A good clothes dryer can help make doing laundry less of a chore. The better the dryer is, the easier the task will be. As with most appliances, when you're choosing a dryer nowadays, there are many top options to choose from as manufacturers add more and better technology to their machines. Some people think the added features will put the dryers out of their budget, but that's not necessarily the case. Here's a look at five of the best electric dryers under $800 available in 2021.
This compact 24-in. dryer from Beko is a space saver but still offers a capacity of 3.7-cu. ft. Energy Star-certification lets you know it's better for the environment and your wallet, and the child lock feature ensures your little ones won't accidentally change the settings during a cycle. The AntiCrease+ feature prevents wrinkles by tumbling the clothes after the cycle is complete, and the durable stainless steel drum is rust-resistant while giving you premium performance. A digital display control makes choosing from the 15 available cycles easy.
It's not surprising to see Whirlpool on a list of the best electric dryers under $800 given its legacy in this industry, and the WED5000DW continues that legacy of high-performing appliances. This front-loader gives you a 7.0-cu. ft. capacity, providing plenty of room for your large loads. Loading and unloading are easy with the interior drum light and the hamper door. The latter makes it easy to move clothes from the washer to the dryer, and it helps in sorting and folding your laundry. The AccuDry™ sensor measures moisture and temperature levels to keep your load from getting overdried and stopping the cycle when your clothes are dry. If you're worried about your clothes wrinkling, Whirlpool offers the Wrinkle Shield™ and Wrinkle Shield™ Plus options that help minimize the chances of that happening.
There's 6.2-cu. ft. of capacity in this 27-in. front-loading model from Hotpoint that has four cycle choices and three heat selections. You can save on your electric bill with the HTX24EASKWS and its Auto Dry setting that monitors the air temperature to set the optimal drying time, and an energy-efficient aluminized alloy drum. It has a reversible door that allows you to configure the unit in a way that best works for your needs and the layout of your laundry room. The delicate cycle helps to protect your delicate fabrics.
LG has packed several high-end features in this 7.4 cu.-ft. capacity model, including the Sensor Dry system that ensures your load gets perfectly dry every time. The FlowSense™ Duct Clogging Indicator alerts you when it's time to clean the ducts, keeping your dryer performing optimally all the time through proper maintenance. A 30-in. depth makes it easy to fit the dryer into smaller spaces or second-floor closets, and no matter where you put the unit it won't be loud thanks to LG's LoDecibel™ Quiet Operation that is designed with quiet in mind. If something goes wrong, you can minimize potentially costly service calls through the SmartDiagnosis™ feature, allowing the service center to diagnose problems over the phone or through the LG ThinQ mobile app available for Android and iOS devices.
This 27-in. front loader from Frigidaire has a spacious 6.7 cu. ft. capacity to let you dry more clothes in a single load. DrySense™ Technology dries your clothes more precisely, reducing wrinkles. Your load is always customizable with five dryness levels and 10 dry cycle options, including My Cycle and Eco Dry. The Quick Dry cycle lets you dry your load fast. Choosing the proper setting, including the Delay Start function that allows you to dry your clothes on your schedule, is easy with the electronic touchpad controls. The reversible door allows you to put the dryer in more places by customizing which direction the door swings open.
How many years does a dryer last?
A typical life span for an electric dryer is 14 years, with proper care and maintenance.
Do electric dryers need to be vented outside?
Many electric dryers must have an outlet through which it can expel moist air, and if the air isn't vented outside it can cause problems like rot framing and promoting the growth of mold. Ventless models are available, which recirculate air through the front of the unit.