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Clothes Dryers: the Pros and Cons

If you’ve just bought a washing machine, aclothes dryer might seem the next step to save even more time and effort. For the average family, purchasing a clothes dryer is a significant financial commitment. You might spend a lot of time thinking about this purchase, wanting to make the right decision.

Here is a list of pros and cons about clothes dryers to help our Matic Mums work out what’s right for them.

The Pros of Owning a Clothes Dryer

  • You’ll Save Lots of Time and Effort - This is definitely the biggest benefit! All you’ll ever need to do is put freshly washed clothes straight into the dryer, select the right setting, and let it turn away until they’re completely dry. You can dry all your family’s clothes in just a few hours. 
  • You choose what gets dried, and when - It’s always a nightmare getting your child ready for school, parties, or playtime and discovering the clean clothes that they wanted to wear aren’t yet dry. But if you’ve got a dryer, no problem! Just pop damp clothes in, and problem solved. 
  • Your home stays tidy - No more washing lines criss-crossing your living room, or drying racks getting in the way. A dryer saves you so much space, which means it’s great if you’re living in an apartment or a small house. A washing machine with dryer will take up even less room! And, with a combination washing machine with dryer, the process is even simpler. Add the clothes, some Surf excel Matic detergent, and set the program to follow through to a drying cycle – and everything is taken care of all at once. 
  • You don’t have to check the weather forecast - No more rainy-season washing blues. Instead of waiting hours for the smallest sock to air-dry at home, or for a gap in the clouds to appear so you can hang things outside, a dryer means you can have warm, dry clothes whenever you want. 
  • Just-dried clothes are easier to iron - Driers are actually designed to try to prevent creasing, so clothes are ready to iron once a drying cycle has finished.

The Cons of Owning a Clothes Dryer

  • Dryers can be expensive to buy - Even though there are so many attractive benefits to having a dryer, the expense can be very daunting. 
  • It costs money to keep it running - Even after you have bought the dryer, you’ll still need to be able to afford to pay for slightly increased electricity bills. Dryers do need quite a bit of heat and energy to get clothes completely dry. Before you buy one, it’s a good idea to do the maths to make sure you can afford to keep one running in the long-term. 
  • Air-drying clothes is gentler than using a clothes dryer. - If you aren’t careful, you could damage your clothes by using a dryer – possibly by choosing the wrong setting for a particular garment. Since kids get attached to their clothes, it’s not something you want to risk happening with anything special! Dryers are really best for everyday clothes, sheets, and towels. 

Do you own a clothes dryer? Are you thinking of getting one? What has your experience with dryers been so far? Let us know in the comment section below!