Samsung DV210AEW/XAA Review
The Samsung DV210AEW/XAA serves as a decent budget appliance.
The Samsung DV210AEW/XAA serves as a decent budget appliance. Drying performance isn't perfect, temperatures aren't as subtle or as gentle as some higher-end models, and extra features are kept to a minimum. With an MSRP of $849, that might seem like a lot of money for not a lot of appliance, but we found some pretty substantial discounts online. After taxes and shipping, you can easily find this Samsung for about $500, making this machine a decent purchase.
Despite its flaws, the Samsung DV210AEW/XAA gets clothes nearly all the way dry on most of its cycles, and it's quite easy to use. It can be a great fit for consumers who are buying their first dryer and also want to keep the costs down, but who don't want a lot of bells and whistles in an appliance.
Design & Usability
A rundown of the odds and ends
This traditional-looking, stackable dryer has a white enamel finish with a glossy black plastic control panel. Cycles can be browsed through using a control knob, and are highlighted by a small red dot. The controls here are sort of odd—a bit angled—and the plastic around the cycle knob is somewhat bowed, but despite its unusual design, this dryer is actually quite easy to read. We did occasionally lose the red indicator light when selecting our cycle—that plastic bowing means it may get blocked by the dryer's cycle-select knob—but that's something that you grow accustomed to after a while.
On a somewhat unrelated note, long-time video game fans will get a big kick out of this dryer—if you've ever wanted to act out a Mario fantasy, look no further. Every time you push a button, it sounds just like the iconic plumber does when he collects a gold coin. Could make for some interesting laundry room experiences...
For parts, the interior drum is made with white enamel, which runs a minor risk of flaking, rusting, or discoloring over time. Also, the lint trap has a flap covering the lower half, preventing lint from falling out when you remove it for cleaning. The door is adequate—it shuts without too much force, and it never bounced back open.
Performance & Features
The Samsung DV210AEW/XAA has little to boast in terms of cycle and feature selection, but what it does have, it puts to great use.
With just seven cycles, this Samsung only manages to hit the basics. If you want special features for sanitizing clothes, workout wear, wool, and so forth, this dryer isn't for you. The manual cycles aren't terribly fancy, but they get the job done: Timed Dry handles all your customizable needs, Air Dry offers no-heat tumbling, and Wrinkle Release is good for smoothing out that batch of clothes you forgot was in there.
Happily though, the Samsung actually does a decent job of letting you customize cycles. With four levels of dryness and temperature variation, it's not the most comprehensive offering we've seen, but far more in-depth than other models in its price range. The Timed Dry can also be adjusted down to the minute, a nice touch that allows for very specific drying without making you hover over the machine.
If you want a dryer that offers all the extras, then this one is definitely not for you. It only has two, and one of them is seen on nearly every dryer available that isn't scraping the bottom of the barrel: Wrinkle Prevent, which keeps clothes tumbling after the cycle has concluded in order to keep wrinkles and bunching to a minimum. Additionally, the Mixed Load Bell can be used to indicate when certain fabrics are dry before others.
Now to the meat of the matter: drying performance. The Samsung DV210AEW/XAA satisfies, clocking in relatively expected durations and—excepting the Bulky cycle—removing virtually 100% of the moisture every time.
In matters of sales, bells, and whistles
With so many dryers on the market today, machines that are only adequate sometimes seem worse than they are. The Samsung DV210AEW/XAA is actually a decent dryer—it gets clothes completely dry, or very nearly, while covering all the basic cycle needs.
There isn't much by way of going the extra mile, however, and consumers who want a more comprehensive machine will be disappointed. Thankfully, the price is rather reasonable; with an $849 MSRP, you can easily find sale prices that knock off a few hundred dollars. Is it worth paying the full retail value? Not really. There are other machines out there that offer you more effective, gentle drying and more options to take care of your clothes for the same price. If you can get it on sale, though, it's a good machine for consumers that don't need lots of bells and whistles and are looking to save some money.
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