The best dryers for 2019

Laundry taking forever? Dry your clothes faster with the best dryers of 2019

Best Dryers 2016

Our reviewers have formally tested 89 appliances from more than 50 different brands. We’ve also completed informal testing on dozens more kitchen gadgets and home appliances. Based on roughly 10,000 hours of testing, as well as additional research, our pick for the best dryer is the Electrolux EFME617SIW.

The Electrolux Front Load Dryer with Perfect Steam is gentle on your clothes, while also offering germ-killing features and the ability to get rid of wrinkles and static. If the Electrolux EFME617SIW isn’t your ideal dryer and you’re looking for something a little bigger, smarter, or maybe something a little more affordable, we have you covered. We’ve also included our pick for the best large capacity dryer, the best compact dryer, the most versatile dryer, the best smart dryer, the best bargain dryer, and the most reliable dryer.

At a glance

  • The best dryer: Electrolux EFME617SIW
  • The best large-capacity dryer: Maytag MEDB855DW
  • The best compact dryer: Electrolux EIED200QSW
  • The most versatile dryer: Samsung FlexDry
  • The best smart dryer: LG Mega Capacity Steam Dryer
  • The best bargain dryer: Maytag MEDC215EW
  • The most reliable dryer: Samsung DV8750

Electrolux EFME617SIW

The best dryer

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Why you should buy this: This machine knows when to stop drying your clothes, making it gentle on fabrics.

Who it’s for: Anyone who’s ever had their clothes come out of the dryer still wet or hot, hot, hot

Why we picked the Electrolux EFME617SIW

Though it may not have endless cycles, the Electrolux Front Load Dryer with Perfect Steam has a lot of ways to dry your clothes — or just refresh, sanitize, or get them nearly allergen-free. Sometimes an overwhelming amount of cycles isn’t a good thing; lots of people just stick to “normal” and vary the temperature based on what they’re drying. But this Electrolux has some you’ll want to pay attention to, like allergen (which cranks up the heat to kill dust mites), 15-minute fast dry (for small loads), and instant refresh (which airs out clothes that are clean but less-than-fresh).

Buttons to the side of the Nest-like dial let you add steam to get rid of wrinkles and static, as well as change the time, temperature, and spin speed. Inside the drum, sensors keep track of how wet your clothes are, so you they don’t overdry and harm the fabric. Electrolux also offers an impressive 10-year drive motor warranty.

The 8.0-cubic-foot dryer is no doubt a luxury appliance, with a price tag to match, but you get space, steam, and germ-killing features. Best of all, its companion washer, the EFLS617SIW, is our pick for best washer.

Read our full Electrolux EFME617SIW review

Maytag MEDB855DW

The best large-capacity dryer

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Why you should buy this: This machine is a giganotosaurus when it comes to capacity.

Who it’s for: Anyone whose laundry basket is always overflowing

Why we picked the Maytag MEDB855DW

With 8.8 cubic feet of capacity, this Maytag dryer with steam can hold a large load of laundry but also give it room to tumble around. Its removable drying rack gives you lots of versatility, letting you dry tangled items without knocking them around the drum — or maybe you don’t want clunky items like shoes doing a number on your machine.

You get 11 cycles, including one especially for jeans, another for sanitizing, and a third that uses steam to refresh your lightly worn items. If you don’t want any heat, there’s an air-only option, and you can further control the temperature, dryness level, and wrinkle settings. If you’re looking to save some money (especially since this is a fairly pricey machine), there’s an Energy Saver button that extends the dryer time but lowers the heat.

If you’re always leaving your laundry until you have a veritable clothes mountain, this Maytag dryer will be up to the task.

Electrolux EIED200QSW

The best compact dryer

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Why you should buy this: This machine is a small but powerful compact.

Who it’s for: Anyone who lives in a home with limited space for laundry machines

Why we picked the Electrolux EIED200QSW

At 24 inches deep and wide, the 4.0-cubic-foot Electrolux compact is definitely easy to fit in tight spaces compared to full-sized machines. It lacks a vent, so it doesn’t require a duct to remove hot air, meaning that you have more options for placement. It’s 33.5 inches tall, so many people will still be able to reach the front-control panel if it’s stacked on top of a washer. The dryer has long dry times, as will any ventless dryer, but it does a thorough job. It has sensors that either lengthen or shorten drying time, depending on whether your clothes are still wet.

With seven regular cycles and four specialty ones, including one for wool, this Electrolux gives you a fair amount of options. Compact machines are often pretty pricey, but this one has features that won’t make you feel like you’re getting ripped off for something that costs as much as a dryer with double the capacity.

Read our full Electrolux EIED200QSW review

Samsung FlexDry

The best versatility

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Why you should buy this: This behemoth can tackle lots of laundry scenarios.

