Best Dryers of 2018

Noel Case ·
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We have been reviewing dryers since 2010. We have spent more than 120 hours researching and evaluating electric dryers online and, whenever possible, testing models to get an in-depth understanding of each one’s features. Based on our research, the LG DLEX7700WE is the best overall dryer. It has a generous 9-cubic-foot capacity that can dry a large load of laundry or bulk items such as quilts and comforters, as well as all the cycles and features you need to customize each load according to what you are drying. It’s an all-around great dryer.

Best Overall
The LG DLEX7700WE has the capacity (9 cubic feet) and features to efficiently dry large loads of laundry, and the steam-sanitize option refreshes items that can’t be washed.
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Best Value
Amana NED4655EW
The Amana NED4655EW is a very affordable dryer with 11 cycles and impressive features such as sensor drying and wrinkle reduction.
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Best Time Saver
Kenmore Elite
The Kenmore Elite can dry large amounts of clothing fast, and the SmartDry technology adjusts temperatures appropriately for each cycle.
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Best Time Saver
Kenmore Elite
Best Overall
The LG DLEX7700WE electric dryer has a generous 9-cubic-foot capacity, so you can dry quilts, comforters, bedding and clothing quickly. It is a quiet dryer with multiple drying programs, including a steam-sanitize option that will come in handy for items that can’t be washed, like a beloved and grimy stuffed animal.
This dryer has a helpful sensor system that detects how much moisture is in the items you are drying. Its 14 cycles use the sensor technology, including heavy-duty drying, an antibacterial cycle, a steam cycle to freshen clothes and reduce wrinkles, and cycles for delicate items and towels. Some of the drying programs do not use the moisture sensor technology, but let you choose drying times of between 20 and 60 minutes; you can add or subtract drying time if needed. The LG dryer has a removable drying rack for items that can’t be tumble-dried or exposed to heat, like a teddy bear, athletic shoes, lingerie or sweaters, and the dryer circulates room-temperature air to gently dry items on the rack. It also has a child safety lock, a wrinkle care option, static reduction, and signals to let you know the status of your laundry. There are five temperature settings and five drying levels so you can choose the exact level of heat and dryness you want for particular fabrics. Another helpful feature is an adjustable door that can open from either the top or the side, depending on what works best in your laundry room.
  • It has a capacity of 9 cubic feet.
  • The door can open from the bottom or the side.
  • It has 14 cycle options and five temperature settings.
  • It’s not the best choice if you have compact space.
  • It is one of the most expensive dryers in our lineup.
  • It may be a little too high-tech for some people.
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Best Value
Not only is the Amana NED4655EW electric dryer a great value, but it has functionality that can prevent you from over-drying clothes. This is a 6.5-cubic-foot electric dryer that uses an automatic dryness control system to monitor the moisture inside the drum and automatically stops the drying cycle once clothes are dry.
You can also opt for a timed drying cycle for items you know will take a specific amount of time to get to the dryness level you want. And since it’s not always possible to remove clothes right when they’re finished drying, this model has a wrinkle prevention mode that tumbles your clothes periodically to minimize wrinkling. The Amana NED4655EW has 11 drying cycles, so you can adjust settings and temperatures based on the kinds of fabrics you’re drying. In place of electronic controls, it has a simple control knob to dial to the setting you need, and then you push the start button. A signal sounds once the drying cycle is done so you can get them out as soon as possible. This dryer works well with synthetic fabrics that need low heat; blue jeans, work clothes and towels that need high heat; and work clothing and sheets that need medium heat.
  • The dryness sensor keeps you from over-drying clothes.
  • It’s much more affordable than most dryers.
  • It has 11 cycles and includes a wrinkle control function.
  • It uses an agitator, which takes up space inside the dryer.
  • Its capacity is on the small side.
  • It may not be the best choice for a big family.
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Best Time Saver
At a sizable 9.2 cubic feet, the Kenmore Elite 61633 electric dryer has the capacity and functionality to dry big loads of laundry quickly. This Kenmore dryer has 10 drying cycles, and you can choose between timed cycles you set or a cycle that gauges moisture levels and changes drying times and temperatures accordingly. The particulars of this SmartDry setting vary depending on the size of the load, the kinds of fabrics and the dryness setting you have selected. You can use this setting to prevent the dryer from ruining clothing by over-drying.
A steam-refresh option cuts down on odors, reduces wrinkles, and shortens or even eliminates ironing times. With this feature, you can get clothing ready to wear in about 20 minutes. It also has a wrinkle-guard mode that tumbles your clothes at intervals for up to 150 minutes after drying is complete to reduce the likelihood of set-in wrinkles. You also have the option of running the dryer in energy-saver mode during a normal drying cycle. This runs the dryer at a somewhat lower temperature for a slightly longer time to reduce electricity consumption. Also included are a number of convenience features, such as a damp signal in case you want to remove some clothing midcycle and let it finish drying on a hanger, and a drum light so you can see what’s inside. You can also reverse the direction of the door to fit it into the space you have available.
  • It has a large 9.2-cubic-foot capacity.
  • SmartDry technology adjusts temperatures appropriately for each cycle.
  • You can run it in energy-saving mode.
  • The total number of 10 cycles is about average.
  • This is not the best choice for a compact space.
  • It’s among the pricier dryers we reviewed.
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Best Display
The Maytag MEDB955FC is an Energy Star-certified electric dryer with an extremely useful digital display. It lets you monitor the dryer’s remaining time, moisture levels, air circulation, safety notifications and more.
Like many dryers we evaluated, the Maytag is equipped with advanced features, such as moisture sensors, 10 drying cycle options and wrinkle control. You can also set it to add back a bit of moisture at the end of each cycle to cut down on static. Its PowerDry cycle is a nice addition for large, wet loads like towels or bedding. It has a 6.2 cubic-foot capacity and comes with a drying rack for delicate items. With its Energy Star certification, the Maytag is efficient as well as effective, and its energy-saving mode option uses lower heat for a longer cycle.
  • Intuitive digital display
  • Only 6.2 cubic foot capacity
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Best for Smart Homes
The Whirlpool WED8700EC makes the chore of doing laundry easier and more convenient by taking advantage of smartphone and Nest Learning Thermostat integration.
The dryer has an 8.8 cubic foot drum and 23 drying cycle options. In addition to standard modes, the Whirlpool lets you set the cycle by type of fabric, heat setting, sanitizing and steaming. Customize your dryer settings using the labeled controls on the machine or via the Whirlpool app. The app allows you to remote start your dryer, create specialty drying cycles, favorite your most used options and schedule Wrinkle Shield cycles to prevent set-in creases. The Whirlpool is Energy Star certified and runs efficiently using its EcoBoost option, which lowers the heat. If connected to a Nest, the dryer activates EcoBoost mode to save power while you’re out of the house.
  • Smartphone and Nest Learning Thermostat integration
  • Complicated interface
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We have been reviewing dryers since 2010, putting more than 120 hours into researching online, comparing features on product pages, watching videos and reading customer reviews. We contacted manufacturers and other professionals to find answers to questions and get their expert opinions on best brands and models on the market and features to look for.

