Laundry Debate: Wool Dryer Balls vs. Dryer Sheets – Which is Best?
Hip2Save may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you via trusted partners and affiliate links in this post. Prices and availability are accurate as of time posted. Read our full disclosure policy here.
How do you do laundry?
I’m sharing the pros and cons of dryer sheets vs. wool dryer balls – and while you may prefer one over the other now, there are things you should know about both to get the most out of your laundry and get the freshness you desire. Plus, I’m sharing my top picks for both!
Wool dryer balls
Pros of wool dryer balls:
- Help dry laundry more quickly
- Absorb moisture
- Retain heat
- Average drying time is 40% faster
- Saves you money on gas and electricity
- Made of all-natural and sustainable materials
- Help reduce static cling
- Safe for all types of materials
- Replace after 1 year or every 1,000 loads
- More cost-effective than dryer sheets
- Works as an agitator in the dryer
- Keeps clothes from sticking together
- Aids in softening clothes and linens
Cons of wool dryer balls:
- Not ideal for large loads
- They work best in small-to-medium loads where they can move around
- Some people may prefer to have a scent on their clothes
- Can be loud when moving around inside the dryer
- As they age, chunks of wool can fall off and get into your lint drawer
Some of our favorite highly-rated wool dryer balls to use:
I searched different types of popular wool dryer balls with strictly high ratings across the board.
For the Starter set, I found a mid-price, highly-rated option to get you started if you’re new to dryer balls. My Character set adds a touch of fun to your laundry or could make a great gift. Lastly, the Essential Oils Scented dryer balls are perfect for someone who likes a fresh, natural smell in their laundry.
⭐Starter set: Wool Dryer Balls by Smart Sheep 6-Pack
⭐Character set: Friendsheep Organic Eco Wool Dryer Balls – Black Penguin
⭐Naturally Scented: Woolzies Organic Wool Dryer Balls + 100% Pure Lavender Essential Oils
Hip Tip: If you like a little scent on your clothes, but hate the chemicals, try adding a few drops of your favorite essential oils to your wool dryer balls.
Pros of dryer sheets:
- Soften fabrics
- Eliminate static cling on clothes and linens
- Add fragrance to each load of laundry
- Fragrance-free options are available
- Easy to use
- Can be used in any laundry load size
- Can be used for other household cleaning chores
- Keep luggage smelling fresh when traveling
- Scrub pots and pans
- And so much more!
Cons of dryer sheets:
- Most contain toxic chemicals
- Can irritate your skin
- Not eco-friendly
- Leave residue inside your dryer
- Can block screen on the lint catcher
- Reduces air circulation
- Decreases efficiency over time
- Makes clothing more flammable
- Can block screen on the lint catcher
- Can create greasy-looking stains on clothes
- Can only be used one time
- Do not reduce drying time
- Some residue on sheets can reduce the absorbency of towels
Some of our favorite highly-rated dryer sheets to use:
I searched different types of popular dryer sheets with strictly high ratings across the board.
For my popular pick, I found a mid-price, highly-rated option that most people tend to use. Naturally scented uses a touch of essential oils and is offered at an affordable cost. My fragrance-free option is great for babies and people with sensitive skin and is still affordable for all budgets.
⭐Popular pick: Bounce Outdoor Fresh Fabric Softener Dryer Sheets
⭐Naturally scented: Arm & Hammer Essentials Fabric Softener Sheets
So what’s the Hip2Save team verdict?
Wool Dryer Balls ✅ vs. Dryer Sheets 👎
“I prefer the wool balls because my clothes sometimes feel waxy after using dryer sheets. I’ll put a few drops of lavender oil on the balls, too, so they add a little bit of scent to my laundry.” – Emily
“I love using wool dryer balls and never liked dryer sheets at all. I like the benefits of the wool dryer balls and also that I don’t have to worry about any harmful chemicals since they’re an all-natural product. My daughter has a lot of allergies as well, so this is just a great, safe product for our family.” – Jami
“There’s a time and place for wool dryer balls and dryer sheets. However, I love my wool dryer balls for reducing drying time and adding maximum fluff to our clothes! They’re also great for helping to distribute the stuffing inside comforters as they dry.” – Jenna
“I’ve never used wool dryer balls, but after writing this article, I’m totally going to give them a shot! I’ve never liked dryer sheets and the way they make my clothes feel. Plus, I think dryer sheets are too smelly, and I really don’t like that they have so many chemicals.” – Sara
Dryer Sheets ✅ vs. Wool Dryer Balls 👎
“I really wanted to love the wool dryer balls, but I didn’t get as great results and smell that I was hoping for. I’m basically addicted to the smell of dryer sheets and won’t give them up. LOL!” – Lina
“I like to use dryer sheets because I don’t feel like the dryer balls ever really worked for me.” – Jessica C.
“I’ve never tried the wool dryer balls, and I’ve always just used dryer sheets. They work for us and smell good in my opinion.” – Michelle
“I use both, however, I don’t feel like dryer balls get the static out, so I always throw in a dryer sheet as well!” – Jennifer
The verdict? Wool dryer balls – 4 vs. Dryer sheets – 5
It seems that most of our team hasn’t even tried wool dryer balls before, but the ones that have really love using them for the eco-friendly aspect. The other half of our team loves their tried and true dryer sheets.
Enough about us though, what do you use?