While dryers are typically sold with accompanying washers, it's not a rule that needs to be followed. For those of us who have laundry machines hidden away in garages or basements, having a matching pair isn't that important, opening up the opportunity to get the best version of each. Over the years, hundreds of dryers have passed through our labs. When we test, we're looking at these machines from every angle. The chief concern: Can the dryer get clothes dry in a timely manner without damaging them? Next, we test extra features like steam or smart connectivity. Finally, we analyze the fit and finish. The very best dryers have sturdy doors, drum lights, and easy-to-read buttons. We looked over the data of every dryer we've tested and picked out the best of the best. Among those, the crme de la crme is the Maytag MED8230 (available at AppliancesConnection for $1,244.00). The MED8230 aced all of our performance tests and has a number of features that will make laundry day easier. These are the best dryers we tested ranked, in order: Maytag MED8230 Electrolux EFME627UTT Maytag MED7230 LG DLEX9000V Samsung DVE45R6100C Maytag MED6630HC Samsung DVE50R5400V LG DLE7300WE Maytag MEDC465HW LG DLEX3900W Electrolux EFME527UTT Whirlpool WED9620HC LG DLE3500W Maytag MEDB955FC Samsung DVE45R6300V LG DLEX7900BE LG DLEX7800WE GE GFD85ESPNRS Samsung DVE60M9900V NOTE: This list is comprised of electric dryers, but you'll find a link to each dryer's gas counterpart (where available) below. Though gas dryers tend to be more efficient, in general, gas and electric versions of the same product should function and perform identically.
While dryers are typically sold with accompanying washers, it's not a rule that needs to be followed. For those of us who have laundry machines hidden away in garages or basements, having a matching pair isn't that important, opening up the opportunity to get the best version of each.
Over the years, hundreds of dryers have passed through our labs. When we test, we're looking at these machines from every angle. The chief concern: Can the dryer get clothes dry in a timely manner without damaging them? Next, we test extra features like steam or smart connectivity. Finally, we analyze the fit and finish. The very best dryers have sturdy doors, drum lights, and easy-to-read buttons.
We looked over the data of every dryer we've tested and picked out the best of the best. Among those, the crme de la crme is the Maytag MED8230 (available at AppliancesConnection for $1,244.00). The MED8230 aced all of our performance tests and has a number of features that will make laundry day easier.
NOTE: This list is comprised of electric dryers, but you'll find a link to each dryer's gas counterpart (where available) below. Though gas dryers tend to be more efficient, in general, gas and electric versions of the same product should function and perform identically.
Of all the laundry dryers weve tested at Reviewed over the years, the Maytag MED8230HC is one of the best. Its massive 8.8-cubic-foot drum is large enough to accommodate a family of any size. Its cycles run quickly and get laundry loads 100% dry. Its also covered by one of the best warranties in the industry.
Hi there! We're Reviewed's appliance testing team. Between the three of us (Jon Chan, Kyle Hamilton, and Julia MacDougall), we've spent many years testing major appliances including washers, dryers, refrigerators, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners, and robot vacuum cleaners.
We have plenty of experience testing these products in the lab, but we've also used them like normal people would in the course of their daily lives, which means that we have a great sense for what appliances are bargains at their price points, and which appliances have really useful extra features (as opposed to the kitchen-sink approach to features).
With all this in mind, you can feel confident that when we recommend a product, we're giving it our Reviewed stamp of approval, which means two things: firstly, this appliance performs well, and secondly, this appliance is easy to use. We're always reviewing new products, so stay tuned for our reviews and roundups of the latest products in laundry, refrigerators, dishwashers, and vacuum cleaners.
Beyond these performance tests, we also assess the usability of each dryer, based on our experience, both during testing and during more casual use (one perk of working at Reviewed is that there is plenty of laundry machines on premises!). Our main goal is to get the answer to one question: How easy is it to actually use this dryer? This involves cumulatively assessing the control panel, the door, the vent, and any smart features that are included.
Before you head out to the stores, be sure you know the size constraints needed for your dryer. Were not just talking about the width of the space you have in your laundry room for the dryer itself (although thats definitely important). Are the doorways in your home wide enough for a dryer to fit through during delivery? Will it be able to fit down narrow or tight stair cases? Take a tape measure and check the doorway width against the dryers specs, and make sure you have a few inches of clearance.
Most dryers have capacities ranging from 7.3 to 7.5 cubic-feet, which is enough to deal with the laundry that can fit in most washing machines. However, if you have a high-capacity washing machine (5.0 cubic-foot capacity or greater), youll need a dryer that can keep up with the bigger laundry loads, typically one with a capacity on the order of 8.0 cubic-feet or greater. Otherwise, your dryer may struggle to dry large laundry loads in a single dryer cycle.
Keep your budget constraints in mind. Dryer prices can run the gamut, from $500 to $2,000 or more, but most tend to sit in the $800 to $1,200 range. We have recommendations for some dryers with very low prices, but you can generally find great dryers at any price point; it just takes a little bit of research and figuring out which features and design aesthetics you can live without.
How picky are you about your dryer cycles? Do you want to be able to set specific cycle temperatures, drying levels, and cycle duration, or would you prefer to just hit two buttons and start drying? Do you want a cycle just for denim jeans? Really consider how you do laundry on a day-to-day basis. If you prefer a straightforward drying process, youll probably want to buy a lower-tech dryer. Even if that extra customization seems appealing, it may not make sense for you to buy that kind of dryer if youre not going to actually use those extra features regularly.
Are you considering a dryer with steam? Steam is an easy and effective way to reduce wrinkles, remove stale smells, and refresh clothing. However, if the dryer youre eyeballing has steam, be sure to find out exactly how the dryer gets the water needed to create that steam. Most dryers will require access to an additional water line, but some dryers have a drawer where you can manually add water. If you dont have that necessary water hookup, you may pay extra for a feature you cant actually use.
Based on your laundry room configuration, which way should the dryer door open? If the opening direction doesnt work in your laundry space, dont worry, almost all dryer doors are reversible; all youll need is a screwdriver and some elbow grease. Its such a minor thing, but if you dont think about it beforehand, it can be frustrating when you go to use your shiny new dryer for the first time and you cant open the door all the way.
The Electrolux EFME627UTT dryer is great-looking, has simple controls, and is rich with cycles and options, including Perfect Steam, which can help to relax any wrinkles away. Its Quick Dry cycle completes in a mere 15 minutes. Though the Normal cycle is slow, the Heavy cycle takes only an hour. While cycle times may vary, we found that the Normal and Delicates cycles both got our test loads 100% dry, and that temperatures never got hot enough to start damaging clothes. The Electrolux EFME627UTT represents the perfect balance between cycle times and cycle temperatures.
As the counterpart to the stellar Electrolux EFLS627UTT washing machine that has a spot in the detergent drawer for laundry pods, this dryer is another great addition to the Electrolux laundry family.
This appropriately-priced mid-range option has all the features you want and some you didnt know you neededlike letting you know when you need to adjust a load. It boasts simple controls, a solid drying performance, and decent smart features.
The LG DLEX9000V isn't just gorgeousit works better than most dryers we've tested, and got the laundry in the Normal and Bulky cycles 100% dry. It doesn't come cheap, but it rocks best-in-class features, including steam cycles and a massive 9.0-cubic-foot capacity. Another bonus is FlowSense, which tells you when something is wrong with your ventilation (rather than with the dryer itself). Since dryer fires are a major cause of fires in the home, this awesome feature will really help to put your mind at ease, especially if it's been a while since your dryer vent has been cleaned.
With a veritable cornucopia of wash cycle options and features, this dryer can easily deal with a variety of fabric types and items sizesit has no trouble with big items like comforters, and gets shirts wrinkle-free. Even though it's a big investment, we say its performance justifies the cost, so if you need a powerful yet sleek dryer and have some extra cash on hand, be sure to check out the LG DLEX9000V.
We love the Samsung DVE45R6100C dryer because of its killer Normal cyclewith a cycle time of 51 minutes and its ability to get our test load of wet laundry 100% dry, its one of the most effective Normal cycles weve ever seen. The Normal cycle may run a little hot, with temperatures topping out at 153F, but if youre consistently dealing with large loads of wet laundry, youll appreciate this dryers drying power.
From a design perspective, the DVE45R6100C is one of the first Samsung appliances to have the eagerly-awaited champagne finish. Additional steam (Steam Sanitize and Refresh) cycles and cycle customization options (cycle dryness, temperature, and time) only add to the appeal of this dryer. Between its strong drying performance, good looks, useful cycles/options, and a retail price that wont break the bank, the Samsung DVE45R6100C is a great dryer all around.
The Maytag MED6630HC dryer is the perfect combination of looks, usability, speed, and power. This Maytag dryer has a sleek, futuristic look that would do any laundry room proud. Because it has a large central dial and a streamlined control panel, its easy to select the cycle thats right for your wet laundry load. If youre looking for steam options, this dryer has two: Steam Refresh and Wrinkle Prevent.
The MED6630HC manages to dry your clothes quickly will without raising the temperature to the point where youd have to worry about heat damage (typically 150F or above). Even better, the test loads in the Normal and Delicates cycles came out 100% dry. For a dryer that gets your clothes dry the first time, with no muss or fuss, check out the Maytag MED6630HC.
There's nothing we love more than a dryer with lots of steam cycles, and the Samsung DVE50R5400V delivers. With steam cycle options like Steam Sanitize, Wrinkle Away, and Refresh, you can easily get rid of nasty laundry odors or bring some life back into clothes that have been languishing at the back of your closet.
Even better, each of the dryer cycles we tested does its job well. You'll especially appreciate the Quick Dry cycle, which got everything 94% dry in just over 30 minutes. In addition to its great performance, there's also the multitude of cycle and cycle options that come with most Samsung dryers. If you want the flexibility of having steam options in your dryer, and you also want strong drying performance, check out the Samsung DVE50R5400V.
As far as dryers go, the LG DLE7300WE is a workhorse. It gets the job done, but with little finesse. During testing, our sensors picked temperatures north of 160F, which can prematurely damage clothes over time. However, the upside is that the DLE7300WE got our wet test loads of laundry more than 90% dry on every cycle we tested.
We also liked the fact that this dryer has LG's EasyLoad feature. Basically, the door has two sets of hinges so it can swing open left to right or open and down depending if you're loading or unloading the dryer. In the end, the relatively steep price and way-too-hot temperatures prevented the LG DLE7300WE from claiming a top spot.
The Maytag MEDC465HW dryer is a basic dryer with old-school aesthetics that gets the job done. While you may not get the frills and extra features found on some of the more expensive dryers, this Maytag's Normal cycle can get your laundry 100% dry in a mere 53 minutes. The dryer's interface, comprised of four knobs, is streamlined and easy to operate, even if you're still a laundry novice.
The Wrinkle Control setting continues to tumble the laundry load after the cycle has finished so as to prevent wrinkles. The well-lit drum means you'll never miss a sock, even if you're in a dark basement. If you want top-notch dryer performance on a budget, the Maytag MEDC465HW is for you.
There are a lot of reasons to love LG dryers, and the LG DLEX3900W is no different. In additional to all the usual bells and whistles (i.e. cycle time, temperature, and dryness customization options), this dryer gets major points for having multiple steam cycles and options (Turbo Steam, Steam Sanitary, and Steam Fresh), as well as a special Antibacterial cycle for easing your mind after someone in your family has been sick.
