Do you rage against your laundry machines?
We get it. The never-ending chore is not exactly fun. But smart washing machines do seem to be all the rage in “white goods” at the moment. And given that promising trend, can smart dryers be very far behind?
The global electric dryer market, including smart — and not-so-smart —machines, is set to reach $13.4 billion by 2024, according to a report from IMARC, an international research group. Among the key players are GE, Kenmore Appliances, Midea, LG, and Samsung.
Smart Dryers go with Smart Washers
As you might expect, smart dryers typically are offered with companion smart washers so the pairs can work together. For example, new smart LG dryers automatically select a dryer setting based on the previous cycle from its LG washer “twin.” Pretty nifty.
And like their smart washer siblings, smart dryers typically offer the following benefits:
- Cycle Customization — Let you download drying “routines” specific to clothing and textile type. Some smart dryers use artificial intelligence to automatically adjust for optimal drying.
- Remote activation — Using a Wi-Fi connection, start, stop, check or extend cycles on your dryer from a smartphone or other mobile device.
- Remote diagnostics –Tell you exactly what’s wrong with a malfunctioning dryer and even call for service – a welcome capability of nearly every smart dryer available now.
- Smart speaker connectivity — This allows you to control a smart dryer with your voice through Amazon Alexa or Google Home. A few dryers can order their own dryer sheets automatically before supplies run low.
Smart Reason to Buy Smart Dryers
Although pricey by “regular” dryer standards, smart dryers actually can be more cost-effective for homes served by a smart electric grid. According to a recent article in CNET, smart dryers, synced with a smart home network, can be programmed to run during off-peak hours, so they lower utility bills.
Smart Dryers to Rave About
Whether or not your home is connected to a smart grid, it just might be time to shop the new smart dryers, and also to consider adding companion washers as well. Here are several smart dryer models that recently received raves from experts who know consumer tech products:
From Digital Trends — LG DLEX9000V Mega Capacity Steam Dryer
The Wi-Fi-enabled dryer has a compatible app that can help diagnose any issues that arise. It can also take advantage of LG’s Smart Grid feature to save you a bit of money when energy costs are lower. — Erika Rawes
It comes with a bevy of smart features, including built-in Wi-Fi that allows you to monitor and control functioning via an app. — Erica Puisis
From Tom’s Guide — Samsung DVE50R8500V Smart 7.5-cu ft Stackable Electric Dryer
Samsung's app lets you monitor the drying process, seeing how long the cycle has to run and pinging you when the clothes are dry. The same app can also control and monitor its companion washer, so you can keep an eye on the whole washing process. — Richard Baguley
With smart dryers like these, raging against the machines may be a thing of the past.
Manufacturers: Smart connected dryers can provide lucrative opportunities for you. Find out how you can transform regular appliances into smart appliances, by contacting Ayla for a free consultation and to learn more about designing smart dryers using Ayla IoT platform services.