What every best Clothes Dryers has:
- An accurate moisture sensor.
- A drying rack.
- Adequate drying cycles and options.
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 ConsumerReports.org, 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.
We want to start with a pair of very well-regarded Maytag dryers, the Maytag MGDB855DW (Est. $1,100) and the Maytag MGDB835DW (Est. $800). The MGDB855DW is the only gas dryer to earn a perfect 10 at Reviewed.com, also earning an Editors' Choice nod. (That review is based upon their testing of the electric version, the Maytag MEDB855DW (Est. $1,000), but the gas version can be expected to perform comparably.)
Matthew Zahnzinger reviews both washers and the Maytag MGDB855DW gets kudos from him for its attractive appearance and versatility -- there are 11 preset cycles -- and great performance. But what earns the most raves on the MGDB855DW is the steam feature and included drying rack that add to this dryer's versatility. Of course, it also adds several hundred dollars to the price of the MGDB855DW over the Maytag MGDB835DW -- the two dryers are identical except that the MGDB835DW lacks the steam option and the drying rack. Regardless, the MGDB835DW still earns a 9.9 from Zahnzinger, making it the second highest rated gas dryer there, just behind it's more fully-featured, and more expensive, sibling.
Both of these dryers boast a generous, 8.8 cubic foot capacity that is large enough for even a king sized comforter. They also get kudos for their durable construction and relatively quick drying. Owners love them too, and hundreds of reviewers give them very high ratings, not just for performance, but also for their simple, straightforward controls -- even though there are lots of settings, most say the learning curve is non-existent.
The Maytag MGDB835DW only comes in white. The Maytag MGDB855DW is also white, but an additional color option, metallic slate, is offered as the Maytag MGDB855DC (Est. $1,200). The MGDB855DW pairs with the Maytag MVWB855DW (Est. $1,000) 5.3 cubic foot top-loading washer. The MGDB835DW pairs with the top loading Maytag MVWB835DW (Est. $700).
Maytag makes a less pricey, but almost equally well-reviewed gas dryer, the Maytag MGDX655DW (Est. $600). It performs decently in testing at ConsumerReports.org; 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.
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. $600) and it pairs with a top loading washer, the Maytag MVWX655DW (Est. $550).
If you want a clothes dryer that will put some zing in your laundry room décor, take a good look at the LG DLG1502W (Est. $800), 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. $700) and the dryer pairs with the top loading LG WT1501CW (Est. $750) which has matching front controls.
Those on the tightest of budgets will appreciate the Amana NGD4655EW (Est. $400). 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).