Best Laundry Dryers

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 9, 2017
No laundry is possible without drying and if your bathroom isn't big enough to install there a drying rack or a clothesline, buying a laundry dryer will be your solution. It will get an essential drying job done for you. Do yourself a favor and save time and efforts for some other household chores. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
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OUR VERDICT
OPERATING PRINCIPLE
HEATING ELEMENT POWER
CAPACITY
DRUM
PROGRAMS
TEMPERATURE SETTINGS
FUNCTIONS AND USABILITY
CONTROLS
DIMENSIONS/ WEIGHT
WARRANTY
 
PROS
GE GFDR485GFMC comes in a set with a dryer rack easily attached inside the drum for an efficient tumble-free drying of footwear and delicate items.
CONS
You will need some time to master all functions of this model.
OUR VERDICT
GE drying machine was designed with convenience, comfort and outstanding performance in mind. It is worth saying that these very characteristics stand this model apart from many other dryers.
detailed parameters
OPERATING PRINCIPLE
Gas/Electric
HEATING ELEMENT POWER
20,000 BTU/h (~5860 Watts), Energy saving: eDry and eMonitor
CAPACITY
8.3 cu.ft. (~33 bath towels)
DRUM
Stainless steel
PROGRAMS
12
TEMPERATURE SETTINGS
5
FUNCTIONS AND USABILITY
RightHeight™ built-in pedestal, Detangle assist, Steam Refresh™, HE Sensor Dry, Dryer rack included, 2-way dryer venting
CONTROLS
Electronic controls with an LED display
DIMENSIONS/ WEIGHT
47" x 28'' x 34 3/8", 178 lbs
WARRANTY
1 year on parts and labor
PROS
A Luxury-Quiet™ sound system allows for starting a dry cycle whenever desired without disturbing you or any of your family members even when they sleep, have a midday nap or simply rest on the couch.
CONS
A bit complicated settings adjustment in 3 manual modes.
OUR VERDICT
Laundry drying has never been easier than with this model from Electrolux. This is an excellent machine that requires minimum efforts and ensures maximum efficient results! A decent choice!
detailed parameters
OPERATING PRINCIPLE
Gas/Electric
HEATING ELEMENT POWER
~18,400 BTU/h (5400 W), Eco-friendly
CAPACITY
8.0 cu.ft. (~32 bath towels)
DRUM
Stainless steel
PROGRAMS
14
TEMPERATURE SETTINGS
7
FUNCTIONS AND USABILITY
Perfect Steam™, Perfect Tumble™ dry system, Luxury-Quiet™ sound system, Luxury-Design® lighting, 4-way dryer venting
CONTROLS
Wave-Touch® electronic controls with an LCD display
DIMENSIONS/ WEIGHT
38" x 27" x 31 1/2", 130 lbs
WARRANTY
3 years on parts and 1 year on labor
PROS
Owing to compact dimensions and lightweight design, you can easily find a place for this dryer even in a small apartment where every square foot is worth gold.
CONS
Rather low capacity.
OUR VERDICT
If you do not like spending time and efforts on getting into all twists and turns of installation you will surely appreciate this easy-to-install, comprehensive model. Being simple, it can cope perfectly with most laundry drying tasks.
detailed parameters
OPERATING PRINCIPLE
Electric
HEATING ELEMENT POWER
1400 W
CAPACITY
3.75 cu.ft. Also available: 2.65 cu.ft.
DRUM
Stainless steel
PROGRAMS
2
TEMPERATURE SETTINGS
4
FUNCTIONS AND USABILITY
Easy removable lint filter, Wall mounting bracket included
CONTROLS
Mechanical control panel with a dial
DIMENSIONS/ WEIGHT
26" x 23.62" x 17.12", 44 lbs
WARRANTY
1 year on parts and labor
PROS
A Sensitive Drying System™ in combination with a unique drum pattern creates a kind of an air cushion ensuring wrinkle-free drying even for delicate items and fabrics such as silk blouses or wool pullovers.
CONS
A quick lint-filter removal requires some practice.
OUR VERDICT
This model is made in keeping with the best traditions of Bosch, from easy installation to comprehensive programs. It is well-thought and perfectly designed up to the tiniest detail.
detailed parameters
OPERATING PRINCIPLE
Electric
HEATING ELEMENT POWER
2800 W
CAPACITY
4.0 cu.ft. (~16 bath towels)
DRUM
Stainless steel with a unique drum pattern
PROGRAMS
15
TEMPERATURE SETTINGS
4
FUNCTIONS AND USABILITY
Sensitive Drying System™, Moisture sensor (prevents wasted energy and overdrying), Anti-vibration circular sidewalls, Extra fine double lint-filter
CONTROLS
Electronic controls with an LED display
DIMENSIONS/ WEIGHT
33 1/4" x 23 1/2" x 25", 96 lbs
WARRANTY
1 year on parts and labor
PROS
Thanks to the Smart ThinQ™ option, you will have an immaculate opportunity to control the dryer via smartphone. You can launch drying, receive messages when the cycle is over, control the power consumption and much more.
CONS
A glossy surface of a machine door is not fingerprints resistant.
OUR VERDICT
Smart devices and technologies become ingrained in our everyday life and LG laundry dryer is a case in point! No need to say that this state-of-the-art appliance is the best in its class and you should have it.
detailed parameters
OPERATING PRINCIPLE
Gas/Electric
HEATING ELEMENT POWER
20,000 BTU/h (~5860 Watts), ENERGY STAR® qualified
CAPACITY
9.0 cu.ft. (~36 bath towels)
DRUM
NeveRust™ stainless steel
PROGRAMS
14
TEMPERATURE SETTINGS
5
FUNCTIONS AND USABILITY
FlowSense™ duct clogging indicator, Drum light, LoDecibel™ quiet operation, 3-way venting
CONTROLS
Smart ThinQ™ (Wi-Fi), Intelligent electronic controls with a dual LED display and Dial-A-Cycle™
DIMENSIONS/ WEIGHT
40 7/8" x 29" x 33 3/8", 185.4 lbs
WARRANTY
1 year on parts and labor, Drum: 10 years

