Dryer Max Dryer Balls: Product Review

Dryer Max Dryer Balls. Erin Huffstetler

The Bottom Line

Dryer Max Dryer Balls are a good buy for those looking to cut energy costs or move away from chemical fabric softeners.


  • Reduce drying time
  • Fluff and soften clothes without the use of chemical fabric softeners
  • Reusable and long-lasting
  • Good for sensitive skin
  • Environmentally-friendly


  • Add to the noise of drying clothes
  • Can get stuck in the arms or legs of clothing
  • Static-cling can be a problem in the winter
  • Made from PVC, a plastic that's known for off-gassing


  • Made of PVC plastic
  • Last 2-5 years, and up to 1,000 loads
  • Carry a two-year money-back guarantee

Expert Review - Dryer Max Dryer Balls: Product Review

Dryer Max Dryer Balls are a money-saving product that actually lives up to the hype. Made of PVC plastic, these spiny balls take the place of liquid fabric softener and dryer sheets. Just toss the balls into the dryer with your laundry, and they’ll fluff and separate your clothing to reduce drying time and soften your clothes. Available in stores, on TV and on the Internet, dryer balls require an average investment of around $10. Calculate what you typically spend for a two-year’s supply of fabric softener, and the savings is quite substantial.

An update from Erin

I used these for years, and still have my original set (which are still in good shape), but I switched to wool dryer balls about a year ago.

I'm not fond of plastic, and I'm even less fond of PVC (learn about the health risks associated with PVC), so I just felt it was time to make the switch to something a bit more natural. I now use Little Lamb wool dryer balls. They come in a set of six, and are quite a bit quieter than the Dryer Max dryer balls.

And a nice bonus: you can add essential oils to them, if you want to add a bit of fragrance to your laundry.

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