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Best electric dryers 2017

Stainless vs. coated stainless steel drums: Dryer drums are either made of stainless steel or coated stainless steel. There’s no difference in performance except that coated drums run a higher risk of rusting due to scratches in the coating.
Moisture sensor: Dryers with moisture sensors save energy and are more efficient, because they automatically stop the cycle when clothes are dry.
Automatic cooldown and extended tumble: Both automatic cooldown and extended tumble features reduce wrinkles. An extra cool down also helps preserve delicate fabrics.
Gas dryer prices
Gas dryer prices range from $400 for a compact model with less than 10 settings to $1,800 for smart dryers with 23 settings, automatic sensors, and automatic cool-down. However, the majority of models fall in the $600 to $1,000 range and balance features to reflect the price.
FAQ
Q. What kind of warranty do gas dryers come with?
A. In general, gas dryers come with a one or two-year warranty. Extended warranties are often offered by manufacturers. However, they don’t usually make financial sense unless you purchase an expensive high-end dryer that’s also pricey to repair.
Q. How well do gas dryers sanitize clothes?
A. Gas dryers, like their electric counterparts, do well at killing most germs when run on the highest heat setting. However, the National Sanitary Foundation also offers a certification for dryers that kill 99.9% of germs and bacteria. If sanitation is high on your priority list, look for an NSF-certified model.
Gas dryers we recommend
Best of the best: Samsung 7.5 Cu. Ft. Gas Dryer
Our take: Samsung created a dryer with an excellent list of features. More importantly, it dries well and saves money with its automatic sensors.
What we like: The large capacity dries big loads without a problem. Installation is easy. It comes with a long list of features, including a child lock, drum light, and reversible see-through door.
What we dislike: The lint trap is an odd design that can be hard to clean.
Best bang for your buck: Amana 6.5 Cu. Ft. Gas Dryer
Our take: This reliable entry-level model gets clothes dry and makes loading and unloading a cinch.
What we like: The large door makes it easy to get clothes in and out. It has several low-energy cycles that dry beautifully.
What we dislike: It has a relatively small capacity.
Choice 3: Whirlpool 8.8 Cu. Ft. High-Efficiency Gas Dryer
Our take: This Whirlpool has a long list of great features, including 23 drying cycles. It’s also a solid choice if you’re looking for something that operates quietly.
What we like: It has a unique feature that tumbles clothes in a random pattern to shift their position for more efficient drying. Three automatic sensors monitor moisture and temperatures. There are several settings to prevent wrinkles.
What we dislike: A few units have broken down after six months or less.
Stacey L. Nash is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money. BestReviews never accepts free products from manufacturers and purchases every product it reviews with its own funds.
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Clothes Dryers Review & Ratings

Simpson remains the hot favourite for clothes dryers

Many Aussies are lucky in that drying clothes during the summer months is quite literally a breeze. However, it’s not so easy for others, and when winter arrives, we’re all left wondering what to do with those wet socks and undies. Sure, if you leave them outside for long enough, they’ll dry eventually, but what if you’re in desperate need for some clean, dry clothes? You may need a clothes dryer!

A clothes dryer (or tumble dryer, if you prefer) can be the unsung hero of your laundry room. Our latest survey on the subject found that 41% of respondents use a clothes dryer after every wash. It’s there for you throughout the year, but especially during the colder months when school uniforms and work shirts need drying, pronto!

You might think that all clothes dryers are more or less the same, but our customer ratings suggest otherwise. They should all get the basic job done perfectly fine (i.e. they’ll dry your clothes), but the manner, and time, in which they do so can vary significantly. That’s why you should do your research now – to avoid getting your head in a spin later.

So, where can you find the best clothes dryers in Australia? To offer some guidance, Canstar Blue produces an annual review of clothes dryer brands, asking consumers across the country what they think of the dryer they own and operate. Our customer ratings are based on the responses of those who have purchased a new dryer in the last three years, giving you an idea of what to expect should you choose one of the reviewed brands. For the third year in a row, Aussie-born brand Simpson has been rated the highest, achieving five-star reviews in key areas, including overall satisfaction.

