Clothes dryers are not commonly seen in Singapore households; many families stick to the traditional method of line-drying their laundry. However, if you’d like a clutter-free laundry area, have limited space to hang clothes or are just never home during the day, the clothes dryer is a handy appliance to have.

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Dryers draw air from the room and into the machine. The air is then heated and circulated through the clothes to absorb moisture. The hotter the air, the dryer your clothes will be.

There are various types of dryers in the market. Here are your options:

Vented Dryer

The warm, damp air – extracted from your clothes during the drying process – needs to be expelled through an open window or space, or through a vent or ducted hose (ensure your designated space can accomodate these). Vented dryers are affordable and effective but tend to be noisy and energy-consuming.

Condenser Dryer

The warm, damp air goes through condensation, whereby the extracted moisture is stored in a tank, while the air is reheated to dry the clothes. As there is no need to release air out of the dryer, the condenser dryer can work in a windowless room. However, clothes take a longer time to dry and the water tank needs to be emptied.

Condenser Dryer with Heat Pump

The warm, damp air is converted into cool, dry air. This air is then reheated before it enters the drum again. This dryer is also suitable for windowless rooms. The closed circuit, which allows the recycling of air, also allows energy savings of about 50 per cent.

Which one of these is suitable for your home?