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Dryer Buying Guide

Damp clothes will be a thing of the past

Forget about the loud, clunky metal box in your parents' basement; dryers have come a long way. Recent advances in technology allow dryers to dry your clothes more effectively and efficiently, while sporting convenient new features such as smartphone integration, moisture sensors and remote diagnostics.

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Types of Dryers

Blue Dryer

Gas vs. Electric Dryers

When looking at dryers, you'll need to choose between gas and electricity-powered dryers. For the most part, both types deliver comparable performance: both do a great job of drying your clothes, and both come in a variety of capacities with a range of special functions. The main differences are related to installation, cost, drying speed and energy efficiency.

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Dryer Features

What is a Moisture Sensor?

A moisture sensor is a feature found in some dryers that monitors how wet your clothes are and turns off the dryer automatically when the laundry is dry.


Dryers that don't have a moisture sensor force you to guess how long you should run the dryer. The problem with guessing is that if the dryer doesn't run long enough, your clothes will be damp; and if it runs too long, you'll waste electricity heating clothes that are already dry. 

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Dryer Controls

Dryer Cycles

Dryer Cycles

What is Reverse Tumble Action?

A dryer with reverse tumble action will periodically reverse the direction of the drum while drying. This helps to separate your clothes so they dry more quickly and evenly, while preventing tangles and reducing wrinkles. By speeding up the dry time, reverse tumble action can also help reduce your energy consumption. 

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Post-Dry Tumbling

What is Post-Dry Tumbling?

Dryers with post-dry tumbling will continue to tumble your laundry periodically after the laundry is dry. This feature prevents your clothes from sitting in one position for too long, thereby discouraging creases and wrinkles from forming. When combined with other wrinkle-reducing features, such as steam cycles and reverse tumble action, post-dry tumbling can help reduce or even eliminate the need to iron your clothes after drying. 

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Dryer Use Tips

How to Decide on a Dryer Capacity

When buying a dryer, one of the most important decisions you have to make is what capacity dryer to get. After all, if your dryer is too small, you'll end up doing load after load of laundry. Bigger isn't always better, though; if you get a dryer that's too large, you'll waste a lot of energy heating up its oversized drum for a small load of clothes. 

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Dryer Capacity

How to Run Your Dryer More Efficiently

Your dryer is one of the biggest energy hogs in your home. Regardless of whether you have a gas or electric dryer, it takes a lot of power to get the air inside the drum hot enough to dry a big load of wet clothes. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to minimize the amount of energy your dryer uses. By running your dryer more efficiently, you'll save on your monthly utility bills while also doing a good deed for the environment.

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Efficient Dryers

Product Insights

Kenmore Front-Load Dryers

Product Insights: Kenmore Front-Load Dryers

Kenmore Laundry Cleans Up the Competition

Kenmore® laundry has received some exciting accolades! This comes as no surprise to Kenmore laundry, as this dryer is loaded with innovation, performance and convenience features that make it a winning choice.

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Kenmore Elite Dryers

Product Insights: Kenmore Elite Dryers

Kenmore® laundry has received some exciting accolades! This comes as no surprise to Kenmore laundry, as this dryer is loaded with innovation, performance and convenience features that make it a winning choice.

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Maytag Maxima Dryer

Product Insights: Maytag Maxima Dryer

This Maytag Maxima XL  front-load dryer features Advanced Moisture Sensing to evenly dry large loads.

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Fresh on the Floor: Samsung Dryers

Product Insights: Samsung Dryers

Samsung front-load and top-load dryers offer you the latest in technology and convenience. They also offer the industry's largest capacity available, helping you get more laundry done in less time.

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LG Front-Control Dryers

Product Insights: LG Front-Control Dryers

When you want stylish design that works as hard as you do, look no further than this revolutionary LG front-control top-load dryer. Moving the control panel front and center means the easy-to-read, easy-to-use Dual LED display is always at your fingertips — even when the lid is open. 

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