Best-Rated Clothes Dryers

Canstar Blue’s latest clothes dryer review saw six major brands compared, rated in the following order for overall customer satisfaction:

  • 1st Simpson
  • 2nd Bosch
  • 3rd Electrolux
  • 4th LG
  • 5th Haier
  • 6th Fisher & Paykel

Simpson leads the way with five stars for overall satisfaction, followed by Bosch with four stars, with Electrolux, LG, Haier and Fisher & Paykel bringing up the rear on three stars overall. It’s worth pointing out that Simpson is an Australian brand owned by Swedish appliance manufacturer Electrolux, making their respective outcomes in our 2019 ratings intriguing.

Read on for a guide to the six brands in this year’s review, in addition to some of the best brands that didn’t receive the minimum sample size required to be included. We’ll then provide details on different types of clothes dryers, their features and what you need to consider before buying to help you navigate the market.

Clothes Dryers Compared

To help you decide which clothes dryer will be best for your needs and budget, here’s a guide to some of the leading brands in Australia.

Simpson

One of the cheapest brands around when it comes to clothes dryers, Simpson offers a very concise range of vented clothes dryers based on size capacity. The Simpson ‘Ezi Loader’ series offers vented dryers with a 4.5kg, 5.5kg or 6.5kg capacity, which naturally has an impact on their cost. Prices can vary between retailers, but the recommended retail price tags range from $449 to $649.

Across the full range, you can expect a stainless-steel drum, child safety lock door, and a simple rotary dial control that allows you to select a drying time and start the cycle. Dryers boast a reverse tumbling action where the drum alternates between spinning clockwise and anti-clockwise to reduce the chances of clothes tangling. They also feature a delicates setting, with lower temperatures, while the ‘Auto Cool Down’ function – part of the final drying cycle – helps to reduce creasing.

If space is an issue, Simpson’s clothes dryers can be wall-mountable, with all models rated 1.5 stars for energy efficiency, with a two-year warranty.

Simpson was rated best overall, as well as for performance, value for money and design, receiving four stars for quietness and three stars for additional functionality.

Simpson’s clothes dryers comprise of the following models:

  • Simpson SDV457HQWA 4.5kg Vented Clothes Dryer
  • Simpson SDV556HQWA 5.5kg Vented Clothes Dryer
  • Simpson SDV656HQWA 6.5kg Vented Clothes Dryer

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Bosch

Bosch has a wide range of vented, condenser and heat pump clothes dryers, which generally command premium price tags. Even Bosch’s vented dryers can cost upwards of $450, while its high-end heat pump dryers often come with prices of more than $2,500. However, for the money you should get quality with large capacities and good energy efficiency scores. Sizes range from 7kg to 9kg.

Some of the features you will find across the Bosch range include moisture sensors, claimed to monitor the temperature and moisture throughout the drying process, in order to dry your clothes to a selected setting. In addition, some Bosch dryers feature AntiVibration side walls, stated to reduce vibration, provide greater stability and in turn, reduce noise – even during the spin cycle.

Bosch’s heat pump clothes dryers are also boasted for eight-star energy efficiency ratings, thanks to the ‘ActiveAir’ technology that reuses existing heat during the drying cycle, giving you efficient dryers but at a rather premium price. Its vented and condenser dryers have lower energy efficiency ratings, and as such, generally lower prices.

Bosch was joint-top for value for money, quietness and additional functionality, and was rated four stars for performance, design and overall satisfaction.

Bosch’s latest models include:

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Electrolux

The parent company of Simpson, Electrolux has a much broader range of clothes dryers, but it still keeps prices relatively low for modest vented models. These can be found for as little as $500 when on sale, but Electrolux is also a big player when it comes to heat pump dryers, with large 9kg capacity models bringing seven stars for energy efficiency. These dryers will cost you close to $2,000, while its 7kg unit retails for as little as $749.

