The era of dryers with one setting (hot) is long gone. Now there are nearly as many ways to dry your clothes as there are to wash them. Here are the key elements to think about when it’s time to buy your first dryer or replace an old one.
Understanding the Basics
Start by assessing your needs before you commit to a purchase. Don’t base your decision solely on the outside design of a refrigerator; consider your family’s shopping, eating and cleaning habits to make sure you get the best appliance for your needs.
- Size and Capacity
As washers have increased in size, dryers have naturally followed suit. Space can be an issue for some shoppers, especially if you’re replacing both a washer and dryer at the same time. Make sure you’ve measured your laundry room and bring a tape measure to the appliance store. Capacity is key, as well. Be sure your new dryer can handle all of the clothes from a single load of washing. If your washer is very large, a 7.5-cubic foot model like the Samsung DV457 dryer can handle all your laundry with ease.
- Front vs. Top Loading
Like washers, dryers come in both front- and top-loading designs. Both types of dryers tend to perform equally well, but front-load dryers that pair with front-load washers are more energy efficient, have front controls for ease of use, and have more feature availability and cycle options.
- Cleaning Cycles and Options
Advanced dryers feature special cycles including heavy duty drying modes for thicker fabrics like bedding and more gentle modes for permanent press and delicate items. The Samsung DV456 dryer features 11 drying modes, including a “Wrinkle Release” system that helps get the kinks out of your clothes without ironing.
Simple knobs and buttons remain common on dryers, but advanced models like the Samsung DV457 dryer include a touchscreen to control every detail of your clothes drying operation. The digital display lets you see at a glance how close to dry your clothing is, so you don’t over-dry.
Other Details to Consider
- Wireless Connectivity
Want to check and see if the laundry is done? Some next-generation dryers like the Samsung DV457 connect to your Wi-Fi® network and can let your Samsung Galaxy device know if the cycle is done, even if you aren’t home.
- Steam Drying
This mode, available on some high-end dryers, helps to remove odors and reduce wrinkles and the need for ironing.
- Moisture Sensor
A moisture sensor takes the guesswork out of how long you need to dry your clothes, shutting the dryer off automatically when clothes are no longer damp.
- Noise Level
Consider where your dryer will sit when selecting a unit. Louder models won’t be as welcome near living areas.
You aren’t stuck with vanilla white and hot pink any more. Choose a machine that complements your décor.
More Questions to Ask
- Gas or electric? Electric dryers are more popular and less expensive, but you’ll save money in the long run if you have gas hookups available.
- Can the dryer be checked easily for trouble? Samsung’s DV457 lets you run a quick diagnostic test and look up fixes on your mobile phone.
- Is a system available to remind you when to clean the dryer vent? Samsung’s VentSensor lets you know when lint is blocking the filter.
- Can the dryer be programmed to start at a later time?
Key Points to Remember
- Size your dryer to ensure that it is large enough to handle a full load from your washer. And be sure it fits in your laundry room.
- Multiple mode availability—including steam drying, delicate, and special fabric modes—means you won’t have to drip-dry as much of your laundry.
- Consider gas models if you have gas hookups.
- Check the noise level. You don’t want a noisy dryer near living areas.
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