A spin dryer is an energy-efficient dryer that centrifuges the water out of clothes. These dryers are generally much smaller than a regular clothes dryer and don't use heat to dry clothes — they use centrifugal force instead. Using a spin dryer can be a convenient and easy way to save energy and time.
Most spin dryers plug into a standard outlet. When turned on, the dryer will spin at approximately 3200 revolutions per minute (RPMs) for two to three minutes. In this time, the amount of water removed from the clothes is generally equivalent to running a conventional dryer for 25-35 minutes.
The clothes are generally not dry when they come out of spin dryers; they usually only need to be tossed into a conventional heat or tumble dryer for a few more minutes. Another option is to hang the clothes up to finish drying. Either way, this will cut down on the amount of electricity or natural gas used to dry clothes.
In addition to being more energy efficient, spin dryers are often much gentler on clothes than conventional dryers. Some say you can actually prolong the life of your clothing by using a spin dryer. Some manufacturers assert that spin dryers also remove detergent and soap left over in your clothes after being washed. They are also much smaller and fairly mobile, generally around two feet (61 cm) tall, meaning you could store the spin dryer in a closet when not in use. This makes a spin dryer might a good choice for a small apartment where space is at a minimum.
You can also save money with a spin dryer. They are generally much less expensive to purchase than a conventional dryer, costing anywhere from $60 US Dollars (USD) to $200 USD, though some are more expensive. Obviously, they are also much less expensive to run as you are only using electricity for two to three minutes and you are cutting down on the time the clothes spend in the conventional dryer.
Spin dryers can be packed more tightly with clothing than a traditional dryer because there is no need for air to circulate around the clothes. This could potentially save more time as you could wash and dry larger loads of clothes at once. Some owners complain that spin dryers are very loud and can become unbalanced if you do not load the clothes carefully, but as they are usually only running for a few minutes, it is not too bothersome for some.