The full range features a delay start function, as well as a number of drying programs from woollens and silks to automatic and extra quick cycles. The larger capacity heat pump clothes dryers are also boasted for their Advanced Sensor Dry technology, featuring moisture sensors that are activated during the cycle to eliminate any over-drying, which can be harmful to your clothes and your power bill. Expect high energy ratings for larger capacity models, while the smaller dryers are rated just two stars.

Electrolux was voted joint top for value for money and design, with four stars on performance, quietness and additional functionality, but just three stars for overall satisfaction.

Electrolux’s latest models include:

  • Electrolux EDH3896GDW 9kg Heat Pump Condenser Dryer
  • Electrolux EDH3586GDW 8kg Heat Pump Condenser Dryer
  • Electrolux EDC2086GDW 8kg Condenser Dryer

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LG

LG is one of those brands that likes to play at both ends of the price market, with some of the cheapest appliances around, in addition to some of the most expensive. However, LG doesn’t mess around with vented or small dryers, with all of its models boasting a capacity of at least 8kg, whether you’re looking for a condenser or heat pump dryer.

Its top of the range 9kg heat pump dryer (TD-H901MW) has an energy efficiency rating of nine stars and comes with a recommended retail price tag of $2,599, meaning it’s not for the faint of heart. The 8kg condenser dryer (TD-C80NPW), however, gets just two stars for its energy efficiency. Both feature LG’s Smart ThinQ technology to remotely monitor your drying via the LG app, which other LG dryers are also equipped with.

Additionally, you can expect a number of washing programs for wools, delicates and bulky cycles. Some LG clothes dryers also come with a few accessories, such as a stacking kit, to stack your dryer on top of your washer, and a drying rack for items you don’t want to tumble dry, like backpacks and shoes. All models are backed by a two-year warranty.

LG was rated four stars in the majority of categories, including performance, value for money and design, while scoring three stars for overall satisfaction.

LG’s latest models include:

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Haier

Haier mostly offers vented clothes dryers, with just the one condenser dryer and one heat pump dryer now available. The dryers range from 4kg to 8kg in size capacity, with prices ranging from $350 to $850 depending on size. The large 8kg heat pump dryer (HDHP80E1) has a slightly higher price tag at around $1,500.

Featuring traditional dial controls, the Haier dryers aim to get the job done without any extra and costly features. Haier vented dryers are designed with reverse tumble action, and two temperature settings of warm and cool for the 4kg capacity unit, while the larger units have additional settings and programs. Expect just two stars for energy efficiency with the vented units though, so you may want to look elsewhere if you’re after something gentler on your next electricity bill.

Its heat pump dryer, on the other hand, is boasted for an eight-star energy efficiency rating, as well as sensor drying, which automatically stops the dryer when your clothes are dry. The main benefit of this is twofold – it helps reduce energy consumption, plus reduce damage to clothing by not over drying. It also comes with a delay start option, so you can use the dryer in off-peak times and an anti-crease function to help decrease ironing time.

Haier was rated three stars across the board, including design, performance and overall satisfaction.

Haier’s latest models include:

  • Haier HDC80E1 8kg Condenser Dryer
  • Haier HDV60E1 6kg Sensor Vented Dryer
  • Haier HDV60A1 6kg Sensor Vented Dryer

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Fisher & Paykel

Fisher & Paykel offers one of the largest ranges of vented, condenser and heat pump dryers in Australia. You’ll find dryer capacities of between 4.5kg and 9kg, with prices to suit most budgets. You can pick up a Fisher & Paykel vented clothes dryer for around $450, while its top of the line heat pump dryer – with an eight-star energy efficiency rating – can be found closer to $2,250.

The Fisher & Paykel dryers feature 10 or more programs, with a delay start system that allows you to set a start time most convenient for you. Additionally, you’ll find an automatic cool down function as part of the cycle for added safety. The smaller capacity models tend to sit lower on the energy efficiency ratings scale, with some rated only two stars, so while you may be paying a bit less upfront, you could pay for it with larger energy bills over time.

