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Top 10 Rated Electric Dryers 2014

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Choosing between an electric dryer and a gas dryer can be a pretty daunting decision. But don’t forget that it doesn’t have to be. If price is your first factor when weighing the two, you are in luck. You can get a solid electric dryer for a fraction of what you will pay for a similar gas model. It may cost a little bit more with each use, but your entry cost is much lower. You’re going to miss out on a few key features, mainly steam options. But some higher end electric models have that as well. If you don’t even have a gas hook up, there are some pretty great choices for you too. We looked at 10 different electric dryers and rated them best on the following criteria:

1. Choices of cycles and temperature selections
2. Drum capacity
3. Ability to stack or use a pedestal
4. Sensor and auto dry abilities
5. Inclusion of features like lighted drum or steam drying
6. Price and performance

13 cycle selections
5 temperature settings
120/240 volts
38.75” H x 27” W x 31” D
7.4 cubic feet

This is one of the few electric dryers on the list in incorporate steam into the drying process. Many gas dryers utilize this feature to help reduce wrinkles…read more


9 cycle selections
6 temperature settings
120/140 volts
36” H x 27” W x 29” D
6.7 cubic feet

This electric dryer has a number of things going for it. First, it is important to note the number of temperature selections. If you are concerned about the temperatures…read more


13 cycle selections
3 temperature settings
120/240 volts
43” H x 29” W x 27.8” D
7 cubic feet

If you are concerned about the performance of your dryer, this is the one to go with. Maytag is all about using top quality parts in their appliances. This electric dryer…read more


13 cycle selections
4 temperature settings
120/240 volts
43” H x 29” W x 27.75” D
7 cubic feet

Whirlpool is a good name in the appliance world, and they don’t fail to deliver here. This is a great mid-range priced electric dryer that has all the options you really need…read more


7 cycle selections
3 temperature settings
240 volts
43.8” H x 27” W x 30” D
7.2 cubic feet

This is a much more reasonably priced electric dryer from Samsung. It has a decent selection of cycles, temperatures, and features to make it a very worthy purchase…read more


13 cycle selections
4 temperature settings
208/240 volts
42” H x 27” W x 28.25” D
7 cubic feet

GE has a mid-range electric dryer to throw into the mix with the GTD490EDWS. Households looking for a dryer with plenty of drying options as well as a pretty good sized drum…read more


6 cycle selections
4 temperature settings
208/240 volts
42” H x 27” W x 28.5” D
6.8 cubic feet

This is a step up from the 6 cubif foot Hotpoint model on the list. For a little bit of extra cash you get a nice selection of extra features in addition to the bigger…read more


3 cycle selections
4 temperature settings
220/240 volts
42” H x 27” W x 28.25” D
7 cubic feet

Fisher & Paykel have put together a very basic electric dryer that will serve the needs of just about anyone not looking for a top-of-the-line model. This has a generous drum capacity…read more


Roper RED4640YQ  7.5/10

11 cycle selections
3 temperature settings
120/240 volts
42.5” H x 29” W x 28.5” D
6.5 cubic feet

This electric dryer from Roper is close to the most budget-conscious selection on the list. For the reasonable price of $379.00 you get a pretty decent performing machine…read more


3 cycle selections
3 temperature settings
42” H x 27”W x 25.5” D
6 cubic feet

Hotpoint’s electric dryer is definitely the budget model of the list. It is stripped down to the bare basics of drying. You only get 3 cycle and 3 temperature options…read more


Dryers Buying Guide

The Best Features Look for in an Electric Dryer

Shopping for a new electric dryer can be overwhelming because of the various cycle options and special features that different brands offer. The most important thing to bring to this process is knowing which features are going to be truly useful. It’s not helpful to pay extra for features you won’t use at all. Here’s a rundown of the best dryer features you should look for.

Moisture sensors

This feature is included in a lot of new dryers and it works exceptionally well for the most part. Dryers in the past have included this feature but most of the time clothes still came out damp. New models have fixed this problem with sensors in the drum that detect moisture levels in the clothes and adjust the temperature and time of the cycle accordingly. The dryer shuts off automatically when the clothes are dry, which means no energy is wasted and your clothes aren’t subjected to overheating, which damages fabric.

Interior light

A light inside the drum is so useful when you’re digging around for every last sock, so you’d be surprised that some models don’t include it.

Adjustable temperature

Different fabrics require different temperatures to dry properly without damage. High temperatures are fine for white, preshrunk items, but lower temperatures should be used for your delicate items and colorful garments.

Extended tumble

An extended tumble feature ensures that clothes come out of the dryer completely wrinkled if they have to sit for longer than they need to after the cycle is complete. An extended tumble feature periodically tosses the clothes around without heat just to keep them fresh and de-wrinkled.

Lint filter indicator

If you’re bad about remembering to clean the lint filter, an indicator is a handy feature that will remind you. A clogged filter greatly impedes the drying process and poses a fire risk.

Drying rack

A convenient accessory that you attach to the inside of the drum, a drying rack keeps clunky items like sneakers from tumbling around in the dryer.

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