3 Features You Need in a Boot Dryer

Electric shoe dryers are quiet, efficient, and a great way to keep your footwear and other clothing in great condition

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If you don’t want to wear wet boots or gloves two days in a row, consider posting it all on a boot dryer.DryGuy

While a shoe dryer might seem a frivolous accessory to some, they are essential to those who spend time outdoors in cold, wet climates. From the kid’s sneakers to Dad’s hunting boots, ski boots, waders, and gloves, an electric dryer can extend the life of your gear, prevent foot fungus, and keep you from starting out chilled when it’s time to head back out into the wet and wild. If you are thinking about investing in a shoe and boot dryer before winter kicks in, here’s what to look for.


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Make sure there are enough tubes for the shoes, gloves, or other clothes you plan to dry at a time.Peet

Most foot dryers have just a couple ports for drying one pair of boots or shoes at a time. If you have a large family or, perhaps, are running a business that requires you to keep clients warm and dry, consider a multi-tube dryer to get the job done.

Port Height

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The dryer tubes should be long enough to accommodate a range of footwear styles and sizes.DryGuy

Footwear that can benefit from a dryer ranges from a simple pair of sneakers or loafers to knee-high boots and even waders. Look for an appliance with telescoping tube heights to accommodate whatever range of footwear your lifestyle calls for.

Articulating Tubes

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Set the dryer timer to prevent ruining things like leather footwear.DryGuy

If you really need maximum versatility from a dryer, a model with articulating tubes allows you to lay waders, ski pants, snow suits, jackets, and just about any other garment in a position that will help it dry out. To avoid over-drying, which can cause leather and other fabrics to crack, look for a dryer with an integrated timer so the device doesn't overwork your footwear.