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Welcome to our big tumble dryer test 2021. Here we present all the tumble dryers we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best tumble dryer for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a tumble dryer.

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The most important Facts

  • Tumble dryers allow you to dry your laundry fluffy soft in a short time regardless of the weather.
  • There are 3 different types of tumble dryers: exhaust air dryers, condensation dryers and heat pump dryers. In addition, a combination washing machine and tumble dryer is also available on the market.
  • Exhaust-air dryers are good for infrequent use because they have a very low energy efficiency rating. Condenser dryers and heat pump dryers with low power consumption and a high energy efficiency class are intended for regular use.

The Best Tumble Dryer: Our Picks

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a Tumble Dryer

What are the advantages of a tumble dryer?

Time savings, faster drying and (almost) no ironing are just a few of the advantages a tumble dryer has to offer. With the right type, you can make the drying process easier and save money too.

We all love slipping into good smelling, soft and fluffy clothes, whether it's sweatpants or a blouse for the office. The biggest plus point of all, the tumble dryer saves you from ironing in many cases.

In summary, here are the biggest advantages of a tumble dryer:

  • Soft, fluffy laundry
  • Usually no ironing required
  • Short drying time
  • Weather-independent
  • Hygienic

Dryers make your life a lot easier. Laundry racks and the long drying process, especially on wet and humid days, are a thing of the past. Within a day, you'll have conquered your huge pile of laundry. Today's dryers do it for you in a few hours.

Modern technology makes it possible for tumble dryers to have programmes that are perfectly matched to the laundry. So not only are you not dependent on the weather, but you also save on fabric softener. What's more, tumble dryers are germ killers. The heat and high humidity effectively kill bacteria and germs. If you are an allergy sufferer, this could make your life a lot easier.

Furthermore, condensation dryers release heat into the room, which is very pleasant in winter. You can now put the clothes horse in the corner. This also reduces the risk of mould caused by high humidity. This is a great advantage, especially for (large) families.

What are the disadvantages of a tumble dryer?

If you choose the wrong tumble dryer for your household, probably only your electricity provider will be happy.

Tumble dryers cost electricity and are not cheap to buy. If you live alone or in a small household and don't plan to use your dryer too often, we don't recommend buying a heat pump dryer. This is only worthwhile after about 4 years for a family of 3 or more.

Exhaust air dryers have the big disadvantage that you have to break through a wall or have a window available. The air is discharged to the outside through a hose.

If there are fireplaces in the vicinity, this dryer can create a negative pressure in the rooms, which means that there is a risk of poisoning by exhaust fumes as well as radiation exposure due to the radioactive gas radon that is sucked in from the ground. For this reason, it is important to seek advice from your chimney sweep before purchasing.

What is the energy consumption of a tumble dryer?

To save money, it's best to get a tumble dryer with an energy efficiency rating of A or higher.

The EU stipulates that tumble dryers must be classified into energy efficiency classes based on their electricity consumption. G is the worst and A the most economical energy efficiency class. Class A is also subdivided by the + symbol, so A+++ is the most efficient and economical energy class.

We recommend that you buy a tumble dryer with at least an A energy efficiency class, as this will save you a lot of energy costs and therefore money. It is specified that a maximum of 0.55 kilowatt hours (kWh) may be consumed per kilogram of laundry and the "cabinet dry" programme. If this is met, the dryer falls under energy efficiency class A.

Over a year, the total cost is 181.50 euros. Compared to a tumble dryer with energy efficiency class C, you save about 60 euros. If you buy a particularly economical tumble dryer with an A+++ rating, you will save 66 euros per year.

What does a tumble dryer cost?

The price depends on what you want, but it's usually cheaper to buy online.

The price range of a tumble dryer starts at around 189 euros and ends at around 3000 euros. You can choose between type, technology, drum capacity, energy efficiency class and programme options.

