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decoding drying programs- exclusive dryer cycles explained

09 Jan 2020

When you pay the price for a dedicated clothes drying machine, don’t be surprised by the versatile functions this machine can and will offer you. Understanding dryer settings and functions can be perplexing for new users. This Buyers Guide for Clothes Dryers aims to brief you about the most common Dryer Cycles, Settings, and Features you are likely to come across in your new purchase.

Cottons/ Silk/Synthetics

It’s very common to find dryer settings dedicated to handling special type of fabric materials. You may wonder why you need to separate your cotton and silk shirts into different loads. Well, you may like to check your shirt label for instructions. Expensive and high quality silk shirts and delicate cotton wears may require special treatment with respect to the heat exposed to it, affecting its colour and fabric integrity. For such items, it’s best to go for specialised load settings.


Similarly for woollens, which have thicker fibre of softer weave, it’s essential to maintain the elasticity of the material and protect the fibre of the fabric for most insulation from the cold weathers. You may club other clothing materials together, but always, we repeat, always separate your woollens.


Not just your lingerie but lacy outfits and crochet covers need to have gentle drying modes set for the best treatment of your delicate items.

Mixed Loads/Everyday

We are sure you won’t be having sensitive items to dry every single day. Rather, on most days you have regular wear and pyjamas you simply need to toss into laundry and get them back fresh and dry. By default, you can always set your appliance in ‘Mixed’ setting and your clothes will be dried for you just fine; not too gentle nor too harsh.


Passing cold air instead of hot into the spinning drum to dry the damp clothes would make a lot of difference. Surely having hot air would efficiently give you faster results, but they can very well damage sensitive and delicate textiles. Check your labels if they recommend any such protocols regarding what temperature to dry clothes in dryer. For such cases, having control over the dryer temperature settings would be handy.

Super 40'/Quick Dry programmes

For users who have not very damp clothes, or simply are on the run, your dryer appliance may offer you a Quick program with shorter drying set-times; 15 min for shirts or 40 min for most regular laundry items.

Towels/ Shirts

Broadly there are two different types of drying programmes, gentle and intensive. Where regular cotton shirts and light material trousers more appropriately need to have a gentle dry, on the other hand, you would have to opt for a more intensive dryer setting for towels, curtains, sheets and covers and other such items.


As we have seen the trend, different items and different materials require different handling. Just like in dry cleaning, pillow, duvets and comforters too have specialised routines for drying the item without affecting its durability and structure. You can even dry your soft toys in this very drying programme.

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