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Amana NED5700BW Dryer Review

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May 22, 2014
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By the Numbers

Here at Reviewed.com, we use the scientific method to form opinions on products—like clothes dryers. In the dryer world, it all comes down to collecting data on temperature and water removal. The Amana NED5700BW's price and design proved more impressive than its performance.

Sensors
Examples of the sensors we use to check temperature and humidity. View Larger

Normal & Delicates

To test the Normal and Delicates cycles, we wet eight pound loads of laundry to 1.7 times their weight in water. These test loads were placed in their respective cycles with internal temperature sensors.

At the end of the Normal cycle, test loads came out 93% dry on average and often still felt damp to the touch. The maximum temperature that our sensors picked up was just 148°F—good for clothes wear, but bad for timing.

The Delicate cycle turned out to be the most effective for removing moisture. Test loads subjected to this test cycle came out completely dry. The highest temperature recorded was around 108°F, which shouldn't damage any fabrics. The drawback is that the cycle took, on average, one hour and forty-five minutes to finish. That much tumbling not only makes you wait, but can lead to clothing shrinkage.

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Heavy Duty & Quick Dry

The Bulky cycle is the most tricky for many dryers. It's easy to get one side dry, but not the other. That's why a lot of dryers will signal you to flip your comforter mid-cycle. We wetted our test comforter to 1.5 times its weight.

The Amana NED5700BW subjected our test comforter to 164°F temperatures for 27 minutes. The end result was a comforter that was 68% dry.

The Quick Dry lived up to its name, lasting 13 minutes. On average, our four pound test load came out 46% dry. That's not bad, but not stellar either.

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.
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