Model price range in €
Condensation dryer 249-3,000
Condensation dryer with heat pump 349-4,600
Exhaust-air dryer 189-3,000
Washing dryer 328-2,500
Solar dryer from 1,799

The price is largely determined by the functions you want. The simpler your tumble dryer is equipped, the cheaper it is. Nevertheless, if you shop online, you are usually better off, saving money and time. Another advantage of ordering online is that delivery costs are usually included in the price of the appliance.

What capacity should the tumble dryer have?

Never compare the capacity of your washing machine with that of the tumble dryer. Wet laundry is much heavier.

Before buying, you should determine the capacity that suits you best. Basically, the following rule applies: if you have a washing machine that can hold 5 kilograms of laundry, you should make sure you buy a tumble dryer that can hold 7 to 8 kilograms of laundry.

The figures for a washing machine refer to dry laundry. The capacity of a dryer is designed for wet laundry, as this is much heavier.

For single households, a dryer with a capacity of 3 to 5 kilograms is suitable. If you live with two people, it is advisable to buy a dryer with a capacity of 5 to 6 kilograms. For families, a tumble dryer with the largest capacity of 7 to 9 kilograms is suitable.

If the drum is fully loaded, you will also save the most electricity.

How loud are tumble dryers?

You can find the volume on the energy label of your tumble dryer.

If you put your dryer in the basement, you won't be disturbed by the noise it makes. However, if you plan to put your tumble dryer in the kitchen or bathroom, you should pay attention to the noise level. Modern appliances produce around 65 decibels (dB), which is roughly the noise level of a small group of people. This is often not perceived as annoying. If your dryer produces a noise level of 70 to 80 dB, please put it in your laundry room.

What programmes should a tumble dryer have?

The basic equipment should include the programmes "Cotton cupboard dry", "Cotton iron-dry" and "Easy-care cupboard dry".

In addition, there are lots of special programmes that you can select according to your preferences. Would you like to have a larger programme selection for wool and textiles with the "easy care" label? Would you also like to dry down laundry? In addition, there is the option of a start preselection or the display of the remaining drying time.

How do I maintain my tumble dryer?

We advise you to familiarise yourself with the operation and operating instructions of your tumble dryer. Depending on the type and model, there are certain points you should follow.

For drum dryers, make sure that you clean the lint filter and the air vents regularly, preferably after each drying cycle. This will not only ensure successful drying, but will also save you money.

The discharge of air into the open plays a major role in a tumble dryer with exhaust air. The possibility of a wall opening or a window must be provided. The exhaust hose must also be cleaned regularly with this dryer. We recommend monthly cleaning from the connection to the outer grille. Cleaning is absolutely necessary after 6 months.

The condensate container of your condensation dryer should be emptied after each drying cycle. If you do not do this, your dryer may stop the process. The heat exchanger also needs a little care. A simple cleaning with a brush and hand shower is sufficient. In some appliances, the heat exchanger cleans itself during drying.

Limescale and detergent promote the formation of deposits

in your tumble dryer. This is usually barely visible.
We recommend that you clean your tumble dryer with a vinegar cleaner from time to time. Wipe the inside of the drum and the rubber seal with a damp cloth. This will ensure effective drying and prolong the life of your tumble dryer.

What can I put in a tumble dryer?

Before drying, check the label sewn into your textiles.

Textiles like

  • Towels,
  • Tea towels,
  • Bed linen, blankets and pillows,
  • Wool underwear and
  • Socks

can be dried in the tumble dryer without any problems.

We recommend that you first consult the sewn-in label of your garment. If the dryer symbol (circle in a square) is crossed out, do not tumble dry and dry on a drying rack.

If you see one dot in this symbol, this means that you should choose gentle drying at a reduced temperature. If you see two dots, you can dry it without any further settings.

Silk, synthetic materials, textiles made of real wool as well as garments made of synthetic materials, rubber or caoutchouc should not be put in the dryer.

What problems can occur?

Mainly, the laundry does not dry properly. What can be the reason? Most of the time this problem is due to lack of maintenance. We advise you to check the lint filter, the condensate container and the water drain.

