Whirlpool Duet WGD87HEDW Gas Dryer Review
Simple, cheap, and it's got a Sanitize cycle—what's not to love?
In 2014, Whirlpool released the first electric dryer to receive Energy Star certification. The Whirlpool Duet WGD87HEDW (MSRP $1,199) is the 7.4-cu.-ft. gas version of that dryer, and doesn't get a blue Energy Star badge. Of course, gas dryers are already more efficient than their electric counterparts—so we're confident in saying that it's still an all-around excellent appliance. And with most retailers selling it for just under $800, it's a good value too.
This Whirlpool doesn't feature lots of flashy extras or a comically long cycle list. In fact, it's really quite straightforward. The design is basic: It's a big white box with reflective, silvery trim on the door. The controls use green indicator lights that don't pop all that much, but are easy to track. If you want something more eye catching, it does come in a Chrome Shadow (read: gray) version—the 87HEDC, which sells for an extra $100. One plus: it's stackable with matching washers, such as the excellent Whirlpool WFW87HEDW.
Be sure to read our full review of this dryer's matching washer, the Whirlpool Duet WFW87HEDW.
You're definitely not going to snap this dryer up for its high-tech toys. In fact, the most exciting thing about it is the inclusion of a Sanitize cycle, as well as a minimally-used water hookup that powers one steam cycle and adds another option to the Wrinkle Shield feature.
No, what makes this dryer worth buying is its uniformly strong drying. Every cycle we tested did well, even our designed-to-fail Bulky test. Bear in mind, though, that every cycle we ran aside from Delicates was warmer than we're used to seeing. We'd recommend keeping the EcoBoost option active for anything but the hardiest fabrics, as it turns the heat down.
If you're looking to buy a laundry set that's not too expensive and you definitely want a front-load washer, this Whirlpool is definitely a great bargain.
For much more information, refer to our full review of the nearly identical Whirlpool Duet WED87HEDW.
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