This dryer wowed us with its short cycle times and powerful drying. The Quick cycle managed to dry 84% of our test laundry load in 25 minutes, an impressive feat for a cycle that short. The Bulky cycle was equally impressive, and mostly dried a queen size comforter in about an hour. One minor quibble is that the Normal Cycle takes about 90 minutes, and reaches temperatures as hot as 170F. We're on the record as preferring dryers that maintain temperatures below 150F in order to maximize the lifespan of your clothes, but if you're looking for a dryer that's fast and powerful, you can't go wrong with the LG DLEX3900W.
The Electrolux EFME527UTT dryer is great-looking, easy to control, and full of cycles and options. Like the Electrolux EFME627UTT, it has the detergent drawer for laundry pods and Perfect Steam, which is powered by its built-in water heater to maximize hot water temperatures for sanitizing, wrinkle removal, static removal, and odor removal.
Its Quick Dry cycle finishes in a mere 18 minutes, which is a huge selling point. While not every cycle is as short as Quick Dry, each cycle is effective at drying wet clothes without raising the temperature to extremes high enough to damage fabric. If you want both the bells and whistles and the great dryer performance, look no further than the Electrolux EFME527UTT.
In the market for a new dryer, but dont want something that looks like it belongs in your grandmas basement? The Whirlpool WED9620HC dryer is one of the sleekest-looking dryers weve tested. This futuristic-looking appliance has no buttons to press or dials to turn; instead, you select your what to wash and how to wash preferences (and steam options like Wrinkle Shield) on a discreet door-mounted touchscreen.
The Normal cycle (i.e. the Regular/Normal cycle) was able to get our test load of laundry 100% dry, but it took about two hours to run. Other cycles are shorter, such as the Regular/Quick cycle (15 minutes) and the Bulky/Normal cycle (43 minutes), but dont get clothes as dry. Fortunately, you can adjust the drying level for each cycle in the menu as needed. Lastly, you can also start, monitor, and stop cycles on this dryer using the Whirlpool app. With its beautiful finish, connectivity, drying performance, and touchscreen, the Whirlpool WED9620HC dryer is definitely a dryer that people with modern tastes will appreciate.
The LG DLE3500W is a hot dryer that gets wet laundry fully dry. Between its 7.4-cubic-foot size and its cycle versatility, it'll get you through laundry day faster. With all the basic cycles (no steam here), you can easily customize the care of each load of wet clothes. The Speed cycle finishes up in a mere 25 minutes.
Our main concern about this dryer is its tendency to run very hot, especially on the Normal cycle, which maxed out at 166F (most dryers tend to stay at or below 150F). While that may cause more wear and tear on your clothes in the long run, its not a day-to-day problem and in the meantime, it helps to ensure that the clothes dry well. Happily, you can use the control panel to turn down the cycle temperature, so you can still get rapid drying that won't wear out your clothes.
For families that generate a lot of laundry, the Maytag MEDB955FC dryer has the room for it. With its 9.2-cubic-foot capacity, there's plenty of room for you to put in your king size comforters; the best part is that they come out totally dry and fluffy.
Admittedly, the cycle times are on the longer side: The Normal cycle took about an hour and 40 minutes, while the Bedding cycle that dried that comforter was only a few minutes shorter. Rapid Dry, though, is a real treat, and almost completely dried a small load of laundry in 14 minutes, which is nothing to sneeze at. With its recessed door handle, magnetic door, and big, easy-to-read control dials, the Maytag MEDB955FC is designed to be easily operated with one hand, presumably while you shepherd kids or pets around with the other hand.
The Samsung DVE45R6300V dryer doesn't joke around when it comes to getting your clothes dryall of our test laundry loads came out 100% dry for the Normal, Quick, and Delicates cycles, which is no small feat. With this Samsung dryer, total drying is accomplished with longer cycle times (the Normal cycle takes about two hours), and hot drying temperatures (the Quick cycle, which only takes about 30 minutes, reached a max temperature of approximately 175F). Dryers that get hotter than 150F on a regular basis can expedite wear-and-tear on your clothes, so it might be best if you bump down the temperature setting on the control panel.
In addition to great drying performance, this dryer also has a Sanitize cycle, a Wrinkle Prevent feature that keeps tumbling your clothes until you can get them out of the dryer, tons of cycle customization settings and options, and a Heavy cycle that can get everything dry in 47 minutes. Best of all? The DVE45R6300V is Bixby-enabled, which means that if you're a fan of the Samsung smart home ecosystem, you can ask Bixby to do some of the heavy lifting for you when it comes time for laundry day.
We love the LG DLEX7900BE because its effective. Not only did the test loads from all four major cycles (Normal, Speed Dry, Delicates, and Bedding) get more than 80% dry, but the Speed Dry and Delicates cycles are highly effective. The Speed Dry cycle will dry a small load in about 25 minutes, and the Delicates cycle keeps temperatures cooler (around 109F) so as not to damage special fabrics like those found on lingerie and sportswear. While the Normal cycle runs a bit long, as with most LG dryers, you have the option to reduce the cycle time (although there may be a tradeoff with laundry dryness).
Unsurprisingly, this LG dryer is full of neat cycles, cycle options, and features, including an Anti-Bacterial cycle (which gets up to 178F), two steam cycles (Steam Fresh and Steam Sanitary), a steam option (TurboSteam), and Wrinkle Care. Even better, the laundry door can open to the side or downward, giving you flexibility when it comes to popping wet, heavy laundry loads into the dryer without wrenching your back. Basically, whatever wet laundry you can dish out, the LG DLEX7900BE dryer can handle.
If you often find yourself dealing with wrinkled or musty laundry loads, youll appreciate the LG DLEX7800WE dryer. With two steam cycles (Steam Fresh and Steam Sanitary) and the option to add TurboSteam to most of the dryers cycles, its a breeze to refresh or deodorize clothes.
When it comes to performance, the DLEX7800WE can tackle your wettest laundry loads. This dryer removed nearly 100% of the moisture from our test loads during the Normal and Speed Dry cycles. The Bedding cycle removed about 86% of the moisture from a queen-size comforters moisture in an hours time, which is nothing to sneeze at. While the Normal cycle is a bit long (it takes nearly an hour and a half to finish) and hot (reaching temperatures up past 170F, when clothes start to experience significant wear and tear at temperatures beyond 150F over long periods of time), if you want steam options without busting your budget, we think youll like the LG DLEX7800WE.
The stylish-looking GE GFD85ESPNRS dryer shouldnt be hidden away in a laundry closetwith its Royal Sapphire finish, it could be just another lovely piece of decor in your home. With this dryers wide range of cycles and options (including PowerSteam cycles, a Sanitize cycle, a Reduce Static option, built-in wi-fi, and Damp Alert) though, youll appreciate its functionality even more than its aesthetics.
While we found that the cycle times on this dryer were relatively long (a Quick cycle clocked in at about an hour), the Normal, Quick, and Delicates cycles all got the laundry load more than 97% dry. Temperatures can run a little bit hot on the Quick and Bulky/Bedding cycles, but as long as youre not using these cycles every day, your clothes wont experience too much wear and tear. For a dryer that looks as good as it dries, check out the GE GFD85ESPNRS dryer.
The Samsung DVE60M9900V is a 6.1-cubic-foot front-load dryer with an integrated 1-cubic-foot top dryer, providing the flexibility to dry a few delicate items on top at the same time as a family-sized load runs in the main drum. Even better, the Normal and Delicates cycles we tested got the wet laundry loads 100% dry.
For the delicate items, you can even tell the DVE60M9900V which type of garment is in the top dryer: Sweater, Shirt/Blouse, Undergarment, or Accessory. The front-load dryer has all of the high-end features you could want: a great normal cycle, a special cycle for bedding, and three steam options (Steam Sanitize, Steam Wrinkle Away, and Steam Refresh). If you want both guidance and flexibility when it comes to drying your laundry, we think the DVE60M9900V is worth the high price tag.
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Julia is the Senior Scientist at Reviewed, which means that she oversees (and continually updates) the testing of products in Reviewed's core categories such as televisions, washing machines, refrigerators, and more. She also determines the testing methods and standards for Reviewed's "The Best Right Now" articles.
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With the best dryers, having warm, fresh clothes is possible within the comfort of your own home, saving you from any tiresome trips to the laundromat. Packed with excellent features and a range of drying options, these machines are essential if you want to finish your laundry day with ease.
Weve put together a selection of the best dryers, with factors including energy efficiency, capacity, design, and usability all taken into consideration. Below, youll also find ratings and individual dryer reviews so you can discover all you need to know.
The best dryers are also seriously sizable appliances, with capacities ranging up to 9.2 cubic feet meaning they can take care of your washing straight out of the best front load washers with ease and have space for more clothing if you need it too. There are models available with both vented and ventless designs, so regardless of the situation in your home, you can fit in one of these helpful washing appliances.
Whether you want a top-loading or a front loading design, the best dryers are capable of delivering your washing back to you as good as new. Lots of them have additional cycles, such as sanitizing settings and steam functions, which aim to use high temperatures to kill as many germs as possible. If youre in need of a dryer but dont have lots of space, check out our guide to the best washer dryer combos for a compact solution.
The GE GFD55ESSNWW is a large 7.8 cubic foot capacity dryer with a range of modern features. Its Wi-Fi enabled, so you can pair it with your phone and receive status updates remotely, and you can also pause, start and stop your drying cycle. This is a mid-price dryer, and it comes with an average of 4.7 stars in user reviews, making it one of the most popular models out there.
The GE GFD55ESSNWW dryer scores highly in user ratings across various retailers, averaging 4.8 out of 5 stars. Users praise how quietly this machine operates and that theres a built-in lint trap. The capacity is also another plus point for users. Some users, however, found the lint trap to be unhelpful and said it was difficult to override the sensors if you want the dryer to continue working.
Sturdy and well engineered, its generous space has ample room to tackle a full load or larger items such as sheets, blankets and towels. Its wide hamper door makes it easy to unload laundry, and the Intuitive Touch Controls makes it simple to set or customize your own options.
GE covers this dryer with a one year warranty, which is standard for the dryers in this guide, but not outstanding. It lacks a steam setting, but it does have cycles to prevent wrinkles, and a sanitize setting to ensure your delicates are as clean as can be.
This dryer comes with an adjustable vent, which means its easier to place in any space. You can also stack it with its matching washer to cut back on space, and its got an equally clean and sleek design.
Type: Front load | Capacity: 7.5 cu. ft. | Cycles: 14 | Programs: 5 | Features: Wrinkles Away, Anti-Static, Auto Dry, Cool Down, Damp Dry, Delicates, Heavy Duty, Knits, and Quick Dry | Warranty: 1 year
The Samsung DV45K6500GV is our top choice of gas dryers. Its got 14 cycles, four of which are steam-enabled and can sanitize or de-wrinkle your laundry. This dryer also pairs with Samsungs SmartThings app, allowing you to monitor your laundry remotely and even control it.