What is a Laundry Dryer

Laundry is an essential process making our clothes tidy and clean and allowing us to look neat and well-presented. Since a high-speed wringing mode in modern washing machines does not ensure completely dry clothes we have to hang out the laundry to dry. It is a rather time-consuming process while drying racks will take much space in your house. A laundry dryer was invented to save us the trouble of spending time, efforts and space on hanging out the clothes and linen to dry. This machine will remove the moisture and dry your laundry rather quickly. Moreover, after machine drying the clothes look more attractive and are easier to iron. Now it is so simple to have a gorgeous look!

To ensure cleanliness of all your clothes and linen, choose one of the most effective laundry detergents from our review. And when the clothes have been not only washed but dried too, use decent-quality steam presses to iron them well!

What Features to Compare

When you choose a laundry dryer for your household the first thing to consider is its Operating principle. Some models are electric while other might require the connection to both electricity and gas. Combined models, as a rule, are more expensive, however, in the long run, you can save more on utility bills than you'd save buying a basic dryer. The gas, when compared to electricity, can heat the air inside the dryer much faster and this way, cut down greatly on the overall power consumption. The drawback of combined laundry dryers is that to install one, you would need some professional assistance and a quality outdoor ventilation to remove combustion gas. Pay attention to a Heating Element Power that determines the drying time. For your convenience, we converted BTU to Watts. But on the other hand, the lower the heating element power is the more budget saving your drying machine will be. You will benefit from any technologies allowing for a significant reduction of gas and electricity consumption under minimum power loss.

The number of laundry items your dryer is able to dry per one cycle directly depends on its Capacity. Today you can come across models with a capacity ranging from 2 up to 10 cubic feet. For your better understanding, it is worth saying that 1 cubic foot is equal to about 4 big towels. Hence, 4-5 cu.ft models will be enough for a family of two persons while bigger families, especially those with small kids, will need higher capacity models. A Drum is another essential part of design since it directly contacts the clothes and linen you put in it. The models with stainless steel drums will serve you for years. Besides, in combination with a special pattern they allow keeping a nice look of delicate silk, flax, and wool clothes.

The number of Programs in your laundry dryer also matters. The more programs your machine has the easier you will find the optimal one for the items you are going to dry. In most cases operation programs are intuitive and you will quickly get into even if your dryer has more than ten program settings. Meanwhile, Temperature modes will allow individually tailoring the temperature to your preferences. You should not forget about  Functions and Usability for a hassle-free operation and easy installation. Some models feature a built-in moisture sensor protecting clothes from over-drying and ensuring a highly efficient machine operation. Additionally, all modern models are fitted with functions and patented technologies to improve the look of your favorite clothing by removing pills and wrinkles. Besides, if a manufacturer takes care of a silent machine operation it will become a huge advantage giving you a great opportunity to relax and have some rest while the dryer works it magic.