One possibility is that the indicator light of the water tank flashes. But it is not full at all. Some models have two water containers . Before the water is pumped into the upper water tank, it is first trapped in a lower tank.

Since there is also lint in the water, over time it clogs the container and becomes a lint sponge. This said lint sponge prevents the water from being pumped out. The tumble dryer does not know which container is clogged.

If the underlying container has been emptied and the light is still flashing, there is a possibility of a broken condensate pump.

If your laundry comes out of the tumble dryer just as wet as it was after washing, the thermostats may no longer be working properly. They become brittle after a while and cannot be heated properly.

If you miss the typical sound of the dryer after starting the programme, the drum is probably no longer turning and the drying process is also much quieter. Try turning the drum. Is it harder or easier to turn than before? If both are true, one of these problems may be present.

It is possible that the drive belt is broken. If, contrary to expectations, the belt is OK but the drum is spinning, it still needs to be replaced. If the belt is very difficult to move or does not move at all, this can be attributed to the tensioner pulley. In rare cases, there is a problem with the motor.

How do I dispose of a tumble dryer?

The easiest way is to have the dryer disposed of by a specialist company. This is best done by the company from which a new appliance is purchased.

Many online shops and electrical retailers offer the disposal of the old appliance as a service. You can usually save money here, as they take care of the removal and disposal at a reasonable price, some even free of charge.

You can also dispose of your tumble dryer yourself. Since a tumble dryer is made of a lot of metal, you can take it to a recycling centre or scrap metal dealer. We would like to draw your attention to the fact that local disposal companies often charge a fee.

What Types of Tumble Dryers are there and which one is right for you?

Depending on how much laundry you want to dry and what installation options you have, a different type of tumble dryer is suitable for you. Each of these products has a specific technique for drying laundry.

Basically, the market is dominated by five types of drum dryers:

  • Condensation dryer
  • Condensation dryers with heat pump
  • Exhaust air dryer
  • Washing dryer
  • Solar dryer

Warm air flowing into the rotating drum removes moisture from the laundry.

In the following sections we would like to show you the different types and their advantages and disadvantages so that you can find the right tumble dryer for you.

How does a condensation dryer work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A huge advantage of the condensation dryer is that it is not connected to a water or exhaust air system. All you need is a place to put your tumble dryer and a power socket. Et voilà, the drying can begin.

The operation of the condenser dryer is quite simple. A heating unit located inside the tumble dryer heats up the draught in the rotating drum. The now hot air can absorb more moisture and thus remove it from the laundry. The condenser cools this humid air, so the water in the air condenses and is collected in the condenser tank.

Advantages
  • Easy to install
  • Simple to use
  • Low cost
  • Spatial flexibility
Disadvantages
  • Very high maintenance
  • High energy consumptionHigh energy class
  • Risk of mould

The main advantage is the low initial cost, which starts at around 249 euros. If you rarely want to dry your laundry, this is the appliance for you. The average lifespan of a condenser dryer is between 5-10 years.

In addition, these tumble dryers offer you a variety of different programmes. This gives you the opportunity to choose the right programme for your textiles.

Disadvantages are the relatively high power consumption and the intensive maintenance. After drying, the condensation tank must be emptied and the lint filter cleaned, otherwise fine lint can form and clog the machine.

This dryer is especially recommended for singles and people living alone because of its low purchase price and quick installation. At the same time, you can save yourself a lot of time as well as money.

How does a condensation dryer with heat pump work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Due to the design of this dryer, also called a heat pump dryer, you can save up to half the electricity compared to a pure condensation dryer.

The process of a heat pump dryer is almost the same as that of a condensation dryer. The small difference lies in the detail, in our case in the heat pump. Here, the heat is extracted from the already heated air with the help of the heat exchanger and fed back into the drying process. Since the heat is reused, there is no need for reheating. This technology can save up to 50 percent energy compared to pure condensation dryers.

