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The 7 Best Electric Dryer Models for 2020

Posted by Bob Allaire on Dec 5, 2019 10:00 AM
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Are you interested in upgrading your electric dryer for 2020? Electric dryers are a convenient option for homes and apartments that don't have easy access to a gas line and are the most widely sold type of dryer in the United States. Although electric dryers are generally less efficient to operate than gas dryers, new options on the market use sensors and other technology to help reduce their operating costs. You should consider an Energy Star rated electric dryer if you want to save money on utilities!

We’ve pulled together seven of the best electric dryer models from several different brands to help you explore some of the new offerings on the market. Some things to pay attention to are dryer dimensions compared to capacity to maximize available space, and to aim for a dryer with twice the capacity of your washing machine to hit that laundry sweet spot! (For more info on choosing a new dryer, check out our dryer buying guide.)

 

Table of Contents

  1. GE GFD45ESSMWW*^
  2. LG DLEX7800WE^
  3. Electrolux EFME527UIW*^
  4. Whirlpool WED7500GW
  5. Frigidaire FFRE4120SW
  6. Maytag MEDB765FW
  7. GE GTD72EBSNWS^

Dryers designed to match front load washers in terms of style are marked with a *. Models marked with a ^ are Energy Star rated.

 

3 Quick Tips for Buying a New Dryer

  • Cycles and options. Sanitize cycles are becoming more common on today's dryers and can come in handy when someone in your household is sick or if something unmentionable happened to some sheets or an item of clothing. Wrinkle reducing options are helpful if you don't usually get to your dryer right when the cycle finishes. Steam cycles and options can also be used to release wrinkles, refresh fabrics for another wear, and sanitize items. Having custom drying cycles for different fabrics ensure that you're giving those fabrics the best care possible, extending their lifespan!

  • Match the capacity to your washer. Remember that your new dryer should be 1.5-2 times the size of your washer. If you're only replacing your dryer right now but are planning on buying a larger washer in the future, buy a dryer that will match that future washer! Trying to dry loads that are too large in your dryer can reduce its lifespan, so matching the capacities is important. (PS: Don't forget to check the dimensions as well - larger capacity models have larger dimensions that may not work if your washer and dryer are in a closet.)

  • Consider an Energy Star rated model, or at least sensor drying. Electric dryers are one of the biggest energy hogs, second only to refrigerators. Considering that refrigerators run constantly while your dryer may run for a few hours a week at most, that's pretty crazy! Choosing a model that is Energy Star rated is easy to do when your budget allows for a mid-range to high-end model (and of course, remember that the retail price can be reduced by 20% or more during sales and promotions). The next best thing is to choose a model with HE sensor drying, since it's good for your clothes and your energy bills. Sensor drying monitors the humidity in the dryer drum and will stop automatically when your clothes are dry. The best type of sensor drying places humidity sensors in the drum - ask a salesperson to point them out to you if you're curious!

 

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1. GE GFD45ESSMWW - 7.5 cu ft - $999

First up is an electric dryer from GE. The GE GFD45ESSMWW electric dryer is available in dashing diamond gray $1,099 and in classic white at $999. This front load style dryer has 7.5 cubic feet of capacity with a stainless steel drum and is Energy Star rated.

This dryer offers a few steam cycles to expand what you can do with one appliance (read more about steam cycles in our steam cycle dryers article). If you ever forget your items in the dryer for too long, just run them through the Steam Dewrinkle setting and they’ll be ready to fold! The Steam Refresh setting is great for refreshing lightly worn clothes without springing for a full wash. This model also includes a Sanitize cycle that reduces bacteria on fabrics.

If you’re looking for the best electric dryer to maximize energy efficiency, this Energy Star rated dryer offers HE Sensor Dry plus Steam settings that can help reduce water use from washing. It’s made in the USA, too!

