The 5 Best Dryers

After looking at the list of best available washers, it’s only natural to dig into possible dryers to accompany your new washing machine. Buying a dryer is generally a simpler process than purchasing a new washer. The main differences to look for are how the machine heats the air and how they determine when your clothes are dry.

What Is a Dryer?

A dryer is a cleaning appliance used to remove moisture from clothing that has just been washed. Dryers work by having heated air circulated through a rotating tumbler. Dryers can heat the air in one of two ways — by gas or electricity. Gas dryers are typically a bit more expensive than electric ones; however, long-term fuel savings usually make up for the additional cost. The other factor to consider when purchasing a new dryer is how the machine determines when your clothes are dry. Traditionally, dry time has been determined through the use of a thermostat, but newer dryers come equipped with a moisture sensor that is more accurate, thus saving energy as well as being easier on fabrics.

Best 5 Dryers

Samsung DV456GWHDWR

Considered a Best Buy from Consumer Reports, the Samsung DV456GWHDWR comes equipped with a moisture sensor and a large capacity tumbler, and it is relatively quiet. Other special features include custom programs that give you further drying options and a drum light to help you find missing clothing. Currently $1,069.49 on Amazon Marketplace.


Samsung DV520AEP

Recommended by both Consumer Reports and Good Housekeeping, the Samsung DV520AEP also excels at drying both medium and large loads quickly and evenly. Aside from the usual high-class dyer features such as a moisture sensor, electronic controls and quiet operation, this Samsung model also has a capable steam cycle that works well to de-wrinkle clothing. Currently $1,433.00 on Amazon.


Maytag Centennial MGDC300XW

Considered an excellent budget dryer, this Maytag Centennial doesn’t have all of the bells and whistles of some of the other models featured here, but it does contain the most important one: a moisture sensor. Aside from that, it features traditional dial controls and an interior light. Users praise its drying performance, carrying capacity, and value. Currently $699.00 at Home Depot.


Whirlpool WED4900XW

Another well-reviewed budget dryer, the Whirlpool WED4900XW also comes equipped with a motion sensor, which many agree is its most important feature. This dryer also comes with wrinkle prevention, drum light, and 13 cycle settings. Although it doesn’t perform as well in terms of noise level, its overall drying performance has been well-reviewed. Currently $574.99 on Amazon Marketplace.


Maytag Bravos X MGDX700AG

Another Best Buy from Consumer Reports, the performance of the Maytag Bravos X MGDX700AG is comparable to the other top models featured in this article. The moisture sensor, excellent drying performance, and quiet operation have been tested through consumer research experts. Currently $969.99 on Amazon Marketplace.


And there you have our recommendations for the best five dryers. Be sure to check out the Wise Bread Shopping Calendar to learn when and how to buy just about anything!

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