Advantages
  • Low operating costs
  • Energy-efficient
  • Very good drying performance
  • Can be installed
  • Mould prevention
Disadvantages
  • Longer drying time
  • High investment costs
  • Very maintenance- and cleaning-intensive

One of the advantages of this tumble dryer is the closed processing circuit. This means that the air in the room is not enriched with moisture. This technology avoids the formation of mould, and in addition, no connection pipe is required for the exhaust air. This low heating of the room air makes the unit perfect for installation. The tumble dryer is equipped with many functions as well as programmes that allow you to dry your laundry gently.

Unfortunately, as already mentioned with condensation dryers, this type of dryer is very cleaning-intensive. The lint filter needs to be cleaned after each dryer cycle. The heat pump filter also needs to be checked regularly.

Heat pump dryers are more expensive to buy than condensation dryers. The price is usually between 349 and 4,600 euros. But if you look at the total cost, including electricity, they are much cheaper than other types of tumble dryers.

If you want to conquer huge mountains of laundry and save money at the same time, buying a heat pump dryer is just the thing for you.

How does an exhaust air dryer work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The price of an exhaust air dryer is simply unbeatable, starting at 189 euros. This puts it well ahead of its tumble dryer counterparts in terms of price.

The way this recirculating air dryer works is very simple. The heated air is blown into the drum, which absorbs the moisture and releases it to the outside via the exhaust hose.

It is absolutely necessary to lead this hose outside because of the negative pressure and the resulting danger of poisoning. In most cases, the masonry must be penetrated or a hose is routed to the outside through a window.

Advantages
  • Low initial cost
  • Inexpensive
  • Very economical
  • Inexpensive spare parts
Disadvantages
  • Very high energy loss
  • Ventilation
  • Risk of poisoning
  • Complicated installation

This tumble drier dries laundry faster than a heat pump dryer. Here, the programmes have a shorter running time, but drying takes place at high temperatures of up to 110 degrees Celsius.

Lint tends to build up in the exhaust hose and is very difficult to remove. The energy requirement increases if the hose is too clogged. For this reason, we recommend that you check the hose from time to time and replace it if necessary.

The system behind this dryer is very inexpensive and very energy efficient, but note that it is essential that the air is vented to the outside.

How does a washer-dryer work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The design of a solid washer-dryer is similar to that of a washing machine. They are commercially available as front-loaders as well as top-loaders. What's more, this appliance is cheaper to buy than two individual appliances. The price range is from 300 euros to 2500 euros, depending on the equipment and functionality.

The washing process is the same as with a normal washing machine. The functionality is also the same. With a washer-dryer, you have the option of choosing between different programmes, just as if you had a standard washing machine in front of you.

The drying process is the same as with a condensation dryer. Here, cold water is used to condense the moist circulating air.

Advantages
  • Space-saving
  • Ideal for small households
  • Labour-saving
  • Inexpensive
Disadvantages
  • Higher running costs
  • Varying capacity
  • Risk of damage
  • Short life

This additional water consumption results in higher energy costs compared to individual appliances. There are now washer-dryers with a heat pump, which are the cheapest option. There are also full washer-dryers with energy efficiency class A on the market. Due to the low demand, the technological development of this model takes much longer than for the individual appliances.

If the appliance has a defect, this unfortunately affects the whole washer-dryer. Both functions, washing and drying, can no longer be used. In addition, the washer-dryer is said to have a short lifespan due to the combination of both appliances.

A washing machine has a different capacity than a dryer. If you use the washing machine to its full capacity, your laundry will not be completely dry when you finish. Now you are faced with two problems.

Either you hang up the laundry by hand, which again costs you a lot of time, or you start another drying cycle. This means more energy and electricity consumption.

If you live as a single person or in a small household, this washing combination pays off for you. With it, you can conquer your small mountains of laundry in no time at all.

