Our Top Picks for Affordable Dryers

by Patti Suchko

Shopping for a new dryer? We have choices for every setup. The first step is to narrow your choices to fit the washer you have between top load and front load. Then, make a choice that aligns with the features you need.

Dryers That Go Well with Top Load Washers

Whirlpool  WED4850HW/WGD4850HW
If you like to keep the controls on your dryer simple, this may be the one for you. Settings include simple choices like timed drying or auto dry. The auto dry helps prevent over-drying by sensing the moisture in your laundry and stopping the cycle when done. It also offers a wrinkle shield that tumbles the laundry intermittently to keep wrinkles away. One of the most popular features is the hamper door- no more dropping that sock on the floor when
loading or unloading. As a bonus, Whirlpool dryers are made here in the USA.

This has similar features to the Whirlpool along with a few additional features. The drum is made of an aluminized alloy which helps to resist corrosion. It also offers an end of cycle signal with volume adjustment, so you can always hear when the load is done. This dryer is also made in the USA.

Maytag  MEDC465HW/MGDC465HW
When you step up to a Maytag, you step up to a stronger warranty. This dryer comes with a 10-year limited parts warranty on the motor and dryer drum. It also has Intelidry which is a sensor that monitors the moisture and air temperatures for an even more consistent drying result.

Dryers to Go with Front Load Washers

If you are shopping for a dryer to pair with your front load washer, we have three great picks for you:

Maytag  MED5630HW/MGD5630HW
As with the previous Maytag we talked about, this unit has the same 10-year limited parts warranty on the motor and the dryer drum and is made in the USA. This dryer boasts a feature that is unique to Maytag, an ExtraPower button. This allows you to mix your load to include multiple garment types together, such as t-shirts and jeans. This button boosts the drying power and extends the time so that the seams and pockets on the jeans will be as dry as the shirts. This dryer also offers a quick dry which is great for getting a small load to dry in 20 minutes.

Electrolux  EFME427UIW/EFMG427UIW
This dryer has the largest capacity of all we talked about, with a capacity of 8 cubic feet. It also adds a steam cycle to your options. Steam is great for taking the wrinkles out of clothing - saving you from pulling out the iron and ironing board.

It also is great for freshening up clothing if you want to re-wear something that is not dirty but may have an odor clinging to it. For instance, if you are exposed to cigarette smoke or fish from a fish fry, youse the steam feature to get your clothing fresh smelling and new. It also comes with a 3-year warranty on parts and one and one year on labor.

This LG unit comes with similar features to the Electrolux but offers one big difference: you can download the LG SmartThin Q app to your IOS or Android device. This allows you to select a cycle and start or stop your dryer from your phone. If that isn't enough, you can also connect to your Google Home or Alexa, which allows these devices to start your dryer for you, or let you know how much time is left on the drying cycle.

As you can see there are plenty of great options for you to choose from. Please stop in to any of our Don's Appliances and one of our sales associates will be happy to help you make a final selection for you!