Its heat pump dryers come with additional design features such as a drying rack, for items that can’t be tumble dried, as well as an interior light, so that you don’t miss that sock hiding at the back of the drum. This range also features automatic sensing, plus a key lock and restart switch for safety.

Scoring five stars for both quietness and design, Fisher & Paykel was rated four stars for additional functionality and performance, with threes stars for value for money and overall satisfaction.

Fisher & Paykel’s latest models include:

  • Fisher & Paykel DC8060P1 8kg Condensing Dryer
  • Fisher & Paykel DH8060C1 8kg Heat Pump Condensing Dryer with LCD screen
  • Fisher & Paykel DH8060P1 8kg Heat Pump Condensing Dryer

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Other brands

Asko

Swedish brand Asko falls into the premium selection of clothes dryers, producing both heat pump models and condenser dryers with prices starting at $1,500. Its 10kg Heat Pump Dryer (T410HD.W) has a retail price tag of $2,599 and is boasted for a nine-star energy rating. It features six wash programs and humidity sensors to monitor the drying cycle.

According to the Standard Test (based on 29c/kWh), you can expect to pay just $38 annually in energy costs with this model. So, while you might be spending more upfront, you can save long term with the high energy efficiency.

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Samsung

Samsung sits in the high-end of the price spectrum with its range of heat pump dryers and washer dryer combos. Samsung’s dryers cater for large households with load capacities starting from 7kg and maxing out at 9kg. You can find the range priced between $1,799 and $2,499 RRP, and expect six stars and up for energy efficiency ratings with the heat pump dryers, while the combos sit at four stars.

The Samsung DV10R8540GV 10kg Heat Pump Dryer features moisture sensors to continuously adjust drying time, supported by Samsung’s ‘SmartThings’ App that allows you to become a laundry expert, according to the brand.

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Smeg

Smeg is another brand at the premium end of clothes dryers. It has a concise range of models, featuring both condenser and heat pump dryers. Prices start from $1,300 and max out at closer to $2,200. There isn’t much variation in capacity with both models being 8kg, which is a suitable option for households of four or more people.

The Smeg 8kg Condenser Dryer (SACD82) features 16 different programs and has an energy efficiency rating of two stars. The Smeg 8kg Heat Pump dryer (SAHP86), while at a slightly higher price point, has an energy efficiency rating of eight stars but also features 16 different drying cycles.

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V-Zug

If you’ve budgeted for a clothes dryer that’s priced $4,000 and up, then Swedish manufacturer V-Zug might be one to consider. Its clothes dryer range provides heat pump dryers, condenser dryers and top of the range ‘Refresh Butlers’. Expect high energy efficiency ratings for these premium prices as well as more than 25 programs and a sleek design with electronic controls.

The Refresh Butler is not a clothes dryer in itself but it does feature drying capabilities for soaked jackets and fabrics that require special care, as boasted by V-Zug. One of these will cost you more than $28,000, but you can rest assured that it has other advanced functions for that price.

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Our 2019 survey of consumers who have recently bought a dryer revealed the following insights:

What to consider when buying a dryer

There are a number of factors to consider when buying a new clothes dryer, including:

  • Clothes dryer type
  • Capacity
  • Energy efficiency
  • Features
  • Price

Let’s get some details about each factor to help you pick the best clothes dryer for your needs.

Types of Clothes Dryers

You might think all clothes dryers are basically the same (they certainly do the same job), but there are some subtle and not so subtle differences that impact their prices, performance and energy efficiency. There are five main types of clothes dryers:

  • Vented Dryers
  • Condenser Dryers
  • Heat Pump Dryers
  • Washer Dryer Combos
  • Gas Dryers

In our latest survey, it was found that 34% of consumers purchased a vented clothes dryer, with heat pump dryers and condenser dryers the next most popular types (17%). Gas clothes dryers had a low purchase rate, with only 5% of shoppers opting for a gas model.

Capacity

Capacity is an important factor to consider – not just because of the inconvenience of having to use your dryer multiple times if it isn’t big enough to dry all of your clothes at once, but also due to the impact on your energy bills of having to do so! There is also a potential safety issue at hand here, because regularly overloading your dryer will force its motor to work extra hard, which could lead to overheating.

