Inspect clothes dryers carefully! There is a lot to consider when trying to make a final decision about which clothes dryer you will buy and use for the next few years. Do not rely only on the recommendations of a salesperson. Here are some ways to help you select a clothes dryer to best suit your needs.

Things You Will Need


Step 1

Visit consumer reports online. You can also type in the name of the dryer you are looking for with the word "reviews" after it and do an Internet search. Several pages will be displayed listing the experiences others have had with the dryer you are considering Or, go to the library and check out Consumer Reports Buying Guide or magazines for free.

Step 2

Ensure proper hookup. Most homes and businesses provide both a gas and electrical outlet, but that is not always true. It is a hassle to find out later that you have purchased the incorrect type of clothes dryer for your power source hookup. Always check first to be safe. If you are switching dryer types and have the proper hookup for your new type, consider having the store install it.

Step 3

Ask friends and family for recommendations, they will often be happy to share their experiences and tell you how much they spent to get the clothes dryer they use. They may even let you take their clothes dryer for a test spin.

Step 4

Visit a Laundromat or hotel and inquire on the brands they have chosen. These clothes dryers typically take a lot of wear and tear. Even if you select a smaller version of the same brand, you may be just as pleased with the results and end up with a clothes dryer that will give you years of use.

Step 5

Consider capacity of the dryer. If you are a family of two, for example, without kids, you probably don't need an extra-large capacity or drum. You can get the smaller, energy efficient version as long as kids are not in your future.

Step 6

Look for dryer features you seek such as lighted drum, color, easy cleaning door opening the proper direction, energy efficiency, end of cycle buzzer, correct number of cycles and brand name.

Step 7

Plan ahead and look for sales when you select a clothes dryer. Check and compare your newspaper ads, craigslist, ebay, online appliance and electronics retailers, classified sections to see if you can get a good value. You can often select and purchase a clothes dryer without even setting foot in a physical store and have it delivered right to your door for a nominal fee or free.

Buying a clothes dryer is not an easy process, but it does not have to be painful, either. You can do a lot of the legwork without leaving home, armed with the Internet.

Tips & Warnings

Check recall lists online so you do not venture into a dangerous or recalled brand.
  • Put the purchase on your credit card and enjoy low or no interest and pay off your purchase in installments. You may even receive a discount for using your credit card.
  • You may need to purchase a cord separately. Always inquire to make sure you have what you need to set up your new clothes dryer.
    Always use a new dryer vent kit after you select a new clothes dryer.