More or less dry

Brian J. Noggle contemplates what clothes dryers have come to:

I’m no expert on nuance, so in my black-and-white world, dry is an absolute value. Therefore, the dial that offers me more dry or less dry is probably offering me either dry or damp. Sandwiched between the two poles on the spectrum, the dial offers me the energy preferred option.

It’s all just greenmongering. My own dryer, now seven years old, has the same dial calibration — except where the Noggle machine says “Energy Preferred,” mine is inscribed “Normal Dry.”

In my experience, “Less Dry” means “Your towels will still be dripping at the end of the cycle,” and “More Dry” means “You know those burn marks on your shorts? Those are really burn marks.”


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  1. KingShamus »

    29 August 2010 · 6:18 am


    Shouldn’t a dryer just get clothes dry? That’s it’s only function. Why would I want my clothes to be dripping?

  2. Marcel »

    29 August 2010 · 6:57 am

    My dryer has a setting for “Optimum Dry,” so that’s what I use. I don’t know why it has any other settings.

  3. Tatyana »

    29 August 2010 · 9:09 am

    You guys are probably wearing your t-shirts that look like someone chew on them. That happens when you overdry knits.

    The correct notch on the dial to use, however worded, should be for slightly damp fabric, so after initial drying you could spread it flat or hang on a laundry line for 1/2hr in a well-ventilated space, preferably – outdoors, to avoid wrinkles.
    Also, this setting applies to all natural fiber/cotton/linen fabrics that you should be pressing with iron afterward. I buy 100% cotton sheets, because I intend to iron them after drying. I hate the feel of polyester blends on my [gorgeous naked] body.

    And of course, it goes without saying, if I were so lucky to have an apartment with W/D in, I wouldn’t use incredibly crude laundromat dryers that don’t have “delicate” setting for my unmentionables…

  4. Brian J. »

    29 August 2010 · 4:57 pm

    We guys just lament there’s not an overdry setting.

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