Best Electric Clothes Dryer

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.


Samsung DV56H9100EW

We picked the $1099 Samsung DV56H9100EW as the best electric clothes dryer. It has the largest capacity of any dryer on our list at a massive 9.5 cubic feet. The largest consumer magazine gave it the highest rating for any model as well.

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.



The most expensive electric dryer to make our list is the LG DLEX9000V which can be found for about $1299 on sale. This 9 cubic foot capacity unit has lots of extra features you won’t find on cheaper models. It starts with the door which is contoured, angled, and elevated to make loading and unloading easier. Modes include TurboSteam to quickly reduce wrinkles, Sensor Dry system which monitors moisture levels and automatically changes the drying time, and SteamSanitary cycle which lets you use steam to sanitize items that are marked as non-washable like kid’s toys or throw pillows.

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.


Whirlpool WED92HEFC

We picked the Whirlpool WED92HEFC as the best electric dryer under $1000 since it can be found on sale for around $888. The drying performance was excellent and noise levels were more quiet than average. This 7.4 cubic feet capacity unit has 10 drying cycles including Normal, Timed Dry, Steam Refresh, and Quick Dry which is great for doing small loads or sportswear. It also has an advanced moisture sensing technology which uses 3 sensors to track moisture and temperature to prevent damage from overdrying.

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 $899 LG DLEY1701V was chosen as a Best Buy by the leading consumer magazine. The DLEY1701V has a unique design with a convenient front control panel. It has 12 drying programs including Steam Fresh and Speedy Dry, dual sensor drying system, and 7.3 cubic feet of capacity. TrueSteam generates real steam which practically eliminates the need for ironing.

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.


Maytag MED5500FW

Another quality electric dryer under $1000 is the Maytag MED5500FW which you find on sale for about $899. This 7.4 cubic feet capacity model has 9 dryer cycles including PowerDry to get the job done faster, Steam Refresh to prevent wrinkles and refresh clothes, and Sanitize to kill bacteria.

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.


Samsung DV42H5200EW

The $599 Samsung DV42H5200EW might just be the best value electric dryer you can buy and was also selected as a Best Buy by the leading consumer magazine.

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.



Another LG dryer that is similar in performance, but different in style to the DLEY1701V is the LG DLEX4370W which is priced around $849. Features include 7.4 cubic feet capacity, 14 drying cycles, True Steam technology, Sensor Dry System, reversible door, and stackable.

Overall there is a lot to like in the LG DLEX4370W with no noticeable flaws. The matching washing machine is the LG WM4370HWA.


Maytag MED3500FW

One of the best values for the money is the Maytag MED3500FW gas dryer which sells for about $699. The drying performance is tick below the more expensive models on this list, but still quite good. It has 6 dryer cycles with moisture sensing technology including PowerDry which gets the job done faster.

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.


Kenmore 81182

The Kenmore 81182 is getting a bit old, but it is still one of the best selling electric dryers on with good sale price of just under $700 at $699.99. It offers similar performance to that of the Maytag MED3500FW although it is just a bit louder. It has a generous 7.3 cubic feet of capacity with moisture sensor drying and a Sanitize cycle.

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.


Bosch 800 Series WTG86402UC

The best compact electric dryer is the Bosch 800 Series WTG86402UC which sells for about $1260. The main advantages of the WTG86402UC are its small size of 33″ x 24″ x 26″ (HxWxD) and energy efficiency. At just 63 decibels it is also really quiet. It also has 15 drying cycles with moisture sensor.

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.


Maytag MEDC215EW

We selected the Maytag MEDC215EW as the best electric dryer under $500 with a price tag of about $399 on sale. This is a basic unit with 15 drying cycles including timed and auto dry options. The AutoDry sensor detects moisture levels and stops the cycle when dry.

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
(Cubic Feet)
(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

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