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Fisher & Paykel EcoSmart DE62T27DW2 Review

A spartan dryer that only catches the eye due to its rare top-loading design.

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Introduction

Hailing from New Zealand, the Fisher & Paykel DE62T27DW2 is quite the interesting appliance. Like the Fisher & Paykel SmartLoad DE62T27GW2, it's a top-loading dryer, something that is almost never seen. Its different approach to drying is a good one, too—most of our tests got clothes completely dry, or near to it. Do we recommend this Kiwi dryer? The answer is a resounding "yiss."

However, marching to the spin of a different drum doesn't necessarily mean the whole appliance is funky and fun to use. The controls are rather hard to handle, and some options that consumers consider standard these days—like a countdown timer—are missing. Luckily, this odd take on dryer technology isn't all that expensive. While it's available online for over $1000, we managed to find sale prices as low as $795.

Design & Usability

Does odd design mean odd handling too?

The Fisher & Paykel DE62T27DW2 is a completely white top-loading dryer which—surprise, surprise—isn't stackable. Its lightweight plastic lid is textured and therefore resistant to scratches and stains. Beneath, there is a second internal door, which seals into place to close the internal drum when the dryer is in use. Therefore, if you need to pause the dryer to fetch something, you have to wait for the drum to reset and the internal door to open, which takes about 10 seconds. The lint trap is completely different, too. Instead of a screen, it's an easy-to-empty, clear, plastic bucket located on the left wall of the interior drum, which is made with bright, stainless steel.

Handling requires a bit of explanation, because the dryer itself is very easy to use, but the controls can take a while to get the hang of. One you get accustomed to the fact that Timed Dry isn't a separate cycle on this machine, but instead an option to be used on other cycles, you're exponentially closer to mastering it. The fact that temperature control isn't an adjustable feature makes the layout a little frustrating, because any sort of customized drying involves hitting all the preset cycle buttons until you find the programmed temperature that you want. However, the buttons themselves are easy to read and the pictures are clear, so if you're okay with using the preset settings, this machine is a whiz to use—just push the button for the setting you want, close the lid, hit Start, and walk away.

Performance & Features

The unusual top-loading design lends no apparent advantage or disadvantage

The Fisher & Paykel places more of an emphasis on preset cycles than on user customization. While it covers most of the basics, some normally-seen features on other dryers are missing here.

Standard cycles like Regular, Delicate, and Bulky, are substituted by what Fisher & Paykel call Sheets, Air Dry, and Easy Iron. Beyond these, the Fisher & Paykel somewhat drops the ball. The preset cycles offer different temperature settings, so you can either run them normally using the Auto-Sensor to determine when clothes are done, or turn the sensor off and run a cycle for 20, 40, or 80 minutes in lieu of a separate Timed Dry feature. Like the menu at In-N-Out, there are secret settings that you can unlock by pressing keys simultaneously. Make sure to read the owner's manual to figure out what those options are.

Now, for the most glaring issue—the inability to adjust temperature. Tweet It

On that note, we should mention too that unfortunately, the Timed Dry feature (note: not Timed Dry "_Cycle_") is only available for three durations: 20, 40, and 80 minutes. Beyond that, cycle duration can only be affected by stopping the dryer before it's finished. With the Auto Sensor off, you also have different options for the final dampness level, but that's all. Now, for the most glaring issue—the inability to adjust temperature. You can only choose from the preset options, which have all been programed for certain temperature settings. In order to dry something at a specific temperature that isn't the norm for a particular preset cycle, you have to sift through all the options to find which one has been calibrated for the heat level you want—an annoying hassle, to say the least. At least there is a Wrinkle Free feature though, which tumbles clothes after the cycle has concluded in order to minimize crinkles.

Okay, on to the really important question: Will this machine effectively dry your laundry? Yes and no. Performance was just alright, as both the Normal and Delicate cycles completely dried laundry in a timely fashion—though both got pretty hot—while Bulky and Quick cycle tests failed to entirely finish the job. Just because this machine is different doesn't necessarily mean it's any better than its more conventional competition.

Conclusion

A spartan dryer that only catches the eye due to its rare top-loading design.

If you can't find sale prices, frankly, it's just not worth it. Tweet It

Get past the novelty of seeing a top-loading dryer and it's apparent that the Fisher & Paykel DE62T27DW2 really isn't all that spectacular. It did better than average...but just barely. In fact, it's less useful than a regular dryer, because controls are painfully limited, there's no separate Timed Dry feature, and the user has no ability to adjust the temperature control. These basic features are almost considered standard these days, so their absence on this machine is painfully noticeable.

Drying performance is, alas, just average. Retailers sell this machine for anywhere from $795 to over $1000. If you can't find sale prices, frankly, it's just not worth it. Discounts, however, make this a machine a fairly decent buy, so if you find it for less, it could at least add some novelty to a somewhat mundane chore.

Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.
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