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Dryers: drum majors.(Product/Service Evaluation).

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Appliances don't get much simpler than clothes dryers. All dryers circulate heated air through a drum that tumbles the laundry The best do the job without overheating or overdrying your clothes, which can cause more problems than you may realize.

Tumbling around in high heat can damage many fabrics, especially synthetics, or shrink your favorite sweater to lilliputian size. Even moderate temperatures can do your duds a disservice if you leave them in too long, subjecting them to heat after all moisture has been removed. Making matters worse, excessive drying jacks up your utility bills.

You can minimize problems by getting a dryer with a moisture sensor that automatically ends the cycle when clothing reaches the desired level of dryness, whether that's ready to wear or damp-dry for ironing. Once found only on higher-priced models, sensors are now available on about half the dryers on the market, including some priced as low as $350. The cheapest models still have thermostats, which end the cycle at a certain temperature. We've found thermostats to be less accurate than sensors.

Other than that, distinctions among dryers are less important. Higher-priced dryers generally have trendier styling and more features than cheaper units. But niceties such as a porcelain top, stainless-steel drum, displays, and specialty cycles don't affect performance.

One key decision--whether you get an electric or gas dryer--is often made for you. Most homes have either the 240-volt outlet that an electric dryer requires or a gas hookup. If you have a choice, go with gas. The dryer may cost $50 or so more, but lower utility costs will save you money in the long run. Both types perform comparably according to our years of testing.

What makes the biggest difference in drying performance has nothing to do with the dryer: It's the washing machine. A washer that extracts more moisture from clothes in the spin cycle leaves less work for the dryer, enabling it to dry clothes more quickly So if you want better drying performance, the smartest thing you can do is to choose an energy-efficient washer. (See page 38 for our report on washers.)

HOW TO CHOOSE

Insist on a moisture sensor. Whether a dryer has a moisture sensor or thermostat may not be obvious from the labeling or controls. Ask a salesperson, check the manual, visit the manufacturer's Web site. or pick one of the units we tested. All but three of the dryers in the Ratings have sensors; those three are noted in CR Quick Recommendations (page 45).

Don't get hung up on capacity Manufacturers describe dryer capacity (as they do washer capacity) with terms such as extra-large, oversized, super, and super-plus. The differences aren't meaningful for everyday washing. Most full-sized dryers have capacities of about 7 to 7.5 cubic feet, which can handle the typical wash load. If you want to dry large, bulky items, capacity matters more.

Set it and forget it To protect clothes from overdrying and to cut down on energy consumption, use an automatic setting rather than a timed one. Set the control to the midpoint rather than "more dry," and raise or lower it as needed. You might use a "less dry" setting to leave clothing damp for ironing, for example. Using "more dry" routinely can overdry or damage clothes and waste energy Don't worry about knowing when an automatic cycle is done: Even if you don't hear the buzzer, an extended tumble without heat prevents wrinkles if you don't remove clothes immediately On some dryers it's automatic; on others you can turn it off.



Don't pay for unnecessary cycles.

Higher-priced dryers may offer a dozen or so choices, including specialty cycles such as speed dry" (15 minutes of high heat, for example) or a "Dryel" cycle for "dry-cleaning" (about 30 minutes of medium or high heat). Specialty cycles can usually be replicated with standard settings. A choice of heat level, timed or auto-dry and a few fabric types (regular/cotton and permanent press/delicate) is generally adequate.

Think twice about pricey extras.

Electronic touchpads or push buttons and displays look impressive and may allow you to save custom programs. But they don't offer any performance advantage over mechanical push buttons or dials, and they can be confusing. Stainless-steel drums don't improve performance in dryers, as they can in washers.

Get a quiet dryer for living areas. If your dryer will be in the basement or garage, noise may not be an issue. But if it will be near the kitchen or a bedroom. look for a model judged very good or excellent for noise to minimize disturbance.


Ratings dryers

Availability Most models in stores at least through December; some
available into 2004 or 2005.

Within types, In performance order. Blue key numbers Indicate Quick
Picks; see facing page.

Brand & model Similar models, In small type, and gas equivalents
comparable to tested model.

