A clothes dryer can make your laundry routine more efficient and convenient. Some offer helpful features like a steam function to eliminate wrinkles or a door that opens in multiple directions for easy unloading and loading. We tested and researched dozens of clothes dryers and rated them based on capacity, smart capabilities, helpful features, and ease of installation.
Our favorite electric model is the Maytag Smart Electric Dryer because it has a generous capacity, offers 11 cycles at five different temperatures, and has remote programming. In the gas category, the best option is Samsung's 7.5-cubic-foot Dryer with FlexDry, a front loader with smart capabilities and a sanitizing setting.
Below are the best clothes dryers for a more leisurely, better laundry day.
Best Overall, Electric
Maytag 7.4 Cu. Ft. Smart Electric Dryer with Extra Power Button
10-year parts warranty
Not Energy Star certified
If you're in the market for an electric option, Maytag's MED6230HW Smart Dryer is our top pick for anyone who does a lot of laundry. Boasting a spacious 7.4-cubic-foot capacity, you'll have plenty of room to tumble large, heavy loads without worrying about your fabrics twisting together. You can choose from five different temperatures and 11 drying cycles. We're talking delicate, bulky, heavy-duty, and wrinkle-control—this dryer will adjust to your preferences, so you can throw in your clothes or bedding and continue with your day.
This clothes dryer also has the coveted extra power button. With a push of a button, you can elevate the drying power to make your clothes spin faster and minimize damp pockets in your items. In addition to a user-friendly control panel, this all-star appliance has smart capabilities, so you can program cycles and start and stop the appliance from the app on your smartphone. And it's available in white or a metallic slate color, so you can choose which option matches your laundry room decor.
Other notable features include advanced moisture sensing, quick-dry mode, and wrinkle prevention. While this front-loader isn't stackable or Energy Star-certified, it's an all-around excellent product. In fact, it's so good that Maytag backs it with a 10-year warranty on the motor and drum.
Price at time of publish: $1,049
Best Overall, Gas
Samsung 7.5 Cu. Ft. Gas Dryer with FlexDry and Steam Sanitize+
Not Energy Star certified
For those looking for a gas-powered dryer, we highly recommend the Samsung Gas Dryer DVG45R6100W with FlexDry. This Samsung dryer has a generous 7.5-cubic-foot capacity, offering plenty of room for your largest loads and bulky items like towels, bedding, and sweatshirts. There are five temperature levels and ten preset drying cycles to choose from, including refresh, heavy-duty, delicate, air fluff, and permanent press.
Samsung's signature Steam Sanitize+ mode promises to kill 99.9 percent of germs. The hot steam also helps smooth wrinkles and prevent creases. What's more, this smart-enabled appliance syncs with a mobile app. This allows you to set different programs, start and stop cycles, check how much time is remaining, and troubleshoot gas clothes dryer problems—all remotely from your smartphone or tablet.
Other notable features include a moisture sensor, reversible door, interior drum light, lint filter indicator, and three-way venting. Just a heads up—this clothes dryer isn't Energy Star-certified and only comes with a one-year warranty. However, it's still a stellar choice in the gas category, and it comes in three different finishes to blend in with your other laundry room appliances.
Price at time of publish: $1,099
Insignia 6.7 Cu. Ft. 12-Cycle Electric Dryer
Not Energy Star certified
The Insignia NS-TDRE67W1 12-Cycle Electric Dryer is an excellent choice for those on a budget since it's nearly half the price of our best overall picks. This dryer has a 6.7-cubic-foot capacity, which is slightly smaller than most modern options but still big enough for large loads and bulky items. As the name suggests, it has 12 drying cycles to meet all your laundering needs. This includes delicate, heavy-duty, wrinkle care, air fluff, and even an unheated mode for refreshing fabrics.
The front-loading design makes it easy to unload your clothes into a laundry basket. Not only that, you can switch the reversible door between left- and right-handed orientation. Other standout features include an LED screen, a moisture sensor, and a lint trap indicator. Though this dryer isn't smart or Energy Star-certified, it's still an impressive product, especially considering the affordable price.
