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The Steam Dryer - How It Works, and Who Makes the Best

Posted by Todd Buehler on Jan 17, 2019 10:00:00 AM
Todd Buehler

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Are you in the market for a steam dryer and looking for a great option? In this article, we'll delve into steam and discuss one of the best selling steam cycle dryer models out there.  

Steam cycles are very useful in dryers, and have been around since the late 2000s. They can be used to freshen up items that are clean but may have been stored for a long time or worn just once. They can also be used to eliminate wrinkles and odors during drying cycles. Steam washers tend to focus on stain removal, wrinkle reduction, and sanitize cycles as well. Be sure to consider steam as an option when you are researching new dryers - and check out our dryer buying guide for more information on choosing a new dryer.


Why bother with a steam dryer? Steam can be used to sanitize clothes and even non-washable items like pillows or toys. It can reduce wrinkles and help refresh clothes that smell a little funky but are otherwise clean. Instead of hanging up a wrinkled shirt in the bathroom while you shower, you could pop it into the dryer to quickly reduce the wrinkles for easier ironing! A steam option in your dryer can also be useful if your wardrobe includes fabrics that are especially prone to wrinkles, such as silk and other natural fibers.

A steam dryer doesn't have to require extra plumbing and it won't greatly complicate the installation of a new washer and dryer: a Y-connection can hook up the dryer to the washer's water hookup. Some steam dryers don't have an external water hookup at all: instead, you have to fill a reservoir with water for the steam cycle option. Steam features are available in many mid- to high-end dryers from brands like GE Appliances, Electrolux, Samsung, LG, and Maytag.


A Steam Dryer Might Be For You If...

  • You hate the chore of ironing and value time-saving features in your appliances

  • You have a lot of clothes prone to wrinkling

  • You want to be able to quickly refresh items in order to wear them again without washing

  • You want to be able to sanitize items in the dryer


Different models may offer different configurations, with individual steam cycles geared towards refreshing, sanitizing, or wrinkle release. Some steam dryers will also add light bursts of steam throughout a cycle as part of an anti-static option. Look for steam dryers that release a fine mist of water to avoid unwanted condensation in the base of the dryer drum.




Let's take a closer look at an LG steam cycle dryer that features LG's TrueSteam which penetrates fabrics with powerful real steam. This helps to eliminate dirt, odors, and wrinkles. 

The LG DLEX3570W is a top-selling front loading dryer (electric) option from one of today's hottest manufacturers - LG! If dryer size is a concern, this Energy Star rated model has you covered. This machine can help you cut down on the number of loads you do with its large 7.4 cubic foot capacity. It is both a time and energy saver.

The steam options include a SteamSanitary cycle for cleaning non-washable items like children's toys and throw pillows, the SteamFresh cycle for refreshing clothes, and a ReduceStatic option that releases light bursts of steam to prevent static buildup. The LG sensor dry system prevents over-drying, and the LoDecibel Quiet Operation technology means this dryer is a great option for open floor plans or laundry rooms near living areas. NFC Tag On with LG SmartDiagnosis makes it easy to troubleshoot any issues and even download custom cycles to your dryer. 

The upfront electronic control panel features a dual LED display with status indicators, a time remaining display, and a FlowSense duct clog indicator light. 


Cycles & Options Include:

  • 10 Sensor Dry Programs: Cotton/Normal, Permanent Press, Towels, Delicates, Small Load, Heavy Duty, Bulky/Large, SteamFresh, SteamSanitary, Download

  • 2 Manual Dry Programs: Speed Dry, Air Dry

  • 10 Options: More Time, Less Time, Custom Program, Damp Dry Signal, Wrinkle Care, Child Lock, ReduceStatic, EasyIron, Rack Dry, End of Cycle Signal

  • 5 Temperature Settings: High, Medium High, Medium, Low, Ultra Low

  • 5 Drying Levels: Very Dry, More Dry, Normal Dry, Less Dry, Damp Dry


Click here to read over 40 real customer reviews of this product!


LG DLEX3570W - $1,099 (Shown w/ optional base)

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This product is also available in gasmodel DLGX3571W pricing at $1,199. 


For more information about steam cycle dryer options and the entire dryer buying process, feel free to download our FREE Dryer Buyer's Guide. It is packed with information to help educate you so you can make a great purchase. We hope you enjoyed this article and will explore the variety of other blogs we've published on related topics.

Are you considering a steam dryer, or looking to replace your current model? Is your ironing board collecting dust? Leave us a comment below - We'd love to hear from you!


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Editor's Note: This blog was originally written in May of 2017 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy as of the publication date noted above.

Topics: Dryers

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