What's The Difference Between Electric And Gas Dryers?

Learn about the differences between electric and gas dryers and get key insights on which one might be right for you and your home.

While you shop for new home appliances, you’re likely to run into gas and electric dryers.

And while most people will know right away which one’s the best fit for them – sometimes you need a little bit of professional guidance to make the most educated decision for you and your home.

That’s why today we’re going to take a quick look at the differences between electric and gas dryers.

electric vs gas dryer differences
While electric & gas dryers work in a similar manner - there are quite a few differences that could make one a better fit for your home than the other!

How They Work

Both gas and electric dryers make use of a relatively similar approach in order to get your clothes dry, but there are a few small differences in the details of how they get the job done.


All clothes dryers pull air over a heating coil, and a fan pushes that hot air through the chamber of the dryer during its cycle to evaporate the moisture in your clothes.

Electric dryers utilize a 240V current to drive its tumbler, coil, and fan combo. On the other hand, gas dryers use half of the electricity to power the tumbler and depend on a small gas burner to heat the machine rather than the typical coil system.


Because they’re light-on-electricity and the price of gas is relatively low, a gas dryer is often regarded as a more energy-efficient option when it comes to running one in your own home. Additionally, gas dryers heat up a little bit faster than your conventional electric unit, allowing them to dry your laundry a little bit quicker.

The Initial Cost Of The Dryer

Depending on the amount you’re willing to spend on the appliance, the list of features that comes with your gas or electric dryer will vary quite a bit. Some of the essential features you’re going to want include:

  • Moisture Sensing: So your dryer knows when it’s done, resulting in better efficiency.
  • Extended Tumble: To keep wrinkles out of your clothes.
  • End-Of-Cycle Alert: Letting you know when it’s time to take a load out of the dryer.
  • Capacity: This is the most crucial feature; you should be able to fit as much laundry as necessary.


The Installation Process

Before purchasing a new dryer, you should be prepared for the installation process. Make sure you have enough room and have the right setup to keep it powered and running.


While an electric dryer only needs proper ventilation and to be plugged into the wall, a gas dryer requires the additional prerequisite of a natural gas line and a 120V outlet. 

In the long run, it’s still more energy-efficient to is a gas heater, so if you don’t have the required setup, consider putting some money away to hire a gas fitter to get your home equipped for a gas dryer.


Safety & Fire Risk Factor

The primary risk with using gas dryers is that if they aren’t properly ventilated, they could put you at serious risk. The harmful gas, carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless, which makes it incredibly challenging to identify when there’s a buildup of fumes in your home. If you begin to experience any unwanted side effects while running the dryer, including a headache, weakness, or vomiting, call your doctor right away and get your dryer and home inspected.

In addition to this, the fluffy substance we call lint can also be a risk factor. If lint builds up in your dryer, it could eventually catch on fire and result in an unforeseen catastrophe.


When it comes to safety, you should ultimately make sure that your dryer is well-ventilated and cleaned regularly to avoid any sort of buildup or clogs.


Closing Thoughts

In today’s article, we’ve highlighted the key differences between electric and gas dryers. 

And if you’ve kept up with us this far into the guide – you should be well-equipped to purchase a brand new dryer, knowing precisely what you’re going to get out of either one.

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