by Staff Writer
If you've been shopping for a dryer, either you're replacing an old dryer or you're buying both a washer and dryer. Chances are you already know whether you need a gas or electric dryer, but do you know what size of dryer you need? Buying the wrong size dryer would not only be inconvenient; it would also cost you more money on energy bills in the long run. Luckily, choosing the right size dryer for your home is a fairly simple decision, (especially if you're buying a pre-matched washer and dryer set). There are just a few things you need to know before you make your choice.
Find the right match. The first clue to knowing what size of dryer to buy is to know what size of washing machine you have. The size of your dryer should be compatible with the size of your washer. The only tricky thing about matching up the sizes of your washer and dryer is that the sizes are not standardized across brands. An extra-large dryer in one brand may mean something completely different than an extra-large dryer in another brand.
The best way to properly size your dryer to match up with your washer is to look at the capacity. The capacity of your dryer should be about twice the capacity of your washing machine. The more room your clothes have to move around, the more efficiently they will dry and the more money you will save on gas or electricity costs. If your washing machine has a capacity of 3 cubic feet, your dryer will need to be around 6 cubic feet.
Take measurements. Measure the area where you would like to place your dryer, allowing 2 inches to 6 inches on either side of the dryer to allow for proper air circulation. If your laundry area is tight on space, consider a compact stackable dryer to maximize the space you have. Only purchase a compact dryer if you have a compact washing machine. A compact dryer paired with a super-sized washing machine would defeat the purpose of having an efficient dryer.
Think ahead. Large appliances like washers and dryers are not something you want to have to replace frequently. There may only be one or two people in your home now, but if you're a young couple planning to start a family, you may want to plan ahead for an increased laundry workload.