Whether you're replacing an old, out-of-date clothes dryer, or outfitting a new home, you should invest some time in researching the available sizes, types and features of dryers to make sure you get the best dryer that fits properly in your home and provides the right solution for your family's needs.
Best Buy has dryers for sale from a variety of brands that you know and love, including Whirlpool dryers, Samsung washers and dryers, LG, GE, Maytag, Amana and more. You can opt for professional dryer installation on both gas and electric dryers as well. These appliance services help you rest easy that your new dryer will work as promised.
Consider how much laundry you do regularly to help you choose which size of dryer you need. If you're buying a washer and dryer together, the ratio of wash to dry will already be correct, but if you're choosing a replacement appliance, look for a dryer with twice the capacity of your washer. The drum on your tumble dryer should be large enough to allow a full load of wash to move freely and let hot air circulate around the clothes.
If you can afford it, consider getting a dryer with steam, which will help to release wrinkles in fabrics, lessening your need to use fabric irons or clothing steamers. Some dryers even feature a steam cycle for non-washable items like pillows and stuffed animals, so you can freshen them while removing odors.
Gas or Electric Dryer: How to Choose
You may need to choose your fuel source based on the existing connection in your home. However, if you have access to both a gas line (required for a gas dryer) and a 240-volt electrical outlet (required for an electric dryer), you can decide. Usually, an electric dryer costs less up front, but a gas dryer will save you money in fuel costs over its life. Gas dryers also tend to dry faster than electric models.
How to Get the Most from Your Dryer
If you choose front-loading laundry appliances, you may want to consider raising them to a more comfortable height using a washer pedestal and a matching dryer pedestal. These pedestals serve a dual purpose of giving you storage space for laundry detergent, fabric softener and dryer sheets.