They both are designed to dry clothing but the main difference is how they generate the heat to do the job. A condenser which is what a large portion of customer are used to, uses a heater element to generate heat which then dries the clothing. This can be costly in comparison to a heat pump dryer. Using a lower temperature to dry the load, a heat pump tumble dryer offers better protection for your clothes. While it takes slightly longer to dry a load compared to a standard condenser dryer, it can help you significantly reduce your energy consumption. It takes an A++ Heat Pump dryer approximately five minutes extra to dry a 1kg load, but it uses less than half the energy of a B-rated condenser dryer.
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†Source Euromonitor International Limited; Consumer Appliances 2020 ed, as per major appliances definition, retail volume sales in units, 2019 data