 

Features:

  • Energy Star rated

  • 11 Cycles: Quick Dry, Perm Press, Bulky/Bedding, Delicates, Cottons, Mixed Loads, Towels/Sheets, Steam Dewrinkle, Warm Up, Air Fluff, Time Dry

  • 9 Options: Steam Refresh, Sanitize, Delay Dry, Damp Alert, Extended Tumble/Wrinkle Care, eDry, 4 Temperature Settings, 4 Dryness Levels

  • Stainless steel drum

  • Sanitize cycle reduces certain types of bacteria by 99.8%

 

Dimensions:

  • Height: 39.4"

  • Width: 28"

  • Depth: 34.4"

 

Click here to read over 105 real customer reviews of this product!

 

GE GFD45ESSMWW - $999

Best Electric Dryer - GE GFD45ESSMWW

 

 

2. LG DLEX7800WE - 7.3 cu ft - $1,099

LG is a JD Power Award Winner for "Highest in customer satisfaction with dryers," so of course one of their products made our list! The LG DLEX7800WE prices at $1,099 and has a 7.3 cubic foot capacity, plus it's Energy Star rated to save you money on utilities.

This model comes with LG's TurboSteam feature - "Turbo" because it instantly generates steam. Several cycles and options use steam, including the 10-minute Steam Fresh cycle. Maybe you wore an outfit out to dinner and it smells a bit like food and is a bit wrinkled - you can wear it again after the Steam Fresh cycle! Steam Sanitary is another nice cycle for bedding and other fabrics. Plus, you can use the wifi connectivity feature to start your dryer remotely and monitor the drying cycle so you can fold and put away your laundry ASAP. Yet another cool feature is LG's EasyLoad door, which can open to the side or drop down like a hamper so you can load and unload easily.

 

(Have 9 seconds to spare? Watch our demo of the EasyLoad door!)

 

 

With LoDecible Quiet Operation, this dryer could be a great option if your laundry room is near your bedroom or other living area. This richly featured dryer is a must-see!

 

Features:

  • Energy Star rated

  • 14 Cycles: Normal, Heavy Duty, Bedding, Small Load, Anti-Bacterial, Steam Fresh, Steam Sanitary, Delicates, Perm Press, Towels, Sportswear, Speed Dry (Manual Dry), Air Dry (Manual Dry), Downloaded

  • 10 Options: Damp Dry Signal, Wrinkle Care, Control Lock, Wi-Fi, Energy Saver, TurboSteam, Reduce Static, Remote Start, 5 drying temperatures, 5 dryness levels

  • Aluminized alloy steel drum

  • SmartDiagnosis troubleshooting feature helps solve issues quickly

  • LoDecibel quiet operation

  • Turbo Steam technology

 

Dimensions:

  • Height: 45.25"

  • Width: 27"

  • Depth: 29.5"

 

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LG DLEX7800WE - $1,099

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3. Electrolux EFME527UIW - 8.0 cu ft - $999

Next on our list is a great front load style dryer from Electrolux. Electrolux is a Swedish brand and the world’s second-largest appliance maker, known for their quality designs. They really knock it out of the park with the Electrolux EFME527UIW, an 8.0 cubic foot capacity front load electric dryer that has a notably large capacity for a standard 27" width, plus a height that makes it work well for under-counter installations. It comes in white at $999 or titanium at $1,099.

This Energy Star rated model comes with Electrolux's exclusive Platinum Star Limited Warranty with three years of coverage on parts and one year on labor. The LuxCare Dry System uses a precise moisture sensor to avoid over-drying or under-drying clothes and comes with great features like Perfect Steam for releasing wrinkles and refreshing items, and an 18-minute Fast Dry cycle for small loads. The Extended Tumble option helps prevent tangles when handling bulky sheets and towels.

This Electrolux dryer comes with a lot of options: stack it, put it on a pedestal, or install it under a counter--the choice is yours! If you have limited space for laundry appliances, this may be the best electric dryer for you that maxes out capacity with a narrow 27” width. Explore our Electrolux front load washer reviews if you want to get a matching washer for this great dryer!

