LG DLEX5680V Dryer Review
It even has a steam cycle for cleaning your childhood toys.
The LG DLEX5680V (MSRP $1,199.99 in granite or $1,099 in white) is packed with high-end features like steam, a dryer rack, and a 7.3 cu. ft. drum. But on the most basic cycles, it doesn't have the stellar performance to match all those extras.
Don't get us wrong: The DLEX5680V will get your clothes mostly dry, and it did fairly well with mixed and delicate loads. However, it also has slower than average cycle times, and had trouble with bulky items. For this many bucks, we'd like a bigger bang.
Design & Usability
LG makes it look good
Who can put a price on beauty? Turns out, most retailers can: it costs an extra $100 to give this LG a gray finish. Money aside, the LG DLEX5680V has an attractive shell. There are no harsh corners or angles, and everything is rounded off.
Judging by design, we'd give this LG a perfect 10 (or a perfect six if you're into figure skating). On the usability side, we're left scratching our heads a little more. Sure, everything is laid out functionally, and the user moves from left to right to turn on the power, select a cycle, and start the wash.
But there are so many additional options—including some that most people won't touch—and too many cycles crowded around a single dial. Sometimes it's difficult to tell what cycle you've landed on. And since the programing doesn't remember what the last cycle you've used was, you can't just hit power and then start.
Performance & Features
Good, but room for improvement
The LG DLEX5680V carries with it a steep price. However, you're getting quite a few features. Probably the most notable are all the steam add-ons, made possible by a refillable container that dispenses water from the top of the machine to feed the Steam Sanitary and Steam Fresh cycles.
A Steam Sanitary cycle combined with the Rack Dry option (no drum movement) is the perfect way to clean delicate objects that can't go into a washing machine, like old stuffed animals. The rack can also be used to dry shoes. We made use of it during the last snowy days of winter.
But on the performance front, this LG lagged behind other dryers in its price range. The Cotton/Normal cycle did remove all moisture from our test laundry. However, it took over an hour and still got pretty hot. The LG also had trouble with bulky items, and our test comforter was still pretty damp after spending an hour with the Bedding cycle.
Ultimately, this LG suffers from the old adage of being a jack of many trades, but being a master of none. Yes, it has 14 cycles, but the most popular ones don't outperform the competition.
For in-depth performance information, please visit the Science Page.
An attractive dryer with adequate abilities
The first thing you'll probably notice about the LG DLEX5680V dryer is its price tag. At $1,200, it's not the easiest to afford. However, a large family with children could really benefit from the sanitize options and giant drum. On the flip side, this dryer has long cycle times and has trouble with comforters.
If you're looking for machine that is full of features, has plenty of space, and does a decent job drying, the LG DLEX5680V may be for you. Otherwise, you can get a better performer for less money.
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