The Samsung DV45K6500GV scores a respectable average of 4.3 out of 5 stars. The features on this dryer were a hit with users, with lots of reviews praising the anti-wrinkle setting. Others also liked the spacious capacity and the fact that this machine is energy efficient. There were some complaints though, and they included users struggling to easily adjust the temperature on the dryer.
Gas dryers typically cost less in energy usage than their electric counterparts, and on top of this the Samsung DV45K6500GV is ADA compliant and Energy Star certified. Its got a large 7.5 cubic foot capacity that can tackle king size comforters or hefty loads of washing in one go.
As with all gas dryers, the Samsung DV45K6500GV will cost extra to install. However, once its up and running we think this is a great option. It has smart sensors that can adjust your cycles temperature and timing to make sure your dry doesnt overrun, or leave you with damp laundry. Some complain that you cant adjust the temperature on this cycle, but with plenty of other cycles to choose from, we still think this is a great choice of dryer.
Type: Front loader | Capacity: 7.4 cu. ft | Cycles: 12 | Programs: 12 | Features: SmartThinQ Wi-Fi App Control, works with voice-activated Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, SpeedDry cycles | Warranty: 1-year. LG Motor has 10-year
This high-tech, LG LG DLEX3700Wsmart stackable front load electric dryer with TurboSteam, Sensor Dry does all the brain work for you. At just a touch of a button, you can customize and monitor your laundry cycles from your smartphone.
Averaging 4.7 out of 5 stars in users reviews, the LG DLEX3700W dryers is highly recommended by lots of its users. The capacity and features went down well and the smart-enabled capabilities were also popular too. Some users found the LED control panel tricky to read because it doesnt feature a backlight.
This model is one of the most versatile, user-friendly, and reasonably priced Smart dryers on the market. It is well designed and powerful thanks to an advanced aluminized alloy coating. Features include a TurboSteam function that ensures wrinkle-free garments through its high steam temperature. The Sensor Dry feature matches inside moisture levels to the correct drying temperature, and adjusts the cycle accordingly. It also has the practical Steam Sanitary cycle that uses steam to safely sanitize those 'non-washable' items such as childrens toys or pillows. If you dont have time to spare, the SpeedDry setting is efficient for drying clothes evenly in 15 minutes.
The highlights of course are the WiFi-enabled capabilities that allow more flexibility to manage your laundry. The handy notifications keeps you updated on your drying progress, and youll never even have to leave your sofa!
The Amana NED4655EW is a bestseller and it has an impressive 92% recommendation percentage on Home Depots website. Despite being a more budget dryer, users find this model to be efficient at getting the job done. The price itself was also a real plus for many reviewers. There were criticisms of the dryer door being stiff to operate, however.
Although it is 'no-fuss', with a smaller capacity, it has practical features to ensure completely dry clothing. The Automatic Dryness feature senses the inside temperature and adjusts the drying cycle to prevent overheating. It also has the convenient Wrinkle Prevent option for crease-free garments at the end of each cycle. So you wont have a load to iron! If you only have a few items or limited time, the Timed Dry cycle is useful for setting to your specific schedule. You can set this up to 60 minutes, which is also energy efficient.
The Maytag MEDB955FW electric dryer is a high-performance dryer, with all the bells and whistles. Designed to quickly handle heavy-duty loads, this model is equipped with a range of premium features to deliver professional results.
Scoring an impressive average of 4.8 out of 5 stars on Home Depots website, the Maytag MEDB955FWs big capacity was popular with reviewers who have large families. Some users found that their laundry routine was a lot quicker than before, and the choice of dry settings was very helpful. Some users found this dryer too bulky for their laundry room and found the control position to be a nuisance.
Well engineered, this dryer is sleek and modern with a handy magnetic door latch. Perhaps the more practical design feature is the extra large 9.2 cu. ft. capacity that easily accommodates large loads or bulky items. This also helps to significantly reduce the number of loads and use less energy. As you would expect from a premium model, it boasts impressive, advanced features. Moisture sensors are convenient in adjusting moisture levels to the correct drying times to save time, and its PowerDry system efficiently dries a full load in a much quicker time.
If you dont have enough space for a standard sized dryer, the Bosch 300 SeriesDryer is small yet powerful. At 24-inches, it fits well into compact utility spaces or can be stacked with the appropriate kit. Set in a quality stainless steel tub, it is built to last and looks sleek. Operating on a condensate system, this model is ventless and doesnt require a duct during installation. This also works by retaining the moisture inside the drum, which enhances overall drying performance.
This model has an average user rating of 4 out of 5, which is a little disappointing compared to other dryers in our round up. The main complaints center around slow drying times. Its not all bad though, as users did praise the selection of cycles and the compact design.
With 15 cycles, it offers more than enough settings to choose from. This includes the practical Time Dry and Delay-Start which are handy for when youre busy. And the convenient wrinkle block program effectively reduces any creasing at the end of each cycle. It does have a smaller capacity at 4.0 cu. ft. however, this is still adequate for drying medium-heavy loads. If you do require more loading space or have a large household, this is probably not ideal.
If you cant bear the thought of parting with a ton of cash just to get your clothes dry, then the GE GTD33EASKWW could be just what youre looking for. This dryer may look humble in comparison to some of the others out there, but when it comes to drying your laundry it holds up well against its more expensive competitors.
Its safe to say that the GE GTD33EASKWW is a very popular choice with over 7,000 user reviews on Home Depots site alone. Pros for users include the spacious dryer drum, quiet operation, and high efficiency. Not everyone is so impressed though, and a few users mention that the timer is too loud and the lint catcher isnt very effective.
Do large loads with ease thanks to the roomy 7.2 cubic foot capacity, and with a design that minimizes dryer noise, you can easily have it going while youre watching TV. The three heat selections allow you to customize for fabric care, and the wrinkle care option does a good job of reducing creases in your clothes, perfect if youre not a fan of ironing!
At just under $600, this affordable dryer comes with just what you need to get your laundry dry without a ton of extra and confusing features that you might never use. Its designed with a reversible door, so itll work beautifully wherever youre wanting to position it, and theres a loud alert when a cycle finishes to remind you to remove your clothes. While it may not have a bunch of snazzy features, the low price of the GE GTD33EASKWW coupled with its large capacity makes it ideal for homes of all sizes.
Dimensions: 44.25 inches (H), 27 inches (W), 28.98 inches (D) | Type: Front loader | Capacity: 7.3 cu. ft | Cycles: 8 | Features: Damp Alert, Delicates, Cotton, Heavy Duty, Permanent Press, Quick Dry, Sanitize, Wrinkle Free | Warranty: 1-year
The LG DLE7300VE is a dryer that offers a whole host of premium features in a mid-market priced package. At nearly $1,000 it certainly isnt cheap, but it is about half the price of some ventless models and can offer a wide range of cycles, excellent drying performance, and even smart home connectivity.
The LG DLE7300VE scoops up an average star rating of 4.6 out of 5. Families like the large drum capacity and the customizable settings are also a hit. Smart controls are also a popular feature with users. Some reviews fault the SensorDry technology by suggesting its not very effective at detecting when the clothes need a little longer to dry.
Its a great option for families as the spacious 7.3 cubic foot dryer can easily handle large loads and bulky items, like comforters, helping you power through laundry day much quicker. As an Energy Star rated model, the LG DLE7300VE wont have a big impact on your monthly bills either.
As a vented model, it wont be suitable for every home. You will need to ensure there is a suitable spot for an outlet nearby and they can be trickier to install, so you may want to choose to employ a professional to install this dryer for you.
Dimensions: 38.75 inches (H),27 inches (W), 31 inches (D) | Type: Front loader | Capacity: 7.4 cu. ft. | Cycles: 7 | Features: Bulky Items, Delicates, Damp Dry, Heavy Duty, Quick Dry, Towels and Sheets, Wrinkle Free | Warranty : 1-year
If you live somewhere where vented dryers are prohibited or simply prefer ventless dryers, then the Whirlpool WHD560CHW is a great option. Ventless dryer options are still relatively few and far between, and those that are available tend to be costly, but they are easier to install and many people find them to be a convenient option.
Some users find the Whirlpool WHD560CHW to be expensive. Scoring 4.3 out of 5 on Home Depots website, the dryer is criticized for not being as powerful as a vented option. There are plenty of positive reviews, however, and they include comments that suggest this dryer is quiet and convenient.
At well over $1,000 the Whirlpool WHD560CHW is up there with the priciest options on this list, but it is Energy Star rated, which will help keep monthly bills low, and we think its well worth considering. Its built to be durable too, so at least its an investment that wont need to be replaced quickly.
The Whirlpool WHD560CHW doesnt have as many advanced features as the LG DLE7300VE, but it still has a large drum capacity and a wide range of drying controls too. This model also features a huge 36 custom options and an anti-wrinkle function to prevent extra time ironing creases out of your clothing.
Dimensions: 31 inches (H), 23.9 inches (W), 20.75 inches (D) | Type: Front load | Capacity: 3.4 cu. ft. | Cycles: 3 | Features: Automatic Temperature Control, Damp Alert, Lint Filter, Digital Cycle Countdown, Sensor Dry, Timed Dry | Warranty : 1-year
If youre not sure whether you can find the space for a dryer in your home, the Whirlpool LDR3822PQ could offer you a great solution. Its small, stackable, and has a shallow depth that means it can squeeze into a small space better than other dryers on the market.
For a compact dryer, the Whirlpool LDR3822PQ exceeded some users expectations. Overall this machine averages 4.5 out of 5 stars and users also found that it was easy to operate and has a very good capacity. A few reviews do mention balancing issues with this dryer though.
Being so compact, its not a surprise that this dryer does have a smaller drum capacity than other dryers on the market. Its a little short on cycle options too, there are no steam or express cycles, but its still a great little dryer that can more than adequately dry laundry loads.
Price Dryers range in price from $300 on the budget end to over $1,000. Higher-end machines usually have larger capacities, more settings options, and upgraded features such as moisture sensors. Another thing to consider is the cost of using the dryer. Products with Energy Star certification and energy-saving modes can reduce the amount of energy consumed each time you do a load of laundry.
Capacity A National Association of Home Builders study concluded that washers last an average of 10 years and dryers last an average of 13. If you dont have the budget to replace the whole set at one time you may be picking out a dryer on its own, without the manufacturer's matched pairs recommendations to guide you. A good general rule is to pick a dryer with roughly double the capacity of your washer. That way even the largest load you can fit in your washer will have sufficient room to move around and get thoroughly dry.
Energy source Not everyone has a choice of gas or electric hookups, but if you do it is worth noting that gas dryers and electric dryers tend to perform similarly. There are subtle differences in cost, though. Generally, gas dryers cost more initially but less over time than electric dryers. Gas dryers also tend to run at slightly higher temperatures so they dry laundry faster.
Key features and technology Most modern dryers have a wrinkle-prevention mode where it tosses a load of laundry intermittently after a cycle to prevent excessive wrinkling, so you dont have to worry about returning home to a load of crinkled clothes. Some dryers also allow you to delay the start of a load so you can time it to finish just when you or someone else gets home.
The best dryers have a generous selection of cycles so you can customize the setting to whatever type of laundry youre drying. Some dryers have drum lights so you can see if you, for instance, leave a stray sock behind. Other nice features to look for include a reversible door, vibration reduction, a child lock, and an end-of-cycle signal to let you know its time to gather your washing.
