One of the best clothes dryers can make your laundry room complete. There can be a huge difference in performance between these appliances. A good clothes dryer needs to provide the perfect balance between time and temperature when running. If it can achieve this, your laundry will be fully dried in a single cycle, with no damp patches, and no signs of damage from over-drying. This can be quite hard to achieve, even for machines with sensors. On top of that, a clothes dryer should be intuitive to operate, with enough settings to suit your needs, while energy efficient in its design. Look out for the Energy Star Certified logo to check for this.
When it comes to picking out a clothes dryer, you may also want to consider special features, such as smart connectivity. With this, you can control and monitor the appliance via your phone — useful for alerts and notifications. Some models can also be stacked with corresponding washers to save on space if necessary. If you need help choosing a clothes dryer, we’re here to assist. We’ve done the research to find the best appliances the market has to offer, and we’ve considered every circumstance. Whether you’re shopping on a budget or want the latest technology, these are the best clothes dryers.
The best clothes dryers you can buy today
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The LG DLEX400W is the best clothes dryer overall. With its large capacity and a dozen drying cycles, it can handle everything from lacy camisoles to a comforter the size of New Hampshire. It knows exactly when to end the drying process, thanks to built-in moisture sensors, so it won’t be overheating your clothes. If you choose Wrinkle Care, it will periodically tumble your clothes without heat until you remove them from the dryer, preventing creases from setting in.
On the LG you’ll find one steam mode to remove wrinkles and another to both sanitize and remove odors. The steam feature doesn't require a permanent water connection either; you fill a pull-out container on the front of the dryer with water as and when you need it. You can also monitor and control this dryer remotely using the LG ThinQ app, as well as Alexa and Google Assistant. Available in white or graphite, it can be mounted on a pedestal to match a front-loading washer.
The Maytag MEDC465HW is the best clothes dryer for those on a budget. If you shop around, you can pick up this no-frills model for about half the price of some of our other picks.
Only available in white with dial controls and without a window in the door, this basic dryer offers good performance but won’t dress up your laundry room. However, it does have a sensor to monitor moisture and air temperatures and a Wrinkle Control option to keep clothes tumbling after they’ve dried so that crinkles don’t become permanent. But at this price there’s no steam, no sanitize, no apps, and no little tunes to let you know when things are done. Reviewers did find that it ran a little hot, which could be an issue with delicate fabrics.
The EFME627UTT is the best clothes dryer for those looking for an effective steam cycle to prevent wrinkles as it dries or do a quick fresh up to remove wrinkles and odors. It’s the companion dryer to the Electrolux EFLS627UTT, our top pick for a washing machine. Reviewers praised this dryer's performance, saying that it efficiently dried even large loads. While a few found that it took longer to dry than similarly-priced models, it also dries at a lower and therefore gentler temperature. At this price, it is surprising that it lacks smart-home features.
When you’re in a hurry to get your Little Leaguer’s uniform dried, there is a 15-minute quick-dry cycle designed for small loads. Reviewers also liked the efficient double-sided lint filter. You can opt to stack this model on top of a washer or install it on a pedestal to pair with a front-loading washer. It comes in white or titanium.
The GE GTD65EBSJWS is one of the best clothes dryers you can buy if you’re looking to economize. Just don’t expect this basic white model to add any pizazz to your laundry room. While it doesn’t have steam, it does have moisture sensors and a feature to prevent wrinkling.
One thing that reviewers note is that this GE tends to leave clothes very slightly damp. This seems to be a deliberate decision, with the designers preferring that it under-dry rather heat them for too long and risk damaging or shrinking them. If you’re one of those people who likes to iron everything right out of the dryer, you’ll love the alert that that lets you know when your clothes are still damp so you won’t have to spritz them as you iron.
The LG DLEX8100V is the dryer to get if you’re dealing with a lot of laundry. It comes with a huge 9.0 cu.ft. capacity and a wide selection of cycles including steam and speed dry settings. There are five temperature settings to choose from and useful options for wrinkled clothing and reducing static. It’s a beautiful machine to look at as well, with a square door and graphite-steel finish, and comes with almost all of the bells and whistles you would expect.
The only thing it’s really missing is smart connectivity, which other LG models do offer. It makes up for this in price a little, but it’s by no means a cheap purchase. If you don’t mind that, there’s little else to ask for from this dryer — it’s a premium design with versatile functionality. Anyone who never sees the bottom of the laundry hamper could really take advantage.
It's worth mentioning that stock for this model is hard to come by at present, so keep checking in.