How does a solar dryer work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A new type of tumble dryer on the market is the solar dryer. The dryer is connected to the heating system of the line like a radiator.

The solar collectors heat the water in a stratified storage tank, which is used to heat the air in the dryer and then returned to the storage tank. The cold water from the heating system is also drawn from the stratified storage tank, used for condensation in the dryer and then returned to the storage tank.

Advantages
  • Wide use of solar energy
  • Energy-efficient
  • Utilisation of the solar system
  • Environmentally friendly
Disadvantages
  • Installation only possible by a specialist
  • High purchase price
  • Only pays off with a new purchase or heating system renovation

This ultra-modern tumble dryer has a number of advantages, especially if you are in the process of having your heating system completely renovated or have a new building available.

The heat from the sun's energy can be used many times in the house. You also save up to 80 percent electricity per year, which is around 220 euros. The dryer also contributes to the utilisation of your solar system, especially in summer.

The big disadvantage is the high initial cost, starting at 1,799 euros. The installation must be carried out by a qualified company. If problems or defects occur with this dryer, you will always be dependent on qualified personnel.

If you are planning to rebuild your heating system, there is definitely nothing standing in the way of this tumble dryer.

Buying Criteria: You can use these Factors to compare and evaluate Tumble Dryers

In the following section, we would like to show you which criteria you can use to compare tumble dryers in order to choose the perfect one for your home. These factors will help you decide which appliance is right for you.

In summary, here are the criteria you should look for:

In the following paragraphs, you can get an overview of the individual criteria that will significantly support you when buying your tumble dryer.

The type

We have already described above which type is right for you and your home. However, we would like to point out once again that the type is the most important factor when buying a tumble dryer.

You should choose a tumble dryer type depending on its design and placement. Both vented and condensing tumble dryers work in a very similar way. In both types, the air inside the tumble dryer is heated. This warm air absorbs the moisture from your laundry.

The exhaust air dryer now blows the air to the outside via a suitable exhaust air system, whereas the condensation dryer cools the air and collects the water in a condensate container.
The exhaust air dryer is also much cheaper to buy than a condensation dryer.

The product dimensions

Please remember that you need at least 60 cm of space in width and 60 cm in depth for a tumble dryer.

Before you buy a tumble dryer, you should of course check that you have enough space for a tumble dryer. The standard dimensions for free-standing tumble dryers are 60 x 60 cm. Despite these standard dimensions, always take into account the dimensions of your product. The standard dimensions are a guideline. Manufacturers' dimensions usually vary between 58 and 64 cm.

Dryers with a low capacity of 4 kg are usually narrower. The width is about 45 cm. The rare top-loading tumble dryers also have a reduced width.

Capacity

As already mentioned in the guide, you should pay attention to the drum capacity. To make the right decision for you, use the capacity of your washing machine as a guide. But please be careful not to transfer the capacity 1:1 to your tumble dryer.

Since your laundry enters your washing machine dry and comes out wet, it is significantly heavier than before the wash cycle.

If you live alone, a capacity of 3 to 5 kg is perfectly adequate. Choose a tumble dryer with a capacity of 5 to 6 kg for a household of 2 people. If you have large mountains of laundry to conquer, we recommend buying a tumble dryer with a capacity of 7 kg or more.

Energy efficiency class

Appliances sold within the European Union must display an energy label. This energy label allows you to compare different appliances.

The energy efficiency classes range from G to A+++, with G being the worst and A+++ the best, most energy-efficient energy class.

As described in the guide, we advise you to buy a tumble dryer with the highest energy efficiency class. If you compare a tumble dryer with an energy rating of B and a tumble dryer with an energy rating of A+++, you will immediately notice that you can save up to 70% of electricity with the A+++ rating compared to energy rating B.

Tumble dryers still have a reputation for being big power guzzlers. Today's technology and high energy efficiency ratings prove otherwise. So you save money and the environment at the same time.

Condensation efficiency class

The condensation efficiency class indicates how much moisture is released into the air during the drying process. The less moisture that enters the room, the better.

