Compare electric vs. gas dryers and find the right one for your home.

Gas VS. Electric Dryers

What you need to know before you shop

Surprisingly, one of the first considerations when you’re purchasing a dryer is not its performance, capacity, size, style or convenient innovation, but how it’s powered. What, exactly, is the difference between gas and electric dryers? 

We’ve got the answers to make your shopping search as quick and easy as possible.


What is the difference between gas and electric dryers.

What is the difference between gas and electric dryers?


GAS DRYERS Use electricity to power the drum, fan, lights and controls, but employ natural gas or propane to generate heat.

ELECTRIC DRYERS require a special three- or four-pronged, 240-volt electrical outlet.


So how do you know if you need a gas or electric dryer? Check the hookups in your laundry room. If you have a 110/115-volt electrical outlet (this is what every standard outlet looks like in your home) and a capped-off gas line nearby, you’re set up for a gas dryer. If you have a 240-volt electrical outlet, which is larger than a standard outlet and contains three or four holes, then you’re set up for electric.

Benefits of Gas

Benefits of Electric

Heats up more quickly than electric.
Tends to have a lower MSRP* than comparable gas models.

Quick installation (no dedicated gas line required) and easy maintenance.
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Worth It to Convert It?

Before deciding on a gas dryer vs. an electric dryer, check your hookups. Most laundry rooms come equipped with a 240-volt outlet for an electric dryer. If you don’t have an existing natural gas source, the best choice may be to go electric. It’s up to you to determine if the initial cost of having a dedicated gas line professionally installed generally outweighs the benefits of a gas dryer.

But if you do have a gas line (or are installing one) and plan on staying in your home for more than five years, a gas dryer might just be the ticket.

Gas or Electric,
Maytag Brand’s Got It

Now that you’ve made this critical initial decision, everything else is a piece of cake. Gas and electric models come with comparable performance, innovation and convenience — and in a variety of sizes/capacities and styles. And we’ve got it all. Shop gas dryers. Shop electric dryers.


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*MSRP is Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. Dealer alone determines actual retail and advertised prices.