The capacity of clothes dryers is measured in weight, with most models providing a capacity of between 5 and 9 kilograms. You’re unlikely to know how much your wet clothes weigh, so what capacity will you need?

Dryer Capacity Household Size
<5kg 1-2 people
5kg – 7kg 3-4 people
>7kg >4 people

General Guide Only

It’s probably wise to err on the side of bigger if you’re not sure what size capacity you will need, as it’s likely going to be cheaper to run a large dryer once than a smaller dryer twice. But be sure to keep in mind the allocated space in your laundry room though!

Energy efficiency

Keep in mind that the biggest difference between cheap and expensive clothes dryers is often their energy efficiency. If a dryer costs less to run in energy bills, it will likely command a higher purchase price. Vented clothes dryers are notoriously inefficient, with the majority having energy ratings of just two stars or less. Heat pump dryers, on the other hand, can be extremely efficient, with many boasting energy ratings of 7, 8 or even 9 stars. Ultimately, it’s a trade-off between upfront and ongoing costs. If you’re likely to use your clothes dryer a lot, it may be worth investing in a relatively efficient model.

Features

Clothes dryers are arguably the most basic of household appliances – you turn them on and they heat your clothes until they’re dry! But you might be surprised to learn that modern dryers can come with some handy features that make this already simple process just a little bit easier. They include:

  • Moisture sensors: it’s not easy to predict how long your clothes will need to dry, so you could easily set your dryer to an hour, for example, and forget all about it. But what if your clothes dry sooner? Keeping your dryer running with already warm clothes is no good for anyone, including your power bill. Fortunately moisture sensors can detect when the work is done and bring the dryer to an early finish.
  • Various program settings: it’s a clothes dryer’s job to dry your clothes, but there is more than one way to do it. Similarly to how washing machines and dishwashers have different program settings based on how hard or fast you want them to work, the same is true for clothes dryers. Most will include settings for certain types of clothing such as wools and cottons, as well as ‘super quick’ cycles if you’re in a hurry, and anti-crease programs if you don’t fancy doing the ironing. Most dryers will also allow for delayed starts which can be handy if you have a flexible pricing energy tariff.

Be aware that the more flashy features you want, the more you’ll likely end up paying, which brings us to our next point.

Price

As one of the most basic appliances in your home, clothes dryers can be incredibly cheap. A look at Appliances Online shows that several vented dryers are available for less than $400, with a couple even costing less than $300. On average, consumers spend $599 on new clothes dryers, our latest survey found.

Brands like Simpson tend to be the most basic and cheapest of the bunch. At the other end of the PRICING spectrum, heat pump dryers can cost as much as $5,000, with the majority priced around the $1,500 mark. If it’s a top of the line dryer you want, brands like Smeg, Asko and V-Zug are worth a look.

The average life expectancy for clothes dryers is around eight years, our survey shows, which suggests that buying a new dryer should be given some serious thought as you might have it for some time. As a result, it’s best to look into all of your options to find the best fit for your household, and your washing schedule.

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*Prices taken from respective retailers, correct as of January 2020

Best Washer and Dryer Deals of 2020 – Our Top 7 Picks

Choosing a washer and dryer set is an unwelcome chore for many busy families. During the selection process, most people are simply overwhelmed by a myriad of options. Also, you don’t want to miss out on modern features, but can’t dismiss budget considerations.

Below we will list the best washer and dryer models of 2020 that are on sale. This review will highlight the cleaning performance of our top picks. Also, we will give you valuable tips so you can avoid costly mistakes. After all, it is essential to understand what some of your constraints are, such as available space and fuel type (gas or electric).

Let’s get started.

Best Washer and Dryer Sets of 2020

Washing Machine Types

At Designer Appliances, we represent 17 different brands. Our catalog contains about 500 various washers and dryers (approximately 200 washers and 300 dryers). The performance of these products differs when it comes to cleaning power, water usage, energy efficiency, capacity, noise, and vibration. The manufacturers do not even report many of these parameters. Moreover, marketing jargon can make the selection process puzzling.