The last but not the least, this wonder-machine should have intuitive touch-of-a-button Controls. Some models will even impress you with the option of control via smartphone! Electronic controls with an LCD display is another convenient and comprehensive method to set the necessary program. A delay start function will be of great use if you want to activate the dryer at a certain time when you are out. Dimensions of a dryer will allow you to finalize your selection and decide on the place you will set it.

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GE GFDR485GFMC

RightHeight™ - Load Comfortably

Users often say that doors in their washing and drying machines are rather low above the floor level making them bend to load and unload the laundry. Of course, it causes certain inconveniences, especially when you hold a basket full of wet clothing. Taking into account all customers' desires and needs GE designed this top-rated model with a RightHeight™ pedestal. With a built-in pedestal, the dryer height makes 47 feet and a wide door allows for the ease of use. Now it will not take much time and efforts even to load an 8.3 cu.ft. drum to the fullest. Besides, the model is fitted with a number of extremely useful functional options. Let’s have a look at the most distinctive ones created for your ultimate convenience. With a Detangle Assist, twisted sheets, comforters or curtains became a thing of the past. From time to time the drum reverses its direction to prevent tangling and reduce wrinkling. Thanks to dual thermistors, HE Sensor Dry constantly controls the temperature inside the drum and measures the moisture to prevent over-drying. Besides, you will have 12 dry cycles, allowing for maximum easy selection of an optimal cycle on the electronic control panel with a large LED display. A Steam Refresh option is included to rejuvenate stored or wrinkled clothes and get rid of all foreign odors. Creating this model GE strived for immaculate comfort and convenience. And we must admit that they succeeded! 

Review of GE GFDR485GFMC 8.3 Cu. Ft. Steam Cycle

Footwear Drying? No Problem!

We used to think that modern laundry dryers are intended only to dry clothes and linen or some bedding items and toys at the maximum. But GE GFDR485GFMC Steam Cycle Gas Dryer will bust this myth. It comes with a dryer rack that will give you an opportunity to dry your footwear safely and efficiently. The rack is attached inside the drum for a tumble-free dry of footwear and delicate items. It is perfect for drying your favorite sneakers, boots, sandals, shoes and especially textile footwear. This option is a great bonus adding to exceptional functionality and bringing supreme results! 

GE GFDR485GFMC 8.3 Cu. Ft. Steam Cycle in the use

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Clothing items stored for a long time get a distinctive odor even when they are clean. Charcoal Bag Moisture Absorber will help solve this problem. All natural non-toxic odorless bag will remove excessive moisture and odors from your wardrobe. It is perfect for footwear as well. A set of 4 bags will become a convenient and effective clothes care product.

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GE GFDR485GFMC
GE GFDR485GFMC
 

Electrolux EWMED70JSS

Perfect Steam™ for Perfect Results

Withdraw an air drying in favor of machine drying with Electrolux and you will not only facilitate a tiresome laundry but also get dry and clean clothes much quicker. What’s the catch of a dryer high performance? Let’s get onto it together. Firstly, a Perfect Steam™ technology efficiently eliminates fibers, hairs and protects clothes from excessive wrinkles. In addition, for a perfect drying, a Perfect Tumble™ dry system alternates clockwise and counterclockwise drum rotations avoiding delicate fabrics stretching or tearing. Secondly, you've got the advantage of using a big drying capacity of 8 cu.ft capacity, which makes about 32 big bath towels. That's pretty a lot, meaning you wouldn't need to run a few cycles to dry out all the clothes you've washed. A Luxury-Quiet™ Sound System ensures a whisper-quiet operation allowing you to launch a drying cycle at any time of a day and be sure no one will be woken up by its operation noise. A Luxury-Design® Lighting will add to numerous functional options of this model. A delicate internal light will help you spot every item in the drum, making the interior of the room much more illuminated and highlighted. Enjoy extremely easy drying with Electrolux that requires minimum of your time and effort. A perfect machine will ensure perfect drying and impressive results! 

