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A Beginner's Guide to Buying a Dryer

How to find the perfect dryer

Drying clothes has come a long way since the days of hanging them on a clothesline. The latest dryers offer a wide variety of settings and functions that make doing laundry a breeze. New machines feature multiple styles, heat types, cycles for different loads and much more. If this is your first time buying a dryer, here are some types, settings and considerations to think about.

Types of Dryers

Kenmore Electric Dryer

Electric Dryers

Running on electric power, just plug it into a 240-volt outlet and dry clothes, towels and linens in no time. 


  • Low entry-level costs - Electric dryers are usually more affordable than gas. This makes it ideal for a homeowner on a budget.

  • Ventless availability - Some models don't require external venting, making it a better option for apartments or homes without the ability to vent.

Shop all electric dryers

Kenmore Gas Dryer

Gas Dryers

With the help of a dedicated natural gas line, you'll be able to dry quickly while being energy efficient.


  • Speed - A gas model tends to heat up quickly and dry clothes faster. This also means less energy consumed to dry a load of clothes.

  • Less expensive to run - Natural gas is often more affordable than electricity, making a gas dryer more inexpensive to run over its lifetime.

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Dryer Features

Popular Dryer Features
  • End-of-cycle signal - A signal will notify you when the dryer is done so you can quickly fold them before wrinkles set.

  • Post-dry tumbling - Wrinkle protection will periodically turn your clothes at the end of a cycle to keep them fresh if you can't make it to the dryer right away.

  • Moisture sensor - A sensor will detect how wet your clothes are during the cycle and adjust the time and temperature accordingly.

  • Smart drying - Remotely start, stop and check the status of your dryer using your smartphone. Many smart dryers also allow you to check on issues and help you troubleshoot when there's a problem.

  • Anti-vibration and low noise - To help you maintain a bit of peace and quiet, modern dryers are built to vibrate less and operate at a low decibel rating.

  • Delayed start - Pick the time when you want the dryer to start, so it isn't interrupting your daily life.

  • Advanced cycles - In addition to the standard cycles including air dry and perm press, some models include additional cycles such as Anti-bacterial, steam or quick dry.

Learn more about different dryer cycles.

What Should I Consider When Buying a Dryer?

  • Capacity - If you're single or living in a small space, 4 to 6 cu. ft. is probably enough. About 6 to 6.9 cu. ft. is suitable for a small to medium family. Large families can benefit from a dryer with a capacity of 7 cu. ft. or larger.

  • Stacking - Some models are stackable or can be stacked with a kit, just make sure you have enough vertical space in your laundry room.

  • Venting - Make sure your dryer will easily connect to your home's venting system. Improper venting can pose an extreme safety risk.

  • ENERGY STAR compliance - ENERGY STAR appliances are designed to reduce energy consumption and help you save money over time.

  • Features - Many modern models have all kinds of new bells and whistles to help you customize drying time, temperature and style of each load.

  • Unit Size - Whether you're stacking your washer and dryer or setting them side by side, measure the space before you go shopping.

Learn how to measure for a washer and dryer.

What to Consider When Buying a Dryer

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