Heat pump vs condenser dryer: Our guide on how to choose for your home

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Heat pump vs condenser dryer. Which one is right for you? (Image credit: Bosch/Quiet Mark)

If you're currently kitting out your utility room with new appliances, you may be weighing up the benefits of a tumble dryer. Do you need one and if so, which is best?

While vented tumble dryers were once the only option, requiring external venting via a hole in an external wall or an extraction pipe temporarily extended outside through a window or door, condenser and heat pump driers changed this with the inclusion of a removable water tank that could easily be emptied in the sink and popped back in the machine.

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Gwilym Snook

Gwil has worked as part of the AO family for the past four years with a specialised focus in the heated laundry category. He is the company's in-house expert with a wealth of experience and knowledge across a wide variety of household appliances.

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Vivien Fodor

Vivien started work at indesit in 2018, gaining a wide variety of experience in both manufacturing and marketing. In her current role of category manager, she is able to share expert knowledge on washing machines and tumble dryers.

Sarah Harley
Assistant Editor

Sarah is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Assistant Editor and joined the team in 2024. An established homes and interiors writer, Sarah has renovated and extended a number of properties, including a listing building and renovation project that featured on Grand Designs. Although she said she would never buy a listed property again, she has recently purchased a Grade II listed apartment. As it had already been professionally renovated, she has instead set her sights on tackling some changes to improve the building’s energy efficiency, as well as adding some personal touches to the interior.