LG, Whirlpool set to deliver heat-pump dryer models

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The first dryers in the U.S. market that use a technology that’s designed to slash energy consumption are scheduled to arrive in 2014, manufacturers tell Consumers Digest.

LG Electronics and Whirlpool each will roll out a model that incorporates heat-pump technology that condenses water out of the laundry and into a tank rather than venting the water as steam, as conventional dryers do. Dryers that use a heat pump can reduce energy consumption by as much as 60 percent compared with conventional electric dryers, according to National Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

LG says its Eco-Hybrid dryer ($1,600) is slated for an August 2014 arrival. Whirlpool’s HybridCare dryer will be available in select U.S. markets in the fourth quarter of 2014, and it plans to expand availability to additional markets in early 2015. Pricing for the dryer wasn’t available.

Dryers are the least efficient household appliance, and little has been done since the 1990s to correct that, NRDC says. Dryers that use heat-pump technology already exist in Asia, Australia and Europe.

– K. Carlson