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 7.4 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 white, but is also available in graphite steel as the LG DLEX3570V (Est. $1,100). 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. Its 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 a metallic finish, but is also available in white as the Kenmore Elite 61632 (Est. $1,420) 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 is white, it also comes in gray and a gas version is available.
Experts and owners give plenty of "bravos" to 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 10 pre-programmed dry cycles and five temperature settings and dryness levels. But what really impresses reviewers is the absolute accuracy of the sensors -- every load comes out dry, but not over-dried. This is white, but it also comes in chrome shadow as the Maytag MGDB835DC (Est. $1,100), and there is an electric option as well.
Owners of the Amana NGD4655EW make it one of the highest-rated gas dryers we saw. Thousands 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.