Dryer Buying Tips
- Dryers are available in either gas- or electric-powered models. Gas dryers are generally cheaper to operate over the life of the appliance, but typically are priced about $50 more than electric dryer.
- How dryers determine when to stop is a key element in how they are priced. Dryers either use sensors or thermostats to assess how dry the clothes are. Sensor, can judge the amount of moisture remaining in clothing, a thermostat measures the temperature of the escaping air. The sensor is typically more costly to purchase, but generally considered more efficient, easier on your clothes and therefore cheaper to operate in the long run. Look for a dryer with sesnors.
- Shoppers often purchase dryers as a set when they buy a washer. Style and aesthetic appeal can drive the cost of the unit higher. In reality, the matched set doesn't perform any better. But, it does look great. Unfortunately, when one machine needs to be replaced, getting a matched piece is not always possible. For best value, consider replacing only the machine that breaks down.
- Special features that add unique features or flexibility also will cost more. Newer models include heated cabinet that have multiple racks to dry delicates gently and an overhead rack to hang garments while steam circulates, removing wrinkles and even odors. Some models have reversible doors if you ever need to move the dryer location. Look for models that have large, accessible lint filters for ease of cleaning.