LG DLE2250W Dryer Review
The LG DLE2250W impressed us with its cycle and feature settings.
There's a slew of sub-$1000 dryers available on the market today, and yet the LG DLE2250W still managed to catch our eye. It wasn't for its drying performance, which was fairly strong and unusually quick, albeit a bit warmer than average. Rather, this LG impressed us primarily in its cycle and feature settings. Features like an Anti Bacterial setting and customized cycle memory aren't usually found on models with an MSRP of $799; having those options is a nice addition to the seven comprehensive cycles available on the LG. When you consider that retailers are offering this model for as little as $599, it becomes clear that this inexpensive LG is worth a close look.
Design & Usability
An LG with some flair
The inclusion of color on the cycle select indicator and the unusual control panel layout adds some flair and pizzazz to an otherwise average-looking appliance.
It may not be the flashiest model on the market, but this LG is intuitive and pleasant to use. While the controls appear somewhat complicated, they're actually really simple and straightforward. Buttons that are clearly labeled activate extra features, adjust cycle duration, and alter program settings the same as any other average dryer. The timer is also easy to read, though the drying stages on the screen next to it—as well as the indicator light reminding you to check the lint trap—may be too small for certain consumers to see without glasses. Also of note, the control knob feels a bit insubstantial, as though it wouldn't require too much force to remove.
Performance & Features
A timely worker with some high-end extras
The amount of useful features available is surprising for a machine with such a low price tag.
There are only seven main cycles available on the LG, but they're all quite useful. Few machines this affordable include an Anti Bacterial cycle, and options like Wrinkle Care and Damp Dry are nice touches.
The four sensor-based options cover all the primary clothing elements, though folks who want really specialized options, like Workout Wear or Wool, will have to look elsewhere. The manually-timed cycles may be a bit redundant, but they take the hassle out of sifting through the options of a standard Timed Dry feature: Speed Dry is for quick drying and small loads, while Freshen Up is LG's equivalent of a Wrinkle-Out option.
Five dryness levels and five temperature settings make this machine one of the more comprehensive that we've tested. Manually adjustable cycles can be set to durations of 20 to 60 minutes (in 20 minute intervals) using the large button on the control panel, but the More and Less Time buttons on either side of the digital display allow you to tweak that to suit your specific drying needs.
Lastly, we should note this LG's strong drying performance. Generally speaking, the DLE2250W finished its drying cycles in less time than we usually see. The Normal cycle was just under an hour, the Delicate cycle was just over, and the Bulky cycle—flawed though it was—finished in just under half an hour. While loads didn't end up bone dry, the fact that the LG DLE2250W performed as well as it did in less time than many other models is certainly to be commended, and a little moisture can help decrease wrinkles.
It's Worth It
When extras go the extra mile
On sale for under $600, the LG DLE2250W's pricetag belies its features and performance. Extra features—including an Anti Bacterial setting, a customized cycle memory, and five temperature and dryness settings—usually cost hundreds more. Temperatures got a bit warmer than we'd like, and some laundry loads needed a little time to air dry, but overall drying was very good. It's rare to come across such a feature-packed and capable dryer for this little money.
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