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Dryers: Keeping Clothes Sanitized For Over 85 Years

When laundry day rolls around, some might think that throwing the bulk of their clothes in the dryer is unnecessary (especially if your home is equipped with a drying rack). Hanging certain things to dry instead of tossing them in a high heat machine is a great idea—especially for delicates, lingerie and tights. But even if you do hang a few things to sun, these in-demand laundry machines are necessary to handle the heavy lifting. Freshen linens, towels, sheets and more with the push of a button. But their most important performance might just be one you can't see—sanitization.

While washers do tend to clean stains and odor from clothing, they rarely reach high enough temperatures to kill pesky parasites and pathogens that can bring harm to your home and those within it. Some viruses, bacteria, dust mites and bedbugs begin to die at 113°F, though experts suggest shooting for temperatures as high as 140°F to call your clothing disinfected. When you toss in your washables on high heat, they'll come out cleaner than you'll be able to see. Find your next appliance in our collection of dryers at Abt.

Gas or Electric

Before you get your heart set on a certain make or model, keep in mind that not all dryers are built the same—and they might not all be right for your home. There are two types of fuel these appliances use to heat: natural gas and electricity. Not sure how to tell which one your home currently accommodates? Check behind or beside the machine for a visible gas line and electricity plug. If it has both, it's fueled by gas. If your device only has a power cord, it's an electric version.

If you're wondering which fuel type is “better", there are a few things to consider, mainly energy consumption, clothing treatment, and purchase cost. Check out our article: Gas vs. Electric Dryer: Which One Should You Choose? As a general rule, gas versions cost more up front but dry faster, while electric models are often a bit cheaper but take longer to dry. That could mean a higher energy bill in the long run. If you're trying to keep those utility bills as low as possible, look for a model that's ENERGY STAR™ certified. The star means that the device uses around 20% less energy than standard versions, and any energy saved is good for your utility bill—and the planet, too.

Not Sure Which Model Is Best For Your Laundry Room?

If you're having a hard time picking out the version that'll work best in your home, you don't have to spend hours researching on your own. Our experts have gathered all of their expertise in our Dryer Buying Guide. Here you'll learn all about things like stackables, new features, specialized cycles and more. If you're hoping for more personalized assistance, head into our store to speak with a specialist or give us a call at 800-860-3577. We're always ready to help.

If you're looking for a washer that matches your new purchase, check out our selection of washing machines.

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