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Dryer Buying Guide

Dryer Buying Guide

Buying a dryer is no easy task, but Goedeker's makes finding the best dryer easier. It pays to be informed, as the type of dryer you purchase can greatly affect your energy bill.

Take a look at this informational dryer buying guide to better educate yourself about all the factors that go into purchasing a new dryer.

Types of Tumble Dryers

Types of Dryers

Gas Dryers

The gas dryer is more energy efficient, with significant 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.

Electric Dryers

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.

Note: Dryers DO NOT come with power cords. Learn more about dryer power cords here.

Laundry Center

Purchasing a stackable dryer to put on top of your washing machine to make them one unit is called 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 washers and 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.

electric clothes dryer

Gas vs Electric Dryer

The choice between gas and electric dryers can be determined for you depending on the hookups in your house. Be sure to know which you need before shopping.

If you can choose, gas dryers tend to cost more than electric dryers. However, gas dryers are cheaper to operate. The cost should be regained in energy savings.

For more information see the article, Electric Dryers VS. Gas Dryers.

Ventless Dryers

The most type of tumble dryer requires a vent to the outside of the home. However, there are ventless dryers.

Dryers without vents can be the only option if access to the outside is limited or impossible.

Check out this article to learn more: Do Clothes Dryers Come With Vents?

Dry Cycles

All dryers have basic cycles such as normal, delicates, and heavy duty. Some tumble dryers 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

Clothes Dryer Features

Feature Things to Consider
ADA Compliant Dryers Special design with persons with disabilities in mind.
Energy Star Rated Dryers Strict government guidelines ensure saving energy and money.
Capacity It's important to know what capacity you need based on household size. 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 during the day. This can be useful for when you are out and about running errands and living your life.
Color Dryers come in a variety of colors. White is the most common. Other popular choices include grey, red, and silver. 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 the dryer for easy access. Some models even offer sensors called filter indicators that alert you to clean the filter.
Venting System Make sure to 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 moisture out of 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 better 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.

Dryer Buying Guide Additional Resources

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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 energy than models without the label.

To learn more, visit our ENERGY STAR page or the ENERGY STAR website.