Design & appearance In addition to finding the right dryer features for you and your family, you want a dryer that looks nice and will complement the room it occupies. A matching pair creates a nice aesthetic. Often these appliances sit in kitchens and other areas where people see them, so they shouldnt be an eyesore and should blend with the room.
Energy efficiency In recent years, companies have developed dryers that cut down on the use of electricity while saving you money on utility bills. Top-quality clothes dryers have advanced sensor systems that monitor the moisture content in clothing and stop the cycle when your clothes are dry, resulting in significant energy savings. Lint filter and duct-clog monitors also help conserve energy (and guard against fire hazards) by keeping airways clean.
While vented dryers are perhaps the most common type of dryer, there are some other options available that might come in handy if you do not have a way to vent the air. Some ventless options can also save a lot of energy.
These dryers use a heat exchanger that removes moisture from warm air that has passed through your wet laundry. Once the moist air comes out of the drum it goes back into the condenser, where it is cooled to removed moisture. The resulting liquid is then pumped to a drain hose or a tray. These models can leave a room rather humid and function best in a room with good ventilation.
This style of dryer takes it even a step further. When the moist air is created in the drying drum, it goes through a heat pump. A cold side condenses the moisture and the resulting mixture goes down a drain pipe or into a tank. The warm side reheats the remainder of the air to be used again for drying the laundry. Heat pump dryers don't leave the room they occupy moist, which makes them better for apartments and other small spaces. They also use very little energy, about half of what condenser dryers and vented dryers use. They do require a bigger initial investment and their drying cycle takes longer.
No matter your budget, you should be able to find an excellent and capable dryer that doesnt disturb you as you relax. In recent years, manufacturers have geared their machines towards quieter running, so that even if you have your dryer in close proximity, you wont have to hear every motion as your cycle completes.
Within the more high-end range of the best dryers, the Maytag MEDB955FW electric dryer can deliver when it comes to quietness, alongside a variety of fancy features including a magnetic door latch. Its equipped with a SoundProtection design to ensure that all of its moving parts dont cause loud noises.
If you need something more affordable, then the GE GTD33EASKWW is a low fuss, and low-cost alternative, that still has excellent ratings when it comes to quietness. Its also really efficient, meaning it wont cost you the world to run either.
Due to their drastically high temperatures, dryers are a different environment to get accustomed to compared to other washing appliances. Not all materials react in the same way when you put them inside a dryer, so there are certain things to be mindful of.
The materials to be most conscious of when loading your dryer are softer, more delicate ones, such as those with wool, cotton and synthetic fibers. These are most at risk of a nasty case of shrinking, so always check the label before you dry them.
Shrinking happens when the hot air thats pumped into your dryer tightens the fibers of soft clothing and causes it to become smaller. The tossing and turning motion added to this means that its even more likely that drying will have an unwanted effect on your clothes, compared to washing. To avoid creating clothing that might fit your pets better than they fit you, always be vigilant with checking your clothing labels, as well as lowering the heat if youre afraid of accidental shrinkage.
In short, yes. High heat within dryers can kill off harmful bacteria, which is great news, especially in a post-pandemic world. The sanitize cycles in dryers are utilizing their high-temperature settings in this way, and are best when used for a little longer too. If you dont have a dedicated sanitize cycle, then remember that high heat is the essential element to killing off bacteria and set your machine accordingly.
While energy costs will vary depending on the model, settings, and Energy Star certification, a fairly good tumble dryer should cost anywhere between around $40 and $140 per year to run in energy costs. This is around $85 per year on average. Gas dryers are typically cheaper to run than an electric dryer but the downside is that theyre generally more expensive to install at first, so your initial investment will balance out over time.
If you want to keep running costs low, make sure to choose a model with an Energy Star certification. More modern tumble dryers often come with energy-saving settings that will also help to chop down on the energy you use per cycle. For instance, a tumble dryer with a moisture sensor system will switch off your cycle when it detects your clothes are dry, helping you save costs down the line.
Spending money on a new dryer means youre probably wondering just how much use you can get out of your machine, perhaps before deciding on a cheaper or more expensive model. On average, you can expect to have your dryer for around ten to 13 years before itll need replacing, although some brands promise that their models can last up to 25 years. Of course, the lifespan of your dryer is entirely dependent on how well-maintained its parts are, as well as how much youre using it.
Some newer machines benefit from having a moisture sensor, meaning that you can know as soon as your drying is done, and prevent overuse. Thatll keep your appliance in better condition in the long run.
Its true, there arent as many decisions to make when buying a new dryer compared to a new washing machine, but today's models incorporate new technologies, like heat pumps to save energy, can come vented or ventless, have specialty cycles to steam and sanitize, work with Wi-Fi and apps, and more. It's a lot to consider! And that's why the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab can help you make the best choice for your home and your family.
When we test dryers, we install each one in a climatology chamber to maintain the same temperature and humidity conditions for each model. We look at all the features they offer, plus drum capacity, total footprint, ease of use and, of course, performance. We evaluate standard cycles from timed dry to presets like regular, delicate, and permanent press to assess heat levels and how well they dry clothes, bedding, towels and more.
Our evaluation includes how quickly the machines dry the items, but also how well they remove wrinkles and if they do a good job of capturing lint. We also make sure no tangling or twisting of clothing is observed. Then we test specialty cycles like steam and sanitize to ensure they work as expected. For these cycles, we double check that the dyer creates enough heat to perform as promised, without overheating or damaging the items inside.
And while we recommend that people read the entire owner's manual for all new appliances they purchase, we know this doesn't always happen. So when we evaluate ease of use, we analyze each models controls for clarity and intuitiveness, plus how easy the lint filter is to clean, remove, and replace, and how easy the interior of the drum is to access. Here are our top picks for the best clothes dryers:
GH LAB TIP: Before you head out shopping, make sure to accurately measure the space where your new dryer will go, keeping in mind allowances to open and close doors in the room as well as on the appliance.
This powerhouse dried our towels in under 40 minutes and left test swatches less wrinkled than all others. Even on its longer, low-temp Eco Dry cyclethe results were impressive. We like its easy-to-see-and-use control knob, buttons, and display.There's even a sensor that alerts you when the duct is blocked. Plus, you can diagnose problems and get quick solutions via an app. If you're laundry zone space is tight, take note thatthe 30-inch depth means it has aslightly smaller footprintthan comparably sizedmodels.
This dryer proves that fancy features alone dont guarantee better results and that you can score a great clothes dryer under $500!This machine has basic knob controls, timed and automatic cycles,three heat settings (low, high and no heat) and not much more, but does the job as well as more expensive models. Some cycles were a bit longer or hotter than with others we tested, but temperatures held steady, it has the option to keep the drum tumbling when the cycle is over to keep creases from setting in and the lint filter was large and easy to clean. The 6.5-cubic-foot capacityinner drumis slightly below standard "full-size" but you won't even notice the difference unless large, bulky loads are common in your household.
With a width of23.5 inches and a depth of 25.31 inches, this GH Seal Star is perfect for installation in small, awkward orout-of-the-way spaces. Despite its compact footprint, it has a larger-than-expected4.03-cubic-foot-capacity inner drum and works without the need for outside venting. Energy efficient and gentle on clothing, it doesnt skimp on cycles, offers wrinkle-fighting steamand features other special settings for wool and silk, table linens and drapes, denim and more.
The drum reverses tumbling directions throughout the cycle to keep clothing from tangling and creasing and its speedier than other ventless dryers weve tested.Pop in a special Miele FragranceDos capsule to give laundry a fresh scent. You can even connect the machine toyour home internet networkand download the mobile app to remotelysee how it's working, get notifications to refill detergent and access other performance data right on your smartphone. See our GH Seal Spotlightreview for more details on whythis clothes dryerearned the GH Seal.
Our Cleaning experts were immediately drawn to stylish design of this sleek machine andit proved a winner in our performance evaluations too.During our Cleaning Lab assessments, this GHSeal Stardemonstrated stellar drying power for clothing and towels. Choose from cycles designed to steam out wrinkles, reduce static, sanitize with high heat,dry small loads in as little as 23 minutes and more.Plus it's loaded with smart technology and features that allow you to check orcontrol it from anywhere using your mobile device. It can even belinked to the washer, so once you connect them, the dryer automatically selects the correct cycle for the load that's coming its way!
The super clear, responsive-to-the-touch control panel on this dryer will have even the most inexperienced laundress drying clothes like a pro. The Extra Power feature extends operating time, heat and tumbling easily on any cyclefor more thorough drying while Quick Dry speeds through small loads in as little as 15 minutes. Need something sanitized? Theres a cycle for that, too. Or choose the reduce static option to cut down on clothes clinging together.Its oversized 8.8-cubic-foot-capacityinner drum and large door opening meanbig, bulky loads are as easy to do as small ones. And withWiFi enabled and the connected subscription, you can even start it or stop itremotely.
If large loads are the norm for you, this GE is up to the job. Its 7.4-cubic-foot-capacity inner drum is roomy and itswide door opening and easy-to-grab handle make it a cinch to load and unload. The control panel is clear and uncomplicated and we were always impressed with GEs tangle-free results and its speedy (under 30 minutes) Delicates cycle. Theres a rack for drying shoes, sweaters, hats and anything that you prefer not to have tumbled. Its even Wi-Fi-enabled for monitoring via a smartphone.
Just like its companion washer, this dryer is two machines in one. Fill the bottom dryer with your usual everyday loads. Theres steam to de-wrinkle, refresh and sanitize fabrics and multiple fabric, dryness, and temperature settings to better customize every cycle to every load. But whats really unique is the delicate dryer up top with a flat mesh shelf inside to gently circulate air around sweaters, accessories, lingerie, or any delicate item that shouldnt be tumbled. Use the dryers separately or together and get your sleepwear off the shower rod for good!
This mega-capacity machine is the ultimate choice for those with a decked-out laundry room. Its elevated and angled door design means loading and unloading is less strenuous on your back. The control panel is integrated on the door for a sleek look and easy access which leaves room on top for a sliding door and mini storage compartment for sock clips, pins or any little items you need to keep handy but out of sight. And with 14 programs and 13 options at your fingertips, the cycle combinations are virtually unlimited. TurboSteam de-wrinkling and sanitizing, Wi-Fi connectivity and app controls, and the ability to download extra drying cycles not currently on the panel round out the high-end features on this top-of-the line dryer.
The LG Styler is a freestanding cabinet that turns tap water into steam to refresh fabrics in 20 to 67 minutes. It can be plugged into a regular outlet and does not require an additional water hook-up. It can hold three hanging items and a pair of pants. Also, it has a shelf for toys and pillows so you can sanitize them. The Styler is perfect for reducing allergens, odors, drying items like damp coats, or refreshing seasonal items.
Washing machines have gotten very fancy (and very pricey) in the last few years, and shopping for your perfect match can be overwhelming. Enter the Good Housekeeping Institute Home Appliances and Cleaning Products Lab experts, who have decades of testing under their belts and know the best models to consider in 2021.
