10 top-rated dryers Canadians can buy right now
Up your laundry game with these top-rated dryers
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A clothes dryer is a labour-saving marvel—ask anyone who ever had to hang wet laundry on a clothesline. It’s easy to find a basic dryer to tumble your clothes, but today, there are also feature-rich dryers with 10 or more cycles, lots of customizations, auto-sensing to tell when a load is dry, and lots of steam for sanitizing and unwrinkling. Dryers like these can make laundry day a breeze.
Over the years, hundreds of dryers have passed through our labs and we'veve looked over the data of every dryer we've tested. The chief concern: Can the dryer get clothes dry in a timely manner without damaging them? We also test extra features like steam or smart connectivity. Finally, we analyze the fit and finish. The very best dryers have sturdy doors, drum lights, and easy-to-read buttons.
After looking at these machines from every angle we've picked out the best dryers available in Canada.
1. Electrolux EFME627UTT
The Electrolux EFME627UTT dryer is great-looking, has simple controls, and is rich with cycles and options, including Perfect Steam, which can help to relax any wrinkles away. Its Quick Dry cycle completes in a mere 15 minutes. Though the Normal cycle is slow, the Heavy cycle takes only an hour. While cycle times may vary, we found that the Normal and Delicates cycles both got our test loads 100% dry and that temperatures never got hot enough to start damaging clothes. The Electrolux EFME627UTT represents the perfect balance between cycle times and cycle temperatures.
As the counterpart to the stellar Electrolux EFLS627UTT washing machine that has a spot in the detergent drawer for laundry pods, this dryer is another great addition to the Electrolux laundry family.
Gas version of this dryer: Electrolux EFMG627UTT
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2. LG DLEX9000V
The LG DLEX9000V isn't just gorgeous—it works better than most dryers we've tested and got the laundry in the Normal and Bulky cycles 100% dry. It doesn't come cheap, but it rocks best-in-class features, including steam cycles and a massive 9.0-cubic-foot capacity. Another bonus is FlowSense, which tells you when something is wrong with your ventilation (rather than with the dryer itself). Since dryer fires are a major cause of fires in the home, this awesome feature will really help to put your mind at ease, especially if it's been a while since your dryer vent has been cleaned.
With a veritable cornucopia of wash cycle options and features, this dryer can easily deal with a variety of fabric types and item sizes—it has no trouble with big items like comforters and gets shirts wrinkle-free. Even though it's a big investment, we say its performance justifies the cost, so if you need a powerful yet sleek dryer and have some extra cash on hand, be sure to check out the LG DLEX9000V.
Get the LG DLEX9000V at Home Depot Canada
3. Maytag MED6630HC
The Maytag MED6630HC dryer is the perfect combination of looks, usability, speed, and power. This Maytag dryer has a sleek, futuristic look that would do any laundry room proud. Because it has a large central dial and a streamlined control panel, it’s easy to select the cycle that’s right for your wet laundry load. If you’re looking for steam options, this dryer has two: Steam Refresh and Wrinkle Prevent.
The MED6630HC manages to dry your clothes quickly will without raising the temperature to the point where you’d have to worry about heat damage. Even better, the test loads in the Normal and Delicates cycles came out 100% dry. For a dryer that gets your clothes dry the first time, with no muss or fuss, check out the Maytag MED6630HC.
Gas version of this dryer: Maytag MGD6630HC
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4. Maytag MEDC465HW
The Maytag MEDC465HW dryer is a basic dryer with old-school aesthetics that gets the job done. While you may not get the frills and extra features found on some of the more expensive dryers, this Maytag's Normal cycle can get your laundry 100% dry in a mere 53 minutes. The dryer's interface, comprised of four knobs, is streamlined and easy to operate, even if you're still a laundry novice.
The Wrinkle Control setting continues to tumble the laundry load after the cycle has finished so as to prevent wrinkles. The well-lit drum means you'll never miss a sock, even if you're in a dark basement. If you want top-notch dryer performance on a budget, the Maytag MEDC465HW is for you.
Gas version of this dryer: Maytag MGDC465HW
Get the Maytag MEDC465HW at Home Depot Canada
5. LG DLEX3900W
There are a lot of reasons to love LG dryers, and the LG DLEX3900W is no different. In addition to all the usual bells and whistles (i.e. cycle time, temperature, and dryness customization options), this dryer gets major points for having multiple steam cycles and options (Turbo Steam, Steam Sanitary, and Steam Fresh), as well as a special Antibacterial cycle for easing your mind after someone in your family has been sick.
This dryer wowed us with its short cycle times and powerful drying. The Quick cycle managed to dry 84% of our test laundry load in 25 minutes, an impressive feat for a cycle that short. The Bulky cycle was equally impressive and mostly dried a queen size comforter in about an hour. One minor quibble is that the Normal Cycle takes about 90 minutes, and reaches temperatures as hot as 170°F (76°C). We're on the record as preferring dryers that maintain temperatures below 150°F(65°C) in order to maximize the lifespan of your clothes, but if you're looking for a dryer that's fast and powerful, you can't go wrong with the LG DLEX3900W.
