There are several types of tumble dryer available but all of them can be divided into two categories: vented and condenser dryers.
Whether you buy a vented or condenser dryer will be influenced by where you intend to install the dryer at home.
Vented dryers are the most popular dryer on the UK market and the entry level models are typically the cheapest of any tumble dryer. Vented dryers pump out the warm moisture from the drum through a hose, which needs to be connected to a wall or window vent. As you need to install this hose, not everybody’s home will be suited to having a vented model.
Condenser dryers simply need a plug socket. As the name suggests, these dryers condense the warm air from the drum and deposit the water into a container, which you’ll then have to empty. As this process is contained within the machine, condenser dryers can be installed anywhere in the home. However, some condenser models come with a hose you can choose to attach to a drain, like you do for a washing machine. If you choose this option, water will drain away rather than collect in the container, saving you from having to empty the container yourself.