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The 7 Best Gas Dryers for 2021

Posted by Bob Allaire on May 28, 2021 9:00 AM
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Best Gas Dryers of the Year Whirlpool WGD8000DW Gas Dryer

Gas dryers are an ideal choice for many homes, offering lower operating costs compared to electric dryers with the tradeoff of slightly higher upfront prices. If you’re searching for a new gas dryer this year, you’re in the right place! We’ve put together our seven top picks for the best gas dryers of 2021 to show off just a few of the great options the laundry industry has to offer.

All of these gas dryers offer advanced sensor drying technology to save you energy and reduce unnecessary wear and tear on fabrics. Prices start at around $799 and range up to $1,199. Let's dig in! 


Table of Contents

  2. Frigidaire FFRG4120SW
  3. Whirlpool WGD7120HW^
  4. Maytag MGDC465HW
  5. LG DLGX7801WE^
  6. Samsung DVG45R6100W*^
  7. Speed Queen DR7003WG^

Models marked with a * are designed to match front load washers in terms of styling. Models marked with a ^ offer steam cycles and options.


3 Quick Tips for Buying a New Gas 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 ensures 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. Gas dryers tend to cost less to run than electric dryers (assuming you're running it on natural gas), but dryers can still be a major power-sucker. 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 or with package deals). 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 GTD72GBSNWS - 7.4 cu ft - $949

Starting off our list of the best gas dryers for 2021 is the GE GTD72GBSNWS, a 7.4 cubic foot capacity dryer available in white at $949 or diamond gray at $1,049. This Energy Star rated gas dryer is a great choice for energy-conscious households and can even be connected to Wi-Fi with optional GE ConnectPlus so you can control it through Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. 

This gas dryer comes with HE Sensor Dry to sense moisture levels and avoid over-drying clothing. Cycle options include Sanitize to reduce certain types of bacteria by 99.8%, and Warm Up to warm up clothes and release wrinkles. The LED display shows the estimated time remaining (although these estimates aren't particularly accurate in most dryers), and the glass window is another nice touch. A check vent alert lets you know if something weird is going on with the vent or lint filter, too. The aluminized alloy drum material isn’t as durable as stainless steel but is still a step above plastic drums.

If you’re considering smart appliances, the Wi-Fi connectivity option for this model may be a nice feature that you don’t have to commit to right away. The nice array of cycles plus the time remaining estimate display will help make finishing laundry a little easier!



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

  • 5 Options: Delay, Wrinkle Care, Damp Alert, ecoDry, My Cycle

  • Glass viewing window

  • Time remaining display and touch controls

  • Aluminized alloy drum

  • Optional Wi-Fi connectivity with GE ConnectPlus PBX23W00Y0

  • Energy Star rated



  • Height: 46"

  • Width: 27"

  • Depth: 30.5"


Click here to read over 440 real customer reviews of this product!






2. Frigidaire FFRG4120SW - 6.7 cu ft - $849

Next up is a value-priced model under $900 from Frigidaire. The Frigidaire FFRG4120SW at $849 is a nicely featured front-loading gas dryer with a 6.7 cubic foot capacity. With cycles for active wear, bulky items, delicates, and quick drying, you can choose the best cycle for each individual laundry load. Touch-button controls and a digital display provide an intuitive update to turn-dial controls.

The stainless steel drum in this gas dryer is a high-quality feature that makes it a great choice for people focused on durability. Stainless steel is the most durable dryer drum material available. It wipes clean easily, doesn’t chip or crack, and resists rust and corrosion. This is not the largest capacity dryer - it would pair best with a washer around 3-3.5 cubic feet at most. It's nice to see a dryer with sensor drying at this price point. Sensor dry uses a moisture sensor in the drum to monitor your clothes and end the cycle automatically once your clothes are dry, which saves you money and wear and tear on your fabrics. The most common complaint we've noticed in customer reviews, however, is that the sensor dry feature doesn't always get clothes dry all the way. It also does not have an internal light. Positive reviews note that it operates quietly and the controls are easy to use.

If you want a basic upgrade that can handle your workout gear, blankets, and other items with ease, this might be the best gas dryer for you, thanks to its solid features with a budget-friendly price.



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

  • 3 Options: Delay, Wrinkle Release, Favorite Cycle

  • Stainless steel drum

  • Touch controls with digital display and indicator lights



  • Height: 42.9"

  • Width: 27"

  • Depth: 30"


Click here to read over 155 real customer reviews of this product!


