Miele T9802 Super Large Capacity Electric White Dryer Review
The Miele T9802 electric dryer, along with other appliances made by its German manufacturer, won't be available much longer. Miele announced that this particular product line is going to be [discontinued](http://www.washerdryerinfo.com/News/Miele-Pulls-the-American-Market.htm#.UACPO3CI0Xw) in the United States. We got ours a bit before the announcement was made, and we're a rather disappointed that it won't be available any more. The T9802 proved to be one of the more effective dryers we've tested, with a stainless steel drum and lower temperatures that are meant to be gentler on clothing than what we're otherwise used to. It's certainly not the most intuitive dryer we've tested—the cycle names didn't quite translate perfectly into what we're used to seeing—but it performed just as well as anything else that's come into our labs, and the fact that it did so well at cooler heat levels is a big mark in its favor. The MSRP for this machine was $1429, but with the growing lack of availability, expect to see either big cuts or big boosts in price. If you find one with a price tag that has moved in the consumer's favor, definitely consider picking it up.
Timing is everything, and unfortunately we took our cue just a bit too soon. The Miele T9802 is an electric dryer made by the German manufacturer whose name is pronounced MEE-luh, and is part of a line that has just recently been discontinued in the United States. You may still be able to find these machines around, either from homeowners looking to sell online, at second-hand appliance stores, or at smaller retailers who already had some in stock. If you can find one at all, be sure to give it a good look. We got ours just before the retail halt was initiated; after putting it through its paces, we were impressed.
This dryer is unlike anything else on the American market: it doesn't have a slew of extra functions, you can't manually adjust duration or dryness level, and the cycle names don't necessarily mean what you're used to. Despite all that, this elegantly simple dryer has one of the more effective sensors that we've seen, using low temperatures to dry clothes gently and efficiently in the same amount of time as any average model. The fact that it's so gentle on clothing means you'll likely save money in the long run, since your clothes won't wear out as quickly.
If you're looking for a pair, we also found that this machine's mate—the Miele W4802—performed quite respectably, as well. It got an unusually large amount of moisture out on its own, so if you combine that with the low temperatures and effectiveness of the T9802, you'll have yourself a laundry powerhouse. With product availability dwindling fast in this country, the $1429 MSRP for the dryer could either spike or plummet: keep an eye out for a bargain, because this is a machine we're sorry to see go.
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