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Best Clothes dryers

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Clothes dryers

Best Clothes dryers

We tested 206 clothes dryers to determine the best-performing models. Our expert lab technicians tested each Clothes dryer based on the following criteria:

  • Drying performance
  • Convenience
  • Noise
  • Capacity

Below lists the Clothes dryers that rated best in each of the tests our experts looked for. Learn about how these tests were performed and find out which Clothes dryer is rated best when you subscribe.

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Clothes dryers

Best Clothes dryer for Drying performance

This score combines performance on three types of laundry loads of different sizes and fabric mixes: A 12-lb. load, predominantly cotton, representing a family's large weekly load; an 8-lb. load of cotton/polyester blend clothing; and a 3-lb. load of synthetic delicates, women's pajamas, nightgowns, bras and underwear.


This Clothes dryer which tested best for Drying performance has the following features: Door type, Dimensions (in.), Warranty, Controls, Lint filter location, Steam option, Moisture sensor, End-of-cycle signal and Extended tumble.

Best Clothes dryer for Convenience

For this measurement, we judged controls and ergonomics, such as ease of loading and unloading, servicing the lint filter, whether the door could clear a tall basket, and whether the machine has a raised edge to contain spills.


This Clothes dryer which tested best for Convenience has the following features: Door type, Stackable, Dimensions (in.), Warranty, Controls, Lint filter location, Drying rack, Custom programs, Steam option, Moisture sensor, End-of-cycle signal and Extended tumble.

Best Clothes dryer for Noise

This score was determined by a panel of judges who listened while machines dried an 8-pound load, measuring both sound quality and volume.


This Clothes dryer which tested best for Noise has the following features: Door type, Stackable, Dimensions (in.), Warranty, Controls, Lint filter location, Stainless-steel drum, Steam option, Moisture sensor, End-of-cycle signal and Extended tumble.

Best Clothes dryer for Capacity

Among the models we tested, drum volume varied from about 6 to 8.0 cu. ft.


This Clothes dryer which tested best for Capacity has the following features: Door type, Stackable, Dimensions (in.), Warranty, Controls, Lint filter location, Stainless-steel drum, Drying rack, Custom programs, Steam option, Moisture sensor, End-of-cycle signal and Extended tumble.