SELECTING A CLOTHES DRYER
The initial choice is whether to purchase a small dryer with a 3.5kg or a larger dryer with a capacity of up to 5kg. The majority of the customers, approximately 70%, prefer the 5kg capacity so as to minimize the number of drying loads.
It is worth noting that the smallest washing machine has a capacity of 4.5kg.
Rear Venting or Front Venting
Both types have benefits and disadvantages.
- Warm air is vented into the laundry
- Lint filter is easier to clean due to being at the front of the dryer; this is important if the customer is of average height or less
- Has the advantage of being able to utilize a drying rack (ideal for delicates)
- Warm air can be ducted outside (requires a window)
- Not as easy to clean
Manual Controls or Autosense
- Autosense dryers are recommended so as to ensure clothes are not over-dried
- They save money as they switch off when the clothes are dry
- Some also have a reverse tumble feature which ensures tangle free drying
Dryers can be mounted on the wall, stacked on a front loading washer or positioned on the floor
Does the company have an Australia wide service network? How long has the company been in operation?
Is the warranty a full warranty or does it only cover certain parts of your machine? Your new dryer should be covered by a full one-year labor and parts warranty
The Australian Consumers Association through Choice magazine occasionally reviews dryers and washers and provides a comparative review of the various models.