Review of Electrolux EWMED70JSS 8.0 Cu. Ft. Steam Cycle Electric

Easy and Convenient to Use

This model uses both gas and electricity for efficient drying. A 5400W heating element power and 18,400 BTU/h maximum gas consumption will allow you to save on utility bills. A large door diameter will facilitate the load of bulky items such as blankets and comforters. Meanwhile, the door is reversible that gives you an immaculate opportunity to customize the dryer to any laundry room that might be overloaded with other household appliances. Besides, a Touch-2-Open™ technology ensures easy door opening and closing that is very comfortable when you hold in hands a basket full of laundry. With 14 preset programs including 3 individual custom options, you can adjust dry options to your needs setting the desired temperature and fabric type. And a fast drying cycle is available for 14-minute express drying when you are in a hurry. You can have a cup of coffee, take a shower or fix a quick meal for yourself while the dryer does the job! Isn’t it marvelous? We are sure you will rave about this model and duly appreciate all its benefits. 

Electrolux EWMED70JSS 8.0 Cu. Ft. Steam Cycle Electric in the use

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Electrolux EWMED70JSS
Electrolux EWMED70JSS
 

Sonya SYD-60E

Simple and Reliable

This drying machine differs from other models presented on the market today. Up-to-date technologies in the products of leading manufacturers increase the final price. Meanwhile, Sonya is a unique laundry dryer boasting the best price to quality ratio. Though it does not have many sophisticated functions, it offers a reliable and efficient performance and dries your clothes really good. Besides, controls are all straightfrward and intuitive. On the front panel, you will find only a button and dial. By pressing the button, you can activate a “High” mode perfect for drying bulky items such as table clothes and linen or large quantities. When the button is released the dryer works in a “Low” mode ideal for several items or delicate clothes. A dial on the right side of the front panel allows setting the optimal drying time and temperature. Such comprehensive controls and operation simplicity will be highly appreciated by users who want to skip going into details of hi-tech modern appliances but still need to have a laundry dryer for convenience. 

Review of Sonya SYD-60E 3.75 Cu.Ft. 110V Compact

A Real Catch for Small Premises

What will really impress you about Sonya dryer is its dimensions (26″ x 23.62″ x 17.12″). This model successfully incorporates a compact lightweight design with the functions of a full-size dryer making it an extremely portable and space saving solution. It will become a real find for small premises, apartments, and condominiums where every square foot counts. Despite its small size, a 2.65 cu.ft capacity of a stainless steel drum is enough for efficient and quick drying clothes for a small family. Moreover, owing to the light weight of 44 lbs only, you can easily move your dryer to any place or premises if needed. Since Sonya is an electric dryer, you should care about placing it in the proximity to an electric outlet. A venting system does not require an outdoor air exhaust duct. As an alternative, you can simply open the window to avoid high humidity in the room. Another obvious benefit is a wall bracket for exceptionally convenient out-of-the-way placement that gives you an opportunity to save even more space. If you are the owner of an apartment or a small living space and you doubt about finding the right place for a laundry dryer, do not worry! A minimized drying machine from Sonya will take up minimum space in your lodging and provide maximum service! Give it a chance! 

Sonya SYD-60E 3.75 Cu.Ft. 110V Compact in the use

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Sonya SYD-60E
Sonya SYD-60E
 

Bosch WTG86400UC 300 Series

Get Closer to Perfection With Bosch

While many modern drying machines require an exhaust duct for combustion gas ventilation, Bosch represents the dryer that will undoubtedly delight all customers who want to plug the unit into the socket and start using it. Indeed, this model offers an exceptionally simple and hassle-free operation. Just find a suitable place in your laundry room to install your Bosch dryer, connect it to the socket and ensure a condensate discharge by connecting the dryer drain hose to the sewage. That’s it, you can start drying! It offers 15 different dry cycles for any laundry type including a high-temperature Sanitize program to eliminate 99.9% of all bacteria that remain even in washed clothes. A 4-ft stainless steel drum features a unique pattern creating a kind of an air cushion for protecting delicate clothing items such as silk blouses or wool sweaters. It is an unmatched Sensitive Drying System™ from Bosch. The next option to draw your attention to is a moisture sensor detecting the laundry moisture level and automatically shutting off the dryer when you can unload dry clothes or linen. Anti-vibration circular sidewalls are designed for maximum close installation to the washing machine and other bath equipment. Finally, an extra fine double lint filter will collect all unnecessary hairs and fibers giving your favorite clothing a refreshed look even if it is worn. This model boasts a clever design being one more example of a renowned premium quality from Bosch! 

