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Samsung DV431AEP/XAA Dryer Review

The Samsung DV431AEP/XAA will get your clothes dry, every time, but it can take quite a long time to do so.

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Introduction

The is a higher end dryer with lots of steam dry options. We found that the unit wouldn't give up on a load of laundry until it was dry, no matter how long it took. Sometimes this was quite a long time: the bulky cycle can take three hours to complete.

Front

The front of the has a stainless steel facade topped with a strip of grey plastic. The door is ringed with shiny metal and features a large handle on its left. The unit's controls are located at the top.

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Controls

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Interior

The interior of the has a few, somewhat slender agitators.

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This lint trap has a large screen for easy cleaning: there aren't several different partitions you need to clean separately.

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Sides

The sides of the are featureless. This is a fairly heavy device, and we definitely would've liked some handles as we were lugging it around.

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Back

The only two features on the back are the power port in the top right and the exhaust at the bottom.

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The hole in the top right is where you'll have to wire in the power cable.

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Speed & Performance Overview

The problem with the 's performance is the time it requires to finish a given load. 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.

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. The was able to dry the load in its stated time.

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Delicates Cycle Performance

The took a long time to finish its Delicates cycle, but it did a pretty good job extracting the water. You'll wind up with nearly bone dry laundry.

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Bulky Cycle Performance

While it might take a ridiculous amount of time to get the job done, the will make sure the bulky cycle finished with dry laundry.

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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 make 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.

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Dry Cycles

The control dial lets you select from quite a few different preset cycles: Wool, Delicates, Bedding, Towels, Perm Press, Heavy Duty, Normal, Sanitize, Time Dry, Quick Dry, Air Fluff, Refresh, and Wrinkle Away.

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Customization

The only has some basic customization options. You can play around with the dry level, temperature, time, or volume of the signal.

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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.

Additional Drying Options

The doesn't have any additional drying options.

Controls

The control dial lets you select from quite a few different preset cycles: wool, delicates, bedding, towels, perm press, heavy duty, normal, sanitize, time dry, quick dry, air fluff, refresh, and wrinkle away.

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Door

The 's door has a very large handle that's very easy to grab or, if your balance is good enough, pry open with a knee. It's not exactly a hands-free door, but it's close. The door is also pretty easy to close: no slamming necessary.

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Lint Trap

This lint trap has a large screen for easy cleaning: there aren't several different partitions you need to clean separately.

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Conclusion

The is a good dryer. It has intuitive controls, a good array of drying features, plenty of steam dry options, and it gets laundry dry. The only downside is it can take a long time to finish a cycle. If you don't mind waiting and would prefer to not have to re-run loads, the is a good buy for its price. Be sure to shop around, though: we've seen this unit selling for much less than its MSRP.

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