Frigidaire FFRG4120SW - $849

Best gas dryers FRIGIDAIRE FFRG4120SW



3. Whirlpool WGD7120HW - 7.4 cu ft - $1,099

This model is the 2020 updated version of the popular Whirlpool WGD8000DW. Whirlpool has decreased the dryer width to a standard 27 inches (down from 29 inches in the WGD8000 model) so it can fit in more homes, and you can now manage this dryer remotely with your smartphone, too. The Intuitive Controls are different than what you'll typically find on a dryer, so take a look at those before you buy to see if you like them.

The Whirlpool WGD7120HW has a 7.4 cubic foot capacity and is available at $1,099. It's designed, engineered, and assembled in America. This new model now offers steam cycles and options for handling static and wrinkles and a hamper-style door. Three built-in sensors help monitor moisture levels and prevent over-drying. This dryer also features four baffles to help tumble the clothes in a random way that keeps fabrics open and moving, improving the drying process and reducing tangles. Use the EcoBoost option to save energy, or try Wrinkle Shield Plus with Steam, which tumbles the clothes intermittently after the cycle ends and adds a little steam after an hour to keep wrinkles from setting in. 

This gas dryer would be a great choice for families with busy schedules that need to keep up on laundry, thanks to the smart connectivity. The powder-coated drum is close to the same durability as stainless steel. The control panel uses Whirlpool's intuitive controls and includes an estimated time remaining display.



  • 6 What to Dry: Regular, Delicates, Bulky Items, Whites, Colors, Towels

  • 6 How to Dry: Normal, Sanitize, Wrinkle Control, Heavy Duty, Timed Dry, Quick

  • 6 Options: Remote Enable, Steam Refresh, Wrinkle Shield with Steam, EcoBoost, Damp Dry Signal, Steam Options/Reduce Static

  • Tinted viewing window

  • LED display and touch button controls with time remaining estimate

  • Powder-coated drum

  • Energy Star rated

  • Lint filter indicator



  • Height: 42.75"

  • Width: 27"

  • Depth: 29.875"


Whirlpool WGD7120HW - $1,099                          

Whirlpool WGD7120HW Dryer


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4. Maytag MGDC465HW - 7.0 cu ft - $799

Another great option comes from Maytag. Maytag has been the go-to brand for the best gas dryers and other laundry appliances for durability and low repair rates. The Maytag MGDC465HW, at $799, is a prime example. Incorporating Maytag Commercial Technology and a heavy-duty motor, this washing machine is a top pick for customers who value dependability. 

The familiar rear panel dial controls keep it simple with five sensor dry cycles and timed dry cycles up to 70 minutes, plus four temperature options (Air Fluff, Low, Medium, and High) and a Wrinkle Control option. Wrinkle Control will tumble the clothes intermittently for 90 minutes after the cycle ends. The IntelliDry sensor helps you avoid unnecessarily long cycle times, and the powder-coated drum is highly durable and resists corrosion. In customer reviews, we noticed some issues with the door not latching well. You can also check out the Maytag MGD6230HW and similar updated Maytag gas dryers that have a well-made hamper-style door.

Some people prefer time-tested designs over all the bells and whistles. This Maytag gas dryer covers all of your basic needs while promising dependability for the long haul. And for even more peace of mind, there's a 10-year warranty on the drive motor and dryer drum. 



  • 12 Cycles: Heavy Duty, Timed Dry (20-70 minutes), Jeans, More Dry, Normal, Delicate, Less Dry

  • 1 Option: Wrinkle Control

  • Heavy-duty motor

  • Powder coat drum

  • Maytag Commercial Technology



  • Height: 43"

  • Width: 29"

  • Depth: 28.25"


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


Maytag MGDC465HW - $799

Best gas dryers Maytag MGDC465HW



5. LG DLGX7801WE - 7.3 cu ft - $1,199

The next model in our top 7 for 2021 comes from LG. 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 DLGX7801WE is available at $1,199 and has a 7.3 cubic foot capacity, plus it's Energy Star rated to save you money on utilities.

If you're looking for the best gas dryer with steam, this model's TurboSteam feature is worth a look. There are several steam-related cycles and options, including the Steam Refresh cycle that will freshen up a wrinkled, worn-once outfit in just 10 minutes so it'll be ready for another wear. You can use the Wi-Fi connectivity feature to start your dryer remotely and monitor the drying cycle so you can fold and put away your laundry ASAP. LG's EasyLoad door can open to the side or drop down like a hamper so you can load and unload easily.


See the EasyLoad door in action!



LoDecibel Quiet Operation is a thoughtful feature if your laundry room is near a bedroom or other living area. Overall, this dryer is richly featured and is a great option for people who want smart features, steam, and lots of specialty cycles!



