LG DLEX3470V Review
A rare product that performs as well as it looks.
Given the large number of cycles and features available on the LG DLEX3470V, a consumer might think this is a high-end dryer than can offer solid, top quality performance. In this case, that consumer would be correct.
The LG is a rare product that performs as well as it looks—not only do you get all the cycle variation, expansive control options, and extra features that are clearly visible on the surface, this appliance offers subtle, effective drying that can hold its own with any of the other top dryers we have reviewed to date. With a rather steep MSRP of $1199.99, all those strengths are both welcome and very much expected. Pro tip: You might be able to save some money if you buy this in white instead of fancy "Graphite."
Design & Usability
A few bothersome details mar this otherwise simple-to-use appliance
The LG uses a striking, graphite-colored finish that distinguishes it from run-of-the-mill white dryers. It's stackable, which means the controls are located above the door on the front. Instead of a dedicated water hookup, there's a pull-out drawer on the top left corner that allows you to add water for steam cycles. Inside is the ever-desirable stainless steel interior drum
The control layout isn't the easiest thing in the world to navigate. Once you get the hang of it, though, all those buttons will make you feel like an orchestral conductor leading a symphony of dry clothes. The controls have large, easy-to-read text, and the buttons are all very simple to use.
There are only two small issues here: First, the cycles all have a line connecting them to a corresponding dot that lights up when selected. Due to the layout of the lines, it's not always 100 percent clear which cycle you've selected unless you're staring straight at the controls. Second, you may notice in the picture of the control panel that the center is a little blurry. These selections are lit from behind when in use, and it's not the easiest thing to read. Small quibbles, admittedly, but still worth mentioning. At least the door is incredibly sturdy and easy to open and shut.
Performance & Features
A flood of features borders on Baroque while basic cycles execute solid work
Brace yourself—the number of options on this dryer will fry your brain if you're not prepared. The LG offers essentially every cycle you'll ever need and many that you'll likely never use. Beyond the plentiful basics, this dryer offers Anti Bacterial, Steam Fresh, and Steam Sanitary modes, plus all the customization options that so many customers have come to expect, like varying gradations of dryness level, temperature, and time.
As if all that weren't enough, the LG has more extra features than you can shake a box of dryer sheets at. The big perk here is the steam drawer. Put in water and not only can you use the two steam-based cycles, you also have access to a Reduce Static feature, which lightly mists clothes as the cycle comes to an end. There's also an Easy Iron feature, which claims to keep clothes at a uniform level of light dampness to make ironing easier, and a Wrinkle Care setting, which keeps clothes tumbling after the cycle is finished to prevent creasing. That's not all—there's the Damp Dry signal, the drying rack, and the child lock. Too many options to keep track of? Never fear—the LG has the ability to save one customized cycle for future use.
The LG DLEX3470V managed to keep temperatures down and drying quality high for almost every test. The Bulky load was a bit disappointing, but the Delicate cycle really impressed us, drying the contents almost entirely in a fairly timely manner—this is almost never the case for Delicate modes, and a sign that indicates that we found a rare model with a dry-sensor that actually works.
This LG DLEX3470V is much more than just a pretty face
It's almost impossible to find a perfect dryer. Usually temperatures rise too high, clothes don't get adequately dry, cycles take too long, the machine feels and looks cheap, or all of the above. We have yet to find a dryer that nails all of these traits as well as we'd like, but the LG DLEX3470V comes pretty darn close.
Few other dryers can compete with the level of performance and the range of options provided by this machine. A mind-blowing selection of preset cycles, customization options that go above and beyond the standard settings, extra features like steam-based functions and a drying rack—all of these make the LG DLEX3470V a high-end, high-quality appliance that performs as well as it looks. If only the Bulky cycle worked better, this machine would have a perfect report card.
The price may be a bit steep for some consumers - it's MSRP is listed as $1199.99. As of this writing, it's a fairly new machine, so sale prices may be hard to find. They do exist, though, as we found one available online for about $900. You can save even more if you buy one in plain white.
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