In our research, LG dryers consistently rise to the top of the heap when it comes to pleasing both experts and users. The brand finishes at the top of most customer satisfaction and reliability surveys, including the top spot in the most recent laundry appliance survey by J.D. Power and Associates.
The LG DLEX8000W (Est. $1,200) is the mate to the Best Reviewed washer in our washing machines report, the front loading LG WM8000HWA (Est. $1,000). The praise it gets isn't as extensive or effusive as its companion washer, but what's there is positive enough to make this dryer a terrific choice either as a companion machine or on its own.
The dryer is available in white, or in graphite steel as the LG DLEX8000V (Est. $1,350). One expert reviewer looks at the latter model and finds no notable shortfalls. It excels in drying performance and its 9 cubic-foot capacity is noted as larger than most competing dryers.
Reviewed.com also looks at the dryer, this time in white, and draws largely the same conclusion. One point of difference is that the moisture sensor is considered to be a little too sensitive when drying bulky items, such as comforters, and perhaps not sensitive enough in the dryer's normal cycle. Still, the reviewers say "If you're willing to spend at least $1,250 on a dryer and your household is responsible for more dirty laundry than a small-town scandal, the LG DLEX8000W is a solid choice."
Users largely agree. Though feedback isn't as extensive as for some other dryers, particularly less-expensive models, what's there is very encouraging. At HomeDepot.com, the DLEX8000W draws nearly 50 reviews and a very solid 4.7 rating. The graphite steel DLEX8000V draws nearly 80 reviews and comes in at a tick higher -- 4.8 stars out of 5. At BestBuy.com, the graphite steel and white versions are considered together, and earn an equally impressive 4.8 stars after nearly 70 reviews. Notably, around 96 percent of BestBuy.com customers say that they would recommend the dryer to a friend.
Regardless of colors or energy source, the LG DLEX8000W comes well equipped. You'll find a steam cycle, a drying rack, a reversible door and 14 drying programs and 11 drying options. It can be stacked with its matching LG washer.
If you don't want to spend quite so much, the LG DLEY1201V (Est. $810) draws its fair share of respect. Reviewed.com finds that while it isn't quite a "grand slam", the DLEY1201V "covers all the bases. Jonathan Chan reports that performance in all cycles is very good. Even when challenged with bulky bedding, the dryer did its work in an hour, and got the site's test comforter "mostly dry."
Users largely agree. The graphite steel LG DLEY1201V -- the dryer is also available in white as the LG DLEY1201W (Est. $720) -- draws mostly positive comments from reviewers. It rates 4.8 starts at HomeDepot.com after nearly 120 user comments. At BestBuy.com, ratings for both the LG DLEY1201V and LG DLEY1201W are grouped together, and the dryers receive the identical 4.8 star rating, this time after around 180 reviews. More than 95 percent of owners at both sites say that they would recommend their dryer to a friend.
So, what do you give up with the LG DLEY1201V? For starters, capacity, while still generous for a typical family, is reduced to 7.3 cubic feet. Both washers have a steam function, but the pricier DLEX8000W includes LG's TrueStream, which is said to generate real steam to better reduce wrinkles and odors. There are also fewer drying programs (12 versus 14) and drying options (seven versus 11).
While the LG DLEX8000W is big, the Samsung DV56H9100EG (Est. $1,600) is really big: at 9.5 cubic feet it's the largest residential dryer, Reviewed.com reports, and a fitting companion to the Samsung WF56H9100AG (Est. $1,630) which earns kudos at a top high-capacity washer in our washing machines report.
The DV56H9100EG gets good to great reviews. It's is one of a relatively small number of washers specifically recommended by one expert reviewer, landing in his top spot. The dryer is without any significant flaws, that reviewer finds, and excels in drying performance.
Reviewed.com isn't quite as impressed, however. Cost is an issue; so is size as the dryer is wider than most models. Jonathan Chan notes that because of its girth, it might not fit into some laundry rooms, and might be a challenge even getting into the room in the first place if narrow doors or tricky corners get in the way.
Performance is very good overall, though with some specific strengths and weaknesses. The DV56H9100EG is slower than many washers in its normal cycle, meaning that to take full advantage of the time savings its extra capacity promises -- it can hold up to 32 pounds of laundry -- you'll need to make full use of that capacity with each dryer load. On the other hand, performance with bulky laundry and delicate fabrics was above the norm.
There's a gas version, of course, and the DV56H9100GG is the highest rated dryer (out of only two, however) at DigitalTrends.com. Allison Milionis complains about the learning curve needed to master the dryer's many options, but otherwise has mostly positive things to say about it.
Whether it's because it's relatively new, or relatively expensive, we did not find a significant number of user reviews for this dryer, either electric or gas.
The DV56H9100EG comes in Onyx (black). You can save some money by going with the white versions instead, including the electric Samsung DV56H9100EW (Est. $1,550) and the gas Samsung DV56H9100GW (Est. $1,530).
If you don't need quite so much capacity, you can save even more coin by opting for the 7.4-cubic foot Samsung DV50F9A8EVP (Est. $1,100) or its gas equivalent, the Samsung DV50F9A8GVP (Est. $1,200). Offered in stainless platinum, like the DV56H9100EG, cheaper versions in white are also available; those are the electric Samsung DV50F9A8EVW (Est. $1,000) and the gas Samsung DV50F9A8GVW ($1,100).
Like the DV56H9100EG, this Samsung dryer is loaded with options and features. Feedback is very positive thus far. One expert reviewer puts both the electric and gas versions on its short list of recommended models. No significant faults are found, and the dryer's performance is excellent. It's also among the quietest dryers that the reviewer has tested.
Reviewed.com looks specifically at the electric DV50F9A8EVP, and finds lots to like. According to Matthew Zahnzinger, all drying cycles left clothes just slightly damp -- but ready to iron, hang or even wear. What was noteworthy is that the performance was consistent across all cycles -- a level of moisture sensor accuracy that few if any other dryers could match. Performance was especially notable when drying a bulky comforter; "For the Bulky test, that's actually pretty darn amazing, as most machines never even come close to getting our large test comforter that dry," Zahnzinger says.
User reviews are also promising to date. The gas version draws the most feedback, and a 4.7 -star rating at BestBuy.com. An impressive 97 percent of the more than 70 owners that leave feedback say they would recommend the dryer to a friend.
This dryer is designed to be a companion to the top-loading Samsung WA50F9A8DSP (Est. $1,100). That washer doesn't fare well enough in reviews to get Best Reviewed status in our washing machines report, but feedback indicates that it's a competent enough performer in its own right to be worth considering if you need both a washer and a dryer and want a matching set.
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