The Samsung DV210AEW/XAA electric dryer offers good value for a relatively low price. This 7.3-cubic-foot machine includes such essential features as a moisture sensor, an interior drum light and a reversible door, but it lacks extras such as a steam setting and a drying rack. One nice feature it does include is a wrinkle-prevention setting, which tumbles clothes intermittently after drying is complete to keep them from creasing. The dryer has seven preset drying cycles and four temperature settings. Both this dryer and its gas equivalent, the Samsung DV210AGW/XAA (*Est. $700) , are backed by a one-year warranty, with the electronic control board covered for two years.
In professional tests, the DV210AEW/XAA gets excellent results for drying performance, and its scores for convenience and noise level are very good. Users find the machine quiet, efficient and easy to use. However, we did read many reports of breakdowns and other mechanical problems. Some users are also frustrated with the machine's variety of alert noises, which they say are very difficult to disable. If your budget allows, you may prefer the top-rated LG DLEX5101W (*Est. $1,000) , which has more features and a better repair record.
The Samsung DV210AEW/XAA is included in the latest reviews of dryers at ConsumerReports.org, where it's evaluated based on drying performance, capacity, convenience and noise level. We also found about 75 reviews for this dryer at BestBuy.com and Lowes.com. The J.D. Power and Associates' 2011 Laundry Appliance Satisfaction Study provides information about the Samsung brand in general, but it doesn't rate individual models.
ConsumerReports.org has test results on its website for 76 electric clothes dryers (and 75 of their gas equivalents), including the Samsung DV210AEW/XAA. Each dryer receives an overall rating, plus individual scores on drying performance, capacity, convenience and noise.
Review: Clothes Dryers, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, As of September 2011
More than 80 owners review the Samsung DV210AEW/XAA at Lowes.com, giving it an average rating of 4.4 stars out of 5. Users say the dryer is fast-drying, quiet and easy to use, but we did read several reports of product breakdowns and difficulty getting repairs under warranty.
Review: Samsung 7.3 cu ft Stackable Electric Dryer (White), Contributors to Lowes.com, As of September 2011
The Samsung DV210AEW/XAA receives about 45 reviews from owners at BestBuy.com, with an average score of 4.6 stars out of 5. Users say the dryer is fast, efficient and quiet, with a good variety of settings. We did see several complaints about the various alert sounds, which are hard to disable, and a couple of reports of defective machines.
Review: Samsung - 7.3 Cu. Ft. 7-Cycle Electric Dryer - White, Contributors to BestBuy.com, As of Sept. 2011
4. J.D. Power & Associates
In J.D. Power and Associates' latest survey on laundry appliances, Samsung is the top-rated dryer brand for the fourth year in a row. It earns top marks for overall satisfaction, ease of use, performance, styling, features and price; only its warranty is rated less than great.
Review: 2011 Laundry and Kitchen Appliance Satisfaction Studies, Editors of J.D. Power and Associates, Aug. 3, 2011