Who its for: People with a dedicated laundry room and lots of money

Why we picked the Samsung FlexDry:

There’s no getting around that the Samsung FlexDry is big and spendy. But its extra bulk is for the dedicated Delicate Dryer, a space on top where you can lay sweaters and other items you wouldn’t normally toss in the tumbling drum. Lots of dryers let you insert a rack into the machine itself, but this Samsung model lets you leave the drum open for traditional loads while taking advantage of heated air. It never gets truly hot but still dries stuffed animals and clothing faster than letting them drip dry.

In addition to the one-cubic-foot top compartment, the drum has 6.1 cubic feet of space. There are oodles of cycles, including sanitize options and one specifically for bedding. Using steam, you can increase the machine’s versatility with wrinkle-fighting and refresh cycles. The FlexDry also works with Samsung’s Smart Home app, so you can see if your load is finished without trekking down to the basement. If you have some items you absolutely refuse to toss in the dryer, this appliance just might change laundry day for you.

LG DLEX9000V Mega Capacity Steam Dryer

The best smart dryer

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Why you should buy this: With lots of pluses, the smart features are just a bonus.

Who its for: Those who want a big, powerful dryer and think they could use some smart features, too.

Why we picked the LG Mega Capacity TurboSteam Dryer:

It’s not just smarts you’re paying for with this pricey LG dryer, but design. It’s almost $1,000 more than the Maytag mega-capacity but does have a smidge more room at 9.0 cubic feet. With its 14 cycles, there are a few ways to get clothes dry or do a quick steam refresh. It also has sanitize options if you prefer your fabrics germ-free. It even has a cycle that lets you disinfect non-washable items.

What makes it so smart? The Wi-Fi-enabled dryer has a compatible app that can help diagnose any issues that arise. It can also take advantage of LG’s Smart Grid feature to save you a bit of money when energy costs are lower. It will also, of course, let you know when your clothes are dry. To us, it makes sense to pair a smart washer and dryer of the same brand in the hopes that they might one day talk to each other.

Maytag MEDC215EW

The best bargain dryer

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Why you should buy this: With lots of capacity, this dryer gets the job done for half the price of many competitors.

Who it’s for: Anyone who wants a no-nonsense machine that can handle a big load of laundry

Why we picked the Maytag MEDC215EW

There’s no doubt the Maytag Large Capacity dryer is a no-frills, low-cost option. The list of features it doesn’t have — like steam, a sanitize setting, moisture sensors, and tons of cycles — is longer than the one detailing those it does have. Still, it’s a solid performer and does present some nice options. There’s a no-heat air fluff setting and wrinkle release, so you can keep your clothes tumbling for 40 extra minutes if you don’t have time to fold them right away.

Perhaps the best thing it has going for it is its capacity: 7.0 cubic feet. It’s not as big as mega-capacity options, but that’s still a lot of space for decent-sized loads.

Though its base price is $600, we’ve seen it for closer to $450 on sites like Home Depot, which seems more in line with its bare-bones approach. Still, if you’re looking to spend under $500 on a dryer and aren’t interested in bells and whistles, this Maytag might be worth a look.

Samsung DV8750

Best reliable steam dryer

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Why you should buy this: A steam-enabled gas dryer that offers plenty of durability for the long haul.

Who it’s for: Those who want a trustworthy dryer and don’t plan on upgrading for a new model anytime soon.

Why we picked the Samsung DV8750:

This Samsung dryer combines affordability with durability, creating a trustworthy drying experience that includes a variety of drying modes include air fluff, quick dry, active wear, and more. However, the standout feature is the steaming mode, which requires a water connection and can help you get rid of wrinkles in some clothing (although you may need to finish the job with a quick ironing afterwards).

While it may not have the topline performance of the FlexDry model, this Samsung dryer is a worthy compromise for those who want reliability at a lower price. The fingerprint-resistant design comes in both black and white.

Should you buy now or wait?

Many people discover the best time to buy a dryer is when their current one starts shaking and clanging, then dies midcycle. But if you have some advance warning, it can be beneficial to wait. Many manufacturers start rolling out new products in September or October, meaning retailers want to make room for the new inventory by lowering the prices of previous models.

However, that’s not a hard-and-fast rule, and stores often have frequent deals coinciding with holidays. It’s not just Black Friday: Memorial Day, Labor Day, President’s Day — you can often find bargains during long weekends.

It might behoove you to find out if your local appliance dealer has an annual blowout sale. One located in Seattle, for example, has a yearly sale in early November that draws crowds looking for lower prices.

How we test

Dryers are a big purchase for anyone, and doing research before purchasing a new appliance is key. If you’ve read our reviews, you may wonder how we reach our conclusions. We like to take into account benchmarks, like how long it takes to dry clothes and the temperature in the drum, as well as less objective metrics like design.

Because our dryers are open for everyone in the Digital Trends office to use, we solicit a lot of feedback from our staffers when considering things like ease of use. This means that we take into account more than just one or two people’s opinions, and it also means the machines go through a fair amount of cycles by the time we’re done with them.

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