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LG DLEX9000V 9.0 cu.-ft. electric dryer review

This dryer has steam, plenty of heat, and every cycle you could ever want

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October 02, 2017
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We were expecting a lot from the LG DLEX9000 dryer (available at AppliancesConnection for $1,615.10). Yes, it has a massive 9 cu.-ft. capacity, sleek looks, and profusion of cycles. But it does carry a substantial price point. Fortunately, after testing it in our laundry labs, we conclude that this dryer realizes its (enormous) potential.

Now, a dryer that's this pricey is not on many people's wish lists. After all, you can get a great washer and dryer pair for much less than that. But don't you wonder what makes this dryer so great? We certainly did!

Design

First of all, it’s huge, and has enormous capacity, so if you're thinking of buying it, measure to make sure you have enough space for it, and can actually get it through your laundry room door. But, assuming you have the room and lots of laundry to dry, you’ll find so many things to appreciate about this dryer.

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The LG 9000 has a hidden storage drawer on top to collect buttons, loose change, and all the other stuff that falls out of pockets during a drying cycle.

We see attractive dryers in our labs all the time, but this dryer’s Graphite Steel finish dazzled us. (It's available in white, too—the LG DLEX9000W, which costs about $100 less.) The door has a hidden handle on the edge, making the outside look even sleeker.

On the inside, a bright light illuminates the huge drum. The drum itself is angled slightly, to make loading and unloading more ergonomic, a nice extra. It’s simple to remove the filter for cleaning, because it’s located at the front of the drum.

Unlike most dryers, the control panel is located on the front, like its matching washer, the LG WM9000HVA. The large cycle selector knob turns easily, an LED light highlights the selected cycle, and the touch-sensitive buttons are easy to use.

The sliding door compartment on top puzzled us, until we realized it is the perfect place to stash the loose change and lost buttons that tend to show up in the dryer. You can probably stash a few dryer sheets in there, too.

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The LG DLEX9000 dryer with matching washer, in white
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The LG 9000 dryer and matching washer also come in white.

Features

This dryer offers many useful cycles. They're probably more than most of us would ever need, but it’s a terrific range of choices. For example, SpeedDry and SteamFresh were our favorites.

• SteamFresh is a great way to take the wrinkles out of clothes. This is perfect for those mornings when you’re running late—you pop a wrinkled shirt in, and in 10 minutes, it comes out smooth and dry.

• SpeedDry got our bedsheets and pillowcases completely dry in 25 minutes. With this dryer, you would never need to delay bedtime waiting for the linens to dry.

A safety feature, the Flow Sense light goes on when there is a problem with your exhaust system, not the dryer’s. This is a warning—if you see it, don’t use the dryer until you get the problem repaired.

LG DLEX9000 dial
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Give the dial just one spin and you'll know you're handling a very well-designed piece of equipment.

Although you can buy a drying rack for this dryer, LG doesn’t include one. That’s a disappointment—at this price they really should. Maytag and Samsung offer racks on some of their models. That's a small quibble, though.

Performance

We tested the LG DLEX9000V with 8-pound and 16-pound loads of laundry, wet to 120%, and a thick down-alternative comforter, and the dryer did a superb job. All clothes came out between 99.8% and 100% dry.

The Normal, Speed Dry, and Jumbo cycles reached 160°, good for killing germs, but possibly putting some extra wear and tear on the laundry.

The LG DLEX9000 dryer waits to be tested
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The LG DLEX9000 waiting to be tested in our labs, before we knew we had a new #1 on our hands.

The Jumbo Dry cycle impressed us. A 16-pound load came out 100% dry, though it took 2 hours and 6 minutes to finish.

This dryer's cycle timer could sometimes be misleading. For example, in one test, it told us that a Normal cycle would last 41 minutes, but our load took 75 minutes to run. Since cycle time tends to vary depending on the load of laundry, you may not find this to be an issue.

What owners say

Users rave about the speed, efficiency, and capacity of the dryer, and one review writes that it actually adds joy to laundry day. The steam features win high praise for removing wrinkles and sanitizing. None of the online reviewers say they like the smart app, and some take LG to task for not doing a better job with it. (In our tests, we found that the app could have some connectivity issues.)

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Taking a peek inside the LG DLEX9000V.

The bottom line

We get it—most people aren’t going to spend this much on a dryer. But if you want a dryer that can tackle the biggest, fluffiest comforters and gets the wrinkles out of a shirt effortlessly, in the time it takes to eat breakfast, the LG DLEX9000V is the one to buy. If you have a large family that generates tons of laundry, this model will get it all 100% dry.

If you'd like to look at a large capacity dryer that costs under $1000, the 8.8 cu.-ft. Maytag Bravos XL MEDB855DW is another top-scoring model. And it comes with a rack at no extra charge.

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