Samsung DV50F9A8EVP Dryer Review
Consistent sensor-based cycles and plenty of well-rounded performance.
The Samsung DV50F9A8EVP (MSRP $1,199) is the company's newest flagship electric dryer, and it's one to keep an eye on. First off, it's got a massive 7.4 cubic foot capacity. That's so it can be paired with the 5.0 cubic foot WA50F9A8DSP washer, Samsung's flagship top loader and one of the two highest-capacity top loaders on the market. It also embraces a design aesthetic that pairs modern with a touch of retro-futuristic (think back to those cartoons depicting "the house of tomorrow" and you'll get the idea).
Few dryers can handle comforters and sheets as well as this Samsung, whose Bulky cycle made us do the Dance of Joy. Wait—that's not Bulky, that's Balki. Although no single cycle got our clothes completely dry, each one produced incredibly consistent nearly perfect results. That's great news for folks who like wrinkle-free clothes: a tiny bit of left-over moisture is ideal for easy ironing or letting clothes hang until they're smooth.
Design & Usability
Big, bold, and unusually retro.
This Stainless Platinum (gray) dryer isn't any larger on the outside than its competitors, but it certainly feels like it is: the door, specifically, is unusually tall, even though the drum opening is just a bit larger than average.
We were split when it came to the control panel. On one hand, the cycle select knob was smooth to use, had some attractive blue indicator lights, and an orange border really made the panel pop. The main controls featured easy-to-read fonts, lots of clear indicator lights to show what features were active, and the ability to customize cycle timing in one- or ten-minute increments.
The downside? Most of the buttons don't actually depress. They look like they're actual buttons, but there's no give when you push down, which felt oddly unsatisfying. Fortunately, we got over it pretty quickly once we saw how responsive the non-buttons actually were.
The most irritating element of this dryer was actually the lint trap, which uses a small flap to keep lint in place. Unfortunately, that flap tended to catch when we put the trap back in its place and made cleaning a bit trickier. It's a small gripe compared to the overall package, but one worth noting.
Performance & Features
Slightly imperfect, but consistently so.
One of the biggest gripes with have with sensor-based drying is inconsistency from one specialty cycle to the next. This Samsung, however, avoided that issue entirely: every cycle tested got clothes at least 91% dry, ready to iron or hang if not to wear. For the Bulky test, that's actually pretty darn amazing, as most machines never even come close to getting our large test comforter that dry.
Cycle lengths were consistent with the expected average, and peak temperatures were appropriate for each cycle. While the Normal cycle stayed a hair away from 100 percent dryness, a little bit of leftover moisture is actually ideal for folks who like to get wrinkles out of their garments, either through hanging or ironing.
As for features, there's a selection of 15 cycles to choose from—a generous number, indeed—with specialities in jeans, towels, sanitization, and more. Five dryness levels and five temperature settings, as well as manually adjustable range of 20 to 60 minutes, should please the laundry micromanagers out there. You can even save a customized cycle as a preset.
If you've got a load smaller than 7.4 cubic feet, Samsung says the Small Load Care will prevent your clothes from undergoing unnecessarily rough treatment due to all the interior space. The Samsung also comes with a slew of extra features, including several steam-based cycles, an anti-static option, wrinkle prevent, and a mixed load bell. What's more, if anything goes wrong with the dryer, you can download the Smart Care app to your smartphone for a diagnosis that should be quicker than waiting for a service call.
The Final Round Up
A darn good dryer, especially in another color.
Samsung's DV50F9A8EVP ($1,199) is the company's newest flagship dryer, a 7.4 cubic foot model that combines supremely accurate sensor-based cycles and enough customizability to meet the demands of the most persnickety launderer. If you need to dry comforters and sheets, it also has one of the best Bulky cycles we've ever tested.
The pricetag isn't bad, but you can do a lot better for the same machine. First, find it in a plain white finish (the model number changes to DV50F9A8EVW), which knocks the MSRP down another $100. Then, wait for a sale, and you should be able to find it for under $1000.
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