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Best Gas Dryers

By: Kelly Burgess on January 26, 2018

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Maytag Bravos MGDB835DW

Gas clothes dryers cost less to run than electric

If you don't already have a gas line, it's probably not worth the time and expense to put one in, even though, according to EnergyStar.gov, a gas dryer will save you money and reduce your overall environmental impact. So, if you do have a gas-powered option for your dryer, consider yourself lucky.

You can find an excellent gas dryer by reading our separate discussion of the best electric dryers and choosing the gas version of the machines highlighted there. According to the editors of Consumer Reports, the gas-powered version of any electric dryer can be expected to perform similarly. But we also found a number of additional gas dryers that get good reviews, especially from users.

Gas dryers by themselves get far fewer tests and reviews than electric dryers, but one we spotted that gets extremely high ratings form both experts and owners is the Maytag Bravos MGDB835DW (Est. $1,000). The MGDB835DW earns a score of 9.3 at Reviewed, also earning an Editors' Choice nod. While the list price of this dryer is $1,000, it can often be found on sale for several hundred dollars less.

Matthew Zahnzinger reviews the Maytag MGDB835DW, giving it kudos for its generous 8.8 cubic-foot capacity, and for its versatility -- there are 10 preset cycles. And, five dryness levels and temperature settings make it highly customizable as well. But what earns the most raves for the MGDB835DW is its incredibly accurate sensors. No matter how much laundry, what type of laundry, or what setting they used, each load came out perfectly dried without over-drying. Ultimately, Zahnzinger concludes that the Maytag MGDB835DW is "the complete package."

User reviews back up Zahnzinger' findings, making the Maytag MGDB835DW one of the highest-rated gas dryers we spotted -- and over hundreds of reviews across multiple retail sites. They love the options and agree that the sensors are very accurate. Many also mention that it dries loads much faster than most modern dryers -- which can take a very long time with bulky items.

The Maytag MGDB835DW is white, but it comes in chrome shadow as the Maytag MGDB835DC (Est. $1,100). It pairs with a top-loading washer that is nearly as well-reviewed, the Maytag Bravos XL MVWB835DW (Est. $900). The electric version of this dryer, which also gets very high ratings from owners, is the Maytag MEDB835DW (Est. $900).

Maytag makes another equally well-reviewed gas dryer, the Maytag MGDX655DW (Est. $800). It performs decently in testing at Consumer Reports; although it doesn't earn a Recommended nod, it's ranked higher than mid-pack and get scores of Very Good for drying performance and convenience, and Good for noise. Although its list price is around $800, it can often be found for a bit less.

Thousands of owners also love the Maytag MGDX655DW, saying this dryer is fast, and does a great job even on larger loads. It has a 7 cubic-foot capacity. In spite of its moderate price, the MGDX655DW has a nice array of features, including 11 drying cycles and a sensor that accurately controls those cycles. The electric version is the Maytag MEDX655DW (Est. $700) and it pairs with a top loading washer, the Maytag MVWX655DW (Est. $700).

If you want a clothes dryer that will put some zing in your laundry room dŽcor, take a good look at the LG DLG1502W (Est. $850), which earns raves for both its performance and its high-tech appearance. The control panel is located on the front of the dryer, instead of a panel in the back, which owners say gives it a modern, sleek look that they love. It's also loaded with features, including eight pre-programmed drying options and five additional temperature settings. Owners say it's fast and efficient, and its 7.3 cubic-foot capacity cuts down on their laundry time. The electric option is the LG DLE1501W (Est. $750) and the dryer pairs with the top loading LG WT1501CW (Est. $750) which has matching front controls. We review that washer in our separate washing machines report.

A top-performing dryer at a great price

Those on the tightest of budgets will appreciate the Amana NGD4655EW (Est. $500). While it retails for $500, you can often find it at $400 or even $300 on sale. Owners love it, giving it above average ratings in hundreds of reviews. It's not as bare bones as you would expect given its price, with 11 drying cycles and sensors to monitor your laundry and stop the dryer when it's done. Users also say it's fast, efficient and is a great value. The electric version, the Amana NED4655EW (Est. $400) gets just as many raves, and either dryer pairs with the top loading Amana NTW4516FW (Est. $400).

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