  • Front Load Washers (High Efficiency, HE): Front-load washers clean better than the top-loaders. Wash times are longer, and they are far more gentle on clothes. Meanwhile, front-load machines use less water and spin at higher speeds. High RPM spin speed, in turn, extracts more water from your laundry and cuts down on drying duration (energy savings at the dryer). Front-load washers and dryers are generally stackable. You also can place them on storage pedestals to use them side by side.

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  • Top Load Washers with an Old-Style Agitator: These washers are relics of the olden days and cost less than their HE cousins. The wash cycle is substantially faster, but they are a water hog.

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  • Top Load Washers without Agitator (a.k.a. HE): HE rated top load washers are generally have a larger capacity than that of their agitator versions. They also use less water and spin faster for better drying performance.

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  • Apartment Size, Compact Washer and Dryers: This set of laundry is 24″ slim so you can place them in a closet, under a countertop or if you live in a single-family home, maybe even enjoy the convenience of the second set of laundry. These washers generally pair with ventless dryers. Dryers that feature a Heat-Pump system are at the pinnacle of technology and not only save energy but dry clothes faster compared to condensing dryers.

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7 Best Washer and Dryer Models

1) Best Overall: LG WM3900HWA

27-inch 4.5 cu. ft. LG Stackable Washer with Steam, TurboWash 360 – Full Size for Families

LG wm3900hwa Washer

The WM3900 is one of the most energy efficient washers in the market. It even earned the “Most Efficient 2019” badge from Energy Star.

Energy efficiency in laundry category usually means long wash times. Thanks to the TurboWash 360 technology, this LG can clean a 10 lb load under 30 minutes.

You can use the LG SideKick both as a pedestal as well as additional wash capacity for your delicates.

The WM3900 comes both in white as well as black stainless steel color. You can stack it with the associated steam dryer or use them side by side.

2) Best XL Capacity: LG WM9000HVA

29-inch 5.2 cu. ft. Steam Washer and Steam Dryer

LG wm9000hva Washer

LG WM9000HVA costs approximately $1,100 during promotional seasons. Excellent cleaning ability, energy, and water efficient, it has vibration and noise suppression technology from LG. Also, WM9000HVA incorporates all the latest wi-fi/smartphone integration.

Please note that this washer is a gentle giant with 29″ width and 5.2 cu. ft. extra large capacity (king size sheets and comforters are not a problem). The downside is you cannot stack it.

Another nice feature is that you can pair this washer with either a regular storage pedestal or a WD200CV “sidekick twinwash” pedestal which acts as a small washer to multiply your capacity.

Graphite steel color is trendy, and it helps showcase the laundry setting in your home. Due to the recent “tariffs” debacle, LG opted to focus on this color rather than using their quota on the “white” version of this product (this is our delicate way of saying don’t purchase white unless you can wait to receive it by next year).

The LG WM9000HVA pairs with either a large capacity electric or gas dryer with steam feature.

If you love LG but 29″ laundry is too big for you, you may want to consider the 27″ washer WM3500CW with 4.5 cu. ft. capacity. This unit goes for approximately $750 during seasonal promotions. It pairs with electric or gas dryers. This set does not feature steam. Consider WM3700HWA for the steam feature, still at 27″ – priced approximately at $850.

3) Best for Saving Time: Samsung WV60M9900AV

27-inch 6.0 cu. ft. FlexWash 2 Washers in One with Steam Dryer

Samsung wv60m9900av washer

A truly innovative product is the Samsung FlexWash WV60M9900AV. FlexWash incorporates 2 washers in one body. The dryer pair, as you may have guessed, is called FlexDry and has 2 dryers under one roof. Priced at around $1,300, this Samsung has the latest “smart” features, and connects to Alexa and Google Home. You can run two loads independently, and the “Super Speed” feature wraps up washing in 30 minutes without sacrificing cleaning.

