The Samsung DV520AGW/XAA is the gas-powered version of the top-rated Samsung DV520AEW/XAA (*Est. $950) . Like the electric version, this dryer has 7.5 cubic feet of capacity and a wealth of useful features: 13 drying cycles, adjustable temperature, a moisture sensor, a rust-resistant, stainless-steel drum with an interior light and a drying rack. One special feature of this dryer is its steam setting, which can be used to freshen clothes and remove wrinkles.
In professional tests, this dryer gets high marks for its drying performance, quiet operation and ease of use. The only problem reviewers found is that large loads of clothing may come out severely twisted and tangled. If the Samsung is too expensive for your budget, you might prefer the more basic Maytag Centennial MGDC300XW (*Est. $600) . Though it has fewer features, it gets good ratings for performance, durability and value.
ConsumerReports.org no longer tests gas dryers, but it evaluates the Samsung DV520AGW/XAA based on the performance of the electric Samsung DV520AEW/XAA. The Good Housekeeping Research Institute also subjects this dryer to detailed testing and awards it an overall grade of A-minus, though it is not clear whether it's the gas or electric version that was tested. User reviews for this dryer are scarce, but we dug up a handful at BestBuy.com. We also referred to the latest consumer satisfaction survey from J.D. Power and Associates for information about customer satisfaction with Samsung dryers in general.
ConsumerReports.org rates more than 80 electric and gas clothes dryers, including the Samsung DV520AGW/XAA. 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 DV520AGW/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 drawback is a tendency for clothes to become tangled, especially when drying large loads.
Review: Samsung 7.5 cu. ft. Steam Electric Dryer, Editors of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, May 2011
We found only a handful of reviews for the Samsung DV520AGW/XAA at BestBuy.com, but they are overwhelmingly positive. Users praise the dryer's performance, capacity, features and ease of use, and they have no drawbacks to cite.
Review: Samsung - 7.5 Cu. Ft. 13-Cycle Steam Gas Dryer - White, Contributors to BestBuy.com
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 outstanding.
Review: 2011 Laundry and Kitchen Appliance Satisfaction Studies, Editors of J.D. Power and Associates, Aug. 3, 2011