When we test washing machines, we evaluate them on the regular, heavy duty and delicate cycles for how well they clean and remove stains, how much energy and water they consume, and how gentle they are on fabric. We also test specialty cycles like bulky bedding and quick or speed wash to see if they perform up to our expectations. If there's a sanitizing cycle, we confirm the machine reaches a high enough temperature for the required amount of time to adequately kill germs on fabrics. We also test each models control panel for intuitiveness, how responsive it is and how easy it is to use. We even check how easy it is to open and close the door, and how easy it is to load and unload big and small laundry bundles into the machine.
The first decision youll have to make is whether you want a front- or top-loading machine. In Good Housekeeping Institute tests, both types clean so well youll likely not notice a difference in your clothing, though our tests show front loaders do perform a bit better. Which you choose is really a matter of personal preference.
A front-loading washing machine is the most energy efficient option. It uses the least amount of water in each load. Clothes get cleaned when they tumble in a small pool of water thats added by the machine once it senses the weight and type of load. Front loaders can easily handle big, bulky items, like comforters and sleeping bags, but do require bending to load and unload the tub. Most manufacturers sell pedestal drawers to raise the appliances up off the floor and save some strain on your back.
If space is tight, a front load washer can be stacked with its matching dryer and placed in a closet, bathroom or any narrow area where water, electrical connections and venting are available. Keep in mind that water often puddles in the door gasket, dispensers and even the drum itself at the end of the cycle and can lead to mold growth and odors. If you choose a front loader, youll need to be diligent about cleaning the gasket and dispenser and leaving the door ajar so the drum dries out and odors dont develop. A top-loading washing machine is a good choice if you like a more traditional configuration. Because the water in top-loaders drains down and out, they are less likely to develop mold and odors than front-loaders are and that's the reason many consumers prefer them. However, its a good idea to clean the tub and dispensers of all washing machines about once per month. Newer, high-efficiency top-loading models provide excellent cleaning and are still energy efficient even though they use more water than front loaders and they can come with or without center agitators.
Top loaders without agitators have huge tubs for extra-large loads and gently bounce clothing under a shower of water. Agitator models may be less expensive and can be a little less gentle on fabrics. They get clothes clean by moving them through a pool of water so fabrics are well rinsed and detergent, especially single-dose packs, are more likely to dissolve completely in them. Top loaders with agitators may have smaller tubs and use the most water of any style washer.
One of the biggest consumer complaints about front loading washing machines is the musty smell that develops when water puddles inside. This new GE washer has a venting optionthat automatically dries the inside of the machine and the door sealwhen your laundry is done. The machine pulls in outside air to dry the interior while the drum spins intermittently. And the door gasket, dispenser drawer and other internal components are treated with Microban, an additive to help keep mold at bay.
In our tests, the drum and door sealwere bone dry after a full vent cycle. We found the wash cycles speedy and very effective, impressivelycleaning our cotton and polyestertest stain swatches in warm and cold water. Even the quick wash removed a set-in stain in just 20 minutes.
This washer is packed with features,including SmartDispense bulk dispensing. All you do is select the cycle and the washer automatically adds the correct amount of detergent. It holds up to 50 ounces of liquid detergent and is a cinch to fill without spilling. Other extras include steam cycles, Wifi connectivity, and a 1-step wash and dry option that washes and air dries a small load overnight.
If you are looking for a machine with luxury features at a great price, this model from GE is a solid choice and GE washers are solid performers in our GH Cleaning Lab tests. It has all the key cycles including ones forwashing workout wear and bulky itemslike comforters, down coats and sleeping bags. You won't find steam cycles at this price point, but you can still kill bacteria on the Sanitize cycle with the addition of an oxi additive that helps boost your detergent's cleaning power. We love that the dispenser has a dedicated section for detergent packs to help them dissolve better and the handy stain guide option adjusts the cycle'stime and water temperature to better remove stains like, tomato, wine, blood, grass, and dirt. With the Deep Fill and Deep Rinse settings you can add more water to loads that need them for thorough washing and rinsing. It also comes in grey, but white is a better value.
Just launching into the market, LG's new WashTower gives those short on space and short in height something to be excited about. Sure, all front load washer and dryers can be stacked to install in a closet, bathroom or wherever space it tight, but LG went a step further. By placing the controls for both appliances in the center, short folks no longer have to stretchto see and set the dryer cycles. But that's not all. Built in sensors use AI technology to detect fabric texture and load size to customize the washing and drying cycles for better fabric care and speed cycles make quick work of large loads. Paired with the LG ThinQ app, you can set and monitor both appliances and the washer can even alert the dryer to the type of load coming its way. While we haven't yet tested this new pair, LG washers and dryers always do well in GH Cleaning Lab tests and we're looking forward to giving this new one a spin very soon.
This double-duty machine offers the ultimate in launderingflexibility thanks to two separately controlled washers in the same unit,without a significant increase in the overall size. The lower washer is built for extra-large loads and has super-cleaning cycle options, which include sanitizing and steam settings. You even have the ability to add up to five rinses onto a cycle to remove every bit of detergent from larger items like a bulky down comforter or jacket.
The smaller upper washer is made for delicates, items prone to bleeding, or single items like that dirty blouse you want to wear tonight. Cashmere sweaters we washed came out clean and without damage.In testing, we've found that Samsung washers exhibit excellent cleaning and fabric care performance.
This top loadingwasherhas acenter agitator but is still so huge inside soyoull never notice any compromise in capacity.While its energy-saving and efficient, you can add more water if youd like to with the Deep Fill option.Its a cinch to use because the control panel is clear, easy to decipher and super responsive to the touch.ThePowerWash cycle boosts cleaning for extra dirty loads and RapidWash trims wash time to under 30 minutes for items you need in a hurry. A down-filled coat that we washed on the bedding cycle in a slightly smaller version of this same modelcame out thoroughly clean, rinsed, and free of suds.
This mighty mini is a Good Housekeeping Seal holder for good reason: Its deceptively large interior and space-saving exterior make it the perfect choice to install in small homes, apartments, or as second-floor laundry in a closet or bathroom.
Most unique is its TwinDos system that automatically dispenses the correct amount of detergent and enhancer for top cleaning of both whites and colors. There are tons of special cycles to choose from, including QuickIntenseWash which in our tests whitened cotton test swatches and impressively removed tough stains in under one hour and it's Wifi-enabled to monitor and control via your smart phone.
This top-loader might slide into a smaller space with its compact profile, but it easily handles large wash loads and its innovative wash action is energy efficient and gentle on clothes. Its easy to program with your choice of temperature, soil level, and load size selections, or choose from eight special cycles or customize your own pre-set Favorites you can repeat with just the press of one button.
This machine is super-quiet, and the Delay Start lets you wash when it suits you even overnight. We found the center agitator didnt interfere with washing a bulky queen-sized comforter, which came out clean and well-rinsed. In our tests, weve found that Speed Queen washers are solid performers, and the seven-year warranty reinforces that.
With a5.2 cu. ft.mega-capacity washer sitting atop a 1.0 cu. ft. pedestal washer, theres no laundry taskthis giant combo team cant handle and its super easy to load. Use the top washer for your everyday and oversized loads and the mini one below for just a few items that need special care or that you need in a hurry.
It features steam,works with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa or an app on your phoneand is certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America to sanitize and remove sniffle-causing allergens from fabrics. While the pedestal washer is perfect for delicates, we found the top machine gentle on fabrics, too. Keep in mind the pedestal washer is sold separately for an additional$630 to $750,depending on color.
Never again will youhave to worry about detergent or fabric softenerstaining your fabrics or laundry packs that won't dissolve:This washer works by pre-mixing detergent with water before dispensing it into the machine for better fabric penetration throughout the loadand less residue.And it does the same for fabric softener.It also features a dispenser drawer that accommodates a single-dose detergent pack instead of tossing it in the drum.This way, no matter what type of detergent you use,its already dissolved by the time it reaches your clothes to clean fast and thoroughly.
The most innovative feature of the Samsung AddWash is the mini door on top that lets you add a stray sock or t-shirt after the machine starts. The feature also gets rid of the problem of messy water drips that happen when you open the main door mid-cycle. With a quick cycle that washes clothes in about 35 minutes, this washing machine is great for busy families with lots of laundry to tackle.
Upgrade your laundry room by shopping for a new washer and dryer set, which is the smartestand often the most affordable wayto purchase these appliances. Buying a matching washer and dryer is about more than just aesthetics, though, since both machines will have capacity and functions that pair together to make laundry day more efficient. You can also catch a break in pricing by purchasing a washer and dryer bundle from major retailers.
Whether you're shopping for the newest innovations in washer and dryer sets or a budget pair to get clothes clean, you can find great options in top loading and front loading configurations. For those with small spaces, a compact or stackable washer and dryer is a good bet, while large families will most likely need a large capacity duo.
When choosing the right pair of laundry machines, you'll want to look for a washer dryer set that has enough capacity for your average load sizes. In addition, consider the type of agitator and drum material of the washer since these factors have a bearing on the cleaning quality and the longevity of your clothes. Most washers are available with either an electric or gas dryer.
The best front loading washer and dryer set should offer efficient cleaning and drying, plenty of cycle options to meet your laundry needs, and enough capacity to handle large or bulky loads. The LG WM4000HWA and its matching dryer check all the boxes and offer user-friendly features, including WiFi for remote monitoring of your laundry cycle.
Peek inside the 4.5 cubic foot drum of this front loading washer and youll see that there is plenty of space for washing your familys clothes or for tackling a weeks worth of towels. Load capacity for this front loading washer is up to 20 pounds, which equates to about 12 large bath towels or 22 sweatshirts. LGs TurboWash 360 Technology uses five water jets to make sure that even large loads are thoroughly saturated for faster cleaning in less time, while 12 cycle options give you the right settings for every type of fabric.
This laundry pair is made complete with LGs DLEX4000W dryer, which has 7.4 cubic feet of drum space to match the capacity of its washing partner. If you enable Smart Pairing in LGs ThinQ app, the washer can share cycle information with the dryeractivating the right drying settings for your last load of wash. And to get you by in between laundry days, the dryer is equipped with a steam function to refresh lightly worn clothes or release wrinkles in between washes.
LG Front Load Washer: "Most of the cycles are pretty fast, even for large loads, but I love Speed Wash for lightly soiled loads; it only takes 15 minutes. The Speed Wash cycle is a lifesaver when I need to get through a giant mountain of laundry."
LG Ultra Large Capacity Electric Dryer: "After running a wash cycle in the matching LG washing machine, I turned on my new dryer and loaded the damp clothing...The dryer suggested an appropriate drying setting based on the wash I just did. Its a huge time saver and makes me feel like Im living in the future."
For a top of the line top loading washer and dryer set, check out the full-featured Samsung WA7200. Equipped with the features you need to make washing and drying your clothes as easy as possible, this top-loading washer and dryer set is sleek and smart. Its also tough on stains, with an Active WaterJet built into the washer to give you a helping hand on pre-treating stains.
The 5.4 cubic foot top loading washer features a deep fill option to make sure that even bulky loads are thoroughly saturated, but its high-efficiency impeller plate design means increased water savings on light to average laundry loads. Peer into the stylish glass lid to check on the cycleor better yet, receive cycle updates on your smartphone from this WiFi-enabled laundry pair.
The matching Samsung Dryer DV7200 offers 7.4 cubic feet of drum space and utilizes Sensor Dry to optimize the time and temperature of drying cycles. This translates to more efficient energy usage and also protects your clothes from excessive heat.
