Here are the 5 best 2013 clothes dryers. We rate them on quality, performance, capacity and value.
5 Best Clothes Dryers for 2013
If you’d like to learn more about these models, see the full clothes dryer review for each one. Browse all our appliance reviews to find other models from GE, LG, Samsung, Bosch, Kenmore, Whirlpool, Frigidaire, Maytag and more that you may want to compare. We include clothes dryer prices in all reviews to give you all the information you need for your decision.
1. Whirlpool Cabrio WED5500XW High Efficiency Electric Dryer with AccuDry Drying System
There’s plenty of capacity in this 7.4 cu. ft. dryer making it ideal for bulky items like quilts, comforters, winter coats, pillows, curtains and more. The door is oversize too, for easier loading/unloading. Matching clothes washers are available for this unit.
Whirlpool Cabrio WED5500XW Electric Dryer Features
This is an electric dryer, so it will cost more to run than a gas dryer, but less to install. It features 10 drying cycles including Permanent Press, Large Items, Normal and Delicate with 4 temperature options. The Wrinkle Shield turns the machine on periodically after the cycle is done to tumble the clothes. The durable drum is powder-coated steel and the multi-position moisture vent offers installation options.
2. GE Profile PFDS455GLMG 7.5 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Frontload Gas Dryer with Steam
This is a huge-capacity gas dryer ideal for all the large items you don’t want to take to the laundry or dry cleaner. The steam function can be used to take the wrinkles out of clothes. GE Profile washers and dryers can be set up to communicate with one another, so the settings you choose for the washer are transferred to the dryer.
GE Profile PFDS455GLMG Gas Dryer Features
Unique cycles include Steam De-Wrinkle, Steam Refresh, Energy Saving and Extended tumble dry with no heat. There are many more, so you can tailor the performance to each load. The 5 heat settings include Antibacterial Heat which is used for pillows, stuffed animals, cushions, etc. The drum is made from durable stainless steel and the unit is stackable when you choose a stacking kit. There’s an interior light and 3-way venting options for convenience. These are just a few of the many cycles and features this unit offers.
3. Frigidaire Affinity FASE7073LA 7.0 Cu. Ft. Electric Dryer
This electric dryer offers good capacity and can serve a household of 3-5 people. It does have steam functionality, so it’s ideal for removing wrinkles and keeping loads fresh.
Frigidaire Affinity FASE7073LA Electric Dryer Features
The unit offers 10 standard cycles including Allergen, Sanitizing, Stuffed Animal cycles and more. There are 5 temperature settings to fit the load requirements. Other features include a stainless steel drum, interior light, front controls, ability to stack the unit, delayed start and much more. The heat level is NSF-certified for sanitizing purposes.
4. GE 7.0 Cu. Ft. Super Capacity DCVH680GJWW Gas Dryer
This is a fairly pricey unit, but offers good quality and performance. It’s a gas dryer and can be converted to propane.
GE Super Capacity DCVH680GJWW Gas Dryer Features
There are 10 drying cycles with 5 temperature settings. The drum is powder-coated steel and there is an interior light. This is another stackable unit to go with a matching clothes washer. Delay start, adjustable end-of-cycle tone and dual moisture sensors are a few of the additional features.
5. Whirlpool Cabrio High Efficiency WGD5700XW Gas Dryer with AccelerCare Drying System
Whirlpool has a good repair record, and this 7.4 cubic foot model should give you years of quality service. It comes ready for natural gas but can be converted to propane. It is not stackable.
Whirlpool Cabrio WGD5700XW Gas Dryer Features
The AccelerCare speeds drying times in order to reduce total energy use. Wrinkle preventions periodically tumbles the clothes for up to 2.5 hours after the cycle stops. There are 8 drying cycles including Quick Dry, Extra Delicate, Heavy Duty and Damp Dry. Timed dry is offered and there are 5 temperature levels. There is no steam drying function and the lower price than steam units reflects that.
Choosing the Right Unit for Your Home?
Which unit on the top rated clothes dryers 2013 list is right for you? See the extended reviews for more information about each one including pricing. Browse all our clothes dryer reviews to determine the capacity level you want and the features that are most important to you. Then you’ll have the information you need to make a decision you are satisfied with in the years ahead.