Skip to main content

The 3 Best Heat Pump Dryers for 2023

October 13th, 2023 | 9 min. read

By Steve Sheinkopf

Learn how to find the perfect laundry products with our Washer Buying Guide
Start Here
The 3 Best Heat Pump Dryers for 2023

Heat pumps are the standard in Europe due to their efficiency and lower cost of operation.

In this article, you will learn about the three best brands and their pros and cons, including videos on each model.

We'll also look at how heat pump dryers work and why they should be considered for your next dryer.

Now, let's look at the best heat pump dryers.

Key Takeaway: Running a dryer is expensive. Just remember that when doing your laundry.


Looking for answers about Washers?

Short on time? Download our free Washer Buying Guide.

Start Here

The 3 Best Heat Pump Dryers for 2023

Miele Compact Dryers


In 2018, Miele made a bold move by switching all their dryers to heat pump technology, completely doing away with condenser and vented laundry.

They were also the first with a 110-volt heat pump dryer, so you can place the washer and dryer anywhere with basic power, water, and a drain.

You should know about the washer because it is essential to understand the dryer.

Washer Models

Washer Highlights

Honeycomb Drums


Miele is the best for fabric care with their perforated honeycomb drums in the washer and dryer, designed so zippers don't stick or rip and fray in your dryer.

They are the only manufacturer to wash and dry silks and other fine washables.

You have a silk cycle along with many other unique cycles like proofing, which helps reactivate the water-repellent properties of certain fabrics.

Caplet Dispensing


Miele is also the only compact washer to dispense caplets. Miele has their own special application caplets, or you can buy your own.

Auto Dispenser

An auto dispenser releases the exact amount of detergent and bleach needed at the right time.

Miele is the only company to dispense detergent and bleach automatically.

However, you have to buy Miele detergents and bleach. You can always use the regular or caplet dispensers.


You have steam in all their models for the washer to loosen tough stains.


Their best machines use a QuickIntense wash cycle to completely saturate your clothes from top to bottom.

Spin Speed

Miele spins the fastest at 1600 RPM, far faster than the industry average of 1200, so the clothes are much drier from a Miele than any other washer.

That's important because heat pumps typically take longer to dry due to lower temperatures and better airflow, so a faster spin is important.

Miele Dryers


Dryer Highlights

110 Volt Drying

A 110-volt dryer will allow you to place Miele anywhere with a regular outlet, water, and a drain.

Perfect Drying

You probably think a 110-volt heat pump dryer would be painfully slow and take hours to run.

However, thanks to its mineral and moisture sensors for more accurate drying, Miele's 110-volt dryer dries clothes as fast as Bosch's 220-volt dryer.

The Perfect Dry system uses sensors to measure the calcium content of the water and adjust the drying accordingly. Miele is an especially good option if you have hard water, like well water.


Their better dryer employs steam to refresh your clothes or reduce the need for ironing.

It is the only dryer on the market that allows you to add fragrances through a special "fragrance dispenser." Therefore, your blankets can smell like an ocean breeze.

Cons to a Miele Heat Pump Dryer


The cons to a Miele is size. The dryer has a capacity of four cubic feet, but the identical washer is 2.5 cubic feet.


Miele is an excellent set and has been around the longest, but with the washer and dryer, the price range is $2,899-$4,899.

The price for the set is $1,000 more on average than even the much larger LG WashTower.

Read More: Differences Between Miele Compact Washers and Dryers

LG WashTower


The WashTower was introduced in 2020. It's a one-piece stackable unit with the controls in the middle, compared to having the dryer on the top in a stackable installation at over 6 feet.

Their laundry is one of the most reliable single appliances you can buy with a 2.1% service rate in the first year, based on over 33,000 service calls logged by our service team.

Appliances, in general, have an average service rate of 9.5%.

LG WashTower WKHC202HBA

LG WashTower Highlights



The Artificial Intelligence Direct Drive, or AI DD in the washer, uses 11,000 data points to assess the washer cycle, time, and motion based on the weight and softness of the clothes.