  • 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

  • 8 Options: Damp Dry Signal, Wrinkle Care, Control Lock, Wi-Fi, Energy Saver, TurboSteam, Reduce Static, Remote Start

  • Aluminized alloy steel drum

  • SmartDiagnosis troubleshooting feature helps solve issues quickly

  • LoDecibel quiet operation

  • Turbo Steam technology



  • Height: 44.25"

  • Width: 27"

  • Depth: 29.5"


Click here to read over 70 real customer reviews of this product!


LG DLGX7801WE - $1,199

LG DLEX7800WE DLGX7801WE Dryer



6. Samsung DVG45R6100W - 7.5 cu ft - $999

The next model we'll review is a front load style model from Korean manufacturer Samsung. The Samsung DVG45R6100W 7.5 cubic foot gas dryer comes in white at $999 and is also available in platinum and champagne at $1,099. It has innovative modern features like Multi-Steam technology, Wi-Fi connectivity, and sensor drying.

With the controls placed on the front panel instead of on a backguard, you can use the top of the dryer for storage space or install it under a custom countertop. A vent sensor reminds you to clean out lint buildup and can even detect vent blockages! New steam options help to reduce wrinkles and static cling, as well as sanitize items and refresh an outfit. Check out our article to learn more about steam cycle dryers.

This Samsung option is one of the best gas dryers of 2021 for consumers looking for multiple steam settings and premium styling. It comes with a one-year parts and labor warranty and one year on the control board.



  • 10 Cycles: Normal, Heavy Duty, Bedding, Steam Sanitize, Steam Refresh, Delicates, Permanent Press, Quick Dry, Time Dry, Air Fluff

  • 3 Options: Wrinkle Prevent, EcoDry, Damp Alert

  • Multi-Steam Technology

  • Large round viewing window

  • Powder coat drum

  • Vent sensor detects blockages and reminds you to clean out lint



  • Height: 38.75"

  • Width: 27"

  • Depth: 31.5"


Click here to read over 15 real customer reviews of this product!


Samsung DVG45R6100W - $999 

Samsung DVG45R6100W Gas Dryer 



7. Speed Queen DR7003WG - 7.0 cu ft - $1,299

Last but certainly not least on our list is a gas dryer from Speed Queen. Speed Queen has developed an almost cult following of its products among consumers. Speed Queen is a mainstay of the laundry industry, producing both home and commercial products known for their durability and reliability. The company is over 100 years old and still focused on laundry! The Speed Queen DR7003WG, available in white at $1,299, features electronic touch panel controls on the backguard and sensor drying. It's also Energy Star rated and has a reversible door.

With a durable stainless steel drum and premium metal interior components, it’s no wonder that this gas dryer is built to last 25 years! The display will let you know how dry the clothes are and an estimated time remaining. The commercial-grade components plus design tweaks to maximize drying performance make this dryer a solid investment.

Apart from reliability, this 2021 version of the DR7 is also packed with premium features! You get Speed Queen's Over-Dry Protection, which uses an adaptive cool-down technology to avoid overdrying your clothes and to thus extend their lifespan. The Steam Refresh cycle helps make your clothes look and smell good, and Steam Boost helps avoid wrinkles. Another steam feature is the Steam-Sanitize option that adds the power of steam in killing bacteria. If you have pets, you may also like the Pet Plus option that will help you quickly remove pet hair in your items.

This gas dryer also comes with an industry-leading warranty of seven years parts and labor. It offers a good balance of customizable settings and helpful presets to help you quickly process each load of laundry. Make sure to check this model out!



  • Built to deliver 25 years of performance

  • 10 Cycles: Automatic Heavy Duty, Automatic Regular, Automatic Permanent Press, Automatic Delicates, Manual Time Dry, Favorites, Manual Quick Dry, Pet Plus cycles, Steam Sanitize, Steam Refresh

  • 6 Options: Extended Tumble, EcoDry, Signal On/Off, Steam Boost, Anti-Static, Control Lock

  • Selections: 4 temperatures, 4 dryness levels

  • Energy Star rated

  • Over-Dry Protection Technology

  • Electronic touch panel controls with time remaining display

  • 7-year warranty



  • Height: 42.75"

  • Width: 26.9"

  • Depth: 28"


Speed Queen DR7003WG - $1,299

Speed Queen DR7003WG Dryer


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That sums up our picks for the best gas dryers of 2021! From smart appliances like the LG and Samsung models (#5 and #6) to more basic but tough options from Maytag and Speed Queen (#4 and #7), you can try out exciting updated styles or stick to tried-and-true designs. Let us know which model you choose!

Leave us a comment below - We’d love to hear from you!


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

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