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 main feature that almost all decent dryers have 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. Be aware though that 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. We also have a spec comparison chart at the bottom of this article.
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. (In fact the prices listed below were the cheapest sales prices we found at the time of publication).
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.
In addition to being reliably made, the Maytag MEDB955FW has an advanced moisture sensor, a PowerDry cycle which dries faster, a Steam refresh cycle, and a Sanitize cycle.
The only real negative for the MEDB955FW is the expensive price tag, but you might be able to find it on sale for cheaper at different times of the year. It also is not stackable.
The matching washing machine is the Maytag MVWB965HW.
Some other features of the LG DLEX7700VE include TurboSteam which can reduce wrinkles in just 10 minutes, sensor dry system, and NFC technology that lets you download new cycles from your smartphone and diagnose any problems with the machine.
The matching washing machine is the LG WT7700HVA. It is not stackable.
This well made machine also has 7.3 cu. ft. of capacity, but saves you money by not having any special features like a steam option. It has LG’s Sensor Dry system to auto adjust drying time and has 8 different cycles to choose from. The LG DLE7100W is not stackable.
The matching washing machine is the LG WT7100CW.
The Whirlpool WED75HEFW has all the most important features including moisture sensor and temperature controls, but does not have any steam function. Overall this unit should provide years of trouble-free drying.
The matching washing machine is the Whirlpool WFW75HEFW.
On the upside the Electrolux EFLS627UTT looks beautiful, has a large 8 cubic feet of capacity, and is stackable. It also has a lot of special cycles including an Instant Refresh cycle which uses steam to quickly remove wrinkles and refresh fabrics in just 10 minutes.
The matching washing machine is the Electrolux EFLS627UTT.
LG redesigned the traditional dryer when coming up with the LG DLE1501W and put the control panel right on the front. It also features 8 drying programs, sensor dry system, and NFC technology to download new cycles and diagnose problems.
Overall if you are searching for a cheap dryer that won’t let you down, then you should absolutely consider the LG DLE1501W. It is not stackable.
The matching washing machine is the LG WT1501CW.
Despite a very affordable price, the Samsung DVE45N5300W is not lacking in features. It has sensor dry, 10 drying cycles, 4 temperature settings, multi-steam technology, and is Wi-Fi enabled so you can troubleshoot right from your smartphone.
Overall if you want a cheap dryer that also has a steam function then the Samsung DVE45N5300W is for you.
The matching washing machine is the Samsung WF45N5300AW. These units are stackable.
The Maytag MGDX655DW doesn’t have any extras like Wi-Fi or a steam cycle which saves you some money. Overall this model is a good choice for anyone looking for a quality, long-lasting budget dryer.
The matching washing machine is the Maytag MVWX655DW.
You won’t find any fancy features on the Whirlpool WED5000DW, just a basic sensor drying system, 13 drying cycles, and 5 temperature settings.
Overall the Whirlpool WED5000DW is a good choice for anyone looking for a cheap dryer who doesn’t need steam functions or any other advanced features. However, it won’t wow you and it is a bit louder than some other more expensive models.
The matching washing machine is the Whirlpool WTW5000DW. It is not stackable.
Best Electric Dryer Comparison Chart
|Electric Dryer||Rating||Best Price||Capacity
(H” x W” x D”)
|LG DLEX9000V||9.3||$1,198.00||9||41 x 29 x 32||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||LG WM9000HVA|
|Maytag MEDB955FW||9.2||$1,299.00||9.2||44 x 29 x 33||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Maytag MVWB965HW|
|LG DLEX7700VE||9.2||$998.00||9||45 x 29 x 32||No||Yes||No||Yes||LG WT7700HVA|
|LG DLE7100W||9.1||$628.00||7.3||44 x 27 x 29||No||No||No||No||LG WT7100CW|
|Whirlpool WED75HEFW||9||$648.00||7.4||39 x 27 x 30||Yes||No||No||No||Whirlpool WFW75HEFW|
|Electrolux EFLS627UTT||8.8||$998.00||8||38 x 27 x 31||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Electrolux EFLS627UTT|
|LG DLE1501W||8.8||$498.00||7.3||40 x 27 x 29||No||No||No||No||LG WT1501CW|
|Samsung DVE45N5300W||8.7||$598.00||7.5||39 x 27 x 32||Yes||No||No||Yes||Samsung WF45N5300AW|
|Maytag MEDX655DW||8.6||$548.00||7||43 x 30 x 27||No||No||No||No||Maytag MVWX655DW|
|Whirlpool WED5000DW||8.5||$498.00||7||43 x 29 x 27||No||No||No||No||Whirlpool WTW5000DW|