Buy a new electric dryer
Making a big purchase, such as a new electric dryer, is not an easy decision. Large appliances like electric dryers are hard on the pocket, so we know you want to make a smart choice when choosing your next one. Cost performance is important.
To help you in making this important decision, we have compiled the best electric dryers in the market based on pricing, features and actual customer reviews. Check out our best of the best list to find the perfect electric dryer for you and your family.
Best electric dryers of 2023
There are many brands out there to choose from when it comes to electric dryers. Many companies boast decades and decades of history in the industry, making them familiar and more trustworthy. But there are also newer companies that are making a splash with great features and affordable pricing.
We reviewed the best of the best in electric dryers to help you make the best decision for you. Based on features, technology and most importantly, real people’s experiences and reviews, we ranked the top electric dryers of 2023. Check them out!
Compare electric dryers
You think you are only making one decision when choosing a new electric dryer, but you are actually deciding on many different things. How do you want your dryer to look–top load matching, maybe front load matching? Does it matter if it’s vented or not? Do you need ALL these shiny features or not really? If you have a few dryers in mind, and can’t quite decide, compare your favorite ones right here.
Electric dryer for the size of your household
One important consideration to think of when buying a new clothes dryer is the maximum capacity. There are dryers that can handle up to 9.0 cu. ft. of laundry, but does your family need a machine this big?
As a rule of the thumb, a drier should have twice as much capacity of it’s matching washer. A dryer with a capacity of 7.0 cu. ft. can fit in 9-15 full sized towels. If you want to spend less time doing laundry, then a dryer (and washer) with a bigger capacity might be the right one for you.
Choose additional features
Electric dryers have come a long way since your grandma’s time. Technology has advanced so much in recent years and gave birth to a plethora of new features to choose from. On one hand, they make the chore of the laundry easier, on the other hand, you get so many confusing choices! Easy: rotary or a touch panel? Requires a bit more thought: impeller or agitator? You might look for a dryer with steam, which is really handy but also gives the machine a price bump. Maybe a simple, uncomplicated dryer is right for you or maybe you want one with 35 wash cycles! Then comes features with the fancy names and then you are all but lost and confused.
Let us help you decide on what features to choose. Click on the options you are interested in and you will be redirected to a page shows the best gas dryers which have that capability. We’ve put these gas dryers under the microscope and checked out their real-life performances. Moreover, these gas dryers have consistently gotten the best ratings and scores from end-users, just like you! So you know they’re the real deal.
What to look for when buying an electric dryer
We want to make choosing your next electric dryer simple. With so many options, brands, features and technology to choose from, we know it can be overwhelming. But don’t panic! We are here to help you. Let’s take it step by step until you find the best one for you.
The first step is choosing what fuel source you want your dryer to have, and it looks like you already have that in the bag since you are here. Generally speaking, electric dryers are cheaper to buy than their gas dryer counterparts. Installation is also easier as you can do it yourself without help from a professional, saving you from spending even more money.
This or That
Front load dryers are made to physically match front load washers. These dryers can usually be stacked on top of their matching washers, which is great if you want to save space. You can of course, also put them side by side or set them up on a matching pedestal, which are usually sold separately.
Top load dryers are made to aesthetically match, you guess it, top load washers. These dryers have their controls in the rear usually, and can’t be stacked. This type of dryer has been around for a long, long time and many customers have used them before, which makes it very familiar and comfortable to choose.
When choosing a new dryer, it is important to consider how much space you have in your laundry room or closet. You may find the most perfect gas dryer in the world, but if it is an inch too big for your space, you can’t use it, and you would have wasted time and some serious $$$.
Most (not all!) standard dryers are 27 inches wide. If you want to place your washer and dryer side by side, you need at least one inch of space between them. You also possibly need 6 inches behind the machine to accommodate for venting and wires.
Something often overlooked is the size of the entranceway to your home all the way to your laundry room. If your dryer can fit through the closet door, but not through the front door, then you can’t buy it.