Finding the Right Dryer for You

Dryers range in price from $300 on the budget end to over $1,000. Higher-end machines usually have larger capacities, more settings options and upgraded features such as moisture sensors. Another thing to consider is the cost of using the dryer. Products with Energy Star certification and energy-saving modes can reduce the amount of energy consumed each time you do a load of laundry.

Key Features and Technology
Most modern dryers have a wrinkle-prevention mode where it tosses a load of laundry intermittently after a cycle to prevent excessive wrinkling, so you don’t have to worry about returning home to a load of crinkled clothes. Some dryers also allow you to delay the start of a load so you can time it to finish just when you or someone else gets home.

The best dryers have a generous selection of cycles so you can customize the setting to whatever type of laundry you’re drying. Some dryers have drum lights so you can see if you, for instance, leave a stray sock behind. Other nice features to look for include, a reversible door, vibration reduction, a child lock, and an end-of-cycle signal to let you know it’s time to gather you wash.

Design & Appearance
In addition to finding the right dryer features for you and your family, you want a dryer that looks nice and will complement the room it occupies. Also, if you have a washer-dryer combination, ruined matching pair creates a nice aesthetic. Often these appliances sit in kitchens and other areas where people see them, so they shouldn’t be an eyesore and should blend with the room.

The design should be practical and straightforward, with and intuitive control panel that lets you easily perform functions like adding steam or activating wrinkle reduction.

Energy Efficiency
In recent years, companies have developed dryers that cut down on the use of electricity while saving you money on utility bills. Top-quality clothes dryers have advanced sensor systems that monitor the moisture content in clothing and stop the cycle when your clothes are dry, resulting in significant energy savings. Lint filter and duct-clog monitors also help conserve energy (and guard against fire hazards) by keeping airways clean.