Samsung Top Load Washer: "The Samsung 5.4 Top Load Washer has a whopping 10 cycles...I tried [them] all, favoring normal for most washes. I also liked heavy-duty for my kids dirt- and grass-stained clothes and the bedding setting for my periodic comforter washes.
Samsung Electric Dryer: "A few dress shirts were too wrinkled to wear after a couple of days sitting at the bottom of the clean laundry pile. Instead of spending a lot of time ironing, I used the wrinkle away cycle. It uses steam to get rid of wrinkles, so I ran the shirts through the cycle for 20 minutes. They came out wrinkle-free."
Popular in apartments and condos, a laundry center is a vertically stacked washer and dryer that functions as a single unit. Unlike stackable washer dryer sets where the washer and dryer are two separate appliances and can also be positioned side-by-side, a laundry center is a single appliance.
While laundry centers are usually quite basic in form and function, LGs WashTower is a game-changer and a head-turner. This sleek-looking tower features a front loading washer and dryer, a departure from the familiar top-loading washer usually seen in laundry centers. Load capacity is improved, too. The washer features 4.5 cubic feet of drum space, which is on par with many standalone washing machines. The dryer keeps up with 7.4 cubic feet of room. In both appliances, youll have plenty of cycles and options to choose from, but you can also let AI sensors do the work for youthis technology automatically detects fabric texture and load size to select the right cycle.
One of the more innovative design features of the LG WashTower is the central control panel. While some laundry centers or stackable washer and dryer sets have hard-to-reach controls for the dryer, LG put the panel for both the washer and dryer in the center of the tower, about the height of your average countertop, so options are easy to see and controls are simple to use.
For a full-featured top loading washer and dryer set, consider this powerful pair from LG. Combining some of the newest innovations in laundry care, this sleek and smart washer and dryer duo defy the norms of conventional top-loading washers and dryers. While the price tag for this pair is steep, the cleaning capabilities are impressive.
The LG WT7305CV top-loading washer has a supersized capacity of 4.8 cubic feet and offers eight different wash programs with more than a dozen options to customize your wash cycle. A stainless steel tub means no opportunities for snags on your shirts or sweaters. LG has also engineered this washer with an advanced agitator that provides four-way motion for clothes to ensure a more thorough cleaning.
Completing this splurge washer and dryer set is LGs DLE7300VE dryer, which is available in both gas and electric models. A unique feature of this model is the EasyLoad door, which opens in two different ways to match the configuration of your laundry room; open the door down or to the side to access the interior of the 7.3 cubic foot drum. Both machines are WiFi-enabled and users can monitor laundry cycles and troubleshoot any pop-up problems using LGs ThinQ app.
The best smart washer and dryer set should work seamlessly with top smart home applications while offering the latest features and options. The GE GFW850SPNRS Ultra Fresh Washer and matching dryer are leading the way in laundry innovation with their combination of smart capabilities and advanced features.
For instance, this 5.0 cubic foot front-loading washer is capable of washing and drying small loads on the spotwith no need to transfer to the dryer. With UltraFresh technology, the door of this washer is vented as a defense against musty odors, and gaskets and seals are treated with Microban to prevent the growth of mold and mildew. When transferring normal-sized loads to the dryer, the matching GE GFD85ESPNRS gas or electric dryer steps up with 7.8 cubic feet of space and Washer Link technology that enables it to mirror settings from the washer for a just-right drying cycle.
Built-in WiFi means that this smart washer dryer set works with smart home services like Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and IFTTT technology. You can also use GEs SmartHQ app to remotely start, stop, or check in on washer and dryer cycles. Keep an eye on your laundry without stepping foot in the laundry room, thanks to the latest in smart home appliances.
Maximize energy efficiency without sacrificing cleaning power with this washer and dryer duo from Electrolux. This powerful yet energy-efficient washer and dryer set will maximize your water savings while minimizing energy usage. The Electrolux EFLS627UTT front-loading washer has earned EnergyStars Most Efficient rating, and it also carries a CEE Tier III rating; pair it with the Electrolux EFMG627UTT gas dryer for maximum energy efficiency.
This washer is estimated to use just 85 kWh of energy (about $10) per year, while many other models are estimated at double or triple this usage. Aside from outstanding energy savings, Electrolux has designed this washer with other practical features. Cycle selections include a 15-minute fast wash, ultra-gentle hand wash, or sanitizing option to remove up to 99 percent of bacteria and 95 percent of common household allergens. Steam rises from the bottom of the drum in this washer to help lift stains from the fibers of your clothes, towels, and more. Finally, Electrolux has delivered a better way to use popular laundry pods in a front load washer with this models adaptive detergent dispenser.
Electroluxs matching dryer, model EFMG627UTT, is no slouch in terms of efficiency or power, either. It features an automatic drying sensor to ensure that cycles end when your clothes are dry. Plus, it matches up to the specialty cycles offered by the washer by giving you an option for a 15-minute fast dry or a steam cycle to quickly release wrinkles and freshen clothes. Stack this washer and dryer pair to save space while you save energy, or place them side-by-side for easy access. Regardless of what you choose, this full-featured but energy-efficient washer and dryer pair will make your laundry life a little easier.
Spend less and launder more with this budget washer and dryer set from Amana. While the top-loading washer and matching dryer are simple by design and wont win any awards for capacity or features, they offer excellent cleaning and drying performance for average household laundry needs.
The Amana NTW4516FW has 3.5 cubic feet of space in the porcelain wash basket, which is smooth enough to prevent snags but could become chipped over time. A dual-action agitator pole ensures a more thorough movement of clothes during each cycle. Youll get straightforward cycle selections, without specialty options like a hand-wash or steam cycle. One popular feature, however, is the Deep Fill option, which gives large or heavily soiled loads thorough saturation.
Its matching dryer is available in either gas or electric models and gives you 6.5 cubic feet of drum space to dry loads. The machines automatic drying sensors control cycle length to ensure more efficient energy usage and are available on both low heat and high heat cycle settings. Or, you can opt for straightforward timed dry or air-only settings.
If mountains of laundry loom large on laundry day, make sure you choose a large capacity washer and dryer set that can make quick work of dirty loads. While many average washing machines have a capacity between 3.5 and 4.5 cubic feet, the LG WM9500HKA has 5.8 cubic feet of drum spacemaking this a mega capacity front-loading washer. The matching LG DV7200 dryer is equally capable of large-scale laundry loads with its 9.0 cubic foot capacity. If youre not convinced on how large this washer and dryer set is, consider the fact that it can wash and dry a King size blanket plus an entire set of sheets in a single cycle.
Aside from being big, this large capacity laundry pair includes practical design details and smart features. For example, the washer has a 15-percent larger door opening to make it easier to load and unload those supersized piles of laundry and both machines feature an angled door that makes access easier. Steam technology gives the washer extra stain-fighting power, while the dryer can use steam to release wrinkles and refresh clothing. Both the washer and dryer are WiFi-enabled so you can check cycle status in real-time with your smartphone.
Even if youre tight on space, you can maximize cleaning power with a powerful but compact washer dryer set like the Bosch 300 series. This German-engineered laundry pair is designed with slim dimensions to squeeze into small laundry rooms or closets; the washer and dryer both measure less than 25 inches wide and deep.
Dont be fooled into thinking that this compact washer dryer set is only a fit for solo individuals or couples. The front-loading Bosch WAT28400UC washing machine has a 2.2 cubic foot drum that can take on up to 18 towels in a single load. More than a dozen wash cycles, including specialty options for hand-wash items, removing allergens, or denim, give this machine major cleaning power despite its small footprint.
Save even more space by stacking the matching Bosch 300 WTG86403UC dryer on top of the washing machine. You can plug the washer into the dryer, requiring just one 240V to power both appliances. This electric condensation dryer requires no venting, opening up more possibilities for placement in your home, apartment, or condo. However, drying cycles may be extended when compared to conventional vented dryers.
Many models of front-loading washers can be stacked with a matching dryer to give you a stackable washer dryer set that takes up minimal square footage. If youre looking for this space-saving configuration for your own laundry room or closet, consider the popular Samsung WF45R6100 washer and its accompanying dryer, model DVE45R6100.
Stackable washer dryer sets arent just a great idea for saving space. A dynamic duo like this washer and dryer pair can also provide thorough, complete clothes care. The front-loading washer has 4.5 cubic feet of space, with a wider drum that keeps the profile of the machine to 31.75 inchesshallow enough for many closets or small laundry rooms. Take total control of your cleaning routine with 10 cycles and options to select water temperature, rinse cycles, spin speed, and soil level for every load. The power of steam gives the machine an upper hand in fighting stains or sanitizing loads of dish towels, cleaning cloths, and more.
Put the stackable Samsung DVE45R6100P dryer on top of your washer and quickly load it up with freshly washed laundry from below. The dryer features 7.5 cubic feet of drum space and 10 drying cycles, with 5 temperature settings for optimal clothing care. Keep in mind that youll need to purchase a stacking kit to complete the vertical set-up, but this is to be expected with most stackable washer dryer sets.
If youre dealing with dirty laundry, choose a washer and dryer set that can handle the load. Features like a deep fill, dual-action agitator, and extra rinse option give the Maytag MVWC565FW the upper hand on eliminating dirt, sweat, and stains. The roomy 4.2 cubic foot stainless steel wash basket holds large loads, with plenty of room for heavy items like jeans or sweatshirts or bulky items like King size sheets or a big blanket.
A feature unique to this washing machine for stains is Maytags PowerWash cycle, which uses heated water and enhanced agitator action to more thoroughly clean heavily soiled loads. Activate the deep rinse feature to ensure that the load is thoroughly clean and to remove excess detergent, which can actually cause fibers to become soiled more quickly. Finish the job with the Maytag MEDC465HW dryer, which has 7 cubic feet of space and 12 cycles to dry your freshly laundered load.
Front loading washer and dryer sets are among the most popular on the market, and the LG WM4000HWA and matching dryer (view at Best Buy) are a full-featured pair that won't disappoint. Plenty of capacity and LG's innovative features, like TurboWash and SmartPairing translate to great cleaning quality and user-friendly operation. However, if you're shopping for a simple and affordable washer and dryer pair, then the top loading Amana NTW4516FW with matching dryer (view at Lowe's) are a winning combination that together cost less than many washing machines on their own.
Since overfilling your washer will mean clothes dont get as clean as they should and underfilling it means a waste of water and energy, youll want to find a washing machine with a capacity that matches your average load size. Capacity is usually measured in cubic feet and a standard washing machine typically has a drum with 3 to 4 cubic feet of space. Compact washers will have up to 2.5 cubic feet of space, and super capacity front load washers can have as much as 6 cubic feet of space.
Since you might not know how many cubic feet of space your load of laundry takes up, keep in mind that a washer with a capacity of 3 to 4 cubic feet can usually wash up to 12 pounds of laundry. Adjust up or down for washers with a smaller or larger capacity.
