Samsung DV520AEW/XAA
Samsung DV520AEW/XAA

Best electric dryer

The Samsung DV520AEW/XAA is an electric dryer that gets very good reviews from both professionals and owners. This 7.5-cubic-foot dryer features a steam function that can be used in two ways: for freshening clothes or removing wrinkles. It also has 13 drying programs, adjustable temperature and an LCD control panel. Other useful features include an interior drum light, a reversible door (so the dryer can be installed on either side of the washer), a drying rack and a moisture sensor, which saves energy and helps prevent overdrying. Samsung's warranty covers the whole washer for one year and the control board for two. Reviewers say this dryer provides fast, quiet drying performance, and the steam cycle is good for getting out wrinkles. The only complaint we saw about this dryer -- aside from its relatively high price tag -- is that bulky items tend to ball up and don't dry completely.
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Samsung DV520AGW/XAA
Samsung DV520AGW/XAA

Best gas dryer

If you have a choice between gas and electric dryers, a gas model will usually save you money in the long run. The Samsung DV520AGW/XAA is the gas-powered version of the highly rated Samsung DV520AEW/XAA electric dryer (above), and it has the same features and warranty. Like most gas dryers, this model gets far less feedback from users than its electric equivalent, but the few owner reviews we found are positive. Users say it offers good performance, both for drying and removing wrinkles on the steam setting. We found no complaints about this gas dryer.
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*Est. $1,050 Estimated Price
Whirlpool WED4900XW
Whirlpool WED4900XW

Best budget electric dryer

Despite its relatively low price, the Whirlpool WED4900XW has the most important feature for any dryer: a moisture sensor, which saves energy and helps prevent overdrying. It also includes wrinkle prevention and an interior drum light. The 7-cubic-foot dryer has 13 drying cycles, four temperature settings, simple dial controls and a one-year warranty. It gets very good scores in independent tests for its drying performance and convenience, but its noise level is only so-so. Most owners praise its performance, capacity and ease of use, though a few say it takes too long to dry heavy loads. Complaints about durability are few, especially for a dryer in this price range. One feature many users like is the pull-down door, which keeps clean clothes from falling onto the floor.
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Maytag Centennial MGDC300XW
Maytag Centennial MGDC300XW

Best budget gas dryer

This dryer is the gas version of the Maytag Centennial MEDC300XW (*Est. $550), but it gets better reviews from users than its electric sibling. This 7-cubic-foot dryer has basic dial controls and a powder-coated drum rather than stainless steel. However, it does include some useful extras: wrinkle prevention, a reversible door, an interior light and, most importantly, an energy-saving moisture sensor. Although it is not included in any professional tests, this dryer gets high marks from users, who praise its drying performance, capacity, features and value. We did see a couple of complaints about the dryer's noise level, but most users don't consider it a serious problem. The dryer is backed by a standard one-year warranty.
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