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 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 gas 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 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.
The LG DLGX7601WE doesn’t really have any weaknesses although there are larger capacity models available, while there are also some dryers that are cheaper that are still quite good.
The matching washing machine is the LG WT7600HWA.
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 28132.
Overall the LG DLGX3701W is a solid dryer, however there are cheaper options available if you don’t need ‘smart’ features.
The matching washing machine is the LG WM3700HWA.
The LG DLG3501W does not have a steam function, but it does have a reversible swing door which might come in handy for some people.
The matching washing machine is the LG WM3500CW.
The Whirlpool WGD75HEFW has 7.4 cu. ft. of capacity, moisture sensor, temperature control, and a wrinle shield option. Overall this is a great choice for anyone looking for a quality gas dryer for not too much money.
The matching washing machine is the Whirlpool WFW75HEFW.
The Samsung DV42H5000GW does not have a steam setting. Despite that one negative, we still really like the Samsung DV42H5000GW at this price point since it is the best below $700.
The matching washing machine is the Samsung WF42H5000AW.
On the upside the Electrolux EFMG627UTT 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.
The LG DLG1502W doesn’t have a ton of features, but it does have 8 drying programs with a moisture sensor, 5 temperature settings, and NFC technology which lets you download new cycles and diagnose problems directly from your smart phone. On the downside it is not stackable and it is lacking a steam option.
The matching washing machine is the LG WT1501CW.
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 gas dryer.
The matching washing machine is the Maytag MVWX655DW.
Best Gas Dryer Comparison Chart
|Gas Dryer||Rating||Best Price||Capacity
(H” x W” x D”)
|LG DLGX9001V||9.3||$1,298.00||9||41 x 29 x 33.38||No||Yes||No||Yes||LG WM9000HVA|
|LG DLGX7601WE||9.2||$898.00||9||45 x 27 x 30||No||Yes||No||Yes||LG WT7600HWA|
|Kenmore Elite 71632||9.2||$1,149.00||9.2||44 x 29 x 33||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Kenmore 28132|
|LG DLGX3701W||9.2||$988.00||7.4||39 x 27 x 30||Yes||No||No||Yes||LG WM3700HWA|
|LG DLG3501W||9.1||$898.00||7.4||39 x 27 x 30||Yes||No||No||Yes||LG WM3500CW|
|Whirlpool WGD75HEFW||9||$748.00||7.4||39 x 27 x 30||Yes||No||No||No||Whirlpool WFW75HEFW|
|Samsung DV42H5000GW||9||$698.00||7.5||39 x 27 x 32||Yes||No||Yes||No||Samsung WF42H5000AW|
|Electrolux EFMG627UTT||8.8||$1,098.00||8||38 x 27 x 31||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Electrolux EFLS627UTT|
|LG DLG1502W||8.8||$598.00||7.3||40 x 27 x 29||No||No||No||No||LG WT1501CW|
|Maytag MGDX655DW||8.6||$648.00||7||43 x 30 x 27||No||No||No||No||Maytag MVWX655DW|