So, you now know what cloth dryers are and what they do. But you might be a little confused as to which one should you go for, or what are the features that would be of use. Don’t worry guys, we have you covered. After extensive research and reviewing a few dryers in our circle, we have made this small list of the most important things that you should consider when looking for a dryer.
In this article you'll learn about
- Things to consider while buying Cloth Dryers
- 1. Space in laundry area for dryer
- 2. Dryer Size & capacity
- 3. Dryer performance
- 4. Dryer features to look for
Things to consider while buying Cloth Dryers
The following 4 things are what you should consider while buying cloth dryers.
- Laundry area Space for Dryer.
- Dryer Size & Capacity.
- Dryer Performance.
- Feature to Look for in a Dryer.
Now let’s take a look at each of the above points. This is a very detailed buying guide, so let’s get started. If you have any comments and suggestions or queries please leave us a comment in the comment section below.
So, let’s get started:
1. Space in laundry area for dryer
The first thing that every person thinks of when buying a new appliance, is the space they have at home. Nobody buys a large appliance first and then structures their rooms or other things around it. We look for the space we have & then make the decision.
These are the things you need to keep in mind while measuring the area for your laundry unit:
- Have at least 3 inches of breather space on both sides and at the back for proper heat exchange, and for all the wiring.
- You should also leave some space in the front at least 8 inches for the door to open & close properly.
- Ideally, a dryer should be installed in a well-ventilated area. If your laundry area has a window, it would be best if you install the dryer next to it.
- If you don’t have a 15amp switch with earthing, get one installed.
- You might also want to consider if you want a washer cum dryer or separate washer and dryer.
We will write an article soon enough to help you out here.
2. Dryer Size & capacity
So, by now you must have taken out your measuring tapes and decided the area where you’ll put the dryer. Now, some of you may have an average amount of space, some may have tight room to spare & a few may have a lot of space to accommodate it.
Generally, an average-sized dryer measures 32H X 28W X 30D i.e. 32 inches in height, 28 inches in width, and 30 inches in depth. You can look for dryers that are bigger than these, or go for a more compact option.
The capacity of the dryer depends on the size of the dryer. A dryer that is big & bulky has a higher capacity than the compact ones. Bigger dryers can take upto 10kgs of wet load depending on the model and the manufacturer. These big size dryers are suitable for bigger families or if you are too hygienic and change clothes after every 3 hours.
For a family of 5, a dryer with a capacity of 6kg would be more than sufficient.
3. Dryer performance
Another crucial thing to consider is the performance of the dryer. Some dryers may give an estimate of 60mins per full load while another brand may give an estimation of 38 mins on a full load. These are merely marketing techniques. You should know the fact that a normal dryer cycle will take anywhere between 60mins to 90mins to completely dry your clothes.
A lot of companies have similar modes or cycles. They have fancy names but we’ll understand them in layman’s terms.
Let’s see some of the Dryer performance parameters below:
I. Dryness Sensor
These days the more modern machines have a dryness sensor in them. This sensor will detect if the clothes have completely dry. You can also dial in your own settings, i.e. you can dial in 80-90% dry if you want. This feature helps a lot when it comes to a bit of energy saving. It also prevents over-drying of clothes which can sometimes degrade the fabric over time.
II. Express Cycle
During this cycle, the dryer blows a lot of air to speed up the drying process. This cycle works best when the load is low.
III. Steam cycle
Dryers are capable of giving out crease-free dry clothes. The steam cycle does just that and more. It can remove odors and also soften the clothes. A small amount of water is sprayed into the drum at regular intervals.
IV. Delicate cycle
This cycle uses really low temperatures to dry out soft or lightweight clothes. This will keep the delicate fabric dry & safe from any wear and tear. This cycle is generally used for baby clothes or for clothes that are loosely woven.
We all are familiar with this cycle, almost every appliance now has an Eco mode of some sort. For your dryer, this cycle will save you a bit of energy, as it monitors the dryness with the sensor and giving out heat a moderate rate. This can save you a lot of money if paired with the right washer.
VI. Sanitation or Hygiene
One of the really important characteristics you should look for is the sanitation or hygiene cycle. This cycle helps in eliminating germs and bacteria that find their way into the fabrics. The sanitation cycle is really good in its job, and it should definitely be used for baby clothes and adults with a weaker immune system.
4. Dryer features to look for
To be honest, you don’t need a really fancy dryer with all the best in class features. A few important technical features should be the only thing you look for. The other aesthetic features should be secondary on your list. Here’s a list of features you should look for:
Buying a dryer just to have its buttons not working in a month would be the worst possible investment ever. Having a sturdy control panel or a touch screen panel will ensure that you don’t have to worry about it.
A lot of newer dryers are equipped with different sensors. These can indicate load levels, time left, current mode and they are also giving safety indicators like high heat levels, a blocked vent, and if there is some other mechanical failure.
III. Energy Star rating
One thing that you should always look for while buying any large electronic appliance is the energy star rating. The higher the rating the better energy saving. These appliances save a lot of energy without actually compromising the performance.
IV. Noise levels
A good thing to check for is the level of noise produced by the dryer. Few newer dryers have a silent dry feature that does the same work with reduced levels of noise. This feature is really great for people who have their laundry area close to their living room or bedroom.
Cloth dryers are a fantastic product and everyone should have one. It helps out a lot in reducing the household chores. Hopefully, we have now armed you with enough information that you can start your dryer hunting journey.
These are the cloth dryers which we found work best for the Indian household.
To know more about cloth dryers check our other article here – Clothes Dryers – An all weather solution for 100% Dry Clothes.
Do let us know your thoughts in the comment section below. Stay tuned for our next article, till then have a Jolly Good Life.