LG DLE3500W Dryer Review
This dryer's big drum will get you out of the laundry room sooner
Laundry is a process of transformation: You put dirty clothes in the washer and they come out clean. But you can’t put them on yet—they’re still wet. It’s the dryer that does the yeoman’s job of transforming them into soft, dry clothing you can wear immediately.
After a week of rigorous testing, we found a dryer we think you’ll love for its size and versatility—the LG DLE3500W (available at AppliancesConnection for $805.10). With its generous 7.4 cu.-ft. drum, it dries large loads of your family’s clothing, sheets, and towels, getting you out of the laundry room faster. And it ensures that all the laundry comes out fully dry. With all the basic cycles, you can give each load of clothing the care it deserves. Our main concern about this dryer is its tendency to run hot, especially on the Normal cycle. That’s not a day-to-day problem, but over a long period of time, the heat can cause additional wear and tear.
Not everyone cares how their laundry machines look—many of them reside in the basement, after all. But if you do care, this dryer is pretty enough to pin. It’s fresh white with matte metal trim on the dial and around the door.
We’ve written before that you should always measure the space before you buy an appliance. This dryer's dimensions are 27 inches wide x 36 11/16 inches high x 30 inches deep. You can stack it with your washer if the laundry room ceiling is high enough, or raise it on a pedestal.
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The dryer's lint filter removes so easily, you might remember to clean it every time. It's essential that you do—dryer fires can do a lot of damage to your home. After you clean the lint trap, make sure you insert it all the way back in, so your clothes don’t get caught on it as they tumble.
The selector knob turns smoothly and LED lights illuminate each choice as you dial. Don’t expect luxe features like interior lighting or steam—this model doesn’t have them.
Sensor Dry, which measures moisture levels in the load, adjusts drying time to accommodate every load of laundry. It’s a useful feature that can possibly save energy since the dryer will detect when the clothes are dry.
Acknowledging the distractions of family life, the DLE3500W offers a Wrinkle Care setting to prevent clothes from creasing. If you know you can’t remove the laundry when the cycle ends, turn on Wrinkle Care and your clothes will tumble periodically so wrinkles don’t set in.
LG’s SmartThinQ app lets you choose a cycle, get it started, and receive a notification when it’s done. Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa work with it so you can use your voice to help dry your laundry.
We tested the LG DLE3500W the same way we test all dryers in our laundry labs. We do 8-pound and 16-pound laundry loads, wetting everything in the Normal, Delicates, and Quick cycles to 170% of their weight. For the Heavy cycle, we wet our fluffy down-alternative comforter to 150% of its weight. With this model, all the wet laundry came out of the dryer between 99.8% and 100% dry.
The Normal cycle, which most people rely on, reached 166°, potentially good for zapping germs, but hotter than the preferable max of 150°. We don’t think this temperature is accidental on the part of the brand, though. In the past year, we’ve seen LG dryers and other dryers in our labs running hot. Higher temperatures ensure that the laundry comes out dry, which is what users notice. The temperature setting is adjustable if you want to turn it down.
Here's what we discovered in our lab tests:
• The Normal cycle is slow, taking 82 minutes to remove 100% of the water.
• Don’t hesitate to dial up the Speed cycle. When we tested, it got our test laundry 99.9% dry in a mere 25 minutes. Using this cycle can release you from the laundry room in a big hurry.
• When you have a week’s worth of wet towels to dry, the LG’s Heavy cycle is the one to use. In the lab, it took 57 minutes to remove 99.8% of the water at 160°.
• The Delicate cycle also took 57 minutes to run, and it was appropriately cool, reaching a maximum temperature of only 113° to protect your flimsy finery. It dried very well, taking out 99.9% of moisture.
LG provides a one year warranty on parts and labor to repair or replace defective parts. The dryer drum is covered for 10 years.
What Owners Say
There are relatively few user reviews for the DLE3500W, which is a newer model, but across several sites, it averages about 4.3 out of 5 stars. Owners are loving the dry clothes they unload from every cycle and appreciate the ease of use and quiet operation. We saw very few negatives, just a couple of reviewers who said they wished it had an interior light, and a small number of people reported that they find the control panel hard to read.
The Bottom Line
We recommend the DLE3500W dryer because everything you load into it will come out fully dry. Its ultra-large drum lets you dry more clothes each time, saving time and effort. You’ll have to double check to make sure you don’t leave any socks behind when you unload because there’s no drum light, but we think that’s a minor inconvenience.
If you must have steam, consider buying the LG DLEX3570W dryer. It costs more but provides steam when your clothes need it, and it scored even higher than the DLE3500W in our tests.
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