Top 10 Rated Gas Dryers 2013
Choosing a gas or electric dryer can be pretty confusing. Each one has their pros and cons, so take the time to weight them and see which would work best for your household. If there is a gas hookup in the laundry room, going that route may be a good choice. It is usually cheaper to run a gas dryer than it is to run an electric one. That really depends on the price of gas in your area though. In terms of general efficiency, a gas dryer is probably going to get to drying temperature faster and therefore get your clothes dry in a little less time. We looked at some of the best dryers out there and rated them based on the following criteria:
1. Number of cycles and temperature selections
2. Drum capacity
3. Ability to stack or use a pedestal
4. Sensor drying ability
5. Steam drying to prevent wrinkles
6. Price and performance
13 cycle selections
This is one of Samsung’s best gas dryers. It is pretty flashy with a red finish too. It doesn’t hold a candle to the 8 cubic foot capacity…read more
10 cycle selections
Maytag has upped the ante and included commercial dryer parts into this dryer. That is a statement of quality in itself. What parts you ask? They included a high perfomance dryer motor…read more
7.3 cubic feet capacity
This gas dryer from GE is a pretty solid piece of equipment. There will not be a problem handling large loads of clothes here. The large 7.3 cubic foot stainless steel drum…read more
13 cycle modes
This is another gas dryer on the list that utilizes steam to further protect your clothes from wrinkles and unwanted odors. It is also equipped with a sensor to measure…read more
7.3 cubic feet capacity
Samsung has created a pretty hefty gas dryer with this entry in the 4 series line. The drum is painted steel and it goes perfectly with the sleek black looking exterior…read more
11 cycle selections
This gas dryer has the largest drum capacity on the list. A whole half cubic foot more than the Samsung that measures in at 7.5 cubic feet. This is also a stackable dryer…read more
24 cycle selections
This is your basic gas dryer. Fisher & Paykel put this one together with functionality in mind. It is not the biggest dryer on the list, but it does have a lot of options…read more
9 cycle selections
Whirlpool made sure that this gas dryer was going to be one of the most functional appliances in your home. In terms of setting it up, it can stand alone…read more
7 cycle selections
This is another one of the lower end gas dryers on the list. GE’s 7 cubic foot model is front loading with a DuraDrum for increase life of the drum. This model is made to run quietly…read more
6 cycle selections
This is the smallest gas dryer on the list. It is also the cheapest making it our recommended budget model. Just because it is small does not mean it is not a good dryer…read more
Gas Dryer Buying Guide
The Best Features to Have in a Gas Dryer
If you are in the market for a new gas dryer, you’ve probably already realized the sheer amount of features and cycles the manufacturers pile up in each machine. The key to winning the battle is knowing which features are truly useful and aren’t. What’s the point in paying extra for features you won’t use. Here’s a rundown of the best gas dryer features you should look for.
This is a must-have feature if you want your dryer to work the most efficiently. Traditional gas dryers estimate the correct drying time based on the temperature of the air in the drum. Sometimes their estimates are a bit off, leaving clothes still damp or shrunk and sizzling.
New models have fixed this problem with sensors in the drum that detect moisture levels in the clothes and adjust the temperature and time of the cycle accordingly. The dryer shuts off automatically when the clothes are dry, which means no energy is wasted and your clothes aren’t subjected to overheating, which damages fabric.
A perma-press option gives your clothes a cool-down period at the end of a cycle. This feature is handy because it reduces wrinkles, which can mean less ironing time for you. It also protects your colorful clothes from fading.
Different fabrics require different temperatures to dry properly without damage. High temperatures are fine for white, preshrunk items, but lower temperatures should be used for your delicate items and colorful garments.
Lint filter indicator
If you’re bad about remembering to clean the lint filter, an indicator is a handy feature that will remind you. A clogged filter greatly impedes the drying process and poses a fire risk.
A convenient accessory that you attach to the inside of the drum, a drying rack keeps clunky items like sneakers from tumbling around in the gas dryer.
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