Gas or electric: Choosing the right dryer

Appliance Scratch & Dent Outlet in Kitchener can help you choose a new clothes dryer. While browsing the store’s selection of new, but potentially blemished, dryers, you may question the benefits of the different types of dryers available. There are typically two main types of dryers: electric and gas.

Both types of dryers operate the same. Air is drawn into the dryer and is passed through a heating coil, which uses a fan to warm the clothes inside. The air collects moisture, which is then vented to the outside. The difference between them is that gas dryers use natural gas to heat the clothes, and electric dryers use electricity. Both types of dryers use some electricity, however, to power the fan, which circulates the heat.

Gas dryers are more efficient than electric models and take less time to dry your clothes. The electricity is more expensive than gas, so while a gas dryer may cost more to purchase, it will save you money in the long run.

Gas dryers are gentler on your clothes, as the temperature is more precise and clothes are heated only to the required temperature for drying, which helps the fabric to maintain its integrity for longer.

You will need to consider the space in your laundry room when deciding between the two types, and if there isn’t already a natural gas line available, you’ll need to find out whether one can be installed. A gas dryer should be installed by a professional to ensure it is done safely, so there will likely be additional costs associated with the purchase of a gas dryer.

For help in selecting the right dryer for your needs, contact Appliance Scratch & Dent at Outlet 519-749-9992 or send an email to The store is located at 407 Gage Avenue, Unit 4, in Kitchener.