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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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|