you’re drying. Drum capacity is usually quoted based on drying cotton items only; when drying synthetics like polyester, you should halve the advertised capacity.

Features to Look Out For

Tumble dryers have many additional features. It’s worth understanding them, as they’re usually designed to save you time and effort.

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+++.

New performs better than old
Newer models are more efficient than older ones, but as mentioned, the most energy-efficient types are heat pump dryers. You may spend more upfront, but you’ll recover costs in the long run, by making savings on your energy bills, compared to other dryers. 9

9 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.

9 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 following them will stop you damaging your laundry and appliance.


Common tumble dryer symbols:

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.

Empty all pockets

As a simple rule of thumb, you should always check the pockets of your clothes whenever you load your tumble dryer.

Don’t overfill your dryer

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 – not doing so can be a fire hazard. Clean the filter before or after every load, but remember not to use 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

  • Tougher stains and/or remove leftover cleaning products can be removed by tumble old towels or rags (if stains are still visible, then these won’t affect subsequent loads)

  • Wipe down stainless steel drums using a damp cloth with a mild-non-abrasive cleaner, then 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.

Stack machines in small spaces
If space is at a premium in your home, you should consider installing your tumble dryer stacked on top of your washing machine.

Make sure machines can be stacked first
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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