Dryers contribute to the life and appearance of your clothing. For this reason it is important to choose a quality dryer to suit your wardrobe. Dryers are available in gas or electric, but all spin the clothes while blowing hot air on them. Gas dryers are usually a little higher priced alternative, but tend to be more cost efficient in the long run compared to electric. Know that just because a dryer advertises 'extra large', this doesn't necessarily mean that the capacity is large. You should choose a dryer that is compatible with your washer size so that you can dry your clothes as they are washed, not let wet clothes stack up while the dryer is running. The general rule of thumb is to have about twice as much capacity in the dryer than in the washer. So if you buy a 3.3 or 3.5 cu. ft. washer, you will need a 7 cu. ft. dryer.
Pretty much all dryers will do a fine job of drying clothes. The choices in dryers that you will mostly find are the features and cost of operation. There is a wide selection of digital, dial, and push button controls. The temperature settings can vary from model to model. You may want a dryer that has specific fabric temperature settings. Features like that may be on one model and not on another. Some models have different styles of moisture sensors. A sensor that is in the venting system of the dryer, which is most common, will not be a drastic difference from the style that is built-in to the drum or doorway, but will be less accurate. The door style sensor will be more accurate, but will probably raise the price of the dryer some.
Most dryers do not automatically come with drying racks, but most have one available separately. If you require one of these, be sure to ask the sales person to check the pricing and availability for the model of dryer you choose before making the purchase. Some dryers have drum lights some do not. A light can be a nice added feature, but if the model you like most does not have one, the white interior that is most common will probably give you the lighting effect you desire anyway.
Always keep in mind that your washer and dryer work together. The dryer can only dry as efficiently as the washer spins the clothing. If you feel that your drying time is too lengthy, do not jump to blaming the dryer - it may be a less efficient washing machine that is the cause. You will find that a matching set is usually the best choice because the sets are designed to work with each other. In other words, the dryer should be able to keep up with the washer if properly designed.
Dryers vary in price from model to model and depending on whether you choose gas or electric. The average low price for a basic model is around $250. With added features such as permanent press cycles, tumble only (no heat), temperature options, sensor styles, and etc, the price can be $350 to $600. Dryers costing more than $600 are more likely to have computerized controls and touch panels. The most well-known brands are GE, Whirlpool, Maytag, and Kenmore.
With all of these manufacturers it may be to your advantage to compare warranties, service contracts, and consumer advice on the model you like in the different brands available. Sometimes knowing about the competitor's can get you a better deal at your local appliance dealer. Remember, local dealers offer service on all appliances purchased from them. Many will not service a machine that has been purchased elsewhere and depending on where you live, this may be a problem for you in the future when the machines are much older.
The Duet dryer keeps pace with your washer, cycle for cycle, while providing gentle care for even delicate fabrics.