AEG Electrolux unveils A-rated tumble dryerNew Sensidry model is brand's 'most efficient'
03 March 2010
AEG Electrolux's 'most energy efficient tumble dryer ever' - the Sensidry T59850 - uses 40% less energy than a typical A-rated dryer, according to the company.
AEG Electrolux claims it costs less than 19p to dry a full 7kg load of washing with the machine, which uses heat pump technology.
Most tumble dryers - including most of the 92 models Which? has lab tested - are C-rated for energy efficiency and can cost more than 60p per load.
Heat pump tumble dryers take in and use heat from elsewhere - operating rather like a fridge, but in reverse - making it a more energy-efficient method of drying your laundry.
We'll be testing this £629 Sensidry soon to see whether it is as energy efficient as Electrolux claims - look out for the full test results in our tumble dryers review in May.
In the meantime, you can see which tumble dryers score highly for energy efficiency by filtering our test results using the tumble dryer comparison tool. We've also got energy-saving tumble drying tips.
Which? tumble dryers expert Matt Stevens says: 'Buying an A-rated tumble dryer is great way to cut your energy use. But being energy efficient comes at a cost - most A-rated dryers are right at the top end of the price range.
'This AEG-Electrolux condenser is a bit cheaper than most, and will hopefully be the shape of things to come. We'll be putting it through a full Which? lab test soon.'
AEG Electrolux Sensidry T59850
The tumble dryer is available from John Lewis.
The Sensidry T59850 comes with humidity sensors designed to detect moisture levels and reduce energy consumption by altering drying time accordingly. Other features include delayed start function, LCD display, drum light and 21 programs.