Electrolux EFME517SIW Dryer Review
Better drying for a better price
About the Electrolux EFMG517SIW
This is the gas version of the dryer, with a white exterior. At $1,099 its MSRP is $100 less than the "Titanium" colored gas version.
About the Electrolux EFMG517STT
This is the gas version of the dryer, with a grey "Titanium" exterior. At $1,199 its MSRP is $100 more than the white gas version.
About the Electrolux EFME517SIW
This is the electric version of the dryer, with a white exterior. At $899 its MSRP is $200 less than the "Titanium" colored electric version.
About the Electrolux EFME517STT
This is the electric version of the dryer, with a grey "Titanium" exterior. At $1,099 its MSRP is $200 more than the white electric version.
We love the new Electrolux 617 dryer, withs its gorgeous design and top-notch moisture removal. But if the $900 retail price makes you balk, we've got a great alternative: The Electrolux 517 series is just as good, and each comparable product costs about $100 less.
The only difference? The 517 lacks an Allergen cycle and its Fast Dry takes 18 minutes instead of 15. If neither of those bother you, then the 517 is a great way to get superior drying with style for less money.
Design & Usability
A user-friendly experience
Stainless interiors are always welcome—they're quieter and prettier—but we also like Electrolux's new interface, which is both attractive and easy to read. Front and center is the Nest-like cycle knob, which turns smoothly with a clean mechanical catch for each cycle. Move to the control panel on the right, though, and things get a little clunky. Navigating through the customization options and extra features requires repetitive button pressing, a surprising miss given the excellent new dial.
We already know Electrolux's new dryers tend to offer some of the most gentle and thorough drying, and the 517 is no exception. True, it's not quite as spectacular as the 617, but the differences are barely perceptible.
The Normal cycle takes just over an hour and results in 100% dry clothes, all while keeping temperatures around 130°F. Folks in a rush will also love the 18-Min Fast Dry. While it couldn't quite handle a full 4-lb. load, it's perfect for drying one or two outfits in a hurry.
There are eight cycles to choose from, including Instant Refresh which takes advantage of the dryer's steam hookup. And while this machine may lack the 617's Allergen cycle, it does still feature a Sanitize temperature setting.
Perfect Steam and Anti-Static make further use of the steam hookup, while Eco mode maximizes your dryer's efficiency. Delay Start is also available for consumers who like to run their dryers overnight or during work.
For in-depth performance information, please visit the Science Page.
As with the 617, Electrolux offers an extensive warranty. The drive motor is covered for 10 years, with a lifetime warranty on the wash drum. All other parts are covered for two years, but labor is only covered for one.
Why to Buy
One of the best, at a fair price
The Electrolux 517 gives you almost the same kind of drying and versatility as the 617 series, but for about $100 less. While some consumers may really need that Allergen cycle, many folks will get by just fine without it—especially with the option to crank up the heat with the Sanitize setting.
At the end of the day, there are virtually no dryers out there that'll do better at this price point.
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