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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Dryers.(Product/service evaluation).

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Most of the dryers we tested were very good or excellent performers with ample capacity. Models judged excellent for drying were noticeably better than lower-rated units at leaving a load damp for ironing and for drying delicates at low heat. All except Estate by Whirlpool (30),Hotpoint (31),Amana (35),Admiral (36), Roper (37), and Asko (38) have moisture sensors; those six have thermostats, which we've found to be less effective than sensors at determining when laundry is dry.

Buying a pricier dryer may get you fancier styling, touchpad controls, a porcelain top, a stainless-steel drum, and extras such as programmability and numerous cycles--none essential in our view. All the tested models except the low-priced Roper (37) offer extended tumble, which is a useful feature for minimizing wrinkles.

The Ratings rank models by performance. Quick Picks highlights models you might want to consider based on how they scored and on factors such as price and brand reliability.

Guide to the Ratings

Overall score is based primarily on drying performance, capacity, and noise. Also factored in: convenience (not shown). Most were very good for convenience, though the Frigidaire (23), Ropers (33, 37), Admiral (36) and Asko (38) scored lower. Drying performance combines tests on various-sized loads of different fabric mixes, including cotton, permanent press, and delicates. Capacity is about 7.0 to 7.5 cubic feet for the largest models; all could hold our 12-pound load. Noise reflects judgments by panelists. Price is approximate retail for electric models. Under brand & model, bracketed letters or numbers are color codes. A porcelain top resists scratches, which can rust. A drying rack lets you dry items without tumbling.

Quick Picks

Spacious and superb at drying:

1 GE $500

4 Kenmore $580

Both are fine. The Kenmore (4) is not as quiet as the other but has rotary dials, rather than pushbuttons or touchpad controls, which may be less confusing for some.

Fine performer at a low price:

21 Frigidaire $310, CR Best Buy

Even at this price, you get ample capacity and the benefits of a moisture sensor, contributing to very good drying performance.

Modestly priced and very capable:

7 Kenmore $470, CR Best Buy

11 Whirlpool $400, CR Best Buy

For a little more money, the Kenmore (7) did a bit better with drying. It's also quieter and has a drying rack.

Expensive, but with unusual capabilities:

3 Maytag $1,200

Excellent standard dryer has drying cabinet for air-drying wet clothes and refreshing dry garments. Unit is twice as tall as a standard dryer and a few inches wider.


Within types, in performance order. Gray key numbers indicate
Quick Picks.

Brand & model Price Overall
Similar models, in small type, and gas Score
equivalent comparable to tested model.

Key
number

1# GE Profile DPSB620EC[WW] GAS: DPSB620GC[ ] $500 84

2# Kenmore (Sears) HE4 8586 8587[ ] 800 84
GAS: 9586[ ] 9587[ ]

3# Maytag Neptune MCE8000AY[W] 1,200 84
GAS: MCG8000A[ ]

4# Kenmore (Sears) Elite 6497[2] 580 82

5# Kenmore (Sears) Elite HE3 8482[1] 800 82
GAS: 9482[ ]

6# Whirlpool Duet GEW9250P GAS: GGW9250P 800 81

7# Kenmore (Sears) 6487 CR Best Buy 6488[ ]
6489[ ] GAS: 7487[ ] 7488[ ] 7489[ ] 470 80

8# Kenmore (Sears) Elite HE3 8483[2] 900 79
GAS: 9483[ ]

9# LG DL-E5932[W] GAS: DL-G5932[ ] 850 78

10# Maytag Neptune MDE9800AY[W] 800 78
GAS: MDG9800A[ ]

11# Whirlpool LEQ8000J[Q] CR Best 400 78
Buy GAS: LGQ8000J[ ]

12# Kenmore (Sears) Elite 6408[2] GAS: 7408[ ] 720 77

13# Whirlpool Duet GEW9200L[W] 800 77
GAS: GGW9200L[ ]

14# Whirlpool Gold GEW9868K[Q] 680 77
GAS: GGW9868K[ ]

15# Whirlpool Gold GEW9878J[Q] GEW9878P[ ] 530 77
GAS: GGW9878P[ ]

16# Bosch Nexxt Premium WTMC6300US $800 75
GAS: WTMC6500US

17# GE Profile Harmony DPGT750EC[WW] 1,000 75
GAS: DPGT750GC[ ]

18# Maytag Neptune MDE7500AY[W] 800 75
GAS: MDG7500A[ ]

