Dryer Buying Guide
It is very important to be informed when buying a new dryer, as these are used often and can greatly affect your energy bill. Please use this handy buyer»s guide from Goedeker's to educate yourself on all the factors that go into buying a new dryer.
Types of Dryers:
The Gas Dryer is more energy efficient with a cost savings over the life of the product. Just like washing machines, there are many different styles and designs to choose from and are designed in pairs with washers. Make sure that you have a gas hookup in your laundry area before purchasing a gas dryer.
The Electric Dryer is a slightly less expensive option of dryers. This option is less energy efficient than the Gas Dryer option. Again, dryers come in many different styles and designs with a matching washer, however they can be purchased separately. You will need a 240 volt outlet in your laundry area before installing.
The Laundry Center is one unit with the dryer stacked on top of the washing machine. These models are ideal for apartments and condos and other areas with limited space. Laundry centers typically have less capacity than single units but are great space savers.
Features & Issues to Consider when shopping:
Capacity: It is important to determine what capacity is needed in your new dryer based on household size and need. By rule of thumb we recommend purchasing a dryer with approximately twice the cubic foot capacity of your washer. For maximum energy efficiency in addition to saving time by drying on fewer loads a large capacity dryer often means spending less time once the laundry is dry. There is typically less wrinkling when clothes have more room to move around inside the drum.
Dry Cycles: All washers will have the basic cycles such as "heavy" and "light."
- Damp dry
- Gentle heat
- Air fluff
- Extended tumbling
- Cool down
- Resource saving with dual heating elements
Moisture sensor: Helps reduce over-drying whiling sparing fabrics and saving energy.
Higher spin speed: Spins at a higher speed than regular dryers decreasing dry time by taking out moisture from clothes more quickly.
Drum Materials: Newer models have stainless steel drums, which prevent snagging.
Pedestal: Some models come with a pedestal to raise the height of the machine for easier access. This also adds more storage space with a bonus drawer in the pedestal.
4 Way Venting: Allows the ventilation from the dryer to be removed out the back, sides or front.
Steam: new models now offer a steam cycle to de-wrinkle clothes and remove odor similar to what dry cleaners do.
Touchpad Controls: Newer models have more high-tech control features and custom settings.
Timers: Give you the ability to start loads at different preset times of the day for when you are out of the house or when utility costs are lower.
Extra Rinse Cycle: Gives clothes one extra rinse for those with sensitive skin.
Door: Some models offer the ability to mount the door for access on the left or right side, while others are hinged on the bottom to allow the door to drop down and provide a shelf.
Noise Level: Newer models have a "quieting" feature and increase insulation to reduce noise as the machine runs.
Energy Efficiency: A model with the Energy Star label uses 30%-50% less water than models without the label.
Light: Almost all dryers now offer a light inside the drum for good visibility.
Lint Filter: These can be placed inside the door or on top of dryer for easy access. Some models offer sensors to alert you when to clean the filter.
What is Energy Star?
Energy Star is a program from the US Department of Energy and the US Environmental Protection Agency that certifies appliances as “energy efficient” and helps reduce environmental impact and utility bills. To learn more visit www.energystar.gov