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 better educate yourself about all the factors that go into buying a new dryer.
Types of Dryers:
The gas dryer is more energy efficient, with cost savings over the life of the product. Just like washing machines, there are many different styles and designs to choose from. Gas dryers may be designed in pairs with washers. Note: 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, but it is less energy efficient than the gas dryer. Again, dryers come in many different styles and designs which can match washers. However, they can be purchased separately. Note: You will need a 240 volt outlet in your laundry area before installing.
Stacking your dryer on top of your washing machine to make them one unit is considered a laundry center. These models are ideal for apartments, condos, and other areas with limited space. Laundry centers typically have less capacity than single units but are great space savers.
Stackable dryers sometimes come with a stacking kit included in your purchase, but other times the stacking kit has to be purchased separately. Make sure to note the necessity of a stacking kit when you are shopping.
Number of Dry Cycles:
All washers have basic cycles such as normal, delicates, and heavy duty. Some washers feature even more precise cycle types and temperature control settings for better results.
- Automatic dry
- Steam cycle
- Extended tumbling or tumble dry
- Permanent press
- Bedding or towels
- Quick dry or speed dry
- Air fluff
- Cool down
- Extra rinse cycle
- Small load
- Wrinkle release technology
- Resource saving with dual heating and extended cycle elements
Other Features to Consider when Shopping:
- Capacity - It is important to determine what capacity is needed in your new dryer based on household size and need. We personally recommend purchasing a dryer with approximately twice the cubic foot capacity of your washer. Large dryer capacity means saving time by drying fewer loads. This also helps you maximize energy efficiency. Another side benefit is that there is typically less wrinkling when clothes have more room to move around inside the drum.
- Moisture Sensor – This is an important feature to look for when shopping because it helps reduce over-drying. This spares fabrics and saves energy.
- Noise Level - Newer models have a sound reduction feature to aid in quiet operation. Some may also have increased insulation to reduce noise as the machine runs.
- Controls and Display – The controls and display may be located on the front or top of the machine. Newer models have more high-tech features and custom settings which can be accessed through touchpad controls. Most dryers include a time remaining indicator and cycle status lights on the display panel.
- Timers – If your dryer includes a timer, this gives you the ability to start loads at different preset times of the day. This can be useful for when you are out and about, for example.
- Color – Dryers come in a variety of colors. White is the most common. Gray, red, and silver are also popular. Less common color choices include black, blue, bisque, champagne, and stainless steel.
- Top Load or Front Load – Choose the location of your dryer’s door based on your individual needs and space concerns. Many front load dryers feature a dryer window in the door.
- 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.
- Lint Filter – Lint screens can be placed inside the door or on top of dryer for easy access. Some models even offer sensors called filter indicators that alert you to clean the filter.
- Venting System – Make sure to take note of venting systems when shopping for a dryer. A common type of ventilation is 4-way venting, which allows the dryer to vent through the back, sides or front.
- Higher Spin Speed – This feature allows the drum to spin 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.
- Interior Light - Almost all dryers now offer a light inside the drum for good visibility.
- 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. This accessory can also be purchased separately.
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. A model with the Energy Star label uses 30%-50% less water than models without the label.