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LG DLEX3360W Dryer Review

This mid-range dryer has somewhat average performance, but a lot of extra features to add value. The most important of these is is steam, which is mainly useful for getting wrinkles out.

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Introduction

The is a mid-range dryer that currently retails for about $1,099.00. While the unit has somewhat average performance, it does have a lot of extra features to add some value. The most important of these is is steam: the has a drawer you can fill with water or whatever else you'd like to steam your clothes with. This feature claims to do a lot of things, but it's mainly useful for getting wrinkles out.

The 's accompanying washer is the LG WM3360HWCA.

Front

The front of the has the basic controls and a black-rimmed glass door. The door has a handle along its inside edge, and the door opens up to the right.

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Controls

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Drawer

The has a drawer in the top left corner of its front side. Typically these are detergent drawers, but in the 's case it's a reservoir for the steam features. Fill it up with water or whatever specialty fluid you want to steam your clothes with.

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Interior

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The has a sizable lint trap located toward the front of its interior. It's fully removable for easy cleaning.

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Speed & Performance Overview

The had slightly better than average performance overall. It did well on the Cotton / Normal and Delicates cycles, but it took significantly longer than its stated time to do so. Its Speed Dry cycle and Bulky / Large cycle stuck to their stated times, but didn't get out much water.

Normal Cycle Performance

Most dryers tend to do a good job with our test load on a normal cycle, and the 's Cotton / Normal cycle was no exception. While the did take longer than its stated time, a 16 minute difference isn't much of an extra wait compared to some competing models (or the 's Delicates cycle).

Delicates Cycle Performance

Some models take a lot longer to finish their Delicates cycle, but they typically get out over 90% of the moisture in the load. The took a really, really long time to finish its Delicates cycle, and even then it fell a bit short of competing models with only 82% of the water removed. While this is a good result, the dryer took a really long time to achieve it.

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Bulky Cycle Performance

While the managed to stick to its stated time for the Bulky / Large cycle, we're not sure it should have. According to our test results, the L removed about 63% of the water from our down comforter test load. There were areas on the comforter that felt noticeably damp, so we'd recommend throwing it back for a longer dry cycle once it's done.

Quick Dry Cycle Performance

The finds itself towards the low-end of the quick dry cycle gamut with its Speed Dry cycle. While we've seen some models' quick dry cycles evaporate almost all of the water in the load, it typically took long enough to made the "quick" part of the cycle name seem like wishful thinking. Typically quick dry modes last 10-20 minutes and evaporate less than half the water in the load. The was able to remove a little more than half of the water in 15 minutes. This isn't a great performance, but it's also not the worst we've seen.

Dry Cycles

The 's control dial allows you to select from a few different cycle presets: normal, bulky/bedding, casual, heavy duty, sanitize, small load, delicates, and express dry. Each option has an LED next to it to indicate it's selected. The LCD above the dial displays the time left in the cycle. The power button is located to the left of the dial and the start/pause button is located to its right.

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Below, we've listed all the dryer's cycles, along with what the manual says they do.

Customization

The controls on the right let you fine tune a dry cycle. You can tinker around with the temperature, dry level, set up a timer, and customize the chime.

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Additional Drying Options

The has no additional drying features.

Controls

At first glance, the has some solid controls. The knob turns easily, yields a firm click when it falls into place, and has LEDs that indicate what cycle you're selecting. Once you use it, however, you see how confusing it is to identify exactly what setting you're highlighting. The main problem is the LED indicators aren't located near the name of the cycle: instead, there's a thin line connecting the cycle to its LED indicator. Many of the cycle options are located very close together, so it can be hard to see exactly which line you currently have selected—especially the cycles on the sides. Fortunately the customization controls are fairly straight-forward: the button that controls the setting is clearly labeled, as are the settings you can choose from.

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Door

We didn't find the 's door to be very temperamental. It isn't a hands-free option, but it does have a large, inset handle for easy grabbing. We also didn't have many problems shutting the door.

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Lint Trap

The has a sizable lint trap located toward the front of its interior. It's fully removable for easy cleaning.

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Comparison Overview

The had slightly better performance at a lower price, but the offers more features, including steam options.

Performance

In terms of performance, the was either roughly equivalent or strictly worse than the . The had a better normal cycle, which dried the load better and in less time. The 's quick dry cycle evaporated more liquid, but was slower than the 's. That comparison was about equal, since the might feel dry after one cycle, but in that time the can run almost two cycles and be totally dry. The delicates cycle was handled slightly better by the , as it took less time and evaporated more than enough water to make the load feel dry enough. Both dryers had about the same performance on the bulky cycle, with the taking slightly longer to get the load slightly dryer.

Customization & Features

The had a few more cycles than the and offers more features overall. The also features several steam features; the doesn't support any steam cycles.

Design

While we liked both units designs, we thought the 's control dial featured a far easier to read layout. When you turn the knob, an LED appears directly next to the cycle you've highlighted. On the , the LED indicator is connected to the name by a thin line, which can look like it's pointing at a different LED if you're standing directly above the dial.

Comparison Overview

This is a pretty mixed match-up. The has better features but the had better or equivalent performance. If you value the steam features and don't mind paying an extra $100, the is probably the pick to make. If you want to save some money and don't mind missing out on some steam features, the is probably the better choice for you.

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Customization & Features

The has an advantage in terms of features. Not only does it have more cycle customization options, it also features more steam dry settings and features.

Design

We ran into issues with both units' designs. The had a needlessly confusing dial: standing over it, it's hard to tell which cycle is being selected. While the 's control dial and overall interface is very well executed, we really don't like its door. It's a hands-free door: you push on a small silver circle to both open or close the dryer. The problem is it's very hard to get the door to stay closed.

Comparison Overview

Both units have some design issues, and similar performances. The area where the shines and the doesn't, however, is features. If you want hands-free ironing, or wrinkle guard features, you'll have to go with the .

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Customization & Features

The has significantly more features than the . The also has several steam options, like a pre-ironing setting, an advanced wrinkle guard, and a static reducing option; the doesn't have any steam features.

Design

Neither unit has a perfect interface. We thought the 's display was cluttered, which made it appear overly complicated. The 's control dial sometimes didn't clearly indicate which cycle you had selected.

Conclusion

The 's value really hinges on its steam features. We thought it had some interface issues and weren't particularly impressed with its test results. The steam features are definitely a neat option, but we're not sure they'll justify its price to average consumers.

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