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Dryer Buying Guide

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According to the EPA (2014), over 80% of U.S. homes own a clothes dryer. The clothes dryer is another invention born of necessity. The need was to facilitate the desire to dry your laundry faster. Before modern home appliances were even being taken for granted, the best way to dry your clothes was with a rope of some sort and the means to hang it from at least two opposing ends. Typically, you would line dry your clothes outside but you could line dry indoors but there had to be a way to catch the dripping water from freshly laundered clothes. Another issue with drying clothes outdoors is that it would be conveniently obvious to do so on sunny or fair days. Line drying would also require waiting.

The modern clothes dryer came into prevalence to provide a convenience. Modern dryers can dry clothes in much less time required than line drying and can be used whenever as opposed to waiting for the right weather conditions outdoors. Dryers can also alleviate the culmination of pollen and dander that line drying may cultivate from having clothes hanging outdoors. Traditionally, clothes dryers had three options: low heat, medium heat and high heat. New clothes dryers today have a lot of features that can satisfy a lot of requirements.

Features

Gone are the days when clothes dryers only offered just specific heating options only and a timer. There are many features available today for new dryers; it depends on what your laundry needs dictate. Here are some useful features to look for when deciding on a new clothes dryer.

Moisture Sensor

Moisture Sensor

I’m from the school of thought that you can’t over-dry clothes but there is a good reason why a moisture detection system would be useful. A dryer able to stop when it senses that clothes are no longer wet would reduce energy usage which equates to savings.

Steam

Steam

In conjunction with a NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) rating, Steam is nice feature to sanitize clothing (think underwear and bed linens) or just as a nice little option when you want to freshen your smelly clothes.

Quick Cycle

Quick Cycle

Who doesn’t want to save time? A dryer with quick cycle option is perfect for busy schedules.

Capacity

Capacity

The capacity to contain more loads of laundry means more productivity and less time spent doing chores.

Heat Level

Heat Level

An obvious choice but the ability to select heat levels based on low, medium or high temperature settings is crucial and useful for dryers.

Purchasing a New Dryer

Laundry Room

When buying a new clothes dryer, there are a lot of things to consider on whats being offered on the market today. The following is a guideline for things to consider.

 

Budget

Budget

Expect to spend anywhere from $250 to $1600. Low end dryers are completely capable of getting the job done but if you require more creature comforts then consider spending more.

Size

Size

Always be mindful of the size of your appliance in relation to the space you have available to accommodate them. Most experts recommend to keep about three-inches of space around clothes dryers to provide room for ventilation.

Types of Dryers

While in the market to purchase a new dryer, you will typically see two major kinds being offered. Depending on what kind of utilities are readily available in your place of residence or for commercial applications such as hotels or spas, you would have the following two options to consider.

 

Top Load

Top Load

This style of dryer has the door positioned to be pulled opened from the top. Depending on your living situation, this is a good type of dryer for placing in smaller spaces.

 

Front Load

Front Load

The door for this type of dryer is located on the front facing you.

 

Hookup

In addition to type of style, a dryer also has two main options in energy hookup.

Gas Dryer

Gas

This type of dryer requires a gas line connection and also an electric outlet (Mostly 120-volt). The gas would provide the heat necessary to dry the wet laundry and the electric hookup is necessary to turn the drum.

 

Electric Dryer

Electric

These dryers require 240-volt outlets. All heating and operation is done electrically. They’re ideal for when gas is not available as an option.

 

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Best Dryers

New dryers today provide a wide variety of options to choose from but here are some of the best reviewed dryers available right now.

dv56h9100eg

Samsung DV56H9100EG 30" Electric Dryer with 9.5 cu. ft. Capacity was awarded with a best reviewed mark with consumersearch, as well as, praise for being a high capacity electric dryer. This dryer is ideal for large families or large laundry needs.


wel98hebu

Whirlpool Smart Front Load WEL98HEBU 27" Electric Dryer with 7.4 cu. ft. Capacity placed in the top 3 with toptenreviews and was praised with some of the best energy saving options when compared to similar dryers.


lg-dlex8000w

LG DLEX8000V 29" Electric Dryer with 9.0 Cu. Ft. Capacity was best reviewed by consumersearch as what they consider to be the best electric dryer.

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Some Practical Advice

Safety:

Understandably, with the advent of autocorrect and smart devices, we tend to overlook that our appliances capable of being extremely convenient for us by eliminating a lot stress and labor that we forget that they also require maintenance that they are not able to automate, yet.


Noise:

Dryers, as with any large home appliance can be noisy. Lately, with space limitations with homes, consumers are placing dryers closer to their living space. Because of that, consider looking for new dryers with noise reduction and/or vibration reduction.


Size:

Large families will have more laundry to take care of, whereas, a couple of people or even single folks will not require larger laundry needs. Consider more compact options for smaller families and if space provides, consider larger clothes dryers for bigger families.