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Frigidaire FRQE7000LW Dryer Review

You'd be hard-pressed to find a less expensive stackable dryer, but the {{product.name}} proves that a cheap dryer may not be a bargain. Sure, it does a decent job drying clothes -- but superior dryers can be found for not that much more money.

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Introduction

You can't buy a stackable dryer for much less than the , which can be found for under $500 online. For relatively little money, you get decent drying performance from a relatively cheap-feeling dryer with few features and long cycles.

Front

The is a stackable dryer that's about as simple as an appliance gets. Every expense was spared in its creation, which is apparent in its lack of a digital display or even a manual wash timer. The flimsy-feeling door can be hinged on either side, though the visible external hinges are more about function than form.

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Interior

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The small, flimsy lint trap is easy to remove and clean.

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Speed & Performance Overview

Most of the few cycles on the take longer than an hour. The Normal and Towels cycles do a good job, but the Quick and Delicate cycles disappoint.

Normal Cycle Performance

After an hour and 13 minutes, the beeped to let us know the clothes were dry. Turns out, they actually were -- 100 percent of the water had been removed from our test cycle.

Delicates Cycle Performance

Most dryers take a very, very long time to dry delicates. The 's Delicates cycle only took an hour, and the result was wet clothing.

Bulky Cycle Performance

The had no trouble with towels, completely drying a bulky load of bedding in an hour and 13 minutes.

Quick Dry Cycle Performance

It's no small feat to remove 72 percent of water from a load of laundry in less than 30 minutes. The does a good job -- but we want our clothes dry, not less damp.

Dry Cycles

Aside from time drying cycles between 15 and 90 minutes, the features six drying cycles. Since temperature must be set manually, each cycle really only controls the sensitivity of the dryness sensor. Neither the owner's manual nor display give any hint as to how long these cycles are supposed to take or how much time is left. That's disappointing, since dryers have offered manual timers since the '70s.

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Customization

The 's antiquated controls require that the user selects a temperature to go along with a cycle. The user can also adjust the sensitivity of the dryness sensor. Other than that, there aren't any ways to adjust cycles.

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Additional Drying Options

There's only one additional drying option on the : A "wrinkle release" setting that continues to tumble clothes after they're dry to keep them from getting too wrinkled.

Controls

Controls are straightforward but sparse. Having to manually choose a temperature for each cycle is an inconvenience compared to slightly more expensive dryers with automatic settings.

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Door

An extremely lightweight door is easy to open and close.

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Lint Trap

The small, flimsy lint trap is easy to remove and clean.

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Comparison Overview

Got an extra $85? That's what it'll take over the cost of the Frigidaire to buy one of the best sub-$1000 dryers we've tested. The GE gets clothes dryer faster than the , plus it's got a sturdy feel and better controls.

Performance

The took longer to get clothes as dry as the GE did. Drying delicates, the GE can't be beat. Clothes emerged bone dry just 46 minutes after the cycle started.

Customization & Features

Though neither one offers the bespoke drying functions of higher-end units, the GE at least has a display to give you an estimate of how much longer your clothes will take to get dry.

Design

Both are plain, stackable dryers, but the GE feels sturdier than the

Comparison Overview

Electrolux owns Frigidaire, but the two dryers couldn't be more different. The costs less than half as much as the Electrolux and offers far better drying performance.

Performance

Customization & Features

The Electrolux obviously wins here, as the 's bare bones control panel and few features aren't very competitive.

Design

Sure, the Electrolux is more stylish and feels more rugged -- but wouldn't you rather have dry clothes?

Comparison Overview

Performance-wise, the Maytag is a marginally better dryer than the . However, when it comes to drying features and cycles, the bare-bones Frigidaire just can't compete.

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Customization & Features

The Maytag wins on features, too, with more cycles than the .

Design

The Maytag feels sturdier than the Frigidaire, plus it offers a digital display.

Conclusion

The feels flimsy, takes a long time to dry clothes on the normal cycle and lacks user-friendly controls. On the other hand, it's very inexpensive for a stackable dryer, and clothes emerge dry on most cycles.

If you're on a very tight budget, the is an adequate dryer for the money. But if you search around for sales and spend a little more money, you can get a dryer with stellar performance.

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