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Best Dryers in 2024 For You: A Buying Guide

Maytag® dryers are powerful and give you the performance you need to get the job done, but not every dryer type fits your family’s needs or home layout. So what are the best dryers for tackling your laundry loads? Use this dryer buying guide to find the best dryers Maytag brand has to offer and learn more about how to pick a dryer to buy.

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What Should You Look for When Buying a Dryer?

There are several considerations when buying a dryer that will depend on your needs and preferences. These include sizes, features and even what type of dryer would fit best in your home. When buying a dryer, it is crucial to think about which of these considerations is most important to you.

Dryer Types

When buying a dryer, the first thing to consider is which type: gas or electric. Most spaces are set up for an electric dryer and all that’s needed is a four-pronged, 240-volt electrical outlet to power your appliance. Electric dryers do, however, have longer drying times on most cycles.

Conversely, total operating costs are generally less for gas dryers, depending on local utility costs and other factors. However, they do require a gas hookup as well as a standard wall outlet. Which dryer you buy will depend heavily on the space of your home, existing hookups and laundry needs.

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Electric Dryers

Maytag® electric dryers are engineered for a dependable dry and typically offer a lower initial cost than gas models. These dryers are quick to install and can include convenient features like Extra Power that boosts stain fighting on any wash cycle so you can walk away while stains wash away.

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Gas Dryers

Get optimal drying for every load with Maytag® gas dryers. You can count on adaptive features to get the job done right every time, like Advanced Moisture Sensing that helps evenly dry loads by monitoring moisture and air temperatures in the dryer drum. Compare the different features between gas and electric dryersLearn more about gas dryer BTUs and how they work.

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Top-Rated Dryers

Selected based on the reviews of Maytag customers, these fan-favorite Maytag® dryers include front and top-load models with features that make it easy to tackle any load. Top-rated models from Maytag brand dry small loads fast with the Quick Dry cycle, and select models include smart features so you can manage your laundry from anywhere. Discover more reasons to choose a smart washer and dryer.

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Front-Load Dryers

Complement your front-load washer with one of Maytag brand's best front-load dryers. These models feature controls on the front and can be stacked with a compatible washer to save space or lifted on pedestals for additional storage and more convenient loading.

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Top-Load Dryers

These top-load dryers from Maytag are packed with all the drying power you’ll need for your large loads. Though all dryers load from the front, top-load dryers can create a cohesive aesthetic with an accompanying top-load washer and feature controls on the top back panel of the unit.


Find your perfect pair with Maytag® laundry sets designed to work together and read about our best washer dryer sets.

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Energy Efficient Dryers

Maytag brand's most energy efficient dryers let you do more laundry for less. These dryers are Energy Star® certified so you can conserve energy, save on your utility bills and help the environment without compromising on performance.

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Dryer Sizes

When thinking about dryer sizes, the biggest consideration is making sure that you purchase a dryer that matches your washer. You don’t want a dryer that is too small or too large for a load from your washer. For this reason, if you're buying a washer along with your dryer, this process will be much easier.

However, if you are buying a dryer to go with your existing washer, make sure the new dryer’s capacity is comparable. A good rule of thumb is that your dryer should have about double the cubic feet of your washer for optimal drying.

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Large Capacity Dryers

Built to take on big loads, Maytag® large capacity dryers are equipped with up to 7.4 cubic feet of capacity.

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Dryer Features

Dryer features can make an enormous difference when considering what dryer to buy. Whether you want commercial-grade strength, wrinkle reduction, a Pet Pro option to remove loads of pet hair from clothes or Extra Power to extend drying time, your dryer’s features will have a major impact on how your laundry dries.

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Commercial-Grade Residential Dryers

Commercial-grade parts and a premium motor will power through bulky loads for consistent drying performance. Durably built to withstand heavy use, Maytag® commercial-grade residential dryers will give your clothes a thorough dry for years.

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Wrinkle Reducing Dryers

These Maytag® dryers help stop wrinkles before they start with the Wrinkle Prevent option that tumbles clothes even after the cycle ends. Steam-enhanced models offer another option for wrinkle defense while helping refresh clothes and reduce static.

Learn more about how different types of dryers work to dry your laundry.

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Pet Dryers

The Maytag® Pet Pro dryer traps and removes loads of pet hair from clothes. The Pet Pro option lifts and captures pet hair from clothes and traps it in the XL lint trap. Harness the power of steam to help prevent wrinkles and refresh clothes with a steam-enhanced dryer and use Moisture Sensing to help prevent over- and under-drying on every load.

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Dryer Colors

One last important consideration to not overlook when buying a dryer is the color of your appliance. Match your dryer color with your washer and your laundry room decor to help keep things looking tidy. The most common colors to choose from are classic white and sleek metallic. Either choice is a fine selection.

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