 

Features: 

  • 8 Cycles: Heavy/Towels, Normal, Activewear, Mixed Load, 18-Minute Fast Dry, Delicates, Time Dry (Up to 75 Minutes), Instant Refresh

  • 9 Options: 5 temperatures (including Sanitize), 5 dryness levels, Perfect Steam, Anti-Static, Eco, Wrinkle Release, Extended Tumble, Delay Time, Control Lock 

  • Energy Star rated

  • Largest capacity dryer for a standard 27” platform

  • Luxury-Quiet Sound System

  • Reversible door; optional pedestals and stacking kit available

 

Dimensions:

  • Height: 38"

  • Width: 27"

  • Depth: 31.5"

 

Click here to read over 320 real customer reviews of this product!

 

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4. Whirlpool WED7500GW - 7.4 cu ft - $899

Looking for an electric dryer that’s made in the USA? The Whirlpool WED7500GW at $899 in white or $999 in Chrome Shadow might be for you. It has a 7.4 cubic foot capacity powder coat drum and AccuDry sensors to keep track of moisture levels during the drying cycle to avoid over-drying.

The hamper-style door makes transferring wet clothes into the dryer easy by catching stray items and keeping them off the floor. An LED display shows the estimated time remaining. Touch controls let you choose from manual or automatic drying options based on fabric and more. Whirlpool's Intuitive Controls are split into two parts: "What to Dry" and "How to Dry," so you can customize the drying cycle based on the fabrics involved while making it easy to do so.

This Whirlpool electric dryer provides updated features and controls but doesn’t go overboard, making it a great choice for people who want to keep things simple. Note that it isn’t an Energy Star rated product, although sensor drying helps improve energy efficiency.

 

Features: 

  • 5 What to Dry: Cottons, Casuals, Jeans, Towels, Bedding/Bulky

  • 5 How to Dry: Normal, Quick, Delicate, Heavy Duty, Timed Dry

  • 7 Options: Wrinkle Shield, 5 temperatures, 4 dryness levels, Sanitize, High/Low Signal Volume, Damp Dry Signal, Drum Light

  • Hamper-style door with window

  • LED display for estimated time remaining

 

Dimensions:

  • Height: 39.7"

  • Width: 27"

  • Depth: 30"

 

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5. Frigidaire FFRE4120SW - 6.7 cu ft - $649

Looking for the best electric dryer under $700? The Frigidaire FFRE4120SW, priced at $649, is a budget-friendly electric dryer that makes for a simple upgrade from an older model. Electronic controls and a digital readout help you select from 10 cycles like Bulky, Active Wear, and more, and cycle options like Wrinkle Release and Delay Start. The doors are reversible for ease of installation.

This dryer is on the smaller side with a 6.7 cubic foot capacity, so it may not be the best option for larger households. It would be compatible with a washer in the 3.0-3.5 cubic foot range, which is large enough to handle a queen size comforter and suits households of 2-3 people. You can save two "favorite cycles" that you use often. The stainless steel drum and moisture sensor make this a great buy for a budget, although it's not Energy Star rated.

If you don’t need huge capacities or high aesthetic appeal and want to upgrade on a budget, you should check out this dryer. However, keep in mind that there are dryers of similar size with larger capacities, like the Electrolux model on our list!

 

Features: 

  • 10 Cycles: Normal, Delicates, Active Wear, Towels, Sanitize, Heavy Duty, Bulky, Quick Dry, Time Dry, Air Fluff

  • 7 Options: Wrinkle Release, Delay Start, 5 dryness levels, 5 temperatures, Control Lock, Chime On/Off, Favorite Cycle

  • Reversible doors

  • Electronic controls with digital readout

 

Dimensions:

  • Height: 42.9"

  • Width: 27"

  • Depth: 30"

 

Click here to read over 55 real customer reviews of this product! 

 

Frigidaire FFRE4120SW - $649

Frigidaire Electric Dryer FFRE4120SW

 

 

6. Maytag MEDB765FW - 7.4 cu ft - $899

Next on our list is a great electric dryer from Maytag. If durability is your biggest concern, a Maytag dryer like the Maytag MEDB765FW might be the best electric dryer for you! This dryer is available at $899 in white and $999 in slate gray, and has a 7.4 cubic foot capacity powder coat drum. The hamper-style door makes it easy to load and unload without spilling clean clothes on the floor.

