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What's better, a Condenser or vented tumble dryer?

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5y, 3m agoPosted 5 years, 3 months ago
Hey guys

We have a shed which were using the wshinng machine in just now, were renting and would like to buy a tumble dryer. Thing is we can't just go cutting holes in the shed as it was pretty expensive to build.

What would be the best to buy a condenser or vented? I have no idea and would like some info

thanks all
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5y, 3m agoPosted 5 years, 3 months ago
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#1
I personally don't like condenser driers they never seem to dry anything.
#2
LoveHearts
I personally don't like condenser driers they never seem to dry anything.


Really? Ours seems fantastic and so did the one before it too.


Love the avatar though :D
#3
Is the vented ones where you stick a big hose out the window or door ? or have it properly fitted to run out a hole in the wall?
#4
Next time we buy a dryer we will be picking a Condenser, We have a vented, cant get the vent by an external wall, nor near a window so got one of those poor boxes, It has made all the paint peel off under the stairs due to condensation. My parents always had a condenser when I was little and I dont think they ever had problems with it.
#5
I've got a vented drier outside so no need for holes anywhere, it's looking a bit weathered but still works. I used to have a condenser drier in my washing machine and 2 hours later the towels were still soaking.
#6
saxo_appeal
Is the vented ones where you stick a big hose out the window or door ? or have it properly fitted to run out a hole in the wall?


You can do either. I have mine by the back door, and just stick the pipe out when I need to use it.
#7
I always found my washer/dryer was useless, even though it was a condenser, But the stand alone dryers are fab.
#8
anyone got any recommendations ?
banned#9
saxo_appeal
Is the vented ones where you stick a big hose out the window or door ? or have it properly fitted to run out a hole in the wall?

yes

generally vented ones are cheaper and imo better

just stick the pipe out the shed window
banned 1 Like #10
Clothes line?
banned#11
saxo_appeal
anyone got any recommendations ?

had a white knight one for 6 years and still works like new (cost £110)

ensure it is A efficiency rated
1 Like #12
I've had both a condenser and a vented - I think they are both as good as each other tbh.

Main downside with a condenser - just have to ensure that every other time you will need to empty the compartment that collects the water, otherwise the machine will stop mid-drying cycle until you do. That's a pain if you're not around at the time and you come back to find your clothes half-dry.

Main downside with a vented - making sure that you properly vent it !! Leaving windows open with a vent pipe sticking out can be a pain, so bang a hole through an external wall if you can, and stick a vent cover on the outside.
#13
I got a condenser dryer to replace my vented one when it died, and I much prefer the condenser one. Less condensation, and I'm sure it dries things quicker.

All very well sticking the vent out the shed window atm, but if you move house or move the dryer, and can't vent it, then you're a bit stuck.

Edited By: Butterbean on May 25, 2011 10:44
banned 2 Likes #14
master_chief
Clothes line?

though to be honest I hate line dried clothes.
[Deal Editor]#15
I've got both, much prefer my older vented one, I just stick the hose out of the french doors in my kitchen, have had 3 condensers now and they've all been the same, useless, never seem to dry anything at all ( all different makes too ). My vented one is an old candy
#16
LoveHearts
I've got a vented drier outside so no need for holes anywhere, it's looking a bit weathered but still works. I used to have a condenser drier in my washing machine and 2 hours later the towels were still soaking.


That explains the poor opinion of condenser dryers, the washer/dryer combo's are notoriously poor at providing efficient drying, ask any washing machine engineer and 99% will say save your cash and don't buy a combo, they don't have nowhere near the lifespan of separate devices and cost a hell of a lot more to repair in labour as there are more parts crammed into the small space so work takes longer
1 Like #17
saxo_appeal
anyone got any recommendations ?


We have a Indesit that dries a full kingsize bedding set in about 1 hour.

Try and get one with a full width metal door too as they are stronger on the hinges and the whole door is stronger too.
#18
we have a vented one..... its fine but will be needing a condensor one for new house.
#19
We have had 2 condenser washer dryers and both were great
banned#20
Butterbean
I got a condenser dryer to replace my vented one when it died, and I much prefer the condenser one. Less condensation, and I'm sure it dries things quicker.