At 27-inch width, this washer has an impressive 6.0 cu. ft. capacity. Keeping your front-load washer clean can be challenging but with the Self-Clean+ feature, the drum stays fresh and odor-free without using harsh chemicals.

Consider Samsung’s WF45K6500AW for a conventional 27-inch 4.5 cu. ft. stackable front-load washer. This washer features steam so you can remove stains without pre-treatment.

WF42H5000AW is the “doorbuster” model that Samsung is pushing this season for $599. Smaller in terms of interior space at 4.2 cu. ft., does not have the fastest spin speed or the steam action but if you are merely searching for a reliable no-frills laundry solution, this is a solid model to consider.

4) Best Fabric Care: Electrolux EFLS627UTT

27-inch 4.4 cu. ft. Electrolux Stackable Steam Washer with Steam Dryer

Electrolux efls627uiw washer

Regarding stain removal Electrolux gets the job done better than any other brand. EFLS627UTT is the flagship product. EFLS627UTT is stackable and comes with a large interior space. Its 15-minute express wash option is impressive and designed to handle lightly soiled clothes when you are in a rush. Price point after rebates is approximately $899 this season.

This season Electrolux offers washers that start and $649. As you go up in price for Electrolux washer and dryer you end up picking up features such as steam, faster spin speeds, express wash options, and more stain treatments.

PRO TIP – Make sure to contact our staff at (888) 714-4938 to inquire about unpublished seasonal savings on Washer/Dryers.

5) Best Top Load with Agitator: Speed Queen TC5000WN

Speed Queen TC5000WN Washer with Agitator

SpeedQueen has been the favorite of many families due to its reputation for dependability. It is the only American manufacturer that still makes (not just assembles) appliances in the US. If you want a no-frills machine that fills up the tub with water and cleans your laundry consider the Speed Queen TR3 a.k.a. TC5000WN.

Maytag’s MVWB865GW and GE’s GTW685BSLWS also get good press in this category, but we do not have in-depth reliability data on these products.

Do steam dryers eliminate the need for ironing?

Creases and wrinkles are the enemy, whether they’re on a bedspread, Monday’s clean white shirt or that nice pair of comfy sweats you’ve reserved for weekend relaxing. If you hate, hate, hate to iron, limiting your clothing choices to permanent press garments can get old after a while. Might there be a solution on the market? Is there a magical machine that dries clothes without wadding them into a crinkled, misshapen and distorted mess?

Steam drying is a new take on an old idea, using water vapor to tackle wrinkled textiles. Steam dryer manufacturers claim their products relax wrinkles, reducing the need for ironing. They don’t claim to eliminate the need for ironing altogether. You’ve seen the difference between taking a load of laundry out of a conventional dryer right away and letting it sit for a few minutes or more. Even if you’re speedy at removing a cotton shirt, say, it might not look creased, but it won’t look ironed either. To get that crisp, pressed look still requires pressing with an iron. For fabrics that are naturally less likely to wrinkle, the results are somewhat better, but independent testing labs like Consumer Reports haven’t found steam dryers significantly better than conventional dryers when it comes to removing visible wrinkles from clothing.

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Steam dryers are slightly more expensive than regular dryers, but they do have some neat features you may want to explore. Even though steam doesn’t get tough wrinkles out, it may relax them somewhat, making them easier to iron out later. If you’ve ever scorched a cotton shirt trying to press out the area around the cuffs or collar, a steam dryer may leave a fainter wrinkle that could be better than a tight, pesky one. Steam dryers are better at deodorizing laundry, too. Because they use high temperature steam, they kill more bacteria and can banish that smoky, musty smell on clothes that sometimes lingers through multiple washings. (If you’re really interested in killing germs in the laundry, look for dryer features like “sanitizing” or “antibacterial” cycles.)

Steam drying can make fabric feel softer, too. This could make your blankets, sheets, cotton undies and jammies feel more fluffy and cozy.

Steam dryers also do a good job of refreshing clothes. If you defer to the drycleaner every time you wear “good” garments, a 10-minute tumble in a steam dryer could relax and renew silk, wool and other fine fabrics enough to save on a couple of monthly dry cleaning bills. This may not make a steam dryer the wonder appliance you’d hoped, but it could make laundry day a little easier to tackle.

