Things to Consider when Buying a Clothes Dryer: Personal Experience

Are you in the market for a new clothes dryer? If so, there are a few things that you will undoubtedly want to take into consideration. Here is a look at a few of them:

Type of Dryer

One of the first things that you will need to consider when buying a clothes dryer is whether or not you want to go with a gas or electric powered machine. For some folks, gas dryers prove to be cheaper to operate. That, however, is not the case in certain parts of Southeast Georgia. For my family, it was more economical to go with an electric clothes dryer. Therefore, I would suggest that you investigate the cost of both options before making your decision.

Dryer’s Capacity

The second thing that you will need to consider is what size dryer you want to have. Based on my experience, bigger dryers do tend to come in handy if you have a lot of laundry to do. When our children were young, we had two washers and dryers in order to keep up with all the dirty clothes. Once they became adults, we downsized to a single, smaller capacity dryer. The one we have now is just big enough to dry a large comforter. As such, I would recommend that you let the size of your family determine the capacity of your clothes dryer.

Dryer’s Features

The third thing that you will want to think about when selecting a clothes dryer is what features it has. For our last dryer, my husband and I chose one with traditional controls and basic cycles. Nowadays, you can choose from a wide array of cycles like sensor dry, steam, sanitize and delicate. In general, the more features that you select, the more expensive the clothes dryer will be. We did not need the added features or want the extra expense.

Noise Level

The fourth thing that you will want to consider is how much noise the clothes dryer will make while in operation. We chose a quiet dryer because it was earmarked to go into a little laundry area that we built into our kitchen. A loud dryer would have been annoying, especially if it was running during dinner time. Depending on where you plan on putting your dryer, you may not care as much about the noise as we did.

Space Available

The fifth thing that you’ll want to contemplate before making a dryer purchase is how much space you have in your laundry area. I would recommend that you take some measurements of your laundry room before heading out to the appliance store. When calculating how much dryer space is available, be sure to allow enough work space for folding clothes, ironing and storage.

Killeen Gonzalez enjoys completing home improvement projects with her family.

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