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Consider all the options and special features before purchasing a new clothes dryer.
BY: Susan Hoffman
A new clothes dryer is a major investment, so it’s important to understand the differences between the various models and features before you decide which dryer to buy for your household. These shopping tips from appliance experts will help guide you through your selection process.
Should I buy a gas or electric dryer?
Before you buy a dryer, you need to know how your appliance will be powered. All dryers have electric motors and fans, but that’s where the similarities end. If you have the option of gas or electric, the choice boils down to personal preference and the available utility in your home.
Should I buy a large or compact-size dryer?
The rule of thumb when buying a dryer is that dryer capacity should be twice that of your washing machine. In other words, if you have a 3.5-cubic-foot washer, you’ll want to buy a 7-cubic-foot dryer. The larger the clothes dryer, the more expensive it will likely be, but it could save you money over time because you’ll be drying fewer, larger loads more efficiently.
Dryer capacity considerations:
Should I buy a front or top load dryer?
Over the past few years, manufacturers have updated traditional top load clothes dryers, making them more energy-efficient and adding more user-friendly features. While both front and top load styles now dry equally well, some dryer differences still remain.
Front load dryer advantages:
“Must Have” vs. “Want to Have” Dryer Features
All dryers will dry your clothes, but the high-performance models allow you to customize temperature, fabric selection, water level and drying time. The higher initial expense is offset by everyday convenience for you and better energy efficiency in the long run. It can also cut down on dry cleaning bills if you purchase a dryer with special settings for wool. So, buying the right dryer is a matter of personal preference.
Clothes dryer options to consider:
Susan Hoffman has written extensively on building, interior design and home products for companies including DuPont Corian, Armstrong, GE, Black & Decker, LitterMaid and Starnet Flooring.Susan's articles have previously appeared in Home Sweet Solutions.