The first thing you have to decide when shopping for a new clothes dryer is electric or gas. Electric dryers cost a little bit less, but require a 240 volt outlet and will normally cost more to operate. Gas dryers require a gas hookup and a standard 120 volt outlet. For this article we are going to focus on the best electric dryers.
One other important factor is how much space you have which will determine what type of model you can get. Full size dryers are normally up to 29 inches wide, but there are stackable options which can stack directly onto the washing machine, and compact varieties that are 24 inches or less.
The primary feature you should look for is a moisture sensor. This will detect when the laundry is dry and shut down the machine. This saves your fabrics by not subjecting them to additional heat and will save you money by using less energy. Cheaper models may not have a moisture sensor and instead just have a thermostat. Some other features you should take into consideration are obviously drying performance, capacity, noise level, energy efficiency, special features like steam cycles, and the warranty.
We looked at dozens of models and in addition to all the features we mentioned we also factored in price and other user/consumer ratings to come up with our list of the top 10 best dryers which we review below. Shoppers should also remember that large appliances are on sale very often at different stores, so shop around and only buy when they are on sale to save lots of money.
Some of the features available on the Samsung DV56H9100EW include Eco Dry which provides 25% more energy savings, Sensor Dry technology to detect moisture levels and stop loads so they won’t overdry, and Steam Dry to steam away wrinkles and freshens clothes. Other features include 15 preset cycles, 4-way venting, dryer drum light, and reversible see-through door.
There are no real negatives about the Samsung DV56H9100EW, but it is wider than most units at 30-inches wide. Overall we highly recommend the Samsung DV56H9100EW, but if you don’t need the huge capacity or want to spend over $1000 then you should consider cheaper options.
The matching washing machine is the Samsung WF56H9100AW.
We could find no major flaws with the LG DLEX9000V, although it does take up a lot of space and it is not stackable. Overall if you are willing to pay up for excellent drying performance with lots of features than the LG DLEX9000V is a good choice for you.
The matching washing machine is the LG WM9000HVA.
Overall there are no major flaws and at under $1000 we feel the Whirlpool WED92HEFC is great value.
The matching washing machine is the Whirlpool WFW92HEFC.
The overall drying performance is excellent, but buyers should be aware that the LG DLEY1701V is not stackable.
The matching washing machine is the LG WT1701CV.
Overall the Maytag MED5500FW does not have any major negatives and receives some of the highest user ratings you can find from stores like Sears and Home Depot, therefore, we highly recommend it.
The matching washing machine is the Maytag Maxima MHW5500FW.
For a price under $600 you get a machine with 11 preset drying cycles with Sensor Dry technology including Steam Wrinkle Away and Quick Dry. Other features include dryer drum light, reversible see-through door, 4-way venting, and 7.5 cubic feet capacity.
There are no major negatives to the Samsung DV42H5200EW, so we highly recommend it for the price. The matching washing machine is the Samsung WF42H5200AW.
Overall there is a lot to like in the LG DLEX4370W with no noticeable flaws. The matching washing machine is the LG WM4370HWA.
The Maytag MED3500FW is lacking a steam option, but there is a Sanitize cycle which uses extra-hot temperatures to kill bacteria. If you don’t need a steam setting then we would highly recommend the Maytag MED3500FW primarily thanks to an affordable pricetag.
The matching washing machine is the Maytag MHW3505FW.
The main feature it lacks is the steam setting. Other than that, the Kenmore 81182 is solid electric dryer that will probably be phased out pretty soon. When that happens you might be able to find some amazing closeout sales for this machine.
The matching washing machine is the Kenmore 41262.
On the downside the Bosch 800 Series WTG86402UC only has 4 cubic feet of capacity which is much smaller than all the other dryers on this list. Buyers should also be aware this is a ventless condensation dryer which means that instead of the traditional vent, moisture is condensed and then drained out through a drain hose.
If you need a compact dryer then you should consider the Bosch 800 Series WTG86402UC, but if not there are much better options at cheaper prices. The matching washing machine is the Bosch 800 Series WAT28402UC.
Overall the Maytag MEDC215EW lacks any fancy features and is not stackable, but it gets the basic job of drying clothes done for a cheap price. So if you are on a limited budget then the Maytag MEDC215EW is a model we would recommend.
The matching washing machine is the Maytag MVWC416FW.
Electric Dryer Comparison Chart
|Electric Dryer Model||Rating||Best Price||Capacity
(H” x W” x D”)
|Stackable||SS Drum||Drying Rack||Steam Option||Matching Washing Machine|
|Samsung DV56H9100EW||9.4||$1,098.90||9.5||43 x 30 x 32||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Samsung WF56H9100AW|
|LG DLEX9000V||9.3||$1,298.70||9||41 x 29 x 32||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||LG WM9000HVA|
|Whirlpool WED92HEFC||9.2||$887.99||7.4||39 x 27 x 31||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Whirlpool WFW92HEFC|
|LG DLEY1701V||9.1||$899.10||7.3||39 x 27 x 29||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||LG WT1701CV|
|Maytag MED5500FW||9||$899.10||7.4||39 x 27 x 31||Yes||No||No||Yes||Maytag Maxima MHW5500FW|
|Samsung DV42H5200EW||9||$598.50||7.5||39 x 27 x 32.4||Yes||No||No||Yes||Samsung WF42H5200AW|
|LG DLEX4370W||9||$848.70||7.4||39 x 27 x 30||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||LG WM4370HWA|
|Maytag MED3500FW||8.9||$598.50||7.4||39 x 27 x 31||Yes||No||No||No||Maytag MHW3505FW|
|Kenmore 81182||8.8||$599.99||7.3||39 x 27 x 30||Yes||No||No||No||Kenmore 41262|
|Bosch 800 Series WTG86402UC||8.2||$1,259.99||4||33 x 24 x 26||Yes||Yes||No||No||Bosch 800 Series WAT28402UC|
|Maytag MEDC215EW||8.2||$398.70||7||43 x 29 x 28||No||No||No||No||Maytag MVWC416FW|