Another thing related to measurements and positioning is the location of the exhaust, that is if you are choosing a vented electric dryer. Move on to the next one if you are buying a non-vented dryer. Consider the location of your venting system. Some dryers come with just rear or side venting, and some have 4-way venting. While some dryers have long venting capability of up to 200 ft., it is a fact that the shorter the venting is, the more effective it will be.
The size of your laundry load will obviously differ when you are single versus when you are married with 10 kids. It is important to choose the correct maximum capacity to avoid overloading your machine as it can potentially decrease the lifespan and cause mechanical troubles. As a rule of the thumb, a dryer’s capacity should be about twice as much as it’s matching washer, but of course this is not a strict rule, a little less than twice should be just fine.
Look at the actual capacity of the electric dryer rather than describing words like large, extra large or ultra large.
Ah, we arrive at the true factor that limits our choice: money. Naturally, the most modern electric dryers with all the features you can dream of are more costly. The most inexpensive dryers can be as cheap as $400 and the most expensive ones can be a whooping $1500 or more. That is a wide range!
When choosing a dryer, consider not only the capacity and features in relation to the pricing, but also the manufacturer’s warranty. Make sure to choose a dryer that is known to be durable and has great customer service. Whether you choose a dryer in the lower end or the higher end, you will still be using your hard-earned money and we want you to get the best bang for your buck!
Features, Technology and Options
Number of temperature and drying cycles
While some people want to have many choices when it comes to drying clothes, some people want it simple. The simplest machines will have as little as three dry cycles, making choosing easy. Some dryers, on the other hand will have as much as 35 dry cycles for every kind of load you can think of.
Do you want a dryer with a touch panel or a physical rotary dial? You have to decide what kind of interface you prefer. Some dryers can also be controlled by a smart device. Is that important for you? If so, then you have to choose a model which can be connected to the wi-fi.
Many dryers have this technology wherein a built-in sensor monitors the temperature and humidity in the dryer to prevent over drying.
Steam is effective in removing wrinkles and refreshing clothes. If steam is an important feature for you, you have to consider a machine with this function.
Many dryers now feature a Sanitize Cycle which kills bacteria and germs by using very high temperatures. This cycle uses a lot of energy so it is more expensive to run.
Many other features are available depending on the brand and price of the dryer you choose. Consider each one carefully as additional features usually mean additional costs.
Frequently asked questions about buying an electric dryer
What is an electric dryer?
An electric dryer is fueled by electricity. It’s convenient as an energy source because all it takes is plugging in your machine.
Is an electric dryer safer than a gas dryer?
Gas dryers always pose a concern for leaks and carbon dioxide poisoning due to improper installation. On the other hand, electric dryers also pose a small risk of fire or electrocution due to improper installation or faulty wiring.
How long can I expect to use an electric dryer?
Th durability of a product is highly dependent on the manufacturing and quality of materials. That said, most dryers are expected to last at least a decade.
When should I replace my electric dryer?
As mentioned above, electric dryers usually last 10 years. If your dryer is approaching the 10-year mark, it might be a good idea to start looking for your next one even if your current one hasn’t shown any signs of malfunction yet.
How much do electric dryers cost?
The price range is wide, the cheapest ones from $400 and the most expensive ones costing up to $1500 (or more!). Generally, gas dryers are more expensive to buy than electric dryers.
Is it expensive to repair an electric dryer?
Electric dryers are usually cheaper to repair than gas dryers.
Does an electric dryer need a vent?
Most electric dryers have to have an outlet through which it expels warm, moist air, or it won’t work. While it is uncommon in the USA, non-vented dryers have existed in European and Asian countries for decades.
What are Energy Star Ratings?
Thanks to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program, it’s possible to compare energy costs on various products. Energy Star promotes energy savings through the sharing of information between companies to help identify and promote energy-efficient products so consumers can save money and protect the environment.
Energy Star ratings show an appliance’s typical energy consumption per year in kWh (kilo watt hours). The lower the number, the more cost efficient it is to run.