Price at time of publish: $450
Electrolux 8 Cu Ft Front Load Gas Dryer with LuxCare
Sophisticated lint trap
No smart capabilities
Open to splurging on a high-end model with ample features? You should consider the gas-powered beauty by Electrolux (model ELFG7637AT). With an impressive 8-cubic-foot capacity, the drum is more spacious than your average dryer, so you'll have plenty of room (and then some) to tumble oversized loads, towels, bedding, and dryer-friendly outerwear.
Though it doesn't have smart capabilities, there's a lot to love about this energy-efficient dryer. The brand's LuxCare system calls on an advanced moisture sensor to prevent over- or under-drying your loads, while predictive drying gives you a more accurate time estimate. You can get rid of wrinkles with the steamer or use the quick-dry mode to finish last-minute laundry chores in 15 minutes. We also like that the sophisticated lint shield traps particles without making a mess, even when clothes are still in the drum.
Price at time of publish: $1,249
LG 9.0 Cu. Ft. Mega Capacity Gas Dryer with Steam and Sensor Dry
Not Energy Star certified
If you're looking for an extra-large dryer, check out LG's DLGX8101V Mega Capacity Gas Dryer. It measures 41 inches tall, 29 inches wide, and 31 inches deep (59 inches deep with the door open) and flaunts an exceptionally spacious drum. While it's on the pricier side, this front-loader effortlessly accommodates oversized and family-sized loads. With a 9-cubic-foot capacity, you'll have plenty of room for several towels, queen and king comforters, and multiple sets of sheets.
Considering how much laundry you can do at a time, you'll be pleasantly surprised by how quiet this machine is while running. The LED display and ultra-smooth dial make it easy to toggle between the 14 cycles and five temperatures. You can also control everything from your smartphone or tablet. Other standout features include a moisture sensor, steam sanitization, wrinkle prevention, child safety mode, and a reversible door.
Price at time of publish: $1,189
Maytag MED5630HW 7.3 cu. ft. 240-Volt White Stackable Electric Vented Dryer
No steam function
Stacking kit sold separately
If you need a stackable option, consider the Maytag MED5630HW White Stackable Vented Dryer. It's 39 inches tall, 27 inches wide, and 31 inches deep (51 inches deep with the door open). This front-loader has a 7.3-cubic-foot capacity. This is more than enough room for large loads of laundry without making a large footprint in your space.
With ten cycle options and four temperature settings, you can dry, fluff, and de-wrinkle just about any fabric. The extra power button allows you to easily add time or heat to your load without stopping and starting a new cycle. On the downside, this machine has no steam function or smart capabilities. However, this electric dryer stands out for its energy efficiency, quiet operation, moisture sensor, and wrinkle-prevention mode.
Price at time of publish: $999
Miele Classic T1 Series 24 Inch Smart Heat Pump Dryer
If you have a small laundry room and are looking for a more compact option, Miele makes some amazing compact dryers. We're particularly fond of the Classic T1 Series (model TXD160WP). It measures 33.5 inches tall, 23.5 inches wide, and 25 inches deep, with a modest capacity of about four cubic feet. This ventless dryer is also conveniently stackable, so it can potentially take up even less space in your room.
Though the drum might be small, it stands out for its honeycomb structure. This means you can expect gentler, more even drying with fewer wrinkles and creases in your clothing. The easy-to-read screen and smooth dial make it easy to toggle between the 12 cycles. Thanks to the built-in Wi-Fi and smart capabilities, you can also control it from your phone or tablet. It's on the expensive side, but it's worth the investment if you're looking to save space.