Every washing machine relies on some form of agitation to clean clothes and loosen dirt. When you peek inside the washer, youll find a variety of types of agitators. In a front load washer, youll see a big drum with small fins protruding from all sides. These low-profile paddles combined with the turning of the drum provide gentle agitation that is better for the longevity of garments. However, this gentler agitation also means longer cycle times to ensure that clothes are clean. Inside of a top load washer, the familiar sight of a tall center agitator is being increasingly replaced with an impeller plate on the bottom of the washtub that performs a similar action while taking up less space.
While all washing machines have basic cycles to handle everyday laundry needs, some machines go above and beyond with specialized cycles for oversized items like comforters or items labeled for handwashing. Another popular option appearing on many front-loading washers and some top-loading washers is a sanitizing cycle that uses high heat to kill up to 99.9 percent of bacteriaperfect for dirty dish rags or pet bedding.
Since your clothes are about to get washed and whirled inside of a machine, you want to be sure that nothing will snag the fabric of your favorite blouse. Stainless steel tubs are considered the smoothest and most durable choice for washing machine drums. Theyre often included with higher-end washing machines.
Porcelain-enameled steel tubs are also popular and cost less, but over time the porcelain finish can chip or wear awayleaving exposed steel that may rust and stain or snag clothes. Less commonly seen but sometimes used in low or mid-range machines are heavy-duty plastic washtubs. While durable enough to last for many years, they may not be well-suited for high-speed spin cycles and they can develop rough spots that might catch clothes over time.
To supply the hot air it will take to dry your clothes thoroughly, youll need a dryer with a heater that is fueled by natural gas or powered by electricity. Does your laundry room have a natural gas line that you can connect a dryer to? If not, youll need to install one if you want the efficiency of a gas dryer. A gas dryer will cost more initiallyespecially if you need to pay to have a gas line installed, and there may be additional fees to have a gas dryer hooked up during delivery. Still, this type of dryer is generally capable of drying clothes faster, and it may cost less to operatedepending on the cost of utilities in your area.
Electric dryers dont require a separate gas linejust plug it in and it is ready to operate. Youll generally find that electric dryers cost about $100 less than their gas counterparts. However, they typically have longer drying times, which means greater energy usage and increased costs in the long run.
Make sure that you have a dryer suitably sized to handle the capacity of your washing machine. If not, youll have a load of soggy clothes ready for drying and only be able to fit some of it in your dryer! The rule-of-thumb used to be to find a dryer with twice the cubic capacity of the washing machine, but increased efficiency in dryer performance means that you wont need to adhere strictly to that formula. Still, if you have a washer with a cubic capacity of 3.5 to 4.5 feet, look for a dryer with at least 7 cubic feet of drying space. This will also provide enough room to dry larger items, like queen or king-sized comforters.
There are several reasons to consider buying a washer and dryer set, including capacity compatibility and savings. When you buy a washer and its matching dryer, the capacity of the two machines will match up. This is important for the efficiency of your laundry routine; if you buy a super capacity washer but your dryer offers more limited capacity, youll have to run multiple drying cycles to thoroughly dry a load or be forced to air-dry part of a freshly washed laundry load.
In addition, many retailers offer attractive deals when you purchase a washer and dryer together. By purchasing a set, you can save several hundred dollars on your new appliance purchase. Plus, replacing just one machine can leave you with worry about when the other appliance may require replacement or repair. Take advantage of the opportunity to save and sync up your washer and dryer set by buying a washer and dryer together and enjoying the peace of mind from having a new laundry duo.
Space and aesthetics are two more reasons to buy a washer and dryer at the same time. A matching washer and dryer will generally share the same finish, design features, and depth and height dimensions. These shared attributes will make them a snug pair that will fit in your laundry area without one machine sticking out more than the other or looking out of place.
You can expect to pay between $500 and $2,000 for a washer-dryer set, depending on whether youre shopping for a front load, top load, or stackable set. Top load washers and their matching dryers have often been the most affordable options. However super capacity top loading washer and dryer sets can quickly climb in price. Front load washer and dryer sets range in price as well, with budget pairs starting under $1,000 and high-capacity laundry pairs costing up to $2,000.
Opting for a gas dryer usually means a price increase of about $100 with most retailers. If you dont already have a natural gas line located at the installation spot for your machine, dont forget to factor in the cost of installation by a professional.
These steps assume that you are installing a washer and dryer in a location with a previous laundry set-up. For areas that need electrical outlets and water connections, you may need to hire an electrician and plumber to prep the area for the installation of your appliances.
Erica Puisis has been covering large appliances for The Spruce since 2017. With more than 200 articles written and experience using front-loading, top-loading, and all-in-one washer and dryer sets, her expertise and product research is put to good use finding the best machines for your laundry situation.
A reliable clothes dryer is essential, but with all the choices out there, finding the best dryer for you is no easy task. The Electrolux EFME627UIW is at the top of our list since its an attractive and reliable unit with loads of features.
Though it may not have endless cycles, the Electrolux Front Load Perfect Steam Dryer with Predictive Dry and Instant Refresh has a lot of ways to dry your clothes or just refresh, sanitize, or get them nearly allergen-free. Sometimes an overwhelming amount of cycles isnt a good thing; lots of people just stick to normal and vary the temperature based on what theyre drying. But this Electrolux has some youll want to pay attention to, like allergen (which cranks up the heat to kill dust mites), 15-minute fast dry (for small loads), and instant refresh (which airs out clothes that are clean but less-than-fresh).
Buttons to the side of the Nest-like dial let you add steam to get rid of wrinkles and static, as well as change the time, temperature, and spin speed. Inside the drum, sensors keep track of how wet your clothes are, so they dont overdry and harm the fabric. Electrolux also offers an impressive 10-year drive motor warranty.
The Electrolux EFME627UIW is no doubt a luxury appliance, with a price tag to match, but you get a spacious drum, steam, and germ-killing features. Best of all, its companion washer, the EFLS627UIW, is also an excellent machine.
With 9 cubic feet of capacity, this LG dryer can hold a large load of laundry, but also give it room to tumble around. This unit is loaded with tech, including LGs Smart Diagnosis technology to keep your dryer running its best, as well as low decibel operation so your dryer runs quietly. It has TrueSteam to refresh clothes and reduce wrinkles quickly and easily. Theres even a spot-clean setting that uses steam to clean stains on your garments. Sensor dry technology helps dry your clothes without wasting time and energy too.
With the LG DLEX8100V, you get 14 different drying programs, including one especially for touch-ups, another that uses steam to refresh your clothes, and the sanitize cycle and anti-bacterial cycles to kill germs. You can further control the temperature, dryness level, and which way the door swings. Theres even an air-only setting for instances when you want to air fluff without heat.
Theres no getting around that the Samsung FlexDry is big and spendy. But the extra bulk is for the dedicated Delicate Dryer, a space on top where you can lay sweaters and other items you wouldnt normally toss in the tumbling drum. Lots of dryers let you insert a rack into the machine itself, but this Samsung model lets you leave the drum open for traditional loads while taking advantage of heated air. It never gets truly hot but still dries stuffed animals and clothing faster than letting them drip dry.
In addition to the top compartment, the drum has plenty of space. The 7.5-foot capacity dryer has oodles of cycles, including sanitizing options. Using steam, you can increase the machines versatility with wrinkle-fighting and refresh cycles. The FlexDry also works with Samsungs Smart Home app, so you can see if your load is finished without trekking down to the basement. If you have some items you absolutely refuse to toss in the regular dryer, this appliance just might change laundry day for you.
Its amazing how many smart features Whirlpool has packed into this 7.4-cubic-foot dryer. You can customize up to 36 cycle combinations to get the perfect cycle for exactly what youre trying to dry, controlled by an intuitive touch control panel that can learn and suggest options for you based on your laundry habits. This is all backed up with great moisture-sensing technology, with three sensors to track moisture and temperature and avoid over drying.
The Whirlpool WED9620HC also boasts plenty of unique additional features to help out. A sanitize cycle is specifically designed to eliminate common household bacteria, while a wrinkle shield plus setting uses tumbling and steam to prevent wrinkles from setting in. It even has an option for reducing static on your clothes. You can start the dryer remotely via the Whirlpool app, and maintenance is super easy too.
As one of the more reliable dryer brands, LG is known for making laundry machines that last. This model is no exception. It may not have all the extra features youd see in a more expensive dryer. For instance, it doesnt connect to Wi-Fi, so you cant control it with your phone. But it does offer a lot for a low price. It has eight drying cycles, including a wrinkle care option, a freshen up program, a program for bedding and bulky items, and a speed dry option. The display is easy to navigate, as it has a dial and LED display indicators.
The LG DLE7100Ws built-in sensor dry system detects moisture levels in your clothes during the cycle and automatically adjusts the drying time accordingly, while a smart diagnosis feature makes it so you can quickly and easily maintain your machine. It even has a duct clogging indicator to let you know its time to clean your dryers ducting.
Speed Queen prides itself on creating dryer models that last 25 years in your home, so if youre looking for reliability, this is the place to start. The 7-cubic-foot dryer sports commercial-grade components and a full set of digital controls that are made to stand up to moisture, heat, vibration, and power surges.
With the Speed Queen DR7000WE, you can select a specific moisture level if you want, or use one of the seven presets and four auto dry cycles, then trust the dryers moisture sensors to know when your clothes are finished. Theres also an eco cycle to save on energy, and an extended tumble setting to keep tumbling clothes without heat after the cycle is over. We also like the reversible door that allows you to place the dryer in more locations.
Not as hot as you may think. Even though your clothes feel really hot when they first come out of the dryer, your dryer isnt reaching temperatures like your oven or curling iron. On low heat, it may reach around 125 degrees Fahrenheit, and on high heat, you might be looking at 135 or 145 degrees. According to GE, most 120V dryers will hit 145 Fahrenheit during operation. Just because your dryer doesnt reach several hundred degrees, this doesnt mean you dont need to be careful of dryer fires though.
You should expect your dryer to last between 8 and 12 years provided you care for it properly. However, if you dont take proper care of your dryer you overload your unit, you dont clean your dryer regularly, and you dont follow the manufacturers maintenance instructions your dryer could go out on you within a few years.
Use a stacking kit, which is a support system for stacking the two appliances on top of each other. Most stackable appliances have their own designated stacking kits. You should also use compatible units and place the washer on the bottom and the dryer on top, because the dryer is typically lighter than the washing machine.
A vented dryer pulls the surrounding air from the laundry room, heats that air and uses it to dry the clothes, and then pushes the humid (lint-filled) air through a vent and outside of the home. A ventless dryer, however, pulls air into the machine, heats it, and then recycles the air and heats it again. The moisture goes down a drain or into a tray that you empty, and theres no air being vented outside.
Gas dryers tend to be cheaper to operate than electric dryers, but they also tend to be more expensive upfront. Gas dryers also tend to heat up faster (hence they may dry your clothes a bit faster), and theyre also cheaper to maintain.
Robot vacuums have made it so we dont have to actually physically vacuum. There are products coming onto the market that are attempting to make it so we dont have to fold laundry. For instance, at CES 2019, an automatic folding machine called FoldiMate was debuted. The machine lets you feed clothing into a flat slot, and it comes out neatly folded. You can join a pre-order wait list to purchase the FoldiMate.
Ideally, no. Dryer sheets are sheets of fibers coated with stearic acid or fatty acids. Over time, these acids can damage your clothes and the inside of your dryers lint trap. However, its up to you to decide whether the benefits of dryer sheets are worth the risks.
