When it comes to clothes dryers, the first thing to consider is the power; either by natural gas, LP gas, or electricity. Next you should consider the size. When it comes to size there are two measurements that you should take into consideration. First is the capacity of the dryer. You typically want a larger capacity then the washer. This will provide room for the clothes to fluff up and dry more efficiently, as well as to help prevent wrinkling. The second dimension would be the overall dimension of the dryer. The dryer needs to be able to get through your doorway and to the final installation spot so be sure you measure the path to your laundry area carefully, taking into consideration tight hallways, doorways, turns and stairways, as dryers today can be much larger than those in the past. Some traditional dryers today are offering front-mounted controls making it easy to access and allow more space on the top of the dryer for stacking or folding clothes.
Dryers that match your front-load washers feature controls up front for easy access. The dryers usually have more options and features than traditional dryers for drying all fabric types. Many dryers have the ability to switch the door swing so it opens away from the washer allowing easier access when transferring clothes from the washer to the dryer. And with the optional stacking kit you can place the dryer on top of the washer saving you valuable floor space.
If you’re really limited on space, then a compact dryer may be your answer. Compact dryers have a smaller capacity than full size dryers. Most are 110 volt electric; therefore they can be plugged into a standard outlet. Keep in mind though, that it will take considerably longer to dry your clothes, and since these dryers have about a 3.5 cubic foot capacity I do not suggest them for a large family or if you do a lot of laundry. So when it comes to limited space the compact dryer may be your best option.
Last but certainly not least, you need to consider your venting options. Most dryers need to be vented out of the home, and most will vent out of the back of the dryer. This can add an additional 6 inches to the overall depth. Some will allow you to vent out the sides, or even the bottom, providing greater venting flexibility. This is very important if you plan on installing the dryer inside a closet or a laundry room where space is the factor. When it comes to features today, you will find dryers with basic controls such as drying time and temperature controls. Some dryers have full electronic controls, LCD screens, multiple temperature settings and moisture sensor that’ll turn off the dryer when your clothes are dry, saving you time and energy.
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