You can also find this class on the energy label of the European Union on your appliance. Here, too, G is the worst and A the best condensation class. This value compares the amount of water before and after drying.

Before drying, the amount of water in the textiles is measured. After the drying process, the measuring process is carried out again with the water that has collected in the condensation tank. The two measured values are compared with each other. If the values are close to each other, only little moisture was released into the air.

If you want to install your tumble dryer in a passive house or in a well-insulated room, we advise you to pay particular attention to the condensation efficiency class. The less moisture that gets into the air, the lower the risk of mould.

Annual energy consumption

This value indicates how many kilowatts of electricity are consumed per hour or per year during fully loaded drying cycles.

Please refer to the exact operating instructions of your tumble dryer. In most cases, this value is only an approximation and a recommendation for average drying cycles. Due to various factors such as load, residual moisture and temperature, this value may vary depending on the running time and consumption.

Again, as described in the guide, load your tumble dryer fully. This saves energy, your wallet and the environment.

Drying time

This value indicates the average drying time of the standard programme with a fully loaded tumble dryer.

As described under energy consumption, this value is also an approximation. Again, please take into account the various circumstances such as load, type of textiles, residual moisture and temperature.

Volume

You can find the volume level on the energy label of your appliance. A value of 65 dB is recommended. The lower the value, the quieter the appliance.

The drying process in a tumble dryer is somewhat louder than in a washing machine, but still quieter than spinning. The main reason for the noise produced by a tumble dryer is the air circulation in the drum.

Depending on where you want to place your tumble dryer, you should pay attention to the volume. The table below gives you an overview of the different noise levels.

decibels Action
10 dB Breathing
30 dB Whispering
40 dB Soft music
55 dB Normal conversation
65 dB Canteen noise
75 dB Traffic noise
90 dB Truck noise

If your favourite tumble dryer has a value above 70 decibels, it is no longer suitable for your living area and should be placed in the cellar.

Load

Top-loading tumble dryers are loaded from the top. Front-loading tumble dryers, on the other hand, are loaded from the front.

There are two different designs for a tumble dryer:

  • Front loader
  • Top loader

Front loaders are the most common and popular models in Europe. A porthole serves as the loading hatch on front-loading dryers. The free area of a front loader on the top offers the advantage for an additional working or storage area.

Top-loader models have their loading hatch on the top and therefore no window. Top loaders are mostly used in single households because they take up less space. They are particularly suitable where space does not allow a front door to be opened.

Installation type

There are basically 4 different ways to install a tumble dryer:

  • As built-in,
  • freestanding
  • under-cabinet or
  • column-mounted.

With a built-in tumble dryer, you have the option of fitting a front panel and a matching plinth in addition to installing it in your kitchen or in a shelving system. This way, your tumble dryer disappears well camouflaged behind the shelf door. Furthermore, the depth of the dryer is no more than 60 cm, the same dimension as a worktop.

Free-standing tumble dryers are usually non-integratable appliances. The surface of these freestanding appliances can be used as a shelf. If it has not been specifically stated by the manufacturer, the lid of this type of appliance cannot be removed. Consequently, you cannot install this appliance under a work surface or anchor it permanently.

If the installation type is specified as under-mountable, the tumble dryer is suitable for under-mounting. Instead of the machine lid, a cover plate is fitted to protect the furniture from moisture and heat. In addition, it is possible to install a cover panel and a plinth.

If you do not have much space in your flat, you can place your tumble dryer on top of your washing machine and fix it there. This feature of your tumble dryer is described as columnable. The stacked appliances make it easy for you to put your laundry in, take it out and move it around.

Warranty

The basic warranty for tumble dryers is one year. Many manufacturers provide a full warranty for 2 years.

As a customer, you are protected from defects for at least 2 years by the warranty law. You can only make use of this law if your goods were already damaged when you bought them. The warranty obligation must be fulfilled by the dealer, i.e. the seller of the appliance.

