The difference between auto and timed dry

You’ve probably noticed that your dryer has two modes of drying – auto and timed dry. But perhaps you’re not aware what these modes do and when to use which one, and therefore, you may not be utilizing your dryer the way it’s meant to be used.

Depending on the model of your dryer, auto dry will detect and monitor the following air temperature or load moisture using sensor bars in order to dry your load of laundry. Auto dry also saves time, energy and is typically gentler on fabrics than timed dry.

This is because auto dry allows you to select the dryness level that you desire for your items. So, for example, if you select the less dry option, this will reduce cycle time and remove less moisture than the normal setting. This is a great setting when you have clothes that you want to hang so as to avoid wrinkling, like cotton dress shirts.

The energy preferred setting, otherwise known as normal, is sometimes marked on the dryer with an asterisk (*) and is the recommended dryness level for most items.

The more, or very, dry setting adds cycle time and removes more moisture than the energy preferred setting, which is useful for items that you would like to fold and put away immediately, like towels and sheets.

When the sensor bars in your dryer detect that items are dry to the moisture level you’ve selected, the dryer will go into cool down then turn off.

Keep in mind that things like fabric type, load size and an unlevel dryer may vary the results of auto dry; but in general, these are simple rules to follow to ensure that your dryer it used to its full potential, resulting in a better dried load of laundry, too.

For more tips on how to use your appliances to their fullest, visit or stop by the store at 407 Gage Avenue, Unit #4 in Kitchener. A friendly staff member would be happy to help you or take your questions at 519-743-3623.