Brand & model Price Overall score
Key
number

FULL-SIZED DRYERS


1 GE Profile DPSB620EC [WW] GAS: $600
DPSB620GC[]

2 Kenmore (Sears) Elite 6393[2] 540
6394[], 6395[] GAS: 7393[] 7394[],
7395[]

3 Kenmore (Sears) 6280[2], 6282[], 410
6481[] GAS: 7280[] 7282[], 7481[]

4 Kenmore (Sears) 6490[2] 6492[], 440
6493[] GAS: 7490[] 7492[], 7493[]

5 Whirlpool Gold GEQ9800L[W] 450
GAS: GGQ9800L[]

6 Kenmore (Sears) Elite HE3 8483[2] 900
GAS: 9483[]

7 LG DL-E5932W 900

8 Maytag Neptune MDE7500AY[W] 800
MDE5500AY[] GAS: MDG7500AW[]
MDG5500AW[]

9 GE Profile DPSB519EB[WW] 530
GAS: DPSB519GB[]

10 Kenmore (Sears) Elite 6408[2] 770
GAS: 740B[]

11 Kenmore (Sears) Elite HE3 8282[2] 900
GAS: 9282 []

12 Whirlpool Duet GEW9200L[W] 880
GAS: GGW9200L[]

13 Whirlpool Gold GEW9868K[Q] 680
GAS: GGW9868K[]

14 Whirlpool LEQ8000J[Q] LE09858L[] 420
GAS: LGQ8000J[] LG09858L[]

15 Whirpool Gold GEW9878J[Q] [Q] 560
GEW9878L[] GAS: GGW9878L[]

16 Kenmore (Sears) Elite 6304[2] 550
6305[], 6306[] GAS: 7304[] 7305[],
7306[]

17 Kemmore (Sears) Elite 6206[2] 770
GAS: 7206[]

18 Frigidaire Gallery GLER642A[S] 350
GAS: GLGR642A[]

19 KitchenAid KEYS850J[W] [D] 500
KEYS850L[] GAS: KGY5850L[]

20 Maytag Atlantis MDE8400AY[W] 600
GAS: MDG8400AY[]

21 Amana ALE866SA[W] [D] ALE866SB[] $520
GAS: ALG866SB[]

22 GE DPXH46EA[WW] 450
GAS: DPXH46GA[]

23 Maytag Atlantis MDE8600AY[W] 570
MDE7600AY[]
GAS: MDG8600AW[] MDG7600AW[]

24 Maytag Performa PYE4500AY[W] 400
GAS: PYG4500AY[]

25 GE DWSR405EB[WW] 400
GAS: DWSR405GB[]

26 Maytag Performa MDE3500AY[W] 480
GAS: MDG3500AW[]

27 Hotpoint NWSR483EB[WW] 300
GAS: NWSR483GB[]

28 Maytag SDE5701AY[W] 450

29 Roper RES7648K[Q] 350
GAS: RGS7648K[]

COMPACT DRYERS

30 Miele Novotronic T1576 1,200

31 GE DSKS433EB[WW] 400

Brand & model Test results
Key Drying
number performance Capacity

FULL-SIZED DRYERS


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

2 Kenmore (Sears) Elite 6393[2] * *
6394[], 6395[] GAS: 7393[] 7394[],
7395[]

3 Kenmore (Sears) 6280[2], 6282[], * *
6481[] GAS: 7280[] 7282[], 7481[]

4 Kenmore (Sears) 6490[2] 6492[], * *
6493[] GAS: 7490[] 7492[], 7493[]

5 Whirlpool Gold GEQ9800L[W] ** *
GAS: GGQ9800L[]

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

7 LG DL-E5932W ** *

8 Maytag Neptune MDE7500AY[W] * *
MDE5500AY[] GAS: MDG7500AW[]
MDG5500AW[]

9 GE Profile DPSB519EB[WW] ** *
GAS: DPSB519GB[]

10 Kenmore (Sears) Elite 6408[2] ** *
GAS: 740B[]

11 Kenmore (Sears) Elite HE3 8282[2] ** *
GAS: 9282 []

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

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

14 Whirlpool LEQ8000J[Q] LE09858L[] ** *
GAS: LGQ8000J[] LG09858L[]

15 Whirpool Gold GEW9878J[Q] [Q] * *
GEW9878L[] GAS: GGW9878L[]

16 Kenmore (Sears) Elite 6304[2] ** *
6305[], 6306[] GAS: 7304[] 7305[],
7306[]

