Choosing the right dryer is key to having a properly maintained wardrobe
There have been several technological advances in the past few years that have improved the performance and energy-efficiency of dryers.
New Dryer Considerations
- How many loads do you dry per week?
- How much available space do you have for a new dryer?
- Will the dryer be placed near a living area where you need quiet?
- Do you want the dryer placed next to the washer or stacked?
Most traditional dryers are front loading with standard size drums that hold average size loads with regular spin speeds and gentle tumbling action.
Stackable models are also available.
Most dryers use electricity or gas as a heat source.
Electric Dryers. Require dedicated 3- or 4-prong 240 V outlet. Generally less expensive than gas models. May be more expensive to operate over time.
Gas Dryers. Use either natural gas or propane. More expensive than electric dryers. May be cheaper to operate over time. Requires a dedicated gas hookup.
Uses steam to penetrate and moisten clothes, which softens clothes and reduces wrinkles. It also refreshes clothes, reduces static and eliminates odor.
An electronic design that actually comes in contact with the clothes during the drying cycle to determine their moisture level.
- Once a certain exhaust air temperature is reached, the sensor shuts down the cycle
Other sensors are designed to monitor proper air flow in the ducts
Reverse Tumble Drums
Drums change direction every few minutes to keep clothes from tangling and wrinkling. Also reduces drying time, energy consumption and lowers utility bills.
Drum tumbles every few minutes after the clothes are dry to keep them wrinkle-free until they are removed from the dryer.
Stainless Steel Drums
Drums are more durable than plastic or porcelain ones and won’t chip, crack or scratch. They also handle longer drying cycles better.
If you plan to position your dryer near living areas, consider one that offers quiet operating levels.