There are several important questions to consider when doing your research on a new dryer. How it will vent is one of them. Depending on the configuration of your laundry room or closet, you may find that you need a good side venting option.
Standard dryer installation calls for rear venting but due to space limitations or configuration, you may need to look for a model that allows side venting. Not all models do! It's important to bring this up with your local appliance salesperson, because different brands and models have different restrictions for the options to install side venting. For example, you may only be able to side vent on one side of the dryer - most gas dryers can only be side vented to the left because of the burner housing. Dryers with "four-way venting" usually will allow you to install a side vent on either side.
Should you DIY a side vent or try to install a side vent kit yourself? That depends on how "handy" you are and how experienced you are with dryers specifically. The average person should probably consider hiring a professional, because installing a side kit can more or less mean disassembling the entire dryer! Side venting kits can start at under $50. Check out the Whirlpool Universal 4 Way Vent Kit.
Fortunately, there are several side venting dryer options available today and we want to take a closer look at one of the best among them. Speed Queen, a specialty laundry manufacturer of commercial quality home laundry products, offers side venting in one of its most popular and dependable models.
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The Speed Queen DR3000WE is a 7.0 cubic foot capacity commercial-grade side venting dryer with many great features, including commercial-grade components like a 220 CFM heavy duty fan system, steel cabinet, and galvanized drum. The door is reversible and it comes with an interior light so you won't leave behind a stray sock.
The Advanced Airflow pattern balances temperature, airflow, and mechanical action for a fast, thorough dry. This model is ADA compliant and has a 1/3 HP motor. If you're looking for a model with a moisture sensor for optimal drying performance, check out their top-of-the-line model, the Speed Queen DR7000WE.
It comes with three preset cycles, two automatic drying cycles, and three temperature selections. From delicates to permanent press, you can customize this dryer's simple settings using the two rotary dials. The up-front lint filter is easy to access for regular cleaning. Every component has been designed, built, and tested to deliver 25 years of commercial-grade performance. To back that up, a robust 3-year manufacturer's warranty covers all parts and labor with a lifetime warranty on the interior cylinder.
There is also a gas model, the DR3000WG, priced starting at $929. Learn more about gas vs electric dryers in our article! The electric model uses 5,350 watts for heating, and the gas model uses 22,500 BTU. They can be side vented with Directional Exhaust Kit 528P3. The electric dryer can be vented out to the left or right, while the gas model can only be vented to the left due to the location of the burner housing.
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Another option to consider if you have limited room for venting is a ventless condensation dryer. These models are the majority of dryers in Europe and don't require ventilation at all!
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Editor's Note: This blog was originally written in March of 2018 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy as of the publication date noted above.