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

18 Frigidaire Gallery GLER642A[S] ** **
GAS: GLGR642A[]

19 KitchenAid KEYS850J[W] [D] ** *
KEYS850L[] GAS: KGY5850L[]

20 Maytag Atlantis MDE8400AY[W] ** *
GAS: MDG8400AY[]

21 Amana ALE866SA[W] [D] ALE866SB[] ** *
GAS: ALG866SB[]

22 GE DPXH46EA[WW] ** **
GAS: DPXH46GA[]

23 Maytag Atlantis MDE8600AY[W] ** *
MDE7600AY[]
GAS: MDG8600AW[] MDG7600AW[]

24 Maytag Performa PYE4500AY[W] ** *
GAS: PYG4500AY[]

25 GE DWSR405EB[WW] # *
GAS: DWSR405GB[]

26 Maytag Performa MDE3500AY[W] ** **
GAS: MDG3500AW[]

27 Hotpoint NWSR483EB[WW] # *
GAS: NWSR483GB[]

28 Maytag SDE5701AY[W] # *

29 Roper RES7648K[Q] # *
GAS: RGS7648K[]

COMPACT DRYERS

30 Miele Novotronic T1576 ** ##

31 GE DSKS433EB[WW] # ##

Brand & model Test Features
results
Key
number Noise Drying rack

FULL-SIZED DRYERS


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

2 Kenmore (Sears) Elite 6393[2] ** ^
6394[], 6395[] GAS: 7393[] 7394[],
7395[]

3 Kenmore (Sears) 6280[2], 6282[], **
6481[] GAS: 7280[] 7282[], 7481[]

4 Kenmore (Sears) 6490[2] 6492[], # ^
6493[] GAS: 7490[] 7492[], 7493[]

5 Whirlpool Gold GEQ9800L[W] **
GAS: GGQ9800L[]

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

7 LG DL-E5932W ** ^

8 Maytag Neptune MDE7500AY[W] #
MDE5500AY[] GAS: MDG7500AW[]
MDG5500AW[]

9 GE Profile DPSB519EB[WW] ** ^
GAS: DPSB519GB[]

10 Kenmore (Sears) Elite 6408[2] ** ^
GAS: 740B[]

11 Kenmore (Sears) Elite HE3 8282[2] * ^
GAS: 9282 []

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

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

14 Whirlpool LEQ8000J[Q] LE09858L[] **
GAS: LGQ8000J[] LG09858L[]

15 Whirpool Gold GEW9878J[Q] [Q] **
GEW9878L[] GAS: GGW9878L[]

16 Kenmore (Sears) Elite 6304[2] ** ^
6305[], 6306[] GAS: 7304[] 7305[],
7306[]

17 Kemmore (Sears) Elite 6206[2] ** ^
GAS: 7206[]

18 Frigidaire Gallery GLER642A[S] ** ^
GAS: GLGR642A[]

19 KitchenAid KEYS850J[W] [D] ** ^
KEYS850L[] GAS: KGY5850L[]

20 Maytag Atlantis MDE8400AY[W] * ^
GAS: MDG8400AY[]

21 Amana ALE866SA[W] [D] ALE866SB[] ** ^
GAS: ALG866SB[]

22 GE DPXH46EA[WW] # ^
GAS: DPXH46GA[]

23 Maytag Atlantis MDE8600AY[W] ** ^
MDE7600AY[]
GAS: MDG8600AW[] MDG7600AW[]

24 Maytag Performa PYE4500AY[W] #
GAS: PYG4500AY[]

25 GE DWSR405EB[WW] ** ^
GAS: DWSR405GB[]

26 Maytag Performa MDE3500AY[W] #
GAS: MDG3500AW[]

27 Hotpoint NWSR483EB[WW] **
GAS: NWSR483GB[]

28 Maytag SDE5701AY[W] **

29 Roper RES7648K[Q] #
GAS: RGS7648K[]

COMPACT DRYERS

30 Miele Novotronic T1576 #

31 GE DSKS433EB[WW] #

Brand & model Features
Key Stainless-steel Custom
number drum programs

FULL-SIZED DRYERS


1 GE Profile DPSB620EC [WW] GAS: ^ ^
DPSB620GC[]

2 Kenmore (Sears) Elite 6393[2]
6394[], 6395[] GAS: 7393[] 7394[],
7395[]

3 Kenmore (Sears) 6280[2], 6282[],
6481[] GAS: 7280[] 7282[], 7481[]

4 Kenmore (Sears) 6490[2] 6492[],