Price at time of publish: $1,499
GE 7.8 Cu. Ft. 10-Cycle Stackable Electric Dryer
HE sensor dry
Are you trying to cut down on your power bill while reducing your carbon footprint? The GE GFD55ESSNWW Stackable Electric Dryer might be your best bet. As an Energy Star-certified appliance, it uses about 20 percent less energy than its standard counterparts. Not only that, but the high-efficiency sensor dry feature helps prevent over-drying by continually monitoring the moisture of your clothing.
This design-forward clothes dryer has a handy flat top, allowing you to use it as extra counter space for folding t-shirts or laundry detergent storage. You can use the dial to choose from 10 cycles and five temperatures or sync it to your smartphone through the built-in Wi-Fi. The connected app allows you to start, stop, program, and monitor your loads from anywhere. If there's any downside to this front-loader, it's that the warranty is only a year long, but all in all, it's an excellent product.
Price at time of publish: $1,049
Best with Steam
Samsung 7.4 cu. ft. Smart Electric Dryer with Steam Sanitize+
Samsung's DVE55A7300E/A3 Smart Dryer with Steam Sanitize+ earned a 4.6 overall score from our at-home tester. They loved that the built-in steam feature tackles wrinkles while killing 99.9 percent of germs. Our tester also liked the large capacity of the 7.4-cubic-foot drum, the moisture sensor, and the indicator light for the lint filter.
This handsome white appliance has a glossy black door and control panel, plus chic rose gold accents. It has built-in Wi-Fi and smart capabilities, too, so you can program the cycles from your mobile device. This front-loader is on the pricier side and has a slanted top, so you can't place detergent jugs or baskets on top. But if you're looking for a gorgeous dryer with excellent features, this is your dryer.
Price at time of publish: $1,199
Panda Portable Spin Dryer
No sink or drain required
Doesn't dry fabrics completely
Bucket not included
Need a dryer you can move around your home without calling a professional installer? The Panda Spin PANSP21W Dryer has your name on it. This budget-friendly laundry companion spins your clothes at 3,200 RPM to get most of the water out. This is similar to wringing out a wet towel with your hands, but much, much faster.
One thing to note is that it doesn't dry fabrics completely. When you pull them out, they'll still be slightly damp, at which point you can hang them up to air-dry. Where does all the water go? A gravity draining system and attached spout allow you to use it without a sink or plumbing. Just set a small bucket or basin (not included) under the spout to collect the water. At 25.5 inches tall and 16 inches in diameter, it's notably compact too.
The best overall electric model is the Maytag Smart Electric Dryer, a top-loader with a generous capacity, 11 cycles, five temperatures, an advanced moisture sensor, and remote programming. In the gas category, the best option is Samsung's 7.5-cubic-foot Dryer with FlexDry, a smart-enabled front-loader with a sanitizing setting that kills 99.9 percent of germs. For households on a budget, we recommend the Insignia 12-Cycle Electric Dryer, which has a decent load capacity, six sensor modes, and a reversible door.
What to Look for in a Clothes Dryer
Clothes dryers are either powered by electricity or gas. The best option for your household depends on your budget and where you're installing the appliance. Depending on the brand, a gas dryer can cost more than an electric one, especially since it requires professional installation. However, spending more upfront means your machine will be more gentle on your clothes and more cost-efficient to run, making it an excellent option for large households. In comparison, an electric dryer is easier to install and costs a bit less upfront but does require a 240-volt outlet.
The capacity of a clothes dryer is measured in cubic feet, and this number determines how much laundry you can dry at one time. Capacity can range anywhere from 3.0 cubic feet in portable units to nearly 9.0 cubic feet in high-capacity ones. The average capacity of a clothes dryer is 7.3 cubic feet, which can comfortably hold a king-sized comforter and some sheets. When thinking about which capacity works best for you, consider the size of your washer. A full load in a 5.2-cubic-foot washer can easily fit into a 7.3-cubic-foot dryer and won't come out damp.
Like washers, clothes dryers can have a steam function that helps reduce wrinkles and sanitize your clothes. In models with this function, steam is released into the drum during the cycle, adding moisture to the fabrics. Although this function adds moisture, it doesn't delay the drying process and ultimately leaves your clothes feeling fresher. A steam function is usually found in pricier models but can be helpful if you want to freshen clothes quickly without running an entire cycle.
