condenser vs heat pump dryer running costs comparison

Heat Pump vs. Condenser Dryer Running Costs Compared (2022 UK)

Condenser dryers have always been a popular and convenient choice of tumble dryer. Their crown, however, could be set to be stolen by the newer heat pump tumble dryer as they are just as convenient but have the potential to save you money.

If you’re wondering if a heat pump dryer could save you money on running costs and if it is worth the investment, this article is for you.

What Is a Condenser Dryer?

Condenser Tumble Dryers

Whereas traditional vented tumble dryers pass the moist air into the outside world through a vent, condenser dryers pass this air through a condenser unit. In the condenser unit, the water in the air condenses and is then collected to be emptied. Condenser dryers are a popular choice because they can be placed just about anywhere in your home.


What Is a Heat Pump Dryer?

heat pump tumble dryer

Heat pump dryers work in a very similar way to condenser dryers, only the hot, dry air is recycled to carry on drying the clothing. The dry air is reheated and passed back through the drum multiple times until the laundry is dry.


Average Running Costs

The ongoing running cost is a necessary consideration when purchasing any new appliance. When it comes to tumble dryers, the difference between types of dryers can be quite extreme.

Since the average running cost will depend on the size of the load, we’ve based our figures on a 9 kg tumble dryer running an average of twice a week.

Condenser dryer

The average condenser tumble dryer uses about 5.2 kWh of electricity for a full load of laundry. Over the course of a year, the condenser dryer will use 617 kWh.

This works out at a running cost of £1.04 per cycle, and £123.40 per year.

Heat pump dryer

A heat pump dryer, on the other hand, uses about 2.16 kWh of electricity for a full load. This works out at approximately 259 kWh per year.

This gives an average cost per cycle of 43p, and an annual cost of £51.80.


Are Heat Pump Tumble Dryers Worth the Money?

is heat pump dryer cost efficient

When it comes to the up-front cost, heat pump tumble dryers certainly are more expensive. However, the amount that you can save on running costs does mean that a heat pump tumble dryer can be a worthwhile investment.

The average purchase price of a condenser tumble dryer is in the region of £310, whilst the average price of a heat pump tumble dryer is closer to £675.

That means that based on the energy savings of a heat pump tumble dryer, you would start seeing the investment pay off after around 5 to 6 years.

However, if you use your tumble dryer really frequently or your current tumble dryer is very inefficient, you would start seeing the benefits of the investment much sooner.

Not only are heat pump tumble dryers more efficient, but they also tend to have features such as moisture sensors, and they are gentler on fabrics because they don’t run as hot. That’s all on top of the convenience of a condenser dryer!