If you’re in the market for a new washer and dryer but confused if a steam washer and steam dryer are worth spending the additional $200-$400 per unit upgrade, then you’ve come across a great blog to help you make a wiser, more educated decision.

The majority of people in the U.S. have spent most of their lives using a washer and dryer without added steam and have had no problem getting dirty clothes clean and wet clothes dry. That is the whole purpose of a laundry set, right? As technology improves in appliances though, the benefits once missed, are now realized in this new category of washers and dryers. Maybe we have been accustomed to normal for too long.

To achieve true steam, you need to reach 212 degrees F. and most normal washer cycles only get up to 140 degrees F. In order start killing germs, you need to reach a temperature of 171 degrees F. and that is just to start! The only reliable way to kill germs and bacteria is to heat water to 212 degrees F.

STEAM IN WASHERS

Some mid to higher-end front load washers will have a sanitizing cycle that should reach 171 degrees (F) during wash time. If you are concerned about the quality of your machine’s sanitization, make sure that it either has its own internal water heater or specifically states in manual that the sanitation cycle does in fact reach that temperature.

Unlike water and even hot water, steam is hotter and can penetrate and open the very smallest pores of clothing. This works as a kind of prewash that is more effective than soaking, while speeding the process up and saving on energy and water consumption at the same time.

When the smallest pores of clothes open up through steam, deep down dirt and stains are more easily removed during the washing agitation cycle. In fact the best stain removing washers ranked by various companies all have steam as an option. There is no doubt that steam washers can beat non-steam washers in a head to head battle comparing their ability to remove stains and bacteria.

If you are thinking of upgrading your washer, I would recommend selecting a steam model. The average cost of a steam washer will be more than a non-steam version but is well worth it in the long run. Paired with the upgrade to steam capability, you’ll typically also enjoy larger capacity and additional wash options like a quicker wash times and faster spin cycles.

My recommendations are from Electrolux, LG, and Maytag and they are the following:

#1. Electrolux EFLS627UIW

In my opinion, this washer is the best value and best at stain removal.

#2. LG WM3900HWA

#3. Maytag MHW8630HW

STEAM IN DRYERS

Now that we covered the benefits of steam in washers, let’s talk about the benefits of using steam in a dryer. The purpose of a dryer is obviously to dry your wet clothes, so how would introducing steam into that process help? Steam in a dryer actually offers some valuable benefits.

SANITIZE, REFRESH AND DE-WRINKLE

Think about what you could do if you had steam in your dryer. Clean and refresh your bed pillows without washing them? It’s almost like dry cleaning! The steam in the dryer will penetrate the smallest pores through your pillows and kill bacteria, dust mites, help remove dead skin cells, and body sweat and oils that may have made their way through your pillowcases.

You could refresh that delicate blanket or comforter which is too big for the washer without the dry-cleaning fees! You can refresh your clothes that are not dirty enough to be washed and know that you have killed all the bacteria and removed odors. If you’re too busy too iron, throw that outfit in your steam dryer and the steam will help eliminate the wrinkles. Your kid’s favorite stuffed animals can be sanitized using a steam dryer as well. Many steam dryers also come with dryer racks so you can put your shoes on them and run a steam cycle without damaging the shoes or the dryer.

My recommendations for steam dryers are paired from the washers above:

#1. Electrolux EFME627UIW

In my opinion, this dryer is also the best value and best at using steam to its advantage.

#2. LG DLEX3900W

#3. Maytag MED8630HW

I appreciate that these new technologies can be a bit intimidating. I also understand the feeling and the unease in wondering if steam features are just a fad. We have seen steam in washers and dryers for quite a long time now, so I am comfortable in saying that steam will also be around for a long time to come. You are welcome to stop into Metropolitan Appliance and speak to myself, Skyler, or any of my fellow associates. We would love to show you our laundry selection and help you find the perfect steam washer and dryer that will work for your needs.

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