A dual-opening door allows you to access your dryer in two ways: opening the door hamper-style or swinging the door to the side. This feature is convenient if you don't have a matching washer and dryer set or if you have an unconventional laundry room and need your machine to be flexible. This type of door shouldn't be confused with a reversible one, which you can install with a left or right opening.
Tempered Glass Door
Tempered glass keeps the door of your front-loading washer or dryer from breaking in a dangerous manner. Tempered glass, if broken, fractures into smaller, less-sharp pieces, so you won't have to pick up sharp-edged pieces of glass if the door breaks. Since this is a safety issue, it's great to have this feature whether you're opting for a compact dryer for yourself or a large one that everyone in your family can use.
How does a clothes dryer work?
On the most basic level, a clothes dryer works by using a combination of drum motions and airflow to dry your clothes. Now, the air circulation depends on whether your model is ventless or vented. If your model is vented, it continuously sources air from outside the machine, pulls it in, and uses either electric coils or gas to heat it. In contrast, if your model is ventless, then it'll pull in the air, heat it, and bring that same air through a heat exchanger to be used again.
How hot does a clothes dryer get?
How hot a clothes dryer can get depends on its power source. Typically, an electric clothes dryer will not get as hot as a gas clothes dryer. This type of appliance will take longer to heat up, too, because the electricity has to heat coils that'll heat the air. In addition, the setting you select affects how hot your dryer can get. On high heat, a dryer can reach around 135 degrees, and on low heat, this number decreases to around 125 degrees.
How do you clean a clothes dryer?
To clean a clothes dryer, you'll need rubber gloves, a glass jar, 1/4 cup of chlorine bleach, and water. To start, pull out the lint screen and throw away any lint that's attached. This should be done regularly, so your machine isn't at risk for starting a fire. Then, sanitize the dryer by mixing the bleach with one quart of water in the jar. Use a small towel to spread the mixture around the drum and interior of the door. To finish, run the clothes dryer on high heat, making sure to place a couple of old towels inside so it's not empty. You should also consider cleaning the vent ducts.
How long does a clothes dryer last?
Like a washer, a clothes dryer should last at least 10 years. You can extend your appliance's lifespan by properly maintaining and cleaning it. Before running a load, remove any lint from the lint screen so the appliance can circulate air easily. Every few months, clean the vent ducts and sanitize the drum, too. In addition, make sure to perform any needed repairs right away, especially if your dryer has experienced flooding.
How many watts does a clothes dryer use?
The number of watts, or energy, your clothes dryer uses can range from 2,000 to 6,000 watts. If you purchase an Energy Star-certified model, your dryer will use an average of 3,500 watts. Many factors go into measuring how much it costs to run an electric dryer, including the power source your dryer requires, the capacity of your machine, and whether it's vented or ventless. To find how many watts your clothes dryer uses, check your user manual.
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Theresa Holland is a freelance copywriter and product tester specializing in appliances, textiles, HVAC, and home improvement. Having recently moved into a new home that needed all new appliances, she is up to speed on today's most popular dryers, as well as different types and sought-after features. She looked at dozens of models, combed through buyer reviews, poured over the specs, and considered products reviewed by our at-home testers before landing on the final selections. You can find more of her bylines on MyDomaine, Verywell Family, and Byrdie.
Marisa Casciano is the large appliance expert for The Spruce and has researched the ins and outs of air purifiers, dishwashers, and more in the home space. She has personal experience with a Whirlpool and an Amana dryer. For this piece, she scoured hundreds of verified customer reviews. She also took notes on the information in user manuals for dozens of clothes dryers and thoroughly researched the units that can easily be paired with a matching washer, as well as unpaired and compact ones. Lastly, she read through third-party articles and checked out the recommended clothes dryers in person.