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Buying a Whirlpool Dryer

Whirlpool Dryers: What You Should Know

Buying a new dryer is no longer the simple undertaking it once was, but that's a good thing. After decades of relatively little innovation, dryers are now available in a variety of styles, use less energy and go way beyond just setting the temperature and time, then punching a button. This technology can complicate the selection process, which is one reason why a good starting point in the buying process is selecting a brand you trust. For many individuals, this brand is Whirlpool, which is a proven innovator that's been taking care of America's drying, and washing needs for decades.

Selecting a new Whirlpool dryer includes determining the number of cycles. Whether you're doing a load of towels, jeans and clothes or delicate garments, you want to make sure the washer will accommodate all your laundry situations. Different types of cycles include Air dry, Sanitize, Gentle, Fluff, Permanent Press, Wrinkle-Resistant and many more.

Whirlpool offers a steam dryer, which has a steam cycle that uses hot water vapor to refresh and sanitize clothing and release wrinkles. You can also get a Whirlpool dryer with moisture settings that can get laundry perfectly dry, has sensors to prevent over-drying, a delayed start feature, noise reduction, touchscreen displays, an end-of-cycle signal, and automatic temperature control. You can try the latest smart technology with a Whirlpool Cabrio dryer, which lets you control your dryer remotely so you can get laundry alerts and diagnostics via your smartphone or tablet.

How to Choose the Best Whirlpool Dryer for You

Before determining which Whirlpool dryer will best handle your family's needs, you'll likely want to decide between a gas or an electric dryer. For the most part, both types will provide you with top drying performance, so the deciding factor may be whether you can better accommodate a dedicated gas line or a 240-volt outlet. You'll also want to select a loading style, choosing between a Whirlpool front-load dryer or one with a top-load design. If you already have a Whirlpool washer, you may want to select the matching Whirlpool dryer.

If you decide on a front loader, you can alleviate bending to load and unload it by using a pedestal, which not only gets the washer 12 to 16 inches higher off the floor, but in many cases, provides extra storage. If you're not matching your washer, a rule of thumb is to select a dryer that has twice the capacity of your washing machine. This may sound like more than you need, but selecting a larger capacity ensures you'll never wind up with a wet load that's too big for your dryer. From a capacity standpoint, a Whirlpool large capacity dryer has up to an 8.8 cubic foot capacity and a standard capacity Whirlpool dryer offers 4.3 to 7 cubic foot space.

Should You Install It Yourself?

If you're thinking about installing this by yourself, here are some things to consider. If your Whirlpool washer is going into a new location, depending on the age of your home's electrical installation, you'll either need a 240-volt outlet that will accommodate either a 3-prong, a 4-prong plug or a dedicated gas line.

You also need to consider venting for your dryer. While some electric dryers are ventless, all gas-powered dryers require venting outside. Before making a purchase, you'll want consider what outside venting entails, including getting a dryer vent hose and other accessories. If you don't want to install the dryer yourself, you can count on Geek Squad to take care of your appliance installation. If you need help with delivery and haul-away (upon meeting certain requirements), we offer that as well.