I admit to being one of those people who are often intrigued by “As Seen on TV” infomercials. I don’t apologize for it because I have found my fair share of good products by watching those ads.
A few months back; however, I saw a commercial for a dryer ball know as “Mr. Steamy.” The commercial would have you believe that by placing the ball into the dryer with your wet clothing, everything will come out softer and totally wrinkle free. Even I wasn’t buying that and certainly not at the $19.99 price tag.
Shortly afterwards, several other companies came out with their own versions of the dryer ball. Some contained a magical liquid similar to of Mr. Steamy. Others, on the other hand, just provided the rubber-spiked balls on their own. Prices varied from $9.99 to about $14.99. That was still too rich for my blood considering they might not work as claimed.
However, recently I spotted Dryer Balls at the Dollar Tree and decided to give them a try as just $.50 each. I used them a few times with mixed results. So was it worth the effort?
Dryer Balls, like many of their competitors on the market, made some claims. Let’s examine each one of them individually.
Claim #1 states that clothes dry faster in the average dryer. That part appears to be true. I purposely cut my drying time down to see if towels would dry in less than 30 minutes. Color me surprised, and happy, when they did.
The balls help to keep clothes separated as they dry, which in turn helps them to dry faster. In that respect, Dryer Balls works well and earns 5 stars.
Claim #2 says that you will save money on your electric bill over time. That makes sense. If you cut drying time by 10 to 15 minutes on each batch of clothing, over time you will see a significant savings in electricity, which equates to more dollars in your pocket. That earns Dryer Balls another 5 stars.
Keep in mind; however, that savings will vary from dryer to dryer based on load size and dryer efficiency. Therefore, some people will see greater savings than others will.
Claim #3 states that the balls are recyclable. True again. The balls are made of a good quality rubber, which will allow them to be used over and over again. However, since I can’t speak to how long as of yet, we’ll give the balls 3 stars or average.
Claim #4 says that Dryer Balls help to soften fabrics, thereby eliminating the need for harsh chemical fabric softeners. That is at least partially true. I was hesitant to use the balls on my fine fabrics for fear they might snag or tear at delicate threads. However, the balls worked beautifully on sheets and towels; leaving them soft and luxurious. They’re a partial hit at 4 stars.
Claim #5 states that clothes come out fluffy. That is certainly true when it comes to towels, giving this product another well earned 4 stars.
Claim #6 says that Dryer Balls reduces static cling and lint buildup. I did note less static cling because the balls keep the fabrics bouncing around rather than globbing together. However, I did not notice a significant change in the amount of lint build up. The score here, therefore, is 3 stars.
Claim #7 states that Dryer Balls will prevent wrinkling. I saw a little difference in this department. However, the clothes did not come at wrinkle free as some of Dryer Balls competitors claim. Still, a minor change in wrinkles is better than no change at all. Therefore, the product gets 4 stars on this claim.
Claim #8 says Dryer Balls will cut down on the amount of time your spend on ironing. Unless you typically iron your towels or sheets, I don’t know that you will see a drastic enough change to make this claim ring true.
The reduction of a few wrinkles on shirts and pants doesn’t mean they won’t still require the use of a steam iron. On the other hand, I will say this: Ironing was easier for some reason and that may be the actual point the company was trying to make. Therefore, I’ll give Dryer Balls the benefit of the doubt on this one and 3 stars.
Claim #9 states that Dryer Balls are long lasting. Right again, because the balls are made of a heavy-duty rubber which should hold up for a large number of dryings. They earn 5 stars.
Claim #10 says Dryer Balls are inexpensive. That’s true. Mr. Steamy Dryer Balls come in a two pack for $19.99 or $9.99 per ball. Others average around $14.99 for two balls or $7.50 per ball. Dryer Balls retails for $1 at Dollar Tree or $.50 a ball. It isn’t hard to see which one provides the better bargain. Dryer Balls gets 5 stars.
With 10 claims coming in at 37 points total, that averages out at 3.7 stars total, which is above average. That’s not bad at all for an investment of $1.