Find what you need in our Dryer Buying Guide, from stackable washer and dryers, to gas or electric models, or even an all-in-one washer dryer. Explore features like steam-cleaning, dual dryers, noise reduction, and more.

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Considerations When Buying a Dryer

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Type of Living Space

The type of dryer you purchase will be dependent on your type of living space. Most apartments and condos will not have a ventilation system set up, which means you'll have to look for a ventless dryer. Most houses have an exhaust system built in, in which case a traditional dryer will be fine.
Stackable washer and dryer in washroom 

Size of Living Space

Understanding the available space in your home is imperative when shopping for a new dryer. If you live in an apartment, a stackable washer and dryer setup is an option to consider while a larger home can accommodate the side-by-side setup. Be sure to measure twice and buy once. Know the measurements for the following dimensions before purchasing: height, depth, width, and combined width.

Note: When measuring depth, allow for a 3 to 4 inch gap behind the dryer for ventilation.

Front loading dryer with open door.

Dryer Capacity

When measuring dryer capacity, it is a good idea to consider the size of your washer. The best way to do this is to use a 1:2 ratio, so a full load of wet laundry has enough room to dry. For instance, if you have a washing machine at 3.5 cubic feet capacity, then look for a dryer with 7 cu. ft. capacity.
Dryer in closet.

Dryer Location

If you're purchasing a traditional dryer, make sure the location can support the installation of a dryer exhaust system.

Note: Make sure your dryer exhaust is regularly cleaned for optimal dryer performance and safety.

Types of Dryers

  • Stackable white washer and dryer side by side.

    Stackable Washer & Dryer

    A perfect option for apartment dwellers, stackable washers and dryers save a lot of space. These units may not be the best option for people who are shorter than average or for those who are disabled.
  • Pink all-in-one washer and dryer.

    All-in-One Washer Dryer

    An all-in-one washer dryer not only saves space but uses half the carbon footprint of two separate appliances. It offers all the features of the standalone units, and most models can wash or dry independently.
  • Front load gas dryer

    Gas Dryer

    Gas dryers use a gas burner to operate. A sensor on the motor causes the igniter to light when it reaches full speed, which causes a gas valve to open. The heated air is then circulated by an electric fan. While gas dryers have lower running costs than electric, the initial costs of disconnecting and reconnecting a gas line on a dryer is higher than electric dryer setup costs.

    Note: Make sure you have a professional install your new gas dryer.

  • Front-loading electric dryer

    Electric Dryer

    Electric vented dryers use a heating coil and run off of a 240 volt current. They usually hook up with a 3-prong or 4-prong outlet and tend to have a higher running cost than gas dryers.

    Note: Make sure you have a professional install your new electric dryer.

  • Front-loading ventless dryer.

    Ventless Dryer

    Ventless dryers do not require exterior venting. Instead the warm, damp air is drawn through a condensing chamber, and the water is flushed out of the drain hose to the sink or through pipes. Due to the lack of a ventilation system in apartments, condos, and older homes, a ventless dryer is your best option.

Dryer Features

Smart phone controling dryer

Wi-Fi Enabled

Start your dryer with ease using your smartphone or tablet. Some models offer an energy-saving (and money-saving) option that will remotely start the dryer when energy rates are at their lowest. Wi-Fi enabled dryers will also send a data report straight to your phone, computer, or tablet.
Steam options on a black dryer.

Steam Cleaning Dryer

The addition of steam cleaning cycles allows for quick light stain and odor removal. The steam-clean function allows for once "non-washable" items, like toys or pillows, to be sanitized.
Woman pressing finger to lips

Noise Reduction

Reduced noise and vibration is a common feature found in dryers, which is ideal for units that are located near sleeping areas. Also, look for units that allow you to mute the end-of-cycle signal.
Dryer with second compartment opened and a delicate item of clothing inside.

Dual Dryer

Dual dryers are a recent addition to many models of dryers is a second compartment. Smaller in size, the second bin is designed to dry delicate clothing or that one shirt that didn't quite make it the first time around.
Close-up of moisture sensor on white dryer.

Moisture & Temperature Sensors

Moisture and temperature sensors work together to stop the dryer once clothes are sufficiently dry, which means you won't be running your dryer unnecessarily.
Grey dryer rack inside front loading dryer

Drum Rack

The drum rack is placed within the dryer and clothes are placed on top. The clothes do not spin, but rather sit and dry as the drum rotates around the rack. This is ideal for delicate clothing and fabrics like wool and silk.
Clothes drying in dryer

Extended Tumble Dry

Extended tumble periodically tumbles clothes that have finished the drying cycle until they are removed. This feature is designed to limit wrinkling and to keep clothes fresh.
Lint filter inside door of dryer

Lint Filter

Lint filters are located either on top of the appliance by the controls or in the drum just inside the door. While both filter placements collect lint efficiently, the top mounted filter is easier to access than the in-drum filter.

Note: Be sure to regularly clean out the lint filter as a buildup can decrease the dryer's effectiveness and can even catch fire in extreme cases.

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