Electrolux EIMED55IIW Review
The Electrolux EIMED55IIW was frustratingly inconsistent.
The Electrolux EIMED55IIW is a mid-range dryer that has an MSRP of about $1000. There were some elements that we really liked and some we found disappointing. This machine had a great control interface and a steam feature, but not much else. It failed to dry clothes entirely, its door was a real trouble-maker, and some cycles took too long...but even so, we've certainly seen worse buys. At least this Electrolux maintained consistently gentle temperatures and—though loads didn't come out 100 percent dry, as we said—a couple came pretty close. The Electrolux EIMED55IIW's accompanying washer is the Electrolux EIFLS55IIW.
Design & Usability
The front of the Electrolux EIMED55IIW covers the basics: door and controls. Theoretically, you push in on the left side of the door and it pops open, so instead of a handle, this door has a button. An attempt at a hands-free solution, this solution falls short of success. More often than not, the latch wouldn't catch and the door would pop back open. You either need to slam it shut, or use a special door-shutting technique that—like any attack against the Borg collective—never seems to work twice. We definitely found ourselves wishing that the Electrolux EIMED55IIW would stop fighting us and just let us do our laundry...
At least the Electrolux EIMED55IIW has an easy-to-use set of controls. The dial has good grips, turns very easily, and clicks solidly from one selection to the next. Each setting around the dial has a blue LED to indicate your choice as well as a small icon that serves as a quick description of the cycle. The customization controls are also pretty straight-forward. We thought the EIMED55IIW had one of the better control interfaces.
Performance & Features
The Electrolux EIMED55IIW stands firmly in the middle of the road.
The Electrolux EIMED55IIW doesn't have the most cycles we've seen, but it does have more than enough for the average user. There are 11 different options available, including one "favorite" cycle that lets you save a customized set of options for personalized loads.
Users can set a specific temperature and dryness, as well as enable one of the following options: Damp Alert, Extended Tumble, Add Steam, Delicate Heat, Sanitize, or Chime. The Extended Tumble option is definitely nice for helping to mitigate wrinkles when you can't immediately empty the dryer, and the Add Steam feature provides a hands-off approach to ironing your clothes. Beyond this, this Electrolux has no additional drying options.
Finally, this dryer's performance results ranged from good to average, with the majority falling into the latter category. Its Normal cycle managed to do an almost perfect job, but its Delicates cycle took a lot of extra time and under-performed somewhat. The Quick dry cycle was fast, but not particularly effective; the Bulky cycle joined its fellow drying programs in the mediocrity society, also failing to dry clothes entirely.
Average performance, with a really awful door.
The Electrolux EIMED55IIW is a decent mid-range dryer that lacks frills but has better than average performance. We'd recommend checking out a floor model before you buy it to see if you run into the same problems with the door that we did. The other thing to keep in mind with the Electrolux EIMED55IIW is its performance, which was inconsistent. Some fairly satisfying results came out of the Normal and Delicate cycles, but it really failed to shine with the Quick dry and Bulky modes.
That being said, as long as you're using the Electrolux EIMED55IIW's good cycles, the machine provides a lot of quality for a decent price... but other dryers do this better.
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