Best Clothes Dryers of 2021
These electric, gas, and compact models from Consumer Reports' tests get your laundry nice and dry
Unless you’re a daily wardrobe recycler, your clothes dryer is probably working overtime these days. The past year has altered our lives, and with it, our laundry habits. In fact, in a recent Consumer Reports member survey, 14 percent of respondents said they used dryers more during the pandemic.
“The usage—and sale—of dryers increased during the pandemic as fewer people visited laundromats and dry cleaners, and more people stayed home due to COVID,” says Mark Allwood, Consumer Reports' senior market analyst who tracks dryers.
Best Dryers From Consumer Reports' Tests
Consumers prefer electric dryers over gas dryers 82 percent to 18 percent. You’ll find both types of dryers, as well as compact models, in our ratings, with prices from $500 to $1,900. LG dominates our electric and gas dryer ratings, but there are plenty of other models that score well in our tests.