6493[] GAS: 7490[] 7492[], 7493[]

5 Whirlpool Gold GEQ9800L[W]
GAS: GGQ9800L[]

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

7 LG DL-E5932W ^ ^

8 Maytag Neptune MDE7500AY[W] ^
MDE5500AY[] GAS: MDG7500AW[]
MDG5500AW[]

9 GE Profile DPSB519EB[WW] ^
GAS: DPSB519GB[]

10 Kenmore (Sears) Elite 6408[2] ^
GAS: 740B[]

11 Kenmore (Sears) Elite HE3 8282[2]
GAS: 9282 []

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

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

14 Whirlpool LEQ8000J[Q] LE09858L[]
GAS: LGQ8000J[] LG09858L[]

15 Whirpool Gold GEW9878J[Q] [Q]
GEW9878L[] GAS: GGW9878L[]

16 Kenmore (Sears) Elite 6304[2] ^
6305[], 6306[] GAS: 7304[] 7305[],
7306[]

17 Kemmore (Sears) Elite 6206[2] ^
GAS: 7206[]

18 Frigidaire Gallery GLER642A[S]
GAS: GLGR642A[]

19 KitchenAid KEYS850J[W] [D]
KEYS850L[] GAS: KGY5850L[]

20 Maytag Atlantis MDE8400AY[W]
GAS: MDG8400AY[]

21 Amana ALE866SA[W] [D] ALE866SB[] ^^
GAS: ALG866SB[]

22 GE DPXH46EA[WW]
GAS: DPXH46GA[]

23 Maytag Atlantis MDE8600AY[W]
MDE7600AY[]
GAS: MDG8600AW[] MDG7600AW[]

24 Maytag Performa PYE4500AY[W]
GAS: PYG4500AY[]

25 GE DWSR405EB[WW]
GAS: DWSR405GB[]

26 Maytag Performa MDE3500AY[W]
GAS: MDG3500AW[]

27 Hotpoint NWSR483EB[WW]
GAS: NWSR483GB[]

28 Maytag SDE5701AY[W]

29 Roper RES7648K[Q]
GAS: RGS7648K[]

COMPACT DRYERS

30 Miele Novotronic T1576 ^^

31 GE DSKS433EB[WW]

Brand & model
Key Optional
number extended
tumble
FULL-SIZED DRYERS


1 GE Profile DPSB620EC [WW] GAS: ^
DPSB620GC[]

2 Kenmore (Sears) Elite 6393[2]
6394[], 6395[] GAS: 7393[] 7394[],
7395[]

3 Kenmore (Sears) 6280[2], 6282[],
6481[] GAS: 7280[] 7282[], 7481[]

4 Kenmore (Sears) 6490[2] 6492[],
6493[] GAS: 7490[] 7492[], 7493[]

5 Whirlpool Gold GEQ9800L[W] ^
GAS: GGQ9800L[]

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

7 LG DL-E5932W ^

8 Maytag Neptune MDE7500AY[W] ^
MDE5500AY[] GAS: MDG7500AW[]
MDG5500AW[]

9 GE Profile DPSB519EB[WW] ^
GAS: DPSB519GB[]

10 Kenmore (Sears) Elite 6408[2] ^
GAS: 740B[]

11 Kenmore (Sears) Elite HE3 8282[2] ^
GAS: 9282 []

12 Whirlpool Duet GEW9200L[W] ^
GAS: GGW9200L[]

13 Whirlpool Gold GEW9868K[Q] ^
GAS: GGW9868K[]

14 Whirlpool LEQ8000J[Q] LE09858L[] ^
GAS: LGQ8000J[] LG09858L[]

15 Whirpool Gold GEW9878J[Q] [Q] ^
GEW9878L[] GAS: GGW9878L[]

16 Kenmore (Sears) Elite 6304[2] ^
6305[], 6306[] GAS: 7304[] 7305[],
7306[]

17 Kemmore (Sears) Elite 6206[2] ^
GAS: 7206[]

18 Frigidaire Gallery GLER642A[S] ^
GAS: GLGR642A[]

19 KitchenAid KEYS850J[W] [D] ^
KEYS850L[] GAS: KGY5850L[]

20 Maytag Atlantis MDE8400AY[W] ^
GAS: MDG8400AY[]

21 Amana ALE866SA[W] [D] ALE866SB[] ^
GAS: ALG866SB[]

22 GE DPXH46EA[WW] ^
GAS: DPXH46GA[]

23 Maytag Atlantis MDE8600AY[W] ^
MDE7600AY[]
GAS: MDG8600AW[] MDG7600AW[]

24 Maytag Performa PYE4500AY[W] ^
GAS: PYG4500AY[]

25 GE DWSR405EB[WW] ^
GAS: DWSR405GB[]

