What digital or next-gen features can I find?
Dryers have not only been updated from the basic white box with drop-down doors to more modern, even space-age looking units. They also now include new features that make your dryer closer to a personal dry-cleaning service, such as:
Steam: This is probably the biggest innovation in dryers in recent years. Whirlpool, Kenmore
and others have added a steaming feature to allow you to toss items
into the dryer and steam away wrinkles and odors in less than 15
minutes in some cases. Some models require a manual water fill-up
before use, and others like the new Whirlpool Cabrio model can be
connected to the cold-water tap used for the washing machine.
Sensors: Moisture and temperature sensors are a growing feature in newer models including models by Samsung.
They detect the moisture in the dryer and can tell when clothes are dry
and automatically stop the cycle--sensors save energy, utility costs,
and laundry duty time.
Noise reduction: Like all new appliances, clothes dryers now increasingly come with
"quieting" technology to hush down one of the loudest appliances in
your household. Look for features such as extra insulation and
LED buttons: For those who think dials are too retro, touchpad controls are another
feature in higher-end models, such as units by LG. You can select cycle
variables, track a cycle's progress, or save favorite settings.