What every best Clothes Dryers has:
- An accurate moisture sensor.
- A drying rack.
- Adequate drying cycles and options.
The LG DLEY1701V is a great dryer at a price that also makes it a great value, experts say. Its 7.3 cubic foot capacity is big enough for all but the fluffiest king comforters, and it's fully-featured, including steam clean technology, a drying rack and 12 drying programs -- including one you can customize. This model comes in graphite steel, but is also available in white as the LG DLEY1701W (Est. $900). Gas versions are also available.
If you are doing the laundry for a very large family or a very small village, check out the 9.2-cubic-foot Kenmore Elite 61633. It's sensors are reported to work very well, so that it effectively dries -- without over-drying -- very large loads. It also includes a drying rack for even more versatility and a popular steam option. This dryer comes in metallic, but is also available in white as the Kenmore Elite 61632 (Est. $1,100) and in gas versions.
In professional tests, the GE GTD65EBSJWS earns very good ratings for drying performance, which is really all you need in a dryer, experts say. The 7.4 cubic foot capacity is plenty for all but the largest items, and it's reported as quiet and sturdy when in use. It also includes a few handy settings, including extended tumble (to keep wrinkles at bay) and a user-customizable My Cycle option. This dryer only comes in white, but a gas version is available.
Experts and owners rave about the 8.8 cubic foot Maytag MGDB855DW. It's plenty big enough for almost any family, even handling large comforters, and has plenty of features, including 11 pre-programmed dry cycles. But what reviewers really love is the included drying rack and the steam option for handling touchups and delicates. This dryer also comes in metallic slate as the Maytag MGDB855DC (Est. $1,200), and there is an electric option as well.
Owners of the Amana NGD4655EW make it one of the highest-rated gas dryers we saw. Hundreds of happy reviewers say it's fast, efficient and easy to use. It looks very basic, but also does a great job of drying clothes without over-drying them. The sensors are reported as quite accurate, and there are 11 pre-programmed drying cycles so you can just toss your clothes in and walk away or tweak your laundry to your heart's content.