Choosing a dryer may seem like a simple task…until you see how many different options there are out there. Different dryers have different features, drying cycles, energy ratings, and exterior designs, and not knowing the differences between them can make choosing a dryer overwhelming. In this article, I’ll be going over what to look for in a dryer so that you can easily determine which dryer is best for you and your needs.
What to Look For in a Dryer
There are a few key things to look at when you’re looking for a new dryer. You must first determine the type of dryer that you want, and then you can go on to look at things like energy ratings, features, holding capacity, and drying cycles.
Types of Dryers
The first step in choosing a dryer is determining which type of dryer you want. There are four main types of dryers: vented, condensing, heat pump, and washer-dryers.
Vented dryers do exactly what the name implies: heat the air through a vent and tumble it through the clothes. That heated air then gets released through a duct outside of your house. This is the most common and least expensive of the four dryer types.
Condensing dryers remove the moisture from the clothes or other laundry in the dryer through something called a heat exchanger. It stores the water that it removes from the laundry inside of a tank which is later drained out and replaces the moisture with warm air to dry your laundry.
Heat pump dryers operate by heating up air which gets released into the dryer and into the wet laundry then cooling down the air and draining the water from the laundry away. It repeats this process on a loop until the laundry is completely dried.
Washer-dryers are exactly what they sound like. It is a washer and dryer built together as one single unit and uses the heat pump drying method to dry laundry. This is best if you don’t have enough room for two separate units.
Having a good energy rating is important not just because it is better for the environment, but also because it costs less to run if it is more energy efficient. If a dryer has received an Energy Star from the EPA, this means that it is very energy efficient. The more stars it has, the more energy efficient it is.
Things like drying cycles, sanitizing options, steaming options, sensor drying, the ability to control the dryer from a smart phone, and holding capacity are all different features to look at.
Drying cycles can be basic or more specific to the type of laundry you’re drying (active wear, delicates, etc.). Sanitizing options remove bacteria and steaming options remove wrinkles, static, and odors from clothes. Sensor drying measures the moisture in the laundry and determines how long to dry it based on that.
It is important to consider all of these features and determine which ones are most important to you when buying a dryer. Ones with more advanced features are typically more pricey.