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110 Volt Dryer

Updated on June 2, 2010

Do I Need To Buy a 110 Volt Dryer?

It all depends on the plugin location you will be using for your dryer. Sometimes the whole house can only handle 110 volts of electricity. This is especially true of many houses that were built over 25 years ago. You just have to look at your breaker box to find out how many amps are in your breaker.

The amount of power used is determined by your volts multipled by amps. So if you find in your breaker 20 amps, then 110 volts would equal 2200 (110 times 20) watts of power.  The 110 volt will draw more amps from the wall than 220 volts. If a 110 volt is drawing 20 amps, maybe the 220 volt will take 15 amps or whatever.

The purpose of a breaker is to make sure your wiring doesn't get too hot and blow up your house or something, or electrocute your kittens. The breakers that are 20 amps will make sure you are not using any more power from the wall than that.

What to Look for in a Dryer

There is more to consider than just the voltage of your dryer, although this is important. If you have the appropriate breaker and can afford it, the 220 volt may not be a bad option for you. But then, they often take up more room in your laundry room. The 110 volt does take a bit longer to dry your clothes, but, unless you are split testing both voltage options like a complete jerk, how will you ever be able to tell the difference?

The size of the drying tub is important. Some machines have a lot more room for clothes than others, but then they take up more space. Another factor is gas or electricity. Many people love their gas dryers, but remember that they cost a lot more to run. Possibly $30 more every single month. If this doesn't matter to you then look into gas. But the results aren't any different in the most important area, the drying of your clothes.

Now, you have chosen the size, voltage, and power source for your dryer. All you need to do is shop for the right brand. There are really only four brands that you hear about when it comes to dryers. Joe's dryers don't sell very well. You should probably stick with the Maytags, the GEs, the Kenmores, and, yes, the Whirlpools.

How Dryers Work

When you toss your favorite clothing into the dryer, you give them to the mercy of the rotating tumbler. And all it really cares about is getting your clothing from wet to dry. Then it sits and waits for more inanimate victims.

The dryer has a heater, which is powered either by gas or electricity. The heater heats up the air so the clothes get hot while they are tumbling about. Where does all that water go anyways? Right into your sons bedroom. But don't worry it will only invoke a few innocent sneezes throughout his childhood, and possibly make him a fan of Dave Matthews Band. The water exhaust escapes through the vent in the form of steam, and you simply pull out your Jordan polos and bellbottom pants, dry and safe for wearing. 

Voltage Transformers

 Another nifty little device to consider is a voltage transformer. These puppies can bring you straight from 110 volt to 220 volt and from 220 volt to 110 volt. They have simple plug and play useability and can really come in handy when you travel internationally.


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