Review of Bosch WTG86400UC 300 Series 24" 4.0 Cu. Ft. Compact Electric Condensation

Dryers History and Progress

Today devices powered by the energy of the sun are considered the top-stone of progress in laundry drying. However, a solar energy was the first source of heat our predecessors used to dry the clothes. They hung out the laundry items over rocks, tree branches and later on clotheslines. Archeological evidence proves that the first dryer was made of wood. It was a kind of a rack to hang the clothes near the fire. The first more or less modern type of a dryer appeared in the 1800s when the French inventor Pochon created a barrel-shaped drum to place over the fire with clothes inside. People had to rotate it manually in order to dry clothes quicker. That wasn't the safest drying method used, however, it was for this invention that now we've got completely new designs. The first electric and fully automatic device, similar to modern laundry dryers that we've got today, was produced in 1938 by Hamilton Manufacturing Company. At the time it wasn't cheap at all and only few people could afford it. Almost fifty years later, the price for a laundry dryer dropped considerably and the popularity of the device spread around the world.

Bosch WTG86400UC 300 Series 24" 4.0 Cu. Ft. Compact Electric Condensation in the use

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Bosch WTG86400UC 300 Series
Bosch WTG86400UC 300 Series
 

LG DLGX9001V

Dream Big, Steam Big

Speaking of this laundry dryer the first thing you will be impressed with is innovational high-tech technologies implemented for your clothing to look brand new. Mind that this model requires a connection to the gas pipeline and an exhaust duct. The gas consumption ranges up to 20,000 BTU per hour or 20 cubic feet. It is a relatively low rate and so, the dryer can easily be referred to energy saving models. A power of this model is also moderate and equals 15 Amps allowing you to save on your electricity bills. For this reason, LG DLGX9001V is ENERGY STAR® marked that proves efficient energy use under high-performance characteristics. Now let’s look closer at the technologies the manufacturer implemented in this model for your ultimate comfort and efficient performance. A FlowSense™ duct indicator enables you to control a combustion gas venting. If the vent duct has been clogged the dryer will automatically turn off informing you of the necessity to clean the exhaust duct.  LoDecibel™quiet operation ensures an extremely quiet machine work, thanks to a noiseless drum rotation. For the record, the drum is made of the first-class NeveRust™ stainless steel. The drum is corrosion-resistant and covered by a 10-year warranty from LG. Another feature that will strike you about this model is a 9 cu.ft. capacity allowing you to quickly dry all the laundry you've recently washed. Most washing machines don't provide that big capacity by the way.

Review of LG DLGX9001V 9.0 Cu. Ft. Steam Cycle Gas

Smart ThinQ™ - Control Your Dryer via Your Smartphone!

Keeping pace with modern life LG brings the controls of this incredible drying machine to a completely new level. In its strive to improve all its products to the maximum the manufacturer fitted the dryer with electronic controls and an LCD display on the front panel for the intuitive functionality you expect from LG. A Dial-A-Cycle™ will help you select one of the 14 preset programs. Thus, a unique Steam Fresh™ will not only dry your wearables within 10 minutes but also give them a tip-top look. A Steam Sanitary™ mode is of great use when you have a growing infant since this high-temperature program allows killing all bacteria in baby’s wear. All the programs are distinctively named, so, you can easily choose the optimal one for your current needs. But there is more to come! Just imagine, that you can control your LG laundry dryer via your smartphone or tablet anytime and anywhere! You only need to download an app for iOS or Android to monitor your laundry remotely, start or stop drying, receive push messages when the drying cycle is over, check the amount of clothing dried during the period of use and even control the energy consumption per cycle. LG laundry dryer is another bright example of smart technologies that became an integral part of our life. It definitely deserves your close attention since it is the best in its class! 

LG DLGX9001V 9.0 Cu. Ft. Steam Cycle Gas in the use

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To get a great stylish combination of a laundry dryer and a washing machine check LG WM9000HVA TurboWash. It will be a perfect match to your LG dryer featuring both similar design and dimensions while 14 programs will allow you to make your clothes and linen clean and fresh. A TrueBalance Anti-Vibration System will prevent excessive noise creating a comfortable atmosphere in the premises.

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LG DLGX9001V
LG DLGX9001V
 

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