It may not be your first choice considering your washing machine comes with a dryer. But this appliance gives you dry as dust clothes that you straight away fold or dump in your cupboard. Also, think ahead-during the rainy season, you more often than not end up wearing damp clothes because they just refuse to dry. A clothes dryer uses the tumble action with heater to dry your clothes, so your clothes are not only clean, they are warm and toasty as well. Here are some of the factors that will determine your purchase.
First thing you must determine before you buy a clothes dryer is the capacity you need. If you are a small family of, say two people, then you should go for a smaller capacity dryer. However, if you are a larger family of four or more people, and there are kids at home then the dryer will naturally need to have a larger capacity. Larger-sized clothes dryers are also useful if you want to dry bulky clothes, as they result in fewer wrinkles on the dried garments.
You may already have a budget in mind as to how much you would like to spend. With washing machines being a mainstream product, clothes dryer is an afterthought for most people in the country. The product is yet to gain popularity, one of the reasons why it is so expensive. Budget clothes dryers range from around Rs 14,000 to Rs 17,500. Mid-range dryers start around Rs 20,000 while high-end range up to as much as Rs 49,000. Clothes dryers are also huge consumers of energy-again why a lot of people are not keen on buying this product.
Cycle time range refers to the minimum and maximum amount of time that you can set your dryer to run in one uninterrupted cycle.
Minimum cycle time range
Minimum cycle time range available is 30 to 45 minutes. You can set the dryer to this cycle time when you have and quick drying clothes, for instance, synthetic sarees. A lower cycle time helps save electricity and is very useful for small loads.
Maximum cycle time range
This is the range you would set for your jeans and other thick materials as these take time to dry. Besides, setting to the maximum cycle is better than running two or three cycles. The maximum cycle time range available is 180 minutes. Even cotton clothes take time to dry, so if you are the jeans and kurta category, the maximum cycle range will be more useful.
Number of heat settings
This refers to the number of pre-fixed temperature ranges at which the dryer can be used. For example, a regular cycle for heavy, durable, normal, everyday clothes requires higher temperatures than a delicate clothes cycle for synthetics, silks and sheers. More number of heat settings is good for those of you with a varied wardrobe of cottons, silk, synthetic, denim and so on.
This helps collect all the loose threads and lint that come off your clothes when drying. It ensures high efficiency of the machine and is also a must from the safety point of view as lint could lead to fire threat due to the high temperatures in the machine. When shopping for a dryer, ask for a sturdy, sizable lint filter that can be cleaned easily; a clogged filter decreases the dryer's efficiency and might also cause a fire.
This feature will shut off your dryer if it gets overheated. It is a safeguard for your clothes and other fabrics.
The reversing action will ensure that the clothes don't get tangled. Here, the tumbling direction is reversed. This also helps dry clothes evenly and more efficiently. This is especially useful for large piles of laundry. A reversible door ensures ease of access in case you want to move the dryer to a new location.
A dryer vents hot air outdoors with an aluminum or rigid steel duct. There are hardly any ventless models available in India. These are very expensive with very limited choice.