A woman unloading laundry from one of the best electric dryers for $800 or less.

You’ll see plenty of dryers selling for $1,000 or more. That’s because manufacturers often design them to pair with their matching washers and charge the same price for each machine. But it turns out most of us spend less than $800.  

“Eighty-five percent of all dryers sold in the past 12 months were $800 or less,” says Eric Voyer, vice president of TraQline, a company that tracks trends and consumer behavior for the retail industry.

And while you can still get a good dryer for less than $500, most dryers about that price won’t have a moisture sensor.

“Moisture sensors are the most important dryer feature,” says Richard Handel, Consumer Reports’ lead laundry appliance tester. “Compared to thermostats, they more accurately determine how dry your clothes are, then shut the machine off or move it into a cool-down mode.” 

That prevents overdrying, which is tough on fabrics and wastes energy and money.


You’ll find more than 200 full-sized models in our dryer ratings from a range of brands, including Electrolux, Fisher & Paykel, GE, Hotpoint, LG, Maytag, Samsung, Speed Queen, and Whirlpool. We buy and test electric dryers, the more widely sold type, and use the test results to create the ratings for their gas versions, because past tests found that they perform similarly.

To make it easier for you to choose, we combine test results, predicted reliability, and owner satisfaction into an Overall Score for each model. The filters in our ratings will also help you narrow your selection.

Below, CR members with digital access can read on for ratings and reviews of electric dryers that perform well in our tests and in our member survey, and sell for $800 or less. (Note that retailer prices fluctuate.)

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Our dryer ratings include more than 200 full-sized electric and gas models, including many that go for $800 or less. (Prices fluctuate, and gas models typically cost about $100 more than electric versions.) With so many models to choose from, use the dryer ratings filter to narrow your choices by brand, price, and more. And if a smaller dryer is what you need, check our compact dryer ratings of more than a dozen models.