Clothes Dryer Buying Guide

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

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