19# Kenmore (Sears) Elite 6206[2] GAS: 7206[ ] 720 73

20# KitchenAid Superba Ensemble KEHS01PMT 1,100 73
GAS: KGHS01PMT

21# FrigidaireGallery GLER642A[S]CR Best Buy 310 72
GAS: GLGR642A[ ]

22# Maytag Atlantis MDE8400AY[W] 570 71
GAS: MDG8400A[ ]

23# Frigidaire Gallery GLEQ642A[S] 450 70
GAS: GLGQ642A[ ]

24# GEProfile DPXH46EA[WW] DSXH43EA[ ] 450 69
GAS: DPXH46GA[ ] DSXH43GA[ ]

25# Kenmore (Sears) 8407[2] GAS: 9407[ ] 520 68

26# GE DWSR405EB[WW] GAS: DWSR405GB[ ] 370 65

27# Frigidaire Gallery GLEQ942C[S] 450 64
GAS: GLGQ942C[ ]

28# Fisher & Paykel Smartload DEGX1 780 64
GAS: DGGX1

29# MaytagLegacy Series SDE515D[W] SDE4606A[ ] 400 64
GAS: SDG4606A[ ] SDG515D[ ]

30# Estate by Whirlpool TEDS840J[Q] 370 62
GAS: TGDS840J[ ]

31# Hotpoint NWSR483EB[WW] GAS: NWSR483GB[ ] 300 61

32# Fisher & Paykel DE08 GAS: DG08 440 59

33# Roper RES7745P GAS: RGS7745P 280 58

34# Miele Touchtronic T1303 1,250 58

35# Amana NDE7800AY[W] GAS: NDG7800A[ ] 400 58

36# Admiral LNC7764A[W] GAS: LNC8764A[ ] 325 57

37# Roper REX4634K[Q] GAS: RGX4634[ ] 200 51

38# Asko T701 730 48

Brand & model Test results
Similar models, in small type, and gas
equivalent comparable to tested model.

Drying Capacity

GE Profile DPSB620EC[WW] GAS: DPSB620GC[ ] [Excellent] [Excellent]

Kenmore (Sears) HE4 8586 8587[ ] [Excellent] [Excellent]
GAS: 9586[ ] 9587[ ]

Maytag Neptune MCE8000AY[W] [Excellent] [Excellent]
GAS: MCG8000A[ ]

Kenmore (Sears) Elite 6497[2] [Excellent] [Excellent]

Kenmore (Sears) Elite HE3 8482[1] [Excellent] [Excellent]
GAS: 9482[ ]

Whirlpool Duet GEW9250P GAS: GGW9250P [Excellent] [Excellent]

Kenmore (Sears) 6487 CR Best Buy 6488[ ] [Excellent] [Excellent]
6489[ ] GAS: 7487[ ] 7488[ ] 7489[ ]

Kenmore (Sears) Elite HE3 8483[2] [Very Good] [Excellent]
GAS: 9483[ ]

LG DL-E5932[W] GAS: DL-G5932[ ] [Very Good] [Excellent]

Maytag Neptune MDE9800AY[W] [Excellent] [Very Good]
GAS: MDG9800A[ ]

Whirlpool LEQ8000J[Q] CR Best [Very Good] [Excellent]
Buy GAS: LGQ8000J[ ]

Kenmore (Sears) Elite 6408[2] GAS: 7408[ ] [Very Good] [Excellent]

Whirlpool Duet GEW9200L[W] [Very Good] [Excellent]
GAS: GGW9200L[ ]

Whirlpool Gold GEW9868K[Q] [Very Good] [Excellent]
GAS: GGW9868K[ ]

Whirlpool Gold GEW9878J[Q] GEW9878P[ ] [Excellent] [Excellent]
GAS: GGW9878P[ ]

Bosch Nexxt Premium WTMC6300US [Very Good] [Very Good]
GAS: WTMC6500US

GE Profile Harmony DPGT750EC[WW] [Excellent] [Excellent]
GAS: DPGT750GC[ ]

Maytag Neptune MDE7500AY[W] [Very Good] [Very Good]
GAS: MDG7500A[ ]

Kenmore (Sears) Elite 6206[2] GAS: 7206[ ] [Very Good] [Excellent]

KitchenAid Superba Ensemble KEHS01PMT [Very Good] [Excellent]
GAS: KGHS01PMT

FrigidaireGallery GLER642A[S]CR Best Buy [Very Good] [Very Good]
GAS: GLGR642A[ ]

Maytag Atlantis MDE8400AY[W] [Very Good] [Excellent]
GAS: MDG8400A[ ]

