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What is Air Fluff on Dryer: Answered & Explained

Remember the first time you had to use a washing machine and dryer on your own? Horrible right? So many programs, and you have no idea which one to select when washing and drying whites and which one to pick when washing colors. After a while, you learn a few programs, and you firmly stick to them; you don’t even dare to choose a different program than the ones you are familiar with. However, we are here to teach you about a cool program for your dryer you probably keep ignoring. Introducing the air fluff.

The air fluff setting on your dryer basically just turns and tumbles your clothes. It is a great way to freshen up clothes or household items that don’t necessarily need to be washed with detergent.  Drapes, decorative towels, pillows, or denim all can benefit from the air fluff cycle and come out softer.

Key Takeaways

  • Washing and drying machines have a lot of useful settings, the air fluff mode is one of them.
  • Fluff air dry does not use heat; it simply tumbles your items at room temperature air.
  • Fluff air does not shrink clothes, and it can be used to freshen up household items.

Does Air Fluff on a Dryer use Heat?

The one big difference between the air fluff dryer and other drying settings is that air fluff does not use heat. It sticks in room temperature air and tumbles the clothes until dry and “fluffed up”. This is a perfect option for delicate fabrics that can be easily damaged in other high-heat settings.

Basically, it passes warm air around the drum, so it can completely remove the moisture on your fabrics/clothes.

Will air fluff shrink clothes?

Are you too afraid to put your favorite dress in the dryer because you think it will shrink? Well, we have a solution. Just set the machine to air fluff and wait. As we mentioned, this setting uses room-temperature air, so there is no risk of shrinking.

What do I air fluff dry?

You can air fluff dry a lot of things that you would normally be scared to put in the dryer. Pillows, comforters, bedspreads, sleeping bags, car seat covers, stuffed toys, and so much more. This air fluff setting helps to remove dust and pet hair, making your items feel soft and smell fresh, like you just washed them with detergent. Plus, they will stay intact because of the no-heat method.

Does air fluff take longer to dry?

Different drying cycles use heat to dry your clothes faster, but as we mentioned, air fluff uses room-temperature air that it sucks from its surroundings. This means that the drying process will be longer. The clothes have to dry naturally by tumbling around the dryer. The best solution for you would be to wait until you have a full load to turn on the air puff cycle so you can dry all your items at once.

How do I choose the right program?

Choosing the right program can be confusing, but we are here to help you out. As you probably already know by reading this article, the air fluff program is used to freshen up clothes that maybe have been sitting in the back of your closet for a long time. Pillows, stuffed toys, and comforters can be “fluffed up” and made to smell fresh and clean.

The gentle drying cycle is mostly used for delicate pieces like bras and panties made from rayon or silk.

The wrinkle-resistant cycle is your new best friend. It can be used on any type of clothing, dresses, blouses, trousers; you name it. This cycle does use medium heat, so you don’t have to worry about your clothes shrinking in size.

The steam cycle is great for items that don’t necessarily need to be washed but do need some freshening up. You can probably find more cycle settings on different drying machines, but most of them come down to the things we already mentioned here.

My dryer is not working.

Have you ever gotten your clothes out of the dryer, and they are still soaking wet? Well, there are a few reasons this might be happening. If you fill your dryer over the maximum capacity, it will not work properly because the air has no room to circulate.

A general rule is that you should fill it 2/3 of the way for the best results. Newer dryers have sensors that will let the machine know that the clothes aren’t dry yet, and it will automatically start all over, and yes, this will take a very long time, so make sure not to overfill it.

Another problem that can occur is that your power isn’t storing enough. An average electric dryer requires a 240 V outlet for it to work at full capacity. Anything below this will result in your dryer taking forever to finish a load.

Clogged vents are also a common problem. If your dryer’s vents are clogged up, the air can’t get in to dry your clothes, leaving them soaking wet. If you do not know how to clean your dryer, we suggest calling a professional.


We hope that after reading this article, the next time you see all the settings on your dryer, you won’t be so confused. You just need to remember a few simple things. The fluff air means, just as the name suggests, to fluff up your clothes and to refresh them. It can also be used on household items that don’t necessarily need to be washed but can use a little freshening up. The room temperature air also prevents wrinkling and tearing.

All in all, you don’t have to be afraid of using the different settings on your dryer; they can all come in handy. Keep in mind that all these programs that we mentioned may come under different names, but the function is the same. Make sure to read the instructions if you are not sure which one to pick, or you can always talk to the seller if you have any doubts.

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