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Samsung DV456EWHDSU/AA Dryer Review

The DV456EWHDSU works hard and gets clothes dry.

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Introduction

People often ask me what it takes to get into the wild world of washer and dryer reviews. I'll tell you: you need nerves of steel, you must be devilishly good looking, and you've got to be quick to make a tortured metaphor. For example, marketing materials describe the Samsung DV456EWHDSU/AA (MSRP $1,049) as a King Sized dryer. But it doesn't rule over the bedsheet people via divine right. Its royal pedigree comes from a 7.3 cubic foot capacity, an insanely effective Quick Dry cycle and all-around good performance.

It's not perfect: A haphazard sensor caused some specialty drying cycles to double and halve like slack on a yo-yo, a mercurial ruler indeed. And the Normal cycle got plenty warm. But we rarely see a cycle that can get a four pound load 95 percent dry in just 30 minutes. That feat alone made the DV456EWHDSU worthy of our approval. Overall, we highly recommend you form an alliance with this monarch.

Design & Usability

You can have any color you like: white or silver

The DV456EWHDSU is painted in what Samsung deems Stainless Platinum. It's a bit redundant since platinum doesn't rust under normal atmospheric conditions. I write that just to say something interesting because the design of the DV456EWHDSU is pretty bland. However, sometimes bland is good—especially if you're choosing what to eat right before a long flight.

Sometimes, bland is good.

If you've owned a Samsung dryer before, you'll be at home with this one. It's just as clean and simple. The door feels sturdy. The lint trap is well designed, like every other Samsung dryer. Maybe Samsung can spice things up by painting murals from the German Expressionism period on their next generation of laundry machines.

The only thing that annoyed me while using the machine is that the end-of-cycle chime goes on forever. It's like the guy that rings the doorbell fifty times. Yeah, I know you're there, but I'm putting the screws to a dryer. Give me a second.

Performance & Features

Like a street riddled with potholes, the performance is uneven

The Normal cycle proved to be the DV456EWHDSU's strong point. The Normal cycle averaged around 56 minutes and managed to get our test loads 99 percent dry. The only down side is that this dryer produced a maximum temperature of 153 degrees. At those temperatures your clothing may wear a little over time. The Quick Dry, however, blew us away. At only 30 minutes long, clothes still got 95 percent dry. That's absolutely astounding, as most Quick Dry cycles either take twice as long or dry half as well. The Delicate cycle produced similar results, but reached a max temperature of 126 degrees.

Quick Dry: 30 minutes long, clothes still got 95 percent dry.

As with many dryers, the Bedding cycle was this Samsung's only downer. Our first test cycle lasted over two hours and got a comforter 96 percent dry. A second test cycle lasted an hour and got the same comforter 58 percent dry. We chalk up the uneven performance to the sensor. So, what the sensor can't sense can hurt its score.

All is quiet on the features front. Well, expect for the Smart Care feature which allows you to diagnose a broken machine with your smartphone. Now all you need is a smartphone.

Conclusion

For your day to day drying, the Samsung DV456EWHDSU is a good choice: The Normal cycle takes less than an hour and gets your laundry dry. The $1,049 MSRP is reasonable, and $899 sale prices are even more attractive. A lack of features actually helps this machine, keeping it simple to use. Sure, the Bedding cycle is a crap shoot, but nearly every dryer has that problem.

What truly sets this dryer apart, however, is its ultra-fast Quick Dry cycle. If you're a laundry procrastinator, that alone makes this machine worth your while. Taking all factors into account, we can firmly place the Samsung DV456EWHDSU/AA into the upper tiers of dryer greatness.

Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.
Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.
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