Best Dryers With Steam of 2019By Cindy Bailen, Jonathan Chan, Julia MacDougall, and Matthew Zahnzinger, Updated June 17, 2019
We've updated this roundup to include the Bixby-enabled Samsung DVE45R6300V. We're testing lots of dryers right now, so stay tuned for further updates!
While the basic idea of the washing machine has been around for centuries, brands are still finding new and fascinating ways to make the process of doing your laundry easier and more efficient. From apps that allow you to start a load of laundry from your phone to a fold-down sink for easy rinsing of stains, cool new features are being introduced all the time. In our humble opinion, though, steam is one of the best features to have on a washer or a dryer. A dryer with one or more steam cycles/options can easily help you to refresh your summer wardrobe at the end of winter, or tackle an entire load of wrinkled laundry.
Finding a dryer that can meet all of your needs and has a steam cycle can be a little challenging, but we're here to help. With our lab-tested reviews, we've already done most of the heavy lifting for you. Our favorite right now is the Electrolux EFME627UTT (available at AppliancesConnection for $1,073.00) because of its outstanding drying performance and myriad of useful features, including steam.
Here's our list of the best dryers with steam you can buy today, ranked in order:
- Electrolux EFME627UTT
- LG DLEX9000V
- LG DLEX3700W
- Samsung DVE54M8750V
- Electrolux EFME527UTT
- Maytag Bravos XL MEDB835DW
- Maytag MEDB955FC
- Samsung DVE45R6300V
- Samsung DVE60M9900V
- Whirlpool Cabrio WED8500DC
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 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 each cycle got clothes more than 99% dry each time, 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
How We Tested
Hi there! We're Reviewed's appliance testing team. Between the three of us (Jon Chan, Kyle Hamilton, and Julia MacDougall), we've spent many years testing major appliances including washers, dryers, refrigerators, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners, and robot vacuum cleaners.
We have plenty of experience testing these products in the lab, but we've also used them like normal people would in the course of their daily lives, which means that we have a great sense for what appliances are bargains at their price points, and which appliances have really useful extra features (as opposed to the kitchen-sink approach to features).
With all this in mind, you can feel confident that when we recommend a product, we're giving it our Reviewed stamp of approval, which means two things: firstly, this appliance performs well, and secondly, this appliance is easy to use. We're always reviewing new products, so stay tuned for our reviews and roundups of the latest products in laundry, refrigerators, dishwashers, and vacuum cleaners.
Every dryer that comes into Reviewed’s labs gets put through the same testing regime, which addresses both performance and user-friendliness.
Performance tests include:
• Drying performance – How much water does each major dryer cycle actually remove from your clothes, and how quickly can it achieve that level of dryness?
• Maximum temperature – We record the maximum temperature in each dryer cycle. Some like it hot, but if dryer temperatures get too hot, it could damage your clothes.
The best dryers completely dry your clothes at a temperature that is hot (140°F-150°F) but not too hot (lest your clothes be scorched or damaged), and have short cycle times.
Beyond these performance tests, we also assess the usability of each dryer, based on our experience, both during testing and during more casual use (one perk of working at Reviewed is that there is plenty of laundry machines on premises!). Our main goal is to get the answer to one question: how easy is it to actually use this dryer? This involves cumulatively assessing the control panel, the door, the vent, and any smart features that are included.
By combining the performance data with our own observations, we can make solid recommendations for someone looking for any type of dryer at any price point.
Why would I want a dryer with steam?
In these busy times, people are always looking for labor- and time-saving devices and appliances—just look at the success of the robot vacuum!
That’s the idea behind adding a steam cycle onto a clothes dryer: by paying extra for a water hookup (in addition to the normal dryer venting), you’ve just reduced the amount of time you have to spend ironing your clothes to make them look clean and pressed.
Clothes irons remove wrinkles from your clothes in two ways: with its weight and with steam. Most fabric is thermoplastic, which means that at high temperatures, the fabric is malleable and can easily change shape, but once it cools down, the fabric retains that new shape. So the fabric in your clothes takes on a new shape (gets wrinkled) when it stays in a crumpled position for a more than a day (e.g. tossed into a laundry hamper), but the steam from the iron relaxes the fabric, and the weight of the iron squishes the fabric flat again. When your fabric cools down post-ironing, it’s back to its pre-wrinkled state.
With a steam cycle in a dryer, you’re getting one of the two aspects of a clothes iron that makes it effective. As mentioned earlier, a steam cycle relaxes the bonds in the clothes fabric, however, without the weight of an iron, there’s a good chance that a steam cycle won’t completely remove every wrinkle. It might remove minor wrinkles on clothes that are thin and have large enough weaves to let the steam in (like jersey cotton), but for stiffer fabrics and huge, noticeable wrinkles, you’re still going to need to pull that iron out. However, a steam cycle should do part of the job for you, and reduce the time you’ll have to spend taking that shirt to task on an ironing board.
