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Solid and angular, the is a stackable dryer with a hard plastic surface on top for folding clothes.

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The lint trap is easy to clean and slides out from behind the door.

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Bosch doesn't offer a "normal" cycle. Instead, we dried clothes on the Cotton/Regular Dry cycle. Drying performance was uneven, and on average loads emerged 97 percent dry after 66 minutes. Other dryers take less time and get clothes totally dry.

Remarkably, the dried our test delicate load completely in 51 minutes, with a top temperature just warmer than the average high on an August afternoon in Texas.

Supposedly, the "Permanent Press/Very Dry" cycle takes only 35 minutes. However, it lasted more than 52 minutes. During that time, it only got clothes 99 percent dry.

After a mere 20 minutes, the got our test load 63 percent dry. That's still pretty wet, but the cycle may work for touch-ups on damp clothes.

Instead of a single "normal" cycle, Bosch divides dry cycles into cotton and permanent press, with options for damp, very, regular and extra dry. Beneath the cotton and permanent press cycles on the dial, specialty cycles -- including steam dry cycles -- are available.

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The regular and permanent press cycles offer options for how damp loads are, and all cycles can be customized for delicates or an energy saving "Eco Action" setting.

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If the dryer is hooked up to a water line, specialty cycles include steam.

Cycles with non-standard names encircle the heavy control knob, which often obscures the cycle names.

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A heavy door is easy to open and close, though the handle itself is somewhat rough.

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The lint trap is easy to clean and slides out from behind the door.

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The and Maytag MEDE200XW are similar in appearance, though the Maytag sells for a little less than the Bosch on sale, and still does a similar job drying clothes.

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In our tests of the Maytag, clothes emerged drier and faster than they did from the Bosch on every cycle except delicates.

The Maytag and Bosch both have a pretty strong complement of custom features, though only the Bosch has steam drying cycles.

Both washers are stackable and have a solid, straightforward appearance.

For around the same price, the GE outperforms the Bosch, though it doesn't have as many custom features.

The GE is a little light on cycles, and it doesn't have steam. If customization and a steam dry are important to you, the Bosch may be a better choice.

By comparison, the GE has a lesser fit and finish than the Bosch. Whether that's worth a $500 premium is up to you.

Kenmore's 80272 is more effective at drying clothes than the Bosch, though it may lack steam and customizable features.

The Kenmore lacks steam and many of the custom dry cycles that the Bosch has standard.

Kenmore's dryer feels somewhat flimsier than the Bosch, though that's only because the Bosch appears remarkably well-built.

Found online for much less than $1000, the looks and feels the part of a high end dryer. Despite how well it did in our tests overall, the dryer proved to be uneven, getting clothes bone dry on some cycles and leaving them still damp after an hour's tumbling on others.

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Keith Barry

Keith Barry

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Keith was the Editor in Chief of Reviewed's appliance and automotive sites. His work has appeared in publications such as Wired, Car & Driver, and CityLab.

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