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What's behind our clothes dryer Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 207 models in clothes dryers to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    This score is based primarily on drying performance and noise. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Claimed capacity
    Capacity as claimed by the manufacturer.
  • Height
    The exterior height of the dryer, rounded up to the nearest inch.
  • Width
    The exterior width of the dryer, rounded up to the nearest inch.
  • Depth
    The exterior depth of the dryer, rounded up to the nearest inch. The measurement is performed with the door closed. Be sure to allow a few extra inches of clearance in the rear for the vent duct if needed.

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Recommended clothes dryers

Recommended clothes dryers are standout choices with high scores. They include CR Best Buys, which offer exceptional value. When narrowing your choices, weigh features, price, and attributes that matter to you.
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Most electric dryers Consumer Reports tested get the job done, but some don't. They tend to overdry fabrics, taking especially long to dry clothes. That's tough on fabrics and your utility bill. Today's dryers have larger capacities to keep up with increasing washer capacities. Features have been added, but the moisture sensor remains the most important. It automatically stops the dryer when the laundry is dry. Consumer Reports provides unbiased ratings and dryer reviews to help you choose the best dryer for your needs and budget. Use our buying guide to learn which features matter most.

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Clothes dryer buying guide

Most of the dryers Consumer Reports tested get the job done, but some don't. They tend to overdry, taking especially long to dry clothes. Capacities keep increasing to keep up with larger washer capacities, and features have been added, but the moisture sensor remains the most important. It automatically stops the dryer when the laundry is dry.

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