Saving Money on Clothes Dryers

If you’re in the market for a new clothes dryer, it pays to do some research ahead of time. A basic dryer doesn’t have to cost a great deal of money, and may be all that you need.

  • The first thing you need to do is decide whether to get an electric or gas model. If you don’t currently have a gas hook-up, it would be an additional expense to have this installed. If you have both an electric and a gas hook-up already, you might want to go with the gas unit. Even though it costs more initially, you will recoup this in energy savings.
  • Measure the area where it will be installed, so that you know you will have adequate space.
  • Visit some stores, and check online to compare prices. Talk to salespeople about the various features.
  • Think about which features are important to you, and be realistic about which ones you would really use. Most people settle in to using only a few settings.
  • Less expensive models tend to have thermostats rather than moisture control sensors. The moisture control sensors are better at determining when your clothes are dry. Therefore, a dryer with this feature will save energy and cause less wear and tear on your clothes.
  • Electronic controls look sharp but generally cost more than manual controls. In addition, they may be hard to read in a dimly lit laundry area. They also cost more to repair if they break.
  • Choose a dryer size that is in line with your washer size.
  • Colors other than white will generally cost more.
  • Check to see if there are floor models or scratch-and-dent models that would be less expensive.
  • If you are purchasing a washing machine at the same time, you may be able to get a better deal.