Like its electric equivalent, the DV210AEW/XAA (*Est. $625) , the Samsung DV210AGW/XAA gas dryer has a 7.3-cubic-foot capacity and includes a few basic features: a moisture sensor, an interior drum light, a reversible door and a wrinkle-prevention setting (which tumbles clothes intermittently after drying is complete to keep wrinkles from setting in). The dryer has seven preset drying cycles and four temperature settings, and it's backed by a one-year warranty with the electronic control board covered for two years. Professional reviewers give this dryer excellent marks for drying performance, and very good scores for convenience and noise level. Owners like the dryer's large capacity, quiet operation and variety of features, but we found a couple of complaints. One user says the machine never gets hot enough to dry clothes thoroughly, and another claims that clothes come out badly tangled and wrinkled. If you have more to spend, you might consider the top-rated LG DLGX5102W (*Est. $1,100) , which offers more features but with a considerably higher price tag.
The Samsung DV210AGW/XAA, like other gas dryers, hasn't actually been tested at ConsumerReports.org, but it nonetheless receives a rating based on the performance of the electric version. The dryer is evaluated on its drying performance, capacity, convenience and noise level. User reviews for this machine are scarce, as they are for most gas dryers, but we found nearly 10 reviews at BestBuy.com and five on the manufacturer's website. The J.D. Power and Associates' 2011 Laundry Appliance Satisfaction Study provides information about the Samsung brand in general, but doesn't rate individual models.
ConsumerReports.org has ratings on its website for more than 80 electric clothes dryers, including the Samsung DV520AEW/XAA, and their gas equivalents. Each dryer receives an overall score plus individual scores on drying performance, capacity, convenience and noise.
Review: Clothes Dryers, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, As of June 2012
2. Good Housekeeping
Testers at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute award the Samsung DV520AEW/XAA an overall grade of A-minus. Editors praise its drying performance, wrinkle removal and ease of use and also say that Samsung's customer service is helpful. The only downside they cite is severe tangling and twisting of laundry in a large load.
Review: Samsung 7.5 cu. ft. Steam Electric Dryer, Editors of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, May 2011
The Samsung DV520AEW/XAA receives about 20 reviews from users at BestBuy.com, earning an overall rating of 4.7 stars out of a possible 5. Owners love the dryer's steam cycle, large capacity, low vibration and wrinkle removal. The main problem, consumers say, is that large items ball up and do not dry fully.
Review: Samsung - 7.5 Cu. Ft. 13-Cycle Steam Electric Dryer - White, Contributors to BestBuy.com
4. J.D. Power and 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 outstanding.
Review: 2011 Laundry and Kitchen Appliance Satisfaction Studies, Editors of J.D. Power and Associates, Aug. 3, 2011