What types of dryers are available?
By far the most common types of dryers are electric. Their sticker price is usually less expensive than those of gas dryers--but in exchange they typically cost more to operate day-to-day depending on electricity rates.
Power requirement: 240-volt outlet
Who it's best for: The budget shopper who wants to plug the dryer into an existing laundry area in their home or rental.
Most gas dryers cost $50 to $100 more than their electronic counterparts. But over time, they are more cost effective to operate. The only hitch is that you need a gas hookup in your laundry area to install the dryer.
Power requirement: Gas line
Who it's best for: Budget-conscious homeowners who want to save money over the long haul and can afford to install the necessary gas line
Laundry centers come in gas or electric and are typically integrated stacked units with a top-loading washer on the bottom and front-loading dryer on the top. They are found in many apartments and condos behind a closed closet door. There also are compact electric dryers that have about half the capacity of full-size dryers and can be stacked on top of matching washing machines.
Price: $850-$2,000 for laundry center; $300-$500
Power requirement: 120-volt or 240-volt outlet or gas line
Who it's best for: People with big budgets who do small loads of dishes and have limited cabinet space