Best Gas Clothes Dryer

If you have decided to buy a new clothes dryer then the first decision you need to make is natural gas or electric. Electric dryers typically cost about $50-$100 less initially, but require a 240 volt outlet and will normally cost more to operate depending on your electric rate. Gas dryers require a gas hookup and a standard 120 volt outlet, plus they may cost more to install since installation by a professional is recommended. For this review we are going to look at the best gas dryers.

You also need to know how much space you have in your laundry room for your washer and dryer. Full size dryers are up to 29 inches wide, however if you are limited in floor space there there are stackable units which stack vertically directly onto the washing machine with the help of an additional stacking kit 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 gas 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.


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#1)

Samsung DV56H9100GW

We chose the Samsung DV56H9100GW as the best gas clothes dryer. This machine sells for about $1199 on sale and it also 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 DV56H9100GW 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.

There are no real negatives about the Samsung DV56H9100GW, but it is wider than most units at 30-inches wide. Overall we highly recommend the Samsung DV56H9100GW, 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.


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#2)

Kenmore Elite 71632

The $1150 Kenmore Elite 71632 ranks a very close 2nd place. This gas dryer can hold 9.2 cubic feet of laundry and rates highly due to excellent drying performance and very quiet operation. Features include SmartDry technology to measure moisture levels and adjust cycle time and heat so you will get dry clothes without damaging the fabrics, Quad baffles which forces clothes to open up more when tumbling, and Steam Refresh to reduce wrinkles and minimize odors.

The main drawback to the Kenmore Elite 71632 is that it is large and not stackable which means you need lots of space to store it. Although performance wise, there are no complaints.

The matching washing machine is the Kenmore Elite 31632.


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#3)

LG DLGX9001V

The most expensive gas dryer to make our list is the LG DLGX9001V which can be found for about $1399 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 DLGX9001V, 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 DLGX9001V is a good choice for you.

The matching washing machine is the LG WM9000HVA.


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#4)

Whirlpool WGD92HEFC

We picked the Whirlpool WGD92HEFC as the best gas dryer under $1000 since it can be found on sale for $999.99. 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 WGD92HEFC is great value.

The matching washing machine is the Whirlpool WFW92HEFC.


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LG DLGY1702V

The $989 LG DLGY1702V was chosen as a Best Buy by the leading consumer magazine. The DLGY1702V 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.

The overall drying performance is excellent, but buyers should be aware that the LG DLGY1702V is not stackable.

The matching washing machine is the LG WT1701CV.


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#6)

Samsung DV42H5000GW

The $809 Samsung DV42H5000GW rates highly in terms of overall drying performance, convenience, and noise levels. This 7.5 cubic feet capacity dryer has 9 preset cycles including sensor dry with 4 temperature settings and 4 dryness levels.

The Samsung DV42H5000GW does not have a steam setting. Despite that one negative, we still really like the Samsung DV42H5000GW at this price point.

The matching washing machine is the Samsung WF42H5000AW.


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Maytag MGD3500FW

One of the best values for the money is the Maytag MGD3500FW 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 MGD3500FW 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 MGD3500FW primarily thanks to an affordable pricetag.

The matching washing machine is the Maytag MHW3505FW.


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#8)

Kenmore 91182

The Kenmore 91182 is getting a bit old, but that means you can find it on sale for a good price of just under $700 at $699.99. It offers similar performance to that of the Maytag MGD3500FW 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 91182 is solid gas 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.


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Kenmore 75132

The Kenmore 75132 is the best-selling gas dryer on Sears.com. This affordable machine sells for about $530. This bare-bones unit lets you chose between timed and temperature-sensing drying cycles with 7 cubic feet of capacity.

Extra features and options like a steam option are not to be found on the 75132. However, that keeps the price at a much more attractive point and makes the Kenmore 75132 a good value for anyone looking for a cheap gas dryer.

The matching washing machine is the Kenmore 25132.


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Maytag MGDC215EW

We selected the Maytag MGDC215EW as the best gas dryer under $500 with a price tag of about $499 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 MGDC215EW 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 MGDC215EW is a model we would recommend.

The matching washing machine is the Maytag MVWC416FW.


Gas Dryer Comparison Chart

Gas Dryer Model Best Price Capacity
(Cubic Feet)
Dimensions
(H” x W” x D”)
Stackable SS Drum Drying Rack Steam Option
Samsung DV56H9100GW $1,198.80 9.5 43 x 30 x 32 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Kenmore Elite 71632 $1,149.99 9.2 44 x 29 x 33 No Yes Yes Yes
LG DLGX9001V $1,398.60 9 41 x 29 x 33.38 No Yes No Yes
Whirlpool WGD92HEFC $999.99 7.4 39 x 27 x 31 Yes Yes Yes Yes
LG DLGY1702V $989.10 7.3 39 x 27 x 29 No Yes Yes Yes
Samsung DV42H5000GW $809.10 7.5 39 x 27 x 32 Yes No Yes No
Maytag MGD3500FW $699.30 7.4 39 x 27 x 31 Yes No No No
Kenmore 91182 $699.99 7.3 39 x 27 x 30 Yes No No No
Kenmore 75132 $529.99 7 43 x 29 x 28 No No No No
Maytag MGDC215EW $498.60 7 43 x 29 x 28 No No No No


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