Researching a new dryer can be an involved process. There are many factors to consider, and size is one of the most important ones. Dryer sizes are wide-ranging, but if you have a large family or heavy laundry needs for some other reason, you may be looking for the manufacturer with the largest dryer capacity on the market. Look no further! (Or, if you want to look further: check out our dryer buying guide for more info on choosing a new dryer!)
We've analyzed large capacity dryer options across manufacturers and found two behemoths that may be just what you are looking for. The overall largest dryer on the market right now comes from Maytag with a special order 9.2 cubic foot traditional style model with backguard controls. LG is a close second with a 9.0 cubic foot front load style model (learn more about front load vs top load style dryers here). All dryers load from the front, but "front load style" dryers are designed to match a front load washer, usually with controls on the front of the machine and a windowed door, while "top load style" dryers have controls at the back of the machine and can't be stacked.
Let's explore these highly rated top-of-the-line models! Pay special attention to the dimensions if you're buying extra large washers and dryers because they can be a few inches larger in width and depth than standard size models. Make sure they will fit through your doorways and in your laundry space!
1. The Largest Dryer on the Market - Maytag MEDB955FW - $1,299
At a staggering 9.2 cubic feet, the Maytag MEDB955FW leads the market with a large capacity dryer that's hard to beat. The PowerDry cycle can handle heavy-duty fabrics with optimized heat and airflow, and the sensor dry system incorporates an additional moisture sensor to ensure your laundry is completely dried.
An extra fin within the dryer drum helps reduce tangling and improve tumbling as well. The door has a magnetic latch, so it closes quietly and smoothly. Indicator lights will let you know if there is good airflow or if you need to check the vent or the lint screen so you can keep your dryer operating at peak efficiency. Speaking of efficiency, this model is also Energy Star rated!
This steam dryer allows you to add small bursts of steam into various cycle options to reduce wrinkles and static on various drying cycles. The Sanitize cycle is another great feature for heavyweight items that you want to deep clean!
Made in the USA, this model comes with a 10-year limited parts warranty on the drive motor and stainless steel drum. You can pair it with the Maytag MVWB955FW 6.2 cubic foot top load washer to easily handle your large household's laundry needs!
Cycles & Options:
10 Drying Programs: Normal, Heavy Duty, Bedding, Sanitize, Steam Refresh, Power Dry, Wrinkle Control, Delicates, Rapid Dry, Timed Dry
8 Options: Wrinkle Prevent (Off/On/+Steam), Audio Level (Off/Med/High), Energy Saver, Static Reduce, Steam Boost, Damp Dry Signal, Drum Light, My Cycles
Click here to read over 75 real customer reviews of this highly rated product!
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2. A Close Second for Large Capacity Dryers - LG DLEX8100V - $1,499
Right behind Maytag at 9.0 cubic feet is the LG DLEX8100V, a front load style dryer with steam technology and some neat smart features. LoDecibel Quiet Operation makes this dryer a good option for open floor plans or laundry rooms near bedrooms.
How does LG use steam in this dryer? The SteamFresh cycle gives a quick 20-minute refresh to wrinkled or slightly smelly clothes that you'd like to wear again before washing. The Steam Sanitary cycle cleans non-washable items like throw pillows and toys with steam, and the Spot Clean cycle tackles stains and refreshes clothes right in the dryer. The Wool cycle is another nice specialty cycle to have as well.
A duct clogging sensor will alert you to any issues with airflow so you can keep your dryer running in tip-top shape. If you run into any error codes or other issues, the Smart Diagnosis app makes it easier to troubleshoot problems. This model is stackable and can be paired with the LG WM8100HVA 5.2 cubic foot capacity washer.
Cycles & Options:
14 Drying Programs: Cotton/Normal, Perm. Press, Heavy Duty, Towels, Anti Bacterial, Steam Sanitary, Steam Fresh, Jumbo Dry, Delicates, Wool, Spot Clean, Super Dry, Speed Dry (Timed), Air Dry (Timed)
8 Options: Reduce Static, Easy Iron, Rack Dry, Custom Program, Wrinkle Care, Damp Dry Signal, Child Lock, Drum Light
Click here to read over 45 real customer reviews of this product!
If you're curious, other close contenders are 8.8 cubic foot models from Maytag and Whirlpool, and LG also offers a top load (traditional) style 9.0 cubic foot dryer as well. Make sure to double-check the dimensions of the dryers you're considering with the widths of doorways and hallways in your home.
What features do you look for in a dryer besides XL capacity? Please feel free to leave a comment below. We'd love to hear from you!
Editor's Note: This blog was originally written in February of 2018 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy as of the publication date noted above.