While clothes dryers have long helped us to save time on laundry, modern clothes dryers now come with several handy features to make our lives even easier. Here are some of the great new features to look for when shopping for your new clothes dryer.
Some makes and models feature electronic dials or buttons that enable you to select temperature, dryness levels, fabric type, cycle duration and more, simply at the push of a button. When shopping for a new dryer, check the electronic controls for user-friendliness. Controls should be easy-to-read, arranged in a logical order and simple to operate.
Many modern dryers have drums containing sensors that detect the amount of moisture in a load, stopping the tumbler when it is dry. Most large machines will offer pre-programmed auto-dry cycles that will stop dryer when the set level of dryness is achieved. The types of cycles generally offered are an extra-dry setting for complete dryness, a normal or medium-dry setting and an iron-dry setting allowing for damp ironing.
An increasing number of dryers feature a steam setting to reduce wrinkles and eliminate odours from garments. Some machines have an anti-crease cycle, which aims to make ironing easier or even unnecessary. These models reduce wrinkles by continuing to tumble the load once the drying cycle has been completed until such time that you remove your clothing from the machine.
Most dryers give you the option to manually set the dryer to operate for the length of time you desire. Another function is the delay timer feature that allows you to set your dryer to start operating at a time that is convenient to you. Some dryers, particularly those with electronic displays will show you the length of time remaining before completion of the drying cycle.
Most dryers have indicators that will buzz or light up to tell you when your lint filter needs cleaning, the water container needs refilling or that your vent is blocked.
This feature captures the loose fibres from your clothes as they exit through your dryer’s vent. On some dryers, the lint filter is inside the drum, while it is on top of the machine in others. They can be easily removed which enables you to easily remove the trapped lint, then re-insert the filter before drying the next load. The lint filter can effect the machine’s efficiency and when blocked is a potential fire hazard.
People who have used a tumble dryer in a confined area know that they tend to steam up, soaking the walls and floors in the absence of sufficient ventilation to expel the humidified air. Rather than exhausting heated air like conventional dryers, condenser dryers cool it, condensing and trapping the water vapour within it for draining through a pipe or to a collection tank. This type of dryer is an excellent option for those who do not have the necessary ventilation to run a tumble dryer.
Eco-friendly dryers Heat pump dryers use heat from surrounding air to dry your clothes while gas dryers use air heated by the power of gas rather than electricity. Using around half the energy of conventional electric models, gas and heat pump dryers are also quieter, gentler on fabrics and dry your clothes faster. So if you want to continue enjoying the conveniences clothes dryers offer while minimising your carbon footprint and energy costs, consider investing in a heat pump or gas-powered dryer.
Heat pump dryers use heat from surrounding air to dry your clothes while gas dryers use air heated by the power of gas rather than electricity. Using around half the energy of conventional electric models, gas and heat pump dryers are also quieter, gentler on fabrics and dry your clothes faster. So if you want to continue enjoying the conveniences clothes dryers offer while minimising your carbon footprint and energy costs, consider investing in a heat pump or gas-powered dryer.