26 Maytag Performa MDE3500AY[W] ^
GAS: MDG3500AW[]

27 Hotpoint NWSR483EB[WW] ^
GAS: NWSR483GB[]

28 Maytag SDE5701AY[W] ^

29 Roper RES7648K[Q]
GAS: RGS7648K[]

COMPACT DRYERS

30 Miele Novotronic T1576

31 GE DSKS433EB[WW]

[D] Discontinued, but similar model is available, Price is for similar
model.

* Excellent

** Very good

# Good

## Fair

@ PoorGuide to the Ratings

Overall score is based primarily on drying performance, capacity, and noise. Also factored in: Convenience (not shown), which considers controls, accessibility, and overall ease of use. All tested models were very good for convenience except 30 and 31, which scored lower. DryIng performance combines tests on various-sized loads of different fabric mixes, including cotton, permanent press, and delicates. Capacity ranges from about 4 cubic feet for compacts to 7.5 cubic feet for the largest models; all could handle our 12-pound load. Noise reflects judgments by panelists. Price is approximate retail. Under brand & model, bracketed letters or numbers are color codes.

RELATED ARTICLE: Repair history Readers report on almost 83,000 dryers.

Choosing a brand with a good repair history can improve your odds of getting a reliable dryer. This graph shows the percentage of full-sized dryers that have ever been repaired or had a serious problem. Note that models within a brand may vary, and design and manufacturing changes may affect reliability.

WHEN TO REPAIR YOUR OLD ONE

It's usually worth repairing a dryer up to five years old if the cost isn't too high (most repairs cost $70 to $140). Consider repairing a model five to eight years old if you've been satisfied with its performance. If you're on the fence, consider the benefits of getting a new dryer with a moisture sensor. Don't repair an old dryer if the cost exceeds half the cost of a new one.


CR Quick Recommendations

All the full-sized dryers we tested were very good or excellent performers with ample capacity. All except Hotpoint (27), Roper (29), and GE (31) have moisture sensors, a feature that improves automatic drying. Models judged excellent for drying were noticeably better than lower-rated units at leaving a load damp for ironing and drying delicates at low heat.

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.

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

QUICK PICKS

Spacious and superb at drying:

1 GE $600

2 Kenmore $540

The GE is a bit quieter, and it has a few more features.

Fine performers at a low price:

3 Kenmore $410

18 Frigidaire $350

Modestly priced and capable:

4 Kenmore $440

5 Whirlpool $450

14 Whirlpool $420

If you want to match a specific washer:

1 GE $600

Matches the GE Profile WPRB922OC, $725 (5 in washer Ratings on page 40).

3 Kenmore $410

Matches the Kenmore 2493, $520 (12 in washer Ratings).

