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Electrolux EWMED70JIW 8.0 Cu. Ft. Electric Island White Dryer Review

Come one, come all, to see one of the most versatile appliances on the market today.

$1,214.10 at Home Depot
10.0 score Tested by Experts
  • The Electrolux EWMED70JIW is better than 98% of the dryers we tested.
  • It is better than 100% of the dryers we have tested under $1,500.
  • It is better than 98% of the dryer we have tested.
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Introduction

The Electrolux EWMED70JIW could be described as one of the top illusionists of the laundry appliance world. This machine—along with its matching washer, the EWFLS70JIW—is a challenge to use, but arguably worth the time needed to master it. It looks like a regular stackable dryer, unimposing with its white enamel finish and extensive list of eleven cycles. Upon further inspection, though, you'll discover that this machine has a full second list of specialty cycles that aren't visible on the selector, a control panel that uses a digital display to indicate which setting is being used and what options are available, and a push-handle door that makes for a rounded and smooth exterior.

One could argue that the lack of explicit detail on the controls makes this a difficult appliance to use. They would be correct: this machine had one of the highest learning curves we've seen on a dryer. It's certainly not a machine for those who want to keep laundry simple; there are plenty of more straightforward models for those that don't like lots of complicated features. Those who do like bells and whistles are in for a treat, though, as this appliance is not only about discovery, but is backed by some impressive drying performance that's both effective and gentle on your clothing. The manufacturer has a recommended price of $1549, which makes it one of the more expensive models we've tested, but you're definitely getting your money's worth. Online prices are typically at $1299, too, which means a sale is easy to find.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Design
  3. Drying Speed & Performance
  4. Drying Features
  5. Controls & Usability
  6. Conclusion