When you want to buy a new dryer for your laundry room, it may seem like a pretty easy thing to do. While anyone can just go to the appliance store and buy the first dryer they come across, there are different types of dryers that offer different types of features. In most cases, it’s important to know the differences between them so you can make the best, most informed decision for your home (and for your laundry routine!).  

Here at Alpha Appliance Services, we want to help make your appliance buying decision easy (as well as any upcoming appliance installation). Today, we would like to talk about electric dryers and gas dryers, talking in detail about how each one differs. This way, you can have an easier time finding the perfect dryer for your needs. 

The Cost 

One of the most important factors to consider when purchasing a new dryer is the price. This will be an important factor to almost every person who is buying anything, as people always want to strive to get the best deal. When it comes to the cost you pay upfront, electric dryers win at being the most affordable. In addition to this, parts for an electric dryer will usually be cheaper as well. The only thing that is more expensive is the repairs, as repairs for an electrical dryer require a lot more attention to detail and precision. Alternatively, gas dryers have a more costly upfront price + parts price, but the repairs for this type of dryer are usually cheaper. 


The decision on whether or not you’re going to buy a dryer may come down to its installation. While a lot of people see both installations on the surface and assume they’re pretty much the same, they actually differ quite a lot.

The first difference comes in the source of power. While gas dryers need an external source of gas to operate effectively, electric dryers function off your home’s electrical system and how much voltage/power you have in that outlet/room. Because of this, installing a gas dryer will take a little longer & require performing more steps, as you will need to not just connect electrical power but connect your machine to the gas line in your home. Testing for any gas leaks before fully installing this device is important as well, taking up more time than an electrical dryer installation. 

Overall Performance 

If cost or installation length are not a big priority, one of the big selling points for most is how well a dryer performs. After all, we all want a machine that can dry clothes quickly, effectively and safely.  

If we are talking about overall effectiveness, gas dryers will almost always take the cake. This is because gas dryers use the gas line to heat up clothes at a higher temperature, quicker. Electrical dryers, on the other hand, take a bit longer to dry things as they don’t have that level of heat going into the device. 

How Our Team Can Help 

We hope that this guide has helped you get a better idea of what dryer is best for you and your needs. If you have made a decision and are ready to install this dryer into your home, consider choosing our professionals at Alpha Appliance Services. With years of quality experience and a great attention to detail & safety, we make sure all of our clients appliances are installed to reach maximum effectiveness and safety. To learn about our dryer repair in Richmond Hill and how we can help, be sure to call our team at (416) 577-5354 today!