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Spring is here. But along with it, comes humidity and rainy weather which makes it difficult to dry our clothes which can even smell mouldy. What you need is a clothes dryer. Check our handy guide to find one that’s right for you.

Main types of clothes dryers

 

Principle Advantages Disadvantages
Gas dryer
  • Gas is used to generate heat. But the dryer needs to be connected to a gas supply and an exhaust pipe and installed in a location with good ventilation
  • Fast drying speed
  • Complicated installation, needs to be installed in a place with agas pipe and the cost of gas is high
Vented dryer
  • Water vapour is extracted from the dryer through a vent to avoid accumulation of moisture
  • Very affordable and lightweight
  • Space must be reserved for the exhaust pipe
Condenser dryer
  • These have built-in condensers so steam is not discharged outside the machine but converted into water that flows into a water tank. Heat pump dryers are an upgraded version of condenser dryers with a built-in heat pump and cooling system to recycle dispelled heat for better drying results.
  • Can be installed anywhere
  • Expensive and requires frequent emptying of water tank
Clothes care machine
  • Steam is used as the cleaning medium to remove odours and dust particles by infiltrating water particles into the clothes which are then dried at a low temperature. Stylish design and can dry suits, down jackets and coats etc. A great help for office workers.
  • Disinfection and sterilisation, reduces creases in clothes for easy care.
  • Expensive and can dry only a relatively small amount of clothing

4 key points to note before buying a clothes dryer

 

1. Size


Check the size of the machine. If you have limited living space, consider choosing a 2-in-1 dryer or a slim, stackable or wall-mounted model.


2. Capacity


Just like a washing machine, a dryer also has a maximum drying capacity with kgs as the unit. Calculate the required capacity according to the number of family members. The weight for a full set of clothes (shirt, pants, underwear, jacket, socks) is around 1 kg. Calculate the amount needed for your family using 1 kg/person as a measurement.

Family SizeRecommended Dryer Capacity
1 to 2 persons3-6kg
3 to 4 persons7-8kg
5 persons7-8kg

3. Power consumption


Before you buy a dryer, refer to the energy efficiency label on the machine. If you are looking for an exhaust dryer, consider a model with a large drum to save electricity and reduce creases. Dryers with built-in temperature or humidity sensors are also more energy efficient.

4. Features


In addition to basic drying functions, dryers also have various features to meet different needs.


• Electronic sensor drying system: Some dryers have an electronic sensor to detect temperature and humidity inside the machine. If the temperature and humidity reach a certain level, the drying function will stop automatically. This avoids still damp or overheated clothes to reduce energy consumption.


• Anti-crease function: Some dryers have a rotary drying function. The dryer changes the direction of the drum when drying clothes so clothes can be dried more thoroughly to avoid tangles and creases.


• Remote control with app: Some high-end models have a mobile app that allows you to control and monitor the operation of the dryer – these are suitable for smart homes.

Clothes dryer usage tips

 

1. Avoid placing the dryer in the bathroom or outdoors to avoid damage caused by water penetration into the machine.


2. When deciding where to place the dryer, reserve space for heat dissipation and use a separate power outlet.


3. Put in the proper load of clothes according to the dryer capacity to avoid overloading the machine.


4. Do not put down jackets or clothes made from plastic or wax into the dryer to avoid melting, burning or even the release of toxic gases.


5. When drying clothes, select the appropriate drying program and adjust temperature and time according to the weight and type of clothes.


6. If the dryer is not operating properly, stop using it immediately and arrange for qualified personnel to inspect and repair it.