You don't have to think; you just hit a button.

The smart learner remembers any of your favorite cycles.



The washer has the TurboWash360, using five high-pressure hoses, shortening a medium load to just 30 minutes.



The dryer is huge with a capacity of 7.2 cubic feet, and like Miele, it is equipped with steam to refresh clothes and reduce the need for ironing.

The WashTower was only 7-10 minutes slower than a regular vented dryer for washing and then drying colors and whites.

Cons to the LG WashTower

Long Drying Times

The cons of a sensor system are that it can sometimes take a lot of time.

The dryer took over four hours for bedding and comforters to complete the cycle because it was trying to make it completely dry.

But the “mostly dry” cycle that we're used to takes about 2.5-3 hours in a timed cycle.

The heat pump WashTower does not have an auto dispenser, which is important because it prevents future service problems from overloading your washer with detergent.


The WashTower is the first popular larger heat pump. Like Miele, current heat pumps are all smaller, so reliability and repair could be a concern.


LG’s WashTower prices vary greatly from $1,899 to $2,899, so buy around a holiday to save the most.

Read More: The LG WashTower WKHC202HBA with a Ventless Heat Pump Dryer (2023 Review)

GE Profile UltraFast Combo Washer & Dryer


The UltraFast combines two machines that should never go together: a washer and a dryer.

Combos are a good idea until you use them frequently because they can't remove the lint, which will cause an expensive future service call.

But the UltraFast is different. It employs a huge double-sided filter on the top next to the heat exchanger to remove the lint.

That being so, the UltraFast can take your dirty clothes and leave them clean and dry. If you want to do a wash before going to bed or work, it's a handy option.


GE Profile UltraFast Highlights



Essentially, the UltraFast combines a GE washer's best features with a Microban coating to resist mold and mildew.

Auto Dispenser


Auto dispensers are a worthwhile feature. You can load up to 32 loads of detergent, and the machine releases the exact amount of detergent required at the right time.

Most people add too much detergent, and that excess foam stays inside the machine for an expensive future service call.

By the way, I have an older top-load washer in my home. I have to stop myself from adding too much. It's not like my mom's front-load washer.

120-Volts Operation

The 120-volt power will allow you to place The UltraFast anywhere with water, power, and a drain.

For people in apartments with less available amperage, the UltraFast is a great option.

Cons to the GE Profile UltraFast

Long Cycles

The main benefit of combining a washer and dryer is also the main drawback, as whites and colors take longer - one hour to one and a half hours longer than the WashTower for colors and whites.

You can also reload the washer in separate machines while the combo is still in its original setting.

Consequently, you can almost do twice the amount of laundry in separate machines than with this combo.

Lint Removal

You also must remove the lint religiously. Yes, I would do it after every load. Then again, you should do it after every load in any dryer.

Read More: GE Profile UltraFast Combo Washer & Dryer Performance Review

What to Know About Heat Pump Dryers

History of the Heat Pump


Heat pumps were invented in 1856, so we are not discussing new technology. They became popular in the 1970s in HVAC systems as a response to OPEC and the rising oil costs.

The first heat pump dryer was manufactured by Electrolux in 1997.

However, the last three years have been the most significant, with Miele, LG, and GE Profile adding new heat pump dryers to their lineup.

Heat Pump Drying: How it Works


Heat pumps work on a closed-loop system. The evaporator removes the moisture, which is heated by a compressor through an air exchanger.

Heat pumps save money because the compressor continues to heat increasingly hot air.

Heat Pump Dryer Benefits

  • Ventless Operation - Heat pumps are ventless, so you can place them anywhere.
  • Lower Temperatures - Heat pumps will dry at lower temperatures, reducing shrinkage and damage to your clothes.
  • Huge Energy Savings - In another article, I calculated the cost of running an average dryer in Boston to be about 0.96 cents per load. Yes, we pay 0.28 cents per KWH, while Whirlpool calculates the average dryer to use roughly 0.34 kWH. For a family of five doing multiple loads on an older dryer, the savings are roughly $300-$500.