If space Is tight:

The Miele, $1,200 (30) can be stacked with the Miele Novotronic W1966, $1,500 (26 in washer Ratings). But they're pricey and we don't have repair data. Consider a stackable full-sized washer and dryer, which offer more capacity and usually cost less. The Kenmore 8304, $480 (a cousin to 16) can be stacked with the Kenmore 4304 washer, $800 (22 in washer Ratings).



safetywise

SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

You may not give a second thought to the ducts that funnel the moist, hot air and lint from your dryer to the outdoors, but you should. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that there were 15,600 fires associated with clothes dryers in 1998 (the most recent year for which data are available), accounting for about 20 deaths, 370 injuries, and more than $75.4 million in property damage. Gas dryers pose another potential hazard to consumers: If they are not properly vented, carbon monoxide can be forced back into the home, causing illness or even death.

Heed these simple precautions to make sure that you don't become a statistic:

* Follow the manufacturer's instructions on how to vent your dryer properly.

* If you have a choice of where to install your dryer, position it so that the ductwork is short and free of twists and turns. That will minimize the risk of lint buildup inside the ductwork.

* No matter what the setup, use metal dryer ductwork. Rigid ducts are best, but flexible metal ductwork can be used where needed for turns. Never use foil or plastic ducts, which tend to kink and sag, creating pockets where lint or condensation can accumulate. Make sure the exhaust opening on the exterior of your house isn't blocked, If airflow from the dryer is blocked either in the duct or at the opening, the dryer can overheat and cause a fire.

* Clean the dryer's lint filter after every use and have the ducts cleaned once a year, or more often if the dryer is heavily used. Instructions should be in the user's manual. You can hire a professional to do the job for you. If you do the job yourself, accessories such as long brushes and blowers can make it easier.

quicktips

GET THE MOST FROM YOUR DRYER

Sort loads. Avoid mixing heavy items like towels with quick-drying items like cotton shirts.

Don't overdry. Leaving laundry in the dryer too long and using too-high heat can damage fabric. With an auto-dry cycle, set it to the midpoint, not "more dry." Stop short of getting garments bone dry. Laundry coming out of the dryer shouldn't feel hot and may even feel a bit damp because it's coming from a humid enclosure. It should feel dry within minutes and can be hung or folded.





















Clean the lint filter. Get better performance and minimize fire hazards by cleaning the filter before every load. Occasionally remove the filter and rinse it under running water, If it holds water, clean it with a soft brush.

Clean moisture sensors. Many dryers with automatic cycles use moisture sensors that make contact with clothing. If a sensor's contacts become dirty or coated with residue from fabric softener sheets, it won't work properly. Clean the sensors occasionally with a cotton ball and rubbing alcohol. Sensors are usually located inside the front edge of the drum. Look in the dryer's instruction manual for specific maintenance recommendations.

shopsmart

DO YOU NEED A MATCHED SET?

Like love and marriage, washers and dryers often go hand in hand in store aisles and sales pitches. When you go shopping for a washing machine, the salesperson is likely to push a matching dryer on the premise that you'll get better results. Don't fall for it. There's no advantage to using a dryer that matches a washer. Unless your washer has an unusually large capacity any full-sized dryer should be big enough. The only reason to buy a matching pair is if you want exactly the same color and design and similar control panels.

A dryer's performance depends greatly on how well the washer extracts water from laundry Using a washer judged excellent or very good for energy efficiency in the washer Ratings on page 38 will improve the performance of any dryer, even an old one. If your washer has kicked the bucket but your dryer is going strong (a common scenario, given that dryers often last longer than washers), there's no real need to get a new dryer. If you want a matching washer and dryer for cosmetic reasons, see CR Quick Recommendations on page 45.

One washer/dryer pair that has just come on the market claims to offer meaningful advantages. The GE Profile Harmony Clothes Care System is billed as the first washer that communicates with the dryer. According to GE, once you set the washer for a given load, you don't need to program the dryer. The information is transmitted automatically and the dryer determines which settings to use. The duo is expected to sell for about $2,000. We'll be testing the Harmony washer and dryer for an upcoming report.

Source Citation
"Dryers: drum majors." Consumer Reports Aug. 2003: 43+. General OneFile. Web. 9 Jan. 2010. .


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