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How To Buy A Dryer

  • Holidays such as Labor Day, Memorial Day, Presidents Day, and Black Friday typically will bring sales of many appliances including dryers. September and October manufacturers will put the current year's models on sale to get ready for the upcoming new year. Discounts on the remaining last years models can be found in January, also."}},"@type": "Question","name": "Should you buy a new washer and dryer at the same time?","acceptedAnswer": "@type": "Answer","text": "If you want to have a matching set, then you might prefer to purchase both appliances at the same time. This way they will have the same design, look plus be the same age.","@type": "Question","name": "Does a dryer require a special outlet?","acceptedAnswer": "@type": "Answer","text": "Dryers require a 240-volt electrical outlet to work. They will not operate if plugged into a standard outlet. "]}]}] .icon-garden-review-1fill:#b1dede.icon-garden-review-2fill:none;stroke:#01727a;stroke-linecap:round;stroke-linejoin:round > buttonbuttonThe Spruce The Spruce's Instagram The Spruce's TikTok The Spruce's Pinterest The Spruce's Facebook NewslettersClose search formOpen search formSearch DecorRoom Design

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how to buy a dryer

Holidays such as Labor Day, Memorial Day, Presidents Day, and Black Friday typically will bring sales of many appliances including dryers. September and October manufacturers will put the current year's models on sale to get ready for the upcoming new year. Discounts on the remaining last years models can be found in January, also.

Over the last 20 years, many household appliances like clothes washers and refrigerators have become significantly more energy efficient. However, standard clothes dryers have been stuck in the early 1990s, when minimum energy standards for these machines first went into effect. The typical dryer sucks up as much power annually as a new washing machine, dishwasher, and refrigerator combined.

Moisture sensor: This feature puts an end to overdrying, which can damage your clothes. Machines with moisture sensors automatically shut off when a load is dry. A dryer that runs 15 more minutes than it needs to on each load can cost you $34 per year. Here's more:

There are several factors to take into consideration while shopping for a new dryer. How much do you want to pay up front? How much do you want to pay the power company each month? How much space do you have available? How important is the dryer's appearance to you? What sort of features do you want your dryer to have?

This guide will cover all of these angles, but first, you need to determine which type of dryer is best for your home. Fortunately, there are only two options, and in many cases, the decision will be a fairly easy one.

With the exception of your refrigerator, the odds are good that nothing in your home will use more energy than your dryer, and this is true for both electric and gas models. However, there are differences between the way each type of dryer uses energy that can have a big impact on the true cost of owning and operating one over the other. Understanding these differences is the key to making an informed decision.

All dryers use electricity to spin the central chamber, or drum, and keep your clothing in motion throughout the cycle. Electric dryers also use electricity to power the heater and fan that continually blows hot air through the machine. Gas dryers power these components using natural gas or propane. They tend to cost a little more up front (typically about $100 more than comparable electric dryers), but since they warm up faster, they also tend to cost a little less to operate. Of course, this depends on the energy rates in your area, as well as the time of year, so be sure and do a little research before you commit one way or the other.

Electric dryers require a dedicated 240-volt circuit, which almost every laundry room will have. Gas dryers, on the other hand, require a separate gas hookup, which are less common in American households. If you decide to buy a gas dryer, you may need to factor in the cost of having a gas line professionally installed. Be aware that this can cost upward of several hundred dollars -- in many cases, this can outweigh the long-term energy bill savings, or at least render them negligible. And even if you already have a gas line ready to go, you still might be wise to have your new gas dryer installed by a trusted professional. The consequences of a faulty installation can include fire, carbon-monoxide poisoning or even an explosion.

If you're looking for an affordable dryer that you can simply plug into an existing laundry room in your house or rental, then an electric dryer is probably what you want. Even if you have a gas line already set up, you may still want to consider an electric dryer if you think there's a chance you might be moving in the next couple of years.

However, if you're comfortable in your home and you have a gas line ready to go (or can afford to install one), then go for the gas dryer. You'll enjoy the slightly faster cycles, and the chances are good that you'll save at least a little bit of money over the long haul.

If you're buying a matching washer-dryer set, then this is a rather painless process. No matter what size set you go with, you'll be able to use your new machines together without any trouble. The confusing part comes when you're buying a stand-alone dryer to complement an existing washer. Go too small, and you won't be able to dry a full washer load in one cycle. Go too big, and you'll burn away your money with every cycle.

Your standard "full-size" dryers typically range from about 7.3 cubic feet (cu. ft.) to 8.3 cu. ft., although there are compact units available as small as 3.4 cu. ft., as well as "mega-capacity" offerings as large as 9.2 cu. ft. Appliance brands such as Kenmore, Whirlpool, LG, and Maytag offer regular-size dryers, plus ones with massive capacities.

Which size is right for you? For one to two people only washing light garments and no heavy bedding, a compact unit is probably sufficient. Most people, however, will want a full-size dryer capable of drying heavier items and larger loads, and since the load size is determined by the size of your washer, you'll want to start there. One easy rule of thumb is that the capacity of your dryer should be about twice the capacity of your washer. If your washer has a 3.5 cu. ft. capacity, for instance, then look for a dryer with 7.0 cu. ft. This 1:2 ratio is the sweet spot, giving a full load of wet laundry enough room to dry efficiently without wasting energy.

One caution: don't get distracted with sales terminology. Words like "extra-large," "king-size," and "ultra-capacity" are not fixed, standardized definitions, especially between different brands. Just because the store lists your new dryer as "extra-large" doesn't mean that it'll be a good fit with the "extra-large" washing machine that you bought four years ago. Stick to the numbers! 041b061a72


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