The LG 2020 Heat Pump Dryer range have cracked a 9-star energy efficiency rating as well as upping the range if intelligent drying features.
Now GadgetGuy is a stranger to heat pump dryers, so we report the LG 2020 heat pump dryer range more as a matter of fact than an endorsement.
We have written a tutorial on What is the difference between a vented, condenser and heat pump dryer and it’s the best place to start when buying any dryer.
LG 2020 heat pump dryer range (prefixed by the letters DV)
We are more interested in the tech behind LG 2020 heat pump dryer range so here goes.
Energy efficiency. It has a 9-stars rating, and that means about 115kWh (kilowatt-hour).
Energy plans vary but peak (2-8 pm), shoulder (7 am-2 pm and 8-10 pm) and off-peak (other times) is around 59/27/16 cents per kWh. Ergo, if you run it for an hour, it will cost 68/31/18 cents per hour.
But heat pump dryers achieve 9-stars because they use lower heat for longer. We understand that the drying temperature is below 40°. We don’t have any measured data, but we understand that one typical wash takes
- 4/8Kg dry weight (about 20% less than wet weight) cotton items take from 120/180 minutes (2-3 hours)
- 3kg denim takes 180 minutes
- 2.5kg underwear takes 90 minutes
Use Wi-Fi to monitor the dryers progress, track energy consumption, diagnose and troubleshoot issues and download additional drying cycles. It can be paired with a compatible LG ThinQ washer as well.
Monitors water in the return air to sense when the clothes are at the desired dryness.
Left or right opening
Stacking (not wall mounting)
As these weight around 60kg, they are meant for floor month but selected LG washers can use a stacking kit.
Via a lift-out container or plumbed-in.
As vented air is ‘dry’ and cooled (semi-closed system), it does not require external venting.
Drying cycles and temperatures
Cotton, Mix, Easy Care, Duvet, Towel, Allergy Care, Sports Wear, Wool, Delicate, Iron, Cupboard and extra
Auto self-cleaning condenser
All you need to do is clean the lint filter.
GadgetGuy’s take – LG 2020 heat pump dryer range
LG has gone 100% heat pump for its 2020 range which means it has decided that this is the superior technology to a condenser.
We agree. But the caveat always is – read reviews, ask questions and be prepared to accept two to three times longer drying times for smaller loads.