Frigidaire Gallery GLEQ642A[S] [Very Good] [Very Good]
GAS: GLGQ642A[ ]

GEProfile DPXH46EA[WW] DSXH43EA[ ] [Very Good] [Very Good]
GAS: DPXH46GA[ ] DSXH43GA[ ]

Kenmore (Sears) 8407[2] GAS: 9407[ ] [Very Good] [Very Good]

GE DWSR405EB[WW] GAS: DWSR405GB[ ] [Good] [Excellent]

Frigidaire Gallery GLEQ942C[S] [Very Good] [Very Good]
GAS: GLGQ942C[ ]

Fisher & Paykel Smartload DEGX1 [Very Good] [Very Good]
GAS: DGGX1
MaytagLegacy Series SDE515D[W] SDE4606A[ ] [Good] [Excellent]
GAS: SDG4606A[ ] SDG515D[ ]

Estate by Whirlpool TEDS840J[Q] [Good] [Excellent]
GAS: TGDS840J[ ]

Hotpoint NWSR483EB[WW] GAS: NWSR483GB[ ] [Good] [Excellent]

Fisher & Paykel DE08 GAS: DG08 [Good] [Very Good]

Roper RES7745P GAS: RGS7745P [Very Good] [Very Good]

Miele Touchtronic T1303 [Very Good] [Poor]

Amana NDE7800AY[W] GAS: NDG7800A[ ] [Good] [Excellent]

Admiral LNC7764A[W] GAS: LNC8764A[ ] [Good] [Excellent]

Roper REX4634K[Q] GAS: RGX4634[ ] [Good] [Very Good]

Asko T701 [Good] [Fair]

Brand & model Test results
Similar models, in small type, and gas
equivalent comparable to tested model.

Noise

GE Profile DPSB620EC[WW] GAS: DPSB620GC[ ] [Excellent]

Kenmore (Sears) HE4 8586 8587[ ] [Excellent]
GAS: 9586[ ] 9587[ ]

Maytag Neptune MCE8000AY[W] [Very Good]
GAS: MCG8000A[ ]

Kenmore (Sears) Elite 6497[2] [Very Good]

Kenmore (Sears) Elite HE3 8482[1] [Excellent]
GAS: 9482[ ]

Whirlpool Duet GEW9250P GAS: GGW9250P [Very Good]

Kenmore (Sears) 6487 CR Best Buy 6488[ ] [Very Good]
6489[ ] GAS: 7487[ ] 7488[ ] 7489[ ]

Kenmore (Sears) Elite HE3 8483[2] [Excellent]
GAS: 9483[ ]

LG DL-E5932[W] GAS: DL-G5932[ ] [Very Good]

Maytag Neptune MDE9800AY[W] [Excellent]
GAS: MDG9800A[ ]

Whirlpool LEQ8000J[Q] CR Best [Very Good]
Buy GAS: LGQ8000J[ ]

Kenmore (Sears) Elite 6408[2] GAS: 7408[ ] [Very Good]

Whirlpool Duet GEW9200L[W] [Excellent]
GAS: GGW9200L[ ]

Whirlpool Gold GEW9868K[Q] [Excellent]
GAS: GGW9868K[ ]

Whirlpool Gold GEW9878J[Q] GEW9878P[ ] [Very Good]
GAS: GGW9878P[ ]

Bosch Nexxt Premium WTMC6300US [Good]
GAS: WTMC6500US

GE Profile Harmony DPGT750EC[WW] [Excellent]
GAS: DPGT750GC[ ]

Maytag Neptune MDE7500AY[W] [Good]
GAS: MDG7500A[ ]

Kenmore (Sears) Elite 6206[2] GAS: 7206[ ] [Very Good]

KitchenAid Superba Ensemble KEHS01PMT [Excellent]
GAS: KGHS01PMT

FrigidaireGallery GLER642A[S]CR Best Buy [Very Good]
GAS: GLGR642A[ ]

Maytag Atlantis MDE8400AY[W] [Excellent]
GAS: MDG8400A[ ]

Frigidaire Gallery GLEQ642A[S] [Very Good]
GAS: GLGQ642A[ ]

GEProfile DPXH46EA[WW] DSXH43EA[ ] [Good]
GAS: DPXH46GA[ ] DSXH43GA[ ]

Kenmore (Sears) 8407[2] GAS: 9407[ ] [Very Good]

GE DWSR405EB[WW] GAS: DWSR405GB[ ] [Very Good]

Frigidaire Gallery GLEQ942C[S] [Very Good]
GAS: GLGQ942C[ ]

