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Bosch WTVC5330US Dryer Review

The Bosch WTVC5330US Dryer does a very good—if sometimes uneven—job drying clothes.

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Introduction

The can be found for under $1000. It has a solid outward appearance and plenty of customizable cycles, and it does a very good job drying clothes.

Front

Solid and angular, the is a stackable dryer with a hard plastic surface on top for folding clothes.

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Interior

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The lint trap is easy to clean and slides out from behind the door.

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Speed & Performance Overview

Normal Cycle Performance

Bosch doesn't offer a "normal" cycle. Instead, we dried clothes on the Cotton/Regular Dry cycle. Drying performance was uneven, and on average loads emerged 97 percent dry after 66 minutes. Other dryers take less time and get clothes totally dry.

Delicates Cycle Performance

Remarkably, the dried our test delicate load completely in 51 minutes, with a top temperature just warmer than the average high on an August afternoon in Texas.

Bulky Cycle Performance

Supposedly, the "Permanent Press/Very Dry" cycle takes only 35 minutes. However, it lasted more than 52 minutes. During that time, it only got clothes 99 percent dry.

Quick Dry Cycle Performance

After a mere 20 minutes, the got our test load 63 percent dry. That's still pretty wet, but the cycle may work for touch-ups on damp clothes.

Dry Cycles

Instead of a single "normal" cycle, Bosch divides dry cycles into cotton and permanent press, with options for damp, very, regular and extra dry. Beneath the cotton and permanent press cycles on the dial, specialty cycles -- including steam dry cycles -- are available.

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Customization

The regular and permanent press cycles offer options for how damp loads are, and all cycles can be customized for delicates or an energy saving "Eco Action" setting.

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Additional Drying Options

If the dryer is hooked up to a water line, specialty cycles include steam.

Controls

Cycles with non-standard names encircle the heavy control knob, which often obscures the cycle names.

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Door

A heavy door is easy to open and close, though the handle itself is somewhat rough.

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Lint Trap

The lint trap is easy to clean and slides out from behind the door.

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Comparison Overview

The and Maytag MEDE200XW are similar in appearance, though the Maytag sells for a little less than the Bosch on sale, and still does a similar job drying clothes.

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Performance

In our tests of the Maytag, clothes emerged drier and faster than they did from the Bosch on every cycle except delicates.

Customization & Features

The Maytag and Bosch both have a pretty strong complement of custom features, though only the Bosch has steam drying cycles.

Design

Both washers are stackable and have a solid, straightforward appearance.

Comparison Overview

For around the same price, the GE outperforms the Bosch, though it doesn't have as many custom features.

Performance

Customization & Features

The GE is a little light on cycles, and it doesn't have steam. If customization and a steam dry are important to you, the Bosch may be a better choice.

Design

By comparison, the GE has a lesser fit and finish than the Bosch. Whether that's worth a $500 premium is up to you.

Comparison Overview

Kenmore's 80272 is more effective at drying clothes than the Bosch, though it may lack steam and customizable features.

Performance

Customization & Features

The Kenmore lacks steam and many of the custom dry cycles that the Bosch has standard.

Design

Kenmore's dryer feels somewhat flimsier than the Bosch, though that's only because the Bosch appears remarkably well-built.

Conclusion

Found online for much less than $1000, the looks and feels the part of a high end dryer. Despite how well it did in our tests overall, the dryer proved to be uneven, getting clothes bone dry on some cycles and leaving them still damp after an hour's tumbling on others.

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