All very well sticking the vent out the shed window atm, but if you move house or move the dryer, and can't vent it, then you're a bit stuck.

eh? How do you work that one out if its properly vented?
#21
master_chief
master_chief
Clothes line?


though to be honest I hate line dried clothes.

My 15 year old DD hates when I've dried her comfort blanket on the line, I have to use the drier for that one item in the summer, it's about time she grew up and got rid of it it's costing me a fortune X)
#22
I have a vented one, goes out through the wall, I couldn't be bothered to faff around with a condenser. My friend vents hers by sticking pipe through cat flap :D
#23
chalkysoil
I have a vented one, goes out through the wall, I couldn't be bothered to faff around with a condenser. My friend vents hers by sticking pipe through cat flap :D

I havent got a drier, but I was thinking that as a quick and easy solution.
#24
chalkysoil
My friend vents hers by sticking pipe through cat flap :D


I need to buy a cat then ?? :p:p


Edited By: saxo_appeal on May 25, 2011 15:29
#25
my sister has THIS one. Its used 3 times a day and she is always over filling it. works great
banned#26
DDTTAA
my sister has [url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.argos.co.uk%2Fstatic%2FProduct%2FpartNumber%2F4793210%2Fc_1%2F1%7Ccategory_root%7CKitchen%2Band%2Blaundry%7C14418476%2Fc_2%2F2%7C14418476%7CWashing%2Bmachines%2Band%2Btumble%2Bdryers%7C14418685%2Fc_3%2F3%7Ccat_14418685%7CCondenser%2Btumble%2Bdryers%7C14418688.htm]THIS[/url] one. Its used 3 times a day and she is always over filling it. works great

3 times a day! Has she got 10 kids?

Her electric bill must be enormous. Overfilling takes far longer, is less efficient and increases creasing. Its a bad idea.

Edited By: csiman on May 26, 2011 09:04
#27
We have had the same Hotpoint T/d nearly 20 years! When we have lived somewhere that we've not been able to take the pipe outdoors, i invested in one of these

Edited By: jelli89 on May 26, 2011 09:16
#28
i prefer the condensor driers
banned#29
edjaned
i prefer the condensor driers

why? just seems more hassle to me (and generally more expensive).
#30
csiman
DDTTAA
my sister has [url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.argos.co.uk%2Fstatic%2FProduct%2FpartNumber%2F4793210%2Fc_1%2F1%7Ccategory_root%7CKitchen%2Band%2Blaundry%7C14418476%2Fc_2%2F2%7C14418476%7CWashing%2Bmachines%2Band%2Btumble%2Bdryers%7C14418685%2Fc_3%2F3%7Ccat_14418685%7CCondenser%2Btumble%2Bdryers%7C14418688.htm]THIS[/url] one. Its used 3 times a day and she is always over filling it. works great

3 times a day! Has she got 10 kids?

Her electric bill must be enormous. Overfilling takes far longer, is less efficient and increases creasing. Its a bad idea.


3. and i would agree. but this machine does get the job done, and if you dont overfill it, even quicker
banned#31
DDTTAA
csiman
DDTTAA
my sister has [url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.argos.co.uk%2Fstatic%2FProduct%2FpartNumber%2F4793210%2Fc_1%2F1%7Ccategory_root%7CKitchen%2Band%2Blaundry%7C14418476%2Fc_2%2F2%7C14418476%7CWashing%2Bmachines%2Band%2Btumble%2Bdryers%7C14418685%2Fc_3%2F3%7Ccat_14418685%7CCondenser%2Btumble%2Bdryers%7C14418688.htm]THIS[/url] one. Its used 3 times a day and she is always over filling it. works great

3 times a day! Has she got 10 kids?

Her electric bill must be enormous. Overfilling takes far longer, is less efficient and increases creasing. Its a bad idea.


3. and i would agree. but this machine does get the job done, and if you dont overfill it, even quicker

so a family of 5 has 3 loads of washing / drying per day! Do they live on a farm? :D

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