Electricity consumption with the condenser dryer - what do you have to expect?


Since more and more heat pump dryers have come on the market in recent years, the power consumption of dryers has suddenly become a widely respected criterion. Which values ​​you can expect approximately, which affects the power consumption and how you can also save electricity in the dryer, so you can read in detail here.

Power consumption of a dryer

The manufacturer's instructions, which are often quoted in the product descriptions, are rarely relevant values ​​in practice. They only serve to compare devices with regard to their energy efficiency.

These values ​​are determined under ideal laboratory conditions with ideal residual moisture level and other "beautiful" settings. In hard everyday life, the conditions are usually very different.

Under ideal conditions, an average condenser dryer consumes around 3.5 kWh of electricity per drying cycle. Drying costs at least 1.50 EUR, under everyday conditions, the costs are probably around 2.50 to 3.00 EUR.

For comparison, the washing machine requires only about a quarter of the energy to wash the same amount of laundry.

Comparison to the heat pump dryer

The heat pump driers, which are considered to be particularly energy-efficient, offer savings of about 50 percent compared with conventional condensate dryers. The acquisition costs are also significantly higher.

Ecologically useful is the low power consumption of the A +++ devices of course - it is not always economically viable. Especially when only seasonally (eg in winter) is dried, or the dryer is used only in exceptional cases, the energy saving often pays off only after several years.

The lower energy consumption is then neutralized by the higher purchase price. The susceptibility to failure and the sometimes slightly shorter service life of the heat pump dryer should also be considered.

Save electricity while drying

The main power saving note for the dryer is: spin rather than dry. The higher the spin cycles are set in the washing machine, the less the dryer must work. 1600 / min are optimal, even at 1200 / min drops the residual moisture of the laundry already considerably.

Of course, with sensitive laundry items, higher spin tours are counterproductive. The laundry can be damaged in this way.

The second most important note concerns the degree of dryness. The setting "cupboard dry" is nearly sufficient in all cases and makes the laundry also soft and fluffy instead of hard and stiff. Also "ironing" is completely sufficient if the laundry is ironed afterwards.

Tips & Tricks

The setting "extra dry" consumes many times more energy than "cupboard dry". You can save that as good as you always can.


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