Best Dryers of 2018

By Staff

Although the vast majority of washers and dryers are sold in pairs, we know that some dryers are better than others. That’s because we’ve tested hundreds of them in our labs in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Dryers must do three things: remove moisture, keep temperatures low, and get your clothes ready to wear in as little time as possible. Many dryers do well in two of those three categories, but a select few excel in all three. Those are the machines that we recommend to our readers.

Sure, you could just pick the dryer that matches the washer you’re buying. But if you want to get your laundry dry without destroying your clothes or waiting hours for them to be ready, these are the best dryers right now.

NOTE: This list is comprised of electric dryers, but you'll find a link to our review of each dryer's gas counterpart (where available) below. Though gas dryers tend to be more efficient, in general gas and electric versions of the same product should function and perform identically.

— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.

Updated January 22, 2018

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The LG DLEX9000V isn't just gorgeous—it works better than any dryer we've ever tested. It doesn't come cheap, but it rocks best-in-class features, including steam cycles and a massive drum. It has no trouble with big items like comforters, and gets shirts wrinkle-free. Yes, cheaper dryers work almost as well, but this LG is still the best. Even though it's a big investment, we say its performance justifies the cost.

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Maytag Bravos XL MEDB855DW

With a lengthy list of cycles, top-notch fit and finish, steam, a huge 8.8-cu.-ft. interior, and excellent performance, the MEDB855DW impressed in every way. Its giant drum is perfect for handling larger loads, cutting down on time spent in the laundry room, and its drying rack is great for those items you can’t just toss inside and forget. If you're looking for outsized performance and capacity, look no further. See Gas Version or

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$989.99 Best Buy Buy

Maytag Bravos XL MEDB835DW

The best word to describe the MEDB835DW is "reasonable." It's reasonably priced and it dries clothes reasonably well. We only docked points because the Normal cycle ran too hot, and the Rapid Dry only worked on a small load. But its strengths easily outpace its weaknesses. The 8.8-cu.-ft. drum, combined with the hour-long Normal cycle, will help you turn laundry day into laundry hour. See Gas Version or

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$628.20 Home Depot Buy $629.99 Best Buy Buy


The LG DLEX3570W dryer is great at the basics, and it also has a host of useful extras that work. Yes, it gets a load of laundry 100% dry—but it also has quick cycles, and provides steam if you want it. It's affordable, too, and looks great whether you choose white or graphite. We only have two complaints: water for steam comes from a drawer instead of a plumbed hookup, and the smartphone app doesn't work well.

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$899.10 Home Depot Buy $899.99 Best Buy Buy

Electrolux EFME617SIW

The Electrolux EFME617SIW earns our unconditional recommendation. Broad and useful cycle list? Check. Customizable options? Check. Huge 8-cu.-ft. stainless steel drum? Check. And to top things off, it not only dries clothes, but dries them at cooler temperatures than almost every other model we've tested. And it's affordable, too.

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$899.10 Home Depot Buy