A gas dryer can have a lot of benefits in your home. Over their lifetime, gas dryers use far less power than their electric counterparts, and they take less time to run each load. They can even reduce wrinkles in your clothing, since the heat builds up and dissipates faster. If you're shopping for a new gas dryer, take a look at five of the best gas dryers of 2021.
The LG LDG3401W has 7.4 cu. ft. of capacity, and it puts every bit of that space to good use while still managing to be closet-depth. This dryer's Sensor Dry system customizes its power and heat use based on the moisture level of your clothing, meaning you never spend unnecessary time or energy drying your clothes. Its Lo-Decibel™ operation reduces vibration and noise to the point that you can run it in on your second floor or next to a bedroom without it being too loud. Its NFC Tag-On™ technology lets you download new programs (in addition to the default eight) from your smartphone, and its SmartDiagnosis™ feature lets you use your smartphone to diagnose issues before they become major problems. Its digital display even measures airflow through the vent and lets you know when it's time to clean it out.
With five temperature settings, 10 preset cycles, and nine additional options, the Samsung DVG45T6000W has no shortage of versatility. Its ice blue LED display is easy to read and understand, and its 7.5 cu. ft. capacity means you can dry even king-size linens with room to spare. The powder-coated drum has a bright interior light, so you can easily scoop out all your clean clothes when the cycle finishes, without missing a stray sock. The four-way venting system maintains a strong flow of air within the drum, further speeding drying times. And you can even use SmartCare technology to diagnose and fix any issues using your smartphone.
At 8 cu. ft. of capacity, the Electrolux EFMG627UTT is the most spacious dryer on this list. Its titanium color, knobless IQ-Touch® controls, and large central display give it a delightfully modern aesthetic, but its highest-end features are all internal. Its Predictive Dry™ technology measures the size and moisture level of each load and gives you an accurate drying time estimate within 90 seconds of starting the dryer, while its LuxCare® dry system uses those same precision sensors to provide perfectly tailored energy use. Its nine dry cycles (as well as a special 15-minute Fast Dry program) gives you a wide variety of customization options for each load you fill it with.
As part of their DC5 lineup, the Speed Queen DC5003WG is a commercial-grade gas dryer that gives you a quick, precise dry every time without wearing out the machine (or your clothes). Its 7 cu. ft. drum is made of galvanized steel and combines with a heavy-duty fan and 220 CFM exhaust airflow systems to minimize the energy it spends while still packing a punch. Its motor uses 1/3 horsepower, allowing it to work with even the bulkiest duvets. This dryer's easy-handle knobs, interior drum light, and up-front lint filter all add to its ease of use.
The GE GTD45GASJWS holds up to 7.2 cubic feet of laundry in its corrosion-resistant, aluminized alloy drum, and delivers a variety of high-end features at a budget-friendly price. Its HE Sensor Dry system uses dual thermistors to constantly monitor the heat and humidity of your clothes, preventing them from being overheated, for example, and its extended tumble option prevents wrinkles by intermittently running your clothes without heat if you can't take them out immediately after the cycle finishes. (You can also choose between four dry cycles and four heat settings, meaning there are sixteen combinations total.) Its extra-wide door lets you load and unload it quickly, and the interior light makes it easy to see what's inside.
Is a gas dryer worth it?
Gas dryers can reduce your power usage up to 50% compared to electric dryers, and they usually run faster since they don't need to wait for the electric heating element to reach full temperature. If you already have a gas line in your laundry room, a gas dryer is often worth it.
How can I speed up my drying time?
There are a few ways you can make sure your dryer runs at peak efficiency. Make sure it has sufficient ventilation, don't overload it, empty the lint filter after each load, and keep any ducting clean.