Heat Pumps vs. Standard Drying

Regular dryers, in contrast, pull air from the room, heat it with elements, and then project that heat through a vent through your house.

Heat pumps recycle the heat for greater energy savings.

Heat Pumps vs. Condenser Drying

You don't see condenser drying much anymore due to the popularity of heat pump dryers.

Both are ventless, but condensers use heating elements and project the heat back into your house, whereas heat pump dryers recycle it through the machine.

Heat Pump Dryer Reliability

We don't have any data on the GE Profile UltraFast combo washer & dryer and the WashTower yet, but the Miele looks bad at first glance.

Moreover, a 75% of the dryer service calls we received in the previous year were related to an error code to remove lint.

Therefore, heat pump reliability is about the same as a regular dryer, at least in a compact laundry. We will have to wait and see for LG and GE Profile.

Read More: The Most Reliable Compact Washers & Dryers

Heat Pump Dryer Cons


Appliance service is tragic to begin with, even for mundane items. You must check if someone in your area knows how to fix one.

You may want to check with refrigeration or HVAC technicians because the systems are similar.

Up Front Costs

You will pay $300-$500 more for a heat pump dryer. You will see an ROI within three years or sooner, depending on how much you use your laundry machines.

Longer Dry Times

Heat pump cycles are 7-10 minutes longer than a standard dryer. It's not much more, except on the GE Profile Ultrafast combo washer and dryer.

Read More: The Pros & Cons of Heat Pump Dryers

The Best Heat Pump Dryers: Conclusion

First, that innocent-looking dryer costs you almost $1 per load. Heat pumps are more efficient and will save you roughly half.

That said, Miele’s heat pump dryer is excellent and has a proven track record, but it is smaller and more expensive. LG’s and GE Profile’s heat pump dryers are unique because of their size.

Over the next five years, I predict everyone will own a heat pump dryer. We will have to wait and see about reliability.

What do you think?




Answers to the most commonly asked questions about heat pump dryers.

What is a heat pump dryer?

How does a heat pump dryer work?

Are heat pump dryers energy-efficient?

How much can I save using a heat pump dryer?

Do heat pump dryers take longer to dry clothes?

How should I maintain a heat pump dryer?

Do they work in all climates?

Is the initial cost higher than conventional dryers?

Can I vent a heat pump dryer outside?

Is the drying result different from other dryers?


Additional Resources

Download our Yale Washer Buying Guide with all the features, terms, and brands of laundry. Over 1.5 million people have already found answers in a Yale guide.

Related Articles:

Looking for answers about Washers?

Choosing a new washer and dryer can be a confusing and time-consuming experience. We've taken the pain out of the decision process with our Washer Buying Guide.

Start Here

Why Should You Trust Us?

It seems that every appliance review has nothing but glowing comments about almost every product, yet you read customer reviews and they are almost universally bad.

We are here to fill in the disconnect. We'll give you the best features, and the drawbacks as well, including reliability based on over 37,000 calls performed by our service team just last year. Our goal is to give you ALL the information so you know what's right for you.

Please consider subscribing or adding to the conversation in the comments below. We appreciate you stopping by.

Steve Sheinkopf

Steve Sheinkopf is the third-generation CEO of Yale Appliance and a lifelong Bostonian. He has over 38 years of experience in the appliance industry, and he is a trusted source of information for consumers on how to buy and repair appliances.

Steve has also been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Consumer Reports, The Boston Globe, Bloomberg Radio, the New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Entrepreneur, for his knowledge of how to buy appliances and appliance repair.

Steve is passionate about helping consumers find the best appliances for their needs, and he is always happy to answer questions and provide advice. He is a valuable resource for consumers who are looking for information on appliance buying, repair, and maintenance.

Despite being the worst goalie in history, Steve is a fan of the Bruins and college hockey, loves to read, and is a Peloton biker. The love of his life is his daughter, Sophie.

A Note About Pricing

Pricing on this blog is for reference only and may include time sensitive rebates. We make every attempt to provide accurate pricing at time of publishing. Please call the stores for most accurate price.