Allows user to dry two loads at once
Defer ironing with Refresh and Wrinkle Away
High price point
It turns out that for a little extra money—a lot extra, actually—we can dry a few delicates while the main load is tumbling.
Samsung has created a futuristic laundry system to address this issue: the FlexDry DVE60M9900V (available at Samsung for $3,597.98), a dryer-with-a-dryer, and its companion, the FlexWash, a washer-with-a-washer.
These machines make it possible to multitask the laundry. They give us extra compartments to use for washing or drying small loads while running regular loads in their main tubs.
We took a good look at the FlexDry and found that the addition of the delicates drying compartment to the top of a front-loading dryer was ingenious, though it added to the cost. You can buy the otherwise identical DVE60M990W in white for around $50 less. That's still expensive.
These days, your dryer can be more than functional—it can be beautiful, too. Samsung knows how to make a truly gorgeous appliance. Our FlexDry’s black stainless body with softly rounded edges made a stunning design statement. It’s practical, too: you can reverse the direction of the door, and it opens smoothly.
To adopt this machine, you’ll need plenty of space in the laundry room. The FlexDry is a behemoth. It towers to an astounding 47 inches up to the control panel, and about 66 inches with the top open. Plan to do your folding elsewhere.
You can’t stack the FlexDry with the FlexWash. Even if it were possible, you’d need a ladder on laundry day.
How the Top Dryer Works
The one cubic-foot top dryer doesn’t tumble. Items placed there bask on a rack in gently heated air, which our tests showed never got higher than 120°F. Moisture just wicks away.
The delicates dryer could be the right place to dry some fragile baby clothes, work out attire, or a knit sweater, though not all at the same time. You can load one garment under the rack, and another one on top of it. Set the cycle for Sweater, Shirt/Blouse, Undergarment, or Accessory.
We tested it out with a cotton shirt, which dried thoroughly in an hour. A woolen cap we tried was still wet after nearly an hour on the rack, so consider using the top compartment only for lighter-weight, less dense garments.
Main Dryer Performance
This hulking dryer’s main drum has 6.1 cubic-feet of space, so it has room for lots of wet laundry. The machine has cycles galore. You may never use them all, but rest assured, they’re available.
We tested the FlexDry in our lab for a week, and here's what we found:
• The FlexDry dried a load of clothes perfectly for us on Normal, though it took an hour and 41 minutes.
• Steam Sanitize gets crazy hot, heating up to over 167°F.
• The Bedding cycle had uneven results, getting our test comforter, which got our test comforter 57% dry on the first run, and 93% dry on the second run.
• Wrinkle Away (extended drying time), and Refresh (heated tumbling with a spray of water) may help defer ironing.
In the internet of things era, you would expect a smartphone app to let you start a cycle remotely, and let you how much time was left till you could empty the dryer.
Samsung does provide an app, but it didn’t work well for us with the FlexDry. Most of the time, we were waiting for it to connect or load. (By the way, the app is for the electric dryer only. It wisely doesn’t let you remote start the gas version.)
The Bottom Line
This is a workhorse of a dryer, and it compares favorably to a number of models we've tested of late. Unlike the others, it has that sweet top compartment. The main drum did a fine job drying on the Normal cycle and the Bedding cycle.
Samsung is marketing the FlexDry as a pair with its FlexWash, and the visual impact of the two together is striking, but you can pair the FlexDry with any washer.
Sure, you can live without the FlexDry, if you just want a dryer that tumbles your clothes dry, without any smart features. A Samsung model introduced a few years ago, the DV42H5000EW, does a great job for under $700.
Still, the thought of a dryer that can flaunt conventional wisdom about delicates (that you have to line dry them) is seductive. Line drying is a time suck. With the FlexDry, the space allotted to drying the delicates is limited, but it’s a step in the right direction.
Meet the testers
Cindy Bailen loves writing about major appliances and home design and has spent over 15 years immersed in that. In her spare time, Cindy hosts pledge programs for WGBH-TV in Boston and other public television stations.
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