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6. Electrolux EFME527UTT
The Electrolux EFME527UTT dryer is great-looking, easy to control, and full of cycles and options. Like the Electrolux EFME627UTT, it has the detergent drawer for laundry pods and Perfect Steam, which is powered by its built-in water heater to maximize hot water temperatures for sanitizing, wrinkle removal, static removal, and odour removal.
Its Quick Dry cycle finishes in a mere 18 minutes, which is a huge selling point. While not every cycle is as short as Quick Dry, each cycle is effective at drying wet clothes without raising the temperature to extremes high enough to damage fabric. If you want both the bells and whistles and the great dryer performance, look no further than the Electrolux EFME527UTT.
Gas version of this dryer: Electrolux EFMG527UTT
Get the Electrolux EFME527UTT at Home Depot Canada
7. LG DLE3500W
The LG DLE3500W is a hot dryer that gets wet laundry fully dry. Between its 7.4-cubic-foot size and its cycle versatility, it'll get you through laundry day faster. With all the basic cycles (no steam here), you can easily customize the care of each load of wet clothes. The Speed cycle finishes up in a mere 25 minutes.
Our main concern about this dryer is its tendency to run very hot, especially on the Normal cycle, which maxed out at 166°F (74°C). While that may cause more wear and tear on your clothes in the long run, it’s not a day-to-day problem and in the meantime, it helps to ensure that the clothes dry well. Happily, you can use the control panel to turn down the cycle temperature, so you can still get rapid drying that won't wear out your clothes.
Gas version of this dryer: LG DLG3501W
Get the LG DLE3500W at Home Depot Canada
8. Samsung DVE45R6300V
The Samsung DVE45R6300V dryer doesn't joke around when it comes to getting your clothes dry—all of our test laundry loads came out 100% dry for the Normal, Quick, and Delicates cycles, which is no small feat. With this Samsung dryer, total drying is accomplished with longer cycle times, and hot drying temperatures. Dryers that get hotter than 150°F (65°C) on a regular basis can expedite wear-and-tear on your clothes, so it might be best if you bump down the temperature setting on the control panel.
In addition to great drying performance, this dryer also has a Sanitize cycle, a Wrinkle Prevent feature that keeps tumbling your clothes until you can get them out of the dryer, tons of cycle customization settings and options, and a Heavy cycle that can get everything dry in 47 minutes. Best of all? The DVE45R6300V is Bixby-enabled, which means that if you're a fan of the Samsung smart home ecosystem, you can ask Bixby to do some of the heavy lifting for you when it comes time for laundry day.
Get the Samsung DVE45R6300V at Best Buy Canada
9. LG DLEX7900BE
We love the LG DLEX7900BE because it’s effective. Not only did the test loads from all four major cycles (Normal, Speed Dry, Delicates, and Bedding) get more than 80% dry, but the Speed Dry and Delicates cycles are highly effective. The Speed Dry cycle will dry a small load in about 25 minutes, and the Delicates cycle keeps temperatures cooler at around 109°F (43°C) so as not to damage special fabrics like those found on lingerie and sportswear. While the Normal cycle runs a bit long, as with most LG dryers, you have the option to reduce the cycle time (although there may be a tradeoff with laundry dryness).
Unsurprisingly, this LG dryer is full of neat cycles, cycle options, and features, including an Anti-Bacterial cycle that gets up to 178°F (81°C), two steam cycles (Steam Fresh and Steam Sanitary), a steam option (TurboSteam), and Wrinkle Care. Even better, the laundry door can open to the side or downward, giving you flexibility when it comes to popping wet, heavy laundry loads into the dryer without wrenching your back. Basically, whatever wet laundry you can dish out, the LG DLEX7900BE dryer can handle.
Get the LG DLEX7900BE at Home Depot Canada
10. Samsung DVE60M9900V
The Samsung DVE60M9900V is a 7.5-cubic-foot front-load dryer with an integrated 1-cubic-foot top dryer, providing the flexibility to dry a few delicate items on top at the same time as a family-sized load runs in the main drum. Even better, the Normal and Delicates cycles we tested got the wet laundry loads 100% dry.
For delicate items, you can even tell the DVE60M9900V which type of garment is in the top dryer: Sweater, Shirt/Blouse, Undergarment, or Accessory. The front-load dryer has all of the high-end features you could want: a great normal cycle, a special cycle for bedding, and three steam options (Steam Sanitize, Steam Wrinkle Away, and Steam Refresh). If you want both guidance and flexibility when it comes to drying your laundry, we think the DVE60M9900V is worth the high price tag.
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