Best Dryers With Steam of 2018By Cindy Bailen, Jonathan Chan, Julia MacDougall, and Matthew Zahnzinger
Feel like you're spending too much time at the ironing board doing touchup work? Instead of wasting time ironing individual garments, consider investing in a dryer with one or more steam cycles, which can take tackle an entire load of wrinkled laundry with ease.
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 $993.00). Below you'll find our list of the best dryers with steam you can buy today.
Updated November 12, 2018
Electrolux EFME627UTTBest Overall
The Electrolux EFME627UTT dryer is great looking, has simple controls, and is rich with cycles and options, including "Perfect Steam". Its Quick Dry cycle completes in a mere 15 minutes. Though the Normal cycle is slow, the Heavy cycle takes only an hour. As the counterpart to the stellar 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. Read the full review.
The LG DLEX9000V isn't just gorgeous—it works better than any dryer we've ever tested. It doesn't come cheap, but it rocks best-in-class features, including steam cycles ("TurboSteam","SteamSanitary", and "SteamFresh") and a massive drum. 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. Yes, cheaper dryers work almost as well, but this LG is still the best. Even though it's a big investment, we say its performance justifies the cost. Read the full review.
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.
How We Test
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 the solid recommendations for someone looking for any type of dryer at any price point.
The LG DLEX3570W dryer is great at the basics, and it also has a host of useful extra features that work well. Yes, it gets a load of laundry 100% dry—but it also has quick cycles, and provides steam if you want it. It's affordable, too, and looks great whether you choose white or graphite. Just a heads up: the water for the steam options ("SteamFresh" and "SteamSanitary") comes from a drawer that you manually fill with water instead of a plumbed hookup. That will save you time on dryer installation, but it may prove problematic if you input a steam cycle, and it runs out of water part of the way through the cycle. Read the full review.
If you clean your clothes in a big washer, the Samsung DVE54M8750V has the room to dry it all. Our king size comforter came out 99% dry in only 46 minutes, which is among the fastest and best performing "Bedding" cycles we've seen. This dryer is really customizable—you can build your own "My Cycle", in which you can set cycle times, temperatures, and drying levels. For those of you who want fine control over the steam feature, his dryer has a bevy of steam options, including "Steam Sanitize", "Steam Wrinkle Away", and "Steam Refresh". Read the full review.
The Maytag 5500 series dryers are built to be part of a matched set with the company's front-load washers. It may cost about a lot less than the manufacturer's flagship model, but these dryers offers almost all the same perks. You get a broad range of cycles and features (including "Wrinkle Prevent", which allows you to add two different levels of steam) and great moisture removal—plus Maytag's great Power Dry function, which uses more heat and more time to get truly tough fabrics dry. If you wear a lot of work clothes, Power Dry is a great fit. Read the full review.
The Electrolux EFME527UTT dryer is great looking, easy to control, and full of cycles and options. Like the Electrolux EFME627UTT, it has "Perfect Steam", which is powered by its built-in water heater to maximize hot water temperatures for sanitizing and odor-removal. Its Quick Dry cycle finishes in a mere 18 minutes, though not every cycle is as speedy. As the counterpart to the Electrolux EFLS627UTT washing machine, which has a spot in the detergent drawer for laundry pods, this dryer really completes the set. Read the full review.
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The easy-to-use Samsung DV42H5200EW has a 7.5 cu.-ft. drum that can fit a lot of laundry, freeing up your time on laundry day. Plus, this dryer has Wrinkle Reduction on by default, and numerous steam cycles, including Steam Dry. That makes it possible to put your iron up on a high shelf—you won’t need it much. The trade-off is that the cycles take a long time to complete, though you can turn off the wrinkle reduction feature anytime you want. This model’s drying performance is 100% solid, the lint trap is easy to maintain, and you can experiment with 11 cycles and 12 options. Read the full review.
For families that generate a lot of laundry, the Maytag MEDB955FC dryer has the room for it. With its 9.2 cu.-ft. 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. This dryer, like the Maytag MED5500FC, also has "Wrinkle Prevent", which has two levels of steam: "on" and "steam+". 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. Read the full review.
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The Maytag MED8200FC dryer offers everything we've grown to expect: fine moisture removal, an attractive design, and plenty of features. Like other Maytag dryers, the MED8200FC also has steam options that are aimed at preventing wrinkles from forming during a dryer cycle. The only thing new here is Power Dry, a cycle that's the closest thing we've seen to a quick cycle for heavy-duty clothes. It's a neat idea that works pretty well, making this a good choice if you've got the budget and the right kind of wardrobe to make it worth your while. Read the full review.
The Samsung DVE60M9900V is a 6.1-cu.-ft. front-load dryer with an integrated 1-cu.-ft. 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. 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"). However, because it's unique, the FlexDry comes with a high price tag. Read the full review.
Whirlpool Cabrio WED8500DC
Whirlpool Cabrio WED8500DC
The 8.8-cu. ft. Whirlpool Cabrio WED8500DC 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. "Steam Refresh" is one of the prominent cycle options, and is great for giving new life to stuffed animals that have been sitting in the playroom for a while. Read the full review.
The Samsung DVE50M7450W gives you tons of features and solid drying performance at a price that is truly a bargain. Some of the drying cycles may take a bit longer than some pricier dryers on the market (the Normal cycle takes about an hour and a half), but with the steam cycle options ("Steam Refresh", "Steam Wrinkle Away", and "Steam Sanitize"), a capacity of 7.4 cu.-ft., an intuitive control panel, and 11 different dryer cycles available, we thinks this dryer is worth it. This dryer also comes with a lint trap reminder light, so that you don't let the fuzz from your sweater affect the drying performance of the next load of wet laundry. Read the full review.