New Dryer Shopping? Reviews, Reliability, & Stuff You Should Know!
(A Service Technician’s Guide to Buying The Best Clothes Dryer)
One thing I can almost guarantee, unfortunately your next best dryer probably won’t be as good as your last one. Hopefully this “best dryer” repair guide will help you to make the best dryer decision possible.
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People ask me “What’s the best clothes dryer to buy?” Dryers are very simple machines that work one heck of a lot faster than a line in your back yard! However, it is easy to get caught up in the appearance
and advertised features of a clothes dryer and end up paying more than necessary for a bunch of features you will never use. Hopefully this information will bring you back from the world of dryer marketing to the world of dryer reality for a wise clothes dryer purchase!
Note: Even though an appliance company makes a good dryer, it doesn’t necessarily mean they have any kind of corporate level customer service to speak of. You need to be confident the company you are purchasing your clothes dryer from will go to bat for you if need be. Yelling through the phone at an automated corporate message system will not get you very far…Although you might feel better after releasing some steam… (Pun intended)
Through the next few pages I hope to give you a well rounded idea of the best clothes dryer options available and dispel some of the dryer marketing magic being cast on most unprepared new dryer shoppers.
Frigidaire clothes dryers are generally a good value for the price, especially considering the simplicity of clothes dryer mechanics. Even though Frigidaire dyers are not expected to last as long as some other dryers the cost savings will usually cover a dryer repair or two. Replacement parts and repair service are readily available, and most frigidaire dryer models and problems are fairly easy to repair yourself.
Because Frigidaire dryers are very popular it’s usually no problem finding good repair people to help with dryer problems that my arise. Points of weakness are the front and rear dryer drum support points, as well as internal lint build up in the lint trap housing near the dryer’s blower.
GE dryers are very similar mechanically to Frigidaire dryers. However, repair parts tend to be a little more costly. Kudos to General Electric’s appliance division for bringing more appliance manufacturing back into the USA! Just be ready to pay a made in the USA price when it comes time for dryer repair. GE is also pioneering the “smart grid” and other “smart appliance” technology… In my opinion “KISS” (Keep it simple stupid) I’ve seen Terminator and I don’t want to get taken out by my dryer or coffee maker, much less try to fix a networked clothes dryer when it starts acting weird. GE is also very protective of their dryer technical repair and troubleshooting information so it can be very difficult to find the information needed to make a correct diagnosis. Over all GE clothes dryers are a time tested reliable appliance. Points of weakness are the front and rear dryer drum support points, as well as internal lint build up near the dryer’s blower.
Sears Kenmore has marketing down to a science! Kenmore does not produce dryers themselves instead they are produced by a variety of dryer manufacturers and then branded with the Kenmore name and labeled with an inflated price tag. So as you can imagine there are large mechanical and reliability differences from one Kenmore dryer to another. Sears is also the new dryer engineering and design proving ground for several dryer producers, so if it’s the latest thing in dryer technology Sears Kenmore is where you can get it… If it falls apart two weeks out of warranty good luck! I costs a lot of money to make Sears Kenmore one of the first brands that comes to mind when you think about buying a new dryer…
LG clothes dryers have been climbing the ranks of customer favorites. LG dryers tend to be fairly quiet and mechanically sound. These dryers tend to be more computerized than other dryer options available which can make them costly to maintain over their life span. LG has had a difficult time securing and maintaining a service and repair network. Depending on where you live warranty support or repair service for your LG dryer may be a long wait. LG Dryer repair parts have also been difficult to find. So be sure to do your research and ask the right questions from your local dryer dealer! But with all that said LG clothes dryers are highly ranked and work very well.
Samsung dryers have also been climbing the ranks as a customer favorite. Samsung dryers are also fairly quiet and mechanically solid. Samsung dryers tend to be more computerized than other dryer options available which can make them costly to maintain over their life span. Most Samsung dryer parts are very affordable, however, some common parts like heating elements are highly inflated. Samsung has also had a difficult time securing and maintaining a service and repair network. Depending on where you live getting warranty support or repair service for your Samsung dryer may be a long wait. Samsung Dryer repair parts have in some cases been difficult to acquire. So be sure to do your research and ask the right questions from your local dryer dealer before you lay the cash on the barrel head for your new Samsung clothes dryer.
Whirlpool / Maytag Dryers
Whirlpool makes new dryers under many different appliance brands. A few of them are Maytag, Amana, Estate, Kitchen Aid, Kirkland (Some Sears Kenmore)…For a full list of the current dryer brands being produced by Whirlpool corporation Click Here Most of these dryer brands are mechanically the same. However, you may notice some significant price and feature differences. Of all of the dryers available today I always suggest a Whirlpool built dryer with the lint trap located on the top of the dryer. This top lint trap is not as convenient to clean as some other dryers but it is the most effective at filtering lint that tends to internally build up in other dryer designs. Whirlpool dryers are very common so repair parts and dryer service companies are easy to come by. While Whirlpool’s customer service leaves something to be desired, in my experience Whirlpool top lint trap dryers are the most reliable and serviceable dryers on the market. Not all Whirlpool dryers have top lint traps. All dryers designed to match or stack on front-loading washers will have a lint trap in the front of the dryer and have little benefit over other similar dryer options.