It has finally happened – your trusted, beloved dryer has finally dried its last pair of clothes. You may have had the unit for decades, as many do, or it could be a young one still – however, no matter why your dryer is dead, there is a cold hard truth that you are going to have to face, and that is having to buy another dryer. If you are like many individuals, you have had your current dryer for many years. Another side of the spectrum would be that you are buying a dryer for the first time. At this point, it really doesn’t matter why you are having to buy a dryer, you just need one – and fast!
Many people just run to their nearest appliance store, and pick one that fit’s the descriptioin of their last dryer. They try to get the same make, comparable models, and hopefully the same price. However, this can be a huge downfall. Throughout the years, there have been some really great upgrades and developments within the dryer world. But, seeing that most people just see a dryer as simply that, a dryer, most aren’t aware of these changes. There are a few simple things that one must be aware of in order to obtain a quality dryer, and I have outlined these for you! You might be asking what qualifies myself to be writing such an article? Well, for the past year I have been working in the appliance department at a national home electronics reseller. And through my many months of working there, I have learned volumes of information – both good and scandalous – about all types of appliances. Make sure that you print off, or at least, remember the following checklist. I will also provide you with a checklist for the traditional Top-Load Dryers and the “newer” Front-Load Dryers.
The first thing that you must look at when considering a new dryer is how big the mouth opening is. Some people find this feature to be only supplementary, when however, it truly is a huge consideration. In order to find out how large you should go, you must sit and think about the type of laundry you do. If you mainly wash cotton shirts and small loads of jeans, than a smaller opening would be very sufficient. However, if you have a large family, where you are constantly washing larger loads of shirts, jeans, towels, and even comforters, than you will ABSOLUTELY need to go with a larger dryer opening. The importance of this lie’s within your clothes. Your clothes go through a lot of stress when they are being washed and dried, and having to squeeze them out of a small opening after drying. In some circumstances, I have seen comforters and towels literally ripped by trying to get them out of the opening. And, if you are in doubt about the size of your opening, go BIG. Better to have more room than not enough room.
The second feature you must look for in a dryer is the placement of the lint filter. This one comes down to practicality and ease for the consumer. On top-load dryers, you have two options when dealing with the lint filter. And those are to have the filter located at the top of the unit, when you pull it out it is curved in its shape. And the second option is to have it located at the bottom of the dryer “mouth” opening, in which it is just a vertical “sheet” of filter. I have found throughout all of my training and such, that having the lint guard located in the dryer mouth opening is far better than having it at the top of the unit. There are several reasons for this, one being convenience, it is much easier to reach, as well as put back in, as the lint guards at the top are usually difficult to place back after cleaning. Another reason is that having the lint guard literally beside the drum, makes it easier for it to catch lint, thus keeping the lint off of your clothes, and into the guard.
And the last major thing one must consider when buying a new dyer, is the temperature variation feature. Most mid-grade to high-end dryers will have this feature. Of course, the higher you go, the better the feature will be, as well will the more options with this feature one will have to choose from. However, the lower end dryers have a preset standard drying temperature, which is good for certain types of clothing, but not all types. And unless all you wear is unthinkable cottons or such, than you are going to need the variable temperature feature. The main reason for this is different types of clothing must have different drying temperatures in order to maintain a high level of quality, and in order to stop any shrinkage. Speak with your sales associate in order to gauge the appropriateness of this feature for your individual drying needs.
TOP-LOAD DRYER CHECKLIST:
1. Mouth Opening
2. Placement of Lint Filters
3. Temperature Variation Feature
Just like its sister, the washing machine, the front-load dryer has made leaps and bounds in developing an energy efficient model that is both stylish and cost effective. However, just like its counterpart, the price variable is still going to be higher than the traditional top-load dryers. Now lets get some things straight, even though with the top-load and the front-load dryers both openings are in the front, they ARE NOT similar in any fashion. Front-load dryers are far more energy efficient than top loaders, as well as being much more tender on your clothes.
The first feature you must take into consideration is making sure that your dryer has a direct-drive motor. This basically means that the motor of your drying machine is not run solely by belts and pulleys, but it is literally driven by magnets. This literally will cut the operating costs of your dryer in half – if not more. This is definitely the way to efficiently dry your clothes. Another major benefit about having a direct drive motor, is that there are hardly any moving parts, thus making wear-and-tear on your machine non-existent. An absolute great feature that will elongate your dryer’s life by years!
The second feature you must have on your new front-load dryer is having a decent sized drum. Most front-load dryers, as well as washers, are going to come with a standard larger drum. The drum size can range up to a 4.0 cubic foot drum, which is absolutely massive when considering that most top-load dryer drums are only 3.2 cubic feet. That is a huge difference. The main reason why you must consider the size of a drum is if you are washing larger items, or if you are having larger wash loads. Which, when you have machines as energy friendly as front-load dryers, than there is no reason why you shouldn’t be washing many loads at once.
And the last main checkpoint to have is to see what the spin-speed variations are. This option weighs heavy when you are choosing a front load dryer due to the fact that the higher the spin-speed, the less wrinkles you will have in your clothes…literally. The faster your clothes spin, the quicker that water is extracted from the fibers. When this happens rapidly, wrinkles do not have a chance to form. Thus, your clothes literally come out of the dryer ready to wear. Which is great when you are just wanting to de-wrinkle an article of clothing before going out on the town. Which, most front load dryers have this option – the “De-Wrinkle” cycle.
Make sure that when you are looking for a new dryer, whether it be a traditional top load or a new front-load dryer that you ASK QUESTIONS, and find out for yourself what dryer will best suit yourself and your family.
FRONT-LOAD DRYER CHECKLIST:
1. Direct Drive Motor
2. Size of the Drum
3. Spin-Speed Variation