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Q: Which clothes dryer to buy? ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Which clothes dryer to buy?
Category: Family and Home > Home
Asked by: amyr-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 19 Jun 2002 19:07 PDT
Expires: 26 Jun 2002 19:07 PDT
Question ID: 29516
I need to purchase a new clothes dryer for my family of five.  I would
like a large capacity dryer made by a company with an excellent record
with reliability.  My last dryer dried clothes very slowly, even when
it was new and installed in a brand new house (i.e., the vents were
clean).  I'd prefer not to have another dryer with below-average
drying times.  Which dryer should I buy?
Subject: Re: Which clothes dryer to buy?
Answered By: mother-ga on 19 Jun 2002 21:12 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello amyr, and thank you for your question.

Selecting the right product for your needs can indeed be a daunting
task, given all of the options, configurations, functions (and any
other -tions you can think of) out there.

However, because our rules prohibit us from recommending any one
product or service, any answer can't just be "get the HotFlash 5000,
it's great!" What I can provide are ways to find reliable consumer
ratings and opinions in the categories you mention (drying time,
capacity, reliability).

For unbiased ratings and excellent advice regarding dryer reliability
and performance you should consider subscribing to Consumer Reports
Online ( Consumer Guide
( and the Good Housekeeping Institute
( provide ratings and reviews
which are easy to digest. Epinions ( is
another way to guage customer satisfaction with a particular product,
though it is harder to get a big-picture view since ratings are more

Though you didn't specify your hookup type, it's not a major issue as
gas counterparts to electric models perform similarly, for about $50
more for the product plus extra installation charges.

Your budget for a new dryer is an important consideration, but most
brands offer less expensive models from which you can expect
comparable performance. What you'll pay for a new dryer can range from
$250-$1000, depending on extra features. Be wary of space shuttle-like
controls on your dryer, however. ConsumerSearch rightly reminds us
that "electronic controls can be more repair-prone."

Most of the best-rated (and moderately priced) dryers have
moisture-sensors (humidistats) which will shut off the dryer
automatically when the clothes are dry. These sensors, instead of
thermostats, can more accurately determine drying time and keep you
from encountering a dryer full of almost-dry, or worse, scorched

With a family of five, you'll need every bit of the 7 cu. ft. (or
more) drum which is found in most super or oversized capacity dryers.
If decreasing your time in the laundry room is not reason enough to go
for the super capacity model, ConsumerSearch recommends them because
"larger dryers with extra tumbling room and airflow produce fewer
wrinkles and faster drying times."

A review of the information in the pages linked below has led this
researcher to believe that the GE Profile, Kenmore Elite and Whirlpool
models are among the top rated selections for your needs. They
consistently get good ratings or are recommended by reviewers, and
their manufacturers have good repair track records.

Dryer buying guides:

Dryers (reviews) Buying Guides and Recommendations (Consumer Guide)

Clothes dryers: Buying advice (Consumer Reports; free content)

Appliances: Clothes dryers (Good Housekeeping Saavy Customer)

Clothes dryers product reviews (ConsumerSearch)

Model comparisons:

Dryers (Epinions)

I sincerely hope this helps to make your decision a less
time-consuming one.


Clarification of Answer by mother-ga on 19 Jun 2002 21:30 PDT
Search strategy (sorry about the omission):

"product reviews" "major appliances"
"product reviews" dryers
"buying guides" dryers

Good luck!
amyr-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
This is a great answer.  The reviewer addressed issues I had not even
thought of, and the links she provided are going to save me a
substantial amount of time.  I am so glad I came here and that this
researcher was willing to help me.

Subject: Re: Which clothes dryer to buy?
From: human-ga on 19 Jun 2002 22:48 PDT
i was in an appliance store purchasing a refrigerator. i looked at
some washer/dryers while i was there. the salesperson informed me that
a dryer barely dries and it is in fact the washer's spin cycle that
does most of the work by spinning out most of the water. she told us
not to look at our dryer as the problem of long dryer times but at our
washer and its spin cycle. also, maybe you are stuffing the machines
with too many clothes at once.

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