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I'm in the market for a new dryer and am super-tempted by ones with sensors. My fantasy is that I can just throw the dipes in the dryer, hit the button, and come back later to dry dipes! With my old machine, I have to run more than one dryer cycle for almost all diapers (except flats), and it's a constant process of re-evaluation with each load. Uggh!!<br><br>
What I'm wondering is, do the dryers with sensors work as well as I'm imagining? Can they tell whether the inner layers of a dipe are dry? I'm not sure whether they detect dryness by feeling the surface of the fabric (in which case it wouldn't work well for multi-layer dipes), or by measuring the humidity of the air leaving the dryer (in which case it should work well for anything).<br><br>
Thanks in advance for your advice!!<br>
Amara<br><br>
Mom to Ethan, 5 mo
 

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Mine's got a sensor. When it stops, the inner layers of the thicker dipes are still wet and I have to run another cycle. I assume it just detects wetness on the outer layers.
 

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My dryer is about a yr old, middle of the line dryer.<br><br>
At the recommendation of a couple repair people I only use the more dry setting, this is one of the sensor settings.<br>
It works 100 % of the time with clothes.<br>
With hemp inserts I do sometimes need to run it through a second cycle, but even then it will only run for about 20 min. and they are dry.<br>
I would vote yes on the sensor
 

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I've had the same experiences as the other. My clothes come out dry, and so do cpf's and thin stuff, but the thick fitteds and hemp inserts are always damp inside still. I usually take those out anyway and let them finish drying hanging over the edge of the laundry basket.<br>
ETA: one thing to consider.... I don't know if all dryers with sensors are like this, but mine also does this wrinkle gaurd thing where after it senses they are dry, it buzzes every few minutes, but keeps tumbling the laundry, and cooling them slowly, so they don't wrinkle before it finally shuts off. If I don't go down and turn it off, the machine does still run for a while after the laundry is "dry".
 

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Thanks for the suggestions!<br><br>
I got a new dryer and ended up getting one with a sensor that measures the humidity coming out the back. It works perfectly with clothes, even towels and heavy blankets <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> However, it turned itself off when it had only dried the the outside layer of my joey bunz. It does work much better than my old dryer, though, and the max length cycle is longer so I have to make fewer trips back to the dryer. So, in the end I do think the sensor is worthwhile for making clothes drying easier and more efficient, but it doesn't work very well on multi-layer dipes.
 
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