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Admiral AED4675YQ Dryer Review

A blast from the past, toting lots and lots of firepower

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The Admiral AED4675YQ (MSRP $499) is a Whirlpool-made, Home Depot-exclusive dryer that's large, powerful, and not at all subtle. It's as basic as they come. But at 6.5 cu. ft., it'll easily fit most loads of laundry, and most of the time it will get those loads dry.

The major downside of the AED4675QY is its long cycle times. And we mean long: Two hours for a mixed load of laundry. This Admiral also has some design issues, like a lint trap that's hard to remove. But overall, if you're looking for a cheap, no nonsense dryer and you don't mind waiting for your clothes to finish, you've come to the right place.

Design & Usability

It's simplicity itself, Watson

The AED4675YQ has no frills, no steam, no LCD screens, and no aspirational dreams. Look between that cycle dial and the start button, and you'll find nothing but a void of white.

But sometimes, simplicity can get in the way of performance. For instance, this Admiral will operate if the door is open ajar, so be sure to close it firmly before pushing the start button. The door also sticks and can be difficult to open. The lint trap is on top of the machine, so be careful when you pull out the trap, lest lint fly everywhere.

Performance & Features

It gets your clothes dry

Beware

Be careful when pulling out the lint trap, it opens up into the room so lint might go flying everywhere.

What else do you want? On the manufacturer-recommended Energy Preferred cycle, set to High Heat, the Admiral took around two hours. It did get our test laundry completely dry, but the cycle didn't have to take that long—our load was a victim of overdrying. The maximum temperature of the the high heat cycles went above and beyond what the damage threshold of many fabrics. The same story goes for the Energy Preferred cycle on the Low Heat setting as well. Even though it still got hot, it's this dryer's safest cycle for delicates.

It may seem like the Admiral AED4675YQ did a great job drying comforters. After two hours on More Dry set at High Heat, our test comforters came out almost entirely dry. But most dryers take an hour to get a comforter halfway dry. This Admiral just doubles the cycle time for a better dry.

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Probably what surprised us the most were the Time Dry cycles. The Twenty Minute Time Dry cycle got a 4 lb. load completely dry in 30 minutes. It also stayed within our temperature thresholds. This is a rare case in which it maybe better to rely on a dryer's timer rather than its sensor.

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Conclusion

Space

The Admiral has plenty of space to work on.

Let's get down to business

The Admiral AED4675QY is machine that has no frills and focuses on drying. For larger loads, it does this by ramping up the temperature and taking a long time.

You can't do any task quickly, cheaply, and well. So this Admiral chose to do it well and on the cheap. Sale prices are as low as $450, making it one of the most affordable dryers on the market. If you're looking for a dryer that just works, this Admiral may be for you.

By the Numbers

In our appliance testing labs, we use hard data to frame our reviews. With dryers, it's all about the ability to remove moisture from the laundry without damaging it. So we place sensors in the dryer during each test to measure the temperature and humidity inside the drum.

Normal & Delicates

The Normal and Delicate cycle tests involve wetting an approximately eight-pound load to 1.7 times its weight. These loads are placed in their respective cycles with temperature and humidity sensors.

For mixed loads we decided to stick to Energy Preferred on High Heat. On average, this cycle took an hour and forty-five minutes. It also reached temperatures north of 160°F. That's hot enough to really take a toll on your clothes. So although the test laundry came out completely dry, it might not be an ideal cycle.

The Admiral AED4675YQ toned it down for our Delicates test. We found that Energy Preferred on Low Heat is the most gentle cycle. Our sensors picked up a high temperature of 146.1°F. That's still too hot for delicate fabrics, but more manageable than other settings. And it still got clothes bone dry.

Quick & Bulky

Since the Admiral has no dedicated Quick cycle, we chose the Twenty Minute Time Dry cycle–it being the shortest cycle available on the AED4675YQ. Oddly enough, the Twenty Minute Time Dry took roughly 30 minutes. Max temperature remained at a tolerable 138°F, and clothes got pretty close to dry.

A Bulky test utilizes a comforter wetted to 1.5 times its weight. For this test, we set the Admiral to More Dry on High Heat. Compared to high-end dryers, this is where the Admiral showed a lack of subtlety. After two hours, our test comforters came out 87% dry. Many dryers will struggle to even get to the 50% mark. Unsurprisingly, the AED4675YQ did this by raising the temperature to an astoundingly hot 188°F.

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