If defects occur during the use of your tumble dryer, you cannot make use of the warranty. This is where the manufacturer's warranty comes into effect. This warranty may vary depending on the manufacturer. The manufacturer can determine which product features are covered by the warranty and for how long. Please also note that the warranty can be granted by the manufacturer as well as by the dealer.

We recommend that you find out which warranty services are available for your tumble dryer and under which conditions before you buy. It is also possible to extend the warranty directly before purchase.

Extra features and design

Tumble dryers offer many useful functions, especially in the higher-priced product segment.

These include:

  • Start time preselection,
  • Residual running display,
  • Humidity control,
  • Interior drum lighting
  • Child lock

In today's tumble dryers, crease protection is already included as a standard functionality.

An additional practical product feature is the changeable door hinge. With many appliances, it is possible to mount the door on the left or right side.

The standard colour of a tumble dryer is white. Some manufacturers give you the option of choosing between different colours.

Make sure you know in advance which additional functionality is advantageous for you. This will not only save you time when looking for the tumble dryer that suits you best, but you will also immediately see the price range of your tumble dryer.

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Another alternative left up to you is to use a launderette. Here you can not only dry your clothes, but have them washed at the same time. However, this service is very expensive in the long run, and the extra effort required to transport the clothes should also be taken into account. (Photo: Jeremy Sallee / unsplash.com)

Facts worth knowing about Tumble Dryers

What tips are there for laundry care in the tumble dryer?

Basically, textiles with similar properties belong together in the drum.

We advise you not to dry wool and easy-care materials together. It can happen that lint forms, which is unfortunately difficult to remove from the clothes.

Do not put wet clothes in the dryer crumpled up. Unfold them and they will dry faster.

The gentle smell of freshly washed laundry often disappears when it is aired in the drum. There is a remedy for this in the form of scented wipes. You can simply put them in the drum with the laundry. During the drying process, the cloth releases its scent.

You can do without fabric softener during the washing process, your dryer will do that for you.

Are there any tips for saving energy?

After spinning at the highest speed, select the appropriate programme and start the dryer with a full load.

The most energy-efficient process is probably drying the laundry in the open air. But this is only recommended in summer. If you dry your laundry indoors, the humidity rises and the temperature drops. There is a risk of mould and heating costs rise.

Spin your clothes at the highest speed before putting them in the dryer. This saves energy and time when drying.

Fill your tumble dryer completely, but don't overload it! If you only half-fill the drum, energy consumption will increase.

Choose the right programme. It doesn't always have to be "extra dry".

It's enough to dry your laundry at a low temperature. This not only saves you electricity and money, but also protects your textiles and the environment.

How does an ultrasonic dryer work and what are its advantages?

Another modern tumble dryer is the so-called ultrasonic dryer. An ultrasonic dryer was developed in collaboration with researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the US Department of Energy's Buidling Technologies Office and appliance manufacturer GE Appliances.

In 20 minutes, a complete load of laundry is supposed to be fluffy soft and dry. A huge plus point of this dryer is its low energy consumption. Allegedly, only 30 per cent of energy is needed compared to appliances on the market.

The appliance uses high-frequency vibrations instead of hot air. This high-frequency vibration is created by piezoelectric transducers; they are small crystals that are made to vibrate.

These micro-vibrations dissolve the water from the textiles, after which it is transformed into a fine mist and extracted. Through this process, no moisture is released into the room, only cold air. This protects against mould.

Allegedly, this model will be launched on the market in 2019. The purchase price is still uncertain.

When was the tumble dryer invented?

The basic principle is still the same today, only the design and the functionality of the individual programmes have been further developed.

The first hand-operated tumble dryer was invented by M. Pochon from France in the 1800's. At the beginning of the 20th century, the first electric tumble dryer was introduced to the market. The first tumble dryer with a glass window was built by Brooks Stevens in the 1940s. Miele designed the first European tumble dryer in 1958.

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