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Electrolux EWMED70JIW 8.0 Cu. Ft. Electric Island White Dryer Review

Come one, come all, to see one of the most versatile appliances on the market today.

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Dry Cycles

Prepare to have your mind blown. At first glance, you might think this dryer has 11 cycles—already a rather large amount—in addition to the ability to save a customized one of your own. The Favorites / Specialty setting, though, hints at one of this dryer's biggest secrets: a hidden selection of specialty cycles. After activating the Specialty setting, consumers are granted access to an additional nine more. You have options that sanitize clothes for children, that dry pet beds and rubber-backed bath mats, that are designed specifically for loads made up entirely of jeans, and even a cycle that will heat up the dryer so your cold clothes that were left overnight can be warm and toasty for comfortable wearing or easy folding. The specificity is almost absurd, but is means this dryer is equipped to handle almost any load type that a consumer could imagine.

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The cycle knob pops in and out; here you see it in the recessed position.

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Customization

In total, the Electrolux offers seven different temperature settings. These range from Maximum Temp all the way down to Air Fluff. The user's manual states that not every temperature setting will be available for each cycle, only the ones that would be appropriate for each load type. The same is true of the five dryness levels: you'll only be able to choose from among the ones that fit the specific load type. If you do change the dryness level, however, the Electrolux will remember your preferred setting and revert to that as opposed to the original default. Drying time can only be adjusted for the Time Dry cycle, moving in 15 minute increments for a duration limit of an hour and a half.

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The digital display is easy to read, but four buttons that do different things depending on what is displayed there can be a bit confusing.

Additional Drying Options

Electrolux didn't stop after installing an absurd number of cycles into this machine, they put in an equally extensive number of extra features to make for even more complex drying combinations. First, the basics: you get a wrinkle guard and an extended tumble which can last up to three hours (it's essentially a long-term wrinkle guard. On top of that, the Electrolux has a port in the back that can hook up to a water supply, giving you steam-based cycles and features that include a generic "add steam" (meant to reduce ironing, wrinkling, and static cling) and a separate anti-static. You have options to reduce energy use, to sanitize your clothes or remove allergens using extreme heat, to stop the dryer when clothes are appropriately damp for line drying, and many more. There's a "My Favorite" feature that lets you save up to three customized cycles, so play around to your heart's content to find the perfect drying combination for your laundry's needs. And if the built-in features weren't enough, this model also comes with a drying rack.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Design
  3. Drying Speed & Performance
  4. Drying Features
  5. Controls & Usability
  6. Conclusion
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