BEST 5 CLOTHES DRYER ON A BUDGET
I need the dryer to dry my clothes and I’d like it to be full size
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Have you ever lived without something for so long and one day, you woke up, and realized you were missing out? I recently moved from a climate that has about two seasons: warm and warmer. There was no need for a clothes dryer. I grew up on a farm and mom would hang the clothes on a line outside to dry by the warm winds. So, I figured I didn’t need one either. I’d take a lesson or two from mom and let the great outdoors dry my clothes.
Well, I just moved to a city that has four seasons. I’ve quickly realized drying clothes outside when the temperate is around freezing isn’t going to work.
So, needless to say, it’s time to purchase a clothes dryer. I’m exiting about the idea of not having to hang clothes outside in the cold and it will be nice to wear soft clothes versus the scratchy ones that dried outside.
Not having purchased a dryer before, I’m not sure what I really need. I need the dryer to dry my clothes and I’d like it to be full size. Other than that, I’d like something reasonably priced. I don’t need a cloths dryer that handles really large loads and I don’t think I really need any flashy bells and whistles. I just want it to dry my clothes in an efficient manner.
Amazon was my first stop. I purchase a lot on there and have always been happy with the ability to compare things. I looked at dryers with higher ratings and I also looked on the manufacturer’s websites along with other appliance websites for information.
Let’s jump in and look at dryers.
This model has a more modern look but includes a manual dial. It has few bells and whistles but has a good price. The model is also electric which will be easily installed. It is 7.2 cu ft and is white. According to Samsung’s website: the clothes dryer, optimizes the time and temperature to dry clothes thoroughly. Moisture sensors detect when laundry has reached the optimal degree of dryness.
Pros: 8 drying cycles; 4 temperature settings; Sensor dry moisture sensors; lint filler indicator; reversible door.
Cons: 2 drying options.
This white clothes dryer has a window on the door for easy internal viewing. It is also electric and has a 7.4 cu ft. drum. In addition, it has a very modern look to it and it also has an electric panel. HE Sensor Dry technology uses dual thermistors to monitor the moisture level to prevent your load from over drying. According to Sears, this model is Energy Star-Qualified, tumbles your clothes for 8 hours if you forget to take them out of the dryer and has a damp alert setting that alerts you when clothes are the ideal dampness for ironing.
Pros: Energy star rated; 12 drying cycles; 4 heat selections.
Cons: Electric panel.
This Hotpoint electric white dryer is a front load model that has a very basic look along with manual dials.
Home Depot claims this model includes the auto dry cycle, which monitors air temperature to set dry times along with a wrinkle-free option which helps prevent wrinkles from setting into clean, dry fabrics.
Pros: 3 heat selections; wrinkle free cycle.
Cons: Smaller at 6.0 cu ft.; 3 drying cycles.
A front load, modern looking white clothes dryer with manual dials is what this model is about. It includes bi-directional drum action that ensures the laundry dries evenly and includes a stacking kit.
Per DesignerAppliances, this model has a clean filter light and a stainless steel drum.
Pros: 15 programs; glass door with heat protection; child lock.
Cons: Stackable; slightly compact.
This is a top load washer with a manual dial in white. It’s 7.0 cu feet and considered high efficiency. It has One-Touch Wrinkle Release which prevents wrinkles by tumbling without heat.
Pros: Pre-soak cycle; freshwater rinse.
Cons: No specialty cycles; no sanitizing cycle.
Conclusion on choice of Clothes Dryer
Having not had a dryer, I wasn’t aware of the numerous options available. It was difficult to decipher the necessary, unnecessary and the useful options. And, it was hard to determine what options were worth in price.
My must have list was easily met with the five models I chose based on price and good ratings. For starters, they all dry clothes, they were all full size (with the exception of a smaller model, option 4) and they were priced reasonably, if you can call spending over $500 on a clothes dryer reasonable.
The clothes dryer I chose was option 2: The GE model for just over $600. I chose this model for a few reasons: First and foremost, I liked it’s look. The window on the front made it look modern and sophisticated and I also liked the electric controls. Having not had a clothes dryer, I worry about how long it will take for something in the electrical part to ware out versus a manual dial. It included 12 drying cycles and 4 heat selections. I guess I like having the option of choosing rather than the ‘one cycle’ when I dried my clothes outside.
The fact that this model is Energy Star rated is also another winner. And, with its 7.4 cu ft drum, I can fit larger loads in and even comforters.
My favorite feature: This cloths dryer will tumble my clothes for up to 8 hours if I forget to remove them! It dries clothes and helps prevent wrinkles all in one! This option is worth a few extra dollars to me as I feel it could save me money from getting my clothes pressed.
Once my new clothes dryer arrives, I have a feeling I will never again be without one. I’m so excited that my outdoor drying days will be a thing of the past!
— Amanda Pokorny