There are a number of important considerations when choosing a gas or an electric dryer.
I choose two models as examples:
Maytag MEDB766FW 7.0 CU. FT. White Electric Dryer
Maytag MGDB766FW 7.0 CU. FT. White Gas Dryer
Each type has pros and cons, so let’s break them down.
Gas Dryer Pros
One great feature of a gas dryer is energy efficiency.
Gas dryers have advanced moisture sensors. These sense moisture on the clothes in your dryer and adjust the dry time accordingly.
This smart adjusting of dry times saves more energy and in turn saves you money on your monthly gas bill.
Something else these sensors prevent is over drying your clothes.
When clothes are over dried, they lose wear time. Colors fade and elasticity fails.
Gas Dryer Cons
Gas dryers possess many fantastic features. However, there is always a downside.
Even though gas dryers are more energy efficient, they do cost more at the start.
Depending on the brand and the model, a gas dryer is going to cost you anywhere between $50.00 and $100.00 extra than an electric dryer.
If you are a little low on cash, a gas dryer might not be the way to go.
Also, a gas dryer may cost more to install.
A trained technician is needed to install the gas connector and get the gas lines hooked up.
Gas dryers also require vents.
If you have plenty of space for a vent, there is not a problem. But if your space is limited and there is no room for a vent, your only option is an electric dryer.
Electric Dryer Pros
One of the biggest benefits of an electric dryer is you do not have to vent it. A ventless dryer is a perfectly viable option.
Also, you do not have to worry about a gas line. The installation consists mainly of plugging in the cord.
Nearly anyone in your household can get your dryer up and running.
Another benefit to an electric dryer is that they are less expensive initially.
A gas dryer should save you money in the long run. If you are more concerned about the short term, an electric dryer may be the way to go.
Electric Dryer Cons
One major drawback of an electric dryer is that they heat up slower than gas dryers. As a result, clothes drying times are extended and more energy is used.
Also, clothes are more likely to over dry in an electric unit reducing their longevity.
In conclusion, if you are choosing between a gas dryer and an electric dryer, I would advise you to pick a gas dryer.
This assumes you have the necessary hook ups in your home.
If you currently do not have natural gas in your home, installing it is an expensive process.
Also, if you do not have the proper vents in your home, a gas dryer is not an option.
However, a gas dryer saves energy and money in the long run.
A gas dryer also can preserve the integrity of clothing for a longer period of time. This also saves money.
For more information on dryers, please see our dryer buying guide.