If you don't already have a gas line, it's probably not worth the time and expense to put one in, even though, according to EnergyStar.gov, a gas dryer will save you money and reduce your overall environmental impact. So, if you do have a gas-powered option for your dryer, consider yourself lucky.
You can find an excellent gas dryer by reading our separate discussion of the best electric dryers and choosing the gas version of the machines highlighted there. According to the editors of ConsumerReports.org, the gas-powered version of any electric dryer can be expected to perform similarly. But we also found a number of additional gas dryers that get good reviews, especially from users.
Maytag makes a couple of very well-regarded gas dryers, and first up is the Maytag MGD5100DW (Est. $1,100). It's one of the highest rated dryers of any at HomeDepot.com, where it earns 4.7 stars out of 5 in nearly 385 reviews. Owners give it particular raves for the steam feature, which they say does an awesome job in refreshing not only clothing, but also decorative items like afghans, blankets and pillows. This Maytag dryer also features nine drying cycles, including bedding, heavy duty, normal and rapid dry. The moisture sensor is said to work well, drying without over-drying. Its 7.4 cubic feet capacity is sufficient for all but the largest bedding items. This is the white version, it also comes in metallic slate as the Maytag MGD5100DC (Est. $1,200).
The Maytag MGD5100DW is included in one professional roundup (although only the electric model was tested), and gets an Excellent rating for drying performance and convenience, Very Good ratings for capacity and noise. The electric model is the Maytag MED5100DW (Est. $1,000). It also pairs with a well-regarded washer, the Maytag MHW5100DW (Est. $1,000).
Maytag makes a less pricey, but almost equally well-reviewed gas dryer, the Maytag MGDX655DW (Est. $600). It's not included in any expert roundups, but owners love it, saying this dryer is fast, and does a great job even on larger loads. It has a 7 cubic foot capacity. In spite of its moderate price, the MGDX655DW has a nice array of features, including 11 drying cycles and a sensor that accurately controls those cycles. The electric version is the Maytag MEDX655DW (Est. $650) and it pairs with a top loading washer, the Maytag MVWX655DW (Est. $650).
If you need something bigger, take a look at the Maytag MGDB835DW (Est. $1,000). Its 8.8 cubic foot capacity is large enough for even a king sized comforter, but it also gets kudos for its durable construction and relatively quick drying. It features 10 cycle settings, as well as several other options to further customize your laundry drying experience. The electric version is the Maytag MEDB835DW (Est. $900) and it pairs with the top loading Maytag MVWB835DW (Est. $900).
If you want a clothes dryer that will put some zing in your laundry room décor, take a good look at the LG DLG1502W (Est. $850), which earns raves for both its performance and its high-tech appearance. The control panel is located on the front of the dryer, instead of a panel in the back, which owners say gives it a modern, sleek look that they love. It's also loaded with features, including eight pre-programmed drying options and five additional temperature settings. Owners say it's fast and efficient, and its 7.3 cubic foot capacity cuts down on their laundry time. The electric option is the LG DLE1501W (Est. $750) and the dryer pairs with the top load LG WT1501CW (Est. $750) which has matching front controls.
Those on the tightest of budgets will appreciate the Amana NGD4655EW (Est. $500). While it retails for $500, you can often find it at $400 or even $300 on sale. Owners love it, giving it 4.5 stars in more than 175 reviews at HomeDepot.com, and an impressive 93 percent would recommend it to a friend. It's not as bare bones as you would expect given its price, with 11 drying cycles and sensors to monitor your laundry and stop the dryer when it's done. Users also say it's fast, efficient and is a great value. The electric version, the Amana NED4655EW (Est. $400) gets just as many raves, and either dryer pairs with the top loading Amana TW4605EW (Est. $400).