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LG DLEY1201V Dryer Review

This LG dryer may be small, but it makes short work of bulky comforters

December 03, 2013
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The LG DLEY1201V (MSRP $899.99 in platinum, $799.99 for the white DLEY1201W) is a dryer that does laundry well at both ends of the spectrum. It excels at specialty cycles like Bulky and Delicates, and performance on Normal was just about average. That makes it a good deal for dryers in this price class, and puts it ahead of the lower-priced LG DLE1101W which lacks a dedicated Bulky/Bedding cycle. Slick curves, plenty of features, and fast cycles make this small dryer a heavy-weight contender in the fight for dryer dominance.

Design & Usability

It looks like a recycling bin with a solar panel.

When I first unboxed the DLEY1201V, I thought it had a bit of a retro-futurist vibe: There are no sharp corners, and even the top has a slope. Unlike most top-control dryers sold in the US, the controls are set up at the front of the machine rather than mounted in the rear. It's a popular design in Asia and parts of Europe.

In theory, that makes the controls easier to read and use. That's true for the WT1201CV—the DLEY1201V's accompanying top-loading washer—since the controls are actually in front of the door, leaving them accessible even when the washer is open. Like most American dryers, though, the door on the DLEY1201V is on the front of the machine, so the controls are always visible either way. Still, for symmetry’s sake, it’s a good design.

Because it would clash with the sleek design, the DLEY120V lacks a dial. Cycles are selected by pressing a single button, and you have to push it multiple times in order to shuffle through the 12 cycles.

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Performance & Features

Good grasp of the fundamentals

The Delicates and Bedding cycles really impressed us. Dryers usually struggle with these, but this LG really shone. The Delicates cycle kept temperatures low and managed to mostly dry our test laundry. The Bedding cycle also got our test comforter nearly dry in one go. That's quite a feat, considering that it's standard practice to flip a comforter halfway through a cycle, or even run the cycle twice. To keep our results consistent from one machine to another, we don't do this, letting a single cycle run its course uninterrupted.

Hydroshield
Hydroshield: A coating of plastic around the entire machine helps deal with spills. View Larger

Although Normal got clothes to a wearable state, it wasn't perfect. The cycle took a little over an hour even though the manual estimates an average 41 minutes. We start to dock points if Normal takes more than 55. Marks are also taken off when temperatures get too hot, which damages clothing. Passing temperatures of 156°F, the DLEY1201V'S Normal cycle might prematurely wear some delicate fabrics.

The most notable feature on the DLEY1201V is its aluminized steel alloy drum, or steel that's been dipped in aluminum and silicon while still hot. It makes the drum highly heat reflective which, LG says, allows the dryer to use less energy. Other features include Steam Fresh and Smart Diagnosis. The optional Steam Fresh releases a burst of steam in order reduce wrinkles on up to five garments. Smart Diagnosis is a way for your dryer to communicate with LG customer service over the phone. The burst of data includes model numbers of broken parts so the technician will know what to bring rather than having to make two trips: one to determine a problem, and a second to come back with the parts needed to fix it.

For in-depth performance information, please visit the Science Page.

Conclusion

LG Front
The front of the DLEY1201V View Larger

No Grand Slam, but it covers all the bases.

The LG DLEY1201V is an odd-looking dryer that impressed us with high-end features and exceptional performance on specialty cycles.

In fact, none of the test cycles disappointed us. Bulky/Bedding finished in an hour and managed to get our test comforter mostly dry, and Delicates kept our fabrics cool. While it may have a different shape than what you're used to, don't judge a washer by its control panel. With an MSRP of $899.99 ($799.99 for the white version), it's a solid buy.

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