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What should you look out for when buying a tumble dryer?

25 January 2024

Choosing the right clothes dryer is not an easy task, especially if you are considering renting one. There are several factors to consider to ensure you make the best choice for your needs. On this page, we discuss the most important considerations and answer some frequently asked questions.

Types of clothes dryers: condenser dryers versus heat pump dryers

There are three main types of clothes dryers: drain dryers, condenser dryers and heat pump dryers. Drain dryers are often cheaper to buy, but require an external drain. Condenser dryers are more convenient because they do not require external ventilation, but they can consume more energy. Heat pump dryers are more energy efficient and better for your clothes, but they are more expensive to buy. That’s why you can rent a dryer from Homie. 

Capacity and size

The capacity of the dryer is also an important consideration. For a family of four, a dryer with a capacity of around 200 litres is usually sufficient. If you have a larger family, it is advisable to opt for a model with a capacity of 230 litres or more.

Features to look out for

If you can’t take your laundry out of the dryer right away, the crease care function helps keep clothes less wrinkled by running them occasionally after the end of the cycle.

Sensor drying

Sensor drying is a handy feature that detects when clothes are dry and automatically stops the cycle, saving energy and reducing wear and tear on clothes.

Silent operation

A tumble dryer with a ‘Quiet Mark’ is ideal if you live in a flat or want to use the dryer at night. At Homie, we always make sure you get the latest, energy-efficient appliances anyway. Our dryers are therefore perfect for flats. 

Smart technology

Smart clothes dryers can connect to WiFi and offer convenient features like remote start and monitoring cycles via a smartphone app. This is also possible with Homie; you get insight into your drying behaviour yourself. 

Energy efficiency

Energy efficiency is an important consideration, especially if you are environmentally conscious or want to save money on your energy bills in the long run. Homie’s business model is set to contribute to a fully circular economy. 

Safety and maintenance

Going to rent or buy a dryer? Then pay attention to safety warnings. This is especially important for models manufactured between 2004 and 2015, as some models have risks of fire, due to lint coming into contact with heating elements. Good news: The Homie model is still new. This means that our heat pump dryers were produced after 2015. 


Regular cleaning of filters and removal of lint is essential to prevent fire risk and maintain the efficiency of your dryer.

Frequently asked questions

Can I put all types of clothes in the dryer?

Always check the washing labels. Some garments cannot be tumble-dried because of the material or texture.

Which is better: a drain dryer or a condensation dryer?

It depends on your situation. Drain dryers are generally cheaper to run but require an external drain. Condenser dryers are more flexible in placement but can consume more energy. We therefore usually recommend using a heat pump dryer. 

Should I choose a heat pump dryer or a condenser dryer?

Heat pump dryers are more energy efficient and gentler on clothes, but more expensive to buy. Condenser dryers are cheaper, but can use more energy. So rent a heat pump dryer cheaply from Homie. 

Rent a dryer? At Homie, of course

At Homie, we understand that finding the perfect tumble dryer can be a challenge. That’s why we only offer two carefully selected models, both of which excel in efficiency, reliability and ease of use. Our customer-oriented service, flexible rental options and the security of quality equipment make renting a dryer from Homie a smart choice. Choose convenience, choose Homie.

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