A heavy-duty motor provides fast and powerful drying action using Maytag Commercial Technology to ensure a long lifespan. The drive motor and dryer drum come with a limited 10-year parts warranty to back them up! The brushed metal controls have an upgraded design that feels more high-end than dial controls, and the estimated cycle time remaining readout is handy as well.

Engineered and assembled in the USA, this Maytag dryer aims to be simple but effective, although it's not Energy Star rated. If you’re concerned about repairs and longevity, check out this tough electric dryer from Maytag!

 

Features: 

  • 9 Cycles: Normal, Denim, Heavy Duty, Sanitize, Bedding, Wrinkle Control, Delicates, Rapid Dry, Timed Dry

  • 3 Options: Wrinkle Prevent (Off, 60 min, 120 minutes), Signal Low/High, 5 temperatures, 5 drying levels, Damp Dry Signal

  • Maytag Commercial Technology with 10-year limited parts warranty

  • Brushed metal smooth touch controls with time remaining readout

 

Dimensions: 

  • Height: 41.75"

  • Width: 27"

  • Depth: 30"

 

Click here to read over 1,590 real customer reviews of this product!

  

Maytag MEDB765FW - $899

Maytag Dryer MEDB765FW

 

 

7. GE GTD72EBSNWS - 7.4 cu ft - $849

The final pick for our list of the best electric dryer models for 2020 is another dryer from GE, the GE GTD72EBSNWS. This front loading electric dryer is Energy Star rated and has a 7.4 cubic foot capacity, pricing at $849 in white and $949 in diamond gray.

This GE electric dryer features an aluminized alloy drum. Aluminized steel is a little different from stainless steel - it tends to be less expensive and is better at conducting heat. However, stainless steel is more durable than aluminized steel. Like many newer dryers on the market, this model also comes with HE Sensor Dry, Extended Tumble to prevent wrinkles, and options for creating custom dry cycles. It also has a Sanitize cycle and a range of specialty cycles for different fabrics.

This 27" electric dryer is a stylish upgraded model with tons of flexibility. Add the optional GE wifi connect module (sold separately), and you can remotely monitor your dryer with your smartphone and receive notifications when the cycle is finished. 

 

Features:

  • 12 Cycles: Air Fluff (Manual), Bulky/Comforter, Casuals, Cottons, Delicates, Jeans, Mixed Loads, Quick Dry, Sanitize, Timed Dry (Manual), Towels/ Sheets, Warm Up (Manual)

  • 7 Options: Delay, Wrinkle Care, Damp Alert, ecoDry, 4 drying temperatures, 4 drying levels, My Cycle

  • Glass viewing window

  • Time remaining display and touch controls

  • Optional WiFi connectivity with GE ConnectPlus PBX23W00Y0

  • Aluminized steel drum

  • Energy Star rated

 

Dimensions:

  • Height: 46"

  • Width: 27"

  • Depth: 30.5"

 

GE GTD72EBSNWS - $849

GE GTD72EBSNWS Electric Dryer

 

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There are a wide range of electric dryers available, from smart WiFi-connected machines to more traditional and basic options. If you're looking for a simple dryer that will get the job done, the Frigidaire model (#5) is worth a look. Looking for a dryer with steam options? Take a closer look at the GE model (#1), LG model (#2), and Electrolux model (#3)! The models from Electrolux, LG, and GE on our list are Energy Star rated products that help keep energy usage down. Consider Electrolux and Maytag for warranties that go above and beyond one year of coverage.

How fancy do you want your new dryer to be? Does a smart model like the LG model appeal to you, or do you like more traditional styles like the Maytag option? Leave us a comment below - We’d love to hear from you!

 

Editor's Note: This blog was originally written in January of 2018 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy as of the publication date noted above.

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