The LG DLEX9000V isn't just gorgeous—it works better than most dryers we've tested, and got the laundry in every one of our test cycles more than 99% 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 items 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.
Gas version of this dryer: LG DLGX9001V
If you want a dryer that gets your clothes 100% dry, regardless of which cycle you select, then be sure to check out the LG DLEX3700W. While this dryer runs a bit hot (temperatures max out at about 170°F; most dryers tend to stay around 150°F), it has a Speed Dry cycle that finishes in 25 minutes, has a clean, streamlined aesthetic, and, best of all, it has steam.
With steam options and cycles like TurboSteam and Steam Fresh, it's easy to quickly refresh musty clothes that you need on short notice, or to gently relax wrinkles without needing to spend quality time with a clothes iron. Between its stellar drying performance and steam feature, the LG DLEX3700W will make laundry day a breeze.
Gas version of this dryer: LG DLGX3701W
If you need a large-capacity washer to clean all your family's laundry, the Samsung DVE54M8750V is big enough and powerful enough to deal with all of those wet clothes. Our king size comforter came out 99% dry in only 46 minutes, which is among the fastest and best performing Bedding cycles we've ever seen.
For those of you who want fine control over each cycle, his dryer has a bevy of steam, temperature, and timing options for when you need to reduce wrinkles, use cooler temperatures for more delicate items, or shorten cycle times so that you can get out the door on time. The Samsung DVE54M8750V gives you the flexibility you need to get your laundry done right the first time.
Gas version of this dryer: Samsung DVG54M8750V
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 odor 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 equally effective—all of the major cycles we tested got the test loads of laundry more than 99% dry. 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
Where To Buy$1,254.10 AppliancesConnection Buy $998.00 Home Depot Buy $1,259.99 Best Buy Buy $1,259.00 Abt Buy
For families that generate a lot of laundry, the Maytag MEDB955FC dryer has the room for it. With its 9.2-cubic-foot capacity, there's plenty of room for you to put in your king size comforters; the best part is that they come out totally dry and fluffy.
Admittedly, the cycle times are on the longer side: The Normal cycle took about an hour and 40 minutes, while the Bedding cycle that dried that comforter was only a few minutes shorter. Rapid Dry, though, is a real treat, and almost completely dried a small load of laundry in 14 minutes, which is nothing to sneeze at. With its recessed door handle, magnetic door, and big, easy-to-read control dials, the Maytag MEDB955FC is designed to be easily operated with one hand, presumably while you shepherd kids or pets around with the other hand.
Gas version of this dryer: Maytag MGDB955FC
The Samsung DVE45R6300V dryer doesn't joke around when it comes to getting your clothes dry—almost all of our test laundry loads for every cycle we tested (Normal, Quick, Bulky, and Delicate) came out 100% dry, which is no small feat. With this Samsung dryer, total drying is accomplished with longer cycle times (the Normal cycle takes about two hours), and hot drying temperatures (the Quick cycle, which only takes about 30 minutes, reached a max temperature of approximately 175°F). Dryers that get hotter than 150°F 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.
Gas version of this dryer: Samsung DVG45R6300V
Where To Buy$1,499.00 AppliancesConnection Buy $1,448.00 Home Depot Buy $1,449.99 Best Buy Buy $1,449.00 Abt Buy
The Samsung DVE60M9900V is a 6.1-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, all of the cycles we tested got the wet laundry load more than 99% dry.
For the 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.
Gas version of this dryer: Samsung DVG60M9900V
Whirlpool Cabrio WED8500DC
Whirlpool Cabrio WED8500DC
The 8.8-cubic-foot Whirlpool Cabrio WED8500DC dryer has a slick touch screen control, which the user operates from left ("What to dry") to right ("How to dry"). It may take some time to get used to this interface, as some of the common cycles (like a Quick cycle) are only accessible by selecting and editing one or more feature options, rather than just hitting one button. As for steam options, "Steam Refresh" is great for giving new life to stuffed animals that have been sitting in the playroom for a while.
While some of the cycles didn't get the test loads as dry as we hoped they would (the WED8500DC struggled with drying bulkier items like a comforter), the Normal cycle, which should work just fine for most of your drying needs, got everything 100% dry. If you want a dryer with steam, a large capacity, and a very intuitive user interface, look no further than the Whirlpool Cabrio WED8500DC.
Gas version of this dryer: Whirlpool WGD8500DC