If your dryer isnt drying your clothes (even after youve cleaned the duct and lint trap), or if it has mechanical issues that pose a safety issue or if those mechanical issues cost more to repair than the value of the machine, its time to replace your dryer.
Many people discover the best time to buy a dryer is when their current one starts shaking and clanging, then dies mid-cycle. But if you have some advance warning, it can be beneficial to wait. Many manufacturers start rolling out new products in September or October, meaning retailers want to make room for the new inventory by lowering the prices of previous models.
There are exceptions to this rule. A lot of stores offer deals during holidays or lower prices at other times of the year. Its not just Black Friday, either. You can often find bargains during long weekends like Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Presidents Day.
Some appliance stores organize annual blowout sales to get people in the store and get rid of old inventory. You should contact local stores and find out about these events. One located in Seattle, for example, has a yearly sale in early November that draws crowds looking for lower prices.
Dryers are a big purchase for anyone, and doing research before purchasing a new appliance is key. If youve read our reviews, you may wonder how we reach our conclusions. We measure the performance of the dryers by looking at the temperature inside of the drum, how long it takes for the appliance to dry the clothes, and other factors.
Because our dryers are open for everyone in the Digital Trends office to use, we solicit a lot of feedback from our staffers when considering things like ease of use. This means that we take into account more than just one or two peoples opinions, and it also means the machines go through a fair number of cycles by the time were done with them.
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Fitting one of the best washer dryers means you can literally halve the room that would be taken up by having both one of the best tumble dryers and best washing machines in your utility room or kitchen. For those who are fabric-rich but space-poor, they're among the greatest inventions ever, in fact.
So what's the best washer dryer? For our money, the top washer dryer choice is the Bosch WDU28560GB closely followed by the AEG 7000 Series L7WEE965R. Similarly, the spiffing John Lewis & Partners JLWD1614 model is fab bit of kit thats hugely popular with UK users.
For larger families who cant afford to spend more than 500, there's the Beko Ultrafast WDEX854044Q0G, which sports a large 8kg wash/5kg dry capacity. But if you simply must have the best and money is no object then the extraordinarily pricey but undeniably splendid Miele WTF121WPM is the way to go.
If you regularly have piles of washing to get through then the generous 10kg capacity of the BoschWDU28560GB makes it a great place to start. This is a washer dryer with a premium price tag, but you do get a lot for your money. Along with the capacious drum capacity, the Boschoffers up a mean drying experience, being able to handle 6kg of laundry.
Before you get to that point though, there are lots of highlights on the washing front. The BoschWDU28560GB comes packed with great features and excels at removing ingrained dirt from both cotton and synthetics. Its actually got no less than 22 different pre-set washing and drying programs, which is very impressive.
Were keen on the delicate and hand wash cycles, but theres a super handy quick wash option, too. Another area where this machine impresses is when its spinning your laundry; it does a grand job right up to its maximum of 1,400rpm.
Other highlights? Well, the child lock is a boon if youve got a family and your white goods tend to attract unwanted interest from the little ones. The display panel is informative and nicely laid out too. That said, if youre digging deep into the feature set then consulting the manual is advised. That child lock also stops the kids messing with your settings while the machine is doing its thing, by the way.
From a tech point of view, its very well endowed indeed. For instance, ProSense technology automatically weighs the amount of laundry in the drum and adjusts the cycle time accordingly for both washing and drying (it even tells you how much detergent to use) while DualSense customises drum motion and internal temperature to ensure both delicates and non-delicates can be washed and dried at the same time.
The AEG 7000 Series comes with the usual gamut of programs cotton, synthetic, delicates, easy iron plus an excellent wool wash cycle that performs a gentle cool-down process at the end of the sequence, ensuring that your favourite Brunello Cucinelli cashmere sweater doesnt shrink to the size of your daughters teddy bear. The NonStop 60-minute wash and dry program is another major plus and just the ticket for the busy bod in a rush. And if you just want to freshen up a shirt before heading out, simply select the steam programme.
This machine has a higher-than-average 1,600rpm spin speed that ensures laundry is just the right side of damp for the tumble sequence. Its also freakishly quiet throughout the entire process, spin included.
This mid-priced John Lewis & Partners model has a raft of positive reviews from its owners, who tell us that it cleans and dries well for its price. Word on the vine is that its manufactured by AEG and they dont come much more reputable than that.
The A-rated JL comes equipped with a solid 8kg drum for washing and 4kg for drying more than enough capacity for a couple with a trio of grubby sprogs in tow and 17 different wash and dry programmes, including woollens, cold wash, a quick 20-minute wash, a steam cycle for mixed wools/synthetics and a faster-than-normal 1,600rpm spin speed.
This budget-priced freestanding washer dryer has a large 8kg drum and will wash and dry five kilos of laundry in about three hours or one kilo in 60 minutes not too shabby. The Beko Ultrafast WDEX854044Q0G comes with all the prerequisite wash and dry programs (15 in all), including cottons, anti-allergy, synthetics, down wear, woollens and hand wash. Its maximum 1,400rpm spin speed is perfectly ample for wringing moisture out of most clothing though you may need to run another spin cycle if loaded with heavier fabrics this is pretty much the norm with some models.
Just because this machines at the cheaper end doesnt mean it skimps on features. Its control panel looks smart and is easy to negotiate though some users have reported that the touch-operated option screen feels a bit flimsy and doesnt always respond to finger taps. On the plus side, the machine comes with a quiet brushless inverter motor for extra durability and lower energy bills, plus a bank of sensors for measuring load weight and moisture levels.
The John Lewis JLWD1615 is a beefier incarnation of its popular earlier model, the JLWD1614 reviewed above. Improvements and modifications are easy to spot, as the machine boasts a sizeable 10kg wash and 6kg drying capacities thanks to its cavernous drum, plus theres a chunky 1,600rpm spin speed. Adding to the appeal is its inverter motor, which delivers smooth and silent (well, quiet anyway) operation.
The freestanding washer and condenser drying combination therefore has solid foundations for getting your clothes clean, and dry. On top of that there are 15 different programmes to choose from. These, if you have a diverse clothes collection, are nicely spread across the cleaning spectrum, with the Delicates and Wool options proving ideal for our less robust jumpers and suchlike.
All of the programme options can be selected from the top panel and, in fact, the John Lewis JLWD1615 is refreshingly easy to set up and use. You can see whats going on from the LCD panel too, so in terms of day-to-day usage this one seems very straightforward, just like its predecessor.
Theres also a final cool tumble in the drying department so that your clothes are ready for retrieval in a refreshingly decent, low crease condition. This machine comes with an A rating in the energy efficiency ratings, so all in all it represents a top package.
The iQ500 has a washing capacity of 7kgs and a drying capacity of 4kgs and thats good for enough for a family of three or four. Also, because its equipped with a silent iQdrive brushless motor, its as quiet as a church mouse, making it an ideal option for location in a kitchen or other living area.
However, for best results do make sure the machine is installed perfectly level on a hard surface or itll just rattle about during the start and end of each spin cycle. This not only makes a racket but its not very good for the machine nor, for that matter, the plaster on your walls.
The fairly straightforward dial and touch-control panel provides access to myriads of programs, including mixed fabrics, shirts, wools, delicates and silk, even a textile guard re-proofing programme that carefully treats outdoor gear. The Rapid 15 and Wash&Dry 60 cycles are useful for lightly soiled shirts and underwear.
Mieles cut back on washer dryer models which is hardly surprising given that its wealthy clientele base is far more likely to opt for a separate washing machine and dryer combo. But if you live in a swish Canary Wharf pad with not much space to swing a cat then Mieles still the brand with the most kudos. The German company is renowned for designing and building exceptionally dependable domestic appliances that just keep on running and this excellent but frightfully expensive model is a case in point.
With a combined wash n dry drum capacity of just 5kg, the Miele WTF121WPM is on the small size for the price, but then you do get a feature-filled package for your hard earned. On the washing side it has Mieles proprietary honeycomb drum which makes laundry glide over the surface on a thin film of water. When the wash is complete, it enters Thermospin mode where a combination of hot air and gentle tumbling prepares the clothing for the actual drying cycle. It also comes with CapDosing portioned Miele-branded capsules for fuss-free addition of detergent, fabric softener and other additives.
Regarding wash and dry programs, this model has a veritable shedload of combinations so keep the manual to hand because youre likely to need it. To make things a little easier, its interface can be programmed to display hints and tips in a number of different languages.
As all-in-one appliances go, thiswhisper-quiet machineis highly efficient and comes with all the washing and drying cycles youre likely to need, including a Super Quick 15-minute wash program handy for when youre in a rush to go out and realise your favourite shirt has egg all over it.Of course, youll need to add another 20 minutes or so for the drying sequence, but you already knew that.
The Serie 6 also features a HygieneCare programme that apparently molly coddles your favourite laundry items by blowing hot air into the drum before its gentle 30C washing cycle. And because it comes with the ECARF Quality Seal of approval, the machine is a suitably good choice for allergy sufferers.
This high-end freestander has garnered a wealth of positive user reviews and we can see why. The first thing that strikes you is the huge deep blue portal that looks more sci-fi than white appliance if Darth did washing, this is what hed use.
Another cool facet is the way it washes proprietary Ecobubble tech uses zillions of tiny air bubbles to saturate the clothing up to 40 times faster than the norm while its diamond pattern drum makes clothing slip around as if on a waterslide. And should you forget to put a sock in it, simply open the little Addwash hatch and pop it in mid wash.
The easy-to-remember WD80N645OOW comes with a raft of programs including Super Eco Wash, Speed Wash+Dry, AirWash, 15-minute QuickWash and Silent Wash. Its 1,400rpm spin cycle, meanwhile, ensures that the drying session shouldnt consume too much leccy. Like many other Samsung appliances, you can also troubleshoot it using a smartphone.
All washer dryers list two different capacities, one for the washing sequence and another for the drying cycle. Hence, you cant just leave a full washing load in the machine and expect it to dry it all successfully at the end of the washing cycle.
If you do wash a full load, you will have to find somewhere to store one half of the damp pile while the other halfs being dried. Thats no big deal in summer when you have the option of having the sun dry some of your washing but it can be an issue in winter. Hence, if you want to enjoy the fully automated process of washing and drying all done in one go, youll need to do smaller loads, and stick to the maximum capacity for the drying program.
Washer dryers are inherently expensive to buy and repair so, if space allows, you could feasibly buy a separate washing machine and dryer for about the same price as a single do-it-all unit. This would allow you wash and dry laundry at the same time. Remember, too, that if a fault occurs in a washer dryer, thats the whole machine out of action until its fixed. Even more so than washing machines, its a good idea to spend more on a washer dryer, as there's so much to potentially go wrong with them.
One especially handy feature of a washer dryer is that since the waste plumbing is already required for the washing side of things, it means you wont need to periodically empty any water containers after the drying cycle. Even though most washer dryers have integrated water collection tanks, condensed water from the drying sequence can just as easily be pumped out of the same waste outlet as the dirty washing water.
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A normal load takes an hour or a little more to dry. But drying can be as fast as 40 minutes! Larger or thicker items like bedding and towels may need another cycle (e.g, Refresh mode after Cotton mode).