Samsung DV431AEP Review
The DV431AEP is an expensive machine with plenty of extras and options.
The Samsung DV431AEP is an expensive machine with plenty of extras and options. Its MSRP of $1399 is no one's favorite, but its attractive design and multiple steam options do a little to soften the blow.
We found that the unit wouldn't give up on a load of laundry until it was dry, no matter how long it took. That sounds good in a way, but the fact is, some cycles took hours—not minutes—longer than we like to see, especially on a high-end model. If you purchase this Samsung, be sure to look for it on sale. We found online discounters offering this dryer for hundreds less than the MSRP.
Design & Usability
A modern dryer with a straightforward interface
The front of the Samsung DV431AEP is a sleek, stainless steel facade. It would fit nicely into a modern setting. The controls are fairly intuitive. A dial turns between preset cycles while a set of buttons and LEDs are designated for control over customizable options.
Performance & Features
More than just good looks?
While the Samsung DV431AEP has quite a few cycles, it doesn't have that many customization features. The control dial turns between preset cycles: Wool, Delicates, Bedding, Towels, Perm Press, Heavy Duty, Normal, Sanitize, Time Dry, Quick Dry, Air Fluff, Refresh, and Wrinkle Away.
Customization options are basic and few. You can play around with the dry level, temperature, time, or volume of the signal.
The Samsung DV431AEP will get your laundry dry or nearly dry every time, but it'll take its merry time doing it. Cycles take anywhere from up to one and a half or even three hours to complete. Remarkably, the Bulky setting will remove water completely from a load and the Delicate cycle is one of the more gentle we've seen, in terms of temperature.
Time to decide whether this Samsung takes too much time
The Samsung DV431AEP is a good dryer. It has intuitive controls, a good array of drying features, plenty of steam options, and it gets laundry dry.
How long should a machine take to finish a cycle though? If during a Bulky cycle you can watch Braveheart in its entirety, something may be amiss. On the other hand, if you don't mind the waiting and would rather just avoid re-run loads, the Samsung DV431AEP may be for you. Be sure to shop around, though: we've seen this unit selling for hundreds less than its MSRP.
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