Blomberg DV17542 Dryer Review
No space wasted, no bunched sheets
Are you short of space? Want some European flair? Have we got the dryer for you. The Blomberg DV17542 (MSRP $665) is a 3.67 cubic foot dryer with 15 programed cycles. At only 22 inches deep, 23.5 inches wide, and 33.5 inches tall, this dryer is the ultimate space saver. In fact, in the wake of new UL fire safety regulations, it's one of the only vented compact dryers still on the market.
The trade off is that it takes a long time to complete cycles and has difficulty with large loads, which is exactly why this machine gets such a low score. Our tests are designed for how most Americans do laundry, but compact dryers aren't. Instead of a major laundry day, they're meant for multiple loads a week. On the plus side, if you do decide to dry a full load, the drum keeps reversing direction to keep laundry from bunching.
Yes, this Blomberg is currently one of the only compact vented dryers on the market, but it still does the trick if you have limited room, don't mind doing frequent small loads of laundry, and don't want snarled sheets.
To read our full review of this dryer's matching washer, the Blomberg WM 87120 NBL00, click here.
Design & Usability
ABC: Always Be Compact
Everything about the DV17542 feels squished together. There are 15 cycles crammed around a small dial. The start and stop buttons almost run into each other. However, the learning curve is pretty shallow. If you’re not a DIY kind of person, this dryer comes pre-wired with a four-prong plug.
The single best design element on the DV17542 is that it counter-spins during drying. This means that the interior drum stops multiple times in a cycle to spin in the other direction to keep laundry from bunching. Think about it: No more standing in front of the dryer untwisting knotted sheets.
Performance & Features
DEF: Drying Equivocally on Flextime
The Cottons/Regular cycle took between 1:38 and 1:43 to complete—a significant amount of time for a standard dryer, but not unreasonable for a compact machine. By the end, our test load of laundry was in a wearable state. Delicates also took around the same time, but laundry was still damp to the touch. That’s not a bad tradeoff considering it only reached a temperature of 95.2°F, cool enough to keep your delicate laundry in good shape. For more on how heat damages your clothing click here. This washer lacked a Quick Dry cycle so we used the 30-Minute Timed Dry. Since you’d have to run this three times to get every drop of water out, you might as well stick with the sensor based cycles.
If you’re looking for features, then you're looking in the wrong place. Anything that could have been a feature has been folded in with the cycles. For instance, instead of letting you independently increase the temperature on Regular, there's separate cycles for Damp Dry, Regular Dry, Regular Dry +, and Extra Dry. It's a question of lots of options with limited control, or fewer options with more customizable settings, such as with the Frigidaire FFFW5100PW.
For in-depth performance information, please visit the Science Page.
Before You Buy
GHI: Good for Houses Internationally
Despite it's low score, we're still cautiously recommending the Blomberg DV17542. It's manufactured for a European consumer base, designed to fit into a kitchen and be used multiple times a week. Even if it doesn't dry as well as the majority of machines developed for American households, there are plenty of American consumers for whom a smaller machine is ideal.
On the whole, the Blomberg DV17542 is a competent dryer. The Cottons cycle got our full-sized load of laundry completely dry simply by taking more time, and temperatures were cool enough to be gentle on our clothes. A lengthy cycle list counters the lack of controllable customization, and adds versatility.
If you buy this with the Blomberg WM87120 (MSRP $940), you can have a stacked pair that takes up half the space as a standard, American-sized washer/dryer pair. Keep in mind that the washer uses a European style plug that's meant to go directly into the 220V outlet found on the back of the dryer, not in a traditional American outlet.
Save space, save your delicates, and save a little money.
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