If you want a clothes dryer that can be a part of your smart home regime, look no further. The Samsung DVE52A5500W/A3 will certainly make an impact in your laundry room, both in terms of looks and technology. Its smart connectivity allows it to be controlled and monitored straight from your phone, meaning you can schedule upcoming cycles and receive notifications once it’s finished. It also comes with a moisture sensor built-in, which will automatically adjust the time and temperature of the cycle to get that perfect balance. We also like the vent sensor, which monitors the condition of the vent and alerts you if there are any obstructions.
In terms of everyday operation, there’s an abundance of settings, including 12 drying cycles and five temperature options. A steam function is available for sanitizing, while an interior drum light helps you see what you’re doing. This is ultimately an efficient dryer, with a good capacity, that won’t let you down, but it’s not entirely flawless. First, it’s not stackable, so if you’re struggling for space in your laundry room, this model may not be suitable. It also doesn’t come cheap with an MSRP of $899, so all that technology will cost you. However, if you can look past these points, there’s little to argue against this clothes dryer.
Interested in smart connectivity in washers? This new Alexa-enabled washing machine from GE can remove stains on command.
How we tested the best clothes dryers
To find the best clothes dryers, we undertook extensive online research, taking consumer reviews into account as well as the specifications of those shortlisted. Those that have featured demonstrate consistently high ratings online to reflect a top-notch performance and design. Consumers would happily recommend the product and buy again. Any recurring faults or problems with the product were an immediate red flag during this process
On top of that, we compared the specifications of each shortlisted model, to make sure that those that featured had the most to offer. We looked at everything from capacity, to number of cycles, to the special features, such as app connectivity. We considered types and settings to suit different households as well, such as whether it has a gas or electric heat source and whether the design is stackable. In doing this, we can confidently say that these clothes dryers are the best that you will find and each will go nicely with one of the best washing machines.
How to choose the best clothes dryer for you
Gas or Electric?
You will typically decide this based on whether you have a gas line available in your laundry room or not. Nowadays, most clothes dryers use an electrical power source, although they can’t be powered by any standard socket. These require a two-phase 220-volt socket which can source more power than a standard wall socket. For this guide, we’ve primarily focused on electric models, however most manufacturers offer gas alternative designs.
Clothes dryers will also need access to an air vent to exhaust the hot air. This limits where you can put the dryer because you need the connection between the two to be as short as possible. The vent also shouldn’t be curved or bent as this can leave a space for lint to gather, which could be a fire hazard.
Regular cleaning of the vent is just one of the ways you can make your clothes dryer last longer — and perform better.
Will it fit?
It sounds like common sense, but make sure you measure where you want to put the dryer, especially if it’s under a counter. Each design can vary slightly in dimensions, so this should always be checked. If you’re fitting it under a counter, you naturally can’t have a design where the controls are on top.
Clothes dryers can cost anywhere from $300 up to $1,800, so it’s essential that you have a budget in mind before you start shopping. Decide what capacity and features you really need — that way you can get the best value for money.
When to replace a dryer
The National Association of Home Builders says that a clothes dryer has a lifespan of about 13 years, yet you'll rarely see warranties for more than a year. Extended warranties generally cost more than the repairs they cover, so we recommend skipping the common upsell.
When the cost of a repair is fifty percent or more than the price of a new dryer, you should consider shopping for a replacement. Some of the signs that you may be in for a major repair are thumping or clanging noises, lack of heat, or a malfunctioning control panel. Also look out for a failure to start or a tendency to shut off in the middle of a cycle. A burning smell may or may not indicate the need for an expensive repair, but it could mean there’s a risk of fire so it definitely means you should call for a service visit. These faults could be caused by drying the wrong items — here are 10 things you should never put in the dryer.
There are definite advantages to newer models. Any Energy Star certified dryer uses 20% less energy and saves you about $215 during its lifetime, making it frugal as well as environmentally friendly.
Other energy-saving features include moisture sensors that detect how damp your clothes are and end the cycle when the load is dry. Cycles that use steam to get rid of wrinkles and reduce static, others that sanitize to get rid of germs, and ones tailored to small loads are now common. For safety, some dryers alert you when the lint filter needs to be emptied or even when the duct is blocked. New dryers even prevent unwanted creases by keeping clothes tumbling without heat instead of letting them sit until you remove a finished load.
Increasingly, dryers are equipped with WiFi, allowing you to see the progress of your load on your mobile device and control the cycle from your phone or Alexa or Google Assistant. Connected dryers may even be able to diagnose problems and in some cases, alert the manufacturer's service center so that the repair person can bring the right part on the first visit and eliminate a second one.
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