• Good Housekeeping Reports: Best clothes dryers
  • 2011-05-27 14:10:09  
  • In the Home Appliances Lab at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, Director Carolyn Forte and her team spent months tumbling 90 loads — 620 pounds — of laundry testing to find the best new dryers. They timed how fast the dryers dried, evaluated permanent-press cycles for wrinkle removal, gauged controls for user-friendliness, measured openings for ease of loading and inspected lint filters for cleanliness.

    For models with a steam feature, they left dried clothes in the drum overnight, then rated how well the cycle smoothed creases.

    The new dryers do more than just dry clothes — some models can kill germs on often-unwashable items like stuffed animals and can pinch-hit for an iron to de-wrinkle a crumpled outfit; even entry-level ones sense moisture to tumble items just until dry, saving energy.

    Of the 20 tested, here are the Good Housekeeping-recommended picks:

     

    The test’s best » Frigidaire FASG7074LR ($1,219). This machine sped through medium- and large-load tests and evenly dried a queen-size comforter, and its steam cycle de-wrinkled well. Intuitive controls and a large lint filter helped it secure the top spot. Its matching washer also is superb.

     

    No-frills winner » If excellent performance from standard cycles is all you’re after, the Amana NED7300 WW ($649) is your machine: It dried the six- and 12-pound loads fastest in the tests (32 and 61 minutes, respectively). Good Housekeeping Research Institute’s experts missed having the feedback of a “time remaining” display, though status lights indicated the cycle’s progress.

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