Fisher & Paykel Smartload DEGX1 [Good]
GAS: DGGX1
MaytagLegacy Series SDE515D[W] SDE4606A[ ] [Very Good]
GAS: SDG4606A[ ] SDG515D[ ]

Estate by Whirlpool TEDS840J[Q] [Good]
GAS: TGDS840J[ ]

Hotpoint NWSR483EB[WW] GAS: NWSR483GB[ ] [Very Good]

Fisher & Paykel DE08 GAS: DG08 [Very Good]

Roper RES7745P GAS: RGS7745P [Fair]

Miele Touchtronic T1303 [Excellent]

Amana NDE7800AY[W] GAS: NDG7800A[ ] [Very Good]

Admiral LNC7764A[W] GAS: LNC8764A[ ] [Good]

Roper REX4634K[Q] GAS: RGX4634[ ] [Good]

Asko T701 [Excellent]

Brand & model
Similar models, in small type, and gas
equivalent comparable to tested model. Features

Porcelain Drying
top rack

GE Profile DPSB620EC[WW] GAS: DPSB620GC[ ] *

Kenmore (Sears) HE4 8586 8587[ ] * *
GAS: 9586[ ] 9587[ ]

Maytag Neptune MCE8000AY[W]
GAS: MCG8000A[ ]

Kenmore (Sears) Elite 6497[2] * *

Kenmore (Sears) Elite HE3 8482[1] * *
GAS: 9482[ ]

Whirlpool Duet GEW9250P GAS: GGW9250P * *

Kenmore (Sears) 6487 CR Best Buy 6488[ ] *
6489[ ] GAS: 7487[ ] 7488[ ] 7489[ ]

Kenmore (Sears) Elite HE3 8483[2] * *
GAS: 9483[ ]

LG DL-E5932[W] GAS: DL-G5932[ ] * *

Maytag Neptune MDE9800AY[W] * *
GAS: MDG9800A[ ]

Whirlpool LEQ8000J[Q] CR Best
Buy GAS: LGQ8000J[ ]

Kenmore (Sears) Elite 6408[2] GAS: 7408[ ] * *

Whirlpool Duet GEW9200L[W] * *
GAS: GGW9200L[ ]

Whirlpool Gold GEW9868K[Q] * *
GAS: GGW9868K[ ]

Whirlpool Gold GEW9878J[Q] GEW9878P[ ]
GAS: GGW9878P[ ]

Bosch Nexxt Premium WTMC6300US * *
GAS: WTMC6500US

GE Profile Harmony DPGT750EC[WW] *
GAS: DPGT750GC[ ]

Maytag Neptune MDE7500AY[W] *
GAS: MDG7500A[ ]

Kenmore (Sears) Elite 6206[2] GAS: 7206[ ] * *

KitchenAid Superba Ensemble KEHS01PMT
GAS: KGHS01PMT

FrigidaireGallery GLER642A[S]CR Best Buy *
GAS: GLGR642A[ ]

Maytag Atlantis MDE8400AY[W] * *
GAS: MDG8400A[ ]

Frigidaire Gallery GLEQ642A[S] *
GAS: GLGQ642A[ ]

GEProfile DPXH46EA[WW] DSXH43EA[ ] *
GAS: DPXH46GA[ ] DSXH43GA[ ]

Kenmore (Sears) 8407[2] GAS: 9407[ ] *

GE DWSR405EB[WW] GAS: DWSR405GB[ ] *

Frigidaire Gallery GLEQ942C[S] *
GAS: GLGQ942C[ ]

Fisher & Paykel Smartload DEGX1 *
GAS: DGGX1

MaytagLegacy Series SDE515D[W] SDE4606A[ ]
GAS: SDG4606A[ ] SDG515D[ ]

Estate by Whirlpool TEDS840J[Q]
GAS: TGDS840J[ ]

Hotpoint NWSR483EB[WW] GAS: NWSR483GB[ ]

Fisher & Paykel DE08 GAS: DG08

Roper RES7745P GAS: RGS7745P

Miele Touchtronic T1303

Amana NDE7800AY[W] GAS: NDG7800A[ ] *

Admiral LNC7764A[W] GAS: LNC8764A[ ]

Roper REX4634K[Q] GAS: RGX4634[ ]

Asko T701

See report, page 74. Based on tests posted on ConsumerReports.org in
September 2004.


Source Citation
"Dryers." Consumer Reports Annual Buying Guide Annual 2005: 250+. InfoTrac Small Business eCollection. Web. 19 Dec. 2009. .


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