Dryer Buying Tips
Here's how to compare different kinds of dryers, such as gas and electric, and prioritize your laundry preferences. With a little research, you'll find the best dryer for your home.
Check your dryer connections. All dryers use an electric motor to tumble clothes and an electric fan to distribute heated air. The difference is the source of heat generation — some use natural gas and some use electricity. Your decision to purchase gas versus electric will depend on whether you have a gas line in your laundry area. If you want to change your dryer’s fuel source, you’ll need the help of a professional contractor.
Electric dryers use twice the energy of an ordinary household electric current. Most run on a 240-volt current to heat up coils and require a special 240-volt outlet in your laundry area.
Choosing between a side-mount or top-down door comes down to personal preference. A top-down model provides a handy folding shelf, while a side-mount makes for an easier reach. Some side-mount models are even reversible, allowing you to adjust the door’s swing so you can install your dryer anywhere you choose.
Top Mount Lint Vent
Positions you for easier cleaning than in-drum options.
Today’s machines do more of the thinking for you. Go for cycles like:
Don’t judge how much a dryer will hold by words like "Super Capacity" — adjectives vary between manufacturers. Consider the cubic feet of the dryer and whether or not your king-size comforter (typically 4 cubic feet or larger) can tumble comfortably inside.
When space is at a premium, consider going vertical by stacking a front-load washer and dryer. If your space is flexible, front-loaders, front-loaders on pedestals and top-loaders are all smart options. Pay close attention to the depth and width of your laundry space. Front-loading machines are generally deeper, and top-loading machines are generally wider.
Sleek and stylish, digital displays offer an updated appearance with the benefit of cycle countdowns and child locks.
The National Sanitary Foundation rates machines based on their ability to destroy allergens and bacteria on fabric.
Vent Blocking Indicator
This lets the user know it’s time to clean the dryer vent.
An illuminated interior helps you catch every last sock in the load.
This is attached inside the drum for flat, heat-aided drying without the tumble.
By tumbling clothes at regular intervals, this feature keeps a load fresh and wrinkle-free if you can’t get to it right away.
This allows users to mute the end-of-cycle signal on machines located close to living or sleeping areas.
Your washer and dryer are engineered to work together. If a washer has a higher spin speed, it means less drying time. Your matching dryer has special cycles and sensors to keep clothes from overdrying, helping them last longer.