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.
Normal & Delicate
With the 517 series, our only complaint is the length of the Normal cycle which runs about 1 hour 2 minutes—longer than many competitors. However, it also ran cooler than most of the machines we've tested over the years, peaking at just 132.1°F. And clothes came out 100% dry, so really... who's complaining?
The Delicates cycle was similarly impressive. An average run time of about an hour and temperatures below 120°F removed about 98% moisture. That's ideal for the kind of clothing usually associated with Delicates, since a warm iron or some line drying is usually the best way to finish the process.
Quick Dry & Bulky
This model comes with a specialty 18 Minute Fast Dry option. It's intended for one or two outfits—roughly three or four items at a time—but for consistency's sake we always test a quick cycle with a 4-lb. load of roughly 10 garments. Despite the overload, this cycle still removed 64% of excess moisture in 18 minutes, with internal heat peaking at 121.8°F. When used properly, we think this cycle will have you ready to go before you finish your morning coffee.
Heavy Duty also impressed: After about an hour and a half, our large comforter was 85% dry. As is often the case, you'll need to fluff any large or bulky item that fills the drum for best results.
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